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Virtual Learning companies are being considered in many Illinois school districts. Those districts, statewide government watchdogs and education associations fear the proposed online charter schools will divert precious tax dollars from public schools to a for-profit, out-of-state company with a shaky track record.

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and BRENDA SCHORY DeKALB – Doug Moeller believes DeKalb School District 428 is looking at a roughly $480,000 question. Moeller, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and student services, said the multidistrict virtual charter school would take about 60 students from DeKalb if its charter is approved. That loss would mean about $480,000 less in state funding for District 428, but it would be a hit the district would take if it meant a better

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opportunity for those particular students, Moeller said. “As a district, we feel we meet the needs of all our students,” Moeller said. “But there are some students, for whatever reason, that might find this a better way to learn.” Formed in February, the nonprofit Virtual Learning

Solutions is petitioning to open the Illinois Virtual Charter School at Fox River Valley. It wants to enroll students from 18 school districts including District 428, Sycamore School District 427 and districts in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties. School board members in each district must approve or deny the charter request within 30 days after holding a public hearing. The District 428 school board is scheduled to vote on the proposal at its April 16 meeting, while District 427 will vote on it Tuesday. The organization has said it plans to appeal denials to

the Illinois Charter School Commission, which could override school board decisions. Local districts’ funds – estimated at up to $8,000 a student annually – would be siphoned off for each pupil who leaves brick-and-mortar schools to attend the virtual school. Some statewide government watchdogs and education associations fear the proposed online charter school will divert tax dollars from public schools to a for-profit, out-of-state company with a shaky record of managing similar schools in more than 20 states.


Obama seeks deal, proposes cuts to Social Security Administration’s plan will be released Wednesday, aims to tackle deficits adding to national debt The ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Seeking an elusive middle ground, President Barack Obama is proposing a 2014 budget that embraces tax increases abhorred by Republicans as well as reductions, loathed by liberals, in the growth of Social Security and other benefit programs. The plan, if ever enacted, could touch almost all Americans. The rich would see tax increases, the poor and the elderly would get smaller annual increases in their benefits, and middle income taxpayers would slip into higher tax brackets despite Obama’s repeated vows not to add to the tax burden of the middle class.

His proposed changes, once phased in, would mean a cut in Social Security benefits of nearly $1,000 a year for an average 85-yearold, smaller cuts for younger retirees. Obama proposed much the same without success to House Speaker John Boehner in December. The response Friday was Barack Obama dismissive from Republicans and hostile from liberals, labor and advocates for the elderly. But the proposal aims to tackle worrisome deficits that are adding

to the national debt and placing a long-term burden on the nation, prompting praise from independent deficit hawks. Obama’s budget also proposes new spending for public works projects, pre-school education and for job and benefit assistance for veterans. “It’s not the president’s ideal approach to our budget challenges, but it is a serious compromise proposition that demonstrates that he wants to get things done,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. The budget, which Obama will release Wednesday to cover the budget year beginning Oct. 1, proposes spending cuts and revenue

increases that would result in $1.8 trillion in deficit reductions over 10 years. That figure would replace $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts that are poised to take effect over the next 10 years if Congress and the president don’t come up with an alternative, thus delivering a net increase in deficit reduction of $600 billion. Counting reductions and higher taxes that Congress and Obama have approved since 2011, the 2014 budget would contribute to $4.3 trillion in total deficit reduction by 2023. The budget wouldn’t affect the $85 billion in cuts that kicked in last month for this budget year.

DeKALB – Of the four mayoral candidates, Mike Verbic has the best claim to the title of DeKalb’s native son. With the exception MIKE VERBIC of a few years spent in Naperville, Verbic has n Affiliation: lived in DeKalb his en- Independent tire life. He’s a fifth-gen- n Age: 46 eration resident, and n Education: during the DeKalb Bachelor’s Degree, Area Renters Associa- Marketing, NIU; tion forum in January, Associate Degree, he rattled off a laundry Business, Kishwaulist of local businesses kee College where he frequented n Career: Inand worked. structional Media If Verbic beats out Systems Technihis opponents – Jencian, NIU nifer Groce, David Jacobson and John Rey n Marital Status: – in Tuesday’s election Married, Jennifer for DeKalb mayor, he n Children: Miwants to welcome new- chael, 16, Grace, 12 comers to the city. “As I go door to door, people feel like they are on their own,” Verbic said. “They don’t know what day ... is trash pickup. They don’t know where the schools are right away. They don’t know what city services are available. ... They need to know who we are, what we believe in DeKalb, and how they can get involved.” Verbic said his “Making the Most of DeKalb” kit would contain resources people for new arrivals. Verbic said it coud be either a packet of paper documents or a website. Verbic is an instruction media systems technician at Northern Illinois University, but he doesn’t believe his job would present a conflict of interest if he’s elected mayor. Verbic began working at NIU around the same time he won a seat on the DeKalb School District 428 board. When he was board president, he negotiated with NIU many times. “If I was a policymaker, that may be a different story,” Verbic said. “But I never envisioned myself working at NIU as a policymaker.” Verbic said his run for the school board in 2005 was motivated by what he saw as the board’s failure to connect with the public after a referendum for a new high school failed. “I felt that if I would be elected a school board member, I could deliver more of that entrenched community input we needed to run a successful capital improvement project,” Verbic said. After he won the election, Verbic led a successful referendum, which in turn led to the building of the new DeKalb High School. But he also was on the board when the district negotiated a $1 million impact fee credit, a credit for which the district might have to pay interest. Verbic said the impact fee credit lowered the price of the land purchased for the school, and Macom Development – now ShoDeen – was to pay that money back when development started. “None of us could see what was going to happen with the housing market,” Verbic said. The district will have to pay $42,000 a year in interest on that impact fee credit starting this year. Verbic noted it’s a complicated situation, as ShoDeen also will owe the district money for the public improvements the district made next to the high school.

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8 DAILY PLANNER Today NICE Food and Clothing Center: 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, by appointment other days, at 346 S. County Line Road in Lee. This nondenominational food pantry serves the southwest part of DeKalb County and the southeast area of Lee County. 815-824-2228. It Is What It Is AA(C): 9 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Church, 340 S. Stott St., Genoa, 800-452-7990; www. As Bill Sees It AA(C): 9:30 a.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb, 800-452-7990; Learning to Live Al-Anon group: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Newman Catholic Center annex, Normal Road in DeKalb; llc904@ Narcotics Anonymous: 10 to 11 a.m. at United Church of Christ, 615 N. First St. in DeKalb; www.; 815-964-5959. Knights’ Saturday Burgers and More: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at DeKalb Knights of Columbus Club: 1336 E. Lincoln Highway. Open to the public. Burger buffet: Noon to 2 p.m. at Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St. The public is invited for lunch. Group Hope: Noon to 1:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 511 Russell Road in DeKalb. This free support and discussion meeting is for NIU students and DeKalb community residents. Community facilitators are sought to volunteer to help others. Contact Dr. Charles Smith, 815-398-9628 or visit www. or Lightning games: 1:30 p.m. at Genoa Veterans Club, 311 S. Washington St.; or contact Cindy at or 815751-1509. Monthly community family-style dinner: 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. seatings at Kingston United Methodist Church, 121 W. First St. Dessert is included. Donation is $9 for adults and $4 for children. Contact: Kingston UMC at 815-7842010. Back to Basics AA(C): 6:30 p.m. at Cortland Methodist Church, 45 Chestnut St., Cortland. Last Saturday is open meeting. 800-4527990; AA Speaker Open Meeting: 8 p.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb, 800-4527990; Saturday Night AA(C): 10 p.m. at 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb. 800452-7990; www.dekalbalanoclub. com. Sunday 24 Hours a Day AA(C): 9:30 a.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb. 800452-7990; www.dekalbalanoclub. com. Memories of DeKalb Ag: 2 to 4 p.m. at Nehring Gallery, Suite 204, 111 S. Second St., DeKalb. Free admission and open to all. www. Sandwich Swings!: 4 to 6 p.m. at Plano American Legion Post 395, 510 E. Dearborn St., Plano. Singles welcome. Casual dress. Cash bar available. Admission costs $5 per person. 815-5709004. Society for Creative Anachronism armored fighting practice: 4:30 p.m. behind Stevenson North at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. For Middle Ages-Renaissance history re-enactors. Visit or call 815815-739-5788 or 815-986-5403. Bread & Roses women’s chorus practice: 5:45 to 8 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb. For information, call Patty Rieman at 815-758-4897 or visit DeKalb County Illinois NAACP Adult Chapter: 6 to 7 p.m. at New Hope Church at Twombly and Annie Glidden roads in DeKalb. Attendees discuss political, educational, social and economic equality to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. Contact: Kevin Chambliss at tiger39217@ or 815-501-7583. Steps And Traditions AA(C): 6 p.m. at Masonic Hall, Route 23, Genoa. 800-452-7990; www. No Longer Hopeless AA(C): 7:30 p.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor, DeKalb. 800452-7990; www.dekalbalanoclub. com. Any Lengths AA(C): 8 p.m. at Federated Church, 612 W. State St., Sycamore, DeKalb. 800-4527990;

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Locals part of miraculous rescue Tom Olmstead has been fishing near the Oregon Dam on the Rock River for years. He knows that the walleye bite on chartreuse lead-head jigs. And he knows that you never, ever get your boat near the powerful current created by water going over the L-shaped dam. The eddy can suck you right in, which is what happened to a couple while Olmstead, 42, DeKalb, and his friend Brian Gavin, 41, of DeKalb, were there last weekend. The two had set off around 6 a.m. along with Olmstead’s son Luke, 9, and Gavin’s son David, 10. They fished for a few hours in a canoe before deciding to call it a day around 10:30 a.m. As they were packing up on shore, they’d seen a couple in a flat-bottomed boat drawing near the current of the dam. The men had told their boys it was dangerous to get so close. The couple appeared to have snagged one of their fishing lines. They were trying to retrieve their lure when the current pulled the boat into the rushing water. Horrified fishermen watched from shore as the boat began to take on water. They began to yell to a woman in the boat to put her lifejacket on; she did moments before the boat capsized. “Literally, it was the grace of God that gave them about 15 seconds or so for her to get her lifejacket on because as soon as she got that thing on, they just got twisted and went under,” Olmstead said. Olmstead already had taken some of their gear up to his truck and was walking back to the boat when the couple went in. “I was able to get back up and get my canoe paddles,” Olmstead said. “I called 911 when I was up there. I grabbed the paddles and ran with Brian to the canoe.” Both men agree what happened next was miraculous. The man went under the water for about 10 seconds before he floated down to a rock pile in the river about 25 yards from shore. His wife was under the water for about 45 seconds to a minute, Gavin estimated. “I think everyone, we all lost 10 years that day, our heart was just sinking,” Gavin said. “Then she pops up, she pops up and floated to her husband.” Instinct took over for Olmstead and Gavin. They jumped into their canoe and paddled out to help. Olmstead, the more experienced canoeist of the two, helped get the couple

EDITOR’S NOTE Eric Olson off the rocks and had them grab the canoe. It was clear the exposure to the frigid water was taking its toll. “I could tell the woman was in shock,” Olmstead said. “They grabbed onto the canoe. “They held on and we really just pulled them to shore. There were a couple of deep holes, so I’m glad we could be there.” Gavin provided the muscle to help pull them to safety. “I saw them and they were just kind of holding on and I started paddling with all my might,” Gavin said “By God’s grace, I don’t know why the canoe didn’t tip over. “We got them to shore and the paramedics met us there, and that was it.” The two people in the capsized boat, Jessica Long, 26, and Nathan Long, 31, of Streator, both came through OK, authorities said. The Gavin and Olmstead families are pretty close. Olmstead has been the administrator at Cornerstone Christian Academy for 17 years; Gavin, a speech pathologist at Elgin public schools, sends his children to school at Cornerstone and is a member of the school board. Gavin and Olmstead both thought that a higher power was watching out for those people in the boat on that day before Easter. Although the couple’s 2-year-old black lab didn’t survive, the two people were taken to KSB Hospital in Dixon where they were treated and released that day. “That 20-foot boat stayed in the dam for hours on end, and those people got out,” Gavin said. “So I just truly believe that’s the reason why a miracle happened and God had his hand in that.” Many of us like to think about what we would want to do if we found ourselves confronted with a similar situation. Most of us would probably hope we’d do just what Olmstead and Gavin did. Feeling left out: I live in Sycamore. So unlike those of you in DeKalb, Genoa, Hinckley, Kirkland and so on … there’s not a lot for me to vote on Tuesday. As you can see on our Election Central website (, there’s lots of competition for most every race in DeKalb, and in many of the other towns around DeKalb County.

In Sycamore, the second-largest city in the county, most of the races are foregone conclusions. There’s no contest in any of the five seats up for election on the city council, or for the city clerk’s office. No contest for any of the four seats up for election on the District 427 school board. In fact, we’re short a candidate, but luckily Eric Jones has stepped up to run as a write-in. The Sycamore Park District board is the only place where there will be any competition. It’s a you-pick-two between incumbents Ted Strack and Michelle Shulz and challenger Matthew Wittrup. For a two-year unexpired term, incumbent William Kroeger is opposed by Greg Martin. I’m not saying that Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy and the four incumbents running unopposed for Sycamore’s city council are falling down on the job. School board President Jim Dombek and the other two incumbents running unopposed for another term seem to be managing fine as well. From what I can tell from four months living in town with children in the school system, things seem to work just fine. But competition is good for government, just like it’s good for a free market. When people have to work to earn your vote – rather than being assured of it by default – it can be good for both the officials and the people they represent. Maybe two years from now we’ll have a more spirited local competition. I plan to show up and vote Tuesday, anyway. Join me, won’t you? Social media scare: I read the posts from people on the Daily Chronicle’s Facebook page about the plea agreement for William Curl, who will serve 37 years in prison for the murder of Antinette “Toni” Keller. I understand the outrage at the crime to which Curl pleaded guilty this week. It is despicable. But some of the comments also made me grateful that American justice is kept out of the hands of angry mobs. Just sayin’. Baseball is back: It’s great to see baseball back. April baseball is my favorite reminder that summer is right around the corner. I’m going to set the over/under on how long Carlos Marmol lasts as Cubs closer at a month.

• Eric Olson is the editor of the Daily Chronicle. Reach him at 815-756-4841, ext. 2257, email eolson@shawmedia. com, or follow him on Twitter @DC_Editor.

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States fight immigration overhaul for youths By CRISTINA SILVA The Associated Press PHOENIX – President Barack Obama’s decision last year to allow young people living in the U.S. illegally to stay and work marked the biggest shift in immigration policy in decades, hailed as a landmark step toward the American dream for a generation of immigrants. But months later, many immigrants are having vastly different reactions to the change depending on where they live, and they aren’t flocking to the program at the levels the government originally expected. A handful of Republican-led states are blocking basic benefits for those in the program, denying beneficiaries identification cards, driver’s licenses, health care, in-state tuition, student financial aid, college admission or other privileges typically afforded to legal residents. Others have set out welcome signs for the immigrants, including 12 that grant resident tuition for immigrants who graduated from local high schools. The number of immigrants who signed up for the program has been smaller than envisioned. In the first eight months of the program, about 450,000 applications have been accepted. The government originally estimated that 1 million would

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Reyna Avila, who recently received a work permit and Social Security card under new Obama administration policy for young immigrants, is shown at her place of work Tuesday in Phoenix. enroll in the first year. Experts say the numbers have been surprisingly low in states with large immigrant populations like Florida, New Jersey and Arizona, where about 16,000 people have taken advantage of the program. Enrolling in a college or a univer-

sity – a cornerstone of the new policy – hasn’t been easy either. With many states refusing to grant in-state tuition, immigrants who largely come from working-class families have to shell out upward of $40,000 a year to go to school – with no financial aid. “It’s really hard that now you have all these doors that you feel are going to be open to you and the doors are still closed,” said Reyna Avila, a Phoenix college student who received a work permit and Social Security card under the policy, but still cannot drive to work or school without risking criminal charges. In Michigan, high school senior Javier Contreras and his family considered moving to Illinois until his state came up with a solution allowing him to get a driver’s license. But because of his immigration status, he will have to pay the $20,000 for out-of-state tuition if he wants to attend his dream school, the University of Michigan. Under the so-called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, more than 1 million immigrants are eligible for work permits good for two years with no limits on how many times they can be renewed. Qualified applicants must be 30 or younger, prove they arrived in the U.S. before they turned 16, have been living in the country at least five years and are in school or graduated or served in the military.

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8NATION BRIEF Iowa museum says tortoise was never stolen DUBUQUE, Iowa – An African leopard tortoise thought to be stolen from an Iowa museum was actually trapped behind paneling in her enclosure, and a misguided employee who found her, lied to keep up the story about her theft, the museum announced Friday. In a bizarre move, the employee who found the 18-pound reptile named Cashew, put her into a building elevator in an attempt to prevent the museum further embarrassment, said Jerry Enzler, president and CEO of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque. Enzler said the employee, whose name and position has not been released, will be reprimanded. He said it was a personnel issue and did not provide any additional information. – Wire report

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Improvements to downtown unveiled Wednesday in DeKalb

NIU graduate student charged with possession, distribution of child porn By JEFF ENGELHARDT

By JEFF ENGELHARDT DeKALB – Residents can get a sneak peek of what downtown DeKalb could look like in the next five years. Re:New DeKalb and the city of DeKalb are hosting a public forum Wednesday at O’Leary’s Restaurant & Pub that will feature draft exhibits and illustrations depicting the potential future of downtown DeKalb as envisioned by the SAA Design Group. Ryan Garcia, senior planner for the Wisconsin-based civic planning firm, said the company used the feedback it received during a February community stakeholders meeting in DeKalb to develop the future look of downtown. He said the focus was primarily on connectivity with downtown through additional pathways, adding family-friendly attractions in vacant spaces and engaging the

If you go n What: Downtown DeKalb Improvement Plan n When: 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday n Where: O’Leary’s Restaurant & Pub, 260 E. Lincoln Highway n Why: Citizens can see proposals for downtown improvements in the next five years and make suggestions.

Northern Illinois University campus in a major way. “NIU is an economic and cultural engine,” Garcia said. “That is a world-class university literally down the street that can be leveraged.” Garcia would not divulge the details of the displays, but encouraged community members to see the proposals during the event from 4 to 6 p.m. A formal presentation of the plan will be given at 5:15 p.m.

Lindsey Engelsman, marketing and special events coordinator for Re:New DeKalb, said she was excited with what she saw in the proposals, but added it was important for downtown stakeholders to voice their opinions. “The SAA definitely used the input that was given at the downtown summit to formulate this plan for the next five years,” Engelsman said. “I think it will be very well received.” Engelsman said when the group and city officials believe the plan has enough support, it will be presented to the DeKalb City Council for approval. Garcia said elements from the unfinished 2006 downtown improvement plan such as expanded parking, screening and buffering the railroad tracks and residential development around the downtown area could be addressed. SYCAMORE – A Northern Illinois University graduate assistant was banned from campus Friday after being charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. Michael Rydell, 26, of the 800 block of Spiros Court in DeKalb, could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charges of child pornography distribution. He is being held on $100,000 bond. Rydell, originally from Indianapolis, is a graduate research assistant, but uni-

ROCKFORD – A northern Illinois woman who admitted leaving a newborn daughter to freeze to death along a rural roadway in 2004 was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison. Katie Stockton, 32, faced up to 60 years in prison for the death of the infant, who became known as Baby Crystal around the Rock River Valley after her frozen remains were found. Winnebago County prosecutors dropped 11 remaining murder charges in exchange for her guilty plea in February to a single count

of first-degree murder. Before handing down the sentence, Winnebago County Judge John Truitt allowed testimony about skeletal remains of two other infants found years later in the trunk Katie of Stockton’s Stockton car, the Rockford Register Star reported. Stockton hid her pregnancy and gave birth to the baby in secret Dec. 17, 2004. Afterward, she stuffed the baby and soiled clothing into an orange shopping bag and placed

it along a dead-end road near her parents’ Rockton home. She was questioned in the baby’s death at the time, but denied she was the mother and refused to provide a DNA sample. Detectives investigating the death years later collected evidence from a cigarette butt they saw Stockton discard, and authorities said saliva on the cigarette butt matched blood found on the clothing with Baby Crystal. Stockton was arrested in 2009 after further tests showed she was the baby’s mother with a 99.96 percent certainty.

versity officials delivered notification Friday that he was on temporary sanction, NIU spokesman Paul Palian said. That indicates Rydell is not permitted on campus and is the first step toward permanent academic sanctions. According to court documents, DeKalb police started an undercover investigation into child pornography activity March 24. Officers Michael Rydell d i s c o v e r e d an IP address showing high activity and traced it to Rydell, court re-

cords show. Police then obtained a search warrant for Rydell’s home and arrested him after their search. According to police reports, Rydell admitted to possessing movies and images of child pornography. The materials, Rydell told officers, included children as young as 8. He said he knew of peer-to-peer file sharing programs designed to share and download those illegal files. Officers reported that Rydell told them he had been downloading child pornography since he was 14 years old.

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Caterpillar laying off more than 460 at plant By DAVID MERCER The Associated Press CHAMPAIGN – Caterpillar Inc. said Friday it will lay off more than 460 employees at its plant in Decatur, part of what the heavy equipment-maker says is an ongoing effort to deal with a slump in the mining business. The news adds to tough times in the Decatur area. The town’s 13.7 percent unemployment rate in February was the highest of any metro area in the state. Peoria-based Caterpillar said in a statement the employees will lose their jobs in June. The layoffs, which hit production workers at the plant that makes huge mining trucks, are permanent. The company has used short-term layoffs and temporary cutbacks at many plants that make products for the mining business this year. “While some cost reduction measures such as temporary layoffs, shutdowns and shortened workweeks have already been implemented, more permanent measures must be taken in the near-term,” the company said. “We know this is difficult for our employees and their families, but we are taking steps to position the company for long-term success.” Rachel Potts, a spokeswoman for Caterpillar, said she couldn’t say whether more layoffs are coming in Decatur or elsewhere. With 4,100 employees before the layoffs, the Decatur plant is one of the largest employers in the town of 76,000, second only to agribusiness leader Archer Daniels Midland Co. Craig

Coil, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County, said the impact will reach beyond Decatur into Macon and several neighboring counties. Local officials were told Thursday the layoffs were coming, he said. They follow ADM cuts that, between buyouts and layoffs, eliminated 335 jobs at the company’s Decatur headquarters last year. “I think we’re seeing in real numbers the fact that things are not improving significantly on a global basis,” Coil said. “I think people are seeing what happens around the world really does affect us in central Illinois.” Caterpillar started warning late last year that it would have to cut production based on slowing demand, particularly in Europe and Asia. Temporary layoffs have been used in Decatur, East Peoria and elsewhere. Other manufacturers have taken similar steps. Japanese construction-equipment maker Komatsu last month said it will soon lay off an unspecified number of workers at its plant in Peoria. In Decatur, the unemployment rate stood at 10.9 percent in February 2012, according to the state Department of Employment Security. The figure spiked to 13.7 percent this February, the most recent month for which the department has metro-level statistics. The statewide unemployment rate has been increasing, too, hitting 9.5 percent in March. That’s one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

8LOCAL BRIEFS Earth Day lecture planned for April 21 DeKALB – A speaker will discuss beliefs and perceptions surrounding eating meat at 5 p.m. April 21 at Northern Illinois University. Melanie Joy, author of “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism,” will speak in Room 101 of Wirtz Hall. Joy is a longtime advocate of social and environmental justice and animal protection. At the University of Massachusetts in Boston, she teaches courses on racism, heterosexism, genderism, domestic violence and psychological trauma. For information, contact Mylan Engel at mylan-engel@ or Jessi VanPelt at

Dog show starts today DeKALB – The Kennel Club of Yorkville will host an all-breeds dog show today and Sunday at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. both days, with the event ending at 6 p.m. today and 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, with parking costing $10.

The Convocation Center is at 1525 W. Lincoln Highway.

Hanson earns national manager accreditation DeKALB – DeKalb County Administrator Gary Hanson is now among the 9,000 local government officials nationwide with credentialed manager status. County officials announced Friday that Hanson had earned the designation from the International City/County Management Association, just four months into his tenure as the county’s chief administrator. To receive the credential, a member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government, have earned a degree in public administration or a related field and demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development. Hanson had served as finance director and deputy county administrator for nearly 30 years before taking the top post in December. – Daily Chronicle

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

DeKalb city Shanitka Jackson, 24, of the 1000 block of Crane Drive in DeKalb, was charged Thursday, April 4, with assault. Crystal A. Kleppetson, 35, of the 7400 block of Gurler Road in DeKalb, was charged Thursday, April 4, with retail theft. Floyd E. Wright, 42, transient, was charged Friday, April 5, with criminal trespass to property.

DeKalb County Charles Brantley, 22, of the 300 block of West Amie Avenue in Hinckley, was charged Friday, April 5, with driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dustin A. Clark, 27, of the 1000 block of Garden Road in DeKalb, was charged Friday, April 5, with obstructing a peace officer. Michael F. Pangburn, 40, of the 500 block of Atlantic Drive in Poplar Grove, was charged Thursday, April 4, with possession of marijuana. Shawn M. Roper, 27, of the 800 block of Wilshire Drive in Genoa, was charged Friday, April 5, with burglary and theft. Paid Advertisement

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1 dead in school bus crash By JASON KEYSER and REGINA GARCIA CANO The Associated Press WADSWORTH – A school bus carrying children to their elementary school Friday morning crashed into a Jeep, spun around and then hit another vehicle before flipping onto its side, killing one adult and sending dozens of children to hospitals, authorities said. All 35 people aboard the bus survived the crash that happened around 8 a.m. in Wadsworth, 45 miles north of Chicago, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran Jr. said. Authorities said the driver of a Jeep Wrangler that collided with the bus died of traumatic injuries. Although authorities at first said the bus driver may have run a red light, they said later that witnesses gave conflicting accounts and it was not yet clear who was at fault. Curran said the bus driver was speaking with authorities as part of their investigation, and toxicology tests were being performed on both drivers. No charges had been filed as of late Friday afternoon.

8OBITUARIES HARRY L. ‘BOB’ BRONSON JR. Born: June 12, 1933, in Streator, Ill. Died: March 27, 2013, in Englewood, Fla. ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Harry L. “Bob” Bronson Jr., 79, of Englewood, formerly of Waterman and Genoa, Ill., passed away March 27, 2013, at Englewood Community Hospital. Born June 12, 1933, in Streator, the son of Harry L. Bronson Sr. and Anna Louise (Burkett) Bronson, Bob married Nila Marie Awe in 1985 in Genoa. They were happily married for 28 years, making their home in Genoa and for the past 24 years in Englewood. Bob graduated from Waterman High School in 1951 and served the communities in which he lived as an assistant Boy Scout leader, an active member of Waterman Lions Club, DeKalb Jaycees, Waterman School District Board and DeKalb County School Board, Waterman and Genoa Masonic lodges, Ney Grange of Genoa and Charter Grove Grange of Sycamore. Bob’s beautiful singing voice was heard, beginning at age 13, when he performed on the radio for the Morris B. Sachs Amateur Hour in 1947 in Chicago. Bob performed in the 1973 DeKalb Stagecoach Theatre production of “Guys and Dolls,” along with the Englewood Men’s Choir and many solos, including “How Great Thou Art” and “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” at Waterman United Methodist Church and Englewood United Methodist Church and Men’s Club. Bob loved baseball and softball and was an umpire for both high school and college baseball. He coached Waterman girls softball, DeKalb Farm Bureau girls softball and Waterman Boys Little League. A businessman in Waterman, Bob owned and operated Robert Bronson Floor Covering for many years, and also worked for Wolohan Lumber in DeKalb and Barker Lumber Company in Genoa and participated in the building of Byron Nuclear Generating Station. A lasting tribute to Bob is the magnificent garden that he and wife, Nila, created at their home in Englewood. The many flowering ornamental shrubs and wide variety of plants are presented in containers that feature memories of his past in painted scenes of everyday life and his original botanical designs in mosaic tile. Their garden has been featured in local Florida newspapers and has been a favorite in the Englewood Garden Club tour. Bob is survived by his wife, Nila

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Rescue personnel attend to children from Newport Elementary School after their school bus overturned Friday near Wadsworth. There were about two dozen children on board. Barbara Taylor, who lives nearby, said she heard the collision from her home. “I heard a thud and the ground shook a little bit and I looked out the bedroom window and saw the bus on its side,” Taylor said. By the time she looked from another window, other drivers were rushing to the scene to help, she said. The accident happened about a mile from Newport Elementary School.

Lake County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Sara Balmes said Smith’s vehicle was southbound and the bus was traveling west, about a mile from Newport Elementary School. After the first collision with the Jeep Wrangler, the bus spun around and hit a Jeep Cherokee before flipping onto its side. The front roll bar of the Wrangler was completely removed by the force of the

crash, the hood flattened and squashed into the front seats. Debris lay scattered in adjacent farm fields. Authorities identified the person who died as Philip Smith, 62, of Beach Park. Schools Superintendent Bob DiVirgilio said 34 students were on the bus, which was not equipped with seat belts. He said the high seat backs probably prevented more serious injuries.

Bronson of Englewood; children, Roberta “Robbie” (Bob) Mislevy of Severna Park, Md., Debra Bronson of Irving, Texas, and Robert J. “Butch” Bronson of Riverview, Fla.; grandchildren, Jessica Mislevy of Washington, D.C., Meredith (Zachary) Hughes of Annapolis, Md., and Cassara Bronson and his great-grandson, Rhyan, both of Brandon, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents. The funeral service has taken place, with burial in North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Harry L. “Bob” Bronson Jr. Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, visit www. or call 815-756-1022. To sign the online guest book, visit

loved music, especially jazz, and he was an avid dancer, singer and enjoyed playing instruments. An avid runner, he ran many races including the Chicago Marathon. His last passion, outside his family, was fishing, and he collected nearly every lure, reel and rod that existed, and spent many hours at Bass Pro and Cabela’s. Dave enjoyed food and was often caught by his co-workers, family and wife eating those delicacies he was not supposed to eat. He loved being with his family and he adored any activities where they were involved, even if it was something he didn’t want to do. Dave is survived by his wife, Michelle; his two sons, Jason and Harrison of Genoa; grandchildren, Cody and Sydney Hanchett; siblings, Brad (Inga) Devereaux and Rod (Susan) Hanchett; two sisters-in-law, Lauralynn Alton and Patty Potter; two brothers-in-law, Doug Alton and Mark Potter; parents-in-law, Phil and Laura Potter; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. In honor of Dave, who loved “all things casual,” an informal memorial service (please dress casually) is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the VFW, 311 S. Washington St., Genoa, IL 60135. Please bring your happy memories and share with those who loved him. If you have a treasured photo of Dave, please bring a copy for his family. We will be sharing memories and listening to his favorite jazz music. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to causes supporting Cancer Research, The Larkin Center (1212 Larkin Ave., Elgin, IL 60123), or a donation to the family for a college scholarship for his young son Harrison. To sign the online guest book, visit

Survivors include her daughter, Nanci (Joe) Alaniz; four grandchildren, Joshua, Sarah, Rebekah and Mariah Alaniz, all of Sycamore; two brothers, Pat (Susie) Taylor and Jim (Anita) Taylor both of California; six nieces and nephews, Jessica Taylor, Melissa Erskine, Megan Bryant, Melody Taylor, James Smither and Ed Smither; and her extended family whom she cherished. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Jeri Purdy; and one sister, Janet Smither. A memorial Mass will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Church of St. Mary, 244 Waterman St., Sycamore, with the Rev. Paul Lipinski officiating. A luncheon and time for fellowship and greeting the family will be held after the service at the St. Mary Parish Activity Center. Memorials for Karen Jackson may be made to the charity or organization that touches your heart. For information or to sign the online guest book, visit www. or call 815-895-2833. Arrangements were completed by the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. To sign the online guest book, visit

DAVID STEPHAN HANCHETT Born: July 16, 1943, in Columbus, Ohio Died: March 26, 2013, in Genoa, Ill. GENOA – David Stephan Hanchett, 69, of Genoa, Ill., died March 26, 2013, after fighting a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born July 16, 1943, in Columbus, Ohio, to John C. and Maybelle (Fox) Hanchett, he married his lifelong love, Michelle Potter, and was a devoted father to Jason and Harrison Hanchett. Dave was employed at The Larkin Center in Elgin and was a valued member of its Leadership Team. Beloved by his employees and clients, Dave managed two key programs at the agency, the outpatient Community Counseling and Services program and the Transitional Skills Center for youth. Dave’s first career was spent at Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles where he worked as a psychologist for 25 years. While Dave loved to learn and obtained two masters degrees, it was his commitment to helping others that was the sum of his career. His passion, however, was being on the water and whenever possible he could be found sailing, scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing and enjoying nature to its fullest. Dave had a creative side, including making stained glass and pressed glass. His windows continue to shine with light. Dave



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Ebert was always willing to adapt to new technology By CARYN ROUSSEAU and DON BABWIN The Associated Press CHICAGO – Roger Ebert started out as an old-school newspaper man, the kind that has all but vanished: a fierce competitor who spent the day trying to scoop the competition and the night bellied up to the bar swapping stories. Then newspapers fell on hard times, either laying off huge chunks of their staffs or disappearing altogether. But Ebert didn’t merely survive. He flourished, largely by embracing Roger Ebert television and later the Internet and social networks. As the American news media and even the landscape of his beloved Chicago changed, Ebert evolved, too, gliding seamlessly from one medium to the next and helping to blaze a path forward for the beleaguered industry he loved. Ebert, who died Thursday at age 70, rose to fame at the Chicago Sun-Times, which struggled to survive after two of the city’s four dailies closed. The nation’s most influential movie critic was always willing to experiment and adapt. Every step into new technology widened his audience. “Roger was one of the great conversationalists, whether it was in bars or on the street corner, and when he could not speak, he found a way to speak,” said Rick Kogan, a longtime Chicago Tribune writer who knew Ebert for decades. “In many ways, he

was generations ahead of his time.” Ebert, who quit drinking in the late 1970s, arrived in Chicago when gritty steel mills and stockyards dominated an industrial city. Slowly, they were replaced by gleaming skyscrapers. Ebert kept his newspaper job but grew into a television star, along with his crosstown rival, Gene Siskel of the Tribune. When cancer took Ebert’s voice, he did something that many in his generation would not: He embraced the digital age and kept talking. He talked to his 800,000-plus Twitter followers. He talked to the 100,000 friends on his Facebook page, and he talked on his own blog. All the while, he kept talking in the pages of the Sun-Times, his employer for more than 40 years. In the process, he demonstrated to other journalists who grew up in a print world that tweets had value. “When I first went to Twitter, I thought it was stupid,” said Michele Norris, a host and special correspondent for National Public Radio and a former Tribune reporter. “But he used it to rant and to educate and to push and cajole and make people laugh and think.” Chicago’s surviving newspapers have seen their staffs slashed, but Ebert never lost his love for newsprint. It was there on his desk: the student newspaper he continued to read for decades after college. He once wrote a scathing open letter to former Sun-Times sports columnist Jay Mariotti, who on his way out the door said newspapers were “destined to die.”

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Morning-after pill could be made available to all By LARRY NEUMEISTER and LAURAN NEERGAARD The Associated Press WASHINGTON– The morning-after pill might become as easy to buy as aspirin. In a scathing rebuke accusing the Obama administration of letting election-year politics trump science, a federal judge ruled Friday that there should be no age restrictions on the sale of emergency contraception without a doctor’s prescription. Today, buyers must prove at the pharmacy that they’re 17 or older; everyone else must see a doctor first. U.S. District Judge Edward Korman of New York blasted the government’s decision on age limits as “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable,” and ordered an end to the restrictions within 30 days. The Justice Department was evaluating whether to appeal, and spokeswoman Allison Price said there would be a prompt decision. President Barack Obama had supported the 2011 decision setting age limits, and White House spokesman Jay Carney said Friday the president hasn’t changed his position. “He believes it was the

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8NATION BRIEF Ga. man unleashed pit bulls on neighbor’s pig SPRINGFIELD, Ga. – A Georgia man unleashed his two pit bulls on a neighbor’s pet pig that got loose in a mobile home park, then stabbed the animal 23 times in front of children and other onlookers, authorities said. The pig – named Oliver – survived and was in critical condition at a veterinarian’s office Friday, said Effingham County Sheriff’s Office spokesman David Ehsanipoor. He added

that Oliver had been stabbed mostly in his neck and hind parts. The owner of the dogs, 23-year-old Benjamin Fullwood, was charged Wednesday with felony cruelty to animals, criminal trespass and obstruction of a law enforcement officer, Ehsanipoor said. The man’s bond was set at $25,000, and a judge ordered him to have no contact with domestic animals, Ehsanipoor said. – Wire report

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Florida Department of Education investigates company • VIRTUAL SCHOOLS Continued from page A1 Less local leadership While Virtual Learning Solutions would govern the charter school, its leaders have said day-to-day administrative and curriculum responsibilities will be handled by K12 Inc. The Virginia for-profit company is under investigation by the Florida Department of Education. The NCAA will no longer accept certain credits offered by K12. And in Tennessee, students enrolled in K12’s online program scored the lowest in the state’s assessment system. Officials for K12 and Virtual Learning Solutions did not respond to requests for comment, and local districts said company representatives provided few answers at public hearings on the proposal. However, late this week, Virtual Learning Solutions provided a nearly 1,100 page packet to superintendents of those 18 districts that purported to provide answers. But it’s the numerous concerns and questions about the proposal and K12 that have the Illinois Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, contacting area members. “The people in schools today are there because they care about the kids,” IEA spokesman Charlie McBarron said. “If you are a for-profit enterprise, your focus is profit and what’s good for the shareholders.”

New education model K12 Inc. was founded in 2000 by former banker Ronald J. Packard and promised engaging, individualized education for students whose needs are not met by traditional education models. Virtual Learning Solutions and K12 have said all teachers in the proposed Fox Valley school would be credentialed and live in Illinois. Students would spend at least six hours a day on coursework and have a learning coach to track their attendance and progress. But national media and academic researchers have scrutinized K12 Inc. as putting shareholders first while producing subpar student achievement and high attrition rates

using taxpayer dollars. K12’s revenues outpaced expenses by almost $30 million in its 2012 fiscal year, with $708.4 million in revenue and $679.4 million in expenses, according to the K12 annual report and filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Revenue was $522.4 million and expenses were at $498.2 million in the 2011 fiscal year, records show. K12 students have not performed as well. A 2012 study from the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado found that only 27.7 percent of K12’s schools made adequately yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind rules in 2010-11, compared with 52 percent of public schools. No Child Left Behind’s measure of school performance has been criticized for unreliability, but K12 Inc.’s inferior academic results warrant further attention rather than excuses, NEPC researchers said in their study. The Chicago Virtual Charter School – started in 2008 for students from Chicago Public Schools – is part of the 73 percent of K12 Inc.’s schools that did not make adequate progress. The state’s meet-and-exceed average has been 81 and 82 percent from 2010 to 2012, respectively. In that time, the Chicago virtual school had 71 percent, 77 percent and 79 percent of students meet or exceed state standards, according to the Illinois Interactive Report Card. McBarron, the IEA spokesman, said many students have left K12’s 36 online charter schools after only a couple of years. In its own 2013 academic report, K12 reported more than half of parents with a child in a K12-managed school planned to keep their child there for fewer than two years. The Florida Department of Education is investigating K12 for reportedly using uncertified teachers and falsifying records to show teachers had taught students when they had not. A draft of that investigation has been sent to K12 and Seminole County Schools for review and response by Thursday, said spokeswoman Cheryl Etters. In 2012, the NCAA stopped

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“At the end of the day, our kids have to be learning more every year,” Gauthier said.

Funding shift Beyond the concerns about academics and accountability, the potential loss of significant state funding is distressing, officials say. The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and the Illinois Education Association argue that the combined millions the 18 local school districts could lose would not be better spent by the proposed charter school. CTBA Executive Director Ralph Martire said charter schools have proven incapable of providing a superior education than public schools increasingly constrained by shrinking resources. Lawmakers consistently have underfunded the state’s foundation level, set at $6,119 a student since 2010 – resulting in nearly $1 billion in funding

cuts to public schools. “Charter schools take money out of the public school system that is woefully underfunded to fund alternative schools that don’t have a proven track record of academic success,” Martire said. District 427 Superintendent Kathy Countryman said although the money is a concern, there also are questions surrounding the student experience. She said experiences such as sports and extracurricular activities through the district would be unavailable, classes such as chemistry would not have the same hands-on laboratory work, and the mixture of virtual and traditional learning would be unbalanced.

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Daily Chronicle / Mayoral candidate Mike Verbic discusses topics about his campaign recently with Taylor Street resident Nick Velasquez in DeKalb.

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Another factor in this is ShoDeen’s Irongate development, which if approved, would add more than 1,000 homes to an area north of the high school. Verbic said he could support Irongate if it offered something unique to DeKalb, but there are several open lots in the city. “With new development comes more services,” Verbic said. “Do we have the dollars now to provide those services to more people? Where do those dollars come from?” Verbic’s desire for uniqueness extends into economic development. Verbic said he would not be in favor of extending economic incentives to retailers and restaurants unless they brought something new to DeKalb. He said he would not have voted for the $900,000 loan in tax increment financing proceeds that was awarded to Olive Garden. TIF is a special mechanism local governments use to cure blighted properties. Darden Restaurants, the owner of Olive Garden, later canceled its plan to build a DeKalb location. “As much as it is popular and people like it ... it’s a multimillion-dollar corpora-

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“I believe we can enforce codes that we have on the books by not having to invest that much money,” Verbic said. He described the bureau’s funding mechanism as a double tax on landlords, and pointed out that the bureau pays no attention to single-family homeowners, which can have the same issues as apartments. “We can’t differentiate one or the other,” Verbic said. “We have to approach all of these properties with these challenges in some equal way, but at the same time, not charging really everyone more.” Verbic said he doesn’t believe crime in the city is overhyped, and crime rates must be addressed within the city’s means. Although there have been a number of headline-grabbing crimes, Verbic said people generally feel safe in DeKalb. “We have to bring more of the real data that will address some of the perception issues,” Verbic said. Verbic felt tighter parking restrictions and better enforcement could help crack down on unwanted visitors to the city, as well as investing in items such as better lighting and photo-enforcement cameras at certain intersections.

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Thank you! – The Ben Gordon Center is pleased and grateful to announce the donation of the former Resource Bank building in Malta, IL from Resource Bank. The Ben Gordon Center Building on a Strong Community Resource will use the building as an additional location to provide outpatient behavioral healthcare services to adults, children and families to meet the growing need in DeKalb County. The location will also be a convenient site for our current clients from Creston, Kishwaukee College, Malta and Rochelle along with the consumers from southwest DeKalb. Community services will include prevention and education, individual, group and family counseling, substance abuse therapy, Pictured L to R, Richard Katz, as well as psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Resource Bank President, “We are very thankful for the generosity of Michael Flora, Ben Gordon Resource Bank for the donation of the property. We Center CEO & President, and Mark Leach Ben Gordon Center continue to experience a 12% increase annually in Board Chairman. many of the services we provide. For over 45 years, the Ben Gordon Center has provided comprehensive, About the quality mental health and substance abuse services Ben Gordon Center for adults, children and families. The building in Ben Gordon Center has Malta allows for us to continue to meet the needs of provided mental health our growing community,” said Michael Flora, MBA, counseling and substance M.A.Ed.,LCPC, President and CEO. abuse treatment services “The Malta bank building is a wonderful gift. to the DeKalb County Credit goes to the creative thinking of the Resource area since 1968. The Ben Bank management & staff who crafted a way for the Gordon Center team of community to continue to benefit from the structure. caring professionals are This gift will have an immediate impact at the Center experts in behavioral care. by alleviating the tight accommodations at our main Many with licenses and building. It will also help us better serve the evercertifications in their areas expanding needs, especially those who come to us of specialization, provide a variety of services in a from the western parts of the county,” said Mark number of clinical Leach, Ben Gordon Center Board Chairman. specialties for women, Founded in 1901 in Malta, Illinois, Resource children, adolescents, Bank was originally known as The First National Bank couples, and families. of Malta. Since its inception, the bank has expanded To learn more, please visit to its current size of nine offices throughout DeKalb County. Richard Katz, President of Resource Bank, is aware of the services Ben Gordon Center has provided to the community for many years and is pleased to be able to donate this beautiful facility to them in support of their efforts.

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High freshman admission to help NIU thrive with children. In one case, police said a DeKalb man had hung two young girls from his ceiling by their bound wrists, placed duct tape over their mouths, and photographed them. Another man was charged this week with possession and distribution of child pornography. The allegations are disturbing, but also serve as a reminder to parents and others that there are people in the community from whom children must be

Thumbs up: To news this week that Northern Illinois University already has had more than 18,000 would-be freshmen apply for admission for the fall semester. As the area’s largest employer, the university is a major economic driver, and anything that helps NIU thrive and succeed helps the area at large. Thumbs down: On two separate incidents this week involving adults allegedly behaving inappropriately


Thumbs up: To the nonprofit Tanzania Development Support organization, which hosted a fundraiser this week illustrating some of the struggles facing girls in this country in southeast Africa. Walk with Water participants carried gallons of water as they circled Martin Luther King Jr. Commons on the NIU campus Thursday to represent the long walks many girls take in Tanzania to

collect water. We applaud this group’s philanthropy, as well as the education and empathy offered by this event. Thumbs up: To informed voters. In the final week before Tuesday’s election, voters in school districts 425 and 428 heard from candidates running for their respective school boards. Over the past weeks, similar forums have allowed candidates in Cortland, DeKalb, DeKalb Township, Kirkland and Genoa to

meet face-to-face with interested voters. Events such as candidate forums can be very valuable to voters by allowing them to hear candidates’ positions firsthand. In the final days before the election, we hope voters who still are undecided take the time to become educated about candidates in their local races. Thumbs up: To the Matthew Ranken benefit at Culver’s in Sycamore this week. From the hundreds of people

who waited in line – some for more than an hour – for food, to the employees and volunteers who served them, to the restaurant itself that collected donations all day long, it was a great success. The restaurant set aside 50 percent of total sales on the day for the family of Matthew Ranken, a Sycamore boy who died Feb. 27 in a car crash on Route 64 in Kane County. What a showing of community spirit.


8LETTERS TO THE EDITOR I am active in the community, serving as a DeKalb Chamber Ambassador, Sycamore Rotarian, member of the To the Editor: Northern Illinois University College of As a reader of the the Daily Chronicle ,you are aware that Tuesday is election Law Alumni Council and a board member for Adventure Works of DeKalb day for our local races. I am writing to County, just to name a few. introduce myself and to ask for your My previous local government expevote for DeKalb Township Supervisor. rience includes serving on the DeKalb I was appointed DeKalb Township County Board and as a trustee for Supervisor on Dec. 8, 2010. As township supervisor I serve as the CEO and DeKalb Township. Before my current position, I was working for the DuPage treasurer of DeKalb Township. My County State’s Attorney’s office, duties include administering general where I was assigned to a juvenile assistance, receiving and investing courtroom. It was there that I gained all township funds, managing the a passion for helping at risk youth township’s historic cemeteries and overseeing the day-to-day operations so they do not end up in our court system. of the township. I received both my J.D. and B.A. Since my appointment, I have been from NIU. I am a licensed attorney actively searching for ways the township in the state of Illinois and my wife, can be more efficient while expanding Jennifer, and I reside in DeKalb with high quality, cost-effective human our 21-month-old son, Benjamin. You services to the residents of DeKalb can learn more about the accomTownship. In my short tenure, I have esplishments we have been able to tablished a Committee on Youth to help achieve on our website, wwwJohncombat juvenile delinquency, formed a I would appreciate partnership for cellphone recycling to benefit overseas soldiers, and started re- your vote Tuesday. storing our historic cemeteries to make Eric Johnson them a respectable final resting place for Supervisor, DeKalb Township our loved ones. I have worked to make DeKalb Town- Rey will inspire teamwork ship more transparent by posting all of as DeKalb mayor our financial and meeting information To the Editor: on the township website. I have also In a few short days DeKalb citibeen a good financial steward having zens will be selecting one of several been under budget the previous two candidates who are running for Mayor. years and carrying zero debt. This Having known John Rey for most of allowed me to propose and pass a the 42 years I have lived and worked freeze in our property tax levy. in DeKalb, I am proud to lend my sup-

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port to his candidacy. I have served on several committees, commissions and boards with John and have come to know him as a person who is highly committed to community service. John possesses a leadership style that works to bring people together for a common purpose that serves the best interests for all involved. There has been much growth and many changes in demographics in DeKalb over the past 40 years, and in every instance where inclusiveness was an issue in any aspect of community life, John always has stood firmly for inclusion of all concerned citizens. His “work together for the greater good” attitude in solving problems has led to many successful outcomes in his employment with private business as well as in his community work. As mayor, I believe John will be hard working, approachable and will lead the city in becoming an even greater DeKalb.

ter inside to be greeted warmly by Jennifer Groce. Jennifer Groce was the first person we ever met in DeKalb. Her vision for a renewed DeKalb – a stronger DeKalb – impressed us. Her vision and enthusiasm for DeKalb was contagious (all on top of her kindness). Jennifer Groce created a vision for this city that we quickly bought into. And, as an active part of the community ourselves, we are excited to be a part of that vision becoming reality today. Since that day, it has been impressive – like seeing parts of a puzzle, or scenes of a movie come together – beginning to reveal the big picture. We saw Jennifer out in the city, watching over projects, being involved, organizing, leading, empowering so many of the people, businesses - the facets that make DeKalb beautiful. DeKalb is fortunate to have leaders like Jennifer Groce who are willing to serve our city – to serve as mayor of DeKalb.

opponent, businessman Tony Parker did. It seems that Parker subscribes to Republican ideals much more than Bellah does. During our meeting, Parker revealed to us some issues that Kirkland’s citizens should be concerned about. He had noticed an almost $4,000 discrepancy between what the village said would be the final cost for engineering on the Hortense Street Bridge project, $92,900, and the final bill for $96,670. Where did that $4,000 go? Likewise, Parker discovered a serious discrepancy in the purchase of a police car. The approval for the purchase by the city council occured in November 2012, but the actual purchase itself took place two months earlier in September. How is that possible? Parker also attempted to save the citizens of Kirkland $15,000 a year by pushing for an open bid for waste collection. He found that a competing company was less costly and had higher customer satisfaction than Bennetta Stearnes Waste Management. Yet Bellah and DeKalb Jamie Page the council refused to consider the DeKalb bidding process and allowed Waste Groce has the vision, Management to continue its monopoly Tea Party endorses enthusiasm DeKalb needs unchallenged. To the Editor: Parker in Kirkland We presented Parker with a quesIn early 2009, my wife, Cherron, and To the Editor: tionaire and have found him to be a I were looking for a new home and city We at the DeKalb County of Illinois strong advocate of fiscal responsibilito invest in. Considering DeKalb, we Tea Party have found it perplexing ty, much more than Bellah. Therefore visited local shops and quickly noticed that our state senator Dave Syverson we feel that Senator Syverson and signs downtown marked “Re:New and our state representative Bob Representative Pritchard should DeKalb.” When we happened across Pritchard, both Republicans, have pub- reconsider their endorsement. the Re:New DeKalb offices, we rolled licly endorsed Mayor Les Bellah of our double stroller loaded with our Kirkland for his re-election bid. Bellah Ted McCarron 1-year-old son and 2-year-old daughdeclined to meet with us, but his DeKalb

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Making his Cubs debut, Scott Feldman (0-1) throws two wild pitches, hits a batter and has a ielding error in a 4-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. PAGE B2

* SECTION B Saturday, April 6, 2013 Daily Chronicle

Sports editor Ross Jacobson •



Barbs have devil of a time By BRANDON LaCHANCE

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Cubs, Chicago close to Wrigley renovation deal CHICAGO – Fans of the lovable losers have something to look forward to, after all. The city of Chicago and the Ricketts family that owns the Cubs are close to agreement on a $500 million overhaul of Wrigley Field, two people with knowledge of the negotiations said Friday. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal, first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, was not yet finished and they were not authorized to publicly discuss it. The agreement is expected to include $300 million in renovations at Wrigley, more night games, a parking lot and a $200 million hotel nearby, the people said. They said the team would pick up the entire tab to renovate Wrigley, ending a negotiating process that at times was about as ugly as the way the team has been playing in recent years. It is expected to be completed by Monday, when the Cubs have their home opener for the 2013 season. The plan calls for a video scoreboard inside the park in left field and another sign in right field, said one person close to the negotiations. The size of the video scoreboard was among the details still being worked out. Some owners of the famed rooftops across the street where fans watch games have threatened to sue if the renovation does anything to obstruct their view. Still, the signs – and advertising on them – and those additional night games are significant because team chairman Tom Ricketts has said he’d be willing to pay for the entire project if the city would agree to those two moves. The Cubs also are expected to build a 300-space parking garage on the site of a gravel lot at a nearby cemetery, according to the two people. Neighbors have long complained about the lack of parking on game days. – Wire report

8WHAT TO WATCH Men’s basketball tourney Louisville vs. Wichita St. and Michigan vs. Syracuse, 5 p.m., CBS Louisville (33-5), the Final Four’s sentimental fan favorite after Kevin Ware gruesome injury last week, opens the night against the lowest-seeded team remaining, No. 9 Wichita State (30-8). Trey Burke, the AP’s national player of the year, and the Wolverines (30-7) take on James Southerland and the Orange (30-9).

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

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DeKALB – The DeKalb softball team had no trouble getting runners on base, but until the last two innings of Friday’s contest against Hinsdale Central, the Barbs couldn’t get anyone across home plate. When the innings left in the game ran short, clutch hitting propelled DeKalb over Hinsdale, 3-2. Down 2-0 after the second inning, the home team connected against Red Devils pitcher Anne Marie Tracey continuously, racking up 11 hits, and DeKalb (8-0) had at least one hit in each of its six innings at bat. However, 12 base runners were stranded on base.

More online For all your prep sports coverage – stories, features, scores, photos, videos, blogs and more – log on to “It just wasn’t working out for us. We struggled a little bit, but in the end, we pulled together and went through with it,” DeKalb senior second baseman Hannah Walter said. “I think talking, keeping our composure and staying positive about it helped us take the win.”

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DeKalb’s Danika Thibault delivers a pitch to a Hinsdale Central batter in the first inning of Friday at DeKalb High School. The Barbs won, 3-2.


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Northern Illinois quarterback Matt Williams looks to pass during practice March 27 at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb. Williams redshirted last season, but traveled with the team as its emergency third quarterback, signaling in plays to Jordan Lynch and learning as much as he could from the player who finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy balloting last year.

REDSHIRTS wait their turn Freshmen bide their time learning system, preparing themselves mentally, physically

By STEVE NITZ DeKALB – Mario Jones has been playing football since he was in third grade. Last season, Jones, a redshirt-freshman defensive tackle out of Hubbard High School in Chicago, faced a challenge most Division I freshmen have to deal with when they arrive on campus. After spending four years as a varsity play-

er at Hubbard, Jones redshirted his freshman season. He worked on the scout team during the week, and spent his Saturday afternoons at Huskie Stadium on the sideline, not wearing any pads. When the Huskies were on the road, redshirts like Jones weren’t with the team. More online Jones found out he wasn’t going For all your Northern Illinois to get on the field University sports coverage – in 2012 late in fall including stories, features, scores, camp, but wasn’t upset about the photos, videos, blogs and more – decision. log on to “It was kind of up in the air,” he said. “There was a lot of great athletes on the team. I didn’t mind if I played or not, I just knew I was going to get better either way.” Matt Williams had a slightly different redshirting experience this past year.

See REDSHIRTS, page B3


Ware makes big, bad Louisville the people’s choice By NANCY ARMOUR The Associated Press ATLANTA – Louisville already had the bigger names, the better team and some unfinished business after coming up short in last year’s Final Four. All Wichita State had was the cuteand-cuddly underdog angle. Now the Shockers don’t even have that. Kevin Ware is everybody’s favorite player since he broke his leg in gruesome fashion last weekend yet summoned the strength to encourage his teammates, and having him at the Final Four has given the top-seeded Cardinals (33-5) added motivation to claim the title that eluded them last year. “We really want it, especially since we’re back here for a second AP photo year,” Louisville forward Wayne Louisville players walk out onto the floor before practice Friday in Atlanta. Louisville plays Blackshear said Friday. “With KevWichita State in tonight’s first semifinal game. Michigan and Syracuse will play in the second in going down, especially the way he did, it’s just making us play harder.” semifinal.

Final Four Tonight’s semifinals Louisville (33-5) vs. Wichita St. (30-8), 5:09 p.m., CBS Michigan (30-7) vs. Syracuse (30-9), 7:49 p.m. Monday’s championship game Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.

Louisville will play Wichita State (30-8) in the first national semifinal tonight. The Cardinals are 10½-point favorites. Wichita State has one player (Carl Hall) who salvaged his career after working in a light bulb factory and two more (Ron Baker and Malcolm Armstead) who paid their way to come to school and started on the team as walk-ons. Its coach has invited fans

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8UPCOMING PREPS SPORTS SCHEDULE TODAY Baseball Mendota at Genoa-Kingston, 10 a.m., noon Sterling at Kaneland, 10 a.m. Streator at DeKalb, 10 a.m., noon Ottawa at Sycamore, 10 a.m., noon Indian Creek vs. St. Edward at Wing Park, noon Softball West Chicago at Sycamore, noon, 2 p.m. Girls Soccer Hinckley-Big Rock at Stillman Valley, 10 a.m. Kaneland at West Aurora tournament, 10 a.m. Sycamore in Pepsi Showdown at Olympic Park Boys Track Hinckley-Big Rock at Mendota Invite, 10 a.m. Kaneland at East Moline United Invite, 10 a.m. Genoa-Kingston at Oregon Relays, 10 a.m. Girls Track Hinckley-Big Rock at Mendota Invite, 10 a.m. Genoa-Kingston at Oregon Relays, 10 a.m. Sycamore, Kaneland, DeKalb at Kaneland Invite, 10 a.m. Boys Tennis DeKalb at Crystal Lake South quad, 9 a.m. Girls Badminton DeKalb at York Invite, 9 a.m.

MONDAY Baseball Indian Creek at Earlville, 4:30 p.m. Genoa-Kingston at Harvard, 4:30 p.m. Kaneland at Rochelle, 4:30 p.m. DeKalb vs. Sycamore at NIU, 4:30 p.m. Hinckley-Big Rock at Somonauk, 4:30 p.m. Softball Paw Paw at Hiawatha, 4:30 p.m. West Aurora at Kaneland, 4:30 p.m. Harvard at Genoa-Kingston, 4:30 p.m. Indian Creek at Earlville, 4:30 p.m. Girls Soccer Genoa-Kingston at Richmond-Burton, 4:30 p.m. Hersher at Hinckley-Big Rock, 4:30 p.m. Sycamore at Rockford Boylan, 4:30 p.m.



Feldman struggles in debut Pitcher gives up 4 runs, 5 hits in 4 ⅔ innings By GEORGE HENRY The Associated Press ATLANTA – Justin Upton hit his third homer in four games and Mike Minor pitched into the eighth inning to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Cubs, 4-1, on Friday night. Juan Francisco had a tworun single and Minor (1-0) won his first start of the season, allowing one run and five hits in 7⅓ innings. He walked none and struck out seven. Eric O’FlaNext herty got two outs in the eighth and at Atlanta, C r a i g K i m b r e l 6:10 p.m. threw eight pitchtoday, WGN, es in a perfect ninth for his secAM-720 ond save. Making his Cubs debut, Scott Feldman (0-1) threw two wild pitches, hit a batter and had a fielding error in the fourth when he missed the bag in an attempt to cover first base. Feldman gave up four runs, five hits and four walks in 4⅔ innings. Upton’s shot gave the Braves a 1-0 lead in the first. His sacrifice fly in the third drove in Andrelton Simmons to make it 2-0. Feldman could only blame

ed the inning on rookie Evan Gattis’ groundout. Bowden faced the minimum over the next 2⅓ innings. Hector Rondon faced four batters in the eighth. Feldman, who spent his first eight seasons with Texas, is 0-6 with a 6.85 ERA over his past nine starts. Notes: New center fielder B.J. Upton reached base for the first time with the Braves when Feldman hit him with a pitch in the fifth. B.J. Upton, who is 0 for 14 with nine strikeouts this season, advanced to second on his first steal for Atlanta and scored on Francisco’s single. ... Gattis went 3 for 4 and was the only player on either team with more than one hit. ... Cubs SS Starlin Castro appeared in his 200th consecutive game, the NL’s longest active streak. ... Before the game, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Braves GM Frank Wren came to his office and asked that he keep Chicago players off the field while Atlanta was still taking batting practice. Some of the Cubs’ relievers were loosening up in left field with a few minAP photo Cubs pitcher Scott Feldman fields a bunt and throws out the runner at utes left in the Braves’ allotted practice time. Sveum said he first against the Braves in the fourth inning Friday night in Atlanta. quickly obliged. “Realistically, himself for the second run. He with a 0.94 ERA in six starts. two teams can’t be on the field issued a leadoff walk to Sim- He also improved to 5-0 in five at the same time, but obviously mons, who stole second and ad- career starts against the Cubs. we all know at the end of (batvanced to third on a wild pitch. Francisco used an inside-out ting practice) that everybody Minor’s one costly mistake swing with one out in the fifth to always goes and throws and came when Scott Hairston led drive the ball into left field for a pretty much everybody’s work is done,” Sveum said. “The BP off the fifth with a homer, his two-run single that made it 4-1. first, to make it 2-1. That hit chased Feldman, times got all goofed up, that’s Since the beginning of Sep- who threw balls on 49 of his 102 part of it. Why all that haptember last year, Minor is 5-0 pitches. Michael Bowden end- pened, anyway.”

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By LARRY LAGE The Associated Press

NIU baseball team’s winning streak ends The Northern Illinois baseball team lost its series opener at Central Michigan, 6-3, on Friday. The Huskies had won four in a row before the loss. “From a hitting and pitching approach standpoint, this might’ve been the worst game we’ve played in the last two or three weeks. Our defense wasn’t sharp either,” NIU coach Ed Mathey said in a news release. “We put together a couple hits and walks to get runners on base in six innings of play but strikeouts hurt us and we weren’t able to get anything going.” Offensively, NIU (9-18, 4-3 Mid-American Conference) was led by junior Landon Tenhagen, who went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBIs. Nate Ruzich went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored, while Alex Klonowski was 2 for 5 with a run scored. Klonowski has hit .571 in the past five games. Jordan Ruckman took the loss for the Huskies, giving up four earned runs in 5⅔ innngs while walking six and striking out five.

DeKalb Bengals win tourney’s boys division Cornerstone Christian Academy’s 2013 Nothing But Net 3 on 3 basketball tournament had 22 teams compete across four different divisions March 23. In the boys division, the DeKalb Bengals took first place and Ball So Hard took second place. TL Panda Select was first in the young men’s division and CPS took second. In the men’s division, Harvest took first place while Flint Tropics was the runner-up. Ball Takers was the girls champion and The Bombers took second. Austin Hop won the free-throw shooting contest and Christ Gandy was first in the 3-point shooting contest. – Staff reports

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DETROIT – The Detroit Lions didn’t have to look long for a new kicker. Detroit added four-time All-Pro David Akers, one day after Jason Hanson retired. Akers’ agent, Jerrold Colton, confirmed Friday that he and the Lions agreed to terms. Colton declined to give details when asked if Akers got a one-year contract. “I’m excited about the opportunity to play for the Lions’ organization,” Akers told The Associated Press. “I’m not trying nor would I be able to fill the likes of Jason’s shoes. He is and will always be a legend as far as I’m concerned. That being said, it will be an honor to attempt to follow in his footsteps. It will be great to be near my extended family as we strive to for a championship.” Akers’ wife’s family is originally from the Detroit area. Hanson hung up his cleats Thursday, ending his 21-year, record-breaking career with the Lions. San Francisco released Akers a month ago after he slumped during the 2012 season. The six-time Pro Bowl kicker made 73 of 94 field goals over two seasons for the 49ers. His 297 points over the past two seasons led the league. He underwent double hernia surgery in February 2012 then aggravated the area during the season when he slipped on the field during practice.

8WEEKEND TV SPORTS SCHEDULE TODAY’S SCHEDULE Pro hockey Blackhawks at Nashville, 2 p.m., CSN Pro baseball Seattle at White Sox, 12:10 p.m., CSN+ St. Louis at San Francisco, 2:30 p.m., FOX Cubs at Atlanta, 6 p.m., WGN Kansas City at Philadelphia or Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 6 p.m., MLB Pro basketball Philadelphia at Miami, 6:30 p.m., ESPN Golf PGA Tour, Texas Open, third round, noon, TGC; 2 p.m., NBC LPGA, Kraft Nabisco Championship, third round, 4 p.m., TGC Horse racing NTRA, Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby, 5 p.m., NBCSN Tennis WGA, Family Circle Cup, semifinal, noon, ESPN2 Auto racing IRL, Grand Prix of Alabama qualifying, 4 p.m., NBCSN (same-day tape) NHRA, Nationals qualifying, 9 p.m., ESPN2 (same-day tape)

New Jersey at Buffalo, 6:30 p.m., NBCSN Pro baseball Detroit at N.Y. Yankees, noon, TBS Cubs at Atlanta, 12:35 p.m., CSN Seattle at White Sox, 1 p.m., WGN L.A. Angels at Texas, 7 p.m., ESPN2 Pro basketball New York at Oklahoma City, noon, ABC L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers, 2:30 p.m., ABC Bulls at Detroit, 6 p.m., CSN+ Auto racing NASCAR, Sprint Cup, STP Gas Booster 500, 11:30 a.m., FOX IRL, Indy Lights, Legacy Indy Lights 100, 1 p.m., NBCSN (same-day tape) IRL, Grand Prix of Alabama, 2 p.m., NBCSN NHRA, Nationals, 10 p.m., ESPN2 Golf PGA Tour, Texas Open, final round, noon, TGC; 2 p.m., NBC LPGA, Kraft Nabisco Championship, final round, 4 p.m., TGC SUNDAY’S SCHEDULE Women’s basketball Pro hockey NCAA tournament, semifinal, St. Louis at Detroit, 11:30 a.m., NBC Louisville vs. California, 5:30 p.m., Nashville at Blackhawks, 6 p.m., ESPN CSN

Soccer Premier League, Southampton at Reading, 6:30 a.m., ESPN2 MLS, Real Salt Lake at Colorado, 6:30 p.m., NBCSN College football Nebraska spring football game, 2 p.m., BTN College softball Missouri at Alabama, 2 p.m., ESPNU College baseball Liberty at Coastal Carolina, 11 a.m., ESPNU Missouri at Georgia, 7 p.m., ESPNU Men’s lacrosse Hobart at Ohio St., 11 a.m., BTN Syracuse at Princeton, 4 p.m., ESPNU Men’s gymnastics Big Ten individual event finals, 7 p.m., BTN Prep basketball National Invitational, girls championship, teams TBD, 10 a.m., ESPN2 National Invitational, boys championship, teams TBD, noon, ESPN

NCAA tournament, semifinal, Connecticut vs. Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., ESPN Tennis WTA, Family Circle Cup, championship match, noon, ESPN2 Men’s basketball NCAA Division II tournament, championship, Metro St. at Drury, 3 p.m., CBS Soccer MLS, New York at Fire, 4 p.m., ESPN2 College softball Baylor at Oklahoma, 2 p.m., ESPN College baseball Florida St. at Miami (Fla.), 11 a.m., ESPNU Ohio St. at Minnesota, 1 p.m., BTN California at Arizona, 3 p.m., ESPNU Women’s lacrosse Vanderbilt at Ohio St., 11 a.m., BTN College boxing National championships, 6 p.m., ESPNU Rodeo PBR, Stanley Make Something Great Invitational, noon, CBS (previous and same-day tape) Cycling Paris-Roubaix, Compiegne to Roubaix, France, 7 a.m., NBCSN

EASTERN CONFERENCE W 59 49 48 43 42 42 39 36 31 29 28 25 23 19 18

z-Miami x-New York x-Indiana x-Brooklyn x-Bulls x-Atlanta x-Boston Milwaukee Philadelphia Toronto Washington Detroit Cleveland Orlando Charlotte

L 16 26 28 32 33 35 37 39 44 47 47 51 52 58 58

Pct .787 .653 .632 .573 .560 .545 .513 .480 .413 .382 .373 .329 .307 .247 .237

GB — 10 11½ 16 17 18 20½ 23 28 30½ 31 34½ 36 41 41½

WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct x-Oklahoma City 56 20 .737 x-San Antonio 56 20 .737 x-Denver 52 24 .684 x-L.A. Clippers 50 26 .658 x-Memphis 51 24 .680 Golden State 43 32 .573 Houston 42 33 .560 L.A. Lakers 39 36 .520 Utah 40 37 .519 Dallas 36 39 .480 Portland 33 42 .440 Minnesota 28 47 .373 Sacramento 27 48 .360 New Orleans 26 50 .342 Phoenix 23 52 .307 x-clinched playoff spot; z-clinched conference

GB — — 4 6 4½ 12½ 13½ 16½ 16½ 19½ 22½ 27½ 28½ 30 32½

Friday’s Results Bulls 87, Orlando 86 Cleveland 97, Boston 91 New York 101, Milwaukee 83 Philadelphia 101, Atlanta 90 Toronto 95, Minnesota 93 Miami 89, Charlotte 79 Oklahoma City 97, Indiana 75 Utah 95, New Orleans 83 Golden State at Phoenix (n) Dallas at Sacramento (n) Memphis at L.A. Lakers (n) Houston at Portland (n) Today’s Games Indiana at Washington, 6 p.m. Charlotte at Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Miami, 6:30 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Atlanta at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m. Houston at Denver, 8 p.m.

NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE GP d-Blackhawks36 d-Anaheim 37 d-Vancouver 37 Los Angeles 37 San Jose 36 Minnesota 37 Detroit 38 St. Louis 36 Edmonton 37 Columbus 38 Phoenix 37 Nashville 38 Dallas 36 Calgary 35 Colorado 37

W 27 25 20 21 19 21 19 20 16 16 16 15 16 13 12

L 5 7 11 13 11 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 17 18 20

OT 4 5 6 3 6 2 5 2 7 7 6 8 3 4 5

Pts GF GA 58 122 80 55 116 92 46 98 93 45 107 91 44 92 88 44 100 97 43 99 100 42 105 98 39 99 102 39 91 101 38 101 104 38 93 103 35 96 112 30 96 126 29 89 117

EASTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts GF GA d-Pittsburgh 39 29 10 0 58 127 95 d-Montreal 37 24 8 5 53 118 90 d-Washington 37 18 17 2 38 109 105 Boston 36 24 8 4 52 101 77 Toronto 37 20 13 4 44 115 105 Ottawa 37 19 12 6 44 93 83 N.Y. Rangers 37 18 15 4 40 89 89 N.Y. Islanders 38 18 16 4 40 109 117 New Jersey 37 15 13 9 39 89 101 Winnipeg 39 18 19 2 38 94 119 Philadelphia 37 17 17 3 37 105 114 Buffalo 38 15 17 6 36 102 116 Carolina 36 16 18 2 34 96 111 Tampa Bay 36 16 18 2 34 117 106 Florida 37 12 19 6 30 91 127 d-division leader Two points for a win, one point for OT loss Friday’s Results Pittsburgh 2, N.Y. Rangers 1 (SO) Buffalo 4, Ottawa 2 St. Louis 3, Columbus 1 Detroit 3, Colorado 2 (OT) Dallas at Anaheim (n) Calgary at San Jose (n) Today’s Games Blackhawks at Nashville, 2 p.m. Philadelphia at Winnipeg, 2 p.m. Edmonton at Los Angeles, 3 p.m. Boston at Montreal, 6 p.m. Toronto at New Jersey, 6 p.m. Tampa Bay at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Carolina, 6 p.m. Washington at Florida, 6:30 p.m. Colorado at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Calgary at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

MLB AMERICAN LEAGUE Central Division W L Pct 2 1 .667 2 2 .500 2 2 .500 2 2 .500 2 2 .500 East Division W L Pct Baltimore 3 1 .750 Boston 3 1 .750 Tampa Bay 2 2 .500 New York 1 3 .250 Toronto 1 3 .250 West Division W L Pct Texas 3 1 .750 Oakland 2 2 .500 Seattle 2 2 .500 Houston 1 2 .333 Los Angeles 1 3 .250 White Sox Cleveland Detroit Kansas City Minnesota

GB — ½ ½ ½ ½ GB — — 1 2 2 GB — 1 1 1½ 2

Friday’s Results Seattle at White Sox (n) Detroit 8, N.Y. Yankees 3 Texas 3, L.A. Angels 2 Baltimore 9, Minnesota 5 Kansas City 13, Philadelphia 4 Boston 6, Toronto 4 Tampa Bay 4, Cleveland 0 Oakland at Houston (n) Today’s Games Seattle (F.Hernandez 1-0) at White Sox (Axelrod 0-0), 12:10 p.m. Boston (Lackey 0-0) at Toronto (Happ 0-0), 12:07 p.m. L.A. Angels (Hanson 0-0) at Texas (M.Harrison 0-1), 3:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Phelps 0-0) at Detroit (Scherzer 0-0), 3:05 p.m. Kansas City (Mendoza 0-0) at Philadelphia (Lannan 0-0), 6:05 p.m. Minnesota (Worley 0-1) at Baltimore (Tillman 0-0), 6:05 p.m. Cleveland (Bauer 0-0) at Tampa Bay (Cobb 0-0), 6:10 p.m. Oakland (Colon 0-0) at Houston (Bedard 0-0), 6:10 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Central Division W L Pct 3 1 .750 2 2 .500 1 2 .333 1 3 .250 1 3 .250 East Division W L Pct Atlanta 3 1 .750 Washington 3 1 .750 New York 2 2 .500 Miami 1 3 .250 Philadelphia 1 3 .250 West Division W L Pct Arizona 3 1 .750 Colorado 3 1 .750 San Francisco 3 1 .750 Los Angeles 1 2 .333 San Diego 1 3 .250 Cincinnati Cubs Pittsburgh Milwaukee St. Louis

GB — 1 1½ 2 2 GB — — 1 2 2 GB — — — 1½ 2

Friday’s Results Atlanta 4, Cubs 1 Kansas City 13, Philadelphia 4 Colorado 5, San Diego 2 San Francisco 1, St. Louis 0 Miami 7, N.Y. Mets 5 Cincinnati 15, Washington 0 Arizona 3, Milwaukee 1 Pittsburgh at L.A. Dodgers (n) Today’s Games Cubs (Villanueva 0-0) at Atlanta (Teheran 0-0), 6:10 p.m. Miami (Nolasco 0-1) at N.Y. Mets (Niese 1-0), 12:10 p.m. Washington (Detwiler 0-0) at Cincinnati (Leake 0-0), 12:10 p.m. St. Louis (Miller 0-0) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 0-0), 3:05 p.m. Kansas City (Mendoza 0-0) at Philadelphia (Lannan 0-0), 6:05 p.m. Arizona (Corbin 0-0) at Milwaukee (Fiers 0-0), 6:10 p.m. San Diego (T.Ross 0-0) at Colorado (Garland 0-0), 7:10 p.m. Pittsburgh (A.Burnett 0-1) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 1-0), 8:10 p.m.


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G-K softball wins final tuneup for BNC play ing our chances into goals,” Syca- out as the Timberwolves improved to BASEBALL GIRLS SOCCER T’wolves fall to Somonauk: IndiRoyals, T’wolves tie: Hinckley-Big more coach Dave Lichamer said. 1-0-1 on the year.

By DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF The Genoa-Kingston softball team defeated Plano, 6-5, at home Friday for its second straight victory. Rachel Joos pitched three innings with four strikeouts, and Kailyn Cygan pitched the remaining four innings. Amy Clark was 3 for 3 with a triple, Joos was 2 for 2, and Aubrey Schulz-Trongue was 3 for 4 for the Cogs (2-1). G-K plays Harvard at home Monday in its first Big Northern Conference game.

an Creek lost to Somonauk, 7-4, at home. Chris Pickwell had a double and an RBI while striking out seven in six innings. Tim Sommerfeld had two stolen bases and went 1 for 2 at the plate while Jake Wieseler went 2 for 4. Cogs lose: Genoa-Kingston lost to Plano, 3-2, at home. Bobby Treadwell pitched a complete game and struck out nine batters. Jose Ruiz was 2 for 3 with two stolen bases and a run scored. The Cogs fall to 0-3 on the season.

“With many opportunities missing the mark, we will need to find a way to convert those chances as the season progresses.” Sycamore plays in the Pepsi Showdown against Metea Valley today. T’wolves roll: Indian Creek dominated Hall for a 7-0 victory. Emily Schilling had two goals while Madison Spooner, Christina Sommerfeld, THURSDAY’S LATE RESULTS Jacklyn Bouma, Madison Russell GIRLS SOCCER Sycamore ties: Sycamore tied and Bailey Martenson also added goals. Yorkville, 1-1, on Thursday. Josie Diehl was in net for the shut“We had a lot of trouble convertRock and Indian Creek tied, 0-0, in Shabbona. The Royals nearly won on a last-second shot, but the goal was waived off as it came just after time expired. Katy Yeager pitched a shutout in goal for the Royals (2-0-1). H-BR plays at Stillman Valley at 10 a.m. today.

BASEBALL H-BR dominates LaMoille: Hinckley-Big Rock got a 12-0 win in five innings at LaMoille. Dutch Schneeman got the win by throwing three innings and striking out six for the Royals (4-2, 3-0 Little Ten). Mitch Ruh went 2 for 3 with a home run and a double. Bailey McQueen was 3 for 4 with a stolen base and an RBI and Austin Scott was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored. The Royals tallied 13 hits on the day.


Robinson, Deng lead Bulls over Magic By ANDREW SELIGMAN The Associated Press

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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford whiffs on a goal scored by the Blues’ Adam Cracknell (not pictured) during the first period of Thursday night’s game at the United Center.

Hawks approach final countdown By TOM MUSICK

Next CHICAGO – The Blackhawks have had a tough time closing out games lately. They’ll need to find a way to finish the regular season without a similar struggle. It doesn’t seem so long ago that the puck dropped on the NHL season, but only 12 games remain before the playoffs. Three of those games will come against the Nashville Predators, including today’s matchup at Bridgestone Arena. Marian Hossa knows that teams are judged by how they finish, not how they start. The Hawks opened the season with a record-setting 24-game point streak but have gone 3-3-1 in their past seven games while being outscored in the third period, 11-5. “We’ve done lots of good things so far, so we’re happy about that,” Hossa said. “We’ve got a long road ahead of us. “We know it’s going to be tougher and tougher.” In recent seasons, the Hawks have played some of their best hockey at the end of the regular season. A year ago, Joel Quenneville’s club went 8-1-3 in the final 12 games but lost to the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round of the playoffs. Before the Hawks’ Stanley Cup title run in 2010, the Hawks went 7-3-2 in the final dozen games. Here’s a week-by-week look at the Hawks’ final stretch of the regular season:

at Nashville, 2 p.m. today, CSN, AM-720 for points to climb back into the Western Conference playoff picture, but the Hawks cannot afford a letdown with the Ducks in close range for the No. 1 seed. Six points in the next four games should keep the Hawks on top of the conference. Target: 6 points

SECOND-TO-FINAL WEEK April 14: St. Louis (road) April 15: Dallas (home) April 19: Nashville (home) April 20: Phoenix (home) The Hawks have three home games in this four-game span, which offers a great chance to build a winning streak. This season, the Hawks are 13-3-2 at the United Center. If you think that’s impressive, how about this statistic: Since 2008-09, the Hawks 117-45-20 on home ice. Add the fact that Dallas, Nashville and Phoenix are on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff race, and the Hawks should thrive. Target: 7 points

FINAL WEEK April 22: Vancouver (road) April 24: Edmonton (road) April 26: Calgary (home) April 27: St. Louis (road)

Here comes the tough part. A home game against the lowly Calgary Flames should equal two points, no excuses, but the Hawks’ trio of road games at Vancouver, Edmonton and St. Louis could be dicey. The very talented (and THIRD-TO-FINAL WEEK very annoying) Canucks likeToday: Nashville (road) ly will be battling for home-ice Sunday: Nashville (home) advantage in the first round Tuesday: Minnesota (road) of the playoffs, while the Friday: Detroit (home) Oilers and Blues likely will be Home-and-home series can be a ton of fun in the NHL, espe- competing for a playoff spot. cially when those series feature Consider this a good test run for the playoffs, when every two teams that have a deep game will be intense. familiarity with one another. The Predators are desperate Target: 6 points

CHICAGO – Nate Robinson scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, Luol Deng finished with 19 after a slow start, and the Bulls beat the Orlando Magic, 87-86, on Friday night. Robinson, who scored the go-ahead basket the previous night in a two-point win at Brooklyn, came up big down the stretch, offsetting a 27-point performance by Orlando’s Beno Udrih. He scored nine points during a 15-4 run that turned a five-point deficit into an 87-78 lead. Deng hit two 3-pointers during that stretch, and Robinson capped it with a long jumper as he crashed to the floor with 3:51 left. The Bulls did not score

Next at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, CSN+, AM-1000 again, but they managed to pull this one out anyway, sending the Magic to their 12th loss in 13 games. Orlando was within one after Robinson lost his dribble and DeQuan Jones broke the other way for a dunk with Nate Robinson 1:33 remaining. Deng then missed on a drive, and after Carlos Boozer stole the ball from Nikola Vucevic, Robinson missed a jumper with 25 seconds left.

Vucevic grabbed the rebound, and the Magic called time. With one more chance left, though, they gave it up again. This time, a driving Udrih threw a bad pass that Jimmy Butler recovered in the corner for the Bulls with about 10 seconds left. The Magic couldn’t foul, though, until there were 0.2 seconds left because the Bulls kept the ball moving, preserving a narrow win. The fifth-place Bulls moved within a game of Brooklyn for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Udrih scored 18 points in the third, hitting 6 of 9 shots and a pair of 3-pointers, and the Magic led by as much as eight in the period. But Robinson, who hit the

winning shot the previous night, started to heat up at the end of the quarter. He stepped back and buried a fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer and started the fourth by nailing another shot from long range to pull the Bulls within 70-69. The Bulls were trailing 74-69 when Deng started the go-ahead rally with a 3. Robinson scored nine during that run, finishing it off with that long jumper after back-to-back 3s by Deng and Vladimir Radmanovic. Notes: There was nothing new on the Derrick Rose front, with coach Tom Thibodeau saying, “The same. Just steady progress.” He also said Richard Hamilton “has a ways to go,” but Joakim Noah and Marco Belinelli are “very close.”

Newport picks up her 5th victory coming in relief • BARBS Continued from page B1 The Barbs scored one run in the fifth on three straight singles, culminating with first baseman Haley Tadd driving in shortstop Lindsey Costlion. “Holding a good team like DeKalb to three runs is pretty good. Our pitcher used the strike zone very well, pitched very well,” Hinsdale coach Lee Maciejewski said. “We made some base-running gaffes that could have got us at least five runs.” The tying and go-ahead runs came in the sixth inning when Walter and center fielder Sabrina Killeen began the comeback with two singles. A Costlion walk loaded the bases for DeKalb and Townsend hit a dribbler toward Hinsdale second baseman Lauren Excel that scored Killeen, tying the score at 2. Freshman Morgan Newport fouled off a pitch and then watched as four balls missed the plate to score Walter. Newport forced all three Hinsdale batters she faced in the top of the seventh to hit to her fielders for easy outs. Freshman Danika Thibault pitched four innings as the starter on the circle, striking out three Red Devils (0-3). Newport struck out three of the four batters she faced in the fifth and two in the sixth. She improved to 5-0 on the season, getting the win in relief. “I told the girls at the end, ‘That’s what I think makes this game so great is some days you’re going to get the big hit and other days you are not,’” Barbs coach Jeff Davis said. “You can’t let it bug you. Erik Anderson – For Shaw Media Just go out, take what’s given DeKalb base runner Sabrina Killeen (11) leaves third base after teammate Morgan Newport (not pictured) to you and that’s the way this makes contact during Friday’s game at DeKalb High School. The Barbs won, 3-2. game is played.”

Last season’s crop of redshirt freshman treated to trip to Florida for Orange Bowl • REDSHIRT Continued from page B1 Williams traveled with the team as its emergency third quarterback, signaling in plays to Jordan Lynch and learning as much as he could from the player who finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy balloting last year. Not getting on the field is a reality most freshmen face. NIU had 27 freshmen redshirt last season, while six true freshmen – receiver Jacob Brinlee, running back Keith Harris Jr., tight end Desroy Maxwell, linebacker Mike Cotton, cornerback

Marlon Moore and Perez Ford, who is making the switch from running back to defensive end this spring – got playing time without taking a redshirt season. Williams said that while going through a season without seeing the field is hard at times, in the end, everyone is playing their own role. “At times it gets tough because you want to go out there and contribute to your team. You’re contributing by redshriting and doing your part,” Wiliams said. “Everybody has a part and everybody plays their role, everybody pays their dues. “You’re redshirting, getting in the weight room, getting heavier, doing all

that stuff. Get in there, do your role, help out the team any way you can.” This spring, Williams is looking to earn the backup quarterback spot. Sophomore Matt McIntosh is listed behind Jordan Lynch on the depth chart. “[Bob] Cole came to us at the beginning of spring ball and said the No. 2 spot’s open. Obviously, I want to be the next guy here, do everything I can,” Williams said. “McIntosh and Drew (Hare) are great quarterbacks, too. Just got to do your part and help out. Wherever you end up, just have to do your part.” Williams said he’s put on 10 pounds since he’s been on campus,

and used the 2012 campaign as an opportunity to take mental reps by watching and learning from Lynch. Redshirt-freshman tackle Josh Ruka said spending 2012 on the scout team helped him pick up little things like technique, and said his redshirt year was a great opportunity to get used to the system. Getting through a season without getting any playing time isn’t easy for guys who never really had to worry about a lack of playing time before college, but players like Ruka and Jones say they ultimately benefit from using a redshirt year, knowing they probably will be better off as a fifth-year player.

“I just wanted to come in doing my best, and then if I redshirted, I pretty much thought that the redshirt year would give me the chance to master some techniques,” Jones said. Last season, the redshirts also got a special reward at the end of the year, spending a week in South Florida during Orange Bowl preparation. Redshirts don’t travel to regular road games, but with the scout team neeeded in bowl practice, everyone got the opportunity to head to the Miami area. Not a bad first road trip. “That was the coolest thing I’ve ever been to,” Ruka said. “Just the experience was awesome.”


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MICHIGAN (30-7) VS. SYRACUSE (30-9), 7:49 P.M. TODAY, CBS

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Orange, Big Blue’s styles clash Reports By PAUL NEWBERRY The Associated Press ATLANTA – Syracuse is brimming with confidence, largely because of its suffocating style when the other team has the ball. Next up, a guy who knows a thing or two about breaking down opposing defenses. Trey Burke, meet the Orange Crush. The Final Four semifinal between Syracuse and Burke’s Michigan team will present a clear contrast in styles tonight – the Orange, a veteran group that is perfectly content to settle into their octopus-like zone, versus the brash young Wolverines, who love to run, run, run and have been compared to those Fab Five squads of the early 1990s. Clearly taking to heart the adage that offense wins fans but defense wins championships, Syracuse sounded like a team that fully expects to be playing in the title game at the Georgia Dome.

doesn’t hurt, either. The Associated Press player of the year already came up huge in the regionals, leading the Wolverine back from a 14-point deficit against Kansas with less than 7 minutes remaining. He knocked down a long 3-pointer at the end of regulation to tie the score, then finished off the upset of the top-seeded Jayhawks in overtime. But Burke never has played against a defense quite like this. “We’ve just got to try to find different ways to attack the zone,” the sophomore guard said. “They play a really good 2-3. It’s tough. We’ve AP photo got to make sure we knock down Michigan’s Trey Burke watches during practice Friday in Atlanta. Michigan will uncontested 3s.” play Syracuse in a semifinal game tonight. The zone usually is viewed as more of a passive defense. “It’s going to take them a while from Syracuse’s media session. Not the way Syracuse plays it. “It sounds like cockiness,” said to adjust to the zone,” junior guard Coach Jim Boeheim has assemBrandon Triche said Friday, a day guard Tim Hardaway Jr., son of when all four teams got a chance to the former NBA star. “But it’s not bled a bunch of guys with imprespractice in the cavernous, 70,000- going to come down to just talent sive size and surprising quickness. seat stadium that is normally or who has the biggest players. It’s When they’re all working together home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. going to come down to heart and it can be tough to get an open jumpThe Michigan players quickly passion.” er and nearly impossible to work got wind of the comments coming Having a player such as Burke the ball inside.

Louisville’s trip to Final 4 last year was something of a surprise • FINAL FOUR Continued from page B1 into the locker room after big wins. Yes, this is a school with all the makings of a team the entire country could get behind. Problem is, in this case, Louisville and Ware already are tugging on America’s heart strings. “I’m just glad to know Kevin Ware now even more because he’s probably the most famous person I know,” Peyton Siva cracked. “You know, when you have Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama call you, it’s pretty good to say you know that person.” Louisville’s trip to last year’s Final Four was something of a surprise, coming after the Cardinals skidded into the Big East tournament just two games over .500. So when they got to the NCAA tourney and finally got bounced by

archrival and top-ranked Kentucky in the national semifinals, it wasn’t a shock. Or a huge disappointment. This year, however, the Cardinals – and everyone else – expect Louisville to win it all. “I think that’s the one difference from last year to this year,” Chane Behanan said. “Last year, I don’t want to say it was a fluke because we were a great basketball team. This year is just totally different. We have the No. 1 seed. It’s a lot of pressure with everyone expecting us to win.” Until Ware got hurt, the Cardinals seemed immune to the pressure and the expectations, to say nothing of letdowns. They won their first four NCAA tournament games by an average of almost 22 points. They limited opponents to 59 points and 42 percent shooting while harrassing them into almost 18 turnovers. Oregon was the only team to get

within single-digits of Louisville at the buzzer. The Cardinals blew out mighty Duke by 22 points. Russ Smith was named Most Outstanding Player of the Midwest Regional after averaging 26 points in the first four games and tying an NCAA record with eight steals against North Carolina A&T. Gorgui Dieng has 10 blocks. But losing Ware was big. He was the main substitute – the only substitute, really – for Smith and Peyton Siva, the high-octane guards who are the key not only to Louisville’s suffocating press but its offense, too. “Our players totally understand the challenge that lies ahead with this Wichita State team,” coach Rick Pitino said. “We understand with Kevin out that we not only have to play very hard, we have to play very, very smart.” Particularly against the Shockers. This is the first Final Four ap-

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Top 3 Picks! April 6 Annual Spring Wine Tasting Blumen Gardens, Sycamore Sample a variety of wines and enjoy appetizers at this annual event. Tickets are $30 at the door. From 1 to 5 p.m. for more information


April 6 Second Chance Crafts DeKalb Public Library, DeKalb Did you miss a fun craft because it was at the wrong time or on the wrong day? Now you have another chance to create something fun, while supplies last. Make one or several fun craft projects. Younger children should have an adult present to assist with any cutting or gluing required. From 2 to 4 p.m.


April 7 NIU Steelband Spring Concert Boutell Memorial Hall, DeKalb The concert will feature the legendary steelpan performer/composer and arranger, Robert “Robbie” Greenidge. Concert starts at 3 p.m.


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pearance for Wichita State since 1965, but the ninth-seeded Shockers are no fluke. They’re big, they’re athletic, they rebound and they can shoot 3s better than just about anyone. Just ask Pittsburgh, a first-round victim of the hot-shooting Shockers. Or No. 1-seeded Gonzaga, which was out before the first weekend of the tournament was over thanks to Wichita State. Or Ohio State, a fashionable pick for a third straight Final Four until the Shockers sent them packing. (Pitino, by the way, swears he picked Wichita State to get to the Final Four.) “Their whole team is tough. It’s not just one guy,” Siva said. “Macolm Armstead, of course, makes them go. But on any given night, anybody on the team can have a big night. It’s up to us to play collective defense, hit the glass and continue to play how we’ve been playing.”

put Tigers on defense By JOHN ZENOR The Associated Press AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn is once again on the defensive amid allegations of wrongdoing going back to the 2010 national championship season. Two reports surfaced this week accusing the athletic department of wide-ranging misdeeds ranging from covering up widespread use of synthetic marijuana among football players to grade-changing and illicit payments, allegations the school strongly denies. Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs and other officials have disputed the findings in both reports, which painted a bleak picture of a department and football program that weathered an NCAA investigation in the recruiting of Cam Newton through much of the title run. Jacobs dismissed allegations made by former players and their parents in an ESPN report Thursday that Auburn covered up widespread use of synthetic marijuana as “baseless and inaccurate.” Former football coach Gene Chizik said an earlier report on by former New York Times and Sports Illustrated writer Selena Roberts was “short on facts and logic.” Regardless, the reports again cast a negative light on a season that produced Auburn’s first national championship in 53 years and a Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall NFL draft pick in Newton. Chizik compared the latest reports to the Newton investigation in a statement Thursday in response to Roberts’ story. The NCAA ultimately said it found no evidence of wrongdoing by Auburn or Newton in an investigation into pay-for-play allegations. “The NCAA focused intently on widespread accusations about Auburn players being paid and other alleged recruiting violations,” Chizik said. “The NCAA conducted 80 interviews. In October 2011, the NCAA rejected ‘rampant public speculation online and in the media.’ “Unfortunately, the recent story published by Selena Roberts is more of the same. It once again portrays Auburn University, current and former coaches, professors, fans, supporters and community officials in a false light. Unfortunately, Ms. Roberts’ story is long on accusation and inference, but short on facts and logic.”


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A Bloody Mary is seen with garden supplied swizzle sticks. Botanicals can be used to ferment, distill, mix and decorate alcoholic beverages. Many plants, best if grown organically, like spearmint (mint julep), olives (martini), carrots and celery (Bloody Mary) can be used as garnishes in cocktails. AP photo

happy hours in the garden:

Grow your own cocktails G

By DEAN FOSDICK The Associated Press

ardening can be an intoxicating hobby, especially if the botany is booze-related. Consider the possibilities: grapes fermented into wine, corn distilled into bourbon, hops used to flavor beer and fruit to sweeten liqueurs. Why run to a liquor store when you can savor the harvest from your own cocktail garden? Three processes are involved in converting plants into serviceable drinks: fermentation, distillation and mixing, according to Amy Stewart, author of the new book “The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks” (Algonquin Books). “Virtually anything that produces sugar – fruit and grains – can be used distilled, fermented or drunk,” Stewart said in an interview. “Most people get involved with the mixers.”

primarily as garnishes, such as spearmint Fermenting – adding yeasts to turn (mint julep), olives (martini) and cherries plant sugars into alcohol – came first, (Manhattan). she said. High-proof beverage alcohol (20 The marketplace is untapped for this percent and above) came later with distilemerging type of niche gardening, said lation, or heating fermented liquids into a Tim Russell, a spokesman for Territorial vapor and then re-condensing that into a Seed Co. in Cottage Grove, more concentrated mix. Ore. Territorial is teamA cautionary note: It’s Online ing with Stewart to sell a illegal to distill anything in cocktail-friendly line of the United States without a herbs, fruits, vegetables license. on_growing_a_Cocktail_Garden and flowers. “You can ferment but “A lot of young people you can’t distill without are looking to do cooler the feds knocking on your things in their gardens door,” Stewart said. like grow their own cocktail ingredients,” In addition, know your plants. “UnRussell said. “We’re hoping this will draw derstand what you’re doing if you’re out them further into gardening.” there gleaning,” Stewart said. “A lot of The average liquor bottle contains a plants become solvents when mixed with great deal more than straight alcohol, alcohol. Don’t pick anything that might Stewart writes. become potentially deadly.” “Once a spirit leaves the still, it is A dizzying array of plants has been subject to endless experimentation with converted into alcohol over the ages, herbs, spices, fruits, nuts, bark, roots and everything from agave (tequila) to yams flowers,” she said. “Some distillers claim (beer and vodka). Many plants are used

to use over a hundred different botanicals in their secret recipes.” So if distillers are continuing to experiment, why not gardeners? Stewart’s garden-themed recipes can be the foundation for: • Infused vodkas. Fill a clean jar with fruit, herbs or spices and then add vodka. Seal, store and sample until your taste buds tell you it’s ready to drink. • Homemade grenadine. Peel a halfdozen pomegranates, leaving the seeds and membranes intact. Squeeze and filter until you’ve made about two cups of juice. Pour that into a saucepan, add 1 to 2 cups of sugar, simmer and stir in an ounce of vodka, which acts as a preservative. The syrup should be good for about a month. • Maraschino cherries. Clean and pit a small batch of fresh, sour cherries. Loosely fill a Mason jar with the cherries and cover with brandy or bourbon. Seal the jar and refrigerate. Use them in drinks or over ice cream.


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FAMILY TIME | What if your college grad moves home?

Tip of the week College graduates are moving home at a much faster rate than ever before, and it’s no wonder with the rising costs of living and tough job market. So what happens when your new grad decides he or she wants to move back in with you? Here’s a quick guide. Set boundaries The first thing you need to do is decide and agree on boundaries. Even though your kid is coming back into your home as an adult, you may want to set a curfew, assign chores and ask for rent. Whatever the situation, it’s important to talk about these things up front so everyone fully understands

what is and isn’t acceptable in the household. You may even want to put these things in writing for clarification down the road. Establish SMART goals I am a big proponent of setting SMART goals – they must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-sensitive. Moving home is supposed to be a temporary solution so your college graduate can on his or her feet without amassing any more debt. It’s important to set clear goals and work toward them. Decide on a game plan, such as three to five job applications per week or six months of free rent and make sure you stick to them. Money No matter how awkward, you must talk about money. Decide on a monthly rent, if any. Are they going to chip in for groceries or utilities? What about a savings plan? A friend of mine had an agreement with her parents that all of her wages would go toward paying off student loans while she lived at home rent-free. Job search Some college grads are underem-

ployed with the same retail job they had in college, but some move home while standing in the unemployment line. Both of these scenarios are fine, but the ultimate goal is for your kid to get a real, grownup job in their chosen field. A good job search is really a fulltime job, so make sure the necessary time and energy is put into it. There are a ton of resources for job seekers. Be supportive There is a fine line between being a supportive parent and letting your kid get away with postponing adulthood. This is probably a tough time for both of you, but it should be harder on them than it is on you. Especially in the beginning, let your college grad know that you support them and are there to help them transition into being a selfsustaining adult. End date Know that someday (hopefully sooner rather than later) your kid will be moving out of your home for good, so now is the best time to get in quality time together before your lives start getting busier. You don’t have to decide on an end date in the beginning,


Duez-Suhr Stephanie Duez of DeKalb and Chad Suhr of Naperville are engaged to be married Sept. 28, 2013, at St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Duez of DeKalb. She is a 2001 graduate of DeKalb High School and a 2005 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in English. She completed a graduate degree at Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2009. She is employed as a dental assistant, licensed professional counselor and counseling intern at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center. The groom-to-be is the son of Karen Hicks of Amarillo, Texas, and Douglas Suhr of Temple, Texas. He is a 1999 graduate of Canyon High School in Canyon, Texas, and a 2003 graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in nuclear engineering. He is pursuing a doctoral degree in physics at Northern Illinois University.

90th birthday Delores Knepper will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. April 13 at Grand Victorian, 1440 Somonauk St., Sycamore. The open house will be hosted by her daughter, Linda Holdridge of Genoa, and her son, Jim Knepper of Fridley, Minn. Delores has four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-greatgranddaughter. Cards are welcome, but no gifts please.


80th birthday Pauline Barnes-Cultra of Rochelle will celebrate her 80th birthday on April 20 at a family dinner party in her honor. She is a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Family movie night “The Croods” Rated: PG Length: 98 minutes Synopsis: After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy. Violence/scary rating: 2 Sexual-content rating: 1.5 Profanity rating: 1.5 Drugs/alcohol rating: 1.5 Family Time rating: 2. A great family film all around. (Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)

Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life – until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father’s prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive? This powerful tale of heartbreak and hope is sure to haunt readers long after they finish the last page. – Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated

Did you know? Book report “Between Shades of Gray,” by Ruta Sepetys Ages: 12 to 17 Pages: 352 Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Lina is a

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that 105 U.S. children died of the flu this season, which is about average.

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Horticulture Help Desk opens April 15

60th anniversary Gerald and Charlene Latimer of DeKalb are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married April 11, 1953, at St. Mary Church in DeKalb. The couple has three sons, James (Lois), Jeffrey (Elaine) and Lonnie (Joline). They have eight grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. There will be a family celebration.

but it’s a good idea to set a time frame – three months, six months, one year. –

Daniel and Lisa Gudmunson of Somonauk, announce the engagement of their son, Michael James, to Kaitlyn Nicole Mead, daughter of Patrick and Kimberly Mead of Fairbanks, Alaska. The groom-to-be is a graduate of Somonauk High School and Southern Illinois University with degrees in aviation management and aviation flight. He is employed as a medevac pilot with Guardian Flight in Fairbanks. The bride-to-be is a graduate of West Valley High School and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, with a degree in professional piloting. She is employed as the parts manager at Tamarack Air in Fairbanks. The couple will be married July 27, 2013, at the University of Alaska Botanical Gardens. A second reception will be held in September at the Timber Creek Inn and Suites in Sandwich. The couple will reside in Fairbanks.

“I need help reading my seed catalog.“ “I’m not sure when to start seeds for my cool weather vegetables.” “How will the drought affect my lawn?” University of Illinois Extension DeKalb County Master Gardeners offer a free service answering garden questions such as these at the Horticulture Help Desk. The Horticulture Help Desk will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting April 15, and 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday starting April 29. Master Gardeners supply research-based answers to questions, and take time to find the information you need for your specific circumstance. Master Gardeners do not make house calls, but you may bring samples to the University of Illinois Extension DeKalb County office, located in the Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture building at 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore. Reach the Master Gardeners by calling 815-758-8194 or by stopping at the office. You also can email Master Gardener volunteers will ask some diagnostic questions and will call back after they have done their research. The Horticulture Help Desk is a free service. Clients are encouraged to email or bring in photos or drop off samples of their trou-

bled plants, trees or shrubs. Here are some helpful tips for collecting samples: • Bring in or email photos of the plant. Be sure to include the surrounding environment. • If possible, bring in the entire plant, especially if it is a vegetable, annual or perennial flower. Woody plant samples should be as large as practical. Collect samples from areas that are still alive and showing symptoms. • Do not collect dead plants. Often their tissues have been invaded by other fungi and bacteria and the original pathogen is no longer detectable. • Collect several plant specimens showing a range of symptoms. Collect both healthy and damaged plant parts. • Provide as much background and related information as possible. Make note of flooding, shade, environmental changes, pesticides used and fertilizer history. Watch for any observable patterns or uniformity. • It may be necessary to wait until the plant blooms for a botanical identification. • After collecting samples, do not expose them to direct sunlight. Keep them cool and do not allow them to dry out. Weeds tend to wilt quickly; consider placing them between two pieces of moist paper towel and bring them in as soon as possible.

8BRIEFS Kirkland looking for Citizen of the Year The Greater Kirkland Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking Citizen of the Year nominations for 2013. Nominees should have performed some significant public service, fostered pride in the community and/or made a lasting contribution to the quality of life in the area served by the chamber, which is equivalent to the Hiawatha School District boundaries. The nominee does not need to live in the area, provided he or she has been active in the community. To nominate someone, describe in 150 words or less why your nominee deserves the award. Mail nominations by May 3 to the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, 2013 Citizen of the Year, PO Box 208, Kirkland, IL 60146. Please include your

name and address on the nomination letter. The selection for Citizen of the Year will be recognized at a luncheon on June 6. For more information, contact Ken Brooks at 815-522-9017.

Four Seasons program starts with spring series The spring series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship and backyard food production, gets under way in April. The first session is titled “Spruce Problems (Pest and Cultural Issues).” The program is offered twice – at 1 p.m. April 9 and at 6:30 p.m. April 11. Both sessions will be presented via teleconference at the DeKalb County Center for Agriculture at 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore.

Spruce generally are native to cooler regions and are adapted to cold conditions. This program will cover all the cultural, disease, insect and spider mite problems that have been diagnosed at the University of Illinois Plant Clinic. Other topics in the spring series include “Pollinators and Insecticides,” set for April 23 and 25, “All About Tomatoes: Strategies for Controlling Common Pests and Disorders” set for May 7 and 9, and “Don’t Doubt the Drought” on May 21 and 23. Cost per session is $5 or attend the entire four-part spring series for $16. Advance registration is needed. Phone or email the DeKalb U of I Extension office for more details at 815-758-8194 or bmacarus@ If you have disability needs, please indicate when registering.

8PRAIRIE FLOWERS Easter party was a memorable one

Oaken Acres good for community

To the Editor: What a lovely Easter Party the VAC group put on at the DeKalb Senior Center. If you didn’t have a good time, it was your own fault! We had an Easter hat contest, lovely accordion music and an Easter Parade. The egg hunt was a lot of fun. Then came the delicious feast. The treat table held a huge variety of goodies. Sure wish the baker would share her or his recipe for chocolate caramel coconut bars – delicious! Kudos to all who contributed, worked, and participated, especially Nancy, Fred and everyone. A memorable one for sure.

To the Editor: Your article on Oaken Acres in your March 26 paper brought back memories of a time we needed advice on some baby rabbits that were orphaned. Kathy Stelford answered our questions and everything turned out successfully. I remember when Oaken Acres was first opened when I was living in Sycamore and thought at the time that this is exactly what the area needed. Many animals have been rescued over the years due to the expert care of Oaken Acres. Thank you Kathy Stelford – keep up the good work.

Bette E. Stone DeKalb

Charles A. Deitzman Davis Junction


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Quality of Illinois wines continues to strengthen Fresh off another Wine Lover’s Weekend that was by all accounts a smashing success, breaking wine news continues to pour out of Galena. New releases from Galena Cellars and an inaugural wine and culinary event scheduled for this fall continue to make the quaint tiny hamlet nestled amidst rolling hills and majestic oaks a destination loaded with epicurean delights.

Winemaker spotlight There’s a pleasant difference in current wines being made in Illinois. About two years ago I noticed and wrote about the increased quality Illinois wines showed. At the Illinois State Fair Wine Competition, wines from the northern Illinois region took four of the top six awards. We are located at the epicenter where a talented group of winemakers craft the state’s top wines and Galena Cellars has taken notice. Winemaker Chris Lawlor has added three Illinois wines to the Galena Wine Cellars portfolio. Galena Cellars, Illinois Frotenac Gris 2012 ($12.99) was released in February, Galena Cellars, Illinois Marquette 2012 will be released Memorial Day weekend and Galena Cellars Illinois Chambourcin 2012 is set for a summer release. “These varietals paint a

Waterman Lions Easter Egg Hunt ABOVE: More than 100 children participated in the Waterman Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt held last Saturday on the grounds of Indian Creek Middle School in Waterman. Pictured are the hunt winners in each age group. Holding large solid chocolate bunnies (from left) are Cody Davis and Jolee Larson, the Easter Bunny (portrayed by Emily Bergstrand), Conner Tierney and standing behind is Jeffery Whitely. On the right is Steve Bock, president of Waterman Lions Club, who presented the awards. Not pictured is Grace Kravshaar. RIGHT: One-year-old Elijah Rice shows his mother, Margaret Rice of Waterman, the secret inside the plastic Easter egg and encourages her to find another egg at the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Provided photos

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TAILS Humane Society needs temporary foster homes to care for about 200 dogs and puppies being rescued from overcrowded shelters. The foster homes would care for the dogs until adoption events in May.

Rescued dogs need temporary homes TAILS Humane Society has teamed up with Petco and Petco Foundation to assist overcrowded Oklahoma and Arkansas animal shelters by transporting 200 adult dogs and puppies from these locations to the TAILS shelter in DeKalb. To avoid displacing local dogs at the shelter, the new dogs and puppies need foster homes to care for them until they go up for adoption at mega adoption events hosted by Petco in May. According to Beth Drake, executive director of TAILS, northern Illinois doesn’t have a problem with dog overpopulation. In fact, adopters looking to bring a new puppy into their family can have a tough time finding one in a shelter and often resort to buying from a pet store, inadvertently supporting puppy mills. “We have adopters here in the Chicagoland area who want to adopt a puppy from a shelter. We don’t have very many puppies that come to us locally, so while there is a surplus of puppies in Oklahoma, it makes a lot of sense to transport them up here for

adoption,” Drake said in a news release. Even though shelters in Oklahoma are also overwhelmed by highly-adoptable large- and medium-breed adult dogs, TAILS usually doesn’t accept them because cage space is limited and priority goes to local dogs. In order to give these dogs a chance to find their forever homes, TAILS has partnered with Petco and Petco Foundation to provide the veterinary care these animals need to become ready for adoption. Mega adoption events are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11 and 12 at Petco stores in Elmhurst and Algonquin and May 18 and 19 at Petco stores in Elmhurst and Orland Park. Animal transports are scheduled to arrive April 18 and 23. Fosters should be prepared to keep their foster animal through the adoption events. TAILS will provide all food, veterinary care and a crate for foster animals. For more information, call Maria Schau at 847-431-4000 or go to


UNCORKED James Nokes picture of Midwest style with a unique palate of flavors,” Lawlor said. “They invite you to actually experience the fruit that Illinois wines convey, the terroir, the sense of place. The personality of the soil and the vineyard extends into the personality of the wine.”

What to buy Galena Cellars, Illinois Frotenac Gris 2012, $12.99: A limited quantity release in February has this Illinois version of a rosé on the verge of being sold out. It’s a crisp spring wine with fresh acidity.

Galena Cellars, Illinois Marquette 2012, price not available: Expected to be bottled in a few weeks for an anticipated Memorial Day weekend release, winemaker Chris Lawlor is excited about the potential of a varietal known to endure the winters of cold-climate vineyards. Lawlor said to expect a robust red with smooth tannins and cherry, currant and black pepper flavors. Sourced from a vineyard located just outside the Galena Territories. “Galena Cellars has really focused on its Illinois wines,” Galena Cellars spokesperson Janelle Keeffer said. “We’ve stepped up our efforts. The

Marquette wine is one we are really excited about.”

Where to go The Taste of Galena and Wine Lovers Weekend have joined forces. The first Galena Food and Wine Festival will take place Sept. 6 at the Galena Convention Center. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Galena Arts and Recreation Center. Each event will still take place on its original date, but the Galena Food and Wine Festival will offer attendees a sampling of each. At least 150 wines and 12 restaurants will be part of the festivities. Visit for more information.

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

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Film critic Roger Ebert remembered By JEFFREY WESTHOFF Shaw Media


he news of Roger Ebert’s death came too soon. On Tuesday, Roger announced through his blog he was reducing his workload because his cancer had returned. With characteristic optimism, he said he was ready for his third bout with the deadly disease. He reported this on the eve of his 46th anniversary as the Chicago Sun-Times film critic. Then on Thursday, before any of us except perhaps Roger himself was prepared for it, came the news he was gone. Like any film critic who works in the Chicago area, I knew Roger Ebert. For more than 20 years, I watched movies in the same small screening room off Michigan Avenue as Roger, often just a few seats away. Once he noticed my laptop’s wallpaper and said, “Jeff, aren’t you a little old for Spider-Man?” As soon as news of Roger’s death swept across the Internet, tributes poured in. From President Obama to Steven Spielberg came words of praise and mourning. So much already has been written in the past few days that I won’t recap his pro-

lific and persuasive writing career or recount the courage and dignity he displayed in his fight with the cancer that robbed him of his voice and altered his appearance. The world knows all that already. What I want the world to know about Roger Ebert is that he treated the rest of his fellow film critics as colleagues and equals, though none of us could ever equal him. He was always ready to share a joke (usually bad), answer questions or give advice. On several occasions, I watched teenagers approach

him in theater lobbies asking how they, too, could become film critics. Roger would graciously make the time to talk with them. I was a teenager myself when I discovered Roger. I grew up in Erie, Pa., where the local paper didn’t have a film critic and only occasionally would run wire reviews. I was a movie nut in a film criticism desert. Then one day, a friend said, “You have to watch this show on channel 54 (Erie’s PBS outlet). It has these two movie critics from Chicago and they fight all the time. It’s hilarious.”

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The show was “Sneak Previews,” and the other movie critic from Chicago was Gene Siskel. My friends and I watched their show religiously, and the next day we would trade our opinions of Gene and Roger’s opinions. And when they fought, it was hilarious. I wonder how many people today understand the revolutionary nature of Gene and Roger’s show. Here were two film critics seriously discussing movies for a full half-hour with no time wasted on Hollywood gossip. Before Gene and Roger, TV film critics based everything on their half-baked personas. Gene Shalit with his bad puns. Rex Reed with his haute smugness. Gene and Roger came in the door with their professionalism, expertise and love of film. From that material, they molded their own broadcast personalities, which would prove to be formidable. I am grateful that in those early days Siskel and Ebert would champion smaller films. Without them, I doubt I would have ventured to see “Gregory’s Girl,” which remains one of my three favorite movies. Indeed, without them, I doubt a little Scottish film about a gangly teenager befuddled by love and

soccer would have played in towns like Erie, Pa. In the early 1990s, I found it surreal I was regularly viewing films in the same room with the two men who inspired me as a teenager. Gene was more private, but Roger, along with his wonderful wife, Chaz, was a friend to all. I will never forget that when Michael Bay attacked me for my review of “Transformers,” Roger Ebert came to my defense in his Movie Answer Man column. The death of Roger Ebert is a huge loss. The film world will feel it for years. Chicago will feel it for decades. I am shaken and saddened by the news. But I know no one will feel the loss more than Chaz. I offer all my thoughts and prayers to this remarkable woman and her family. To Roger Ebert, I can only say thanks. He has given me, and the world, so much. Back in the days when he could still talk, people would enter the screening room and ask Roger, whose regular seat was next to the door, how he was doing. Invariably, he would reply, “Tip top.” In the spirit of Roger Ebert, let us resolve to make every day tip top.

• Jeffrey Westhoff reviews movies for Shaw Media.

NIU to host film festival By STEPHANIE HICKMAN

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More than 10 years ago the folks at Meals On Wheels asked the Sycamore Lions Club to help them make a meal available on Easter Sunday, not funded and thus not normally covered by their services. Since receiving that request, the Sycamore Lions have funded and delivered an Easter Sunday meal to those who request it. Pictured this year (from left) are Sycamore Lions Jerome Perez, Rich Diehl, Joe Woodward, Tom Fewell, Al John, Chuck Christensen, Ed Kuhn and Dave Finney. Not pictured are Lion Bill Gulke and Sue Gulke, Barb Fewell, Carol John and Ashley Christensen.

The public is invited to sit back and enjoy the show as the Northern Illinois University Department of Communication will host its 12th annual Reality Bytes Independent Film Festival beginning Monday. More than 70 films submitted by high school and college students from around the world were screened by a selection committee of NIU media studies students that narrowed the field down to 15 films to be shown at the festival. NIU graduate communication student and the festival’s logistics coordinator, Carrie Foor, said the event benefits young filmmakers in many ways. “We like to give these students the opportunity to have their films screened and get feedback on their filmmaking,” she said. The festival, founded

“88 Miles to Moscow,” is an example of just how powerful a short film can be, Foor said. The short fiction features an American girl who takes a train trip with her estranged father in Moscow. “The emotion is very real in that film,” she said. Vazquez said the festival, which is free and open to the public, is a great opportunity for audience members to see what the international film industry has to offer. “It’ll give them a flavor of what that culture is like and how people view the world from another perspective,” she said. “And I think that’s very valuable both for students and the community.” The film screenings will take place from 9 to 11 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. The festival will conclude from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday with guest speaker Robert Katz, an NIU alum and accomplished filmmaker. Presentation of awards and raffle winners will follow.

If you go What: Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival Where: Jameson Auditorium in Cole Hall, NIU campus When: Film Screenings from 9 to 11 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; speaker Robert Katz and awards from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday Admission: Free; open to public by NIU professor of media production and theory Laura Vazquez, is a way for students to learn about filmmaking, while also appreciating the final product, she said. “I wanted to give my students the opportunity to see what’s out there, that you can make a short, interesting, compelling film under 30 minutes,” Vazquez said. The longest film in the festival is 19 minutes, but Vazquez said viewers still will ride a roller coaster of emotions in each film. One of the festival’s films

Kardashian’s maternity woes prompt a style lesson By SAMANTHA CRITCHELL AP Fashion Writer NEW YORK – Kim Kardashian: Take note. To be stylish and pregnant, you need to embrace your new shape. You have to celebrate it. But you also need to be aware of it, and not keep wearing your regular wardrobe – even if it’s a size up. Kardashian, who is expecting her first child with Kanye West in July, has taken heat from the tabloids and armchair fashion critics for her maternity look, which seems a continuation of her usual parade of body-hugging dresses – many of which have a hard-to-wear hemline that hits below the knee – tucked-in blouses, complicated couturelike details and super-high heels. Lately, though, it seems she’s taken the plunge into maternity clothes, sometimes wearing stretch-waist maternity jeans (designer, of course) and leggings, which Pea in the Pod design director Olivia Capone Myers says are the No. 1 must-have item for a successful pre- and post-baby wardrobe. Leggings, along with sideruched T-shirts and dresses, preferably made of stretch jersey, are the first things to buy when the bump starts showing, and they’re the last ones you’re wearing after mom and baby are settled in at home, Myers says. Myers, herself 8 months pregnant, says the current wave of celebrity moms-tobe has reignited interest in this corner of the fashion world, which is sometimes more relatable to shoppers

than the runway. The key, experts say, is to stay true to your personal style, but not be so stubborn that you won’t tweak it. “Jessica Simpson ... she’s really done an amazing job of looking fabulous. She has tweaked her style, moving from heels to flats but still polished. She’s kept her sense of style even with her changing body, and she isn’t afraid to sport trends,” Myers says. “She’s wearing maxi dresses and lace.” Baukjen de Swaan Arons, designer of the British-based maternity label Isabella Oliver, has been watching star

style, too. She liked the fitted couture black lace gown Jenna Dewan Tatum wore at the Oscars earlier this year, but she says that it’s equally stylish to be “out and about” in a jersey top. And she gives kudos to a then-pregnant Kristen Bell for doing a rock ’n’ roll leather jacket and bright purple dress at the Sundance Film Festival. (Bell has since given birth to a daughter.) The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton possesses what might be the world’s most famous baby bump, and she has made a seamless transition into her slightly

revamped look. She already wore “mostly pretty, flattering and simple silhouettes – dresses, coats, hats and monochromatic color,” exactly what style expert Amy Tara Koch would suggest. But that’s not how Kardashian dresses, so there are other tips, says Koch: Kimono sleeves instantly create the bohemian vibe that works well in maternity wear, and so do tunic tops with a blousoned dropped waist. The high necks and below-the-knee hemlines Kardashian sometimes wears do not. Dangling earrings would draw the eye to the

fit the bump, but will work against everywhere else, agrees de Swaan Arons. Consider this the time to show off nice legs or a bit of cleavage. Jersey fabric with its tight-weave stretch is good camouflage (and not just for pregnant women). Designer Abi Ferrin says good jersey will stretch and shrink with the body, and that the weight of the fabric smooths bumps.

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Young actress tires of playing second banana Dear Abby: I’m a member of a close-knit theater company for teens, and I auditioned for the musical “Fame.” The director wants to give me a role as one of the teachers. Show after show, I get matronly roles with no memorable lines or funny scenes. I don’t know if I should accept the part. If I do, I’ll get to be with my friends. If I don’t, there will still be another show coming up that I can audition for. What should I do? – Young Actress in Michigan Dear Young Actress: Grab all the time you can get on stage. If you didn’t have the depth it takes to portray a mature role, your director wouldn’t want to assign it to you. This is a COMPLIMENT about your abilities. Audition for the next show as well. The more varied the roles you play, the more you can develop your craft. Dear Abby: My husband and I decided to take some classes at a local community college. We both have college degrees, but there was a class we were interested in. We are the oldest students in the class by 10 to 20 years. I am irritated by our classmates’ disrespect and rudeness to the instructor. It takes the form of talking with

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips each other when the instructor is speaking, then asking her to explain what she just discussed while they were talking. They sometimes get so loud that I can’t hear what the teacher is saying. Is there anything I can do as a fellow student to get them to stop? Because of the age difference, I’m afraid most of them would think I was being bossy. – Anonymous in California Dear Anonymous: The teacher you describe does not appear to be a particularly effective one or she would have better control of the classroom. Because the noise level is so high you can’t hear the lecture, I have two suggestions: The first is to speak privately with the teacher. And if that doesn’t do the trick, when the students around you become disruptive, ask them to pipe down so you can hear what the instructor is saying. That is not being bossy. You paid for the class and you should get your money’s worth. Dear Abby: My husband and

I often go out to eat at local ethnic restaurants with a small group of friends. When we’re at a Mexican restaurant, I often throw a couple of “arribas!” into our conversation. When we’re at an Italian restaurant, I will sometimes use an Italian accent to say “pizza pie-a!” My husband tells me it’s offensive. I don’t mean to insult anyone. My comments are made in the spirit of fun. Furthermore, the owners and servers at these restaurants are hardly ethnic Mexicans or Italians. I would never wish to hurt someone or be derogatory, so I told my husband I’d consult you. What do you think? – Muy Caliente in Iowa Dear Muy Caliente: When you visit a Jewish deli do you tell the server, “Oy vey, I’ll have the corned beef”? Your husband is right – cool it. Not because you’ll offend the servers in the restaurant, but because stereotyping makes you look like a fool. Dear Abby: I’m married to the love of my life. Our 25th anniversary will be here soon. My issue is, my husband has a beard I cannot stand. It’s long and unkempt, and makes him look 10 years older than he is. It has become a real issue between us.

He keeps telling me about women and co-workers who tell him what a “nice full beard” he has. I don’t care what these women think. I am his wife, and I think he should shave it or at least trim it for me. I am withholding sex (which is very important to him) until he trims it and no longer make eye contact with him because I can’t stand looking at him. What should I do? I love him more than anyone else in the world does. Shouldn’t he respect my wishes? – In A Hairy Situation In Duluth Dear Hairy Situation: If you want to make your marriage last 26 years, please stop using sex as a weapon to manipulate your husband. That said, your opinion should supersede that of the women he sees at work. A beard can be flattering if it is kept clean and trimmed. If it’s not, a man can look like Howard Hughes in his latter days, which is truly unfortunate. Because you are unable to get your message across, enlist the help of your husband’s barber. Perhaps he can get through to him. Dear Abby: I’m planning on moving into the same apartment complex as my ex-boyfriend. It’s all I can afford and

still be close to where my family lives. He’ll be on one side, and I’ll be on the far side. I don’t think he will be driving to the side I’ll be living on. Should I text him and let him know I’m moving nearby but I’m not stalking him? Or should I keep my mouth shut and hope he never sees my car? – Too Close For Comfort? Dear Too Close?: Before you sign the lease, ask yourself how you would feel if you saw your ex-boyfriend involved with another woman. If it would be painful, then it would be healthier for you to find an apartment elsewhere. Next, ask yourself why your ex might think you were stalking him. If there is a grain of truth to it, again, you should not move there. If, however, there isn’t, it is not necessary to text him about anything. If he sees your car and has a problem with it, do not make it your problem. The romance is over and so is the drama. Live your life and let him live his.

• Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby. com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Simple strategies may ease frequent belching Dear Dr. K: I belch a lot more than I used to, and I feel an uncomfortable fullness in my upper abdomen after eating. Are there any natural ways to treat this? Dear Reader: If you’re belching and feeling bloated more than you’d like, there are natural treatments you should consider. To understand them, you need to understand why we belch. Every time we swallow, we take in a little bit of air. Some of it travels down the esophagus and into the upper part of the stomach. When the stomach starts to expand from the accumulated air inside it, little sensors in the stomach wall may trigger a reaction to expel the air. This reaction

ASK DR. K Anthony L. Komaroff opens the small ring of muscle between the esophagus (the swallowing tube) and the stomach. That ring normally is closed tight to prevent stomach contents from entering the esophagus. When the ring relaxes, the air that has built up in the stomach gets vented back up the esophagus and out of the mouth. Air rushing through the throat and mouth makes noise: We belch. (I’ve put an illustration showing why and how we belch on my website,

Our bodies were built to breathe in the air around us, not to swallow it. So why do we swallow air? These are the most common reasons: • Air swallowing. Some people get into a pattern of swallowing air and quickly belching it out again. This isn’t something they plan to do, or are even aware of doing. It just happens. • Carbonated drinks. Carbonated beverages bring extra air into the stomach; the gas in the drink becomes gas inside the stomach. Gulping them down or drinking through a straw worsens the problem. • Gum and hard candy. Many people swallow air without realizing it when

chewing gum or sucking on hard candies. Cutting back on carbonated beverages, gum and hard candies might help. If you’re a fast eater, slow down; you may swallow less air with your food. Also try eliminating foods known to cause gassiness from your diet. Many healthy vegetables cause gas in some people: cabbage, broccoli, beets, asparagus, and my own favorite, Brussels sprouts. For people with sensitivity to wheat (particularly the gluten in wheat), wheat-based products can produce gas. For people with lactose intolerance, milk-based products can cause gas along with other symptoms. I’ve diagnosed

lactose intolerance in patients who didn’t know they had it – but they sure knew they had gas problems. If you repeatedly swallow air, you may be able to break the habit with the help of a speech therapist. It’s rare for people with your symptoms to have a serious underlying medical condition, but it happens. If your abdomen is actually distended – visibly larger than normal – see your doctor right away. Otherwise, try some of the natural approaches I’ve suggested; they may ease your belching. If they don’t, talk to your doctor about medication.

• Visit www.AskDoctorK. com to read more.

8TODAY’S WEEKEND PUZZLE ACROSS 1 Composure 6 Forms droplets 11 Bricklayer 16 Facing the pitcher (2 words) 21 Surveyor’s units 22 Kitchen tool 23 Speaker’s need 24 Gator cousins 25 Lama’s melody 26 Ms. Massey of films 27 Look of loathing 28 Very 29 Long, long time 30 Viper 32 Fallen-rock debris 34 Hair foam 36 Spring forecast 38 Player’s rep 40 Lettuce buys 42 Wrote bad checks 43 Nash of limericks 45 Best possible 47 Substantial 49 Mild onion 52 Epic by Homer 53 Blair and Danza 54 Microscopic 57 Down-under flier 58 Lens setting (hyph.) 59 Gulls’ perch 60 Antlered ruminant 61 Implored 62 Dangerfield persona 63 Silt deposit 64 Wish 65 Imitate 66 Weighed anchor 68 Just picked 69 Big wheel? 70 Weevil nosh 72 902, to Cicero 73 Writer – Jong 74 Computer file 75 Improvised (2 words) 77 Visual aid 78 Half diameters 79 Chatterboxes

82 Meditation guides 83 Perturb 84 “The – -Motion” 88 Humiliated 89 Wailed 90 Scooter cousins 92 Benedictine title 93 Sheba, today 94 Rake over the coals 95 “Final answer?” asker 96 Pop singer – Marie 98 Modem-speed unit 99 Nurse’s concern 100 Miffed 101 Weasel relative 102 Rescue squad mem. 103 Grass-skirt dances 104 Ardently 105 Easter Island statues, e.g. 106 Discussion site 107 Tragic Montague 108 Europe-Asia divider 109 Large aquarium fish 111 Fallback (2 words) 113 Amazons 115 Washstand item 119 Cell parts 121 Sandwich cookies 123 Muscle cramp 125 Rap-sheet letters 126 Raccoon cousin 127 Mariah of “American Idol” 129 Permitted by law 131 Get going 133 Acrylic fiber 134 Bogart in “High Sierra” 135 Conscious 136 Parallel with 137 “The Wreck of the Mary –” 138 “I thought – never leave!” 139 Studied hard 140 Char

DOWN 1 Indiana cager 2 LPGA star Lorena – 3 Person from Qom 4 Capitol VIP 5 This, to Pedro 6 “– Jones’s Diary” 7 Ford of modeling 8 Chipmunk snack 9 Cave, often 10 Ladies, in Sp. 11 Interpret wrongly 12 Toughen 13 Fiery horse 14 Source of iron 15 “Cheers” regular 16 Finds not guilty 17 Dependable 18 Idaho capital 19 Took steps

20 Mao – -tung 31 Carpentry grooves 33 Stingy 35 Approvals 37 “Lorenzo’s Oil” star 39 Sloped 41 Urbane 44 Tall flowers 46 Designer label 48 “Orinoco Flow” artist 49 Young pigeon 50 Zeppo’s brother 51 Any of Charlie’s girls 52 Japanese immigrant 53 Golden Hurricane city 54 Has on

55 Chilling 56 – & Young (accounting firm) 58 B-vitamin acid 59 Gray-barked tree 60 Wreck, as a train 62 VIPs’ transport 63 Roof problems 64 Sherpa’s sighting 67 Needed liniment 68 Hoax 69 Sun-bleached 71 Wasn’t renewed 73 Goofed up 74 Bewilders 76 “Ich –,” Prince of Wales’ motto 77 Cunning 78 Part of REM 79 Equivocator’s reply 80 Crosswise

81 Entire spectrum 82 Make before taxes 83 Stick-in-the-mud 85 “Waiting for Lefty” author 86 Traffic pylons 87 Rial spender 89 Mini-vise (hyph.) 90 Laid-back 91 Play for time 94 Crewmate of Uhura 95 Catch a wave 97 Notched, as a leaf 99 Food-processor setting 100 Stallone role 101 Ghostly noises 103 Cold War phone (2 words) 104 Rich

105 Dreamed up 106 Wind chill – 107 Seldom 108 Foul-ball caller 109 Night racket 110 – Lumpur, Malaysia 112 Sinister Peter of films 114 Muppet grouch 116 Police van 117 Barely scraping by 118 Cowboy’s beat 120 Rap-music star (hyph.) 122 Wallop 124 CEO degrees 126 Not prepaid 128 Ooh companion 130 – Jima 132 Yale alumnus


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Brian Crane Pearls Before Swine

For Better or For Worse

Non Sequitur

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Lynn Johnston Crankshaft

Tom Batiuk & Chuck Hayes

Wiley The Duplex

Glenn McCoy

Beetle Bailey

Mort Walker Blondie

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Frank & Ernest

Bob Thaves Dilbert

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Rose is Rose

Pat Brady & Don Wimmer Arlo & Janis

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The Family Circus

Rick Stromoski Big Nate

Bill Keane

The Argyle Sweater

Scott Hilburn

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Jimmy Johnson

Lincoln Pierce

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Hillcrest Place Apts.

220 E. Hillcrest. 815-758-0600

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Newly remodeled, near NIU. Parking/heat/water incl, W/D, C/A. 815-238-0118



For Sale By Owner

Starting @ $432,1BR $599, 2BR, $683, 3BR


Near the heart of NIU. Incl gas and forced air heat. Off street parking, lush grounds, on site laundry room. Outdoor pool, tennis and basketball courts, patios and balconies. Cats OK.

University Village Apts. 722 N. Annie Glidden Rd.

Situated on a large lot in the North part of town this home boasts 3 Bedrooms, Large Kitchen open to Living room, dining room, and one full bath with shower. Other features included in the home are hardwood floors throughout, some newer windows, 100 AMP C/B. Full basement and mechanics include a well maintained Weil McLain boiler, 40 gal hot water heater. A cement driveway will lead you to a newer 2 plus car garage. Close to churches, hospital and the downtown area you couldn’t ask for a better location! For more information or to schedule a private viewing contact Auctioneer, Joe Wegener at 815-766-0756. Terms: $3,000.00 down day of sale with balance due on or before May 27th, 2013 at which time full possession will be given. Seller to provide owners policy of title insurance, and a Deed conveying the Real Estate to the buyer. Successful bidder is required to sign a Real Estate Contract to Purchase on the day of sale. Property is being sold in “ASIS CONDITION” with no disclosures, and no contingencies are being offered in relation to sale of another home or financing. Sellers have the right to accept or refuse any and all bids on the day of sale. Any and All announcements made day of sale take precedence over all prior advertising or statements made.

DEKALB ADULT, QUIET, REFINED Building. 2 Bedroom Apt with homey environment. Car port. For mature living. Excellent Location! No pets/smoking. Agent Owned. 815-758-6712

Will pay extra for Honda, Toyota & Nissan info and photos Listing #: 1737771

815-758-7859 DeKalb – 1148 ½ Market St. 2 BD upper apt. 1st/sec dep. $600 month 815-756-6201

DEKALB ~ 227 N. 1st Large 2BR, carport, a/c, laundry. Clean, quiet and secure. $750/mo. J&A RE. 815-970-0679


Sycamore E. State St. AVAILABLE NOW!

Newly remodeled 2 Bedroom CALL FOR DETAILS 815-245-6098 ~ 815-923-2521 Sycamore Large Quiet Upper 1BR + study/nursery. Near downtown. $785/mo incl heat, water and garage. 815-739-6061

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11 paid days off during first year Profit sharing and 401(k) Eleven paid holidays per year Annual bonus Health insurance Fitness center & Wellness Program Group rates on dental disability & life

Please fill out an application at Crest Foods, or send resume to Erika Meiners at P.O. Box 371, Ashton, IL 61006

YEARBOOKS (7) – From 1970's various high school & junior highs. $45 for all. 847-515-8012 Huntley area

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STEEL GARDEN GATE - 32 x 46, galvanized chain link. $45. 847-515-8012 Huntley area

Vehicles; Trucks; Trailers; Tractors; Snow Blowers; Golf Carts; ATV's; Motorcycles; Mowers & Landscape Equip.; Tools; Boats; Bikes; Computers; Coins; Guns; Jewelry; Misc

To Settle the Estate of Margaret Prendergast, the following described Real Estate will be offered at Public Auction. Sale will be held on site at 108 Boulevard, Sandwich, IL 60548.

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Bed Spread: heavy crochet bed spread, 95”x106”, white blocks w/ roses $60 815-756-2301

Entertainment Center

Antique china cabinet & buffet, TV, clothes-all sizes, especially men's XL-5X, women's 2X-3X, seasonal decorations, household items, crafts, baskets, some Longaberger, CDs & DVDs, misc.

Target your recruitment message to DeKalb County or reach our entire area. For more information, call 877-264-2527 or email: helpwanted@

Tool Box for Full Size Pick Up Truck. Craftsman. Good cond. $175. 815-895-7426

Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Gym For Ages Birth On Up, New, $15. 815-895-5373. Sycamore.

lighted w/3 glass front 30”Wx72”H 3 shelves & storage on the bottom, oak finish $200 815-758-8529




Curio Cabiner Corner Curio

Large, oak with a sewing center. MUST SEE! $395. 630-406-6783

Old Envelopes

MIRROR - Jewel Case Lighted 3Drawer Mirror With 1X and 5X Magnification Mirror, New, $15. Great for an anytime gift! 815-895-5373. Sycamore

Disney Princess Pink & Purple Plastic Music Talking Vanity. Child Can Push Items To Make A Princess Light Up In Each Mirror, They Talk & Then Disappear. 3 Large Light Up Mirrors Across Front. Also Includes Pull Out Storage Drawer, Pretend Nailpolish, Gem, Magic Wand & Other Compartments. $25. 815-739-1953, DeKalb.


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JEWELRY BOX - Great For an anytime gift! Hanging Jewelry Box With Door To Display Photos In, Espresso Finish, New, $20. 815-895-5373. Sycamore.

PARTY SUPPLIES - Huge Lot, Car, Speed Racer incl Invites, Thank yous, Decorations, Party Favors, Confetti, Gift Bags, Tablecloths, Birthday Ribbon + a whole Lot More $20, DeKalb. 815-739-1953. BED - Queen Size Bed, fair condition, Wicker includes headboard, footboard, side rails, slats as well as dresser and mirror and 1 night stand. $200. 815-751-0504


WOOD STAND (Not Particle Board) With One Shelf Across Top And One Across Bottom, great for any room, $12, DeKalb Area. 815-739-1953.

TREADMILL - Slightly used Pro Form Treadmill. Space Saver with HeartRate Control. Must pick up. $125. 815-901-1407

2325 N. First St

Esmond 26907 Esmond Rd

Prairie Crossing Living & Rehabilitation Center is building a great team and we currently have a variety of hours available (including a limited number of 12 hour shifts, 5 am - 5 pm) for quality C.N.A's. No Mandated Shifts. Please apply at: 409 W. Comanche Ave. Shabbona, IL 60550 815-824-2194

Baby Afghans, Beautiful, unique hand crocheted. Round & Lacy, durable. 53" average diameter. Many colors to chose from. Pictures at $40 815-356-9844 SLED - Little Tikes Baby Infant Child Red Sled With Back Support and Carrying/Pulling Rope, Like New, $20. 815-739-1953, DeKalb.

SOFA - Lazy Boy Sofa, fair condition, brown, $200. 815-751-0504

AUCTIONEERS: Joe Wegener, Auctioneer, Lisc. # 440.000375 Ph: 815-766-0756 Chris Wegener, Auctioneer, Lisc. #440.000267 Ph: 815-451-2820 Email:

Outstanding Ranch Home with 3/5 Bedrooms, 3 Full Bathrooms. A HALF ACRE LOT one owner home – over sized garage. SOOO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT. CALL NEDRA ERICSON, REALTOR


Immaculate 4,280 sq ft Office / Warehouse. Air conditioned office area and bathrooms Great location near airport & tollway in DeKalb.



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Deceased COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR RENT Commercial space for rent. With 12 Ft garage door access, office space and bathrooms. 313 Davis St. Sandwich. Please call Tony at 630-742-4183 for more info.

Sycamore. 2 bdrm. Nice location! Heated garage, appls & most utils incl. No Dogs. $685/mo. 815-751-7724 Sycamore. Large 2BR. Garage, Private Patio, new carpet, laundry. Clean & quiet. No pets. $750/mo. J&A RE. 815-970-0679

4500 SQ FT. FAMILY HOME Kirkland: 6 bedroom, 3.5 bath. Perfect for large family. Close to NIU, Dekalb, Sycamore, Rockford. Minutes to I-90, I-39, Rte 72. Wood floors, new carpet and beautifully decorated throughout. Master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, fireplace, walk-in closet, large soaker tub. 2nd Floor library/rec room with 3 BR and 1 Full bath. Central Vac and Speakers throughout. Finished basement with TV Room, Office, rec room, 2 BR and 1 full bath. Walk-out basement patio with, 30x15 wood deck off dining area. Huge kitchen with double oven, mega cabinet space and skylights. Backyard storage building. Cedar fenced yard. $1850/mo + Util. Pets negotiable. Avail 5/1. Call: 847-6839559

Cortland: 2BR, 2BA, condo, all appliances, A/C, carport, quiet building, Townsend Management 815-787-7368 DeKalb: multi story condo, 2BR, 2.5BA, 2 car gar., balcony, W/D, freshly painted, new carpet, 815-739-4783

Summit Enclave 2BR Condo

Includes all appl, 2 car garage. No pets/smkg, $975/mo + sec. Available May 1st. 815-501-1378 SYCAMORE LARGE TOWNHOME Must-see 4BR/2BA townhome. End unit faces pool & park in Woodgate neighborhood. $1350. Remodeled interior with a lot of space & attached garage. 815-761-6535 (Casey). SYCAMORE McClaren Manor. 3-bdrm, 2 bath, W/D, balcony, fireplace, garage. $1200 mo. 815-751-2189.

DeKalb/Syc/Cortland. Shop/Warehouse. Size & price vary! Adolph Miller RE 815-756-7845 Sycamore Near courthouse. Furnished, attractive, large office space. Great for professionals. $175/mo incl utilities, shared kitchenette & reception area. 815-739-6186 Sycamore. 22X29' Shop/Storage 9' overhead door. $400/mo. Heat & Electric incl. J&A RE 815-970-0679

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

DEKALB - 3 bdrm, 3 bath 1700 sq ft - MB has WP tub. W/D on main floor, AC, full UF basement. 2 car garage. Very nice.1 blk from golf course & close to I-88. $1100/mo 1st/last/sec. 815-758-1498

DeKalb. Updated 3BR 1.5BA. Stove, fridge, D/W, C/A. Large garage. 815-758-0079

Dekalb: 3BR, 1BA, newly remodeled ranch, all appl, bsmnt, 1.5 attch. gar $1150/mo. +sec dep. 815-751-2650

Sycamore Nice Townhome N. Grove Crossing - Plank Rd. 2BR, loft, 2.5BA, A/C, full bsmt, 2 car, W/D, $1300. 630-416-0076


Millington ~ 102 S. Grant St.


3BR, full basement, appliances incl. Newly painted in/out. Avail now. $900 + sec. 815-695-5216

The Knolls Hot new deluxe townhomes.

Sandwich Lake Holiday Waterfront 3BR, Pets OK, W/D hook-up, 1 car garage, $1,275/mo. 773-510-3643 ~ 773-510-3117

Starting at $645

Sycamore - 3 Bedroom 2 Full Baths, 2.5garage hardwood floors, fenced yard. $1200 mo 815-757-9488

815-757-1907 CORTLAND ~ 2BR DUPLEX Bsmt, appl, W/D hook-up, garage. No pets/smkg, $800/mo + lease, deposit & ref. 815-758-6439

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DeKalb ~ 206 Gurler St. Newer large 2BR, 1.5BA, appl, c/a. Basement, W/D, patio, 1 car gar. $900 + util, 1st, last sec, no pets. 1 year lease. 815-758-8335

Sycamore Large 3BR Duplex

Student or employed male. $350 incl utilities, need references 815-758-7994

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Law Office of John R. Corneille, LLC 151 W. Lincoln Highway DeKalb, IL 60115 815-787-3519

LEGAL NOTICE CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 2009-00025 TO: ALLEN MCCABE, BRENDA MCCABE, BANA HOLDING CORPORATION C/O LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR RAMP 2007RP1, RESIDENTIAL FUND 138 LLC, JESSE WHITE, SEARS, ROEBUCK AND COMPANY, SEARS ROEBUCK AND COMPANY, NICOR GAS COMPANY, NORTHERN ILLINOIS GAS COMPANY, LVNV FUNDING LLC, AND ALL UNKNOWN OWNERS, OCCUPANTS, BENEFICIARIES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, OR PARTIES INTERESTED. A Petition for Tax Deed on the premises described below has been filed in the Circuit Court of DEKALB County, Illinois, as Case Number 13-TX-3. On August 21, 2013, at 9:00 AM, the Petitioner will make application to such Court in SYCAMORE, Illinois, for an Order on the petition that a tax deed be issued if the real estate is not redeemed from the sale. The real estate is described as follows, to wit: 02-22-307-024 and was sold on October 25, 2010, for general taxes for the year 2009. The period of redemption will expire on August 05, 2013. PRAIRIE STATE SECURITIES, L.L.C PETITIONER


Estate of Leonard L. Pourchot,



LEGAL NOTICE CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 2009-00104 TO: JEFFERY CHALCRAFT, DERHONDA CHALCRAFT, KIETH MOLLOY, KORRIE MOLLOY, HOUSEHOLD FINANCE CORPORATION III, AND ALL UNKNOWN OWNERS, OCCUPANTS, BENEFICIARIES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, OR PARTIES INTERESTED. A Petition for Tax Deed on the premises described below has been filed in the Circuit Court of DEKALB County, Illinois, as Case Number 13-TX-4. On August 21, 2013, at 9:00 AM, the Petitioner will make application to such Court in SYCAMORE, Illinois, for an Order on the petition that a tax deed be issued if the real estate is not redeemed from the sale. The real estate is described as follows, to wit: 03-30-306-015 and was sold on October 25,



TO: WILLIAM J DENNISON, WILLIAM J DENNISON, SANDRA DENNISON, SANDRA DENNISON, TODD JAVOR, US BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE OF THE SECURITY NATIONAL MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2006-2, US BANKCORP ASSET MANAGEMENT INC, AND ALL UNKNOWN OWNERS, OCCUPANTS, BENEFICIARIES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, OR PARTIES INTERESTED. A Petition for Tax Deed on the premises described below has been filed in the Circuit Court of DEKALB County, Illinois, as Case Number 13-TX-5. On August 21, 2013, at 9:00 AM, the Petitioner will make application to such Court in SYCAMORE, Illinois, for an Order on the petition that a tax deed be issued if the real estate is not redeemed from the sale. The real estate is described as follows, to wit: 06-32-201-025 and was sold on October 25, 2010, for general taxes for the year 2009. The period of redemption will expire on August 05, 2013.

TO: TODD SIMONSON, JENNIFER BOCK, RODGER SIMONSON, CINDY SIMONSON, AND ALL UNKNOWN OWNERS, OCCUPANTS, BENEFICIARIES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, OR PARTIES INTERESTED. A Petition for Tax Deed on the premises described below has been filed in the Circuit Court of DEKALB County, Illinois, as Case Number 13-TX-8. On August 21, 2013, at 9:00 AM, the Petitioner will make application to such Court in SYCAMORE, Illinois, for an Order on the petition that a tax deed be issued if the real estate is not redeemed from the sale. The real estate is described as follows, to wit: 14-16-277-010 and was sold on October 25, 2010, for general taxes for the year 2009. The period of redemption will expire on August 05, 2013. PRAIRIE STATE SECURITIES, L.L.C PETITIONER (Published in the Daily Chronicle, April 4, 5 & 6, 2013.) Chronicle Classified 877-264-2527



(Published in the Daily Chronicle, April 4, 5 & 6, 2013.)

LEGAL NOTICE CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 2009-00828 Your online destination for all things DeKalb County



Notice is given of the death of Leonard L. Pourchot, of Lincoln, Illinois. Letters of Office were issued on the 20th day of March, 2013, to Regan G. Pourchot, Executor/Independent Representative, 4646 N. County Road X, Mosinee, Wisconsin 54455. Claims against the Estate may be filed in the office of the Clerk of the Court at the DeKalb County Court House, 133 West State Street, Sycamore, Illinois, 60178, or with the Representative, or both, no later than six (6) months from the date of first publication of this Notice and any claim not filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the Representative and to the attorney within 10 days after it has been filed.



By: /s/ Regan G. Pourchot

(Published in the Daily Chronicle, April 4, 5 & 6, 2013.)

ESTATE OF Leonard L. Pourchot, Deceased

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2010, for general taxes for the year 2009. The period of redemption will expire on August 05, 2013.

LEGAL NOTICE CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 2009-00292 TO: CHARLES PAUL, JEAN PAUL, JANICE NEWELL CARLTON, GALAXY SITES LLC, AND ALL UNKNOWN OWNERS, OCCUPANTS, BENEFICIARIES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, OR PARTIES INTERESTED. A Petition for Tax Deed on the premises described below has been filed in the Circuit Court of DEKALB County, Illinois, as Case Number 13-TX-6. On August 21, 2013, at 9:00 AM, the Petitioner will make application to such Court in SYCAMORE, Illinois, for an Order on the petition that a tax deed be issued if the real estate is not redeemed from the sale. The real estate is described as follows, to wit: 08-14-132-009 and was sold on October 25, 2010, for general taxes for the year 2009. The period of redemption will expire on August 05, 2013.

TO: MELANIA FERRER, LAURA DORRE, MARVIC SAJULAN, RODOLFO SAJULAN, DAN STOKES, SALLY BREWER, HEARTLAND BANK AND TRUST CO. AS SUCCESSOR TO FARMERS STATE BANK OF SOMONAUK, HEARTLAND BANCORP, INC AS SUCCESSOR TO FARMERS STATE BANK OF SOMONAUK CITY OF SANDWICH ATTN: DENISE IL, FERRER & ASSOCIATES, PRIMERICA, JEFFREY CLEVINGER, AND ALL UNKNOWN OWNERS, OCCUPANTS, BENEFICIARIES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, OR PARTIES INTERESTED. A Petition for Tax Deed on the premises described below has been filed in the Circuit Court of DEKALB County, Illinois, as Case Number 13-TX-9. On August 21, 2013, at 9:00 AM, the Petitioner will make application to such Court in SYCAMORE, Illinois, for an Order on the petition that a tax deed be issued if the real estate is not redeemed from the sale. The real estate is described as follows, to wit: 19-35-127-006 and was sold on October 25, 2010, for general taxes for the year 2009. The period of redemption will expire on August 05, 2013.

To the legal voters, residents of the Town of Afton Township in the County of DeKalb and State of Illinois, that the ANNUAL TOWN MEETING of said town will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Being the third Tuesday of said month at the hour of 7:00 pm at Elva Town Hall, 16029 Walker Drive. For the transaction of the miscellaneous business of the said town; and after a Moderator having been elected, will proceed to hear and consider reports of officers, and decide on such measures as may, in pursuance of law, come before the meeting; and especially to consider and decide the following: PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LEGAL NOTICE INTRODUCTION OF ELECTED OFFICIAL ELECTION OF MODERATOR OATH OF MODERATOR APPROVE AGENDA APPROVE 2012 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING MINUTES SUPERVISOR'S ANNUAL REPORT TREASURE'S REPORT ROAD COMMISSIONER REPORT BRIDGE STATUS REPORT PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SET PLACE AND TIME FOR 2013-2014 REGULAR TOWNSHIIP MEETINGS SET PLACE AND TIME FOR 2014 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING MOTION TO APPROVE PAYING THE MODERATOR ADJOURN Approved March 12, 2013 Randall J. Bourdages Afton Township Clerk (Published in the Daily Chronicle, April 6, 2013.)

PUBLIC NOTICE Notice of Public Hearing Village of Kirkland, Illinois Annual Appropriation/Budget For the May 1, 2013 April 30, 2014 Fiscal Year A public hearing to approve the Annual Appropriation/Budget for the Village of Kirkland, DeKalb County, Illinois for the fiscal year beginning May 1, 2013, and ending April 30, 2014, will be held on April 15, 2013, at 6:45 pm at Village Hall, 511 W Main Street, Kirkland, Illinois.

The Tentative Annual Appropriation/Budget for the Village of Kirkland, Illinois for the May 1, 2013 -April 30, 2014 fiscal year contains the following proposed expenditures: General Fund $814,837 Impact Fees Account 13,990 Water & Sewer Funds 492,103 Motor Fuel Tax Fund 10,500 Tax Incremental Financing Fund 376,425 Capital Projects Fund 200,100 Revolving Loan Fund Village Totals $1,907,955 Theresa A. D'Amato, Village Clerk (Published in the Daily Chronicle, April 6, 2013.)

PUBLIC NOTICE Notice of Personal Property Sale Open Bidding Auction Saturday, April 13, 2013 9 am at Waterman Lockbox Storage 9777 Rt. 30, Waterman, IL Immediately following at Hinckley Lockbox Storage 800 Lincoln Hwy, Hinckley, IL Lockbox Storage will sell personal properties listed below as provided by law. Waterman Location: Tim Davis, unit 53 – general household items Jennie Seward, unit 57 – general household items Jill Cullen, unit 61 – general household items Megan Johnston, unit 70 – personal property items Ellen Paul, unit 71 and 73 – personal property items Hinckley Location: Ben Johnson, unit 104 – personal property items Ashleigh Petty, unit 105 – general household items Roberta Diveley, unit 114 – personal property items Rodney Cooper, unit 118 – personal property items PERSONAL PROPERTY TERMS: All items must be paid in full by end of each auction by CASH before removing items from premises. All items must be removed by end of business day. Not responsible for accidents or items after sold. Must be 18 yrs old or older. (Published in the Daily Chronicle, March 30 & April 6, 2013.)

Any person desiring to appear at the public hearing and present testimony to the Village Board may contact Theresa D'Amato, Village Clerk (815) 522-6179.


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