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School’s start doesn’t mean end to fun Back to school! With Geneva public schools starting the 2013-14 school year today, many parents are singing a sigh of relief. A return to the classroom routine means no more long, hot days filled with complaints about boredom, tantrums or sibling spats. Here at the park district, we made a splash a Sunset Pool, enjoyed lots of live music and movies in the park, putt-putted at Stone Creek Mini Golf, rocked out at Battle of the Bands and even adopted some butterflies. Our summer camps had a blast at local parks with kickball, kites and more. They even ventured out of Geneva for field trips to Wild West Town, Cougars stadium, Sky High Sport and Cantigny. But just because the school year’s starting, doesn’t mean the fun and games are over. In fact, taking on a few recreational activities outside of school can improve your

PARK PERSPECTIVES NATALIE SEIDEL child’s performance in the classroom. Research shows that participation in recreational programs can increase self-esteem and commitment to education. A 2005 study by California State Parks cites nearly 80 percent of teens engaging in after-school activities as “A” or “B” students, while only half of teens not participating in after-school activities earn these high marks. Annually, the Geneva Park District’s recreational opportunities enroll over 1,700 toddlers, youth and teens. Check out some of the exciting opportunities available at the park district this fall. • Baton – Try out our new Beginning Baton Twirling classes with a free demo from

5 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Children ages 3 to 12 will learn baton twirling fundamentals and building blocks for harder, more complex routines performed in competition. • Sunset Dance Academy – Dance classes for ages 2.5 and older begin the week of Sept. 9. Classes include, Tiny Toes, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Pointe, Mommy & Me, Irish Step and Musical Theater. Selected classes will learn choreography and perform in the annual Nutcracker performance. • Affordable Babysitting – Kidz Korral at the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center provides a spot for kids to stay active, meet new friends and have fun while you enjoy a little time for yourself with a variety of affordable payment options available for both residents and non-residents. • Skateboard Contest –

Half-marathon runs through Batavia By ERIC SCHELKOPF BATAVIA – Nearly 1,500 runners participating in Sunday’s Peapod half-marathon will follow a slightly different route designed to alleviate traffic problems associated with the race. Earlier this year, Batavia Assistant City Administrator Jason Bajor and Batavia Police Deputy Chief Glenn Autenri-

eth had recommended that the Peapod Half Madness 13.1 – so named because a half-marathon is 13.1 miles – take place only on trails within the city. The race, which started in 2008, incorporates several miles of city’s streets on Batavia’s east and west sides and several miles of trails. After race organizers and participants met with aldermen in February, a compromise was reached that would

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allow the race to continue through the city with a slight adjustment to the route. “They wanted us to avoid Main Street,” race director Danny Delgado said. “We found an alternate route that is a lot safer for the runners. It takes the runners up McKee Street to Western Avenue, rather than going on Main Street. The runners won’t encounter as much traffic.” The race will take place be-

Showcase your skills Sept, 7, starting at noon at Geneva’s Skate Park, 1800 S. State St. This all-ages competition features prizes for winning beginner, advanced and best trick categories. Pre-registration is $10 per skater. Day-of/ on-site registration is $15 per skater from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The Geneva Park District offers these programs and more for toddlers, youth, teens, adults, seniors and more. Registration is now open for all fall 2013 programs, including the Harvest Hustle 5K, basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics, adult fitness, senior trips, martial arts and so much more. For more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit www.genevaparks. org.

• Natalie Seidel is the marketing coordinator for the Geneva Park District and can be reached at 630-2324542. Email her at editorial@ tween 7 and 10 a.m., with the start and finish line being near Houston Street and North Island Avenue in downtown Batavia. So far, 1,400 runners have registered to participate, up 30 percent from last year, Delgado said. The deadline to register is midnight Wednesday. The race will benefit two charities, the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and the Batavia Fourth of July Committee. The Kane County Chronicle is one of the race’s sponsors.

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would recommend “The Butler.” I just saw it yesterday. If you could be on any game show, what would it be? “Price is What is your favorite local restaurant?

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WHAT: Parade participants and crafters/ vendors are being sought for the 2013 Maple Park Fun Fest. WHEN: Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 INFO: Visit for information and applications or send email to

Habitat restoration at Bliss Woods WHAT: A habitat restoration work day will be at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve. Work will include weed control, such as pulling or cutting invasive species, and any other needed tasks. WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday WHERE: Bliss Woods Forest Preserve, which is on Bliss Road, north of Route 47 in Sugar Grove INFO: Participants should dress appropriately with long pants, sturdy shoes and work gloves. Children younger than 14 should be accompanied by an adult. For information, email Mary Ochsenschlager at maryoxie@ or call Rob Cleave at the Kane County Forest Preserve at 630-232-5980.

Pancake breakfast in Maple Park WHAT: The Knights Wrestling Club has planned a pancake breakfast in an effort to raise money for new singlets. WHEN: 7 a.m. to noon Sunday WHERE: Washington Park Pavilion, on Washington Street, one block east of County Line Road, Maple Park COST: The cost is $6 a person or $18 for a family. INFO: Call 815-216-6007, send email to or visit

Sheriff’s car show set in Elburn WHAT: The seventh annual Charity Car and Motorcycle Show, presented by Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez and Kendall County Sheriff Richard Randall, is set. WHEN: Noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 31

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Elburn Family Summer Fest at Heritage Prairie Farm WHAT: Vital Chiropractic of Elburn has planned the Elburn Family Summer Fest. WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn INFO: The event includes activities such as a family yoga class, a bouncy house, a “magical balloon man,” touch-a-tractor events, wine tasting and wellness screenings. Call 630-3659887 or visit

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CrossFit opens in Sugar Grove Owner co-owned gym in Naperville By BRENDA SCHORY SUGAR GROVE – CrossFit opened last month in Sugar Grove, and it is going gangbusters, owner Rebecca Martin said. The gym, at 760 Heartland Drive, Sugar Grove, features a type of fitness regimen called CrossFit, which combines weightlifting with high-intensity workouts, Martin said. “I was part-owner of another CrossFit in Naperville,” Martin said, which she sold about a year ago. Martin, 40, of Oswego, said she decided to combine her two passions – exercise and running a business – by opening her own CrossFit. In the past year, she transitioned her home garage into a Cross Fit gym, then decided to open the 2,000-square-foot gym space in Sugar Grove’s industrial area. “It’s a mixture of weightlifting and ... short, intense workouts,” Martin said. “Fifteen minutes, and your heart is racing like nothing you’ve ever done before.” She said 25 people signed up for classes in the first three weeks after opening. They exercise in groups of two to eight – no more than 10. “You work out in a group,” Martin said. “You don’t go in, do your thing and leave. CrossFit started in the military, and police and fire would train that way, and it morphed into CrossFit. There are thousands of affiliates throughout the world.” Information is available by calling 630-358-9637 or online at

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87/68 McHenry Statistics through 4 p.m. yesterday Belvidere 87/70 Temperatures Waukegan 88/69 85/69 High/low ....................................... 86°/58° Normal high ......................................... 82° Rockford Crystal Lake Deerfield Record high .............................. 96° (1983) Algonquin 88/69 89/70 87/71 88/69 Normal low .......................................... 63° Hampshire Record low ............................... 48° (1992) Schaumburg 88/68 Elgin 88/70 Peak wind .............................. S at 14 mph 88/69 DeKalb Precipitation 89/70 Tri-Cities Chicago 24 hours through 4 p.m. yest. ........... 0.00” 89/70 88/70 Month to date ................................... 0.44” Normal month to date ....................... 2.67” Oak Park Year to date .................................... 24.99” 88/71 Aurora Normal year to date ........................ 24.19” Dixon 87/67

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

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Fld: flood stage. Prs: stage in feet at 7 a.m Tuesday. Chg: change in previous 24 hours. Station Fld Prs Chg Station Fld Prs Chg Algonquin................. 3....... 1.46...... -0.04 Montgomery........... 13..... 11.09...... -0.02 Burlington, WI ........ 11....... 6.44...... -0.16 New Munster, WI .... 19....... 5.96...... -0.04 Dayton ................... 12....... 5.50...... -0.02 Princeton .............. 9.5....... 3.43....... none McHenry .................. 4....... 0.84...... -0.01 Waukesha ................ 6....... 2.83..... +0.01

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Juvenile prison schools head resigns after arrest By BRENDA SCHORY ST. CHARLES – The superintendent of the Illinois Juvenile Prison Schools, Kye D. Gaffey, 41, said he resigned his position Tuesday after his arrest last week in St. Charles. Gaffey and his wife, Jennifer, 42, of Sterling, both were charged late Aug. 15 with misdemeanor criminal trespass and criminal damage to a glass patio door at a house in the 0-99 block of Southgate Course, St. Charles. They both posted $1,500 bond and are scheduled to appear in Kane County Branch Court on Sept. 19. Gaffey said he resigned his $110,244 position to avoid further embarrassment to the department. He said he worked in that position previously from 2000 to 2005 then returned in 2011. St. Charles Police spokesman Paul McCurtain said according to police reports, a neighbor who was keeping an eye on the house called police at about 11 p.m. Aug. 15 to report that she saw people inside the house. No one was supposed to be home at the time, McCurtain said. Police checked the residence and first found Jennifer Gaffey and then located her husband, Kye Gaffey, McCurtain said. “They went into the house to determine if the living conditions were acceptable for their son,” McCurtain said

“We never went inside. We were looking in the window. That is why we were there. … Custody is an ongoing battle. It’s something we are trying to take care of in the courts. It’s not a good situation.” Kye D. Gaffey Recently resigned superintendent of the Illinois Juvenile Prison Schools

on the reason given to police. Gaffey said his wife shares custody of a 6-year-old boy with a man, who now lives with another woman in the Southgate Course house. Gaffey said the boy reported there was no furniture in the house, that he was sleeping on a mattress on the floor behind a curtain and that there was cat feces all over. “We never went inside,” Gaffey said. “We were looking in the window. That is why we were there. … Custody is an ongoing battle. It’s something we are trying to take care of in the courts. It’s not a good situation.” Gaffey said his wife was never married to the boy’s father, but Peter Smith, who said he is Jennifer Gaffey’s ex-husband, said they were married from 2005 until 2011 when the divorce was final.

Smith also said Gaffey’s assertions about the condition of his house are untrue and inspired by a cusKye D. Gaffey tody battle. “He sleeps on a mattress on the floor because he falls out of bed,” Smith said of his son. Jennifer Smith’s girlGaffey friend’s 3-yearold daughter also lives with the couple, he said, and has a similar sleeping arrangement. “We all sleep on mattresses on the floor – all of us,” Smith said. Smith said the house has furniture and no cat feces on the floor. “We have two cats,” Smith said. “One cat got sick with a bladder infection, and he urinated on the floor a couple of times, but now he’s perfectly healthy.” The neighbor who called police had been feeding the cats and watching the house while the couple and the two children were on vacation in Wisconsin, Smith said. Gaffey said neither he nor his wife ever went inside the house “If that was the case, I would have been charged with a felony,” Gaffey said. “I was outside waiting for my wife. I had no reason to go into the house.”

AURORA – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, will be meeting with business owners from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at Alarm Detection Systems, 1115 Church Road, Aurora. Business owners are requested to bring specific ideas that

KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE SUGAR GROVE – Jericho Road will be closed to through traffic between Route 47 and Bertram Road. The closure will take place for approximately 60 days. It is necessary to replace the box culvert (bridge) that carries Jericho Road over Rob Roy Drainage ditch. Additional construction work will include excavation, drainage improvements, road reconstruction and resurfacing. A posted detour route will direct traffic around

the closure using Route 47, Route 30 and Orchard Road. The public is advised to follow the posted detour route around the project and to expect increased travel times during construction. Weather permitting, Jericho Road is scheduled to re-open by Oct. 11. However, some additional site work may continue after the road is re-opened, including landscaping, right-of-way restoration, and miscellaneous related items. For information, visit

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will make a positive difference for small businesses. Those unable to attend the meeting are asked to send ideas ahead of time so that they can be discussed at the meeting. Refreshments will be served. For event information call the National Federation of Independent Business at

217-523-5471 or to send ideas for Hultgren, contact Keith Wheeler at 630-624-9745 or at This event is being presented by NFIB/Illinois, NFIB Fox Valley Area Action Council and the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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8LOCAL BRIEF Kendall County hosts annual GOP family picnic YORKVILLE – The Kendall County GOP annual family picnic and pig roast will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kendall County Fairgrounds, 10826 Route 71, Yorkville. There will be activities for kids and adults, as well as food. Admission provides access to a pig roast, beverages for adults and kids, a softball

game, pony rides, balloon animals, games and ice cream. The Republican Women will hold a bake sale, with a variety of items available for purchase. Purchase your tickets online at www.kendallgoppicnic. Tickets will be $12 for a adult, $5 for a child (10 and under), $25 for a family (two adults and their children).

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ST. CHARLES – A Geneva man who tried to start a fight with a bar employee in St. Charles on Sunday was not only charged with aggravated assault but also arrested on five warrants from two jurisdictions, according to a St. Charles Police Department report. Ryan Thomas Fitzsimmons, 30, of the 2700 block of Peterson Court, Geneva, reportedly attracted police attention when he tried to start a fight with an employee at Alley 64 in downtown St. Charles. Before making physical contact, he reportedly pulled a folding knife out, flipped the 3 ½-inch blade open and held it out to the employee in a threatening manner.

The police report indicated Fitzsimmons has been banned from nearly all the bars in downtown St. Charles. Police charged Fitzsimmons with aggravated assault and arrested him on two warrants from Aurora and three from Kane County for failing to appear in court Ryan on a charge of Thomas Fitzsimmons driving with a suspended license and four charges of obtaining a substance by fraud, according to the report. Fitzsimmons was reportedly taken to the Kane County Adult Justice Center. Online records indicate he was being held on $34,500 bail.

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Two charged in St. Charles Township for car burglaries By ASHLEY SLOBODA ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – Two young adults linked to eight vehicle burglaries in St. Charles Township each face four felony charges, according to a Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release. Christopher Mentenick, 24, of the 600 block of Peace Road, Sycamore, was charged with one count of burglary, a Class 2 felony, and three counts of unlawful posses-

sion of a credit card, a Class 4 felony. Rebecca Olson, 19, of the 1100 block of Braintree Christopher D r i v e , S c h a Mentenick umburg, was charged with one count of using a forged credit card, a Class 3 felony, and three counts of unlawful possession of a stolen credit card, a Class 4 felony. According to the release,

eight vehicles were burglarized between Aug. 7 and Aug. 10 in the area of Falcons Trail in St. Charles Rebecca Township. The Olson offend ers reportedly entered unlocked vehicles and stole small electronic items, credit cards and other items left inside the vehicles. On Aug. 13, Streamwood police told sheriff’s detec-

tives that they had arrested two people who possessed an iPad that was stolen in one of the burglaries, according to the release. Sheriff’s detectives reportedly interviewed the subjects, determined they were suspects and learned that some of the stolen credit cards were used to purchase items that later were pawned for cash. Mentenick and Olson were taken to the Kane County Adult Justice Center. Online

records indicate Mentenick was being held on $50,000 bail, and Olson was released on $2,500 bond, or 10 percent of her bail. She is expected in court Sept. 6. He is expected in court Friday. Sheriff Pat Perez reminds residents to never leave valuables in their cars, to lock their cars and to remove garage door openers from cars that are parked in the driveway, according to the release.

Batavia mayor outlines punishment against liquor violators By ERIC SCHELKOPF BATAVIA – Mayor Jeff Schielke on Monday outlined what will happen to the 13 businesses that failed a recent liquor enforcement campaign conducted by the Batavia Police Department’s Investigations Division. Of the 34 businesses checked, 13 failed the check. All servers, bartenders and clerks who served the minors

while supervised by police officers were issued citations and will appear in Kane County Branch Court. “Anybody who is under 21, regardless of how they look, should be checked,” Schielke said during Monday’s Batavia City Council meeting. “We are just making sure we have compliance.” Schielke, who also serves as the city’s liquor commissioner, said he plans to lodge a small fine on those business-

8FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS Virginia E. Billhardt: The visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Burial will be private. Richard Warren Howe: A celebration of Warren’s life will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Galloway Ridge in Pittsboro, N.C.

Albert Murray “Bud” Swayne Jr.: Services and burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Abraham Lincoln Cemetery in Elwood. James W. Walters: Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service hour at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at First Christian Church, 635 Randall Road, Aurora. Interment will be at River Hills Memorial Park.

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es that failed the check. In addition, the employees that failed the check would have to submit themselves to be retrained. “We are going to revisit the businesses, and they will be retested,” he said. “Hopefully, all of them will pass this time.” Batavia Police Chief Gary Schira said “for the most part, a lot of the business owners were embarrassed and took action, including dismissal.”

At a glance Businesses that failed a recent liquor enforcement check: • Smash Burger, 842 N. Randall Road. • Chili’s Grill and Bar, 491 N. Randall Road. • El Casanova, 1890 Mill St. • Pepe’s, 4 S. Van Buren St. • Aliano’s, 90 N. Island Ave. • East China Inn, 140 W. Wilson St. • East China Inn, 9 S. Randall

Road • Gammon Coach House, 3 S. Batavia Ave. • Open Range American Grill, 35 N. Water St. • Pal Joey’s Pizza, 31 N. River St. • Berkley’s Finer Foods, 28 S. Van Buren St. • Windmill City Liquors, 101 S. Batavia Ave. • Aldi’s Foods, 451 N. Randall Road.


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GENEVA – The school year might be winding down in May, but that is when Yvette Ihrig is increasing the pace of updating computers in time for Geneva School District 304’s next school year. As the summer gives way to August and the start of school today in Geneva, Ihrig, a district computer technician, is working like an accountant during tax season. “My summer is basically getting ready for the next school year,” Ihrig said. “January is when we start planning, May, we are going into production, when decisions [are being made] and budgets are being passed.” The district has 3,500 computers – 800 of them are new – and they all need new software installed. The older ones need updates, and some need to be customized for teachers’ specific needs. And they all operate on a wireless system. A decision was made to go to a new operating system, so Ihrig said she had to order a new version of the software so it would be compatible. Ensconced in a small tech lab at Geneva High School, Ihrig has several new laptops plugged in and receiving new programs and settings from the district’s server while she works on one manually. “I work behind the scenes,” Ihrig said. “I am customizing the settings for a teacher right now. Once I’m done installing all my software and refining all my settings, I then will take his machine. … I will copy a file over to our network, and I will push it out to all these computers.” It takes eight hours to get one computer customized for one teacher if done manually, she said. For example, English teachers need different educational software than math teachers, and chemistry teachers need different educational software than music

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Geneva School District 304 computer technician Yvette Ihrig balances new laptops to be delivered to staff members.

Ihrig (right) shows Geneva High School director of counseling and advising Mary Johnson her new laptop at the high school. or French teachers, she said. Also required for customizing are printers and wireless projectors. Rather than manually customize each one, she does what is called imaging – setting up a master or template for each department, putting

it on the server, and then downloading to each computer. “We can’t say, ‘Here you go,’ out of the box,” Ihrig said. “There is a lot of background.” All the new software being

installed in the new computers is also being installed in the older computers, Ihrig said, because everything needs to be updated. So Ihrig shortens the process by copying files that are standard for each group of teachers. And Ihrig said she has to do this for the beginning of every school year. “And the reason why – let me give you an example: We have a program called Adobe Flash. A new version of that will come out every three months. It’s an upgrade for that software … It never ends,” she said. Web browsers also change, she said. “If we don’t upgrade our computers, then it doesn’t work,” Ihrig said. And while the big push to get ready is from May through August, Ihrig said the rest of the school year is spent on maintenance.

“Like an accountant doing taxes, ‘You have this new tax break, or this was amended,’ it’s the same for the computer,” Ihrig said. “If your computer is 5 years old – that’s old for a computer. Five years does not seem like a long time, but from the technology standpoint, it is.” Teachers who project a lesson from the computer for all students to see also can use the district’s server to save it and use again with the next class, she said. The lesson is marked with a code, so the teacher can retrieve it from the thousands of files saved to the district’s server. Ihrig said using electronics to preserve lessons and allow teachers to access what they need is reducing the amount of paper and books schools used to require. “It’s very green,” Ihrig said.

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Bunny clown bicyclist in Elburn? Case closed Police chief: Teen girl donned clown suit; was ‘a young person having fun’ By AL LAGATTOLLA ELBURN – Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith opened the door to his office Monday, producing a red, yellow and blue clown suit, the same worn by a figure who has been popping up in photos on the Facebook pages of Elburn residents during the past few weeks. In the photos, a person is seen wearing the clown suit and a white feather boa, as well as a bunny mask that covers the face. The person is riding a woman’s bicycle – barefoot – in the photos. Stating the case was “solved,” Smith said the person in the suit was a teenage girl, who had discovered the suit in a chest that was acquired by her family at an estate sale. He said the girl wore the getup to see what kind of reaction she would get. In some instances, he said, kids would wave at her. But Smith said parents grow concerned whenever people hide their identity around children, and he said he and officers in town had been investigating since he learned about the sightings in early August. There were no charges filed in the case. “I firmly believe that nobody ever was in any kind of danger,” Smith said. “There was no malice in it,” he said. “It was a young person having fun with this. … It was nothing more than that, someone riding around in a costume.” There was much reaction to the bunny clown bicyclist, and it was a hot topic on social

media. On one Twitter page, the photo was posted, inspiring comments such as “oh my gosh! It’s sooo creepyy!” and “that’s the most scariest thing ever.” Elburn resident Cindy Rowland didn’t see the clown as something scary at all. She said she encountered the clown one day, and she thought it was funny. “I honked and waved,” Rowland said. “The clown waved back at me.” Rowland said she called some friends, and others also had heard of it. But Rowland said she noted the social media response on Facebook, for instance. “People were commenting like they were scared,” Rowland said. But she said she didn’t think that at all. “I wrote that it was just fun and innocent.” Smith said officers were digging for information, which eventually led them to the girl. Police visited her and her mother last week. He said the mother and daughter were “mortified” to hear that people were concerned about it, and Smith said the girl’s mother handed over the clown suit. “She didn’t want it in the house anymore,” Smith said. Smith said he understood why parents might be concerned. He said there were some reports that children were being chased by a clown, but he said he believes that no one was chased. “People have issues with clowns and things like that,” Smith said. “And people are especially concerned when they have kids.”

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By ASHLEY SLOBODA GENEVA – Having been born just a few miles away from the Texas-Mexico border, Noel Castellanos knows how his life could have been different had he been born in Mexico instead of in the United States. The pastor and CEO of the Christian Community Development Association said he has worked to improve the lives of his fellow Mexican-Americans. But none of his efforts could fix problems stemming from immigration issues, he said. “The problem was the laws

“The problem was the laws in place in our country are very, very broken.” Noel Castellanos Pastor and CEO of the Christian Community Development Association in place in our country are very, very broken,” Castellanos said. Castellanos, along with five other panelists, addressed immigration reform Tuesday night during a forum at St. Mark’s Church in Geneva. It was co-sponsored by the Bibles, Badges & Business for Immigration Reform Network; the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition;

the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-Great Lakes Region; the Christian Community Development Association; and World Relief DuPage/Aurora. Panelist Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez, whose grandparents came from Mexico and Yugoslavia, said he doesn’t have tolerance for those who come to the United States to commit such “acts of evil” as selling illegal drugs.

By NICOLE WESKERNA SUGAR GROVE – The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday moved closer to starting a $4 million roadway improvement project that the state is paying for. The village is working with the Illinois Department of Transportation to improve the intersection at Dugan and Granart roads in an effort to improve safety and the flow of traffic. Trustees approved an agreement with IDOT, as well as engineering firm TADI. “The good news is, the project is nearly 100 percent funded by the state,” Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said. He said TADI’s specialty is in doing traffic analysis, engineering, design and geometrics. The village agreed to enter a contract with the firm for $228,400, and Village

By the numbers a roadway $4 million forimprovement project funded by the state contract that Sugar Grove agreed to with TADI.


President Sean Michels said the state will cover that cost, as well. As part of the agreement with IDOT, the village is in charge of coordinating surveys, right-of-way acquisition, engineering and constructing the improvement, according to meeting documents. IDOT has agreed to spend up to $4 million for the project with a reimbursement method of payment. Michels said IDOT plans to fund the whole project because state officials consider the area of Dugan and Granart

roads as a regional area that would impact Route 30 traffic. The project is slated to start in the summer of 2014 and is expected to wrap up by 2015. Michels said the intent is for the project to be completed in time for the 2016 Ladies Professional Golf Association’s International Crown, which will be held at Rich Harvest Farms. Improvements to the intersection include realigning Granart Road to provide greater spacing from the intersection of Route 30 and the highway-railroad grade crossing, as well as improve geometrics, according to meeting documents. Eichelberger said three rough concept designs for the intersection have already been drawn up, but they have not yet been studied through a traffic analysis. The contracts agreed upon are subject to attorney review.

8LOCAL BRIEF Church to host ‘Meet the Mormons’ in Geneva GENEVA – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel at 429 Old Kirk Road in

Geneva will host an event titled “Meet the Mormons” from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Church members will discuss some of their basic beliefs and

share a book that has changed thier lives. A light refreshment will be served.

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the people who are here illegally?” Although proposed legislation was alluded to, the panelists talked more in broader terms, not specific solutions. Batavia resident Yvonne Dinwiddie pointed that out. “I heard no proposals here tonight,” she said. She offered her solution for immigration reform: have immigrants register with their employer. Ben Taylor, director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-Great Lakes Region, said her idea was similar to the E-Verify employment verification system in proposed legislation.

• Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sugar Grove officials approve new agreement with IDOT

For those who are entering the country for more noble purposes, such as wanting to provide a better life for their family, he said he is encouraged by forums like Tuesday’s. “I think the engagement we have here is the first step of the solution,” Perez said. From a law enforcement perspective, Perez said it is common for people to mistakenly believe authorities can jail those who are here illegally and deport them. That, he said, is a civil offense – not a criminal one. Noting the county jail is usually filled to capacity, he added, “Where would I put

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Officials express gratitude for burglary arrests By ERIC SCHELKOPF BATAVIA – City officials Monday night expressed their gratitude to the Batavia Police Department for arresting four individuals in a string of recent burglaries on the city’s southeast side. “Thanks you for your quick action,” 1st Ward Alderman Michael O’Brien said, in addressing Batavia Police Chief Gary Schira at Monday’s Batavia City Council meeting. The city’s southeast side is in the first ward. Batavia Mayor Jeff

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Schielke also expressed his appreciation to Batavia police officers. “I know there was a lot of extra effort on their part,” Schielke said. Four individuals have been charged in several residential burglaries that occurred between Aug. 5

and Aug. 14 on the city’s far southeast side. Terrell Jones-Bradley, 21, of the 1200 block of East Wilson Street, Batavia, was charged with two counts of residential burglary, one count of attempted residential burglary and two counts of unlawful use of a credit

the 1200 block of Elm Street, St. Charles, was arrested Sunday, Aug. 18, on a warrant. • Michael Allen Garwood, 43, of the 2100 block of Orca Lane, Poulsbo, Wash., was charged Sunday, Aug. 18, with public drunkenness. He was reportedly found passed out on the sidewalk in the 700 block of East Main Street in St. Charles at about 2:50 a.m. He was reportedly taken to the emergency room at Delnor Hospital for treatment. • Kendra L. Rudnicki, 31, of the 500 block of South 15th Court, St. Charles, was charged Sunday, Aug. 18, with public drunkenness. • Jeremy S. Hale, 30, of the 400 block of Union Avenue, St. Charles, was charged Sunday, Aug. 18, with obstructing/resisting police and fighting. • Zacharia G. Guenzler, 23, of the 1100 block of Ronzheimer Avenue, St. Charles, was charged Sunday, Aug. 18, with public drunkenness. • Lawrence T. Griff, 24, of the 700 block of South Ninth Avenue, Addison, was charged Sunday, Aug. 18, with public drunkenness. • Joseph M. Montes, 23, of the 1400 block of Exeter Lane, South Elgin, was charged Sunday, Aug. 18, with public drunkenness. • Dennis J. Lang Jr., 23, of the

6N300 block of Whitmore Circle, St. Charles, was charged Friday, Aug. 16, with having open alcohol in a public place. • Adrianna L. Guthrie, 22, of the 1900 block of Parknoll Lane, Port Washington, Wis., was charged Friday, Aug. 16, with having open alcohol in a public place. • Michael George Whitely, 60, of the 13300 block of SW 112th Avenue, Miami, Fla., was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 14, on a Cook County warrant on a charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license. • Tabetha C. Bloemke, 23, of the 1800 block of Walnut Street, St. Charles, was charged Thursday, Aug. 15, with battery insulting/ provoking contact.

card, all felonies. Gregory Jordan Jr., 26, of the 1300 block of East Wilson Street, Batavia, and Curtis A. Hobbs, 23, of the 0-100 block of North Broadway Avenue, Aurora, each were charged with two felony counts of unlawful use of a credit card. In addition, Sharonda Y. Moore, 22, of the 1200 block of East Wilson Street, Batavia, was charged with one count of possession of stolen property. The arrests are related to three residential burglaries that occurred in the 900 to 1200 blocks of Woodland Hills Road and in the 1600

block of Wagner Road in Batavia. Batavia Police Detective Sgt. Shawn Mazza previously had said it appeared entry was made through an open garage in one case and possibly through some unlocked windows in the other two cases. Mazza had said homeowners were home during the time of the burglaries in all three cases and had no idea someone was in their house until they noticed items missing. “Some property we did recover, but other property has been fenced,” Schira said.

Aug. 3. • A man, 71, of St. Charles, working as a real estate agent, told police on Tuesday, Aug. 6, someone had burglarized a house he had listed for sale in the 1200 block of Dorr Drive, Sugar Grove. A new stove was reportedly taken from the home and the front door was damaged. Police said it was unknown when the incident occurred. • A woman, 39, of the 200 block of Chatsworth Avenue, Sugar Grove, told police she disrupted a car burglary involving a neighbor’s vehicle at about 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The neighbor told police nothing was taken from the vehicle, and the woman said the suspects fled on foot before police arrived. • A woman, 42, of the 200 block of Exeter Lane, Sugar Grove, told police on Thursday, Aug. 8, that

someone had run over the mailbox at her home with a car. • A man, 63, of the 1200 block of Hall Street, Sugar Grove, told police on Thursday, Aug. 8, that someone had cut the wires to lights in his yard. • A man, 46, of the 1200 block of Hall Street, Sugar Grove, told police on Monday, Aug. 19, that someone had poured a flammable liquid in front of the door to his home at about 11 a.m., ignited the substance and rang his doorbell. When the man answered the door, he discovered the fire and saw it had spread to an outdoor rug. The man’s daughter, who was across the street at the time, said she saw “a kid with dark hair and a tie-dye shirt running down the street” at the time of the incident. She said she did not recognize the person running down the street.

8POLICE REPORTS Elburn • Paul Castlebuono, 43, of Swain Street, Elburn, was arrested Friday, Aug. 9, on an Elburn Police warrant. • Cheryl Gaston, 22, of the 0-100 block of Neil Road, Sugar Grove, was charged Thursday, Aug. 15, with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood-alcohol concentration greater than .08. • Four street signs on Saratoga, Stetzer, South and Parkside streets were found on Sunday, Aug. 18, by police on patrol to have been damaged beyond repair. • A woman, of Oak Hills Road, St. Charles, told police on Sunday, Aug. 18, she believed someone had let all the air out of the tires of her pickup truck and broken a windshield wiper arm on the vehicle while it was parked near the rear entrance of a home on North First Street, Elburn. The owner of the property confirmed the woman had permission to park the truck on the property in that location. St. Charles • Sherilyn Denise Venn, 27, of

Sugar Grove • A man, 46, of the 900 block of Spruce Street, Sugar Grove, told police on Sunday, Aug. 4, that someone had entered his unlocked vehicle and taken a wallet containing a small amount of cash, his driver’s license and four credit cards, including two credit cards issued through his employer. The incident is believed to have occurred at his residence during the overnight hours of • Mon-Fri 10-5: Sat 10-5:30

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By JONATHAN BILYK GENEVA – Kane County transportation officials have not yet decided how they will respond to a new law that increases the speed limit on many highways throughout Illinois. But the officials said the matter will be a topic of conversation in coming weeks, as those responsible for overseeing the county’s roadways work through the implications of the change in the law. On Monday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law leg-

islation introduced by state Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, that would increase the speed limit on most of the state’s interstate highway segments from 65 mph to 70 mph. The law also would set speed limits at 65 mph on some other state highways. The increase of the speed limit has come under criticism from police organizations and others concerned about highway safety. But the legislation passed overwhelmingly in both houses of the General Assembly. The new speed limits take effect Jan. 1.

The law clearly applies to interstate highway segments in rural areas of the state, outside of the Chicago and St. Louis metropolitan areas. But the law is less clear regarding its impact on certain highway segments within counties in those metropolitan areas. The law specifically allows county boards in Kane and other metropolitan counties to pass ordinances setting speed limits lower on roadways through their counties. Jae Miller, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Transportation, said her agency is developing maps to

By AL LAGATTOLLA ELBURN – Elburn Village Board members said they were thrilled to learn of a new business – Windy City Muscle Cars – looking to open in the village. But at Monday night’s Village Board meeting, trustees took the opportunity to debate the process used to gather input from the planning commission, after there was a tweak to the Windy City Muscle Cars request – allowing for Internet sales. The business is to be at 217 Paul St., Elburn, and aims to store and sell “muscle cars,” typically high-performance automobiles. The request won unanimous approval. But the process remains under scrutiny. Some board members said that they weren’t aware of what was discussed by the plan commission, as its minutes weren’t available. They said they should be able to view more than merely what the vote was, as there might be key discussions during the meetings that might benefit Village Board members. Trustee Patricia Schuberg was voted onto the board in

“We don’t want to be perceived as being obstructionists or anti-business.” Dave Anderson Elburn village president April, and she previously served on the planning commission. She said the planning commision plays a key role in the process, and the input is important. She said the key is to create “a reliable expectation for a petitioner without creating an undue delay for a business owner who wants to get started.” That can be difficult, as the plan commission meets once a month. Some trustees were concerned that if they had to wait until the plan commission approved its minutes at its next meeting – and then have it discussed at the Village Board meeting that followed – that process would not be complete for another month. Trustee Bill Grabarek said he might have an “overly cautious” approach, but he wanted to make sure the process was followed. “I hope these guys sell

muscle cars up and down,” Grabarek said. Trustee Dave Gualdoni said that it’s not enough to know that a vote was unanimous at the plan commission. “I don’t know what else is talked about,” he said. Trustee Ken Anderson said part of the debate is whether the Village Board must wait until the plan commission has approved the minutes at its next meeting. Perhaps that’s not the case, he said. And if it is, perhaps the planning commission could have a special meeting merely to approve the minutes. Or, perhaps there could be “draft” minutes that could be sent to the Village Board members to provide more detail about a plan commission discussion. “I think we will come up with a solution that is going to work for the process we have at the village,” he said. “We’ll deal with it.” Village President Dave Anderson said it’s important that the village doesn’t get a reputation as getting in the way of new businesses. He said he hears such comments. “We don’t want to be perceived as being obstructionists or anti-business,” he said.

chairman of the Kane County Board’s Transportation Committee, said he supports the higher speed limits generally. But he questioned the efficacy of the increased speeds in more congested areas. “I’m a big believer in not turning people into criminals by not putting unrealistic rules out there,” Frasz said. “But I can’t think of too many places in the county where 70 mph would really be appropriate. “But this is something that is in the future, and we’re going to have get better informed on.”

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mark off the roadways that it believes could be subject to the new limits and could be subject to such county ordinances. Locally, roadways covered by the law could include stretches of Interstate 88, Interstate 90, U.S. Route 20 and U.S. Route 30 through Kane County, said Kane County Deputy Director of Transportation Tom Rickert. “It’s going to take some time to understand what the intent was, and how it applies to us,” Rickert said. Kane County Board member Drew Frasz, R-Elburn,

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Firefighters in training

Explorers program teaches essential skills graduates would need on the job

By ASHLEY SLOBODA ELBURN – Sixteen-yearold Sabrina Sivert hopes to one day work for the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, a goal she isn’t waiting to work toward. Sivert, a Kaneland High School junior, has spent much of her teenage years involved with the fire district’s Explorer Post 1357. The Explorer program introduces students ages 14 to 21 to the fire service. Participants not only learn various firefighting skills, but they also learn such soft skills as professionalism and how to be respectful with the public, adviser Amelia Hurst said. “Every day, it’s something new,” Sivert said. “Or you get better because you’re never good enough.” Because the Explorer program is a huge time commitment – members attend twice-monthly meetings, participate in fundraising activities and spend a weekend in June at the Illinois Fire Service Institute for hands-on training – applicants are encouraged to sit in on a meeting before formally joining, Hurst said. This month, several Explorers graduated from the program and are now recruits for the fire district. They will become paid-on-call personnel after a year of training, Hurst said. “It’s a huge accomplishment to know a number of our students graduated and made a step toward becoming firefighters,” she said. In a speech he wrote for the Explorers’ graduation, senior adviser Rob Stevens described the milestone as possibly the largest and most influential step in the graduates’ lives. He asked them to adopt several characteristics they will need in their careers: professionalism, passion, dedication and pride. “You, and you alone, will set the tone for your future,” Hurst said, reading from Stevens’ prepared speech after he was dispatched to a call. “Having pride in your work

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ABOVE: (Left to right) Stephen Coomes, Joe Miller, Colin DePrez and Sonny Horn give remarks after graduating from the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District Explorer program. RIGHT: Sabrina Sivert (right) laughs with Kaity Christensen during a meeting of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District Explorer Post 1357. Sabrina was promoted to captain during the meeting.

It’s a huge accomplishment to know a number of our students graduated and made a step toward becoming firefighters.” Amelia Hurst Explorers program adviser and your daily activities will improve your attitude and work ethic in the firehouse and in your personal life.” Eighteen-year-old Stephen Coomes – one of those on track to becoming a paid-oncall employee – said he hoped his involvement with the Explorer program would lead to a job, but he didn’t take it for granted in his nearly two years with the post. “I’m very thankful for being on this post,” the 2013 St. Charles North High School graduate said, noting the program taught him leadership, communication and firefight-

ing skills. “Also, I love the brotherhood part of it.” He and two other graduates – Joe Miller and Colin DePrez – were officers for the post, meaning they ran the meetings and helped run the drills. On their graduation night, they passed that leadership role to others, including Sivert. “My name being called meant the world to me,” she said. “It’s great to live the dream.” For information about becoming an Explorer, contact Stevens at 630-365-6855 or

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Seven juveniles charged in ‘Drano bomb’ incidents KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE

• Wednesday, August 21, 2013

NORTH AURORA – Seven juveniles have been charged in six “Drano bomb” incidents that occurred on the village’s west side in May and June. After reviewing the case, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized charges against seven juveniles – six 15-year-olds and one 16-year-old – in connection with these incidents, according to Tuesday’s news release from the North Aurora Police Department. All seven are North Aurora residents and have been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, according to the release. The 16-year-old also has been charged with felony criminal damage to property in connection with the damage to an overhead garage door in the 1400 block of Oak-

land Circle. The offender allegedly kicked the overhead door, causing an estimated $1,450 damage. All of the juveniles have been referred to Kane County Juvenile Court Services for further action. North Aurora Police Deputy Chief Scott Buziecki said no more arrests will be made and that the case is closed. There were no injuries in any of the incidents. The “bombs” involved were homemade overpressure devices made out of plastic bottles and household chemicals, according to the release. They are commonly called “Drano bombs,” named after the popular name brand pipe clog remover, but they can be made using other products as well. The chemicals cause a reaction that creates pressure inside a bottle until it bursts.

8LOCAL BRIEF Conference set at church ST. CHARLES – A Heart & Soul Caregiver Conference is set from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 7, at Hosanna! Lutheran Church, 36W925 Red Gate Road, St. Charles. There will be sessions about caregiver self-care; spirituality; legal and financial issues; housing; respite; and homecare options. Break-out sessions will

be offered to answer specific concerns. For information, call 630-584-6434. The guest speaker will be Sandy Switzer, author, life coach and former caregiver. All are welcome to attend this free event. Walk-ins are welcome. Register online at www. HeartandSoulconf.eventbrite. com.

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OPINIONS LETTERS TO THE EDITOR A wonderful possibility To the Editor: When I look at the empty Charlestowne Mall, I see a wonderful possibility for residential (condo-loft-townhouse-rental) conversions. The inner mall would be a wonderful indoor shared space, especially during wintertime. I see a club house, coffee shop, dry cleaners, movie theater, 7-Eleven, small restaurant areas, barber/beauty shop, banking and health club facilities. The large parking lots would not be needed, so there would be room for commercial office space and other businesses. Not sure if St. Charles needs more residential space, but this would be unique in

WRITING TO US The Kane County Chronicle welcomes original letters on public issues. Letters must include the author’s full name, home address and day and evening telephone numbers. We limit letters to 400 words. All letters are subject to editing for length and clarity at the sole discretion of the editor. Letters can be emailed to letters@kcchronicle. com, faxed to 630-444-1641 and mailed to Letters, Kane County Chronicle, 333 N. Randall Road, Suite 2, St. Charles IL 60174.

amenities and the diversity of housing types. Might work to have family, senior and young adult sections, catering to their needs. Marianne Scoggin St. Charles


E-cigarettes need rules even if they might be safer BLOOMBERG NEWS “Mind if I vape?” The question may become more common as electronic cigarettes become more popular. The answer, however, remains elusive. Etiquette aside, the health effects of inhaling nicotine vapor (hence the term) are largely unknown. More research clearly is needed, but in the meantime, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has to start regulating e-cigarettes. U.S. consumers will spend $1 billion on battery-powered smokes this year, 10 times more than they did four years ago. The small studies that have been done so far hint at both pros and cons; one found that smokers cut back on real cigarettes after trying the electronic kind,

while another found particles of metal and silicates in e-cigarette vapor that could cause breathing problems. That there are more than 200 brands containing varying levels of nicotine and other substances only makes it harder to assess their safety. The FDA has indicated it will begin to regulate e-cigarettes this fall. After a federal judge ruled that it couldn’t classify them as medical devices, the FDA will regulate them as tobacco products. Unlike regular cigarettes, however, e-cigarettes are not known to be lethal. Wariness is warranted, but it’s safe to assume that their vapors are not nearly as dangerous as tobacco smoke. The FDA’s approach, therefore – and that of states and cities that regulate

tobacco use – should be twopronged. It should find out whether e-cigarettes are indeed safe. And while it does, it should ensure that “vaping” remains restricted to adults who are fully informed of the potential risks. To begin, e-cigarette makers should be required to report and label all ingredients in the nicotine solutions they use. Even though these deliver fewer poisons than are found in traditional cigarettes, they nevertheless have been found to contain carcinogenic nitrosamines and other harmful impurities derived from the tobacco, as well as the additive diethylene glycol, an ingredient in antifreeze. Manufacturers should also disclose the amount of nicotine that can be inhaled from

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their e-cigarettes. Today’s models haven’t been found to give users as large a hit of nicotine as regular cigarettes do, but that may not always be the case. (Some bottles of solution meant to refill e-cigarette cartridges have been found to contain enough nicotine to kill an adult if ingested.) Then there is the issue of flavoring – something the FDA forbids in standard cigarettes. All electronic cigarettes are flavored, so to ban flavoring would be to ban the product entirely. But it’s possible to allow tobacco – or even mint – flavored e-cigarettes and still ban or restrict flavors designed to appeal to children, hard as they may be to define. While they’re at it, the

FDA also should ban sales to those younger than age 18 and restrict e-cigarette marketing and advertisements in much the same way it limits them for cigarettes. In Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation barring anyone younger than 18 from smoking electronic cigarettes, according to a news release from the state. It would be great if e-cigarettes turned out to be the breakthrough that gets people to give up smoking tobacco. In the meantime, we should all be careful that e-cigarettes not perpetuate a habit that society has come a long way toward snuffing out. Sensible regulation can help protect that progress.

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STEM is alive at Waubonsee Community College WAUBONSEE VOICES David Voorhees Waubonsee Community College is about to start the fourth year of a five-year National Science Foundation-funded STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) scholarship grant. Disciplines include biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering science, physics, mathematics and the geosciences (earth science, geology, oceanography, astronomy, meteorology and geography). Scholarship recipients are recruited from local high schools and from among current Waubonsee students. New and returning STEM scholars form a learning community nurtured by 12

faculty mentors and counselors. Selection criteria include high grades in STEM courses, high overall grade-point average, recommendations from faculty and personal essays. In addition to the scholarships, our NSF STEM scholars participate in a variety of activities and have access to a variety of resources and networking opportunities that are designed to ensure that they form a cohesive and dynamic group that completes an associate degree and transfers to a baccalaureate institution. The most effective component is likely the mentoring of the scholar by a faculty member in their discipline. We also ask our STEM scholars to participate in STEM-related activities on and off campus so that they are exposed to STEM disciplines other than their own.

Finally, scholars are asked to give a presentation at one of our monthly meetings as if it were at a professional conference. The STEM scholar who receives the highest evaluation, as determined by the other scholars, is able to attend a professional conference in his or her STEM discipline. After this second year of distributing scholarships, Waubonsee faculty and staff have mentored the futures of 40 promising STEM professionals. Nearly all of the STEM scholars who have completed the scholarship program have transferred to a four-year college to complete a baccalaureate degree in schools ranging from the University of Hawaii to the University of California, Berkley, as well as many schools in Illinois. These budding STEM professionals were

able to complete their studies because of the dedication and enthusiasm of the faculty and staff of Waubonsee who are part of this scholarship program. We are still accepting applications for a few remaining openings for the 2013-14 academic year. In the 2012 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference STEM poster competition, three of the four winners from Waubonsee were STEM scholars. During that same competition, entries from Waubonsee students swept the Biological Sciences/Life Sciences category competition, winning first, second and third places. In the 2013 competition, a STEM scholar won second place in the Life Science/Earth Science Division. Additionally, Dan Ward, professor of biology, was inducted into the Co-Curricular Illinois Skyway Collegiate

Conference Hall of Fame in June for his contributions to the development and success of the Skyway STEM poster competition. Waubonsee’s NSF STEM scholarship provides affordable access to academically talented STEM majors looking to start on a bachelor’s degree. More information about the scholarship can be found on our website at www.

• David Voorhees is associate professor for earth science/geology. He also serves as principal investigator for Waubonsee’s NSF STEM scholarship program and is faculty advisor for S.O.S. (Students Organizing Sustainability). The “Waubonsee Voices” column runs the third Wednesday of each month in the Kane County Chronicle.

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KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE Metro West Council of Government has named state Rep. Tim Schmitz, R-Batavia, its 2013 Legislator of the Year. Metro West President and Elburn Village President Dave Anderson and Geneva Tim Schmitz Mayor Kevin Burns presented the award to Schmitz on Thursday. “The award was established to honor legislators whose record demonstrates their understanding of the municipal perspective on legislative issues and a commitment to supporting the well-being of municipalities,” Anderson said in a

news release. “Rep. Schmitz is certainly deserving of this award.” Schmitz is a fourth generation Kane County resident and lifelong Batavia resident. Before becoming a state representative in 1999, Schmitz served as a Batavia alderman and was a policy analyst for the Illinois House of Representatives. Schmitz received his degree in public administration and political science from Augustana College. He and his wife, Julianne, live in Batavia with their children, Alex and Ryan. Schmitz has been a Batavia firefighter and emergency medical technician since 1984. He is a recipient of the Red Cross Hometown Heroes Award and received the Fireman of the Year Award in 2005. The West Aurora School District 129 board on Monday voted to approve a three-year teacher contract that provides average increases of 2.7 percent. “This contract reflects a commitment by both the West Aurora School District and the Aurora Education Association-West to build the fiscal health of the district while fostering increased collaboration throughout virtually every aspect of our mutual efforts to deliver high quality instruction and extracurricular programs to our students,” Terry Collette, vice president for contract compliance and negotiations, said in a news release from the West Aurora School District. The three-year contract, which passed 6-1, includes an option for a fourth year. The salary schedule calls for average increases of 2.7 percent, with individual raises depending on a teacher’s personal ex-

perience and education. The contract also gives the district additional flexibility in compensation for new hires and for added duties such as coaching. Additional costs to the district largely will be paid for from the savings the district will have from a large number of retirements at the end of this school year, said West Aurora School Board member Angie Smith, who participated in the negotiations. “Retirements created an opportunity for us to help pay for new hires and raises for the next three years,” Smith said in the release. “In fact, due to

the retirements, the district is projecting that the total cost of teacher compensation in the third year of the contract will be less than this year. “Also, the additional flexibility in the contract will help us control costs long term,” Smith said. “It is worth noting that when times were tough, our teachers voluntarily took a freeze in order to help the district,” Smith said. “Now, it is important for the district to remain competitive in teacher compensation to help assure that our students receive quality instruction.”

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Skulina swatted by LumberKings By MICHAEL GIBBS GENEVA – Kane County right-hander Tyler Skulina entered Tuesday’s home game against Clinton with a 6.14 earned run average. He left the game with an even higher ERA after giving up five runs in 2⅓ innings as the LumberKings earned a 7-4 Midwest League victory at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. “It just wasn’t my day, left a couple of balls up,” Skulina said. “A couple ground balls here and there didn’t go my way.” With 13 games to play, the Cougars can lose no more than four games to avoid breaking the club’s single-season record of 76 losses. Former man-

Next for the Cougars Beloit (RHP Dakota Bacus, 9-5) at Cougars (James Pugliese, 0-0) , 6:30 p.m. today, AM-1280. agers Joel Youngblood (1992) and Aaron Nieckula (2007) guided those teams. Clinton scored a run in the first on a Dario Pizzano home run and knocked Skulina out with four runs in the third, three of them coming on a bases-loaded double by Taylor Ard. That was it for Skulina (02), who was replaced by fellow 2013 Cubs draft selection Rob

Zastryzny. “[Skulina] threw me a firstpitch curveball for a strike and I thought there was a good chance he might come back with the same pitch to keep me off balance,” Ard said. “He was struggling. I think he just wanted to flip the pitch up there for a strike and get me to roll over on it. I was able to see it early enough, put a good swing on it and find a hole down the line. “It was a big moment for us because it gave us a kind of a cushion and eventually was the difference in the game.” Kane County (50-72 overall, 20-35 second half) scored a run in its half of the first inning as Gioskar Amaya led off with a double, moved to third on a single by Oliver Zapata and

scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jeimer Candelario. Clinton (63-63, 30-27) increased its lead to 6-1 with a run off Zastryzny in the fifth, but the Cougars responded with two in the fifth inning. Giuseppe Papaccio led off with a walk and Jose Dore followed with a single. Both advanced a base on wild pitch, and Papaccio scored on yet another wild pitch. Reggie Golden’s RBI groundout scored Dore. The LumberKings added a run in the ninth on a home run by D.J. Peterson, who was 3 for 4 with a double, the home run, a walk and two RBIs. Kane County got the run back in the bottom of the

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GENEVA – The Kane County Cougars, in conjunction with the Cubs, announced Tuesday that pitcher James Pugliese has joined the Cougars from Short-A Boise. Pitcher Michael Heesch, of Crystal Lake, has been placed on the disabled list and catcher Neftali Rosario, who was on the disabled list, has been transferred to Boise. Pugliese (18th round draft pick, 2011) pitched in 15 games, 11 of which were starts at Boise last season and went 1-5 with a 5.37 ERA. This season with the Hawks, Pugliese was 4-3 with a 2.32 ERA in 12 outings, 11 of which were starts. Heesch (eighth round, 2012) is second on the staff with 119 innings pitched.

a half before the start of its season, Illinois was hit with an injury where it could least afford one. Right guard Ted Karras, a redshirt sophomore who started every game last season, was on crutches after Tuesday’s practice and favoring his left leg. Given coach Tim Beckman’s oft-noted reluctance to discuss player injuries in detail, Illini fans will have to wait for meaningful word on the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Karras’ status. Beckman confirmed the injury occurred Tuesday but couldn’t, or wouldn’t, provide additional information. Whether or not there’s good reason for Beckman to be so secretive in this regard, two facts stick out like sore thumbs. One, Karras is as good as anyone Illinois has on the offensive line. Two – if Karras is forced to miss any game action – the team’s depth up front will be severely tested.

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Brodner surprises herself, commits to play ball at Illinois St. Charles North senior Emily Brodner traveled far and wide in her search for softball exposure before deciding the Land of Lincoln isn’t such a bad place to stay. On Monday, Brodner committed to play college softball at Illinois, a far cry from her long-maintained plans to branch out when it came time for college. She said she’s “really surprised” she wound up opting to remain near her roots. “All along I wanted to play in warm weather and play in the South, play in the West, but in my visit to Illinois, I realized that Emily Illinois was Brodner the school for me,” Brodner said. “Once I got there, I knew that was the place I was supposed to go. I knew even though I’m in cold weather, it’s the place I should go to and the place I want to be at.” Brodner even played this summer for an Arizona-based travel team, the Arizona Hotshots, building off a connection she made years ago while attending a softball camp at what she said was her dream school – Arizona State. “I knew the coach [Keith Householder] from when he was younger, and he said if I ever wanted to play on the West Coast or in the South more, I’d be able to try out and have spot on the team so I decided I’d do that and play on the West Coast, play some of the California teams and play more and better competition,” Brodner said. But Brodner took a recent trip to Champaign, and came away enthused about the Illini coaching staff, which scouted Brodner during a tournament last month in Colorado. Brodner was a Second

PREP ZONE Jay Schwab Team Chronicle All-Area catcher as a junior for the North Stars. She becomes the third member of North’s team to commit to a Division I, in-state program. Senior pitcher/outfielder Sabrina Rabin is a longstanding Northwestern recruit while junior first baseman Abby Howlett committed to Northern Illinois last week. So North’s usual starting battery – Rabin and Brodner – project to be future Big Ten rivals, though Rabin likely will shift to the outfield at Northwestern. “It’s going to be different because I used to play with Sabrina when I was younger and now I play with her in high school, and sooner or later we’re going to be playing against either other in college,” said Brodner, who is leaning toward studying business at Illinois. The North Stars graduated no seniors off last year’s Upstate Eight Conference River championship team. Brodner looks forward to a potentially banner senior season, and now she also can anticipate adding to the family’s ranks of Division I athletes. Her older brother, John Brodner, plays college baseball at Wright State. “We both talked about how it’s hard to make a decision but once you know you love a school and have great coaches, that’s the place for you,” Brodner said. Saving money on airfare just proved to be an added bonus.

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VIEWS Rick Morrissey The ice first began to thaw in May, when the team announced it was going to retire Ditka’s uniform number. The decision came several decades too late, but better late than never. Then Tuesday arrived, with the old warrior making his way around on legs that moved like rusty gates. A warm glow had replaced the chill. Ditka’s talk to the players was about football’s bigger themes, new coach Marc Trestman said. “His message was a great one: It’s about the relationships you have with your teammates. It’s about the camaraderie. It’s about the locker room. The money is the least significant portion of it,’’ Trestman said. That part about the money sounds like it came from a coach’s handbook, not from

Cougars had tying runs on in 9th • COUGARS Continued from page 20 ninth when Golden singled home Papaccio. The Cougars had the tying runs at the plate with one out in the ninth, but Zapata struck out and Candelario lined out to first. “I’m getting balls up I probably shouldn’t be,” Skulina said. “I just have to keep working at it, make sure my body is going toward home plate, make sure I’m finishing my pitches, keeping the ball down.” Clinton starter Steven Ewing went five innings for the win in his LumberKings debut. He allowed three earned runs on five hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Amaya was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk, Rock Shoulders 2 for 4 with a double and Papaccio 2 for 3 with a walk.

“I’m getting balls up I probably shouldn’t be. I just have to keep working at it, make sure my body is going toward home plate, make sure I’m inishing my pitches, keeping the ball down.” Tyler Skulina James Pugliese, a righthander from Trenton, N.J., who was promoted Tuesday from the Short-A Boise Hawks, will make his Kane County and Fifth Third Ballpark debut at 6:30 p.m. today against Beloit. Pugliese was selected by the Cubs in the 18th round of the 2011 draft and pitched in 15 games in 2012, 11 of them starts, for Boise.

Ditka, who would sell you the stubs of his cigars if he got a percentage. But you get the idea. Embrace the sport. Don’t forget why you’re here. Ditka couldn’t have walked in from the cold unless the McCaskeys wanted it to happen. Chairman George McCaskey reached out to Ditka, and it sounds as if there was a great sigh of relief for all involved. The relationship between Ditka and the team never should have ended the way it did, never should have been reduced to a series of snubs and steel-toed quotes, never should have come with its own frost warning. But it did. Grudges often start as slights and add on layers of resentment until it’s hard to remember the core of the problem. This was different. The McCaskeys fired Ditka after a 5-11 season in 1992. Before that, his record as Bears coach was 101-51, with a Super Bowl title (perhaps you’ve heard) and seven playoff appearances in 11 seasons.

The estrangement pretty much started and ended with the firing, though it didn’t help when the McCaskeys put up a sculpture of iconic Bears at Soldier Field in 2004, and Iron Mike wasn’t considered good enough to be mixed in with the bronze. It looked petty, probably because it was. Yes, the McCaskeys own the record for most ham-handed decisions, but Ditka could be as much fun to handle as a jellyfish. The family got tired of it in ’92. Everybody should have moved on. Ditka said he was never wounded by what happened, but neither side seemed to ever move back in the direction of the other. Until now. Ditka and Trestman, along with their wives, had dinner recently. The two men are about as similar as a coalmine and a think tank, but they’re both coaches at heart. And football is a common language. Let’s give Trestman credit for inviting Ditka, even though it might not have been his

own idea. A less secure man might not have wanted to put himself in position to be compared. “I reached out to coach Ditka when I got the job,’’ Trestman said. “I felt that that was a great place to start, somebody who knew as much about the Bears and the traditions of the Bears as he does.’’ From there came the invitation for Ditka to visit newly renovated Halas Hall and meet the players. Ditka said this was the second time he had been back to visit the Bears since he was fired, but if this meeting had a title, it would be, “Again, with feeling.’’ “He’s got an open invitation to come by any time he likes,’’ Trestman said. Come to think of it, maybe the earth did move a degree or two Tuesday.

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Kurosky takes 2nd in invitational KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE HUNTLEY – Burlington Central girls golfer Jenna Kurosky carded a 1-under par 35 at Tuesday’s Huntley Invitational at Pinecrest Golf Club, placing second individually as the Rockets finished second among nine teams. Central (191 points) finished behind the champion Crystal Lake Central co-op (148), which also boasted medalist Lexi Harkins, a North Carolina recruit who shot 34. Kurosky embraced the challenge of playing in the same field as Harkins, who finished in the top four at the Class AA state meet in each of her first two seasons before taking last season off to play in national tournaments. “Jenna did very well. She was excited, really ecstatic, about being under par,” Central coach Deb Twenhafel said. “To be one stroke behind

that quality of player, she was really, really thrilled.” Kurosky’s younger sister, Josie, shot 46 on Twenhafel’s birthday. Gabby Devlin (51) and Hannah Lindenberg (58) paced sixth-place Geneva (split squad), which had a team score of 223. Aurora Central Catholic (225) finished seventh behind Amber Weaver’s 50. Plainfield North Invite: At Whitetail Ridge in Yorkville, Geneva shot 358 to place second and win a scorecard tiebreaker with Hinsdale South. Downers Grove North won with a 356, while Rosary took fourth among 13 teams with a 373. Victoria Phipps and Morgan Martinez both shot 85 for the Royals. Megan Rush led Geneva with an 88.

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300 to edge Kaneland (303) in a quadrangular that also included Glenbard South (309) and South Elgin (324). Graham Lillibridge (73) paced the Vikings, while Nate Desens and Alex Schreiber (74 each) and Mac Feehan (79) were the Vikings’ other scorers. Brody Kuhar shot a 72, Matt Yonkovich added a 75, Jesse Denton shot 76 and Stephen Cannell had an 80 for the Knights.

Glenbard North Tournament: At Glendale Lakes in Glendale Heights, Burlington Central and Huntley both shot 309, but Huntley won on the strength of a better fifth score. BC’s Matt Weber – an Indiana recruit – shot a 4-under 67 to take medalist honors. Playing Monday at the Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin, Weber carded a 1-under 70 to win the Crystal Lake South Invitational.

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I have never pretended to understand the bewildering ways of the McCaskeys, and I’m fairly sure a Daisy Cutter bomb wouldn’t be able to penetrate Mike Ditka’s pride. But somehow, some way, there was Da Coach addressing Bears players in the middle of a practice field Tuesday as if it were the most natural thing in the world. As if for the last 20 years or so Ditka and the franchise hadn’t been living in their own Ice Age. Somehow, some way, ownership and the coach most closely associated with the 94-year-old franchise have reconciled. (If I’m struck by lightning for describing Ditka that way, George Halas should very much be considered a person of interest.) The earth didn’t shift on its axis with his arrival at Halas Hall on Tuesday, and nobody’s lives will be affected by the news. But it’s just nice, isn’t it? Ditka is back where he belongs, in the warm embrace of the Bears. Let’s hear it for the natural order being restored.

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Rookie receiver Wilson looks to catch on LAKE FOREST – Until further notice, Marquess Wilson is living out of a hotel room. It’s a perfectly fine hotel room, but it’s still a hotel room. You swipe a key card, step onto an ugly carpet, and flip a few switches that transform a dark room into a dim room. Welcome to the glamorous lifestyle of an NFL rookie in mid-August. “Right now,” Wilson said, “we’re just waiting.” And working. Wilson, 20, is determined to earn a spot on the Bears’ 53man roster as a wide receiver out of Washington State. The Bears spent their final draft pick on Wilson (seventh round, No. 236 overall) as a low-risk gamble on a player with high-ceiling talent. Although Wilson’s college career ended badly – he walked off the team after a dispute with head coach Mike Leach – his professional career is off to a good start. He led the Bears with four catches for 82 yards in his preseason debut, and he has lingered

VIEWS Tom Musick after practice this week at Halas Hall to run routes and catch passes. If all goes well, the rookie’s hard work will pay off Friday against the Oakland Raiders. The Bears will travel west for their third game of the preseason, marking Wilson’s first return to his home state since he donned his No. 10 jersey to start training camp. A few short years ago in the Central Valley, about 220 miles southeast of Oakland, Wilson was a three-sport star in his hometown of Tulare. It’s pronounced, um, TWO-lair. “No,” Wilson said. “Two-LARRY.” Got it. Asked to serve as a tour guide for Tulare, Wilson laughed. “What would you do?” Wilson said. “Well, you wouldn’t stay in Tulare, first of all. You’d go somewhere else.”

You could go to Oakland. That’s where Wilson is going this week with his new teammates. He has never been to the old Oakland Coliseum, but he has a pretty good idea of what to expect. “It’s crazy,” Wilson said. “The fans are crazy. I know that for sure.” Life is crazy, too. One minute, you are a college student. The next minute, you are a professional. Already, Wilson’s life has changed. The biggest changes are easy to identify. “Responsibility,” Wilson said. “And knowing where you need to be at what time, and not forgetting and not relying on other people. “It’s just growing up, basically, and maturing. That’s the big difference. Because you don’t have mom to drive you anywhere. Or, say, a college roommate or a teammate.” The Bears have one of their most talented groups of wide receivers in recent memory. Brandon Marshall is the clear-cut No. 1 target, while Alshon Jeffery, Earl Bennett,

Eric Weems and Devin Aromashodu all have proved to be capable NFL players. As a second-year receiver, Jeffery can appreciate Wilson’s progress as a rookie. “He’s a great receiver,” Jeffery said. “He’s got great hands. Coming in your first year, you’ve just got to learn a lot faster. Everything moves faster than college.” That goes for off the field, as well. Aromashodu entered the NFL in 2006 as a rookie with the Miami Dolphins. Like Wilson, Aromashodu was a seventh-round pick who was hoping to earn a roster spot. In some ways, Aromashodu said, Wilson reminded him of a younger version of himself. “He’s young, but he’s coming along,” Aromashodu said. “He definitely reminds me of those days from my rookie year.” Every day is a whirlwind for a rookie. The only way to understand the transition to becoming a professional athlete is to experience it.

“It’s a little bit of everything,” Aromashodu said. “Because you have a weird feeling, but yet it’s a dream come true. So you’re trying to figure out how everything goes. “You’re playing with people you probably saw on TV and things like that. It’s a surreal feeling: ‘Is this really happening?’ You’re just trying not to make a mistake.” Wilson will make some mistakes, anyway. For what it’s worth, he seems prepared to learn from them. “You just go out there and perform,” Wilson said. “You’ve been doing it your whole life. It’s just going out there and having fun with your teammates and competing.” And hopefully, one day soon, living in something bigger than a hotel room.

• Shaw Media sports columnist Tom Musick can be reached at and on Twitter @ tcmusick.


Bennett returns to practice, but not participating By KEVIN FISHBAIN LAKE FOREST – For the first time in more than two weeks, wide receiver Earl Bennett was present at Bears practice Tuesday. He was not participating, but it was a good sign to see the sixthyear wideout at Halas Hall. Bennett left practice Aug. 3 at Soldier Field and was later Earl Bennett diagnosed with a concussion. He had been spending time at home while he recovered. On Monday, coach Marc Trestman said Bennett, along with defensive tackle Henry Melton, was “getting better.” Melton was concussed in the preseason opener in Carolina. A college teammate of quar-

terback Jay Cutler at Vanderbilt, Bennett is the team’s No. 3 wide receiver, but injuries have been an issue. He has only played a full 16-game season once, and there are always extra concerns about concussions. Since 2009, Bennett leads all Bears with 33 first-down receptions on third down. “The one thing Earl’s proven is that he makes big plays. He has great value for us,” backup quarterback Josh McCown said. “What we know with Earl is that he’s solid, he’s going to catch the ball when you throw it to him and he has a knack for finding first downs on third down.” Cutler would not speculate who would take Bennett’s role in the offense if he can’t play in Week 1, but offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer volunteered a few options, mentioning Joe Anderson, Terrence

Toliver and Marquess Wilson. Bennett has 153 career receptions, including 29 last year. Anderson, Toliver and Wilson have a combined zero NFL catches in a regular-season game. “We feel like we’re getting a beat on those guys. They’re all young and relatively unproven,” McCown said. “The things I mentioned about Earl with his knack for making plays, the moment not being too big for him, we haven’t really seen with those guys. “We feel like they have a chance to get better at that or they wouldn’t be here.” As the Bears move forward with a new offense, though, they’ll want as many familiar faces with Cutler as possible, and seeing Bennett present during Tuesday’s practice was certainly an encouraging sign.

Da Coach: Hall of Famer Mike Ditka attended Tuesday’s practice as a guest of Marc Trestman. He watched practice and then spoke with the team afterward. “His message was a great one,” Trestman said. “It’s about the relationships that you have with your teammates, it’s about the camaraderie, it’s about the locker room.” Injury update: In addition to Bennett and Melton, these

players remained out of practice: D.J. Williams, Jonathan Scott, Patrick Mannelly, Harvey Unga, Corvey Irvin, Cheta Ozougwu and Matt Blanchard. Hello, friends: CBS announced its broadcaster pairings for the first four weeks of the regular season, and the Bears will get the network’s top team for Week 1. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will call Bears vs. Bengals on Sept. 8 at Soldier Field.

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HOROSCOPE By BERNICE BEDE OSOL Newspaper Enterprise Association TODAY – Take care of pressing money matters in the coming months. Look for innovative ways to crunch numbers and cut corners. Needed changes to your lifestyle will result in less stress and a brighter future. Love is on the horizon, with a positive change in location indicated. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) – Get together with people who make you think in unusual ways. Make personal improvements that help you focus on and improve what you have to offer. Don’t be afraid to step out on a limb when it comes to love. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – Confusion in your emotional relationships will surface if you aren’t specific about your likes and dislikes. Communication will be key to keeping your options open and your life journey on track. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) – Problems getting things accomplished will hamper your ability to deliver. Don’t promise what you cannot provide, even if it means disappointing someone. Gauge your time wisely. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) – You’ll have the drive to get things done, but interference may stand between you and success. Alter your living space to allow you to finish projects in the comfort of your home. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) – It’s a good day to engage in activities that require your talents, skills and expertise. You’ll impress someone who can boost your reputation and bring some major changes. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – Take a different approach to your daily chores and you will inspire those around you to follow suit. Money will come to you from an unusual source. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) – Partnerships will be tense if you don’t make a concerted effort to discuss your feelings openly and honestly. You cannot improve your life if you don’t address what’s bothering you. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) – Your unusual approach to financial and personal affairs will lead to all sorts of interesting and unique opportunities. Expect to be very busy. ARIES (March 21-April 19) – Your changing mood and unpredictable nature will cause others to question your methods. Check to make sure you are being practical before it’s too late. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) – You are in a cycle where big decisions can be made regarding how you spend your time and whom you spend it with. A move may be necessary – don’t fear it. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) – Take some time to shop and pamper yourself. Enjoy the company of someone special and share your plans for the future. Romance will lead to optimism. CANCER (June 21-July 22) – Too much of anything will cause problems at home and at work. Discipline will be required to offset your desire to indulge physically, emotionally and financially.

Short story leads to a whole new chapter for ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ director By ANN HORNADAY The Washington Post Every Oscar season, film critics are asked the same question: Why do directors make short films, when there are so few venues for them outside festivals or the odd tag-on to a major feature film? One of the answers can be found in the career of David Lowery, whose debut feature, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” opens Friday. An atmospheric Texas noir starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster and Keith Carradine, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” has been likened to the work of Austin, Texas, auteur Terrence Malick for its rich, poetic visual style and archetypal characters. But Lowery, 32, is clearly forging a style all his own, as redolent of Southern literature and music as the region’s film tradition. That signature was also stunningly visible in Lowery’s mesmerizing short film “Pioneer,” featuring the musician Will Oldham as a man telling his son an eerie bedtime story. “Pioneer” became a quiet sensation on the festival circuit in 2011; it also helped persuade Mara and Affleck to work with Lowery, whose captivating writing, assured sense of pacing and careful, observant visual approach gave them confidence that “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” would be a sure bet. They were right.

Ann Hornaday: “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is about a star-crossed couple, Ruth and Bob, who have a brush with crime, are forced to be apart and then struggle to come back together again. The film is full of stories and yarns that sound like folklore you might have overheard while growing up. David Lowery: I wish I could say I overheard cool things like that. There are things in the film that are based on things I heard about, such as the Texas mafia and the crime scene there. But beyond that, the monologues and all that, I was just spinning yarns myself and on Casey’s part as well. Casey Affleck: Well, not so much. It was mostly David’s writing.

AH: David, you’re not a conventional “film geek.” What were your influences

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Rooney Mara (left) and Casey Affleck star in “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” the first feature film from David Lowery. The film, which opens Friday, is about a star-crossed couple, Ruth and Bob, who have a brush with crime, are forced to be apart and then struggle to come back together again. along the way? DL: I didn’t go to film school. I was an

really compelling.

English major, and I love a great novel. ... The works of Cormac McCarthy certainly had a huge influence on me from high school onward, and that shows up in this movie very definitely. But the entire Southern Gothic literary tradition – Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner – all of them I think had a great deal of influence on how I like to use language, and how I like stories to unfold. I like things to be clean but a little bit messy and unwieldy, and I think those novels and particularly the short stories of Flannery O’Connor are messy in the most beautiful way.

AH: True, but it’s one thing to write a good script, it’s another thing to realize it cinematically. What gave you confidence that David could pull it off? RM: I had seen his short film; they sent

AH: Rooney, do you know right away when you want to do something like “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”? Rooney Mara: I think I knew in the first 10 pages. The opening scene just really spoke to me right away, and then the whole script is so poetic and it’s just such a beautiful story. CA: I read so many scripts and so often they have nothing unique or special or interesting about them, and this definitely has its own voice. David’s writing has a very unique voice that’s very earthy and lyrical, and the story is

it to me when I was sent the script, and I loved [it]. I thought it was really interesting and just kind of odd. CA: It’s a great match for this script, though. Sometimes you see somebody’s short film and you see the script and you go, ‘Yeah, but can he do this?’

AH: Rooney, in the film you play a woman who winds up being an object for three different men, all of whom are always coming at her – one out of passion, one out of protection and one out of possession. Then Ruth ends up being ambushed by the love she feels for her own baby. How did you keep her from being completely passive? RM: It was kind of hard actually, it was something I struggled with, not wanting her to be passive. Because she’s there to be like a Madonna figure. I don’t know if I figured it out, but it was something I thought about a lot. Ruth’s focus does end up being on her daughter, and that really is one of the main love stories in the film.

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Peter Weir (1944), film director; Kim Cattrall (1956), actress; Carrie-Anne Moss (1967), actress; Kelis (1979), singer; Usain Bolt (1986), Olympic sprinter; Hayden Panettiere (1989), actress.

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Woman falls in love with married man Dear Abby: I am a twice-divorced woman who has never been good at choosing the men in my life. Two years ago, I met a man who is 12 years my senior. He is sweet, thoughtful and caring, and would do just about anything for me. What started as companionship has turned into a full-blown love affair. The problem is that he is married. His wife is not well. She has a chronic disease and other medical problems. The way he cares for her is what attracted me to him in the first place. He spends what time he can with me, but mostly he is there for his wife. I am OK with the situation, as I don’t want him to leave her for me. I have tried breaking it off with him, but he gets me to take him back, saying he doesn’t know what he would do without me in his life. He is very strong-willed. Abby, I feel like I’m in the background waiting for her to die so I can take her place as his wife, and I hate this feeling. What should I do? – Guilty In

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips Kentucky

Dear Guilty: Your feelings are well-founded. You ARE waiting in the background for this man’s wife to die. But what if she doesn’t? You say you have never been good at choosing men, and I have to agree. Please don’t think I am unsympathetic, but it’s time to ask yourself why you chose to get involved with someone who isn’t available except for a few stolen moments. If marriage is what you really want, your priority should be to find a man who doesn’t have the kind of previous commitment this one does. Dear Abby: I have recently been contacted by an old boyfriend who is now incarcerated. He claims I was the love of his life and he thought about me often after our breakup. He is

now asking me to become his pen pal and send him money occasionally. I have bitter memories of our relationship, so it’s hard to believe he cared for me as much as he says. He is begging me not to “abandon” him or forget about him, but I don’t want the role of pen pal and provider. How do I share my thoughts without hurting his feelings? – Reluctant In California Dear Reluctant: If you are smart, you won’t respond to him at all. I have printed letters from more than one prison guard who wanted to warn kind-hearted, gullible women that inmates send multiple “solicitations” of this kind in the hope that SEVERAL of the recipients will send money. You are not responsible for this man’s well-being. Since your breakup, your lives have obviously gone in polar opposite directions. My advice is to keep it that way, for your own sake. • Write Dear Abby at www.

Adequate magnesium comes from healthy eating Dear Doctor K: What does magnesium contribute to good health? Should I have my magnesium level checked? Dear Reader: Magnesium is important for good health. You need adequate magnesium for bone health, and it’s essential for proper nerve, muscle, heart rhythm and immune function. It helps regulate blood sugar levels and promotes healthy blood pressure. We get most of the magnesium we need in food. About half of the magnesium we absorb is stored in bone; the other half is stored in cells throughout the body. Excess magnesium is excreted through the kidneys. If you eat whole-grain bread and your tap water is “hard” – meaning it contains relatively high levels of minerals – you probably consume more magnesium than a person who favors white bread and drinks “soft” water. Why? The refining process used to make white flour strips away the magnesium-rich germ and bran layer of the wheat. And hard water contains more magnesium than soft water. Most people don’t have to worry about the level of magnesium in their blood. If you’re otherwise healthy, your magnesium

ASK DOCTOR K Anthony L. Komaroff level is probably normal and you don’t need to check it regularly. Magnesium deficiency is rare in this country. When it does occur, it can cause muscle weakness, cramping or cardiac arrhythmias. Conditions that impair magnesium absorption include chronic vomiting, Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory condition of the intestine), celiac disease and gastric bypass surgery. In all of these conditions, magnesium is lost in what is vomited or passed in bowel movements. As a result, people with these conditions often have magnesium deficiency. If you suffer from any of them, talk to your doctor about having your magnesium level checked periodically. Commonly used diuretic medicines also can cause the kidneys to eliminate magnesium in the urine, lowering the level of magnesium in the blood and throughout the body. The thiazide diuretics (such as hydrochlorothiazide) or “loop diuretics” (such as furosemide) are both culprits.

People with diabetes whose blood sugar is not well controlled also lose magnesium in the urine. The same is true for people who abuse alcohol. Finally, there are a group of rare inherited diseases that cause an excessive loss of magnesium. How much magnesium should you get? For women ages 19-30, 310 milligrams (mg) daily; ages 31 and older, 320 mg. For men ages 19-30, 400 mg; ages 31 and older, 420 mg. Popular multivitamin brands contain between 10 percent to 30 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for magnesium. Studies have shown that magnesium supplements may modestly lower blood pressure, but don’t take high-dose supplements without a doctor’s guidance. You can get magnesium from a variety of healthy foods, such as nuts, fish, certain fruits, many vegetables and whole grains. I’ve put a table listing good food sources of magnesium on my website,

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

Your grade of ‘passed’ will not affect your GPA Dr. Wallace: I’m a straight-A student. Ever since seventh grade, I’ve never had a grade lower than an A. I have completed grade 10. This summer, I decided to take a ceramics class in summer school. I enjoyed the class, and it was quite enlightening, and I’m glad that I took it, but I’m not happy with my grade. There is little doubt that I was the best student in the class by far. It wasn’t even close. But when I received my grade, all my report card said was “passed.” I talked to the teacher and she said that, indeed, I was a very bright student and that it was a pleasure to have me in the class, but she doesn’t give letter grades for summer school classes. I don’t think this is right. I worked hard to be the very best student in the class, but what did it get me? A single word that said I had “passed” the class. One girl in the class was so bad that it was downright humiliating to receive an equal grade with her. When school starts in the fall, I’m going to have my mother meet with the principal and me to see if an A can replace the “passed.” I think the pass-fail grade system should be outlawed. Don’t you? – Brittany, San Jose, Calif. Dear Brittany: Lighten up! You are an excellent student, but you seem to be missing the point about education. A class is not a competitive event, like a heat at a track meet. It’s about personal growth and the mastery of subject matter. The pass-fail system refocuses a class on learning for learning’s sake. You did well in ceramics class and presumably made some beautiful pieces. You

’TWEEN 12 & 20 Robert Wallace also gained a skill that could bring you lifelong pleasure. That’s your reward, Brittany. Being “the best” in the class is immaterial. To be hung up on that is a sign of immaturity. It means you can’t appreciate the work of others or learn from them. You are forced to regard other talented students as threats. Your grade of “passed” will not affect your grade-point average, and you are still on track to be class valedictorian. Don’t waste your mother’s time trying to get the grade changed to an A. It’s not going to happen. Dr. Wallace: I am a 14-year-old girl, and the reason I am writing this letter is to get your opinion. Recently I was at a clothing store and saw a jacket I really liked. The color of the jacket was silver. I asked my mom if I could get it (I offered to pay for it myself), and she refused to let me get it just because it was silver. I realize that maybe most people do not wear all-silver jackets, but I had the money to pay for it, and the jacket was very comfortable and lightweight. Also, I think that for once in my life I should be able to wear something that I like. Please tell me who is right. – Lauren, Oceanside, Calif. Dear Lauren: You should have been allowed to purchase the jacket. That’s assuming that you would be permitted to wear it at school. • Email Dr. Robert Wallace at rwallace@



BRIDGE by Phillip Alder

• Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Samuel Johnson said, “The two offices of memory are collection and distribution.” Bridge players should collect and use distribution information. There are even a few deals, like today’s, in which the bidding tells declarer exactly who has what. West did not have a clear-cut opening with those two honors doubleton in spades, but everyone bids these days. East’s response was hardly a thing of beauty, either. And not too long ago, many expert pairs treated South’s sandwich no-trump as unusual, showing a weak 5-5 in the unbid suits. The argument against one no-trump as natural was that if North had a weak, balanced hand, it would be easy for the opening side to double and penalize South. But now, because players open and respond on used tram tickets, experts treat one no-trump as strong, promising a good 15 to 18 points. West led the spade king, which South ducked. Then, when West continued with the spade queen, South knew the deal’s distribution. How? Since East had started with only four spades, West had to have four hearts. (If East had had 4-4 in the majors, she would have responded one heart, not one spade.) And therefore, the West hand had to be 2-4-3-4 and East’s 4-3-3-3. South took the second trick and played three rounds of diamonds. East shifted to a heart. South took that and played a club to the jack and king. Now East should have persevered with another heart, but she erred by returning a club, so declarer took nine tricks: two spades, two hearts, four diamonds and one club. Use the bidding to place the unseen cards.

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The bidding reveals the distribution


Arlo & Janis


Big Nate

Frank & Earnest


Soup to Nutz

Stone Soup

Pearls Before Swine


Rose Is Rose

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Real Life Adventures The Argyle Sweater

31 Beetle Bailey


The Born Loser

Wednesday August 21, 2013

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Thursday, August 22 1pm-4pm Expanding and seeking customer-focused applicants to provide community-based services to individuals with physical, intellectual disabilities and behavioral health issues. Positions available in Aurora, Tri-Cities & Elgin.

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THURS, FRI, SAT AUG 22, 23, 24 9AM - 3PM 1722 ALLEN LN.

Looking for contractors to deliver newspapers early mornings 5 days per week. Routes now available in Kane County. 1 year contract.

Antiques, bedroom set, tools, furniture, clothes, china

Call 630-443-3607




FRI & SAT AUG 23 & 24 8AM - 4PM 328 S. Harrison St. Misc hand tools, Xmas décor, clothes, jewelry, plants & MANY BARGAINS!!

Friday, August 23

9 to 4

204 & 205 Greenwood Acres Drive Toddler to adult clothes, furniture, table saw, household, antique dishes, Kitchen Aid stand mixer, wedding and formal dresses, too much to list.

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As an account executive for Suburban Life Magazine, your activities will include working with a variety of local clients across all business segments in the marketplace. You will introduce the exciting features and benefits of the newest lifestyle magazine in the market, and determine programs designed to help your clients' business grow. In this position, you will have access to the resources of the number one media group in the market. To be considered for this position you should possess a college degree in business or related field, along with an established and successful work history. The successful candidate must possess and maintain a valid driver's license, proof of insurance, reliable transportation and acceptable motor vehicle record. Shaw Media offers a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefit package and a bonus structure that is based on individual and company performance. Send a cover letter and resume to: or Apply now at: Shaw Media is a Drug Free Employer. Pre-employment background check and drug screen required. This posting may not include all duties of position. EOE.


BATAVIA ESTATE SALE OF 3 GENERATIONS Brand New to Vintage – Explore!

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ENORMOUS 3-FAMILY GARAGE SALE 415 Ellen Lane August 23-25. 9-5 on Fri and Sat. 9-1 on Sunday! Something for everyone! From Brand new in the box to Antique and Vintage. We have it all. Tons of Holiday Decorations, Women's clothing, shoes, purses, hats, ladies scarves, dressers, kitchen sets, dishes, sewing machines, some kids stuff, paintings, baskets, living room chairs and end tables, period jewelry, pottery, nuts and bolts, planters, Antique baby furniture, bed frames and headboards... Come Check it Out!

Antiques, household accessories, 3 women's new bikes, women's golf clubs, books & audio books, clothes, children's games and everything else you would need.

BATAVIA 129 N. VANBUREN GARAGE SALE Fri. & Sun. 9am-5pm Lots of household items, clothes, furniture, kitchen items, lawn mowers, snow blowers, leaf blower. TOO MUCH TO LIST!


673 Bayfield Dr Lots of antique, Dale Earnhardt Sr. #3 collectibles, furniture, books, DVD's, lots of misc. and Avon Bottles from the 1950's. Thursday: 8am - 4pm Friday: 8am - 4pm Saturday: 8am - 12pm

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5329 Rich Road (3-1/2 miles west of Annie Glidden Rd & Rich Rd intersection)

Friday, Aug. 23 thru Sunday, Aug. 25 9 am til 4 pm each day. Downsizing & selling some of our lovely antiques: Antique sofa & love seat, Eastlake and many other types of chairs & rockers, parlor tables, upright piano w/stool, buffet, Art Deco chandelier, slag glass lamp shade, antique clock, Eastlake dresser w/mirror, vintage forest green Anchor Hocking glassware, great wheel spinning wheel w/attachments, high chair, oak table, walnut table w/5 chairs, book case and many other antiques & collectibles. Too much to list! A MUST-SEE SALE. NO toys or clothes.



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Geneva Friday & Saturday 9am – 3pm 2029 Pepper Valley Dr Lots of Household Items, Garden Tools, Craft & Sewing Items, etc.



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Multi family Garage & Mini Antique Sale

1026 Oak Street Baby boy clothes nb-9months, accessories & toys.

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17N681 ADAMS DRIVE Randall Rd to Binnie West 1 mile to Adams LOTS OF MISC STUFF Advertise here for a successful garage sale! Call 815-455-4800

Too many items to list Priced to sell or make an offer. Many items in new or like new condition! Don't Miss Out!

Sat 8am-3pm



Dryer. Maytag. Gas. White. Great condition. $299. 630-973-3528

Cubs Doll – Ashton Drake, Life sized Cubs Baby Boy. In Cubs uniform, hat & ball $100. 630-710-2228 Dishes: Service for 8, Nice Flower Pattern, Many Extra Pieces. Good Condition. $20 630-897-5464 DRESSER With mirror, from early 1900's, $80 630-879-5341 PATIO SET - Metal, 3 piece curved with cushions, $125/all. 847-464-5543 Wicker Settee & Chair Antique with cushions, good cond! $150 847-464-5543 WINE PRESS ~ IRON. 3 legs, also a grape grinder for making wine or display. $375/ea. 847-464-5543 Check us out online


Female Cat. Med length hair. All black, white paws & face. 7 years old. Front declawed, spayed. Grew up with small dog, not cats. Extremely loving & docile. 630-464-7827

Love Seat. Beautiful. $20 331-248-0399 Rocker for Child - White Wicker $65 847-464-5543 ROLL AWAY BED – Twin size. Excellent condition. Almost new. $65. 847-659-1852

Seats 4, good condition! $400 630-278-9101

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OUTDOOR PING PONG TABLE Brand new Stiga Baja full size Rtl $700, Asking $389 630-377-0735


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Sofa Table Oak glass top sofa table, $35. 630-879-5341 SWIVEL ROCKERS (2) – Matching Patterned fabric. Excellent Condition. $200 for the pair. Sold as set. 847-659-1852

Lawn Mower- Husqvarna w/Briggs & Stratton Engine. Starts every time!!! $30 630 513-0248

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Drop leaf table w/2 matching chairs, light maple finish 40” round w/leaves raised, excellent condition, great for small area $140 630-232-1982

Futon. Black wrought iron. Black satin cover. $35. 331-248-0399 Kitchen Set - Light Oak. Includes table 38" x 48" w/ 18" extension & 4 chairs. Good Condition $175. Sun City 847 515-2570

Will pay extra for Honda, Toyota & Nissan


Contemp, dark finish, hutch, 8 24”H chairs, pub height ext table, (60 x 60 sq), $1200. Rarely used, similar style desk, also chair available. 815-238-6119

FOLDING TABLE, folds in half Extends up to 12' long, 30” wide. Moves on rollers. $75 each, have 2. 847-515-8012

BATAVIA 1 BR starting at $860-$870 2 BR starting at $1010 3 BR TH starting at $1280


Crystal Lake 2BR Duplex

3 wooded lots-private community $15,000 Or Best Offer Located 1 hour west of Wheaton in Dixon, IL. Gated community, 88 acre lake, fishing, tennis courts, snow mobiling, golf course just minutes away. Lots perfect for full time or summer home 630-338-3195


Hampshire, IL. 847-830-9725


I BUY CARS, TRUCKS, VANS & SUVs 1990 & Newer

Hampshire, IL. 847-830-9725

Sugar Grove


2yrs old, 16 GB, Verizon Service $140. 630-232-0950 12-2pm

DVD/CD PLAYER MAJESTIC OAKS FRI, SAT 8/23-8/24 9A-5P 1022 FIRE FOX CT 3112 FRANCIS CIRCLE Multi-Family Garage Sale, just east of Wredling Middle school.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 • Page 33

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1 st floor, 1 bath, 2 porches overlooks lake, may have boat. Upscale remodel, good schools, no pets. $1295/mo. 630-655-2888 Cell 630-899-8899 GENOA PUBLIC NOTICE COUNTRY VIEW APARTMENTS 1& 2 BDRM APT, CLEAN, QUIET, REMODELED, COUNTRY SETTING MECANIC LIEN CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN GENOA. $550-$650/ MONTH. APPLIANCES Sale will be held at Chalino's INCLUDED. CALL 815-784-4606 Complete Auto located at 612 N. Broadway Unit R for a 2002 Isuzu Axiom, VIN # 4S2DPEPPER VALLEY F58X924609408 left for repairs by APARTMENTS registered onwer. A Remaining balance of $5,950 and Charlie H. Williams, Turner Acceptance Corp 2 BDRM ~ 2 BATH and any interested parties are $1,020 - $1,030 asked to attend on September 4, Fireplace, heat, gas, water incl. 2013 promptly at 9 a.m. A/C, D/W, disposal, microwave, blinds, patios, clubhouse, pool. (Published in the Kane County Garages available, small pets OK. Chronicle, August 7, 14 & 21, 2013.)



S. E. Schools, A/C, W/D, no pets. Garage, $900 + utilities. 630-841-0590

St. Charles - Newly Renovated

Studio $450,1BR $650, 2BR $850 NO PETS! a630-841-0590

ST. CHARLES 1st MO FREE! Lrg 1BR $769, Lrg 2BR from $829/mo. Incl heat, water, cooking gas, Appliances & laundry. 630-584-1685

* 815-575-5153 * Carpentersville 2BR CONDO 2 bath, all appliances, 1 car garage, no pets/smoking. $1100/mo + dep. 847-854-1867 1996 JAYCO EAGLE LOW MILES Nice 1996 Jayco Eagle motorhome. 22 feet. Less than 60,000 miles. Spent its whole life in the Southwestern US. Asking $9,000. Email: for further info 2007 JAYCO POP UP CAMPER Like new, very CLEAN; air conditioner, heater, running water/sink, hot water heater, refrigerator, 2 burner stove w/propane hookup for indoor/outdoor use, electricity/outlets, lights, fans, sleeps 6 with king/double/sofa beds, electric brakes included. Original owners in Genoa, asking $5,000. 815-751-4505.

PUBLIC NOTICE ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on August 12, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as CITY LIMITS CLEANING SYSTEMS located at 570 Stevenson Road, South Elgin, IL 60177. Dated: August 12, 2013.

/s/ John A. Cunningham THE PRIVATE SORORITY Kane County Clerk ~ Near St. Charles Library ~ Quality, private living for employed (Published in the Kane County women, teacher, nurse, divorcee. Chronicle, August 14, 21 & 28, $400 incl utils. 815-784-4137 2013.)



Public Notice is hereby given that on August 20, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as COLLECT Buying? Selling? DON'T NEED IT? GIBSON ART located at 7036 Renting? Hiring? SELL IT FAST! Westwood Drive, Carpentersville, IL To place an ad, Kane County Chronicle Classified 60110. call 877-264-2527 Call 877-264-2527 or Kane County Chronicle Classified Dated: August 20, 2013.

1,568sf - 19,000sf. Docks/Drive-Ins Aggressive Move-In Package 630-355-8094


Page 34 • Wednesday, August 21, 2013 August /s/ John A. Cunningham Kane County Clerk (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, August 21, 28 & September 4, 2013.)

Simp Montgomery, IL 60538. Dated: August 7, 2013. /s/ John A. Cunningham Kane County Clerk


(Published in the Kane County Chronicle, August 14, 21 & 28, 2013.)



Public Notice is hereby given that on August 13, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as ETCETERA TREATMENT CENTER (ETC) located at 1250 Executive Place Suite 301, Geneva, IL 60134. Dated: August 13, 2013. /s/ John A. Cunningham Kane County Clerk

ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on August 6, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as STAR NAILS located at 236 S. Randall Road, Elgin, IL 60123. Dated: August 6, 2013.


/s/ John A. Cunningham ESTATE AUCTION Saturday, August Kane County Clerk 24th 9am 6414 Greenwood Rd., Wonder Lake, IL 1965 Ply(Published in the Kane County mouth drag car; 2009 JD riding mower; Car Parts; Tools: Chronicle, August 14, 21 & 28, Shop Equipment; More! OBENAUF 2013.) AUCTION SERVICE 847-546-2095 Need Legal Help? FREE REFERRAL Call 877-270-3855 Courtesy of the *REDUCE YOUR CABLE BILL! * Get Illinois State Bar Association at a whole-home Satellite system stalled at NO COST and programming starting at $19.99/mo. FREE SERVE TO LEARN. Earn money for college, train for a career, receive HD/DVR Upgrade. CALL NOW excellent pay and benefits. 800-795-7279 Serve in the National Guard. Adoption Call 1-800-GO-GUARD or Young, happily married couple visit wishing for newborn. Love, affection, security and Buying? opportunities await your baby. Expenses paid. Selling? Contract Jillian/David anytime. 800-571-3763 Renting? https:jilliandavidadopt.shutterfly.Hiring? com/#

CDL-A Drivers Needed! Up to $4,000 SIGN ON BONUS! Starting /s/ John A. Cunningham Pay Up to .46 cpm. Full Benefits, (Published in the Kane County Kane County Clerk Excellent Hometime, No East Chronicle, August 14, 21 & 28, Coast. Call 7days/wk! Gordon2013.) 888-653-3304. (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, August 14, 21 & 28, PUBLIC NOTICE 2013.) ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on August 20, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as ronLphoto located at 2995 Sawgrass Dr, Aurora, IL 60502. Dated: August 20, 2013. /s/ John A. Cunningham Kane County Clerk (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, August 21, 28 & September 4, 2013.)


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Public Notice is hereby given that on August 6, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, concerning the business known as STAR NAILS located at 236 S Randall Road, Elgin, IL 60123 which certificate sets forth the following changes in the operation thereof: Theresa Nguyen has ceased doing business under the above named business and has no further connection with or financial interest in the above named business carried on under such an assumed name.

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Dated: August 6, 2013

ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on August 12, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as S.W. BRITT located at 558 Springwood Court, East Dundee, IL 60118. Dated: August 12, 2013. /s/ John A. Cunningham Kane County Clerk (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, August 14, 21 & 28, 2013.)

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Public Notice is hereby given that on August 7, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as S2R-SEO 2 RESULTS located at 1811 Simpson Court,

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360 N. Rte. 31 • Crystal Lake, IL

118 Route 173 • Antioch, IL

Barrington & Dundee Rds. • Barrington, IL


(866) 561-8676

111 S. Rte 31 • McHenry, IL





2145 S. Eastwood Dr. • Woodstock, IL




800 Dundee Ave. • East Dundee, IL

Barrington & Dundee Rds. • Barrington, IL



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

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



(630) 513-5353

(630) 513-5353

13900 Auto Mall Dr. • Huntley, IL


ZIMMERMAN FORD 2525 E. Main Street St. Charles, IL 60174


105 Rt. 173 Antioch, IL



CRYSTAL LAKE JEEP 5404 S. Rt. 31 • Crystal Lake, IL

5404 S. Rt. 31 • Crystal Lake, IL


225 N. Randall Road, St. Charles


1460 S. Eastwood Dr. • Woodstock, IL


111 S. Rte 31 • McHenry, IL



206 S. State Street • Hampshire, IL

1107 S Rt. 31 between Crystal Lake and McHenry


ARLINGTON KIA IN PALATINE 1400 E. Dundee Rd., Palatine, IL

Route 120 • McHenry, IL



MOTOR WERKS CADILLAC 200 N. Cook St. • Barrington, IL

MOTOR WERKS HONDA Barrington & Dundee Rds. Barrington, IL



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

AUTO GROUP - GARY LANG (630) 513-5353 CHEVROLET Route 31, between Crystal Lake ANTIOCH CHRYSLER & McHenry DODGE JEEP




KNAUZ MINI 409A Skokie Valley Hwy • Lake Bluff, IL

847-604-5050 920 S. Milwaukee Ave. • Libertyville, IL



RAYMOND KIA 119 Route 173 • Antioch

1119 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL


River Rd & Oakton, • Des Plaines, IL

920 S. Milwaukee Ave. • Libertyville, IL

Land Rover Lake Bluff



6301 Grand Avenue • Gurnee, IL

847-855-1500 www.Gurnee V

920 S. Milwaukee Ave. • Libertyville, IL


1460 S. Eastwood Dr. • Woodstock, IL





360 N. Rt. 31 • Crystal Lake, IL







375 Skokie Valley Hwy • Lake Bluff, IL

5220 Northwest Highway Crystal Lake, IL

39 N. Rte. 12 • Fox Lake, IL

847-CLASSIC (252-7742)




815/459-7100 or 847/658-9050


775 Rockland Road • Lake Bluff IL 60044 (Routes 41 & 176 in the Knauz Autopark)


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

(224) 603-8611




888/446-8743 847/587-3300

Route 31, between Crystal Lake & McHenry CALL FOR THE LOWEST PRICES IN CHICAGOLAND

RAY SUZUKI 23 N. Route 12 • Fox Lake



5404 S. Rt. 31 • Crystal Lake, IL

515 N. Green Bay Rd. Waukegan/Gurnee, IL






425 N. Green Bay Rd. Waukegan/Gurnee, IL

847-CLASSIC (252-7742)

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

Route 31, between Crystal Lake & McHenry



River Rd & Oakton, • Des Plaines, IL

105 Rt. 173 Antioch, IL







815/459-7100 or 847/658-9050

409 Skokie Valley Hwy • Lake Bluff, IL


AUTO GROUP - GARY LANG 847/683-2424 CADILLAC SUNNYSIDE COMPANY Route 31, between Crystal Lake & McHenry CHRYSLER DODGE







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

1611 East Main Street • St. Charles, IL

2145 S. Eastwood Dr. • Woodstock, IL





2950 N. Skokie Hwy • North Chicago, IL





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



360 N. Rt. 31 • Crystal Lake, IL


407 Skokie Valley Hwy • Lake Bluff, IL



Barrington & Dundee Rds., Barrington, IL



771 S. Randall Rd. • Algonquin, IL





200 N. Cook Street • Barrington, IL


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


Kane County Chronicle / • Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Kane County Chronicle / • Wednesday, August 21, 2013


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JUST LISTED! Immaculate former builders model with tons of upgrades. 2900 sq. ft. of living space. Tray ceilings/Crown moldings/ 1st&2nd floor masters/finished Bsmt./heated garage/custom paver patio/2 story living room/2nd Fl. loft/fireplace/upgraded trim work an molding. All appliances stay. This one has it all MUST SEE THE INSIDE, VERY ELEGANT. Asking Price $314,900

Great strip center west of St. Charles with a fantastic return on investment. Strip center faces LaFox Road and is located in a high traffic area. Center is in retail complex that is the only commercial/retail area in the area. 3 unit building, Owner will sell with Master Lease. Offered at $1,750,000



OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE. Fantastic retail location in the Campton Crossings center just west of St. Charles. 2 unit building features 1 1600 sq. ft. unit and 1 2400 sq. ft. unit. Great rental history and income producer. Good cap rate at current rental rates. Beautiful exterior building with good location that fronts on busy Route 64. High visibility location. REDUCED TO $859,900

Great single family home, presently used as a 2 unit. Many new features including second floor almost totally redone. You can walk to town, shopping, Fox River bike trails, etc. from this in town property. Great curb appeal and value for the money. Offered at $259,900

BUSINESS FOR SALE! Great business in great location, with over $100,000 worth of inventory to get started with in this turn key operation. Very clean retail with high end products. Resale shop “My Favorite Things” for sale only, not real estate. Call for details. Great exposure with super client base. Good household second income. Asking Price $99,900


Restaurant located on out lot. Location right off busy Route 38 in St. Charles. 3,991 sq. ft. restaurant, 33,683 sq. land. Seating for 150 with large surrounding parking lot. This is a tremendous opportunity and a great value for building and land. Turn-key operation with existing kitchen equipment and restaurant furniture included. High cpd count on Route 38. Offered at $669,900

INDUSTRIAL BUILDING Great 9120 sq. ft. building featuring 3 units. Owner has plans where you can put up an additional 10 thousand sq. on this 2.26 acre site. This steel building is in great condition with a fenced in area for outside storage, to bring in additional income. 4 overhead doors with plenty of parking. Also 2700 sq. ft. for lease with 1 month free rent! Listed at $724,900


Great neighborhood for this well kept 4 unit building with 3 car garage. Large wooded lot. All units in good condition. This building has a gross income of over $38,000 a year.

Offered at $239,900





PURSUANT TO SHORT SALE. 4 Bedroom 2.5 bath in Neucort Lakes. Kitchen features large eating area with ceramic tile, and spacious family room with fireplace. Upstairs features a sitting room, full hall bath, huge master bedroom and large master bath. Basement is studded out and ready to be finished. Needs some TLC, but a great opportunity! Offered at $149,900

Super car wash only 9 years old in great growing area.This car wash features 5 bays, vaccuum systems, water reclaim system, onboard dryers, office, much much more. All newer equipment. Half acre commercial lot adjacent to car wash can be purchased for $69,900. Owner is anxious to sell. Offered at $485,000

Great neighborhood. House needs some work, comes with a separate 50x123 ft. buildable lot that can be sold off, or put up a garage. Has separate parcel number. Property has privacy backing up to Good Templer Park. Small kitchen but nice 10x10 eating area off kitchen.Two fireplaces. Offered at $149,900

MAKE AN OFFER! 15 commercial lots zoned B3 located on busy Route 64 one block west of Randall Road. Close to Geneva Commons and near downtown St. Charles. Can be bought as a package or individual lots. Site is across the street from the post office. 1+ to 3+ acre lots. New Great Prices! Lots start at $225,000!

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