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Kaneland debates valedictorian status By AL LAGATTOLLA XcX^XkkfccX7j_Xnd\[`X%Zfd SUGAR GROVE – During an early portion of Wednesday night’s Kaneland School District 302 School Board meeting, Ethan Witt, a senior at Kaneland High School, was recognized as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Witt is ranked at the top of his class, an achievement that, if completed, would earn him recognition as the school’s valedictorian. Later in the meeting, the board was asked to examine whether such titles – that of valedictorian or salutatorian – would exist in Kaneland’s future. Board members were asked to consider three policy updates. They unanimously approved recommendations to allow athletes and marching band members to be exempt from physical education classes, and also a recommenda-

tion to add a policy regarding remote educational programs as the district considers its future as part of a consortium of schools in “blended learning,� which would incorporate some level of Internet-based learning. The third item was much more hotly discussed – whether to do away with the status of a valedictorian or a salutatorian and switch Teresa Witt to a Latin system in which students would be honored as “cum laude,� “magna cum laude� or “summa cum laude� by meeting standards. Board members were divided, with Teresa Witt as the most vocal in support of keeping the valedictorian status, acknowledging that “I am the mom of the current topranked senior.� Witt said, for

instance, that in a cross-country race, not all runners meeting a certain time would be declared as the winner. “Why can’t you have the competition?� she asked. Board member Tony Valente agreed with Witt, calling the race to be recognized as a school’s valedictorian “a healthy competition.� “It’s an honor that kids get bestowed upon them, and they work really hard,� he said. While other board members didn’t reject the valedictorian system, some suggested there might be too much importance attached to the titles. Board member Peter Lopatin said while he’s “torn about losing the tradition of it,� he questioned whether the title had any actual value. Board member Gale Pavlak said she would favor keeping a valedictorian, but that she would consider the Latin system because “in college, that’s what you’re under.�

When Ethan Witt was recognized during the meeting, Superintendent Jeff Schuler asked what his college plans were. Witt replied that he intends to go to Brown University to study aerospace engineering. Teresa Witt said that the Ivy League school might not say it restricts admission to those who have achieved valedictorian status, but she noted that promotional materials state that a vast majority of students at the university – above 90 percent – were ranked either first or second in high school. Board President Cheryl Krauspe said that likely isn’t what drives Brown, however. “That’s their profile. ‌ That might not be what got them in,â€? Krauspe said. Board members asked district officials to provide information about how other districts are handling such an issue.

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Superintendent: Additional legal actions not completely unexpected By ASHLEY SLOBODA XjcfYf[X7j_Xnd\[`X%Zfd ST. CHARLES – Parents who sued St. Charles School District 303 over the reconfiguration of two elementary schools are now bringing a class-action suit against the school system. The parents are bringing the action on behalf of themselves and the families affected by the district’s decision in 2011 to restructure Richmond and Davis elementary schools, according to the class-action complaint filed Oct. 10 with the Kane County Circuit Clerk’s Office. “Plaintiffs were either forced to relocate at great expense, move their children into private institutions at great expense, or have their children attend a failing school against their wishes at a very great expense,” the complaint states. According to the complaint, at least 500 families were affected and as many as 1,500 families might be eligible for the class action. The parents are asking for compensatory damages, attorney’s fees and costs, and whatever further relief the

court deems just. Court documents indicate the amount claimed is $50,000. District 303 Superintendent Don Schlomann said in a statement that the additional legal actions were not completely unexpected. “While we regret that the district must continue to spend time and resources defending itself on a matter that has been decided by the courts not once, but twice, we will do so to protect both the reputation and the financial stability of our district,” Schlomann said. The class-action suit follows Kane County Circuit Judge David R. Akemann’s ruling that, while the reconfiguration was not in and of itself unlawful, the district

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The parents have appealed Akemann’s refusal to undo the merger. Tim Dwyer, the attorney representing the parents, said the appeal process is pending. He criticized the district’s press releases on the ongoing legal issues. “The fact of the matter is they’re trying to argue this in the press,” Dwyer said. “They’re trying to justify their position. Anyone who really knows what’s going on can see right through it.” A case management conference is set for Dec. 26.

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57/39 McHenry Statistics through 4 p.m. yesterday Belvidere 58/40 Temperatures Waukegan 58/40 56/41 High/low ....................................... 54°/45° Normal high ......................................... 62° Rockford Crystal Lake Deerfield Record high .............................. 82° (1999) Algonquin 58/39 57/42 58/43 58/39 Normal low .......................................... 43° Hampshire Record low ............................... 27° (1991) Schaumburg 58/40 Elgin 57/41 Peak wind ......................... WSW at 17 mph 57/39 DeKalb Precipitation 57/42 Tri-Cities Chicago 24 hours through 4 p.m. yest. ........... 0.02” 57/42 59/44 Month to date ................................... 0.66” Normal month to date ....................... 1.55” Oak Park Year to date .................................... 29.80” 59/44 Aurora Normal year to date ........................ 30.73” Dixon 60/38

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Air Quality

Reading as of Wednesday

City Arlington Hts Aurora Deerfield Des Plaines Elgin Gary Hammond Janesville

Today Hi Lo W 58 41 r 60 38 r 58 43 r 58 42 r 57 39 r 60 41 r 62 41 s 58 39 sh

Friday Hi Lo W 60 43 c 59 39 pc 60 43 c 60 44 c 58 39 pc 61 43 pc 68 43 s 57 38 c

City Kankakee Kenosha La Salle Morris Munster Naperville Tinley Park Waukegan

Today Hi Lo W 60 40 sh 56 40 r 60 41 c 60 40 c 60 41 sh 60 39 r 59 42 r 56 41 r

Friday Hi Lo W 61 42 pc 60 41 c 60 42 pc 60 41 pc 61 44 pc 59 40 pc 60 42 pc 59 41 c

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

Pollen Count

Data as of Wednesday

Fld: flood stage. Prs: stage in feet at 7 a.m Wednesday. Chg: change in previous 24 hours. Station Fld Prs Chg Station Fld Prs Chg Algonquin................. 3 ....... 1.62 ..... +0.05 Montgomery........... 13 ..... 11.19 ....... none Burlington, WI ........ 11 ....... 6.73 ..... +0.01 New Munster, WI .... 19 ....... 6.36 ....... none Dayton ................... 12 ....... 5.48 ...... -0.03 Princeton .............. 9.5 ....... 3.85 ..... +0.09 McHenry .................. 4 ....... 1.42 ..... +0.30 Waukesha ................ 6 ....... 2.98 ..... +0.08

Sun and Moon

Source: National Allergy Bureau

Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset

Today 7:08 a.m. 6:09 p.m. 5:22 p.m. 5:39 a.m.

Friday 7:09 a.m. 6:07 p.m. 5:55 p.m. 6:44 a.m.





City Anchorage Atlanta Baltimore Billings Boise Boston Charlotte Chicago Cincinnati Dallas Denver Des Moines Honolulu Houston Indianapolis Kansas City Las Vegas Los Angeles

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World Weather City Athens Baghdad Beijing Berlin Buenos Aires Cairo Calgary Jerusalem Johannesburg London Madrid Manila

Today Hi Lo W 73 56 sh 95 68 s 66 41 s 57 46 r 79 63 t 89 68 s 48 30 pc 79 63 s 83 56 pc 61 48 pc 75 54 pc 86 72 pc

Friday Hi Lo W 49 43 r 74 56 pc 70 47 pc 58 39 s 62 36 s 68 53 pc 73 56 pc 59 44 pc 64 43 s 71 51 c 53 35 pc 56 41 pc 85 69 pc 74 61 r 67 46 s 57 41 pc 74 56 s 84 60 s

City Louisville Miami Milwaukee Minneapolis Nashville New Orleans New York City Oklahoma City Omaha Orlando Philadelphia Phoenix Pittsburgh St. Louis Salt Lake City San Francisco Seattle Washington, DC

Today Hi Lo W 62 44 pc 86 75 s 56 43 r 58 38 c 66 44 c 80 65 t 72 58 c 70 46 s 62 37 pc 88 70 pc 76 58 c 82 59 s 60 46 r 65 46 s 57 36 s 70 50 s 61 44 s 75 53 c

Friday Hi Lo W 68 47 s 87 76 pc 58 43 c 54 36 c 68 47 pc 78 65 c 70 52 pc 65 41 sh 58 37 pc 88 70 pc 69 50 pc 84 60 s 60 44 pc 65 46 pc 58 37 s 73 50 s 62 43 s 70 51 pc

Friday Hi Lo W 73 55 s 97 64 s 65 44 pc 53 39 pc 81 61 t 85 62 s 58 33 s 77 56 s 79 55 s 63 56 r 77 55 pc 88 74 s

City Mexico City Moscow Nassau New Delhi Paris Rio de Janeiro Rome Seoul Singapore Sydney Tokyo Toronto

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Friday Hi Lo W 72 53 t 47 41 pc 87 75 pc 93 70 pc 63 52 pc 78 72 t 75 55 s 68 48 s 88 75 t 70 55 pc 68 61 c 60 44 pc

Weather (W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice.

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New restaurants to open at West Towne Market By ASHLEY SLOBODA XjcfYf[X7j_Xnd\[`X%Zfd ST. CHARLES â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Upon viewing a storefront at West Towne Market in St. Charles, Giuseppe and Rosalia Imperiale knew thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where they wanted to open their new pizzeria. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We belong here,â&#x20AC;? Rosalia Imperiale said about how they felt. Pomodoro E Mozzarella is the first of three new eateries to open in West Towne Market, a shopping center on West Main Street just east of Randall Road. Macarena Tapas, a Spanish tapas restaurant, and Muscle Maker Grill, a fast-casual restaurant, are preparing to open. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all good, quality operators,â&#x20AC;? said Ryan Corcoran of Corcoran Commercial Real Estate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All three should do very well.â&#x20AC;?

This will be Muscle Maker Grillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third Illinois location. The New Jersey-based restaurant offers high-protein, low-calorie menu options, as well as vegetarian dishes and gluten-free items, said Jose Venegas, co-owner of the St. Charles store. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our motto is great food with your health in mind,â&#x20AC;? he said. Venegas, who has worked at the Rolling Meadows location, said St. Charles seemed like a perfect candidate for Muscle Maker Grill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just really excited to bring this concept to St. Charles,â&#x20AC;? he said, noting he hopes to open in early November. Macarena Tapas is taking over a space reduced from about 5,000 square feet to about 3,400 square feet. According to Corcoran Commercial Real Estate, the smaller size more appropri-

ately fits the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business model. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been very successful in Naperville,â&#x20AC;? Cocoran said. Pomodoro E Mozzarella added a kitchen to the former Sarpinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizzeria space. Using fresh ingredients, the family-run operation offers such made-to-order Italian fare as pizza, paninis, pasta and tiramisu for delivery, carryout and catering. Giuseppe Imperiale, who grew up on the island of Sicily and immigrated to the United States at age 12, said he opened the store after a long break from the pizza business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My husband loves to cook,â&#x20AC;? Rosalia Imperiale said. Visit, or www. for information about the new businesses.

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By ERIC SCHELKOPF \jZ_\cbfg]7j_Xnd\[`X%Zfd BATAVIA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Batavia Park District officials are blaming a cool and wet summer for the drop in attendance this summer at Harold Hall Quarry Beach. According to the season end operations report for Quarry Beach, which recently was released, 28,855 people attended the Batavia Park District facility this summer, down from 39,743 people in 2012. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are totally dependent on the weather,â&#x20AC;? said Amber Smith, facility manager in charge of Quarry Beach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right around the Fourth of July, we would normally be pretty busy, but we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even open on July 2 and 3 because it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even reach 70 degrees.â&#x20AC;? Quarry Beach occupies a former stone quarry and features a sand-bottom swimming area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of the cool, rainy weather, we were closed more days this year,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were supposed to

be open for 79 days, and we were only open for 68 days.â&#x20AC;? It was a different story last summer, where the mercury hit 100 degrees or higher on four occasions and the temperature was at least 90 degrees for seven consecutive days, according to the National Weather Service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last summer, it was a great summer for swimming,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was nice and hot.â&#x20AC;? The weather also affected daily admission revenues. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revenues were $109,251, down from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revenues of $158,129. Quarry Beach ended up with a $19,524 deficit this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to look at next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We might have to push the budget down next year.â&#x20AC;? The district might look at raising season pass rates next year, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t raised them in a few years,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to stay competitive with St. Charles, and it would help compensate for seasons like this.â&#x20AC;?

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St. Charles Public Library director will retire this year By ASHLEY SLOBODA XjcfYf[X7j_Xnd\[`X%Zfd ST. CHARLES â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After nearly 40 years with the St. Charles Public Library, Director Diana Brown is set to retire by the end of the year. Brown said she could continue working forever, but she said it is time to have new ideas and new perspectives at the library. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The years have gone by very quickly,â&#x20AC;? she said.

She has worked for the library in some capacity, including adult services librarian for 39 years, she said. The library districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Board of Trustees plans to meet Oct. 28 and Oct. 30 to interview candidates. The interviews are set to happen in closed session. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have several candidates, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be coming in to tour the library,â&#x20AC;? Brown said, noting she hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been involved in the selection pro-

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One dies, another seriously injured in Route 25 crash By NICOLE WESKERNA en\jb\ieX7j_Xnd\[`X%Zfd BATAVIA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; An early morning single-vehicle crash in Batavia resulted in a fatality and a serious injury to another occupant, according to police. Batavia Police Detective Sgt. Shawn Mazza said police responded to a call at 12:57 a.m. Wednesday for a single-vehicle accident on Route 25. Salvador J. Esparza, 32, of

Aurora, was traveling northbound in a 1990 Mercedes Benz when he lost control and exited the road on the west side, according to a news release. His vehicle went airborne before striking a tree and then came to rest in the parking lot of the Batavia VFW at 645 S. River St., Batavia, Mazza said. Esparza and a passenger in the vehicle, Amos Martinez, 33, of Aurora, both were ejected from the vehicle. Mazza

said both were taken to Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, where Esparza later died of injuries that resulted from the crash. Mazza said Martinez was in serious condition and as of Wednesday afternoon, he was in the hospital with injuries that werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t life-threatening. The Batavia Police Department continues to investigate the accident with assistance from the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team.

Bakery, Restaurant & Catering FALL FEST SPECIALS Available thru October MONDAY

Beef Rolls stuffed with sage dressing, topped with gravy served with a vegetable and choice of spaetzle or mashed potatoes .................................................... $8.95 Beef Stroganoff


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The Royal Treatmentâ&#x20AC;Ś. We always said when we were ready to retire from work, but not from life, Oak Crest would be the place for us. Both of us were born and grew up in this area so coming home Barry and Kay Schrader was something we talked about for years. When the opportunity presented itself to sell our home in California and return to our roots, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to think twice. We love life at Oak Crest in our wonderful duplex surrounded by good friends, family and beautiful scenery. We are glad we made the decision to move here while we are both independent. With easy access to educational programs, events, a state-of-the-art fitness center and delicious meals. We not only feel privileged, but blessed. We are enjoying all that Oak Crest has to offer. It was our honor to spend the last year as Oak Crest King and Queen. Guess when they say at Oak Crest you get the royal treatment, they mean it. Barry & Kay Schrader, Residents since July 2006 For more information call (815) 756-8461 or visit us on the web at

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LGBT organization renames award for STC East graduate KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE \[`kfi`Xc7bZZ_ife`Zc\%Zfd ST. CHARLES â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Youth Outlook â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in DuPage, Kane, DeKalb and Whiteside counties â&#x20AC;&#x201C; will honor a St. Charles East High School graduate at its annual gala Friday. The agency is renaming its Youth Advocate Award in honor of Michael Fairbanks, who died in February at

age 19. The award will now be known as the Michael Fairbanks Youth Advocacy Award. His parents, sister and former Gay Straight Alliance adviser are expected to attend the Dare to Dream gala for the renaming. Youth Outlook began awarding the Youth Advocate Award in 2009, based on Fairbanksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work. He was the first recipient. At the same time, he was recognized by GLSEN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the

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Judge Simpson to retire; Kostelny to seek election 9p9I<E;8J:?FIP YjZ_fip7j_Xnd\[`X%Zfd ST. CHARLES â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kane County Circuit Court Judge Karen Simpson announced she will retire effective Oct. 6, 2014, a spokesman for the Illinois Supreme Court confirmed Wednesday. Simpson, a Republican, is assigned to felony cases, according to the 16th Judicial Circuit website. Associate Kane County Judge Marmarie J. Kostelny, currently assigned to the drug rehabilitation court, this week announced her intention to run for judge as a Republican in 2014. If elected,

she would fill the vacancy left by Simpson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This allows me an opportunity to run in this election cycle,â&#x20AC;? Kostelny said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love being a judge.â&#x20AC;? She said she does not know if she will have competition in the March 18 GOP primary. Associate judges are apKaren pointed by Simpson circuit judges while circuit judges are elected. Kostelny of Elgin was appointed an associate judge in 1997 after working as a lawyer for 20 years with an office

in downtown Elgin. Although her associate judge term is not yet completed, Kostelny said she wants to serve as an elected or circuit judge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have merit selection for appointments and circuits [judges] are elected. It is still an election process with elected people appointing people,â&#x20AC;? Kostelny said, calling it â&#x20AC;&#x153;the best of both worlds.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is really a different type of work you can do as a circuit judge that affects the administration of how the judicial circuit runs,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being a circuit judge would just be a greater voice.â&#x20AC;?

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housing being developed in Mill Creek is the more likely cause. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have made no changes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; no earth moving, just replanting,â&#x20AC;? Lambillotte said. Dave Patzelt of Shodeen said the rows from the crops created a washboard effect, allowing water to get caught in each channel and slowing down the progression of the water. Kubitz also turned to Kane County Water Resources Director Paul Schuch, who suggested that Kubitz regrade his property â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which Kubitz said he would not do because it would affect his neighbors â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or that all parties cooperate so the park district would agree to put in a small berm

with a swale. Schuch said it would involve using a plow to create a new furrow and a small berm on the park districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property â&#x20AC;&#x153;to guide water through the furrow to [nearby] Morrill Drive and back to the pond that is there to retain water.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be very helpful if people could sit down at a table and discuss this,â&#x20AC;? Schuch said. Kubitz said he is working with his neighbors, and if park officials do not eventually agree to help control the water flow, they will be looking for an attorney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have no interest in taking this to court,â&#x20AC;? Kubitz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My immediate neighbors said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whatever it takes.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? Batavia â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Hoffman Estates

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By BRENDA SCHORY YjZ_fip7j_Xnd\[`X%Zfd ELGIN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After 117 years, the Larkin Center in Elgin, a residential group home for wards of the state, announced it will close Friday because it no longer can sustain itself financially, according to a prepared statement. However, Lawrence Hall Youth Services of Chicago

will assume youth programming duties at the Larkin facility, officials said in a statement. Lawrence Hall, which also serves at-risk youth, will be taking on this responsibility at the request of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, according to the statement. Lawrence Hall will lease and manage the programs

at four of the Larkin group homes, according to the statement. Lawrence Hall is a nonprofit child-welfare agency that serves nearly 1,000 youth and families. Larkin Center currently provides service for up to 52 youths age 8 to 18, according to its website. Larkin Executive Director Dennis L. Graf said he had no official comment.

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How to find forgotten fun Trapped in an endless cycle of Netflix catch-up? Wondering how Bryan Cranstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bald head managed to soak up nine hours of your weekend? I remember when I spent only half my day in front of a computer screen. Those were fun times, the early 2000s. I say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to free yourself from your entertainment obligations and find some actual fun. For me, liberation comes one Saturday night out of every month. The conditions must be perfect: an empty house, a fully stocked cupboard and a charged iPod. What? I have friends to amuse and homework to finish? I think not. Tonight, I am no longer Kurt. I am master chef Kurt. Baking requires a certain

state of mind. For some, they prefer a composed and tranquil kitchen in order to make confections. I, on the other hand, favor Smashing Pumpkins blasting in my ears while I scramble around like an obsessed treasure hunter trying to find my brown sugar. I would deem my baking experience inadequate without particular elements. Enter the antique onyx Kitchen Aid standalone mixer with three speed settings: one (sleeping turtle covered in molasses), two (snail pursued by an enraged turtle drenched in molasses), and three (an oil slicked boulder rolling down Mount Kilimanjaro). Outdated and covered in a heavy coating of chalky flour, this broken down mess reeks of beauty.

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do it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intense but low impact and easy on the joints. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no jumping or kicking.â&#x20AC;? Hanson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whose last name was Snyder in high school â&#x20AC;&#x201C; graduated with the class of 2005. She worked in marketing, but always wanted to own a business and Pure Barre seemed to be the perfect fit. Carrie Dorr, a dancer and choreographer, started Pure Barre in 2001, incorporating elements of ballet, Pilates and yoga at her first studio in Michigan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was a dancer and very into fitness and blended the two to create Pure Barre,â&#x20AC;? Hanson said. Classes in Geneva will be offered seven days a week. For information or to register, visit www.purebarre. com or follow Pure Barre Geneva on Facebook at www.







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To increase the capacity of people to care for one another; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the United Way of Central Kane County mission is all about. The benefits that come with effecting positive change in an individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, can be monumental, and result in the creation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;happy campersâ&#x20AC;? in a variety of different ways.


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iverwoods family campus, one of the many programs sponsored by the United Way of Central Kane County, is a relaxed and caring 85-acre setting along the Fox River in St. Charles, Illinois. Here, Riverworks Life Skills Outreach helps young men, women, children and families, learn wisdom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We help individuals achieve and thrive,â&#x20AC;? said Leanne Harbaugh, Developmental Director at Riverwoods Family Campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a place designed to give families from under-resourced neighborhoods the space to grow in faith. Discipleship can happen in a canoe, around a campfire, or on the basketball court!â&#x20AC;?




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ix year old â&#x20AC;&#x153;Megan,â&#x20AC;? of St. Charles, considers camping her new hobby. â&#x20AC;&#x153;An added plus to camping, is the opportunity to color with crayons,â&#x20AC;? said Megan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art is my favorite subject in school.â&#x20AC;? She also rated canoeing, listening to music, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girls nightâ&#x20AC;? as being really fun activities at Riverwoods. Megan, an only child living with her father, not only enjoys camping; her favorite sport is Karate!


irst time camper, seven year old â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suzyâ&#x20AC;?, shared her joy in making new friends at camp. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really liked my first campfire, and I felt totally pampered after getting my nails painted,â&#x20AC;? said Suzy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also enjoyed singing and dancing with the other girls at camp.â&#x20AC;? When asked what she thought was the most exciting activity at Riverwoods, Suzy chose canoeing!


inety-four cents out of every dollar collected by the United Way of Central Kane County remains right here in Kane County communities. Last year over 13,000 local residents were helped by way of contributions made through the United Way of Central Kane County, via funding support that is provided to several outstanding agencies like Riverwoods Family Campus, operating right here in our neighborhoods.

If you would like to learn more or to make a gift, visit Paula Yensen, Ph.D. Executive Director

United Way of Central Kane County 1020 Cedar Ave, Suite 214, St. Charles, IL 60174 630-377-1930

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Batavia named bicycle-friendly community Gets bronze-level designation from League of American Bicyclists By ERIC SCHELKOPF \jZ_\cbfg]7j_Xnd\[`X%Zfd BATAVIA – Batavia is being recognized as a bicycle-friendly community. The Washington, D.C.based League of American Bicyclists on Tuesday designated Batavia as a bronze-level in the designation. Batavia is one of eight communities in Illinois that have the designation, including Chicago, Elmhurst, Evanston, Naperville, Schaumburg, Champaign and Urbana. “It seems that they are

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right on the cusp of being a really great place for bicyclists,” said Bill Nesper, vice president of programs for the League of American Bicyclists. The Batavia Bicycle Commission had applied to be designated. Since its inception in 2009, the Batavia Bicycle Commission has worked to promote bicycling in the city and make the city a safer place to ride. The commission was formed to implement the City of Batavia Bicycle Plan, which was approved by the

ÈN\Xi\\oZ`k\[kf^\k k_\Yifeq\$c\m\cXnXi[%É Amy Moore 9XkXm`X9`ZpZc\ :fdd`jj`fed\dY\i City Council in 2007. In awarding Batavia with the designation, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the commission’s educational efforts in the Batavia School District. The group also took note of North River Street in down-

town Batavia, which last year was transformed into a curbless street in which pedestrians have priority over cars. “It makes that span more comfortable and safe for pedestrians and cyclists,” Nesper said. This was the first time the Batavia Bicycle Commission had applied to be designated as a bicycle-friendly community. “We are excited to get the bronze-level award,” commission member Amy Moore said. She added that the honor is even more special because

not many communities have received the designation. Batavia Bicycle Commission Chairman John Gamble said the group plans to continue looking at ways to improve, including the installation of four crossings on Route 31 and three crossings on Route 25. Gamble said the group received a federal grant that would pay for 80 percent of the project’s costs. “To me, that’s one of the key things we need to get done in the future,” Gamble said.



Country Garden Cuisine offers lessons By NICOLE WESKERNA ST. CHARLES – When it comes to cooking, Penny Newkirk teaches her students how to get back to the basics. Through hands-on cooking classes at Country Garden Cuisine in St. Charles, she helps people learn how to make fresh meals using herbs, fruits and vegetables grown in her onsite gardens that surround a historic 1840s home on LaFox Road, where the classes take place. “I wanted the food to come from a farm because people are forgetting. People can experience real food in its setting,” she said. “I wanted [the cooking school] to be like coming to the farm to cook with your aunt.” Newkirk’s love of teaching and cooking combined to form her early career as a home economics teacher. After having children, she continued teaching cooking classes in the evenings as a stay-at-home mom. In the 1980s, she became an owner of the St. Charles-based cooking school, Cooking Craft. There, Newkirk said she specialized in teaching people how to make chocolate candies. When the business started demanding 60 to 70 hours of her time each week, Newkirk decided to leave the retail sector and set out to start Country Garden Cuisine about 15 years ago. The cooking school now operates out of a home that was originally built in 1847 on Dean Street in St. Charles and was later relocated to the farm at Country Garden Cuisine. Newkirk now teaches about two classes each week and hosts private group classes in between. Groups are typically smaller and often are limited

to about a dozen or so people. Other events, such as the Farm to Fork dinners, can accommodate up to 35 people. The cooking school also has an alcohol license, which allows students to bring a bottle of wine or beer along. Upcoming classes include lessons on how to make phyllo dough, sausage, savory pies and hearty appetizers, such as Asian chicken skewers with a plum barbecue sauce and smoked salmon bombs. “We cook very healthy here, but we cook,” she said. “You don’t have to eat Lean Cuisine to cook healthy.” Newkirk trained as a master gardener with the University of Illinois Extension and incorporates the food grown in her gardens as much as possible. She said at one time, her garden held 16 varieties of thyme. She said this year’s garden produced about 50 varieties of herbs. She said a lot has happened to food since she entered the culinary field in the 1970s. She said that’s when she saw the first organic food movement as people realized they weren’t feeding their families well with processed foods. She said people are now more concerned about why organic is better and how animals are handled. Newkirk said her goal is to teach people how to cook healthy meals from scratch without getting overwhelmed. “It’s gonna be better because you made it,” she said. “It didn’t have to have red dye No. 3. I’m of that era.”

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Country Garden Cuisine, 3N369 LaFox Road, St. Charles, offers cooking classes using fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs grown in on-site gardens. Penny Newkirk teaches the hands-on classes twice a week.

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By KARA SILVA bj`cmX7j_Xnd\[`X%Zfd GENEVA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saying that Penrose Brewing Company founders Eric Hobbs of Geneva and Tom Korder of Batavia are eager to open their Geneva tap room and brewery is a drastic understatement. After three years in the making, and having since bypassed the breweryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial summer and early fall opening dates, the former Goose Island alumnus are now predicting Penrose to be operational by the week of Thanksgiving. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing everything we can to provide the information that is requested of us to do the work that we need to do in a timely manner,â&#x20AC;? said Hobbs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are still hopeful that we are able to meet that.â&#x20AC;? After a painstaking process of paperwork and permits, Penrose is making strides toward a late November opening, having received its Illinois state liquor license Oct. 4. However, the government shutdown has caused further delays. The brewery is awaiting Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approval of two formulas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Navette, a Belgian-inspired black ale, and Devoir, a French-style saison. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were under the impression [the formulas] were close to approval before the shutdown, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping they come through quickly once it reopens,â&#x20AC;? wrote tap room manager Jeff Cagle in an email. The government shutdown shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affect the opening of the brewery, however, Cagle added. Hobbs, who brings more than 10 years of beer sales and marketing experience to Penrose, said the brewery is â&#x20AC;&#x153;losing money every day itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not open.â&#x20AC;? In the meantime, Korder and Hobbs, who currently clock in 60- to 80-hour work weeks to meet their projected opening date, look forward to the moment when they can serve their Belgian-inspired brews to Kane County patrons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be the most rewarding and gratifying experience when we can finally see people drinking our beer,â&#x20AC;? Hobbs said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can almost guarantee that the first time I take


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to be a great [place] for people to come in and see what craft brewing is all about.â&#x20AC;? Having worked with the Chicago-based Goose Island brewery for about 10 years collectively, Korder and Hobbs have played a significant role in the birth of the sweeping craft-beer scene in Chicago, and they are excited to be a part of the Kane County craftbeer movement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a hand in helping Chicago become a very craft-centric area over the past five years â&#x20AC;Ś since weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve introduced people to craft beer for the first time,â&#x20AC;? Hobbs said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;... I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we want to do it for ourselves.â&#x20AC;? Even though Hobbs grew up in Geneva, graduating from Geneva High School in 1999, he said that setting up shop in the town had more to do with the supportive culture of locally-owned, independent businesses than for his roots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a really unique business community,â&#x20AC;? Hobbs said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice knowing that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re settling into a place that is a pretty great craft-

beer community already, and I think the brewery will be another reason for more and more craft-beer drinkers to come visit Geneva.â&#x20AC;? Penroseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14,000-squarefoot facility located in a strip mall near Wheeler Park (509 Stevens St., Geneva), will house a 40-barrell production system and a 63-seat tap room, designed with â&#x20AC;&#x153;rustic industrialâ&#x20AC;? flair, using repurposed wood and piping to accentuate the fact that the tap room is located in a warehouse, Hobbs said. The tasting room bar will have 10 tap handles for rotating test batches and new recipes, said Korder, the facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brewmaster. He expects to produce 30 to 40 different brews over the course of a year, which will include barrel-aged brews using wine and spirit barrels to â&#x20AC;&#x153;impart different flavors into the beer.â&#x20AC;? In addition to the pending Navette and Devoir formulas, Penrose will serve two other year-round, â&#x20AC;&#x153;requisiteâ&#x20AC;? beers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Proto Gradus, a Belgian-style single with a subtle floral hop

layered with a fruity aroma; and P2, a Belgian-style pale with a resiney aroma and layers of tropical fruit and clove. To describe Penroseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brand of brew, Korder said, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;the perfect balance between art and scienceâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a phrase that he also uses to describe the mathematically-inspired work of his favorite artist, M.C. Escher, which greatly influenced the breweryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name and logo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Escherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] patterns revolve around tessellation ... which led me to these penrose patterns and how they are created,â&#x20AC;? Korder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They all have to fit together because of the math and angles behind it. There are formulas you can use to create them, and I thought that was a really great tie-in to what brewing is.â&#x20AC;? Regardless of â&#x20AC;&#x153;great packaging and design,â&#x20AC;? once the tap room opens, Hobbs and Korder both agree that the key to their success will be the beer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have quality beer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if our beer isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t great â&#x20AC;&#x201C; nothing else weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing matters,â&#x20AC;? Korder said.


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GALENA – Tangled white stars were majestically revealed against the backdrop of an inky night sky. It was a riveting display of nature. Shooting starts gracefully entered their final descent; the Milky Way stretched its creamy arms across the sky; and constellations were pieced together like a giant puzzle. It was a spectacle that locked my eyes on the sky all night and a prelude to the brilliance of Galena that revealed itself yet again on a spectacular fall weekend.

Winemaker spotlight

Pouring rain couldn’t slow the celebration at Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery. It was damp and windy on Sep. 28, but the Fall Harvest and Arts Festival was undeterred. Galena Cellars General Manager Scott Lawlor welcomed patrons as they walked in. Winemaker Chris Lawlor discussed the drought-plagued vintages that turned out great fruit in 2011 and 2012. The 2013 growing season was off to a late start; vines battled to reach water after two straight dry years and yields were down. Yet, as Chris Lawlor manned the tasting bar in the vineyard barn filled with music from an acoustic guitarist, the winemaking artist in her relished the opportunity to put her unique imprint on another vintage. Artist Sandra Principie held the blue tarp doors to her tent in the vineyard closed to shield her pieces from the pesky rain. Scenes from Galena and Hawaii filled out her portfolio. The warm colors from her paintings and passion to capture the beauty of the surrounding landscape were palpable. Also in full embrace of the artisan-themed weekend was Chef Randy Hoppman. The executive chef at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa captured the freshness of the farm and lake and brought them to the table. With 26 years of experience, Hoppman crafted a dynamic seasonal menu. The Garlic Caprese Flatbread with Balsamic and Kalamata

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Olives shined at a lunch visit to Spikes Bar and Grill. The Iowa Bison Burger for dinner at the Woodlands Resort Lounge cooked to a perfect rare was an experience. The bison had a silky texture and was dressed with corn-cob smoked bacon. The bacon came from Rochelle, and the bison was sourced from a farm in Iowa, about 30 minutes from Eagle Ridge, which continued the resort’s commitment to local products. “We’ve had an herb garden for about eight years,” Hoppman said. “Oregano takes over. We don’t buy oregano all year. We have thyme, dill, chives, sage; you name it, we do it. Even things out of the ordinary, we do it and play around with them. You’ll see a chef walk outside with a pan and pair of scissors to cut fresh herbs for the night’s dinner.” Attention to detail filtered its way to the wine list at Eagle Ridge as well. Sea Smoke, Pinot Noir Southing, 2009, was delectable with the velvety bison burger. From the gala event that is Wine Lover’s Weekend, to local events where residents gather to pick wild morel mushrooms or eat freshcaught fish that Hoppman has expertly prepared, the experience is always sure to be memorable. “We had 50 local property owners sign up,” said Eagle Ridge Director of Food and Beverage Rick Remmington about the morel harvest event. “There was a $10 fee that went to a charity to refurbish a local schoolhouse. At another event, we caught a couple hundred bluegills at the lake. [We] cleaned them and set up portable cooking stations and cooked out for about 50 property owners.”

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Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa is located at 444 Eagle Ridge Drive in Galena. You can learn more at www. When I circumnavigate Horseshoe Mound on Route 20, I feel at ease. Enter Eagle Ridge through a back road as a sweeping meadow unfurls into rows of cornfields and a smattering of grazing cows. This is where I head to find peace. Wine Lover’s Weekend is set for March 20 through 30, 2014. I can’t wait to get back. Another place is Jamie’s Wine Studio, located at 209 S. Main St. in Galena. Find more details at A picturesque setting in quaint downtown Galena was a welcoming place to enjoy a Sunday afternoon glass of wine. An impressive selection of bottles from some of my favorite boutique wineries left me stunned. Alma Rosa, Demetria, Inspiration Vineyards and Small Vines were just a few of the limited-production bottles that I expect to only see when I visit a California tasting room. But owner Jamie Carroll, a social butterfly who enjoys connecting patrons that share common interests as she strolls through the shop, has sourced them for an impressive selection.

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ES: Who are some of musicians you remember from that time? Did you have a chance to meet Steve Goodman? AH: Yes, Steve Goodman

ST. CHARLES – Singer-songwriter Anne Hills was an integral part of Chicago’s vibrant folk scene in the 1970s. Hills, who now lives in Bethlehem, Pa., will perform Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, near St. Charles. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20, available at Kane County Chronicle Eric Schelkopf had the chance to talk to Hills about her upcoming show.

was often on the stage. I became good friends with Steve’s mom. She was a big supporter of the scene. I knew her much more than I did Steve, because Steve passed away not too long after I moved to Chicago. They were great times. And it’s still a great scene in Chicago. Chicago still nurtures a lot of independent artists, which is what I like best about that city.

Eric Schelkopf: I understand you’ve played at Fine Line before. What do you like about the setting? Anne Hills: The last time I was there, they had fabulous artwork all around. I don’t use a sound system, so it’s much more personal. Because of the way the room is shaped, I can do the performance without a sound system.

ES: For people who haven’t been to one of your shows, what should people expect? AH: Well, I play guitar and

the banjo. I’m known primarily probably for my voice. The audience shapes the way the show goes in many ways, especially in a room that is set up where there is that personal space you are sharing with everyone. I pick up a lot from the audience, which things they are responding to, and move in that direction.


Anne Hills will perform Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center near St. Charles. ES: I know you lived in Chicago for a while. AH: Yeah. I founded Hogeye

Music up in Evanston, and I was there for 12 years. And actually it was in Chicago where I really started to have more and more of a career.

ES: You moved to Chicago in 1976, when there was a strong folk music scene going on at the time. AH: I had opened a show for some other musicians,

and they told me, “You have to come to Chicago, because there are lots of good things happening.” So I did. You could walk up and down Lincoln Avenue, and there would be different folk artists from one club to the next club to the next club.

ES: What was it like being part of that scene? AH: It’s very nurturing

when you’re an artist. And it was really a community in the

sense of people coming to each other’s shows and encouraging each other. It was very much like a community, a community of people all interested in making good music. So, people would come and sit in on shows with each other, and if somebody new came into town, they were welcomed. And that was when the Old Town School of Folk Music was a much smaller school

ES: Your latest album, “The Things I Notice Now,” is a tribute to noted folk musician Tom Paxton, who received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. Was he a big inspiration for you? AH: Huge inspiration. What

Tom really showed me is how you could do storytelling, theater, and change people’s perspectives, all with one song. His songs make you more empathetic. You begin to see your fellow human beings in a more compassionate way.

ES: What do you think folk music should do? AH: There is nothing more

powerful than storytelling. And by telling someone’s story, you create political change as well.

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LBURN – Part of Matt Yonkovich’s evenkeeled credo defies longstanding logic that could help him at this weekend’s Class 2A state boys golf tournament. “I’ve had a couple good comebacks throughout the course of conference and matches before. Stretches of birdie, eagle, birdie,” Yonkovich said. “So never keep your head down. Always focus on the next shot.” Never keep your head down? That really isn’t advisable if you’re looking to score low or follow Yonkovich, a Kaneland senior, and his pursuit of a title at Illinois State’s Weibring Golf Club in Normal. “Very consistent, has all the tools, can hit every shot in the bag,” Knights coach Mark Meyer said. “And even when he starts off poorly, he always seems to make a big comeback. “And when he starts out well, look out, because he can go real low.” Yonkovich earned one of the final individual qualifying spots from Monday’s 2A Freeport Sectional by tying three others with a 78 at Park Hills Golf Course. Unable to duplicate last season’s team advancement, Kaneland finished sixth in the team race, carding a 335 that stood four shots behind thirdplace Sterling. Yonkovich would rather have his fellow Knights in tow again, but finds charting his own rounds often provides enough drama. Two weeks ago, he finished the final six

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Kaneland senior Matt Yonkovich takes aim at the IHSA Class 2A state meet as an individual one year after helping the Knights advance as a team. holes at 4-under-par to take third individually at the Northern Illinois Big 12 tournament with an even-par 72. A similarly slow start threatened his round at the Aurora Central Catholic Regional at Phillips Park. Naturally, Yonkovich recovered to deliver a 4-under-par 67, one stroke behind medalist Matt Weber of Burlington Central. Falling a stroke shy of winning a regional for the second straight season didn’t seem to faze Yonkovich, who’s always pushing toward improvement. “If I have a bad round one day, I forget about it and say there’s another day ahead of me, another day to go out and shoot your best score,” Yon-

kovich said. “So I always look forward to those days coming. That’s really all I do.” Yonkovich grinned in knowing his regional round provided positive data for college recruiters. He has been in contact with a few coaches, he said, but there is nothing concrete. He’s in similar limbo about a possible major, considering business and accounting at this early juncture. Wherever he winds up, Yonkovich hopes not to lose a grip on an admittedly laidback style that emerged from his first days as a golfer. At age 5 – or was it 6? – Yonkovich remembers accompanying his mom to the range at the Sugar Grove Family Fun

Center, where he began by hitting from the concrete, not the mats. “After awhile, I guess” Yonkovich learned where to position his feet and the best ways to strike the ball. Yonkovich was 1-under after three holes of the second round of the 2012 state tournament at Weibring, determined to remove the memory of an opening 83 the day before. Inclement weather eventually shortened the tournament, and Yonkovich didn’t quite get the redemption he was after when he fired an 80 at Weibring during summer junior play. This weekend brings another chance to improve. Yonkovich couldn’t be happier.

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arly Hudon advanced to the Class AA state girls golf tournament as a Sycamore freshman before narrowly missing the state cut as a sophomore and junior. Four strokes separated Hudon from three possible state trips entering her senior season, close calls she no longer frets about. Hudon embraced a more relaxed atmosphere upon transferring to St. Charles North. No longer just an individual entry, she welcomed the chance to compete as part of a team. That comfort has been reaffirmed as North prepares for this weekend’s state tournament at Hickory Point Golf Club in Forsyth. Her round of 91 at sectionals did not have to be Hudon’s undoing, as the North Stars’ other scorers stepped up to cement the final team qualifying berth. “Whether we all do well at one time, we all hold each other up,” Hudon said, “so I think we’re a very good team together and we do a very nice job together.” At Monday’s Class AA Rockford Guilford Sectional – as with many sites this season – the chemistry started with two players not yet ready for that subject as part of their high school curriculum. Freshmen Gianna Furrie (76) and Kate Lillie (80) paced the North Stars while seniors Jessica Grill (88) and Hudon followed. Sam Scroggin and Gabi Spinazze, who did not factor into the sectional team score, are upperclassmen, too. For the past few seasons, North touted another Furrie with her share of seasoning. While Ariana Furrie graduated in 2013 and moved on to a collegiate career at NCAA Division I Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., her little sister wasted no time emerging on the scene.

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for a trophy in the program’s third trip to state. In 2003, the North Stars shot a two-day 697 to finish second. In 2005, a 677 was good enough for ninth. Team scores have continued dropping since. An aggregate 643 was the AA standard in 2011 – weather shortened last year’s tournament to one round – and matching it would mean each North Star hovered around the mid- to upper-70s on both days. “It’ll be fun to get down there and compete with some of the best teams in the state,” Patrick said. Now that they’ve elevated themselves to that number, the North Stars want to see what they can do.

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middle and he played a good ball,” Rowsey said. “They got a foot on it but I wanted to make my run across so I could stay onside. I just didn’t want to make a straight run, and then we got a lucky deflection and put it right away.” The Saints (17-1-4) appeared to right themselves when Tyler Robbins headed home the equalizer with 9:28 left in the first half. Jared Brown got the assist as he headed the ball out of a scrum to Robbins on the right post. But Metea didn’t cave and scored on its only two shots of the second half. Freeman was fouled in the box and buried the resulting penalty kick for what turned out to be the game-winning goal with 27:32 to go. The senior then fed Rowsey on a counter-attack for a big insurance goal with 11:41 remaining. No matter how hard they tried, the Saints could not solve the Metea defense and goalie Tim Howard, who made eight saves. It was a far cry from the first meeting between the two sides, which East won 7-0 on Sept. 7 in St. Charles. “They were a good team,” Rowsey said. “I can’t say enough about our

defenders. They stepped up so much, especially the seniors, and played so well. [The Saints] probably had 80 percent of the possession for that spell of time but we stepped up, we won our individual battles, we kept them in front of us, we stayed behind the ball and that’s all we ask. Then we countered on them, and it worked.” Jennison had nothing but praise for Metea. “We walk in here tonight on senior night and obviously these guys are extremely upset about what happened last time we played them, and I think the bottom line is we just got outworked tonight,” Jennison said. Despite his team’s inability to follow up on its UEC River title, Jennison remains confident heading into next week’s playoffs. “It’s going to bring one or two or three of them back to reality,” Jennison said. “We definitely aren’t unbeatable and as I told them, you best believe this result has already gone out around the state and now people are saying, ‘Wow, maybe they’re not as good as they thought they were.’ That’s why I think it might be the best thing that’s happened to us this year.”

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The Washington Redskins are 1-4 with one of the worst defenses in the NFL. And while they pile up yards on offense, they’re not particularly good at putting points on the board. Like the Bears, they struggle with time of possession. But unlike the Bears, they don’t have many players who scare you. Perhaps none are the complete package, but Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett are all players the opposition has to scheme for because they know they can beat them. Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris were those guys last year as rookies, but they haven’t been to date this year. Offensively for the ’Skins, that’s it. Pierre Garcon is their leading

receiver, but he’s really just an average-to-good wideout. Santana Moss was one of those guys for a number of years, but these days he’s just another target. Leonard Hankerson, Jordan Reed, Josh Morgan, Logan Paulsen, Fred Davis ... OK, but most teams can handle them. That group collectively has piled up some yardage, it just hasn’t had the igniter to allow them to make a difference. If RG III and/or Morris suddenly become that guy/igniter again as they were last year, then the Bears could have some problems on their hands. Defensively Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Barry Cofield and DeAngelo Hall will, at times, remind you of Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman and the Julius Peppers we once knew. The last time these two clubs met, Hall picked off Cutler four times. But most of the time, they’ll remind you of the Bears’ defense we’ve come to know this year. In spite of a few great players, the Redskins’ defense gets pushed all over the field, leaving the team needing to get into a shootout and

have the ball last in order to win. Worse than 1-4, the only loss the Redskins were really competitive in was against the Lions. The Eagles, Packers and Cowboys games were not as close as the scores indicate. Washington’s one win actually was on the road, but beating Oakland anywhere is hardly something to build a season on. Sunday’s game will be the first time the ’Skins have played at home since Sept. 22 versus the Lions, and that was the one loss the Redskins were competitive in. In fact, they would have won the game were it not for a bushel full of mental errors not indicative of a Mike Shanahan-coached team. What the Bears have to worry about is if Griffin finds himself and brings Morris along for the ride. Griffin was a Pro Bowl quarterback last year with a 102.4 passer rating and 20 touchdown passes against only five interceptions. He also rushed 120 times for 815 yards, a 6.8 average and seven more touchdowns.

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being filed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The NFL has a rating system for injured players that specifies their probability of playing in a game: s/UTnTHEPLAYERWILLNOT play; s$OUBTFULnPERCENT chance the player will not play; s1UESTIONABLEnPERCENT chance the player will play; s0ROBABLEnPERCENT chance the player will play. Although my mother-inlaw does not listen to me (and why should she, her team is   )GAVEHERASIMPLETRICK to help her understand the injury report: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dâ&#x20AC;? (doubtful) means do not play, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pâ&#x20AC;? (probable) means play. It is extremely rare for a probable player to be held out. It is just as improbable that a doubtful player gets onto the field. h1UESTIONABLE vONTHEOTHer hand, is a crapshoot. The

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North grad manning net for DePauw In an era in which professional athletes routinely engage in self-serving histrionics when they do something good â&#x20AC;&#x201C; even if their team is losing by a lopsided margin â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the unselfish attitude of DePauw University junior Jake Pezzuto is refreshing. Pezzuto, the starting goalkeeper for DePauwâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team, is not interested in personal accolades. Conversing with the St. Charles North graduate, he constantly shifts the discussion back to how his team is doing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I personally donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like talking about how Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m playing,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try to not think about it.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear to objective observers, however, that Pezzuto is playing very well in his first season starting for the Tigers. After minding the net for three straight shutout victories during a stretch of five days in September, he was named the Player of the Week in the North Coast Athletic Conference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It came as a surprise to me,â&#x20AC;&#x153; he said of the recognition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In all honesty, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

expect to get an award. â&#x20AC;Ś I personally believe that award was a team effort. If you look at the three games â&#x20AC;Ś our team as a whole just played phenomenally. Our defensive effort was a team effort.â&#x20AC;? Still, the shutouts wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have occurred if Pezzuto had not made 11 saves in those matches. It was part of a stretch in which DePauw shut out six straight opponents en route to an 11-0-1 start to the season. The fast start vaulted the Tigers into the top 10 in NCAA Division III national rankings. DePauwâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unbeaten streak was finally snapped Saturday with a 3-1 loss to the No. 1 ranked team in the country, Ohio Wesleyan (14-0), which also happens to be an NCAC member. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to win the conference tournament and win a national championship,â&#x20AC;? Pezzuto said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss changes anything. â&#x20AC;Ś We outplayed them for 75 minutes. We kind of lost focus for one play and they got the [first] goal.â&#x20AC;? Pezzuto said he began

ON CAMPUS Dennis D. Jacobs looking at playing college soccer at the instigation of his club team coach when Pezzuto was a junior in high school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mother and I sat down and we talked about what level of soccer I wanted to play in college,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I kind of settled on the idea of Division III being the option for me.â&#x20AC;? Pezzuto says he looked at every Division III school in the country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not kidding about that, either.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 449 schools, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re keeping score. But Pezzuto says DePauwâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kinesiology program immediately attracted his attention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was one of the only things I could see myself really enjoying getting involved with as an undergrad,â&#x20AC;? he says. A visit to the DePauw campus in Greencastle,

Ind., about 40 miles west of Indianapolis, clinched the decision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I fell in love with the campus, fell in love with the atmosphere, loved the way the team played,â&#x20AC;? Pezzuto said. Pezzuto spent his first two years at DePauw watching the action from the sidelines, but not despairing about the absence of playing time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The way we train â&#x20AC;Ś every day is competitive. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take a day off,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each of those [starting 11] spots is earned. I kind of went in with the attitude, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to do everything in my power to make that decision difficult for my coach.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? DePauw set a school-record for wins with 16 in 2011, Pezzutoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s freshman year. Last season, the team went 12-2-5 and won the NCAC Tournament for the second year in a row to earn a spot in the NCAA Division III national playoffs behind senior goalkeeper Tony Halterman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sophomore year, I kind of started to realize I was playing well,â&#x20AC;? Pezzuto said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I personally felt I was on the right path to take the starting spot for this year.â&#x20AC;? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also continued on the right path academically, picking up a minor in Russian studies to go along with his kinesiology major. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew I had to take a language,â&#x20AC;? said Pezzuto, adding that he was not confident enough in the Spanish he took in high school to test out of the requirement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I looked through the other languages that DePauw offered. I saw Russian and I thought that would be interesting to learn. How many people can say they speak Russian?â&#x20AC;? Pezzuto hopes he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;dosvedanyaâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; farewell â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to this season until Dec. 7. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when the Division III national championship match will be played in San Antonio.

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Late goal nets Wheaton Academy SCC crown By IAN MATTHEWS \[`kfi`Xc7bZZ_ife`Zc\%Zfd WEST CHICAGO â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The players could sense it. So could the coaches on both sides. Wheaton Academy, playing for the outright Suburban Christian Conference boys soccer title against Marmion, thoroughly dominated the game, especially in the second half. Shot after shot and push after push went for naught, until with 2:16 left, Ty Seager scored the game-winner to give Wheaton Academy the 1-0 win. Seager and company were frustrated for much of the match by Cadets goalkeeper Matt Fletcher. Marmion (13-72, 6-2 SCC) hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t registered a shot the entire second half and were deep in the Warriorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; end when a deflection found Sam Hardy, who pushed the ball ahead to Seager. The sopho-

more forward turned on the jets, steering clear of a pair of Marmion defenders before juking past Fletcher, putting a right-footed shot into the back of the net. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The game was down to the wire; Sam saw me and I was making a run on the outside, and there was only one guy between me and the goal,â&#x20AC;? Seager said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I took one touch wide, hustled around and beat him around it, slowed down

my touches and hit it far post.â&#x20AC;? The score was back-breaking for Marmion, which came in looking for a share of the SCC title. A win over Wheaton Academy (17-3-1, 8-0) would have meant a three-way tie between the Warriors, Marmion and Marian Central. Marmion can look squarely at Fletcher for being in the match. The sophomore made life incredibly difficult for Wheaton Academy, especial-

ly late in the second half with a trio of saves that came with less than 20 minutes to go, including a diving stop of a Casey Zimmerman shot with 15 minute to go. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had to withstand the pressure and we knew it was coming,â&#x20AC;? Marmion coach Ricky Del Toro said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A good goalie has to show up when there is pressure and he made a lot of great saves which is what a goalie is supposed

to do. Obviously with that much pressure at the end, we cracked.â&#x20AC;? Wheaton Academy made several adjustments at halftime, stretching the field and banking on its own defense to stop any Marmion counter-attacks. The strategy worked to perfection as the Cadets didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t register a shot in the second half while the Warriors peppered Fletcher, finally getting the go-ahead goal late.

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KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE WOODSTOCK – The St. Francis girls volleyball team needed to rally. On the road Wednesday at Marian Central in a Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division battle, the Spartans watched the Hurricanes whittle away at their lead in Game 2. The Spartans already had rallied from a 12-7 deficit in Game 1, taking advantage of five points off blocks en route to a 25-19 win. However, the Hurricanes didn’t back down in the second game despite trailing, 10-3. Using a 7-1 run Marian took a 21-18 lead. But with sophomore hitter Molly Haggerty leading St. Francis’ offense, the Spartans recovered to overcome two game points and outlast Marian, 28-26, in Game 2 to sweep the match. “I think we passed well, played better defense,” said St. Francis coach Peg Kopec of her team’s Game 2 rally. “I think we acted a little lackluster. We just didn’t have a lot of fire.” Haggerty led the Spartans, 30-3 overall and unbeaten in the conference, with eight kills and also had 13 digs and two aces while Kamryn Malloy tallied five kills.

IC Catholic Prep 2, Rosary 1 (25-14, 21-25, 25-20): At Au-

rora, Rosary stayed close in the SCC match behind Erin Burke’s 12 kills. Jo Gallagher (12 digs, four kills) had a solid overall night while Martha Konovodoff contributed

25 digs for the Royals.

BOYS SOCCER Class 1A St. Edward Regional – Aurora Central Catholic 5, Elgin Academy 1: At Elgin,

four different ACC players scored the first five goals of the match, helping the Chargers advance to Saturday’s regional final against the host Green Wave. Enrique Anaya opened the scoring 11:20 in, while David Petesch scored twice in the final 9:56 before halftime, including a penalty kick. “We knocked the ball around pretty well and kept lots of possession of it and didn’t give them a lot of opportunities in the second half,” Chargers coach Eric Cournaya said. “We took advantage of that and built on it early in the second half.” ACC (8-11) lost, 4-1, to visiting St. Edward in SCC play last month. “We had a couple mental mistakes and they got some bounces and they ended up winning, 4-1, but it was actually a very close game if you were at the game,” Cournaya said.

Burlington Central 4, Richmond-Burton 0: At Burling-

ton, BC rolled on its senior night to finish unbeaten in the Big Northern Conference East for the first time in school history with a 12-0 mark. Central, which is 19-2 overall, opened the scoring with a Paolo Sespene goal 12:44 in.

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‘12 Years a Slave’ a time capsule of cruelty By ANN HORNADAY K_\NXj_`e^kfeGfjk The opening scenes of “12 Years a Slave,” Steve McQueen’s searing adaptation of the true-life account of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War South, tell you all you need to know about the cinematic experience you’re about to have. A lush, unnerving tableau of a group of black men being taught to cut sugar cane reminds viewers of McQueen’s gift for evoking atmosphere, whereas a scene that follows – in which the protagonist, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), attempts to write a letter home with the juice of a few berries – brings viewers into intimate contact with a place and time too often rendered as distant and abstract. Intense, unflinching, stark in its simplicity and often boldly radical in its use of image, sound and staging, “12 Years a Slave” in many ways is the defining epic so many have longed for to examine – if not cauterize – America’s primal wound. But it’s also a crowning achievement of a filmmaker whose command of the medium extends beyond mere narrative and its reductive, sentimental snares to encompass the full depth and breadth of its most expressive and transforming properties. “12 Years a Slave” isn’t just a cathartic experience that happens to be an astonishing formal achievement, it works its emotional power precisely because it’s so elegantly constructed, from the inside out. From those unsettling initial scenes, “12 Years a Slave” flashes back to 1841, when Northup, a relatively prosperous musician, is living with his wife and children in Saratoga, N.Y. While his family is out of town, Northup is introduced to two self-described talent scouts, who assure him he can get good work as a fiddler with a traveling circus. After a trip to Washington and a night of wine and dining, Northup wakes up in a holding cell, shackled by chains and enshrouded in heavy, unremitting silence. What follows is a journey of unimaginable suffering and horror, a sort of anti-picaresque during which Northup is beaten for insisting that he’s a free man, then bought and sold and bought again, finally landing at a plantation owned


Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender star in “12 Years a Slave,” a searing adaptation of the true-life account of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. by the merciless Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender). Much of “12 Years a Slave” centers on Northup’s relationship with Epps, who is smart enough to know he should be threatened by his enslaved servant’s superior intellect and sense of culture – and who processes those conflicting feelings the same way he accommodates his sexual attraction to a field worker named Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o) – with escalating and increasingly psychotic violence. (Epps’ methods of annihilation extend to the subtle as well, such as when he casually leans on his servants, as if they’re pieces of furniture or wooden fence posts.) But “12 Years a Slave,” which McQueen directed from a courtly, admirably economical script by John Ridley, isn’t content simply to be an index of human cruelty. Rather, the film offers a panorama, not just of the African-American experience in the antebellum South – from the inconsolable wailing of a woman separated from her children to a former slave contentedly ensconced as the wife of her former owner – but of the varieties of racist pathology. White audience members may find it impossible to identify with the sadistically extreme abuse perpetrated by Epps and his own desperate and cruel wife, played in a

chillingly good performance by Sarah Paulson. But what of William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), one of Northup’s more benevolent owners, and his passive paternalism? The challenge in presenting oppression within the traditional grammar of feature films is that the director winds up aestheticizing violence, or keeping it at a safe, deniable distance. McQueen solves this problem by refusing to blink, or at least knowing precisely when to allow his audience to do so. As he did in the films “Hunger” and “Shame” (also starring Fassbender), McQueen doesn’t go in for a lot of flash edits or self-conscious visual flourishes to put viewers at ease; rather, he invites the audience to sit with him as he gazes, amazed, at man’s inhumanity to man, an unnerving encounter that in this case is heightened by a percussive, adamantly non-period musical score by Hans Zimmer. Whether the filmmaker is holding his camera on Northup as he struggles on his tiptoes, his neck caught in a lynching noose, while the life of the plantation deliberately goes on behind him, or an excruciatingly protracted whipping scene, the net effect is less an indictment of slavery than a far more nuanced portrait of the violence, intimacy, obsession and constant psychological contortions that defined its most toxic enmeshments. At it most profound, though, “12 Years a Slave” is a captivating study in humanity at its most troubled and implacable, as Ejiofor masterfully portrays Northup’s fight to retain his dignity and identity within an ever-widening nightmare. As such, McQueen’s film deserves pride of place alongside “Gravity,” “Captain Phillips” and the upcoming “All is Lost” as a breathtaking, ambitious essay on physical and existential isolation. Arguably, the stakes here are higher, not just for Northup, but for the viewers who find themselves caught up in his wrenching journey. It’s improbable that anyone will feel lighter after watching “12 Years a Slave,” but they’re likely to find that their moral imaginations have been newly liberated.

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me to understand it more. Your pet does not live in the future, but in the moment. Enjoy every moment you have together and accept the unconditional love your pet has given you. You WILL get through it. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Deb In Belmont, Mich. Dear Abby: Having shared the love of many pets over the years, I have found that dealing with the loss of our furry friends never gets easier, no matter how many times you go through it. I just reflect on all the cherished times I shared with them, and I know I did my best to make their lives grand. I know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m better off for having shared their company. Having rescued all of my past and current pets from shelters, I saved them from an uncertain life. I gave them a loving home with affection, stability and a warm bed. While they all leave us at some point, their memory lives on in our hearts. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Four Paws Father sWrite Dear Abby at www.

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ASK DOCTOR K Anthony L. Komaroff ting the nicotine your body continues to need from cigarettes, you get it from the replacement treatment. As your withdrawal symptoms decrease, you lower your dose, then gradually wean yourself off all nicotine, including NRT. There are several forms of NRT. Some are available over-the-counter, others by prescription: s.ICOTINEPATCHESSTICKONYOUR skin like a bandage. They supply a low dose of nicotine that gets absorbed through the skin and into your bloodstream throughout the day. s7HENYOUCHEWNICOTINEGUM it releases a low dose of nicotine that is absorbed through your cheek and into your bloodstream. s7HENNASALSPRAYISSPRAYEDAS a mist into the nose, nicotine reaches the bloodstream within five to 10 seconds. This is the fastest way to relieve withdrawal symptoms. s0UFFINGONACIGARETTE SHAPED inhaler (sometimes called an e-cigarette) delivers a low dose of nicotine through the mouth, throat and lungs. You use the inhaler when you feel the urge for a cigarette.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2122;TWEEN 12 & 20 Robert Wallace soon snap out of it. She didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. That tragic event happened more than 20 years ago, but to this day I still have feelings of guilt. Dr. Wallace, please tell all of your readers to take all suicide threats seriously. Tell someone who will help. Keeping quiet or ignoring the threat can be disastrous; I know from personal experience. I now feel better for writing to you and will feel better yet if you print my letter. It just might get a troubled teen the help he or she needs, thus saving a precious young life. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nameless, Dallas, Texas Dear Nameless: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry you have harbored such guilt all these years, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy to help you ease the burden of it by reaching out and sharing your story with others. I hope the tragedy of your friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death alerts people who are in the situation now that you were in more than two decades ago. A friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suicidal thoughts should not be kept secret. sDr. Robert Wallace welcomes questions from readers. Although he is unable to reply to all of them individually, he will answer as many as possible in this column. Email him at rwallace@



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1223 Fargo Blvd: Sold on or before 082913 by Philip Andre Brankin to Ih2 Property Illinois Lp; $296,000.00 1S254 S Hyde Park: Sold on or before 082913 by Peter F

Martino to Timothy J Callahan; $286,000.00 221 Dodson St: Sold on or before 083013 by Christenson Trust to Patrick Obrien; $180,000.00 2692 Stone Cir 301: Sold on or before 083013 by Covenant Construction Co to Murphy Trust; $218,000.00 38W422 Callighan Pl: Sold on or before 082713 by Shodeen Homes Llc to Sean T Mccarthy & Kirstin A Mccarthy; $454,000.00 38W603 Berquist Dr: Sold on or before 082913 by Shodeen Homes Llc to Ekanem Ukaobasi & James Ukaobasi; $513,500.00 39W441 Herrington Blvd: Sold on or before 083013 by Brian C Schneden to Michael D Callahan & Janine Callahan; $220,000.00 39W676 Schoolhouse Ln: Sold on or before 082913 by Et Cet Era Land Co to Shodeen Homes Llc; $170,500.00 527 Linden Ct: Sold on or

before 082913 by Gary C Peterson to Kathleen R Woodliff; $335,000.00 626 Anderson Blvd: Sold on or before 082813 by Federal Home Loan Mtg Corp to Ih2 Propety Illinois Lp; $220,000.00

Maple Park

104 Main St : Sold on or before 072913 by Melrose Holdings 6 Llc to Michael Alan Zoch; $105,000.00 305 Pearl St : Sold on or before 080113 by Buffalo Jarings Bank to Daniel E Sivert & Adrienne L Sivert; $156,000.00 3N545 Freeland Rd : Sold on or before 072913 by Robert E Niels to George Edward Milton Jr & Sandra Lee Milton; $285,000.00 48W291 Keslinger Rd : Sold on or before 072613 by Fry Trust to Kenneth W Robertson; $138,500.00 4N571 State Route 47 : Sold

THE COLLINS GROUP John Collins, Peggy Collins & Grant Montgomery

303 E. Main St. • (630) 584-2500 • W NE ICE! PR



116 N. Sixth Street


Investment Property! Located in the historic downtown Geneva. Walk to shops, restaurants and close to Metra. Three units rented. Tow one bedroom units + the full basement which is also rented as a one bedroom. Excellent tenant / rental history. All month to month. Plenty of parking spaces along with two car garage with heated office in back.


424 Eastside Drive

North Aurora

18 Riverview St: Sold on or before 083013 by Bruce L Silvernail to Zhixian Guo & Jin Ru Zheng; $173,000.00 208 Magnolia Dr 505: Sold on or before 083013 by Maria G Garcia to Thr Property Illinois Lp; $150,000.00 305 Hidden Creek Ln: Sold on or before 082913 by Mehra Real Estates Inc to Rachael Davis; $120,000.00 501 Harmony Dr: Sold on or before 083013 by Kane County Sheriff to Bltrejv3 Chicago Llc;

$107,000.00 1137 Kilbery Ln : Sold on or before 073113 by Christopher P Ek to Matthew W Sheriff & Genna Sheriff; $140,000.00 1308 Meadow Ln : Sold on or before 073113 by Ryan P Kluck to David A Rood & Suzette A Rood; $281,000.00 1390 Fox Hill Ct : Sold on or before 072913 by Jason A Cange to Eric J Tietje & Lisa M Tietje; $260,000.00 1409 Hearthstone Ln : Sold on or before 080113 by Paul D Owsley to Michael J Robinson & Tammy M Robinson; $270,000.00 See TRANSFERS, page 3




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Perfect for Builders or Rehabbers. 1 acre lot on Eastside Drive. Value is in the land and can be subdivided. There is access at the back of the lot for a second driveway from Oakwood Drive. Located downtown Geneva and the Prairie Path. 3 bedroom, 2 bath home needs some TLC. Sold “As-Is” Condition.

Lot 1 Barlow Drive 1 Garden Hill Lane, Unit 1 $195,000 St. Charles $245,000 St. Charles

Last available lot in Barlow Woods Subdivision. Great opportunity to build your custom dream home on this 2 acre wooded lot in the country, just west of St. Charles. Gorgeous mature trees creates a private setting. Convenient access to shopping,entertainment,and close to LaFox and Elburn Metro Train Station. 2.03 acres.

on or before 073113 by Wells Fargo Bank Trustee to David Gould Jr; $84,500.00

Courtyard entrance to 2/3 bedroom RanchTownhome with center atrium. Living room has wood burning fireplace that looks out onto the private patio which includes a 6’ high brick fence. 3rd bedroom is currently being used as an office. Master bath has private shower and plenty of closet space. This end unit is very quiet and private with mature trees surrounding the property.

Office Space for Rent 303 East Main Street, St. Charles

High-end office space available downtown St. Charles. 1 Private office and 2 cubicles fully furnished. Small kitchen, reception area and conferenceroomisalsoavailable.Plentyofparking. Real Estate Agent Owned.

Highly visible 4400 sq ft commercial building for sale in western Kane County, 7 miles west of Rt. 47. Insulated steel bldg, 2.63 acres, 15 ft. ceiling, 12 ft. overhead doors on each end, blacktop drive/parking. 815-756-2557

More information, call Julie Fabrizius, 815-405-1349

›KI8EJ=<IJ 2941 Carlisle Ln : Sold on or before 080713 by Jl Tt Llc to Nicholas A Jodscheidt & Gina M Jodscheidt; $380,000.00 616 Hidden Creek Ln : Sold on or before 072613 by Pamela J West to Michael J Pavlak; $120,000.00 623 Bennett Dr : Sold on or before 073113 by Jennifer Tavrides to Michael J Melles & Jennifer L Melles; $440,500.00 669 Western Dr : Sold on or before 080713 by Clark Trust to Sheila Keegan; $315,000.00 710 Harmony Ct : Sold on or before 080513 by Clemmons Iii Trust to Marion M Banaszak; $136,000.00 718 Lindsay Cir : Sold on or before 080513 by Norman S Zenisek to Orlo R Hulock & Catherine A Hulock; $264,000.00 740 Thompson Ave : Sold on or before 072613 by Brian Kusnierz to Luis E Medrano & Nancy Jaquez; $232,500.00 772 Thompson Ave : Sold

St. Charles

1181 Walnut St St: Sold on or before 082713 by Julie A Galloway to Glass Trust; $148,000.00 1215 S 2nd St: Sold on or before 082913 by Michael J Kanute to Frontier Development Llc; $145,000.00 1231 Prairie St: Sold on or before 082813 by Michael Holmgren to Ih2 Property Illinois Lp; $234,500.00 1985 Cool Creek Dr: Sold on or before 082713 by Donald L Marx Jr to National Residential Nominee S; $608,000.00 2670 Regency Ct E: Sold on or before 083013 by K Hovananian Estates At Regenc to Brett J Milley & Julianne Fontana;

$280,500.00 34W744 N James Dr: Sold on or before 083013 by Kane County Sheriff to Wells Fargo Bank; $56,500.00 969 Walt Whitman Rd: Sold on or before 082913 by Kane County Sheriff to Bayview Loan Servicing Llc; $480,000.00 40W255 Carl Sandburg Rd: Sold on or before 083013 by Scott R Thompson to Michael A Whtie & Karri L White; $535,000.00 40W343 William Cullen Bryant St: Sold on or before 082713 by Daryl L Lee to National Residential Nominee S; $557,500.00 40W343 William Cullen Bryant St: Sold on or before 082713 by National Residential Nominee S to Henly Del Carpio; $540,000.00 42W289 Empire Rd: Sold on or before 083013 by Federal Home Loan Mtg Corp to Ih2 Property Illinois Lp; $156,500.00 437 10th Ct: Sold on or before 082813 by John B Arbizzani to Linda Lee Newfield; $220,000.00 43W778 Fescue Ct: Sold on or before 082913 by Casandra

L Cassidy to Ih2 Property Illinois Lp; $161,000.00 4N698 High Meadow Rd: Sold on or before 082713 by Legacy Capital Partners Llc to Jonathan W Radabaugh & Angela J Radabaugh; $605,000.00 530 N Tyler Rd: Sold on or before 082913 by Carl R Pikus to Sandra G Necco; $274,000.00 6N335 D Whitmore Cir: Sold on or before 082913 by M I Homes Of Chicago Llc to William G Dohm; $182,500.00 6N345 Whitmore Cir A: Sold on or before 082813 by John Fabiano to Zbigniew Niewiarowski & Mary Niewiarowski; $162,000.00 840 Reserve Dr: Sold on or before 082813 by Omni Tech Llc to Meritus Homes Inc; $270,000.00 921 S 3rd St: Sold on or before 083013 by Matthew S Carroll to National Residential Nominee S; $270,000.00 1001 Thoroughbred Cir : Sold on or before 080613 by Judy A Rohde to Eldon J Schwarz & Mary Schwarz; $420,000.00 1011 S 4th St : Sold on or before 072913 by Kerry Hegg

to Joseph A Papa Jr & Laura K Iwanenko; $298,000.00 1181 Willowgate Ln : Sold on or before 073113 by Bastone Trust to Nuala M Rosensteel; $335,000.00 1233 Rita Ave : Sold on or before 080513 by Fannie Mae to Lisa March; $175,000.00 1309 Winners Cup Cir : Sold on or before 073113 by Gary R Laird to National Residential Nominee S; $505,000.00 1309 Winners Cup Cir : Sold on or before 073113 by National Residential Nominee S to Michael A Bigda & Sasha Bigda; $505,000.00 1405 S 13th Ave : Sold on or before 072913 by Andrew W Howard to Kevin D Meyer; $209,000.00 1409 S 6th St : Sold on or before 080613 by Fischer Trust to Alan C Kveton; $159,000.00 1439 S 5th St : Sold on or before 080613 by Roger William Hill to Franklin D R Skelton & Beatrice Y Skelton; $20,000.00 See TRANSFERS, page 4






731 South Batavia, Batavia 4 bdrm, 2 bath, generous room sizes, fresh paint and stain inside and out, impeccably cared for (630)584-7000 $249,900 08450630

1570 Adams, St. Charles 4 bdrm, 1 ½ bath, full basement, gorgeous yard, quick close possible (630) 584-7000 $242,900 08428830

Spectacular Corner Lot 4 bdrm, 4 ½ bath, 3 car heated garage, finished basement (630)584-7000 $415,900 08378157

Huge Yard 4 bdrm, 3 baths, hardwood floors, 4 closets in master. (630)584-7000 $369,000 07968924

Gallery Of Homes Winner 4 bdrm, 3 bath, gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets and corian countertops (630)896-5000 $399,990 08050803






Riverfront Tranquility 2 bdrm, 2 bath, Brazilian cherry floors, in-ground heated pool and boathouse (630) 584-7000 $379,900 08454139

Move In Condition 3 bdrm, 2 bath, hardwood floors, updated kitchen with granite countertops (630) 879-9555 $249,900 08452393

Spacious and Updated 5 bdrm, 2 bath, updated baths, 2 barns and horses allowed! (630)553-5060 $305,000 08233858

10 Acres with Pond 3 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, massive great room and family room, sunroom with hot tub (630)466-4600 $569,000 08392904

10 Acre Equestrian Property 4 bdrm, 2 full/3 half bath, hardwood floors, 1st floor laundry, arena & 4 pastures (630)584-7000 $885,000 07768699



Beautiful Ranch 5 bdrm, 3 full/2 half bath, oversized garage, huge bonus room, hardwood floors (630)553-5060 $369,900 08371254

Stunning Custom Ranch 3 bdrm, 2 bath, Brazilian cherry floors, English basement, impeccable condition (630) 466-4600 $349,000 08432750

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on or before 080513 by Kane County Sheriff to Ah4r Il 4 Llc; $178,500.00 880 Bennett Dr : Sold on or before 072913 by Benjamin Pierce to Dawn Ruley; $312,500.00 967 Brandon Ct : Sold on or before 080113 by K Hovnanian T & C Homes At Il to Bryon James Guyer & Lisa Renee Guyer; $376,000.00




T Jedlink to Jennifer Vavra; $156,000.00 235 Grand Ridge Rd : Sold on or before 080113 by Rogerio Dasilva to Kelly Crowe; $165,000.00 2421 Majestic Oaks Ln : Sold on or before 080613 by Joseph D Adduci to Scott Allen Reder & Kelly Anne Reder; $775,000.00 257 Valley View Dr : Sold on or before 080213 by Jeff Empric to William T Marshall & Nerissa L Marshall; $283,000.00 2684 Regency Ct E : Sold on or before 072613 by K Hovnanian Estates At Regency to Kyle Chase Donnelly; $312,500.00 30 White Oak Cir : Sold on or before 072913 by Joshua Heidenreich to Brent R Busby & Colleen L Krohn; $165,000.00 34W708 Seminary Rd : Sold on or before 080113 by John S Starai to Paul D Schwabe; $175,000.00 36 Roosevelt St : Sold on or before 080613 by Eldon J Schwarz to Joseph Janssen & Eileen V Magil; $299,000.00 36W080 River Grange Rd : Sold on or before 072913 by

›KI8EJ=<IJ :fek`el\[]ifdgX^\* 1508 Allen Ln : Sold on or before 073013 by Robert R Mata to National Transfer Services Llc; $290,000.00 1508 Allen Ln : Sold on or before 073013 by National Transfer Services Llc to Kevin Blocker & Monica B Blocker; $290,000.00 1613 Jay Ln : Sold on or before 080113 by Michael B Keeley to Shannon Stapleton Mckinzie & Katherine A Savage; $193,000.00 1701 King Edward Ave : Sold on or before 072913 by Angus M Laird Jr to Galen L Beilke & Diana E Beilke; $380,000.00 1704 Ronzheimer Ave : Sold on or before 072913 by Derek A Stefansson to David M Wilkins & Pasqualina M Wilkins; $232,000.00 210 Persimmon Dr : Sold on or before 073013 by Michael Lorenzini to Randy L Virden & Diane M Virden; $532,000.00 226 Fairview Dr : Sold on or before 080713 by Michael

Karl A Wash to Cynthia Zabilka & Philip Zabilka; $284,000.00 36W208 River View Ct : Sold on or before 072913 by Grsw Stewart Real Estate to Brian M Murphy; $580,000.00 36W718 Oak Ridge Ln : Sold on or before 080513 by Federal Home Loan Mtg Corp to Kendall Partners Ltd; $230,000.00 37W222 Emerald Ct : Sold on or before 080613 by Capital Homes Inc to Jian Gao & Chunhong Xiao; $550,000.00 39W145 Baert Ln : Sold on or before 072913 by Altergott Trust to David Reed & Rheanna A Valdez Reed; $418,000.00 39W492 Cutwood Ln : Sold on or before 080613 by James G Stokes to Kimberly Vallet Gordan; $342,500.00 39W619 Walt Whitman Rd : Sold on or before 080613 by Steven P Rand to Dennis V Roche & Ammie J Roche; $685,000.00 39W860 Hoeweed Ln : Sold on or before 072613 by Michael J Jewett to National Residential Nominee S; $360,000.00 39W860 Hoeweed Ln : Sold

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on or before 072613 by National Residential Nominee S to Michael Sheahan & Kelli Sheahan; $360,000.00 3N738 E Laura Ingalls Wilder Rd : Sold on or before 072613 by Dominick Fedele Jr to Timothy B Asby & Lori J Asby; $455,000.00 3N895 Emily Dickinson Ln : Sold on or before 080713 by Timothy J Perry to Ronald S Arrick & Amy M Arrick; $525,000.00 404 N 5th Ave : Sold on or before 073013 by Mary Danielsen to John Hunecke & Andrea Hunecke; $180,000.00 40W365 Laura Ingalls Wilder Rd : Sold on or before 080513 by Brent D Bolding to Douglas F Robinson & Michele Robinson; $485,000.00 40W613 Longshadow Ln : Sold on or before 080213 by Steven P Freedlund to Crown Pacific Inc; $359,000.00 40W613 Longshadow Ln : Sold on or before 080213 by Crown Pacific Inc to Ryan John Kleckner & Heidi J Kleckner; $359,000.00

416 Dunham Pl : Sold on or before 073113 by Heaver Trust to Daniel J Seidl & Marilyn A Seidl; $137,500.00 41W118 Brown Rd : Sold on or before 080513 by Peterson Trust to David B Myhre & Paula R Myhre; $577,000.00 438 Union Ave : Sold on or before 072613 by Fannie Mae to Kim M Polivka; $139,000.00 43W310 Badger Ct : Sold on or before 080213 by Richard J Lowitzki to Eliza M Karwowski; $482,000.00 43W515 Otter Ln : Sold on or before 073013 by Dominic Moss to Robert J Button & Natalie A Button; $35,500.00 43W720 Sunset Ct : Sold on or before 073113 by Sph Properties Llc to Ti Ron Gibbs; $420,000.00 4565 Foxgrove Dr : Sold on or before 073013 by Reserve At St Charles Inc to Albert S Lustig & Karen L Lustin; $144,000.00 48 N 12th St : Sold on or before 073013 by Meta L Rowan to Joshua Gaeth; $182,000.00 See TRANSFERS, page 5


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Colonial on a beautiful private lot! Den, lots of hwd floors, 2-sty entry… Spacious kitch w/walk-out dinette that opens to upper deck… Huge fam rm w/fp & full wall bay window… Master bdrm w/whirlpool bth & huge wic! Great neighborhood & location close to schools & I-88!!

Custom home backing to acres of open space w/ water views!! Open floor plan, fab granite kitch, volume ceils… Mbdrm w/balcony. Big bdrms each w/full bath!! Finished look-out bsmt! Great neighborhood too!!








location for this like new custom home! Awesome trim & detail… Fab kitch opens to sunrm. 4,000 sq ft, 4-1/2 bths, 2 fps… Finished walk-out bsmt, private wooded yard! Walk to downtown - Super location!!





Great home & neighborhood close to grade school, parks & Metra! Kitch w/glass front cabs & lots of counter space opens to dramatic vaulted 4 season sunrm… Fam rm w/hdwds & fp, 4 nice size bdrms… Deck, brick paved patios, amazing yard w/garden pond too!!



Special Ranch w/open floor plan, volume ceils, granite kitch, quality finished bsmt - Private entrance opens to separate wing w/2nd kitch, full bth & 2 bdrms!! Perfect for home office too!!






home in prime East Side location! Custom kitch w/ cherry cabs, granite & SS appls, mbdrm w/whirlpool bth, wide plank birch hwds on entire 1st floor… 2-sty entry, fam rm w/fp… Totally updated… Walk to middle & high schools - Friendly neighborhood too!! E OV




Dramatic 5,600 sq ft home w/1st floor mbdrm, volume ceils, amazing kitch, Brazilian Teak floors, 3 fireplaces… Densely wooded 1.7 acre lot… One of a kind!!

Solid spacious home in a great area -- Walk to park, river & downtown! Lots of hwd floors, liv rm w/fp, newer kitch w/Amish maple cabs, huge 25x20 master bdrm… 2-1/2 car garage, full bsmt & 3/10 acre lot!!

on a private wooded lot! Great floor plan w/Ranchlike living w/1st floor mbdrm… Dramatic vaulted liv rm w/17 ft ceil… Spacious eat-in kitch… 2nd floor features 2 huge bdrms… 3 bths! Nicely finished bsmt too!!

With fitness center, tennis, indoor & outdoor pools, trails… Spacious 2,700 sq ft Ranch in perfect condition! Great rm, huge kitch w/blt-in ovens, mbdrm w/whirlpool bth… 3 bdrms, den, dining rm, 4-season sunrm… Hwds, bay windows, brick paved patio… You will love it!!

location! Custom all brick home w/1st floor mbdrm on a beautiful private 7/10 acre in-town cul-de-sac lot! Open floor plan, hwds in every rm, elegant décor! Kitch w/SS appls & huge island, 4-season sunrm & more!!

home w/amazing trim & detail, Brazilian hwds on entire 1st floor… Mbdrm w/fp, awesome granite kitch w/commercial grade appls… All bdrms w/volume ceils & wics… Quality+ finished bsmt w/theatre rm w/tiered seating!!

Â&#x203A;KI8EJ=<IJ 4N059 Thornly Rd : Sold on or before 080213 by Gannett Trust to Phillip J Olson & Heather Olson; $365,000.00 4N085 Wild Rose Rd : Sold on or before 073113 by John M Rasmussen to Mark A Winterhalter & Kathryn A Winterhalter; $530,000.00 4N195 Fox Mill Blvd : Sold on or before 080113 by Stephen Holtsford to James Medus & Cheri Medus; $417,500.00 4N481 Knollcreek Dr : Sold on or before 072913 by James E Chaggaris to Curt Burson & Candice Burson; $460,000.00 4N963 Birchdale Ct : Sold on or before 072613 by Jerry D Alderman to Leo Schlimgen & Betsy Lee Schlimgen; $312,500.00 51 Hunt Club Dr : Sold on or before 080113 by Zabinski Trust to Loos Trust; $141,000.00 527 S 16th St : Sold on or before 072913 by Va to Inchard Llc; $150,000.00 530 Marion Ave : Sold on or

Adam Kornowske to Sean P Zeleny; $148,000.00 6N053 E Sunset Views Dr : Sold on or before 080213 by Daniel Leonardi to Stephen L Koller & Josephine Garay Koller; $576,000.00 6N211 Woodview Ct : Sold on or before 080513 by Terry R Jones to Charles C Assell & Natalie M Assell; $475,000.00 6N255 Old Farm Ln : Sold on or before 073113 by Williamson Trust to Thatcher Trust; $180,000.00 6N477 Il Route 31 : Sold on or before 073113 by Jeff Goodwin to Michael Lorenzini; $385,000.00 6N631 Brierwood Dr : Sold on or before 080713 by Phillip D Cooper to Paul S Leindecker & Wanda D Leindecker; $210,000.00 6N840 Roosevelt Ave : Sold on or before 072913 by Miller Trust to Lawrence D Colburn & Teresa Bondavalli; $140,000.00 6N921 Homeward Glen Dr : Sold on or before 080113 by M & T Bank to Ih2 Property Illinois Lp; $280,000.00

7 Hunt Club Dr 109: Sold on or before 080613 by Sidney C Baston to Hoscheit Consultants Ltd; $127,500.00 700 Mosedale St : Sold on or before 080213 by Jensen Trust to Vantell Group Llc; $90,000.00 700 N 3rd Ave : Sold on or before 073113 by Mary Lynn Roloff to Joseph Santucci & Nancy Santucci; $180,000.00 703 S 7th Ave : Sold on or before 080613 by Fannie Mae to Samuel D Hadden; $105,000.00 706 Manley Rd : Sold on or before 080513 by Gerald A Becker to Ryan D Munson & Katie Munson; $300,000.00 710 Stuarts Dr : Sold on or before 080113 by Reuter Properties Llc to Paul A Romano Jr & Sandra Romano; $130,000.00 816 S 8th St : Sold on or before 080113 by Paul D Jasper to Derrico Custom Homes Inc; $35,500.00 917 Dean St : Sold on or before 080113 by Cull Trust to Mary Patricia Kindred; $162,000.00 924 Elm St : Sold on or

before 080213 by Halle Cox to Gary J Heath & Leila A Heath; $303,000.00

South Elgin

1082 Kane St: Sold on or before 082813 by Pnc Bank Na to Jared J Schudel; $57,000.00 1993 Marleigh Ln: Sold on or before 082713 by Duong Chuong Yo to Elm Street Homes Llc; $148,000.00 200 Patrick Dr: Sold on or before 083013 by Kane County Sheriff to Bltrejv3 Chicago Llc; $81,000.00 27 Ashton Ct: Sold on or before 082913 by Pamela Gripe to Henry Trevino & Amy S Trevino; $247,500.00 99 Lone Dr A: Sold on or before 083013 by Linda Bryson Estate to Jim Henderson & Ellen Henderson; $125,500.00

Sugar Grove

141 Neil Rd: Sold on or before 082913 by Kane County Sheriff to Grandview Capital Llc; $75,000.00 See TRANSFERS, page 6


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before 080713 by Alfred A Casciato Jr to Sharon A Knowles & Gerald L Knowles; $355,000.00 535 Horizon Dr W : Sold on or before 073113 by Joseph D Stipati to Crisanto Espinoza & Prisckla V Espinoza; $288,000.00 5N159 Oak Leaf Ct : Sold on or before 080513 by Oor Llc to Sharlene Pearson; $130,000.00 5N170 Hanson Rd : Sold on or before 072913 by Newbury Place Reo Iii Llc to Ih2 Property Illinois Lp; $270,000.00 5N271 Hanson Rd : Sold on or before 080613 by West Town Savings Bank to Rbg Properties Llc; $82,000.00 5N362 Glen Oak Ln : Sold on or before 080713 by Geoffrey A Park to Patrick M Esposito & Sherri A Esposito; $382,500.00 675 Sidwell Ct : Sold on or before 080613 by Sidwell Co to New Campus Llc; $2,350,000.00 6N002 Autumn Ln : Sold on or before 080513 by Lighthouse Custom Builders Inc to Millennium Trust Co Llc; $160,000.00 6N036 River Dr : Sold on or before 073013 by Wesley




›KI8EJ=<IJ :fek`el\[]ifdgX^\, 365 Meadows Dr: Sold on or before 082713 by Douglas S Kilgore to James Connelly & Heather Connelly; $195,000.00 18 Hathaway Cres: Sold on or before 081513 by Bank Of New York Mellon Ttee to Mike Figley; $285,000.00 206 W Park Ave: Sold on or before 081513 by Mark G Buzenski to Ronald L Eashy & Shana M Easley; $138,500.00 21 Buckingham Dr: Sold on or before 081913 by William R Copp to John A Rolfe; $260,000.00 312 Berkshire Ct: Sold on or before 082213 by Todd M Pauli to Michael J Donat & Jessica L Donat; $272,000.00 315 Normandie Dr: Sold on or before 082013 by Jeffrey H Utterback to David A Schele; $149,000.00 40W842 Denny Rd: Sold on or before 082113 by Mcconnaughay Trust to William Brogan & Karen S Brogan; $378,000.00





AWESOME RETREAT! Custom built beauty situated on over an acre acre. Two story family room w/brick fireplace and volume ceiling. Gourmet kitchen features Granite countertops, all appliances, and breatkfast bar. New neutral carpeting. Fabulous finished basement with wet bar and recreation room. Master suite includes private luxury bath and huge walk-in closet. Updated CA/Furnace. Car enthusiasts dream - 5 car heated garage. Enjoy the wood deck and professional landscaping.

CUSTOM HOME ON INCREDIBLE WOODED LOT LOT. Private cul-de-sac location. Updated kitchen with granite and SS appliances. First floor master suite w/French doors to private deck and huge master bath. Volume ceilings, large family room w/beamed ceiling. Loads of windows overlooking breathtaking yard. Screened porch and partially finished basement.


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FANTASTIC LOCATION WITH MANY UPDATES! Charming 4 bdr, 2.1 bath home. Newer kitchen with Birch cabinetry, all appliances included. Gleaming refurbished hardwood floors throughout. Enclosed front porch, first floor laundry room. Full basement. This home is ready for new owners!

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This tasteful home features 6 bedrooms, 3/1 baths, hardwood floors, cooks kitchen with upgraded stainless steel appliances and lighting, granite counters and custom cabinetry. Beautifully finished lower level with wet bar, exercise room and recreation room. Backyard paver patio overlooks tranquil and relaxing water views. Walk to Thornwood community pool and clubhouse! Miles of walking trails and St. Charles schools!



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CHARMING 3 BDR RANCH w/finished basement. New carpeting, newer roof, central air. Wood laminate flooring in kitchen. Hardwood flooring under carpet. Enjoy additional living space in the finished basement. Detached 2 car garage. Immediate occupancy.


Truly Move In Ready



EXQUISITE HOME w/open floor plan architecture & design. 4 bdrm., 3 baths boast hardwood floors, soaring 2 sty. family rm. w/floor to ceiling fireplace. Eat-in kitchen w/granite countertops, SS appls. & hardwood flooring. 1st. fl den as well as bedroom with full bath. Lux. master suite w/huge walk-in closet. Brick paver patio & lush landscaping. Fenced yard & 3 car garage. Perfect area & great schools. All this for just $415,000.


TWO BUILDINGS ON A SINGLE PARCEL. 3200 square foot 2-story frame building with a front street level business unit and rear unit plus street level residential unit and 2 upper residential units. Second building is a newer brick office building with a large reception area, 3 offices, bathroom on main level. Private on-site parking. Ideal location.

Incredible Home! Bright and Open floor plan with custom cabinetry, 2 story foyer, double staircase and hardwood floors. Cooks kitchen with loads of cabinets, stainless steel appliances, double ovens, breakfast bar and island! Fabulous family room with 2 story fireplace! Master suite with luxurious spa like bath and huge walk in closet. Full finished basement with fireplace and full bath. Beautiful and private fenced yard with deck, paver patio and perennial gardens! WOW!!


Sugar Grove


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2690 E. Main St. • St. Charles



Beautiful Georgian in Fox Mill! This peaceful, quiet cul-de-sac lot has STUNNING views from ALL windows! Backing to open space, you will think that you are on acres! Extensive millwork, transoms, columns and hardwood floors! Enormous kitchen with Wolf oven, granite, stainless steel appliances, large breakfast island and pantry. 2 story FR with back stairs and floor-to-ceiling fireplace! Finished English basement..!!


Great Home in Batavia!

4 + 1 bedroom home with 3.1 baths. Finished basement with 5th bedroom, full bath and tons of storage space. Huge master suite with vaulted ceilings! All baths have been recently remodeled and new windows. Large kitchen with ample countertop space, pantry and stainless steel appliances. Brand new fridge. Fenced in backyard and new shed. Close to I88, schools and shopping.


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Fabulous In Town Geneva Perfection!

Only 17 years Young! Constructed with Old World Charm and Superior craftsmanship throughout!! Amazing Hardwood floors, custom built ins, transoms, columns and leaded glass! Impressive living room with fireplace, built ins and incredible millwork. Custom kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite. Large Master bedroom suite with private bath! Full finished basement! Professionally landscaped yard with privacy!


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Walking Dis to High School! $649,900 Best Lot in Fox Mill! Exquisite home in Rivers Edge on 3/4 acre lot! Volume ceilings! Iron spindle staircase! 2 fireplaces! Cherry, granite & stainless kitchen! Turret sun room! 2 laundries! Heated garage! RA URO TH A NOR

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$575,000 9 Car Garage!

Completely updated on prettiest lot in Fox Mill! 5400 sf of executive sophistication! Handsome millwork! New hardwood/carpet! Viking appl! 3 FP’s! Half acre culdesac! VA NE


$354,900 Impeccable Townhouse

Brick front curb appeal in better than new condition! Stunning upgrades throughout ! 1st floor den! Sunroom! Decadent master quarters! J&J bath! 9’ ceiling bsmt. 3 car garage!


$314,900 Amazing Potential

Luxury townhome walking distance to golf clubhouse that just breathes sophisticated! Hardwood on entire 1st floor! Custom millwork! Plantation shutters! 3 season porch! Wow!



$500,000 Resort Back Yard! Pool!

Rare ranch on 2 private wooded acres backing to nursery & forest preserve across! Finished walkout! In ground heated pool & 2 hot tubs! Whole house generator! Got toys! CH ST.



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$254,900 St Charles Schools!


$489,900 St Charles Schools!

Private sanctuary for the Entertainer! Serene 1.4 acre backing to Forest Preserve! Impress your guests! All updated! Executive millwork! Awesome vaulted sun room! Finished basement! A must see! TH SOU

Ranch home on 2 plus acres zoned for horses but yet only a minute to the Randall corridor! Perfect open floor plan has huge rooms! Gigantic vaulted kitchen! Oversized great room w/stone fireplaceFull basement! 2 car heated garage!




$475,000 Finished Walkout!

Executive brick beauty in desirable Thornwood community! Volume ceilings! Hardwood floors! Dramatic 2 story family room! Stone fireplace! Community pool/ sportscore!

$225,000 Full Walkout!

Newer true 3 bedroom end unit town home that shows like a model! 2 story entry and living room! Fireplace! Hardwood floors! Large vaulted master has walkin closet & spa bath!

$439,900 Finished Eng. Basement!

Quality craftsmanship throughout this 3800 sf executive home situated on a peaceful country acre! First floor master! 1st floor guest suite w/bath! Inlaw? Awesome sun room!



$215,000 Old & Charming!

Full front porch elevation adds appealing curb appeal to this Mill Creek row home! Spacious deck & covered patio for two outdoor living areas! Walk to town center! Close to Metra!


Enjoy expansive views! No neighbors behind! All new carpet! Gleaming hardwood floors! Dramatic vaulted family rm! Big granite island kitchen! Awesome back yard! Pella windows! GO ICA








$169,000 Walk to School & Metra!

Walking distance to river, shopping & parks! Desirable Davis elementary school! Comfortable 3 season porch! Kitchen built ins! 2 car garage & shed! 1st time home buyer? Investor?


Quiet tree lined street brings you to this updated newly painted bungalow! Walking distance to high school, metra & downtown! Original restored millwork! Shady back yard patio & deck! Awesome 3 season front porch!

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St. Charles

Civil War-era landmark 2-sty, prime St. Charles location, masterful restoration, private gardens, many orig. features, 3BR/1BA, Carrera marble, clawfoot tub, hwd flrs, high clgs, wide millwork, 2-car gar., shed, rare find!



Unbeatable homesite on Fox River in front of bike path! 1.3 wooded acres with river views. Close to Geneva. Build your dream home with Sjodin Custom Homes or bring your own builder!



Large 1+ acre lot perfect for your dream home. Use your builder or ours (Homes by Steve Hed). Great location in popular Blackberry Crossing subdivision. Just moments west of Randall Road. Soil test available on request.



5BR/3.5BA 2-sty on cul-de-sac, privacy fencing, mature ldscp, super finished bmt w/game room, recroom w/wet bar. Vaulted clgs, 1st flr ldry, vaulted clgs, kitchen w/center island, hwd floors. 3750SF of finished lving space here!



Beautiful home in every season! 4BR/2.1BA Colonial nestled on half-acre cul-de-sac lot! Peaceful secluded location backing to Big Woods park. Total private setting w/paver patio & sunroom!



St. Charles




St Charles






St. Charles

5BR/5BA, 5800 SF finished living space, almost one-half acre in Fox Mill. 1st flr master w/spa & dressing area, formal LR & DR, hwd floors, expansive fam rm w/fpl, gourmet kitchen, upgrades throughout. Stunning!


Flowing, open floorplan, 4BR/2.5BA, vaulted clgs, gourmet eat-in kitchen w/granite, island & more. Sunroom, family room, great finished basement with rec room and bar area, beautiful lot with patio, 2-car garage.



St. Charles


St. Charles


St. Charles



Great Buy! Build your dream home on this mature wooded lot in a very sought after subdivision. You won’t be able to find a better lot in this area at this price!





2BR/1BA pre-Civil War 2-story near Wheeler Park, patio, enclosed porch, pond w/waterfall, family rm, LR, formal DR, hwd floors, detached 2-car garage, large corner lot, lovely landscaping. Location! Geneva schools!

4BR/2BA tri-level sited on large cul-de-sac lot, mature landscaping, patio, deck, super location. Home has newer roof and concrete driveway. Room sizes are generous. Great for the family and entertaining!

5BR/3.5BA John Hall custom executive estate on 1.5 lush acres in Three Lakes. Exquisite architectural features, upgrades throughout, finished lookout bmt. Craftsmanship & luxury at the right price!

3BR/2.BA, custom w/wraparound porch, brk pvr patio w/pergola, fenced yd, beautiful millwork, neutral dÈcor, transom windows, Fr. doors, sunroom, hdwd, cherry cabs in kitchen, loft, luxury master!

Quality built 4BR/3.1BA new construction in Silver Glen Meadows. 1.25-acre lot, gourmet kitchen w/granite & stainless, 1st floor den. Master w/His & Her walk-in closets, luxury bath. Lookout bsmt w/rough-in for 3/4 bath.

St Charles


New business zoning, this legal, nonconforming two flat ready for the right investor to convert to higher yielding office or retail. Double lot in heart of downtown Geneva. 2,737 sq feet, updated electric, new roof & HVAC.







Popular Bristol model, 4BR/2.5BA, 2-story, 2nd flr balcony off master, kit w/granite, stainless, 1st flr laundry, gracious patio, open floorplan, generous room sizes, neutral dÈcor, great location, move-in ready!

To-be-built 4BR/2.5BA 2-story, brick elevation, covered front porch. 9’ clgs, 2-sty family rm, luxury master suite w/double walk-in closets, 1st flr ldry, hwd flrs. New construction.

Glorious 4BR/3.1BA Neo-Victorian home on 2.45 acre lot in Three Lakes! Authenticity, quality & craftsmanship around every turn. Architectural antiques make this new home look “old”. Perfect home w/lots of true character!

Stunning 4BR/2.5BA 2-story in Mill Creek, covered porch entry, 2-sty foyer, DR/LR combo, large kit w/island, eat-in, stainless steel appls, & more. Fam. Rm w/fpl, luxury master suite, vaulted ceilings. Must see!

Classic elegance on 1.25 wooded acs, 5BR/5BA, fin. walk-out bmt w/2nd kitchen, 2nd family rm w/fpl, media rm, full ba; hwd flrs, gourmet kit, 2-sty family rm w/fpl, luxe master suite, deck, patio, ingrd pool & more!

Stunning 3BR/2.5BA Village home in awardwinning Mill Creek! Kitchen with stainless steel/granite, porch, deck, formal dining room, 1st flr ldry, full unfin. bmt, neutral dÈcor, movein condition! Golf, bike, swim & more!

3BR/2BA brk ranch, .8-ac. wooded/ldscpd, 3-season porch, deck, shed. New carpet, BAs redone, master BA heated flrs, Corian in kit., fin bmt w/fam rm, bar, wrkshp w/bench, over 2400 SF fin. liv. area, move-in ready.

4BR/2.5 BA, 2-sty, almost 3800 SF w/700 SF in fin.bmt. Cul-de-sac, 1/3-ac. corner lot, paver patio, outdoor fpl, upgrades, hwd, granite, 2-sty fam. rm. w/fpl, master suite w/amazing WIC, whirlpool, 2nd flr ldry, loft!



2BR/1.5BA A-frame perfect for empty nester or 1st-time buyer. Front & back decks, fenced, large kitchen; family room, den & laundry in basement; BRs on upper floor. 15 min-Rkfrd/ DeKalb. Value!

Campton Hills


Prime 1+ ac. wooded lot in The Woodlands of Campton Hills! Premium location on private circle. Last lot! Public utilities, curbs, street lights. Build your dream home here!



Stunning 4BR/3.5BA 2-story on 1.6 acs, mature pro-ldscp, open flrpln, kit w/stainless, granite, fin bmt w/exc rm, rec rm, bar, BR4&BA (c/b inlaw/guest suite). Ingrd pool, patio, bonus rm over 3-car garage c/b BR5.



Privacy abounds on this peaceful 1.9 acre lot - nature at its best! Builders-bring your small projects, or build your own estate in a wooded area. There is the possibility to subdivide into 4 lots. St Charles schools!



Exquisite 5BR/5BA custom home in excellent location, backs to nature preserve, Fin. bmt. w/ rec rm, office, wet bar, full BA, BR5, storage. Gourmet kit, luxury master suite w/fpl, 2-sty fam. rm., 1st flr ldry, den. Must see!



Exquisite 4BR/3.2BA former bldr mdl, golf crs views, designer upgrades, open space, 3-car gar, brk paver drive & walks, 4300 SF fin. living area, chef’s kitchen, luxe master suite, custom millwork, 2-sty foyer, MUST SEE!

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Maple Park


Beautiful 6-stall barn, 12x14 stalls w/individual fans, dutch doors, heated Nelson auto waterers, washrack w/h&c water, so much more. Room to build home &/or indoor arena. Pressure treated fencing. 16+ acres!



Great 4BR/3.5BA 2-story, wooded 1-ac. Corner lot, pro-ldscp, deck, patio, encl. porch, front porch, large room sizes, hdwd flrs, granite & stainless in kitchen, finished walk-out bmt w/ full bath, rec rm, bonus rm. Very special!

St Charles

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Great homesite available in desirable Silver Glen Estates! 1.29 acres on this large corner lot. Community well and sewer. Don’t pass up this great investment!

40W160 Campton Crossing Drive, St. Charles IL 60175



Exquisite 4BR/3.5BA 2-sty, hwd flrs, custom millwork, gourmet kit w/limestone countertops, luxury master w/his&hers walk-in closets, 2-sty fam rm w/fpl, much more. Gen. Pk. Dist., walking & bike trails.


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