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Panel talks violence prevention By JEFF ENGELHARDT DEKALB – Roughly 50 people gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb on Friday to engage in a discussion about how to promote peace and prevent violence through education, policy and programs. The event, titled Learning to Leave Peaceably in Violent Times, featured a panel including DeKalb County State’s Attorney Richard Schmack; Maylan Dunn-Kenney, an ear-

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ly childhood education professor from Northern Illinois University; Toni Tollerud, a professor of counseling at NIU; and DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery. Schmack started the dis-

cussion by saying the focus should not only be on the tragedies of gun violence but also the victories in reducing violence. He cited statistics showing many violent crimes are at the lowest level since the 1960s, including homicide rates involving firearms, which is down to 3.3 percent. “It isn’t all bad news and that’s important to remember in this discussion,” he said. “What we have to look at, I think, to some degree … is what are we doing right and how do we expand on that.”

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Dunn-Kenney talked about breaking the cycle of violence in families and reaching children early. She said breaking the cycle starts with empathy, promoting fairness and kindness, teaching conflict resolution and never acting as if violence does not exist. “Children who observe [violence] and experience it see it as the norm,” she said. “When you encourage empathy, you’re discouraging violence right there.” Tollerud distributed a violence continuum worksheet

that outlined how violence starts much earlier than most people realize. She said actions such as eye rolling and gossiping are the seeds that grow more violent behavior. To stop that behavior early, she said parents, teachers and leaders must be the role models. “We must learn to intervene sooner,” she said. “As children begin to learn inappropriate behavior, they usually don’t begin by grabbing a knife and stabbing someone.” Lowery said it is time for

people to change their perception of police. Police officers cannot make violence vanish from a community, but they can stop violent situations that have started. To make sure those situations do not begin, he said the police and residents must become a “we” and work together. “We can sit here and have a dialogue, but if that dialogue goes nowhere … nothing is going to change,” he said.

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By ANDREW TAYLOR The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – House Republican leaders Friday offered President Barack Obama a three-month reprieve to a looming, market-rattling debt crisis, backing off demands that any immediate extension of the government’s borrowing authority be accompanied by stiff spending cuts. The retreat came with a caveat aimed at prodding Senate Democrats to pass a budget after almost four years of failing to do so: a threat to cut off the pay of lawmakers in Barack either House or Obama Senate if their chamber fails to pass a budget this year. House Republicans have passed budgets for two consecutive years. Eric The idea got Cantor a frosty reception from House Democrats but a more measured response from the White House and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Republicans hadn’t settled on full details, but the measure would give the government about three more months of borrowing authority beyond a deadline expected to hit as early as mid-February, No. 2 House Republican Eric Cantor of Virginia said Friday. The legislation wouldn’t require immediate spending

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After 5 years, businesses see positive changes By JEFF ENGELHARDT DeKALB – Two months after Danny Carney took over Joker’s Bar and Grill in Sycamore, business declined by 30 percent. It had nothing to do with the new owner’s strategy, but everything to do with a new state law that prohibited smoking in bars, restaurants, theaters, casinos and almost all other enclosed public places. The sudden drop in business was very scary, Carney said. “The bad economy was just about to hit, and the combination of the two was real tough,” he said. Five years after the passing of the SmokeFree Illinois Act, business is better than ever at Joker’s, and Carney could not be happier with the change. He said customers who otherwise would have avoided bars have come along with

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A no smoking sign is seen on a door in downtown DeKalb recently. TOP: Patrons smoke cigarettes outside of Sullivan’s Tavern in DeKalb.

the smokers who left temporarily when the law was passed. He said many of those smokers even prefer the clean atmosphere.

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“People really enjoy the smoke-free environment, even the smokers,” he said. “I love being able to come in and not smell like an ashtray when I leave.” The positive changes the law has had on businesses and citizens come as no surprise to DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen, who championed the policy locally as an alderman. DeKalb implemented the smoking ban six months before the state law because of efforts from Povlsen and other aldermen. He said there was some resistance at the time, but the numbers and feedback from bar and restaurant owners show the ban has been a blessing. Statewide, the number of adult smokers dropped from 21.2 percent in 2008 to 16.9 percent in 2012. Locally, Povlsen said many business owners have enjoyed the change.

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Don’t give up on a better tomorrow EDITOR’S NOTE Eric Olson Anyone who knows me can tell you that I’m not afraid to have a different opinion than everyone else in the room. I found myself the outlier again Thursday in the auditorium at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s Center for Agriculture. We were listening to William Strauss, the senior economist and economic advisor with the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, deliver the keynote speech at the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp.’s Economic Outlook Luncheon. Strauss spoke eloquently about financial and economic matters. He outlined in simple terms why economists think the rebound from the Great Recession will continue to be moribund – essentially, the markets still are out of balance, credit still is tight and businesses aren’t expanding. Near the end of his speech, Strauss segued into a look at the federal government’s burgeoning debt, the upcoming debt ceiling fight and as the financial morass into which the state of Illinois has fallen. If the bill came due tomorrow, every American would owe about $53,000 to settle the federal government’s tab. Tack on about $10,000 more from every Illinoisan to settle our state’s obligations. During his speech, Strauss asked a simple question: “How many of you think the next generation’s standard of living will be better than the one before?” This was an auditorium room full of educators, politicians, professionals and business owners. I was the only person to raise a hand. I was tempted to put two up, if only so I wouldn’t be alone – and because I believe it. I get that everybody’s a little bummed out because nobody’s devised a magic bullet solution to kick our economy into high gear and solve our state and federal budget problems. I understand many people have lost jobs and homes in the past several years. But if we as a group, as Americans, Illinoisans and DeKalb County residents, cease to believe that life can continue to get better, it could become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Historically, at the local, state and national level, our ancestors have worked within our system to make things better for themselves and the next generation. Sure, there are serious issues we must confront today, but that has always been true. The years since 9/11 haven’t been a picnic, but they’ve still been better than the Civil War, the Great Depression or World War II, just to name the easy ones. People complain that we’re more polarized than ever before. They’re wrong. People have been polarized since our country was founded. Eleven states seceded in 1860-61. How’s that for polarized? We fought a terrible war to put our country back together. We moved forward. Life got better. My children are grade-schoolaged. Their school includes people of many races who share a community. They can be vaccinated against polio, chicken pox, the flu and human papilloma virus. They live without fear of a Soviet nuclear attack. They can have video teleconferences with their cousins in Nebraska and Singapore; the wealth of the world’s information is available to them in their home with a few keystrokes. The next generation of children in DeKalb County will be better educated, healthier and accustomed to a life we couldn’t have imagined 25 years ago. There are bright, talented people working every day to make that happen. The problems facing us at every level, from our hometowns to the high-

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Sycamore resident Bart Woodstrup stands with India’s first lady, Suvra Mukherjee, in a screening room at India’s presidential palace in New Delhi. Woodstrup gave a multimedia presentation he created called “Under Saraswati River” to the first lady and others during a trip to India in December. est reaches of the federal government, are entirely within our power to solve. Pessimism only will stand in our way. After all, if you don’t believe life can continue to get better, why try? Believe we can make tomorrow better. Raise your hand with me. ••• Voyage to India: In 2006, Bart Woodstrup was living in upstate New York when he was invited to write a composition for a planetarium in Troy, N.Y. Woodstrup was studying at the time with an electronic musician named Curtis Bahn, who was learning the sitar, the traditional Indian instrument made famous in the west by the late Ravi Shankar. The music and images he created for the planetarium would eventually take him to the Indian presidential palace. “In the planetarium, normally when you sit in the planetarium you’re looking up at the stars in the dome,” Woodstrup said. “I did a piece where you would look up into the water, so you were almost under the water, so it was ‘Under Saraswati River.’ ” Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of learning, science and the arts, and is considered a river goddess. The piece is like a sitar-driven jazz composition. The sitar has a mystical kind of quality. As the music plays, visuals meant to invoke the water of a river are projected on a screen, and images of Saraswati and other shapes float by. It’s very relaxing, great background music if you’re, say, writing a newspaper column. You can hear a rendition done at NIU by Bahn and retired NIU percussion professor Robert Chappell in October online at https://vimeo. com/53742260. Woodstrup, a Sycamore native who graduated from Sycamore High in 1991, has a master’s degree in music. His studies led him to classical Indian music, and his thesis was creating a computer program that converted the classical rules of Hindustani music into a computer algorithm. It’s complicated, but the results are masterful. The first lady of India, Suvra Mukherjee, thought so, too, when Woodstrup presented his multimedia composition for her at the Indian presidential palace. Woodstrup’s wife, Jayeeta Chowdhury, who also sings on “Saraswati,” is Indian and has family in New Delhi, and they visited family in India together over winter break. Not long after his 20-hour flight from Chicago landed in New Delhi on Dec. 21, Woodstrup found himself at the palace, where he had an informal visit with Mukherjee. “… After hearing about the piece, she invited me to do a proper, official screening of the work,” Woodstrup said. “So the next day we came back to the presidential palace and they had

a full red-carpet affair where I was invited to come in and share my work with her and have tea and crumpets afterward.” India’s President, Pranab Mukherjee, was busy that day – he was meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Woodstrup said the palace, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, was amazing, a huge building with statues of elephants and cobras, fountains at the top and Mughal gardens – named for the Muslim group that once ruled India – in the back that were incredible. Woodstrup showed a version of “Under Saraswati River,” a video documenting the work and a series of images generated by his computer algorithm to Mukherjee. Did she like it? “She didn’t say anything. I don’t think that it was proper protocol [for her] to comment on the work,” Woodstrup said. “… I really compare the situation to something you would experience with the British monarchy, where it would really be impolite for her to comment or make a criticism of anything.” Others in the room did have a reaction, Woodstrup said. “The Secret Service people that were there, the staff, they loved it,” he said. “I gave them many of the prints that I had brought. They had lots of questions, and they were definitely excited to have parts of the piece that they could take home with them.“ An hour and 10 minutes after they were escorted into the presidential palace, Woodstrup and his family members left. “Everything happened so fast,” Woodstrup said. “Like many experiences like this, you wish you could do them again because everything happens so fast that it’s really hard to take it in.” India’s reputation in the west is as a somewhat mystical land. There’s the Taj Mahal, the Ganges River and centuries of culture. But what is it really like? Who should visit? “India’s not so much a vacation as an adventure,” Woodstrup said. “If you’re an adventurous person I can’t think of many places I’d recommend more than India. “It really is an amazing place, especially if you want to get away from your own culture and experience someone else’s culture. And Indians are exceptionally warm and accepting people. “But if you’re not really adventurous when it comes to food and sleeping situations and cleanliness and things like that, then India’s not the place for you.” Maybe I’ll get there before I’m too old to be adventuresome.

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ShoDeen official: Land swap officially dead By DAVID THOMAS

The proposed land swap

DeKALB – A land swap proposal between DeKalb School District 428 and ShoDeen Construction officially has been scrapped, the Geneva-based developer said. ShoDeen President Dave Patzelt said his company no longer is considering trading 33 acres near DeKalb High School for the 41-acre Kiwanis Park park property that District 428 owns near Huntley Middle School. It also means the school district would have to begin paying the developer $42,000 a year starting later this year – a debt the district incurred when it bought land

Here is a breakdown of who would have gotten what in the proposed land swap that affected Kiwanis Park. ShoDeen • Would get Kiwanis Park, which District 428 bought in 2002 when the district was thinking of expanding Huntley Middle Schools, which was the high

school then. • Would pay District 428 $654,511 as reimbursements for public improvements that were made when DHS was built. District 428 • Would get 33.46 acres next to DeKalb High School. • Would not have to pay $42,000 a year. When the district was

for DHS. “We took a pause or rest several weeks ago at the request of the school district, where the school district

wanted to have some discussion with [DeKalb Park District],” Patzelt said. “But ShoDeen and the school district have agreed to separate.

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buying land for the high school, it struck a deal with Macon Development to get the land at a lower rate in exchange for an impact credit fee. However, the two parties also agreed that if Macon does not develop there, the district has to pay 4 percent – or $42,000 – a year starting in 2013. ShoDeen would have inherited that arrangement had it acquired the property. ShoDeen will not be involved any longer.” The announcement is a victory for residents opposed to Kiwanis Park being developed.

DeKALB – Local congregations will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with a special community service. The 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration starts at 7 p.m. Monday at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 1201 Twombly Road, DeKalb. The annual event is being cohosted by the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and the First Congregational Church. This year’s theme is “The Beloved Community: Faces That Inspire – Martin Luther King Jr., John Perkins and Clarence Jordan,” said organizer Beth Campen. The beloved community was a term King and others used to describe a nonviolent society that would not tolerate poverty, hunger or homelessness. Perkins also was a civil rights activist of the time, starting a number of community organiza-

State Sen. Syverson plans DeKalb reception

DeKALB – State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, is planning a reception in DeKalb with other local government officials and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Speakers will include state Rep. Bob Pritchard, Congressman Adam Kinzinger and Doug Whitley, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. The reception will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Kishwaukee Country Club, 1901 Sycamore Road, DeKalb. Please RSVP by Feb. 7 by calling 815-381-0006 or emailing


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SYCAMORE – A 37-yearold Marengo man died Friday morning after he lost control of his vehicle on Route 64 west of Sycamore and slammed into a shuttle bus, police said. Brian K. Hopper, of the 600 block of Francis Street, was pronounced dead at the scene, while bus driver Robert Wright, 53, of Williams, Ariz.,

SYCAMORE – A NASA solar system ambassador will discuss the future of American spaceflight at a Northern Illinois University event Tuesday. Joel Knapper will discuss “The Future for American Manned Spaceflight” at an NIU STEM Cafe from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jane Fargo Hotel, 355 W. State St., Sycamore, according to a news release. Knapper is a volunteer who spreads information about space discoveries and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. STEM Cafes are monthly casual events geared toward adults. They are free, although food and drink can be purchased at the Jane Fargo Hotel’s restaurant.

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A group of concerned citizens, led by former DeKalb Mayor Bessie Chronopoulos, have urged the park district to acquire Kiwanis Park, which is the site of 14 youth soccer fields that primarily serve the local AYSO league. The park district maintains the property. School and park district leaders are negotiating an agreement. Chronopoulos anticipates details on the agreement being announced next month. “We’re really quite happy with the way it’s developing,” Chronopoulos said. “It looks like it’s going the way it should be going for the community.” Superintendent Jim Briscoe said the land by the high

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FAA OKs privatization of airport The ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO – Chicago was given federal approval Friday to privatize Midway International Airport, and the city promptly began asking potential buyers to get in touch. The city hopes to lease Midway for up to 40 years in a deal that would generate enough cash to pay off the airport’s roughly $1.4 billion debt, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said. Profits would be split between the private operator and the city. A two-sentence statement released Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration said

Chicago “can take the next steps to select a private airport operator” after the agency accepted a preliminary application to privatize Midway. The city wasted no time seeking interested bidders for Chicago’s second busiest airport, posting a 59-page document online asking companies to express their interest and touting the airport’s economic strengths. The 85-year-old airport, which handled almost 20 million passengers last year on its five runways, “represents an excellent investment opportunity for the private sector,”

the city document gushes. However, many Chicago residents turned sour on privatization efforts after former Mayor Richard Daley got the City Council to approve a 75-year lease of city parking meters in 2008. The city got a $1.1 billion payment – much of which has already been spent – and meter fees went up. In the wake of that deal, the Emanuel administration has mandated extensive oversight before any agreement on Midway is sealed. “The city’s process and approach will be thorough and open, in stark contrast to the

lease deals of the past,” Lois Scott, the city’s chief financial officer said in a statement Friday in response to the FAA approval. Responses expressing interest in leasing Midway are due by Feb. 22 and final bids would be due later this year – although with the review periods and final FAA approval required, it’s not clear when a private operator could actually take over. Among other requirements, the document posted Friday by the city said, that a “Traveler’s Bill of Rights” must be part of a deal.

day, Jan. 12, 2013. Jane, as she was known to family and friends, was born March 12, 1923, in Oshkosh, Wis., to Roy and Alma (Meske) Briggs. She moved to DeKalb early in life and spent more than 80 years in the community. Jane was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and businesswoman. She graduated from DeKalb Township High School and attended Northern Illinois State Teachers College for one year. She married Larry Greenacre on Feb. 13, 1943. Jane and Larry owned and operated Greenacre Cleaners for more than 50 years before retiring. Jane was a former member of First Lutheran Church and Immanuel Lutheran Church in DeKalb. She also was a member of various clubs in the area over the years. Jane loved traveling the country and abroad, especially the 25 years she and Larry traveled to Hawaii to celebrate their anniversaries. She was an avid reader as well as a master of the crossword puzzle. Impeccably dressed at all times, everyone who knew her will never forget her love for high-heeled shoes. Her love for her family was boundless, as was their love for her. She is survived by two children, Jeff (Donna) Greenacre of Tampa and Jacki (Rich) Kearney of Park Falls, Wis.; three grandchildren, Kim (Joe) Vranicar of Sugar Grove, Richard Kearney III and Ryan (Dena) Greenacre, both of Tampa; six great-grandchildren, Taylor, Lindsey and Grace Vranicar, Richard Kearney IV, and Natalie and Leah Greenacre; her brother, Bob Briggs, and sister, Betty Higgins, both of California. Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Larry; her parents; and a brother, Jim Briggs. A private family celebration of life will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Muriel “Jane” Greenacre Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, visit www. or call 815-756-1022. To sign the online guest book, visit


music and cheering on his NIU Huskies and Northwestern Wildcats. He was preceded in death by his parents. The visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Grace United Methodist Church in Dixon. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the church with the Rev. Larry Thompson and Rev. C. William Landis co-officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial has been established. Condolences may be sent to To sign the online guest book, visit

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8STATE BRIEFS Flu still bad in Illinois; 50 deaths this season

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois is among 30 states reporting high flu activity in a season where the virus is striking earlier than usual and the main flu strain is one that tends to make people sicker. Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said Friday that 476 people have been admitted to hospital intensive care units with the flu this season and 50 have died. One bright spot: Chicago’s flu hospitalizations continued a two-week decline.

Emanuel: Open process for open council seat

CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel said a four-member commission will help him select Sandi Jackson’s replacement on the Chicago City Council. Jackson is the wife of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned in November citing ongoing treatment for bipolar disorder. Last week Sandi Jackson also stepped down from office, saying she couldn’t adequately represent her South Side ward while dealing with “very painful health matters.”

– Wire reports


Born: March 6, 1931, in Freedom Township, Ill. Died: Jan. 16, 2013, in Ottawa, Ill.

OTTAWA – SeVerne Mae Burke, 81, of Ottawa, Ill., passed away Jan. 16, 2013, at Pleasant View. Born March 6, 1931, in Freedom Township to Thomas and Nettie (Ryg) Foss, SeVerne married Joseph “Chuck” Burke on June 12, 1952, in Danville. He died Nov. 17, 2005. She was a member of St. Columba Church. She volunteered at St. Columba Church and Marquette High School over the years. She loved to collect Precious Moments figurines and worked as a sales clerk at Kirlin’s Hallmark. She is survived by one daughter, Shawna (Jeffrey) Skinner of Grand Ridge; three sons, Rory Burke of Boise, Idaho, Terry (Wendy Shaneen) Burke of Genoa and Timothy (Anne) Burke of Ottawa; 10 grandchildren, Rachel, Renae, Erica, Jennifer, Joanna, Sara, Laura, Kevin, Steven and Jodie; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Kenneth and Norman Foss; and two sisters, Madeline Foss in childhood and Jurene Stalker. The visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Ottawa Funeral Home with prayers at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at St. Columba Church with the Rev. David Kipfer officiating. Burial will be in St. Columba Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jim, Jeff and Jon Stalker, Kevin Thompson, Steven Burke and Derek Hiland (godson). Memorials may be directed to Pleasant View Chapel Fund. The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared at To sign the online guest book, visit


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Born: March 3, 1950, in Cuba Died: Jan. 16, 2013, in Chicago SYCAMORE – Lilia Remond, 62, of Sycamore, Ill., died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Loyola Medical Center. She was born March 13, 1950, in Cuba. She married Cesar Remond. Lilia worked at Auto Meter in Sycamore for more than 23 years. She was a faithful member of the Church of St. Mary in Sycamore for many years. Lilia is survived by her husband, Cesar, of Sycamore; one daughter, Lilian Remond of Sycamore; one son, Cesar Remond Jr. of Miami; and two granddaughters, Carolina

and Marisol. The visitation will be from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore. A wake service will be recited at 6 p.m. Her funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Church of St. Mary, 244 Waterman St., Sycamore, with Fr. Cruz officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Sycamore. For information or to sign the online guest book, go to www. or call 815-895-2833. To sign the online guest book, visit


Born: Dec. 21, 1918, in Nebraska Died: Dec. 29, 2012, in DeKalb, Ill. DeKALB – Victor Schormann, 94, of DeKalb, Ill., died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at DeKalb County Nursing Home. Born Dec. 21, 1918, in Nebraska, the son of August A. and Augusta L. (Hilgenkamp) Schormann, he married Marguerite T. Tupper. She preceded him in death on April 21, 1993. Victor received his bachelor’s

and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois. He worked as an acquisitions librarian at Northern Illinois University for 23 years. He also worked one year each at Knox and Augustana colleges, and 15 years at Western Illinois University. He is survived by six nieces, Enola Gruett of Wentzville, Mo., Janet Trent of Indianapolis, Lois Evans of Servord, Neb., Barbara Teske of Onaga, Kan., Elaine Clements of Georgetown, Texas, and Marilyn Williams of Dillsboro, Ind.; nephew, Roger Eggerling of Louisville, Ky.; and several great-nieces and nephews. The memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at First Lutheran Church, 324 N. Third St., DeKalb, with the Rev. Dr. Janet Hunt officiating. A reception will follow. Cremation has taken place at Anderson Funeral Home Crematory and burial of cremated remains has taken place at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Victor Schormann Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, visit www. or call 815-756-1022. To sign the online guest book, visit


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Workers at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago place the body of Urooj Khan into a hearse Friday after it was exhumed for an autopsy to help solve the mystery surrounding his death.

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Body of poisoned Chicago lottery winner exhumed The Associated Press

CHICAGO – Authorities on Friday exhumed the body of a Chicago man who was poisoned with cyanide after winning the lottery and conducted an autopsy in the hopes that it will help solve the mystery surrounding his death. The body of Urooj Khan was exhumed from a cemetery Friday morning and placed inside a black hearse, which was escorted by four police cars to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Pathologists collected samples of hair, nails and most major body organs, as well as contents of the stomach, Medical Examiner Stephen Cina

said. Tests might determine whether Khan swallowed, inhaled or was injected with the poison, Cina said. Khan, 46, died in July as he was about to collect $425,000 in lottery winnings. His death initially was ruled a result of natural causes. But a relative whose identity remains a mystery asked for further tests that revealed in November that he had been poisoned. Khan was given a religious burial and his body was not embalmed. The body was wrapped in a shroud and placed inside a wooden box with a Styrofoam lid that was itself inside a concrete vault. Cina said the body

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Algerian army takes hard line in militant battle By AOMAR OUALI and PAUL SCHEMM The Associated Press

ALGIERS, Algeria – The militants had filled five jeeps with hostages and begun to move when Algerian government attack helicopters opened up on them, leaving four in smoking ruins. The fifth vehicle crashed, allowing an Irish hostage inside to clamber out to safety with an explosive belt still strapped around his neck. Three days into the crisis at a natural gas plant deep in the Sahara, it remained unclear how many had perished in the faceoff between Africa’s

most uncompromising militant group and the region’s most ruthless military. By Friday, around 100 of the 135 foreign workers on the site had been freed and 18 of an estimated 30 kidnappers had been slain, according to the Algerian government, still leaving a major hostage situation centered on the plant’s main refinery. The government said 12 workers, both foreign and Algerian, were confirmed dead. But the extremists have put the number at 35. And the government attack Thursday on the convoy – as pieced together from official, witness and news media accounts – suggested the

death toll could go higher. In Washington, U.S. officials said one American – a Texan – was known to have died. Meanwhile, the al-Qaidalinked Masked Brigade behind the operation offered to trade two American hostages for two terrorists behind bars in the U.S., including the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The U.S. rejected the deal out of hand. “The United States does not negotiate with terrorists,” declared State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. The Algerian government released few details about the continuing siege at the Ain

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Amenas plant, which is jointly run by BP, Norway’s Statoil and Algeria’s state-owned oil company. By Friday, however, the outlines of the takeover by Islamic militants were coming into focus. The attack had been in the works for two months, a member of the Masked Brigade told an online Mauritanian news outlet that often carries al-Qaida-related announcements. The band of attackers included militants from Algeria, Mali, Egypt, Niger, Mauritania and Canada, he said. He said militants targeted Algeria because they expected the country to support the international effort to root out ex-

tremists in neighboring Mali. Instead of passing through Algeria’s relatively well-patrolled deserts, the attackers came in from southern Libya, where there is little central government and smugglers have long reigned supreme, according to Algeria’s Interior Minister Daho Ould Kabila. He said the attackers consisted of about 30 men armed with rocket launchers and machine guns and under the direct supervision of the Masked Brigade’s founder himself, Moktar Belmoktar, a hardened, one-eyed Algerian militant who has battled the Algerian government for years and has built a Saharan

smuggling and kidnapping empire linked to al-Qaida. Early Wednesday morning, they crept across the border, 60 miles from the natural gas plant, and fell on a pair of buses taking foreign workers to the airport. The buses’ military escort drove off the attackers in a blaze of gunfire that sent bullets zinging over the heads of the crouching workers. A Briton and an Algerian, probably a security guard, were killed. Frustrated, the militants turned to the vast gas complex, divided between the workers’ living quarters and the refinery itself, and seized hostages, the Algerian government said.


By JULIE PACE and NEDRA PICKLER The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has been looking to historians for guidance on how to shape his second inaugural’s words into a speech for the ages, eager to make good use of his twice-ina-lifetime opportunity to command the world’s attention. He will take the oath of office Sunday in an intimate White House ceremony witnessed by family, and then again Monday at the Capitol before a crowd of hundreds of thousands on the National Mall. Washington also will play host to the traditional inaugural parade and formal balls Monday, as well as a day of service today that kicks off the festivities. But it’s Obama’s inaugural address that will be the centerpiece of the three-day affair. The president will seek to turn the page on a first term consumed by economic turmoil and set an optimistic tone for four more years that will help define his legacy. The president has spent weeks writing out draft after draft of the speech on yellow legal pads, aides say. Last week, he invited a small group

8STATE BRIEF Fitzgerald appointed to U. of Ill. Board of Trustees

CHICAGO – Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said he brings limited knowledge of the issues facing the University of Illinois to his new job as trustee. But the former prosecutor said he’ll get to work immediately and ask a lot of questions as he gets up to Patrick speed. Fitzgerald Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday he had appointed the 52-year-old Fitzgerald to the board. Fitzgerald said Quinn approached him earlier this month and Fitzgerald immediately said yes. Fitzgerald is best known as the tenacious prosecutor who helped put former Govs. George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich in prison. He left his post last year to work in a private law office. Quinn also reappointed Dr. Timothy N. Koritz and James Montgomery to the board.

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A painter touches up an entrance post Friday outside the White House in Washington in preparation for this weekend’s 57th presidential inauguration, where President Barack Obama will be sworn in for a second term. of historians to the White House to discuss the potential – and the pitfalls – of second term inaugurals. Obama is expected to weave the history of the nation into his remarks. He is likely to make reference to two of the great American leaders he most deeply admires, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. The start of Obama’s second term coincides with the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of King’s March on Washington, and he has chosen to take the public oath with his hand on both

their bibles stacked together. “Their actions, the movements they represented are the only reason it’s possible for me to be inaugurated,” Obama said of Lincoln and King in a video released Friday by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. “It’s also a reminder for me that this country has gone through very tough times before but we always come out on the other side.” The president isn’t expected to delve deeply into the policy objectives he’ll tackle in a second term. Those details will be saved for his Feb. 12 State of the Union address.

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“All the naysayers who thought it was going to be end of business as we know it – none of that came to fruition,” he said. “I consider it one of the most important things I ever worked on.” Jane Lux, public health administrator for the DeKalb County Health Department, said the data show the effectiveness of the smoking ban. Illinois was the 13th state to implement a smoking ban, and now there are 30 states with restrictions. The Illinois Department of Public Health estimates that more than 30,200 heart disease hospitalizations in Illinois have been prevented, which translates into an estimated savings of $1.18 billion in hospital costs, Lux said. “Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of

early death in the U.S.,” Lux said. “I think people in the public realize and understand that it contributes to illness and obesity. ... We’re on the right track.” One person who has benefited from the smoking ban in multiple ways is Earl Sullivan, owner of Sullivan’s Tavern in DeKalb. Sullivan said not only has his business increased, but as someone who suffers from asthma, he has been able to cut his medication in half because he is no longer exposed to secondhand smoke. “It has turned out better than what people anticipated,” Sullivan said. “Originally, it was a big dramatic decrease to business, but everything has gone back to what it was.” Still, there is more work to be done, especially in DeKalb County, where smoking rates are higher than state and national averages, said Michael

Kokott, a licensed respiratory therapist with Kishwaukee Community Hospital. Lung cancer deaths remain the leading cancer for fatalities at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, and high blood pressure and heart disease still are prevalent among patients, he said. Kokott said the hospital offers smoking cessation programs and advice on how to transition from smoking to healthier habits such as electronic cigarettes or chewing gum instead of overeating, which is common among those attempting to quit. But the real change will come with efforts in schools and preventing youth from smoking, he said. “You have to get to them before they start smoking,” he said. “It’s so highly addictive, people usually need a major event like a heart attack or a birth of a child to make a change.”

‘This whole issue is much bigger than guns’ • PANEL

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“If you have a question or concern or are mad at me about something … I want a relationship built. Whatever we can do [together], we will do as a result of relationship building.” Dan Kenney, organizer of the event and husband of

Dunn-Kenney, said he hoped the panel discussion would be the beginning of a community effort to reduce violence and spark action in the form of task forces and other dedicated groups focused on making a cultural change. He said the polarizing discussions about gun control on the national level are not conducive to making real change.

He pointed to the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings joining together and making a national call for town hall meetings across the nation to address mental illness and gun violence at a local level. “This whole issue is much bigger than guns,” Kenney said. “We have to find a common ground.”

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Continued from page A1 cuts as earlier promised by GOP leaders such as Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. Instead, it’s aimed at forcing the Democratic-controlled Senate to join the House in debating the federal budget.

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Exciting to see the puck drop after lockout

U.S. should not take high road on drugs If you have kids, you most likely prayed hard that they would avoid drugs and alcohol. Once a child becomes intoxicated, childhood is over. The young person will never be the same again. Thus, a sane society discourages substance abuse if only to protect children. A sane society does not put a happy face on inebriation. We are not a sane society. With almost 30 million Americans currently categorized as “substance abusers,” you would think that Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign, which launched in 1983, would be resurrected. But saying no is not what America in 2013 is all about. Saying yes to whatever you want to do is the rule of the day. Washington state and Colorado have legalized the use of marijuana, and many Americans are celebrating. As Bob Dylan once sang: “Everybody must get stoned!” The usual excuses are put forth: It’s a freedom issue; we can tax the drug to generate revenue; it will get the criminal element out of it. But the truth is that legalized pot (or

VIEWS Bill O’Reilly drugs of any kind) creates massive unintended consequences. • In Holland, so many problems arose from pot being sold in “coffee shops” that a law banning the sale of cannabis to “foreigners” was passed. It seems the streets of Amsterdam, in particular, have become saturated with stoned people doing things outside that should be done inside. • The Netherlands recently passed a new law forbidding children from smoking pot in school. That’s right, some of the urchins were getting high between classes. One teacher told the media it’s hard to stop that when pot is being sold legally across the street where hard-core drug addicts buy it and then sell it to the kids to get heroin money. • In Portugal, they have legalized all drugs. The result: Drug-related homicides have increased by 40 percent. Drug over-

doses are up by 30 percent. • In Switzerland, drug-related deaths doubled and the health care system was overwhelmed after heroin was made legal in Zurich. The law was rescinded. But here in the USA, we are now bullish on pot. Willie Nelson wrote a book glorifying the drug. Snoop Dogg says he wants to teach his kids how to smoke reefer. And the media in general see marijuana as a harmless diversion. If you are down on pot, you are decidedly uncool. Fine with me. I’ll risk the stigma. According to the federal government, 8,400 Americans begin using drugs every day, half of them under the age of 18. And 68 percent of folks who become addicted to drugs begin with marijuana. Get the picture? Celebrate the pot culture if you want. But know that you are not helping kids by taking the high road.

• Veteran TV news anchor Bill O’Reilly is host of the Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor” and author of the book “Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama.”


Look back to project Barack Obama’s second act By JONATHAN ALTER Bloomberg View

Presidential inaugurations are traditionally occasions for stroking one’s chin and offering sober assessments of what the president and the nation can accomplish in the next four years. This is bound to be an exercise in futility. Four years ago, as Barack Obama took the oath, no one had heard of the tea party, Obamacare, the Deepwater Horizon, Abbottabad, the Arab Spring, Sheldon Adelson or the 47 percent. “Sandy” referred to beaches or a legendary pitcher for the Dodgers, not a devastating hurricane or a shooting at an elementary school. It’s safe to predict that we will continue arguing in 2013 over the debt ceiling, gun violence and immigration. For everything else, the crystal ball for this year – not to mention the next four years – is cloudy. So let’s look backward instead, to Obama’s record of success and failure. His partial successes – works in progress – offer the best clues to what he may yet achieve. PolitiFact, a nonpartisan, Pulitzer Prize-winning website, has kept track of the 508 promises Obama made when he was running for president in 2008. This week, it released an “Obameter” report that rated more than two-thirds of his promises as “Promise Kept” or “Compromise,” a better average than voters cynical about campaign pledges had any reason to expect. I was struck by the audacity of his five boldest 2008 promises: universal health care, ending the war in Iraq, killing Osama bin Laden, passing comprehensive immigration reform and creating a cap-and-trade system to reduce global warming. The president kept all but the last two promises, and by this time next year, he could be 4-for-5,

with only carbon trading still outstanding. Other, lower-profile “Promises Kept” testify to Obama’s vision of an activist government. Expanding broadband access, a credit card bill of rights, increasing minority access to capital, closing the “donut hole” in the prescription drug plan, rural development grants, a best-practices list for businesses to accommodate workers with disabilities, boosting the Veterans Affairs budget for mental health: Page after page of popular ideas that went from campaign rhetoric to reality. Most of the accomplishments look better up close than they do when depicted abstractly as merely “spending.” Familiarity with the particulars breeds respect for government, not contempt. The list is a reminder of the stakes in 2012. Had the Republican nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his party won the 2012 election, hundreds of the “Promises Kept” would have become “Promises Repealed.” The “Promises Broken” list is also instructive. It consists mostly of Obama initiatives rejected by Congress, including eliminating all oil and gas loopholes, taxing carried interest as regular income, ending no-bid contracts above $25,000 and dozens more. Obama’s greatest failure was on housing. He pledged to create a $10 billion foreclosure-prevention fund, which he promised to expand to $75 billion. The aim was to help 9 million homeowners. So far, fewer than 1 million have received assistance. The main culprits are the banks, which dragged their feet shamelessly on refinancing mortgages. But the administration never figured out the right incentives to accelerate the process.

The president’s promises on unemployment were made before the economy collapsed, so he can’t rightly be held accountable for them. But he failed to fight hard enough in 2009 and 2010 – when he had a Democratic Congress – for the $60 billion infrastructure bank he promised and for small-business initiatives that might have led to more job creation. The president also failed to lift the cap on payroll taxes for earnings above $250,000, which would raise enough money to secure Social Security for the foreseeable future. And his pledge to reduce health insurance premiums by an average of $2,500 a year per family was pure folly. The category “In the Works” is more encouraging. Creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, reducing oil consumption by 35 percent by 2030 and closing the gun show loophole are among the promises that have a real chance of being kept in a second term. The president’s honesty scores over the past four years haven’t been perfect, but they are better than the average of politicians assessed by the site. To succeed in a second term, he’ll have to maintain that kind of performance. Obama won a second term even though he failed to restore strong economic growth. He won because of his vision of a government that tries to solve problems instead of just getting out of the way. Even a Republican House and recalcitrant Senate won’t stop him from chipping away at his pledge list over the next four years. His success or failure will depend largely on external events we can’t predict.

• Jonathan Alter is a Bloomberg View columnist and the author of “The Promise: President Obama, Year One.”

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Thumbs up: To the return of NHL hockey. A monthslong lockout initiated by owners finally was settled, leaving the league with a shortened, 48-game season. It’s the second time in 20 years a season has been cut short because players and owners couldn’t come to a contract agreement, and the league is the only major sports league in North America to have an entire season lost to a work stoppage, in 2004-05. The hope is the NHL and its players union have finally gotten things worked out – this might be the last labor stoppage the league can survive. That said, many hockey fans will be watching at 2 p.m. today when the Blackhawks start their season at the Staples Center, facing the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in a nationally televised game on NBC. Thumbs up: To zero waste. County Board member Ken Andersen, R-Sycamore, has suggested board committees look at ways to draft progressive wastereduction policies to reduce the amount of trash going to the county landfill. Regardless of whether or not the county’s proposed expansion of the landfill goes through, everyone stands to benefit from the environmental upside of less trash. Thumbs down: To the loss of life among foreign energy workers taken hostage by Islamic militants in Algeria this week. After a militant group seized the refinery complex in the Sahara Desert on Wednesday, an Algerian military raid Thursday resulted in the killing of 18 militants and at least 12 hostages, including one American, Frederick Buttaccio of Texas. Others still were being held captive Friday. Although terrorists should not be coddled, the casualties that resulted from the government counterattack have led many to question whether enough regard was shown for protecting innocent life. Thumbs up: To local nonprofit organizers who help those living in or near poverty. A study released this week by Chicago-based Social IMPACT Research Center shows about 1 in 3 Illinois residents live in or near poverty, with poverty defined as an annual income of $23,021 or less for a family of four. The statistics may be sobering, but they likely are not surprising to those who help feed and house the poor or help people cope with substance abuse, domestic violence and other problems that can be exacerbated by poverty. We hope the study serves as a reminder of the importance of the work you do and encourages you to forge ahead. Thumbs up: To Live Healthy DeKalb County for securing a $14,000 grant to implement the CATCH program at all five of Sycamore’s elementary schools. CATCH, which stands for Coordinated Approach To Child Health, will be featured in afterschool programs. The program is aimed at fighting childhood obesity and instilling proper nutrition and exercise habits in young students. The grant will pay for the curriculum and equipment such as jump ropes, balls, Hula-Hoops and scooters. It’s great to see this positive initiative move forward.


Afghanistan’s uncertain future a reason for pause President Barack Obama is accelerating one of his biggest and riskiest foreign pledges: a withdrawal from Afghanistan that will hand the fighting to Afghan troops by spring instead of summer, with nearly all U.S. forces gone by the end of this year. It’s a stepped-up pace with success hinging on Afghan troops shouldering fighting even as Taliban forces are poised to take control of the southern and eastern parts of the country. But Obama is clearly ready. The fighting has cost more than 2,100 U.S. lives and $557 billion since it began in the months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In three days of Washington meetings between Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the future came into focus. By 2014, the U.S. will have only a few thousand military advisers there with Karzai backed up by Pentagon hardware and civilian aid. The fighting will take on a Pakistan-like feel with missile-equipped drones hovering over disputed areas and American commandos set to swoop in. Karzai knows that American patience has run out, and it’s time for his military to take over. He believes his stature will grow with promises that the United States will end night raids on homes by American troops and cede control over prisons on military bases. In announcing the quicker exit, Obama and Karzai are pinning their hopes on the idea that the resurgent Taliban can be coaxed into peaceful power sharing, a tentative idea at best. But it’s hard not to miss the major point. A costly war is coming to a close, just as the far larger Iraq conflict did. In Afghanistan’s case, the future remains uncertain and worrisome.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013 Daily Chronicle

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Spartans climb over .500 mark Barbs Goff scores 11 of her team-high 16 points shoot at free-throw line down ’Skins More online

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ESPN interviews Te’o about girlfriend hoax

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Manti Te’o gave an interview to ESPN in which the network says he answered questions about the dead girlfriend hoax that exposed the feel-good story of the college football season as a bizarre fabrication, and left many wondering if Notre Dame’s Heisman Trophy runner-up participated in the scam. ESPN announced Friday night it was interviewing the All-American linebacker off camera and that audio clips of the session would be available on the network later. Earlier, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said during the taping of his weekly radio show that Te’o has to explain exactly how he was duped into an online relationship with a fictitious woman whose “death” was then faked by perpetrators of the scheme. Skeptics have questioned the versions of events laid out by Te’o and Notre Dame, wondering why Te’o never said his relationship was with someone online and why he waited three weeks to tell the school about being duped. According to Notre Dame, Te’o received a call on Dec. 6 from the girl he had only been in contact with by telephone and online, and who he thought had died in September. After telling his family what happened while he was home in Hawaii for Christmas, he informed Notre Dame coaches on Dec. 26. Notre Dame said it hired investigators to look into Te’o’s claims and their findings showed he was the victim of an elaborate hoax. Te’o released a statement Wednesday, soon after broke news of the scam with a lengthy story, saying he had been humiliated and hurt by the “sick joke.” But he has laid low since. ESPN officials posted a photo on Twitter late Friday night of reporter Jeremy Schapp with Te’o and his attorney. Te’o has been working out at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., as he prepares for the NFL combine and draft. Swarbrick said earlier in the day that he believed Te’o would ultimately speak publicly. – Wire report


Pro hockey Blackhawks at Los Angeles, 2 p.m., NBC

The Hawks open their abbreviated 48game season against the defending Stanley Cup champions on national TV. • The rest of the weekend TV sports schedule on Page B2.

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SYCAMORE – Brett Goff said he felt about as low as he could have. His Sycamore girls basketball team was about to go to overtime against Kaneland, but the game could have been over. Tied with the Knights, the Spartans had gotten the clock down to 15 seconds remaining in regulation, but Goff didn’t like what he saw, so he called a timeout with 2.7 seconds left. Right afterward, Sycamore junior Julia Moll made a 3-pointer, but it wasn’t going to count. Luckily, Goff’s Spartans were able to prevail in overtime, 49-48. Goff could rest a little easier over the weekend. “I’m glad we won the game. I prob-

ably wouldn’t have slept this weekend if we didn’t,” Goff joked after emerging from a jubilant locker room. Sycamore gets over .500 with the win, improving to 9-8 and 2-4 in Northern Illinois Big 12 East play. Kaneland falls to 12-8 and 4-4 in the conference. Freshman guard Lauren Goff, who led the Spartans with 16 points, said the victory over a team as good as Kaneland was something her team has wanted for Rob Winner – a while. “It was big,” she said. “Feels good to Kaneland’s Brooke Harner (right) is fouled by Sycamore’s Taiya Hopkins late in the fourth quarbeat a good team like Kaneland.”


ter of the Spartans’ 49-48 overtime victory Friday night in Sycamore.

“That gives me the confidence that we can do this,” junior Seth Pinne said. “We just have to show up, act as a team and pick each other up.” Much like the DeKalb program, which still very much is in its young stages, the Barbs sport a roster filled with mostly nonseniors. Freshman Ranzy Collins has been starting most of the season and had one of his better performances with a 659 series against Marengo on Wednesday. “He’s a freshman, so he still rides the roller coaster a little bit,” coach Pinne said. “He started out kind of slow [Wednesday] and I had him make a ball change, and the ball change worked out really well.” DeKalb also will have the advantage of bowling at its home alley at Mardi Gras Lanes in today’s DeKalb Sectional. The team has a greater familiarity with the oil patterns on the lanes.



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DeKalb sophomore Will Todtz practices Monday at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb. The Barbs are hosting the 15-team team DeKalb Sectional today at Mardi Gras Lanes.

Barbs: We can do it By ROSS JACOBSON Everything seemed foreign for the DeKalb boys bowling team last season, its first as a varsity program. AlthoughmanyoftheBarbshadbowled in tournaments when they were younger, the larger invitationals, the team aspect of high school bowling and the pressure of bigger meets all were new. When sectionals rolled around, DeKalb couldn’t overcome its inexperience, finishing in eighth place out of 15 teams at Oregon. “When we went to sectionals, they

DeKalb Sectional

Today at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb DeKalb, Dixon, Elgin, Larkin, St. Edward, Westminster Christian, LaSalle-Peru, Mendota, Oregon, Ottawa, St. Bede, Rochelle, South Elgin, Spring Valley Hall, Sycamore were extremely nervous, me included,” DeKalb coach Ernie Pinne said. “It was our first time at a big invite.” But just as everything was a new experience for DeKalb in Year One, the schedule was old hat this season. DeKalb showed flashes of its potential throughout the season, placing second in the LaSalle-Peru Invitational and beating Dixon – which won the sectional meet last year – in a dual meet. The Barbs had a 100pin lead on Dixon after five games in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference tournament, but couldn’t hold on, taking second.


DeKALB – DeKalb girls basketball coach Chris Davenport wants to make it clear that he’s not a psychologist. He’s been trying to get his players to shoot with greater confidence throughout the season, but he can’t analyze their thinking in great detail. What he can do is make them shoot, and he can make them shoot some more, which he did throughout the Barbs’ nine-day break that ended Tuesday. The Barbs played shooting games, they did conditioning drills combined with shooting drills, and they mixed in shooting to other types of drills. Admittedly, Davenport also mixed in a little psychology. “It’s just constant re-assurance that I have confidence in them,” Davenport said. “That’s about the best I can do as far as getting in their head.” The Barbs shot with confidence early in their 43-17 win over Morris on Thursday. DeKalb (18-3, 7-0 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) made six of nine first-quarter shots on their way to a 20-2 lead, with every player but one seeing time. “We normally play down to the level of our competition,” said sophomore Madelyne Johnson, who led the Barbs with 11 points. “Coming out in the first quarter so strong, we know we’re going to be that way the whole game, and that’s just what we did.” The going became a little tougher in the second quarter, when the Barbs outscored the Redskins, (4-15, 0-7 NI Big 12 East) 4-0, but DeKalb coasted in the second half. The Barbs know they’re an elite defensive team. While that can always improve, they realize pushing their offensive output is the next step in the process of making themselves into a state contender. “To improve our confidence, we need to shoot more in practice, which coach has been doing,” Johnson said. “I feel like that’s the only way we’re going to be able to do it.” While their defense has carried them, they know their offensive production has to improve.


Young squad rolls into postseason meet with swagger

Johnson leads way for Dekalb with 11 points


Shortened season begins

What to know before the puck drops in LA Voice your opinion Did the NHL lockout affect your interest in hockey this year? Vote online at

By TOM MUSICK Here come the Hawks. We mean the Blackhawks, of course. Not the Atlanta Hawks or the Quincy Hawks or the fans of Ken “Hawk” Harrelson. These Hawks wear sharp skates and carry sticks. More often than not, they smell terrible. Their elbows outnumber their teeth. Maybe. And finally – finally! – these Hawks are about to play hock-

ey again. They were locked out for 113 days by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the owners before agreeing to a new labor deal that salvaged a shortened season. It all starts today when the Hawks go on the road to play the Los Angeles Kings. Before the puck drops, the Hawks will be forced to wait and watch as the defending champion Kings raise their 2011-12 Stanley Cup banner to the rafters.


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Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville (bottom left) speaks to his team during practice Monday in Chicago. The Blackhawks open their lockout-shortened, 48-game regular season against the Kings today in Los Angeles.


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Boys Basketball Sycamore at Dixon, 6 p.m. Hinckley-Big Rock at Amboy, 6 p.m. Kaneland at LaSalle-Peru, 6:30 p.m. DeKalb at Hononegah Invite, TBD Girls Basketball LaSalle-Peru at Kaneland, 6 p.m. Wrestling Sycamore, DeKalb, Kaneland at Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference Tournament at Sycamore, 9 a.m. Boys Bowling DeKalb, Sycamore at IHSA DeKalb Sectional, 9 a.m. Girls Bowling DeKalb at Guilford Tournament, 8:30 a.m. Sycamore at Minooka Invite, 9 a.m. (Channahon Lanes)


Boys Basketball DeKalb at Hononegah Invite Girls Basketball Woodstock at Indian Creek, 5:45 p.m. Girls Bowling Kaneland, DeKalb, Sycamore at Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference Meet at Mardi Gras Lanes, 9 a.m.


Vancouver sends Sweatt to AHL’s Wolves

Former Kaneland student Bill Sweatt did not make the Vancouver Canucks’ opening day roster. Sweatt was among eight players the Canucks sent to the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves ahead of Vancouver’s season opener today against the Anaheim Ducks. Sweatt spent most of last year with the Wolves but played two games with the NHL’s Canucks. The 24-year-old winger lived in Elburn from kindergarten though his freshman year of high school at Kaneland.

NI Big 12 West’s Streator exploring options

Northern Illinois Big 12 West conference member Streator met this week with officials from both the Interstate Eight and Cornbelt conferences, according to The Senior Reports, a website that tracks conference movement. The Senior Reports cites an email from Streator superintendent Kevin Myers that indicates Streator is awaiting responses from both conferences. If Streator joins division-mate Dixon – which already has announced its departure, effective the 2014-15 school year – out the door, then the NI Big 12 will have two holes to fill if it wishes to remains a two division, 12-team conference. Kaneland is part of the NI Big 12’s East Division.

White Sox agree to deals with Beckham, De Aza

CHICAGO – The White Sox have agreed to one-year contracts with second baseman Gordon Beckham and outfielder Alejandro De Aza to avoid arbitration. Beckham, who earned $520,000 last year, will earn $2,925,000 next season. De Aza gets a raise from $495,000 to $2,075,000.

Cornerstone Christian to host youth hoops camp

Cornerstone Christian Academy’s varsity basketball team will be holding a three-week skills camp in late January in early February. The camp is open to firstthrough fifth-graders and will touch on basic basketball skills of shooting, dribbling, passing and other fundamentals. The camp runs from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. The cost of the camp is $50 a child with proceeds benefiting the CCA varsity boys basketball program. Kids will have the opportunity to showcase their skills during games Feb. 5. More information is available by contacting Julianna Ladas at or at 815-895-8522. Registration forms are available at the front office of Cornerstone or through email by contacting the email address above. – From staff, wire reports

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Bears’ offense will be better; Tucker’s ‘D’ will be question Strange things happened during my visit to Jacksonville almost three months ago. I saw a lizard in a tree. I saw everyday people wearing Blaine Gabbert jerseys. I saw Bears third-string running back Armando Allen rush for a 46-yard touchdown. Like I said, strange things happened. As I watched the Bears clobber the Jaguars, 41-3, beneath an impeccably blue Florida sky, I never could have imagined a late-season nosedive that would cost Lovie Smith his job. Nor could I have imagined that the man behind the Jaguars’ overmatched defense would be lured to lead the Bears’ defense in 2013. Yet that’s what happened. I’m telling you, strange things. Say hello to Mel Tucker, the Bears’ new defensive coordinator. The Bears hired Tucker on Friday after he spent four seasons in the same role with the Jaguars and one season before that in the same role with the Cleveland Browns. Tucker will replace Rod Marinelli, who decided that it was time for a fresh start instead of returning to the Bears for a fifth season. New Bears coach Marc Trestman had hoped that Marinelli would stick around, but the veteran coach opted to reunite with longtime friend Monte Kiffin as the defensive line coach of the Dallas Cowboys. By adding Marinelli, the Cowboys’ defense became better Friday than it was Thursday. Can the same be said for the Bears? Hey, it’s possible. No one will know for sure until the opening kickoff next fall. But Tucker has some big cleats to fill. Or, you know, whatever footwear coaches prefer. For months (make that years) (actually, decades), Bears fans begged and pleaded for improvements on offense. Those fans were met with

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The Bears hired Mel Tucker on friday to be their defensive coordinator after he spent four seasons in the same role with the Jaguars and one season before that in the same role with the Cleveland Browns.

VieWS Tom Musick disappointment after almost every season, including the most recent one in which the Bears finished No. 28 in total offense. In response, the Bears dumped Smith and hired Trestman, an accomplished coach who assembled some of the NFL’s top offenses in San Francisco and Oakland before he headed to the Canadian Football League. Trestman then bolstered the Bears’ coaching staff by hiring offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer, an expert when it comes to the offensive line. Zero doubt exists in my mind that the Bears’ offense will be better next season. As for the defense, I am far less certain. While Trestman and Kromer and others confer with Jay Cutler and decide how best to use Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall, Tucker will be on an island with the Bears’ defense. It’s an island filled with talent, absolutely, but an island nonetheless. Tucker will inherit a defense better than any other he has coached. Behind the guidance of Smith and Marinelli,

the Bears led the NFL with 44 takeaways in 2012 to go along with a franchise-record nine defensive touchdowns, 41 sacks and 54 tackles for losses. Yet the stars of the group are aging. Brian Urlacher will turn 35 years old in May and might not re-sign with the Bears as an unrestricted free agent. Julius Peppers celebrated his 33rd birthday Friday. Lance Briggs will turn 33 next season. Charles Tillman will turn 32 next month. Henry Melton is a young star on the defensive line, but he also will be a free agent. Will Melton want to join one of his favorite coaches (Marinelli) in his hometown (Dallas)? It’s completely possible that Tucker will be a success with the Bears. He coached the Jaguars’ defense to a No. 6 ranking in 2011 before they slid to No. 30 in 2012, and he has proved to be adaptable with both 4-3 and 3-4 schemes in his background. But Tucker, like Trestman, will have to prove himself to his new players. Let’s wait and see whether he can tackle the job.

• Tom Musick covers Chicago professional sports for Shaw Media. Write to him at Follow him on Twitter @tcmusick and

BOSTON – Marco Belinelli made a game-winning jumper with 3.1 seconds left, Jimmy Butler scored six points in overtime and the Bulls extended their Friday night road show by beating the Boston Celtics, 100-99. Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 20 rebounds, and Joakim Noah added 14 points and 13 boards as the Bulls won their 14th straight road game on a Friday. They Next haven’t lost since April vs. Memphis, 2011. 7 p.m. today, Rajon Ron- WGN, AM-1000 do scored a season-high 30 points for Boston before fouling out with 1:16 to play in overtime. Kevin Garnett had 16 points and Paul Pierce passed former Celtics star Robert Parish for 22nd on the NBA’s career scoring list by chipping in 13 points. Pierce has 23,342 points and Parish 23,334. Brandon Bass added 13 points for Boston, which lost for the second time in eight games. Richard Hamilton had 20 points for the Bulls, who have won four of five. JasonTerry’sjumperpushed Boston ahead 99-98 in OT before Belinelli’s game-winner just to the left of the foul line. The teams traded leads twice in the opening 3 minutes of overtime before Terry’s 3-pointer from the right corner gave Boston a 93-92 lead with 1:57 to play.

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Trestman adds 4 position coaches By TOM MuSiCK A busy week at Halas Hall continued Friday as the Bears hired four position coaches in addition to defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. The Bears named Matt Cavanaugh as quarterbacks coach, Skip Peete as running backs coach, Andy Bischoff as tight ends coach and Michael Sinclair as assistant defensive line coach. All four will work alongside head coach Marc Trestman, who took over three days ago when he was selected to replace Lovie Smith.

Cavanaugh, who will work closely with Jay Cutler, spent the previous four seasons as the New York Jets quarterbacks coach. Cavanaugh also served as the Bears’ offensive coordinator from 1997 to 1998. In his first season callMatt ing plays, Erik Cavanaugh Kramer passed for 3,011 yards and Raymont Harris rushed for 1,033 yards. Peete, who is the brother of former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, was named as run-

ning backs coach after spending the past six seasons in the same role with the Dallas Cowboys. He also worked alongside Trestman in Oakland, where the Raiders led the league in rushing in 2000 and posted the NFL’s No. 1 overall offense in 2002. Bischoff and Sinclair worked on Trestman’s staff with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Bischoff served as assistant head coach, running backs coach and special teams coordinator of the Alouettes, while Sinclair spent the past five seasons as the team’s defensive line coach.

Ohio St. at Michigan St., 5 p.m., ESPN Minnesota at Indiana, 5 p.m., BTN Marquette vs. Cincinnati, 6 p.m., ESPNU UNLV Colorado St., 6 p.m., NBCSN Wisconsin at Iowa, 7 p.m., BTN Evansville at Indiana St., 7 p.m., CSN Gonzaga at Butler, 8 p.m., ESPN Kentucky at Auburn, 8 p.m., ESPNU Utah at Washington, 10 p.m., ESPNU Women’s basketball Southern Illinois at Illinois St., 4 p.m., CSN Tennis Australian Open, third round, 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., ESPN2 College football East-West Shrine Game, 3 p.m., NFLN Golf PGA Tour, Humana Challenge, third round, 2 p.m., TGC Soccer Premier League, Fulham at Manchester City, 8:55 a.m., ESPN2

Women’s gymnastics Illinois at Michigan, 3 p.m., BTN Boxing Middleweights, Elvin Ayala (26-5-1) vs. Curtis Stevens (214-1); light heavyweights, Gabriel Campillo (21-4-1) vs. Sergey Kovalev (19-0-1), 8 p.m., NBCSN Campion Ramon Martinez (26-1-1) vs. Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-0), for WBO junior lightweight title; champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0-0) vs. Gabriel Rosado (21-5-0), for WBA middleweight title; champion Orlando Salido (39-11-2) vs. Mikey Garcia (30-0-0), for WBO featherweight title, 8:45 p.m., HBO

PRO BOWl Sunday, Jan. 27 At honolulu AFC vs. NFC, 6 p.m., NBC SuPeR BOWl Sunday, feb. 3 At New Orleans AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 5 p.m., CBS


Central Division W l Pct Indiana 25 16 .610 Bulls 23 15 .605 Milwaukee 20 18 .526 Detroit 14 25 .359 Cleveland 10 31 .244 Atlantic Division W l Pct New York 25 13 .658 Brooklyn 24 16 .600 Boston 20 19 .513 Philadelphia 17 23 .425 Toronto 14 26 .350 Southeast Division W l Pct Miami 26 12 .684 Atlanta 22 17 .564 Orlando 14 25 .359 Charlotte 10 29 .256 Washington 8 29 .216

GB — ½ 3½ 10 15 GB — 2 5½ 9 12 GB — 4½ 12½ 16½ 17½


Southwest Division W l Pct San Antonio 31 11 .738 Memphis 25 13 .658 Houston 21 20 .512 Dallas 17 23 .425 New Orleans 13 26 .333 Northwest Division W l Pct Oklahoma City 31 8 .795 Denver 24 18 .571 Utah 21 19 .525 Portland 20 19 .513 Minnesota 16 20 .444 Pacific Division W l Pct L.A. Clippers 31 9 .775 Golden State 23 15 .605 L.A. Lakers 17 22 .436 Sacramento 15 25 .375 Phoenix 13 28 .317

GB — 4 9½ 13 16½ GB — 8½ 10½ 11 13½ GB — 7 13½ 16 18½

friday’s Results Bulls 100, Boston 99 (OT) Philadelphia 108, Toronto 101 (OT) Indiana 105, Houston 95 Charlotte 106, Orlando 100 Brooklyn 94, Atlanta 89 Memphis 85, Sacramento 69 San Antonio 95, Golden State 88 Washington 112, Denver 108 Oklahoma City at Dallas (n) Today’s Games San Antonio at Atlanta, 6 p.m. Sacramento at Charlotte, 6 p.m. Memphis at Bulls, 7 p.m. Houston at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Golden State at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Utah, 8 p.m. Milwaukee at Portland, 9 p.m. Washington at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games L.A. Lakers at Toronto, noon Dallas at Orlando, 5 p.m. Boston at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Denver, 7 p.m.


Central Division GP W l OT Pts Blackhawks 0 0 0 0 0 Columbus 0 0 0 0 0 Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 Nashville 0 0 0 0 0 St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 Northwest Division GP W l OT Pts Calgary 0 0 0 0 0 Colorado 0 0 0 0 0 Edmonton 0 0 0 0 0 Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 Vancouver 0 0 0 0 0 Pacific Division GP W l OT Pts Anaheim 0 0 0 0 0 Dallas 0 0 0 0 0 Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 Phoenix 0 0 0 0 0 San Jose 0 0 0 0 0

Gf GA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Gf GA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Gf GA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


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former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood waves to fans during the Cubs Convention on friday in Chicago. log on to for coverage of the convention.

8WEEKEND TV SPORTS SCHEDULE TODAy’S LINEUP Pro basketball Memphis at Bulls, 7 p.m., WGN Men’s basketball Virginia Military Institute at Coastal Carolina, 10 a.m., ESPNU Maryland at North Carolina, 11 a.m., ESPN Connecticut at Pittsburgh, 11 a.m., ESPN2 Nebraska at Penn St., noon, ESPNU West Virginia at Purdue, 1 p.m., CBS Missouri at Florida, 1 p.m., ESPN Texas Tech at Oklahoma St., 1 p.m., ESPN2 Cleveland St. at WisconsinGreen Bay, 1 p.m., CSN Akron vs. Kent St., 2 p.m., ESPNU Columbia at Cornell, 2 p.m., NBCSN Oregon at UCLA, 3 p.m., CBS Syracuse at Louisville, 3 p.m., ESPN Creighton at Wichita St., 3 p.m., ESPN2 Pennsylvania vs. Saint Joseph’s, 4 p.m., ESPNU Hofstra at George Mason, 4 p.m., NBCN

NFL CONfeReNCe ChAMPiONShiPS Sunday San Francisco at Atlanta, 2 p.m., FOX Baltimore at New England, 5:30 p.m., CBS

Clemson at N.C. State, 5 p.m., ESPNU Illinois St. at Southern Illinois, 7 p.m., ESPNU Tennis Australian Open, 2 a.m., 10 a.m., 8 p.m., and 2:30 a.m. (Monday), ESPN2 Golf PGA Tour, Humana Challenge, final round, 2 p.m., TGC Women’s basketball St. John’s at Notre Dame, 11 a.m., ESPNU Maryland at Georgia, 2 p.m., ESPN2 UCLA at California, 2:30 p.m., ESPNU Purdue at Iowa, 3 p.m, BTN SUNDAy’S LINEUP Texas A&M at Georgia, 4 p.m., Pro football ESPN2 NFC Championship, San FranNebraska at Minnesota, 5 p.m., cisco at Atlanta, 2 p.m., FOX BTN AFC Championship, Baltimore Auto racing at New England, 5:30 p.m., CBS Dakar Rally, final stage, 1 a.m., Pro hockey NBCSN (delayed tape) Philadelphia at Buffalo, Prep basketball 11:30 a.m., NBC Montrose Christian (Md.) vs. St. Blackhawks at Phoenix, 9 p.m., Benedict’s (N.J.), 1 p.m., ESPNU CSN, NBCSN New Hampton (N.H.) Prep vs. Men’s college basketball Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, 4 p.m., Indiana at N’western, noon, BTN ESPN

Atlantic Division GP W l OT Pts Gf GA N.Y. Islanders 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N.Y. Rangers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 New Jersey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Northeast Division GP W l OT Pts Gf GA Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Buffalo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Montreal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Ottawa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Southeast Division GP W l OT Pts Gf GA Carolina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Florida 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Tampa Bay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Washington 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Winnipeg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Two points for a win, one point for OT loss Today’s games Blackhawks at Los Angeles, 2 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 2 p.m. Ottawa at Winnipeg, 2 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Boston, 6 p.m. Toronto at Montreal, 6 p.m. New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m. Washington at Tampa Bay, 6 p.m. Carolina at Florida, 6:30 p.m. Detroit at St. Louis, 7 p.m. Columbus at Nashville, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Dallas, 7 p.m. Colorado at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Anaheim at Vancouver, 9 p.m. Sunday’s games Philadelphia at Buffalo, 11:30 a.m. Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m. San Jose at Calgary, 6 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Edmonton at Vancouver, 8 p.m. Blackhawks at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Monday’s games Winnipeg at Boston, noon Tampa Bay at N.Y. Islanders, noon St. Louis at Nashville, 5 p.m. Buffalo at Toronto, 6 p.m. Florida at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m. Detroit at Columbus, 6:30 p.m. Anaheim at Calgary, 8 p.m.


Today’s Games No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 6 Syracuse, 3 p.m. No. 4 Kansas at Texas, 1 p.m. No. 7 Arizona at Arizona St., 1:30 p.m. No. 8 Gonzaga at No. 13 Butler, 8 p.m. No. 10 Florida vs. No. 17 Missouri, 1 p.m. No. 11 Ohio St. at No. 18 Michigan St., 5 p.m. No. 12 Creighton at Wichita St., 3 p.m. No. 15 San Diego St. at Wyoming, 6:30 p.m. No. 16 Kansas St. vs. Oklahoma, 3 p.m. No. 20 Notre Dame vs. Rutgers, 7 p.m. No. 21 Oregon at No. 24 UCLA, 3 p.m. No. 22 VCU vs. Duquesne, 6 p.m. No. 25 Marquette at Cincinnati, 6 p.m. Sunday’s Games No. 2 Indiana at Northwestern, noon No. 14 N.C. State vs. Clemson, 5 p.m.


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Te’o steals news cycle

Relevant observations, pertinent notes, questions, minutiae and Huskie Trivial Pursuit from your local, retired sports information director: Observation No. 1: Just how bizarre is this Manti Te’o hoax? Or is it an intrusion? Either way, thanks to the Notre Dame All-America linebacker and his personal life, “fiscal cliff” and “pension reform” have all but temporarily disappeared from the media. Has Te’o become majorcollege athletics’ viral Kim Kardashian Bombshell of the Week? How soon will author Clifford Irving’s biography of Manti Te’o’s girlfriend be released? And who plays her in the movie version – the Invisible Woman? I don’t want to appear to be rude, but just who hasn’t been duped here? Te’o? Notre Dame? Some of our nation’s top sports journalists? Heisman Trophy voters? Or you and me, Joe Average media consumer and sports fan? Opinion No. 1: Pranks are one thing. If these manipulation of facts – Lennay Kekua, her existence, her death – were created only to get Te’o on the cover of Sports Illustrated or gain more exposure on ESPN, that’s beyond despicable and unethical. How much “pub” is enough? Before his fictional girlfriend was outed, Te’o was first-round NFL draft material. He played at Notre Dame, an iconic name synonymous with gridiron excellence for decades, on a 12-0 team in the regular season and in the BCS national championship game. Instead, this is the ultimate PR nightmare. Opinion No. 2: The blame falls on many. One of the main culprits, I’ve defended all my career (I am a First Amendment guy): the media. In this down-sized world where management has stripped newsrooms bare, writers now share multiple beats and copy desks are shadows of their former selves. Buyouts and forced retirements have destroyed the institutional memory for most media outlets. Red flags on a story? Now the 21st century media do not have the time or staffing to check. Columnist Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times said it best last week: “The story of Te’o’s girlfriend should be a wake-up call to all those who would intentionally or unwittingly perpetuate those myths. It should be an alarm in every newsroom, locker room and boardroom where sports stars are bought, shaped and sold. “The mainstream media might also feel like a victim here, and that’s also a misguided view,” Plaschke continued. “The mainstream media could

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have ended this before it started. In all the stories written about Te’o and Kekua, ... where were the story-enhancing attempts to reach her parents or her friends? Even the most cynical reporters would not file a story without adding voices from Kekua’s camp confirming Te’o’s devotion. There was a time when editors would not have accepted such a one-sided story. In such basic reporting, the fraud eventually would have been uncovered. “But in today’s 24-hour news cycle, with decreased staffing and constant deadline pressure, there is little time and space and manpower for such research. The national media had little time but to glance at the definitive first stories from Sports Illustrated or the South Bend Tribune and run with them. “When reporters wondered about Kekua’s family members, Te’o asked them to respect the family’s privacy. Everyone complied. Who was going to betray a kid in pain? In doing Te’o’s bidding, everyone failed to do their jobs, from the folks under the golden dome to the ones under the masthead,” Plaschke summarized. All valid points. Opinion No. 3: Don’t even bring up Lance Armstrong. Why is American culture fascinated by all these liars? Observation No. 2: The truth sometimes hurts. The “HuskieWire” section on the DeKalb Daily Chronicle website usually features an interesting interactive “Reader Poll,” and this week’s (“Which NIU home football game are you most excited about for 2013?”) elicited a few chuckles. The responses are the five Huskie Stadium games this fall – Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Akron and Western Michigan. Yawn. I suggested to sports editor Ross Jacobson a sixth: none of the above. Ever since 2003, home scheduling for NIU has been difficult. I understand. Think Maryland or Iowa State ever want to come back? No one expects Notre Dame or Alabama or Ohio State in Huskie Stadium anytime soon. But there must be something in between that level and, no offense, FCS in-state rival Eastern Illinois. If the NIU powers-at-be want to improve season ticket sales, home attendance and the program’s national perception, then please address this. Nebraska at Soldier Field is fine for our showcase games in Chicago. Let’s give our students, student-athletes, faculty

and staff, plus our local community, some Huskie Stadium opportunities for success. If Toledo can convince some big names to play in the Glass Bowl (Boise State in 2011, Arizona in 2010, Colorado in 2009, Fresno State in 2008, Purdue and Iowa State in 2007, Kansas in 2006, Pitt in 2003, UNLV in 2002, Minnesota in 2001), why can’t NIU? Observation No. 3: My response to the aforementioned poll: Western Michigan. To be quite honest, it will be bittersweet to see P. J. Fleck wearing the Broncos’ colors on the Huskie Stadium sideline next fall. During his playing days here, the thought actually ran through my head that Fleck someday could return to his alma mater as head coach and be the first NIU grad in that position since Hall of Famer Howard Fletcher (1956-68). With all due respect, I don’t know what transpired in Fleck’s 24-hour tenure as NIU offensive coordinator under Dave Doeren. It is a regrettable situation for sure, but I thought Doeren’s official quote that P.J. did not feel “ready” for such a position didn’t jive with reality. The situation could have been handled with a bit more diplomacy. You don’t throw popular and prominent Huskie alums under the bus. A year later, Doeren coaches at North Carolina State and Fleck is the youngest FBS head coach in America at WMU. From my perspective, Fleck earning the Western Michigan job is amazing. For years, the Broncos owned the Huskies in football. Between 1950 and 1982, WMU won 14 of the two school’s initial 15 meetings on the gridiron. Why hire somebody you usually beat? It’s a tribute to the turnaround Joe Novak era and those players (including No. 82) who gave NIU legitimacy in the eyes of Bronco athletic director Kathy Beauregard. Kudos to all who helped Fleck – Cary Groth, Jim Phillips, Novak and Jerry Kill. Random notes: Ex-NIU tailback Garrett Wolfe returned to campus this semester to work on a master’s degree in sports management. ... NIU Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach Jane Albright is scheduled to bring her Nevada squad into the Convocation Center in 2013-14. ... The dates for the upcoming Huskie Alumni Days in women’s basketball (Jan. 26) and men’s basketball (Feb. 23) have been announced.

• Mike Korcek is a former Northern Illinois University sports information director. His historical perspective on NIU athletics appears periodically in the Daily Chronicle.

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NortHErN ILLINoIs (3-12, 1-2 MAC) Vs. WEstErN MICHIGAN (9-7, 1-2) Game time: 7 p.m. today Where: NIU Convocation Center radio: AM-1360 WLBK, 98.9-FM Last meeting: Western Michigan 71, NIU 51, in second round of the 2012 MAC tournament scouting the Broncos: After a 6-1 start, Western Michigan has lost six of its past nine games, and the Broncos are only 2-6 on the road. Western has three players with nearly identical scoring averages – senior forward Nate Hutcheson (11.6 points a game), freshman forward Darius Paul (11.3) and junior center Shayne Whittington (11.3). NIU outlook: NIU started conference play with a win at Rob Winner – Miami (Ohio), but has followed NIU’s Abdel Nader has his shot that up with two losses against blocked by Akron’s Demetrius the top teams in the MAC East – treadwell on Jan. 12 in DeKalb. Akron and Ohio. The Huskies have

More online For all your NIU sports coverage – including stories, features, scores, photos, videos, blogs and more – log on to gotten a nice contribution from freshman forward Darell Bowie in conference play. Over the Huskies’ first three league games, Bowie is averaging 11 points and 5.7 rebounds a contest. NIU sophomore wing Abdel Nader has been in double-figures in seven of his eight games this season after missing the first seven because of a suspension for violating team rules. He’s averaging a team-high 13.9 points a game.

Blackhawks’ core remains the same • BLACKHAWKS

two cities in two days. A jam-packed schedule would seem to favor teams with the best depth. During stretchMore than two years have es that are particularly gruelpassed since the Hawks raised ing, the Hawks might need to a championship banner. lean on players from the third They want another one. or fourth line to log extra ice Here’s what to know as the time. Also, look for Crawford Hawks begin their pursuit. and Emery each to receive a 1. WHO are they? fair amount of work because of For the most part, the so many back-to-back games. Hawks are the same team that 3. WHEN will they return home? went 45-26-11 a season ago but Soon, but then they’ll head were bounced out of the play- back out on the road. The offs by the Phoenix Coyotes in Hawks’homeopenerisTuesday a six-game series. against the St. Louis Blues, a diThe core remains the same: vision rival who tends to elicit Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, low-scoring games that feature Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, a fight or two (or three). Duncan Keith and Brent SeaThe Hawks won’t spend brook. The goaltenders remain much time at the United Center the same: Corey Crawford and for the rest of the month. Ten of Ray Emery. The coach remains their first 12 games will be on the same: Joel Quenneville. the road before a seven-game The Hawks’ biggest free- home stand that starts Feb. 12. agent acquisition was Shel4. WHERE are their main don Brookbank, a 32-year-old strengths and weaknesses? defenseman who spent the On paper, the Hawks’ bigpast four seasons in Anaheim. gest strength will be scoring. Some young players such as They matched the Vancou20-year-old forward Brandon ver Canucks for first in the Saad also could play a more Western Conference with 241 prominent role. goals last season, and all of 2. WHAT will a shortened sea- their firepower returns with son mean? Toews, Sharp, Hossa, Kane, Much like the shortened Viktor Stalberg and so on. NBA season of 2011-12, this Once again, the Hawks year’s 48-game NHL season seem to have a shortage of will feature a bunch of games physical players who can win in a short amount of time. corner battles and protect the Look no further than this teams’ stars. Crawford and weekend, when the Hawks Emery also must improve in will open with two games in the net after the Hawks posted

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the fifth-worst save percentage (.901) in the NHL last season.

5. WHY didn’t general manager Stan Bowman make more changes?

Two seasons removed from a Stanley Cup championship, Bowman decided that the Hawks would be best served with minor tweaks instead of a major overhaul. He could have shopped Kane in the trade market or opened the team’s wallet for a prized free agent such as Zach Parise, but instead he opted for continuity. Another first-round playoff exit (or no playoff appearance at all) could prompt big changes. Quenneville has guided the Hawks to 100-point campaigns in three of the past four seasons, but he and his players know a deep playoff run is a must in 2013.

6. HOW will they do?

Check back in a couple of months, and we’ll have a better idea. Bottom line: The Hawks are loaded with talented players, and they absolutely should be a playoff team. And in the NHL, much like the NFL, every playoff team has a chance to win the championship if it gets hot at the right time. But nothing will be handed to the Hawks. They’ll have to earn every point in a Western Conference that is packed with skilled teams from Los Angeles to Vancouver to Detroit and many places in between.

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Indian Creek girls basketball upset Hinckley-Big Rock, 26-23, to finish in third place at the Little Ten Conference tournament at Serena on Friday. Kate Thuestad led the No. 4 seed Timberwolves with eight points.

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Kaneland’s Emma Bradford (32) drives to the basket for two points during the second quarter of the Spartans’ 49-48 overtime victory Friday night in Sycamore.

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Sycamore’s Julia Moll (right) controls a ball after struggling with Kaneland’s Emma Bradford (left) and Brooke Harner during overtime.

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Goff’s 16 points were largely because of her success at the free-throw line, where she was 11 of 15. Goff said her good outside jump shot has forced opponents to come out to guard her more, leaving her more room to drive. It certainly worked Friday, when she also hit two big free throws in overtime. “I was focused on making them. Luckily they went in tonight,” Goff said. “Just tried to drive and create the foul.” Bailey Gilbert added 14 points for the Spartans, and Paige Wogen finished with seven. Sycamore was able to get to the line 36 times, making 23 of its attempts. The Knights’ Brooke Harner helped send the game into overtime, hitting a layup with 39 seconds left and tying the score with a free throw after being fouled on the lay-in at-

“Great team effort, everybody contributed again,” Indian Creek coach Paul Muchmore said. “We had to really change our rotation in how how we did things. [Bench players] did a nice job.” Muchmore said the thirdplace finish was Indian Creek’s (12-11) best showing at the Little Ten tournament

in at least four years.

Somonauk takes fifth:

Somonauk took fifth place at the LTC tournament with a 38-37 win over Paw Paw. Emily Clark made the game-winning free throw with no time remaining Allison Humes led Somonauk with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Barbs in driver’s seat in NI Big 12 East • BARBS BASKETBALL

of our focus to the offensive end, where we’re struggling more.” DeKalb sits in the driver’s “We know that we’re a seat in the Northern Illinois pretty solid defensive team,” Big 12 East with an undefeated junior Courtney Bemis said, record after beating second“so we just want to shift more place Yorkville on Tuesday.

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But the Barbs have bigger goals. “We need to get better, I know that,” Johnson said. “Our long-term goal is to get to state. We just need to push hard every day and get our confidence.”

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tempt. Harner scored five of the Knights’ eight fourthquarter points, and finished with 11. Allyson O’Herron led Kaneland with 12 points despite picking up her second foul in the first quarter and spending a good amount of the first half on the bench. Kaneland coach Ernie Colombe gave the Spartans credit and was proud of his team for sticking in the game, despite seeing Sycamore attempt 36 free throws, compared to only 12 for his team.

“I think the big lesson tonight was we can’t reach as much as we were. I thought some of those calls were tough, but they were very consistent tonight from start to finish. When you really break this down, it’s a 49-48 game,” Colombe said. “Like I said, [36] to 12 free throws. On the varsity level, if you shoot [36] free throws, you should come out ahead, and we put them there. “They earned it, I thought their guards played really well.”

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“I like bowling in different houses, but since it’s at home and we’ve been throwing on the same pattern for the last month, it shouldn’t be too hard,” sophomore Will Totdz said. Coach Pinne hadn’t set a starting lineup as of Thursday. He wanted to break down the numbers for his team throughout the year, noting that many of the Barbs bowled better in invitationals than dual meets. But the overall goal for DeKalb is to place in the top two and advance to state. After a season in which everything was familiar, the Barbs are

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ar seat, diapers, changing table, crib, stroller, blankets, onesies: A new baby is a bundle of joy that also costs a bundle of cash. Nursery decor is one area where new parents can save some money by creating their own design elements. Opting for DIY doesn’t mean missing out on the fun of browsing stores and catalogs: Often a splurge item – such as a $400 Jonathan Adler giraffe lamp – can serve as inspiration for a cheaper, handmade version, says Pam Ginocchio, co-founder of baby design site Project Nursery. Handmade decorations also lend the baby’s room a unique personality, she says, and give parents a project to work on together before baby arrives. Here, Ginocchio, her business partner, Melisa Fluhr, and a few other DIY design bloggers share their favorite projects for baby’s room. Whether you’re creating a cozy nest at home or seeking ideas for a shower gift, these crafts can add warmth and style to a little one’s space.

DECOUPAGE TREE From Pam Ginocchio and Melisa Fluhr, Wall trees have become a popular trend in nursery décor; try this project in lieu of a pricey vinyl decal.

Materials: scrapbook paper (any size), about 20 sheets for a 6-foot tree Mod Podge matte finish scissors 2-inch-wide paintbrush or foam craft brush paper bowl or plate ladder or step stool Step 1: Take fabric swatches from your baby’s bedding to a crafts or paper store, and grab a mix of printed, solid and glittered papers in the same color family. Step 2: Start building the tree at the part of the trunk where the limbs begin to branch off. Cut or tear the paper (imperfect edges give a vintage feel), making each branch the thickness and length you want. Apply the Mod Podge to the back of each

piece with the paintbrush or craft brush, and press the scrap against the wall. With this glue, the piece will be moveable at first if you don’t like your initial placement. Step 3: Let it grow! As the limbs reach out and up, tear the paper thinner, just like on a real tree. Create the tree trunk with various-size scraps of paper using a collage technique. For a cute addition, hang the baby’s name off a low branch that reaches out across the crib. Step 4: Stack some of the leftover paper and cut out simple leaves. Cluster them along the branches. You can adorn the tree with birds, butterflies or even rhinestones.

NO-SEW BUNTING FLAGS From Ginocchio and Fluhr,

Materials: printed papers or fabrics ruler colorful ribbon or pom-pom fabric trim

hot glue gun scissors Step 1: At a crafts or scrapbooking store, pick out a variety of printed papers or fabric remnants. Step 2: Using a ruler, draw an 8-inch line on the back of a piece of paper or fabric. This will be the distance from the point of your triangle to the base. Turn the ruler perpendicular to one end of the line and make a “T’’ by drawing a line 6 inches long. Use the ruler to connect the top edges of the “T’’ to the point, making a triangle. Cut out this first pennant and use it as a template for the rest. Step 3: Line up your different-patterned flags in the order you want. Lay them side by side so they are pointing down and almost touching. Apply hot glue in a line across the top edge of each triangle and affix the ribbon or trim overtop. (Optional: Add iron-on letters to the flags to spell out baby’s name.) Once the glue dries, hang the bunting flags like a banner or in a zigzag pattern. diy-no-sew-bunting-flags/ See NURSERY CHIC, page C2


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Family time | Guiding your dog through the ‘teen’ years

tip of the week Most pet owners can tell you that the first few days with a puppy in the house can be a handful, but the job of being a good pet parent does not stop when your new pal sleeps through the night for the first time. After you finish guiding your pup through his earliest life stages, it is important to keep in

mind that he will be going through his own version of the “teen” years and will rely on a guiding hand. The accelerated development of dogs may make it seem as though they move straight from puppy to adult, but just like people, they also have an adolescent stage. Although they may look grown up, they are still experiencing changes that can have a major impact on their behavior and health. “Many pet owners may not realize that dogs experience adolescence,” says Jeff Werber, DVM, a nationally known veterinarian. “At this developmental stage, dogs are no longer puppies, but they are also not quite adults. Adolescent dogs have specific mental, social, physical and nutritional requirements that often go unmet, so it is important to make sure we are addressing all the aspects that are part of these ‘teenage’ years.” When your dog goes through the “teen” life stage – from about 6 months to 2 years – keep these tips in mind. • Curb bad behaviors: Chewing


shoes, soiling the carpet, surfing the counter for scraps of food – these are just some of the behaviors that come up as your still-young dog grows into his adult body. It is important to focus on training during this time to break bad habits – otherwise you could be dealing with them for life. Attending training classes not only helps your dog learn how to behave, it also helps owners discover solutions for unwanted behaviors. The added benefit of training is that it provides an opportunity to create a strong bond at one of the most impressionable periods of your dog’s life. • establish good eating habits: Just as kids have different nutritional needs than infants and adults, adolescent dogs need food uniquely tailored to their in-between needs. As your dog’s body grows and changes, certain nutrients are particularly important for brain and skeletal development and digestive health. • supervise socializing: Letting your dog interact with other animals

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is an essential part of responsible pet ownership. However, at the adolescent stage, it is important that you guide your dog’s interactions carefully. As dogs’ reproductive systems develop, both males and females can show signs of aggression. You may also find your male dog marking his territory and female dogs might try to flirt with males. When you start to see these behaviors frequently, it is probably time to discuss spaying or neutering with your vet. Not only can these procedures help correct some hormonally driven bad habits, they will also prevent unwanted litters of new puppies. – Brandpoint

Family movie night Looking for a good animated movie to watch with your family? Why not check out one of the Oscar-nominated films in the animated category: • “Brave” • “Frankenweenie” • “ParaNorman”

• “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” • “Wreck-It Ralph”

Book report “Wherever you Are: My love Will find you,” by Nancy Tillman Ages: Up to 4 Pages: 32 synopsis: Love is the greatest gift we have to give our children. It’s the one thing they can carry with them each and every day. If love could take shape it might look something like these heartfelt words and images from the inimitable Nancy Tillman. Here is a book to share with your loved ones, no matter how near or far, young or old, they are. – Feiwel & Friends

Did you know? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that only 4 in 10 U.S. children meet physical activity and limited screen-time guidelines.

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Geoffrey and Dacia Wells of DeKalb announce the birth of a daughter, Gemma Inez Wells, born Jan. 16, 2013, at home under the care of Genesis Family Midwifery of Warrenville. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and was welcomed by Dominic, 2. Grandparents are Kathy and Dick Wells, and Terri and Stan Doty, all of DeKalb. Great-grandparents are Rosemary and Nick Moore of DeKalb and Sammie and Lyle Doty of Sycamore.


97th birthday

Vera “Louise” Ederer, formerly of Waterman, now living in DeKalb, will celebrate her 97th birthday on Jan. 30. Louise was a restaurant owner in Waterman. She has three children. Myrann “Buffy” (John) Johnson of DeKalb, the late Richard (Margie) Lyons of Spring Brance, Texas, and the late Judy (Gene) Percey of Oregon. She also has 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Cards would be appreciated. Send them to DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center, 2600 N. Annie Glidden Road, Room 488, DeKalb, IL 60115.

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8PRaiRie FloWeRs thankful to helpful neighbor

To the Editor: I want to thank Brent Larsen from Shabbona for helping me early in the morning Jan. 3. I went out to get the paper without a coat. I had to use my cane to go down a few steps to retrieve the paper. In the meantime, a gust of wind blew the door shut and I was locked out. I hailed a car; no one stopped. Then I saw Brent at his grandmother’s house, so I yelled “help.” He heard me and came over. I told him to call a friend that had a key. She wasn’t home, so they called my son. He came with a key and I got in. Many thanks to Brent and his grandmother. Mary ellen Prestegaard Lee

thanks for supporting food pantry

To the Editor: What an amazing community we live in! I want to express our thanks to all of you in this community for the support you provided with donations given at Jewel-Osco on Peace Road for the Salem Lutheran Church Food Pantry. These donations made it possible for the Peace Road Jewel-Osco to organize and prepare 200 holiday meals distributed by Salem Lutheran Church Food Pantry for local families in need. These meals were above and beyond the weekly distribution of food that Salem’s food pantry gives to families. The pantry this year has provided 9,145 individual meals to 2,525 families in DeKalb County. Thank you to all the workers and God bless all of you.

Mary Ann Best Director, Salem Lutheran Church Food Pantry

Amanda and Andrew Nordman of Sycamore announce the birth of a daughter, Genevieve Elise Nordman, born Dec. 17, 2012, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb. She weighed 8 pounds, 9.9 ounces, and was welcomed by Lukas, 2. Grandparents are Mark and Doreen Akers of Sycamore, Margaret and Wayne Dohnalik of Sycamore and Alan and Sandy Nordman of Oregon. Great-grandparents are Betty and Richard Hall and Mary and Lowell Akers, all of Sycamore, Betty and Bob Nordman of Cortland, Marian and Elmars Kalnins of Mt. Morris, and Martin and Bernice Dohnalik of Boyd, Wis.

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this publicity photo provided by Apartment therapy shows a Do-it-yourself fabric Mirror of a lion. AP photo

This publicity photo provided by Project nursery llC shows a Decoupage tree.

Butler Darin Butler and Jennifer Ream-Butler of Sycamore announce the birth of a daughter, Arden Elinor Butler, born Jan. 8, 2013, at Sherman Hospital, Elgin. She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and was welcomed by Bronwyn, 3. Grandparents are Karen Ream and Jack Ream, both of Rockford and Gary and Amy Butler of Chenoa. Great-grandparents are Betty Smith of Chenoa and Robert and Marilyn Butler of Arrowsmith.

Galvan Andrew and Amy Galvan of DeKalb announce the birth of a daughter, Natalie Helen Galvan, born Dec. 7, 2012, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb. She weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce, and was welcomed by Brooke, 2. Grandparents are Guadalupe and Patricia Galvan of DeKalb, Kim Brandon of DeKalb, Forrest Brandon of Rochelle, and Bernard and Leann Jorda of Texas. Great-grandparents are Sandra Heine of West Dundee, Bob Farrell of Wauconda and Richard and Maryanne Brandon of Chicago.

Farley Brian and Tara Farley of Pittsburgh, Pa., announce the birth of a daughter, Eleanora Kathryn Farley, born Nov. 12, 2012, at Magee Women’s Hospital, Pittsburgh. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces. Grandparents are Mark and Karen Fenske of Waterman and Chris and Adrian Farley of Arlington, Va. Great-grandparents are Ingrid Fenske of Batavia and Edith Zimmerman of Advance, N.C.

Crittenden Josh and Trisha Crittenden of Sycamore announce the birth of a daughter, Neve Lynn Crittenden, born Dec. 26, 2012, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb. She weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was welcomed by Drake, 3. Grandparents are Bob and Jacquie Drake of Clare, Roger and Deb Hodgkinson of Genoa and the late John Crittenden. Great-grandparents are Helen Beamish of Sycamore and Jane Brackett of Fletcher, N.C.

lewis Wendell Lewis Jr. of Chicago and Sarah M. Brink of DeKalb announce the birth of a son, Wendell Edsel “Trey” Lewis III, born Jan. 1, 2013, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb. He weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and was welcomed by Lauryn A. Lewis, 1. Grandparents are Cassandra Lewis of Chicago, Wendell Lewis Sr. of Detroit, Jim Brink of Orlando, Fla., Chanette and Henry Oeser of DeKalb and Clarence Highsmith of Chicago. Great-grandparents are Kathleen Rodriguez of Sycamore and Frank Taylor of Chicago.

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this publicity photo provided by sherry and John Petersik of shows dresser drawers lined with patterned, wrapping paper.

Clean anD ColoRFUl DResseR DRaWeRs (From Sherry and John Petersik, You can get a similar effect from contact paper, which comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns. But you can make your own if you’re looking for a different look.

materials: Foam craft brushes mod Podge matte finish six sheets of patterned, heavy-duty wrapping paper (or swatches of colorful wallpaper or fabric) step 1: Wipe the insides of the drawers with a moist rag. If they’re musty, wipe them with mineral spirits or Murphy’s Oil Soap and let them air dry in the sun. step 2: After selecting six sheets of wrapping paper (or however many drawers you have), cut the sheets down to the size of the drawers. If all the drawers are the same size, use the first rectangle as a template. step 3: Apply a thin, even coat of Mod Podge adhesive to the bottom of the first drawer. Mod Podge is 100 percent waterbased, so it won’t stink up baby’s clothes. step 4: Glue the cut-to-size paper rectangle to the bottom of the drawer by pressing it along the center and out towards the corners to eliminate bubbles or wrinkling. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all drawers. step 5: Give the drawers four hours to dry, then apply a thin top coat of Mod Podge over the paper to protect against wear and tear. Let everything dry overnight and you’re left with fresh, durably lined drawers that provide a little dose of happy every time they’re opened.

FaBRiC miRRoR (From Carrie McBride,

materials: fabric scraps

fabric stiffener craft store mirror cardboard string super glue step 1: When you design a space for a little one, chances are you’ll end up with leftover fabric. This project is a great way to use up those scraps. Lay the fabric on pieces of aluminum foil. Brush fabric stiffener onto the material and smooth out bubbles or wrinkles. Let dry completely, then peel off the foil. step 2: Sketch a lion or other animal onto a piece of paper and cut it out. Trace the shapes onto the back of the stiffened fabric. Cut out fabric shapes. The fabric stiffener will prevent the edges from unraveling. step 3: Cut a small scrap of cardboard smaller than the mirror. Punch two holes and tie a string through them. Glue the cardboard onto the back of the mirror. This will allow you to hang the fabric mirror when it’s finished. step 4: Cut a large circle inside the lion’s mane (or the face of your animal). Line up the mirror in the hole and glue it to the back of the fabric so the edges are hidden. Let everything dry completely, then hang.

PRetty as a PiCtURe FRame moBile From McBride,

materials: 8 mini frames (available at craft stores; check the bridal section) one larger frame about 3 yards of ribbon, divided into four uneven sections decorative paper photos or art reduced to fit small frames 4 screw eyes fishing line or thin wire glue stick paint polyurethane

step 1: Paint the frames to make them colorful. Some may need a light sanding first. Add a coat of polyurethane after the paint is dry. step 2: If any of your frames has a support arm on the back to prop it up, pull it off. You want the back of the mini frame to be completely smooth. step 3: Put your photos or artwork in the small frames. (You could use abstract art, photos of vintage trucks or pictures of baby’s cousins, for instance.) step 4: To connect two small frames vertically, run the ribbon behind the artwork but inside the frame back. Cut a piece of decorative paper the same size as each frame back and, with a glue stick, paste it on. step 5: Remove the glass and backing from the large frame. Hang the four pairs of small frames from the large frame by twisting four screw eyes into the back of the large frame and then tying a ribbon to each screw eye. step 6: Tie a length of fishing line or thin wire to each screw eye, then tie all four pieces together so the mobile hangs evenly. Knot the end for attaching to a ceiling hook.


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University of Illinois Extension and University of Wisconsin Extension will host the 17th annual Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference on Feb. 11 at Midway Village Museum in Rockford. The conference will feature speakers from University of Illinois Extension, University of Wisconsin Extension, and Purdue University Extension. Liz Maynard, extension specialist with Purdue University, will be the keynote speaker. She will discuss last year’s cantaloupe contamination in Indiana – how it happened and how to prevent it from happening again. Other session topics include insect and disease control for fruits and vegetables, use of high tunnels, organic soil amendments, drought issues, crop storage, produce safety tips and more. The Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference is for both experienced and beginning farmers, conventional and organic growers, and those with many acres as well as small-scale market growers. Sessions will provide researchbased information and best practices from Illinois, Wisconsin, and Purdue University Extension Services. Competitions will be part of this year’s conference. The Innovator Competition will highlight farmers’ ability to fix, mend and innovate. The Social Media Contest will showcase farmers who have added marketing to their business plans and made an investment in marketing tools. The competitions are limited to registered participants. Check out the rules and download an entry form at http:// The cost to attend is $40 per person or $50 for late registration after Feb. 7. Registration includes two general education sessions, choice of four breakout sessions, continental breakfast, and lunch. To register, visit http://web.extension. or call the U of I Extension-Winnebago County office at 815-986-4357.

History museum looks to future in annual meeting As we start the new year and look to setting new goals, it is always nice to look back and see what we have achieved. The Sycamore History Museum will host its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 28. Last year marked several firsts for the museum, executive director Michelle Donahoe said, and more changes are in store for 2013. “This past year we made a commitment to attracting families, young children and students,” she said in a news release. “I am looking forward to showing everyone what we have done differently this year and our plans for the future. One highlight will be the launching of a new website. Jessica McTague, from HeartGiants, will be talking about the new website and all of the exciting features that will provide online visitors with a better understanding of who the Sycamore History Museum is and what we do best.” The website project was funded by the DeKalb County Community Foundation and the Roberts Family Foundation, Donahoe said. The meeting will be at the DeKalb County Community Foundation’s Freight Room. Ham will be provided; guests are asked to bring a dish to

pass. There is a $5 charge, and limited room is available. To RSVP, call 815-895-5762 or email This event is open to members, their guests and those interested in learning more about the museum.

Free amplified phones available Through Deaf/Hard of Hearing services, the RAMP office at 115 N. First St. in DeKalb is an Illinois Telecommunications and Access Corporation selection center. ITAC provides free amplified telephones to the hard of hearing, with no age or income restrictions. To qualify, individuals must be legal residents of Illinois, have verification from a doctor

Saturday, January 19, 2013 • Page C3 Court, Unit 5 in Belvidere. This webinar will focus on water sampling and how to maintain good water quality to keep produce free of contamination. There is no fee, but registration is required. To register, call 815544-3710 or visit https://webs. /?RegistrationID=7578. On Jan. 31, “Wildlife Damage Control” will be offered from 1 to 2 p.m. Participants can listen from home or listen with other producers at the DeKalb County Extension office, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore, or the Boone or Ogle county offices. This webinar will focus on identifying wildlife, the damage they can cause to production fields and ways to prevent wildlife damage. There is no fee,

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Webinars help producers manage small farms The University of Illinois Extension is offering a series of webinars for small-farm producers. On Thursday, “Water Sanitation for Small Farms Produce” will be offered from 1 to 2 p.m. Participants can listen from home or listen with other producers at the Boone County Extension office, 205 Cadillac








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Dorothy lockard of lockard travel recently made donations to two groups in Creston. she presented Creston school’s girls basketball coach Mickey Crystal (above) with a monetary donation to the Creston Parent teacher Organization for new basketballs and sound system. lockard presented lyle Headon (below) a donation to be used for the purchase of two flags and poles for the Avenue of flags at the Woodlawn Cemetery in remembrance of tom tastad and Ruth Graybon for their service in World War i. lockard makes donations to Creston-area groups with proceeds from travel trips. several trips are upcoming and still have seats available. Contact Dorothy lockard at for information on a March trip to New Orleans or an April trip to Washington, D.C.

Scouts explore fire station The Waterman Fire Department opened its doors to four Waterman Tiger Cub Scouts for a visit on Jan. 10. When scout leader Randy Leifheit asked if he could bring his Tiger Cubs to visit, Fire Chief David Lave, who is scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 139, quickly agreed. Tiger Cubs Will Leifheit, Dylan White, Alex Whitely and Cole Jernigan were given a tour of the fire station. The boys thought the radio room was cool, the meeting room was OK, and the highlight of the kitchen was that one Tiger Cub found a penny. Then Troop 139 Eagle Scouts Nick Cipra and Mitchell Lave – who also is a firefighter – took the Cubs to see the good stuff – the big red trucks. The Cubs tried on turnout gear, turned on the trucks’ emergency lights,

explored the ambulance and talked to each other on headsets. The Cubs also “met” Rescue Randy, a department training manikin, and saw SCBA masks, the Jaws of Life and a thermal-imaging camera. Firefighter Nick Watgen, who also is a scout leader for Troop 139, put on all of his turnout gear and showed the Cubs all of the tools he carries in his pockets, which seemed bottomless to the Cubs. After the tour, the Cubs stayed to sit in on the Troop 139 meeting. “One of the best parts about being a fire chief and also a scoutmaster is being able to teach and mentor so many different ages,” David Lave said in a news release. “If they ever wanted to stop back, the doors will be opened and we will be here.”

DeKalb Park District receives grant the DeKalb Park District received a $3,000 grant from the DeKalb County Community foundation to assist with the purchase of a new treadmill for the Haish Wellness Center. the Haish Wellness Center provides a variety of cardio and weight-training equipment for individuals age 18 and older. there are no monthly membership fees for participation; residents are required to purchase an annual resident iD card. Pictured are Haish Gym Wellness Center members with the new treadmill.

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Dear Abby’s legacy: Wit, warmth, and snappy advice By JOCelyN NOVeCK The Associated Press

NEW YORK – Two men had recently bought a house together in San Francisco, and the neighbors were annoyed. The men were entertaining “a very suspicious mixture of people,” the neighbors wrote, asking: “How can we improve the neighborhood?” “You could move,” Dear Abby replied. That zinger, contained in the 1981 collection “The Best of Dear Abby,” was such classic Abby – real name, Pauline Friedman Phillips – that it moved her daughter to burst into laughter Thursday when reminded of it, even though she had just returned from the funeral of her mother. The elder Phillips had died a day earlier at age 94 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. “People weren’t really talking about homosexuality back then,” Jeanne Phillips, who now writes the famous syndicated column, said. “But you know, there wasn’t a subject my mother wouldn’t take on.” As the world said goodbye to Dear Abby on Thursday, the Web was full of her snappiest one-liners, responses to thousands of letters over the decades that she wrote in her daily column. But her admirers noted that behind the humor and wit was a huge heart, and a genuine desire to improve people’s lives. “She really wanted to help people,” said Judith Martin, the etiquette columnist known as Miss Manners. “Yes, she wrote with humor, but with great sympathy. She had an enormous amount of influence, and for the good. Her place in the culture was really extraordinary.” The long-running “Dear Abby” column first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1956. Phillips was hardly experienced, but she had managed to snag an interview for the job. A skeptical editor allowed her to write a few sample columns, and Phillips was hired. She wrote under the name Abigail Van Buren, plucking the name Abigail from the Bible and Van Buren from American history. Her column competed for decades with that of Ann Landers, who was none other than her twin sister, Esther Friedman Lederer (she died in 2002.) Their relationship was stormy in their early adult years, but they later regained the closeness they’d had growing up in Sioux City, Iowa. Carolyn Hax, who writes her own syndicated advice column, feels that one can’t speak of one sister without the other, so influential were they both, and at the same time. “Any of us who do this owe them such a debt,” she said.

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in this feb. 14, 2001, photo, Pauline friedman Phillips (right) the nationally syndicated advice columnist best known as “Dear Abby,” and her daughter Jeanne Phillips, pose after the dedication of a Dear Abby star on the Hollywood Walk of fame in los Angeles. Phillips, who had Alzheimerís disease, died Wednesday. “The advice column was a backwater of the newspaper, and now it is so woven into our cultural fabric. These columns are loved and widely read, by people you wouldn’t expect. That couldn’t have happened without them.” In a time before confessional talk shows and the nothing-is-too-private culture of the Web, the sisters’ columns offered a rare window into Americans’ private lives and a forum for discussing marriage, sex and the swiftly changing mores of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. The two columns differed in style, though. While Ann Landers responded to questioners with homey, detailed advice, Abby’s replies were more flippant and occasionally risqué, like some collected for her 1981 book. Dear Abby: My boyfriend is going to be 20 years old next month. I’d like to give him something nice for his birthday. What do you think he’d like? – Carol Dear Carol: Nevermind what he’d like, give him a tie. Dear Abby: I’ve been going with this girl for a year. How can I get her to say yes? – Don Dear Don: What’s the question? Jeanne Phillips, who took over the column in 2002 after a few years of sharing the byline, recalled in a telephone interview Thursday her mother’s response to a woman who wrote in detail of how many drinks she’d shared with her date one night. “Did I do wrong?” the woman wrote, in the daughter’s retelling. “Probably,” her mom responded. But with all the wonderful humor, the younger Phillips says she was most impressed with two things: her mother’s compassion and her bravery. The compassion, she says, shone through especially when her mother met her readers. She remembers a young girl coming up at a



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stop at answering letters; sometimes she called people directly. “I’ll call them. I say, ‘This is Abby,” she said. “How are you feeling? You sounded awfully low.’ And they say, ‘You’re calling me?’ After they start talking, you can suggest that they get professional help.” Her longtime editor, Alan McDermott of the Universal Uclick features syndicate, said he was struck by how she combined that compassion with an infectious sense of humor, and good spirits. “I don’t think I ever, in all those years, saw her without a smile on her face,” said McDermott, who edited her column for some 20 years. The two would speak on the phone weekly, and he sometimes accompanied her on speaking engagements. And even though Phillips was a good 30 years his senior, McDermott says, she was not above a little innocent flirting. One morning

he called her hotel room, and she quipped, “I think you left your toothbrush here,” he remembers with a chuckle. Pauline Esther Friedman, known as Popo, was born on Independence Day 1918 in Sioux City, Iowa, 17 minutes after her identical twin, Esther Pauline (Eppie). Their father was a well-off owner of a movie theater chain. Their mother took care of the home. Both were immigrants from Russia who had fled their native land in 1905 because of the persecution of Jews. Two days before their 21st birthday, the sisters had a double wedding. Pauline married Morton Phillips, a businessman, Esther married Jules Lederer, a business executive and later founder of Budget Rent-a-Car. The twins’ lives diverged as they followed their husbands to different cities. The Phillipses lived in Minneapolis, Eau Claire, Wis., and San Francisco,

and had a son and daughter, Edward Jay and Jeanne. Esther lived in Chicago, had a daughter, Margo, and in 1955 got her job writing the advice column. She adopted its existing name, Ann Landers. Pauline, who had been working for philanthropies and the Democratic Party, followed her sister’s lead. She applied for the advice column without notifying her sister, and that reportedly resulted in bad feelings. For a long time they did not speak to each other, but their differences were eventually patched up. In 2001, the twins, then 83, attended the 90th birthday party in Omaha, Neb., of their sister Helen Brodkey. The advice business extended to the second generation of the Friedmans. Not only did Jeanne Phillips take over “Dear Abby,” but Esther Lederer’s daughter, Margo Howard, wrote an advice column for the online magazine Slate.

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Dear Abby: My daughter was recently married. My niece – a talented artist – hand-painted flowers on wine glasses for the dinner reception following the ceremony. They were intended to be keepsakes for each of the adult guests. The glasses turned out beautifully, and made each place setting extra special. I knew they’d be treasured by our family for years to come. At the end of the evening, I gathered four glasses from our family’s table, then glanced at the bridal table of eight – as some guests approached to offer thanks for a fabulous evening. When I turned around, the four glasses were gone. Not only had glasses disappeared from our table, but also from the head table and from my niece’s (the artist). Those of us who had worked hardest on the wedding were left with nothing – and that includes the bride and groom. The following day, someone mentioned to me that they had seen certain guests leave with four to six glasses each. One woman even had her child, who was loaded down with glasses, make several trips to her car. We’ve figured out who the

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips culprits were: some out-oftowners who stayed at the home of one of the groom’s relatives. I heard that the glassware covered the entire top of their dining room table. My question: Should we ask these people to return the glasses? Thanks for your input, Abby. – Mother of the Bride in Mesa, Ariz. Dear Mother: By all means ask – but there is no guarantee they’ll be returned. People who take more than their share usually feel an inflated sense of entitlement. Although their manners were atrocious, please don’t let this cause in-law problems before the marriage has even begun. Perhaps out of sympathy, the artist will be generous enough to craft another pair of goblets for the bride and groom. Dear Abby: I am in a oneyear relationship with a wonderful man who is divorced with two children. The kids and I get along great – or at least I thought we did. It turns out they are making up lies

about me and telling their mother. My boyfriend and his ex have a strained relationship and fight about everything. I love his children, but I don’t know how to handle this. What do you think I am doing wrong? – Telling the Truth in Duluth Dear Telling the Truth: You’re not doing anything wrong. Either the kids are trying to cause a breakup with the idea their parents will reunite, or they are telling their mother things they think she wants to hear. There’s nothing you can do about it. Your boyfriend will have to clear the air with his former spouse. Dear Abby: I am a woman who was raised in the South by a very proper mother. She told me that a man should never give a woman “intimate” gifts like lingerie. A friend and I have argued about whether this “rule” applies today. I still believe the practice is unacceptable, even if you are engaged. She thinks it is OK. Please settle this so we can get on with our lives. – Confused in Oregon Dear Confused: Perhaps the two of you should agree to disagree on this one. Your mother is part of the “hands off” generation, and the logic

was that knowing lingerie sizes was “too intimate” for couples who weren’t married. In today’s world, however, such logic would put companies like La Perla and Victoria’s Secret out of business. Dear Abby: I was a busy wife, mother and grandmother who had always been active and involved in my church and community. When my beloved husband died three years ago, everything changed. I became so consumed by grief, all my regular activities suddenly meant nothing to me. My children and grandchildren were busy with their own families and careers. I missed having someone to talk to and began feeling deeply lonely, even in a crowd. Then something remarkable happened: I learned I have an incurable cancer. I was so scared and worried, I couldn’t eat or sleep. One of my sons took me to a world-famous cancer center. Everyone I met there was loving and kind, and radiated positive feelings. Once again, I felt surrounded by love – and it changed my outlook. I was able to return to my hometown for further treat-

ment in a cancer center here, and I return to the larger center for follow-ups. Now I have the best of two worlds – a world-famous cancer center a plane ride away, and the ability to sleep in my own bed at night. I also have people in two centers who treat me with love and respect. Community and church members are rallying around me to show their support. I feel blessed and content, and the best part is I am no longer afraid. Abby, what do you think about my change in attitude? Am I in denial or experiencing some new stage of grief? I don’t want to have cancer. I don’t want to leave everyone behind. But I am not afraid to die. – Loving Every Day Without Fear Dear Loving: What you have experienced could be called an epiphany. In your case, it may be the simple, striking and illuminating discovery that once you felt again surrounded by love, respect and security, leaving this world and joining your husband in the next no longer held terror, but gave you peace.

• Write Dear Abby at www. or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Appendicitis requires immediate medical attention Dear Dr. K: Every time my husband has abdominal pain, he worries that it’s appendicitis. Can you tell me the actual symptoms so I can assure him he’s fine? Dear Reader: Many different conditions can cause abdominal pain. The cause of most abdominal pain is a temporary and simple disorder, such as a pocket of gas trapped in the intestine, or stomach acid causing heartburn. But serious conditions also cause abdominal pain, and appendicitis is one of the most common of those serious conditions. It affects one in every 500 people in the United States each year. Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. Your appendix is a small, finger-

ASK DR. K Anthony L. Komaroff like tube. We don’t know of anything good the appendix does for us – we just know it can cause trouble. Many people, including many of my patients, worry about appendicitis whenever they get a pain in their belly. It’s worth worrying about: Appendicitis can have serious and life-threatening consequences. Left untreated, an inflamed appendix can burst. The infection can then spread throughout the abdominal cavity and into the bloodstream. The appendix hangs from the lower right side of the large intestine. If your husband’s pain is predominantly

on his left side, it’s probably not appendicitis. (I’ve put an illustration of where the appendix is located on my website, Appendicitis causes the following symptoms: • Abdominal pain: This usually starts just above the belly button, then moves over several hours to the right lower side of the abdomen. • Nausea • Vomiting • Abdominal swelling • Pain when the right side of the abdomen is touched • Low-grade fever • Inability to pass gas • Change in normal bowel pattern Appendicitis is an emergency and requires immediate attention to avoid the risk of a ruptured appendix.

If your husband ever has symptoms of appendicitis, he should contact his doctor right away. The doctor will ask about his symptoms, then check for pain in the lower right abdomen. Blood tests, ultrasound or a computed tomography (CT) scan can also provide evidence for or against the diagnosis. When the symptoms, physical examination and tests all strongly suggest that a person has appendicitis, surgery to remove the appendix (an appendectomy) is required, as soon as possible. That’s because a ruptured appendix can be life-threatening, while an appendectomy is a relatively low-risk operation. If doctors think the likelihood of appendicitis is high

– even without blood tests or imaging studies – they’ll operate. If doctors think appendicitis is unlikely but still possible, they’ll continue to observe a person in the emergency room, and operate later if the person doesn’t get better. Still, our diagnostic accuracy is not perfect: In about 10 percent to 25 percent of appendectomies, the appendix is normal. It’s usually removed anyway, since it’s easy to do once the abdomen has been opened, and because it could cause trouble in the future.

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


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Kirkland. 2-3BR. Newly remodeled. Available now. No smoking or pets. Refs req. 815-761-0374 Malta 2BR- Appliances furnished, air, laundry, some utilities included. No pets, $595/mo 815-751-0480

Rochelle - 2 Bedroom

Shabbona. Spacious 2BR. Quiet neighborhood. W/D hook-up. No smoking or dogs. $625/mo+sec dep. 847-738-2334

Stone Prairie 2BR, 2BA APT.

Washer & dryer, central air, fireplace, exercise center. Cat friendly. Private fishing. $760/mo.

Laing Mgmt.

815-758-1100 or 815-895-8600

Sublease1 bedroom apartment near NIU now & receive $600 CASH (1 mo FREE rent). Clean, quiet, gas, water, heat incl, $600/mo. 630 728-3828 Chronicle Classified 877-264-2527

SYCAMORE GREEN APARTMENTS Rent Starting at: 1BR - $499 / 2BR - $535 On-site Management On-site Laundry Off Street Parking No Pets Please stop by or call for an application 1117 S. Cross St. Sycamore, IL 815-895-9594 Professionally managed by: WI Management Co. Madison, WI An Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

DeKalb ~ 3100 N. First St.

HUGE Garden Apt., Nr NIU, Porch, prkng, free cable & wifi, dogs OK. $800+util+sec. 773-203-7928


121K miles, leather seats. New tires, trailer hitch. All the bells and whistles for that year! Not much to look at but a great runner! $1000/obo. 815-385-5145 ~ 815-344-1188


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Off-St prkg, appl, W/D, garbage, all util incl. no pets. $570/mo + sec. 815-761-1975

DeKalb – 324 N. 1st St, 2 BR Quiet, Smoke-free environment. Appl, Carport/Water/Cable TV/Garb. Removal included. Laundry on site. No Pets. $625 mo. + utilities. 1St/ last/ dep. (815) 761-0830

I Buy


Lower 2 bedroom, $625/month + security deposit. 815-970-2533


$500/mo + 1st mo & deposit req. Parking in back, you pay electric and gas. 779-368-0224

1BR, newly remodeled, heat & water incl, $499/mo + lst, last sec. No smkg/pets. 815-739-9055

New carpet, fresh paint, W/D hook-up. $595/mo,1 year lease. 815-751-4440 Rochelle. 2BR duplex. All appls, W/D, C/A. Storage. Off street parking. No pets or smoking. $530/mo. 815-570-2110

Free Month Rent in Waterman

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

DeKalb 4 blocks from Downtown

Rochelle ~ Spacious 2BR TH

DeKalb~Newly Remodeled 2BR 1BA. A/C, off street parking for 1 car. Lndry in bldg, pets OK. $760/ mo+dep. Call Pete 630-363-3430

Now leasing 1 & 2 Bedroom All remodeled, new appl, carpet. Large Apts, Country Lifestyle. 815-784-4606 ~ 815-758-6580

Beautiful 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 900 sq ft, hardwood upper, quiet, beautiful screen porch, ac, garage, $700 + heat, electric, security, pets maybe. W/D, Mark 815-739-3740


Available now. Clean, quiet remodeled, $425-550. 815-758-6580 ~ 815-901-3346

DEKALB: 1Bdrm Apartment Across from Huntley Park, 505 S. 2nd St., $540/mo. Call Pittsley Realty 815-756-7768


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

Lease, deposit, ref. No pets.


University Village Apts. 722 N. Annie Glidden Rd.

815-758-7859 DeKalb. 1BR + Office/BR, LR, DR, eat in kitchen, appls, C/A, hrdwd flrs, built-in bookshelves, 1 car gar, W/D, bsmnt, patio. NO PETS. $750/mo+utils. 630-512-7251

DeKalb - Large Quiet 2BR

815-739-5589 ~ 815-758-6439

SYCAMORE - Reduced! A Bargain at $67,500! 2 BR Penthouse! Adolph Miller RE. 815-756-7845

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

Well maintained 2BR with central air, no pets + laundry facilities. $675/mo + dep. 815-600-4955

DeKalb Upper 1BR w/Sm Office/BR Older home. D/W, W/D avail, ceiling fans, claw foot tub. Off st prking. $595/mo. 815-756-2064

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good shape, AWD, silver, 223,700 miles, $3200 815-761-3910

DEKALB COUNTY 7 ACRE FARMETTE Sale is located on site at 15094 US Route 30, Hinckley, IL 60520. Watch for Signs along Route 30.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2013 OFFERED AT 11:00 AM or for info and photos Listing # 1642958

This 7 acre farmette is located just 1 mile West of downtown Hinckley, IL on Route 30. Property consists of several usable outbuildings and an approximate 1500 sq ft home. The home is rented on a month to month lease and has had the same tenant for years. Home features a country kitchen, living room, dining room, bonus room with a closet, ¾ bath with a shower & laundry on the main level. 3 bedrooms and a full bath are located on the upper level. Basement of the home is partial and dry. Mechanics include GFA Furnace, Central Air, hot water heater, 100 AMP CB, rented water softener, asphalt shingle roof (updated 2003), double hung windows, vinyl siding, well and septic. All are in good working order. Conveniently located from the following; 20 minutes from I88 and the Batavia/Aurora/St. Charles area; 1 hour from Chicago and less than 30 minutes from DeKalb and NIU. For more information and to schedule a private viewing please contact auctioneers Joe Wegener 815-766-0756 or Chris Wegener 815-451-2820. Real Estate Terms: $5,000.00 down day of sale with balance due on or before March 11th, 2013 at which time full possession of the proper-ty will be given. Seller to provide owners policy of title insurance and warranty deed conveying the real estate to buyer. Successful bidder is required to sign a real estate agreement to purchase contract on the day of sale. Property is being sold in its “AS-IS CONDITION” with no disclosures and no contingences are being offered in regards to the home or financing. Buyers will have finances arranged prior to the day of the sale. Sellers reserve the right to reject any and all bids the day of sale. All announcements made the day of the sale take precedence over any prior advertising or statements made.



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

DeKalb Quiet Studio,1 & 2BR


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URGENT! GOOD HOME NEEDED Good home needed for stray female kitty. FIV+, spayed and vaccinated. Must be the only pet or with other FIV+ pets. Time is running out and I cannot keep her. I do not want to release her back outside but have no other options. Shelters are full and cannot take her. PLEASE HELP! 815-784-4603

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Oriental Rug - 9 ft x 12 ft. Wool. Dusty rose w beige & blue pattern in border and middle . 3/4 inch nap. Great cond. $175. 815-899-7043.

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Will pay extra for Honda, Toyota & Nissan

ALL SIZE - MATTRESS SETS, Brand New w/warr. Twin $99, Full $129, Queen $159, King $259. Can deliver. 815-703-3688

Soda Fountain Glassware – Sundae/Banana Split/Milk Shake/Coke & Beer Mugs – Exc. Cond. $100. obo - 815-757-8006 After 5PM



Pool Table Light – Bud Light Hanging 44”x24” $175 Must See! 815-761-5843

Washer & Dryer

Kenmore, Heavy Duty Plus, You haul, $375. 239-961-2498


Chicago Cubs,Good Cond. $150 Must See! 815-761-5843


Washer dryer, deep freezer, kitchen, kids items and more


Beer Sign - Neon Coor's Light

680 Haish Blvd.




Used Invacare Walking Aid Model 65100 has handbrakes, backrest, flip-up seat - 300 lbs wt.cap. $ 60. Ph 815-762-2385



Dynamic Sales and Management Career

Step Ladder – Aluminum 8ft Clean $45 815-899-6027 9am-5pm

Off of Rt. 23 & Gurler Rd.

20 Yrs Experience in Nursing, Asst w/physical needs, housekeeping and errands. 815-656-1733


Table Lamp – Colonial Style – Pine Wood & White Hobnail Base Beige Shade $15. 815-895-5732 Wall Plaques –“ Cherished Teddies” Set of 3 – Faith, Hope & Charity 4”Round – In Boxes $20. 815-895-5732

Check out the

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AUCTIONEERS: Joe Wegener, Auctioneer Lisc. # 440.000375 Phone : 815-766-0756 Email: • WWW.AuctionZip.COM Chris Wegener, Auctioneer Lisc. # 440.000267 Phone : 815-451-2820 WWW.GO2Wegenerauctions.COM


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SYCAMORE 1BR Upper, Cozy, quiet $450+util, could be furnished, parking. 815-566-7747

DeKalb - 2BR 2BA Townhomes W/D, Central A/C, Dishwasher AVAIL. NOW $800/mo Call Pittsley Realty 815-756-7768

SYCAMORE 2 BEDRM - Mature Lifestyle. Nice, Quiet & sunny. Off St parking, no smoking/dogs. On-site lndry. Kris 815-501-1872

SYCAMORE 2 BR, 2 bath. 1 or 2 car gar, quartz granite cntrs, SS appl, FP. From $950-$1350. Non-Smoking. 1 MONTH FREE RENT! Call Sharon Sperling, Century 21 Elsner 815-793-3030

The Knolls

Tenant pays Com Ed and share of water, 3 months rent + security dep, $525/mo. 815-757-5079


Clean, quiet, close to NIU campus. 815-758-3449 or 815-501-1491

The application for a Special Use Permit has been filed in accordance with the requirements of Section 9.02.B.2 of the Zoning Ordinance in order to approve a landscaping business on property zoned A-1, Agricultural District.

DEKALB - Large 4 BR, 3BA 2 Story Duplex, Full basement, W/D, 2.5 Car Gar, 803 S. 2nd St. Call Pittsley Realty (815)756-7768

1705 Longwood Dr., Sycamore, Il. 60178 815-568-8691

Dekalb/South: 3BR 1.5BA. Avail starting February. Lease, refs req. No pets. $900/mo+utils. More info & appt call: 815-756-9763

We are Accepting Applications for a 1 Bedroom Apt. Washer/Dryer Coin Machines Security Building 24 Hr Maintenance Emerg # Close to Stores “62 years of age or older or handicapped/disabled regardless of age” Managed by P.P.M. L.L.C. of IL. “This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer”

Somonauk 2 Bedroom

1 bath, all appliances + W/D. Very nice sunroom, 1 car garage. No pets/smoking. $800/mo. 815-495-9625

Sycamore ~ Electric Park

Sycamore Near courthouse. Furnished, attractive, large office space. Great for professionals. $575/mo incl utilities, shared kitchenette & reception area. 815-739-6186 Sycamore. 4000 SF. Office/Shop. Bathroom. Heat, A/C. 2 O/H Doors. $1200/mo. J&A RE. 815-970-0679

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

Sycamore. Updated. 2BR, hrdwood flrs. 1 car garage, bsmnt, laundry. No pets. Avail now. $850/mo+sec. 815-766-1513

Sycamore Quiet 1 Bedroom

Sycamore Upstairs 2BR, 1BA 2900 DeKalb Ave. Laundry, nonsmoking, all util except electrical. $675/mo. 815-758-2911


Garage, laundry, a/c, new carpet. Clean & quiet. No pets. $725/mo. J&A RE 815-970-0679

SYCAMORE: NEWER 2BR Upper. CA. DW. W/D on Site. Off-Street Parking. $695 Incl. Water & Garbage. J&A RE 815-970-0679

Visit the Local Business Directory online at

Call to advertise 877-264-2527


P.I.N. 09-33-400-003

Paul R. Miller, Director DeKalb County Planning and Zoning (Published in the Daily Chronicle, January 19, 2013.)

PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the January, 7 2013 Official Zoning Map of the City of Sycamore, Illinois is available for viewing during normal business hours at the City of Sycamore Building and Zoning Department at 541 DeKalb Avenue or at the City Clerk's Office at 308 W. State Street in the City of Sycamore. John Sauter Director of Building & Engineering City of Sycamore


(Published in the Daily Chronicle, January 19, 2013.)


Crystal Lake

3BR, 1.5BA brick ranch.

2 car attached heated garage. 2/3 acre lot on quiet street. Close to lake with private beach rights and Crystal Lake Schools. All appliances incl. C/A, baseboard heat. Dogs negotiable. $1350/mo. Avail 3/1.


Sycamore- Large quiet upper 1 bedroom apt. Heat furnished. Clean. No pets. $590 a month 815-973-8290 Sycamore. 321 S. Walnut St. 1BR. $575/mo, incl all utils. Patio. Pets OK w/$500 dep. No smoking on property. 1st mo. rent+sec. On site laundry. 815-895-8901 Sycamore: Clean 2BR,1BA, full size washer/dryer, dishwasher, garbage disposal, next to park and school. $695/mo. You pay utilities. No dogs. 815-970-4640 Eric

DeKalb/Syc/Cortland. Nice Office/Warehouse! Size & price vary Adolph Miller RE 815-756-7845

3BR, appls, finished bsmnt, garage. Water incl. $975/mo. 815-953-7646 or 815-932-3734

$550/mo, includes stove, refrig, water. No pets/smoking. 815-895-4756 or 815-562-3459


Updated 3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath

DR, NEW kitchen, baths, hardwood floors, bsmt, 3 car garage, $1175. No pets/smoke. 815-762-4730

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The subject property is zoned A1, Agricultural District, and is legally described as follows:

2 & 3 Bedrooms. Garage, C/A, Basement. Pets?


Sycamore Meadows Apt.

Sycamore. 3BR, 1BA Ranch. 413 E. Lincoln. Fenced yard, garage. $1100/mo. 630-247-2655

yca Sy 60178. Because this will be the only opportunity for public input on this application, all interested persons are encouraged to attend and be heard. The Special Use Permit petition, CO-13-02, is available for inspection at the DeKalb County Planning Department, 110 E. Sycamore Street, Sycamore, IL, (815) 895-7188.

Waterman Small 1 Bedroom

Starting at $645 Newly remodeled 2 Bedroom CALL FOR DETAILS 815-245-6098 ~ 815-923-2521

SYCAMORE - Older 2 story 3 bdrm home for rent in Sycamore, no smoking, pets? first last and security $800/mo. We will check references. call 815-970-4286

The Southwest Quarter (1/4) of the Southeast Quarter (1/4) of Section 33, Township 40 North, Range 5 East of the Third Principal Meridian, in the County of DeKalb and State of Illinois.

Hot new deluxe townhomes.

Sycamore E. State St.

Saturday, January 19, 2013 • Page C9

DEKALB - 3BR 2 Bath Ranch, full basement, garage, new carpet, GREAT LOCATION! $1,000/month Call Brian 815-970-2929 DEKALB - 927 State St., Large 5BR 2BA W/D DW Fenced Yard, Pets OK, $1195/mo, 1st+Sec, 847-845-4021 DEKALB - Nice 4BR, 3BA House 2 Story, 2 Car Gar, W/D, Finished Basement, 1109 Sycamore Rd Call Pittsley Realty (815)756-7768 ∂∂∂Dekalb Updated 3BR,∂∂∂ stove, fridge, dishwasher, a/c, new carpet, garage, large yard 815-758-0079

DeKalb ~ 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath

Recently updated, appl, W/D 1 car garage, no pets. $900/mo, utilities not included. 630-470-2623 Dekalb: 3BR, 1BA, full bsmnt, no pets/smoking, $900/mo., 1st, last, & sec. 815-895-8507

PUBLIC NOTICE Jeff J. Marshall operates a landscaping business from the property at 14701 Gurler Road in Cortland Township. However, a landscaping business is a Special Use in the A-1, Agricultural District, which is the zoning of the property. In order for the business to continue a Special Use Permit must be granted by the DeKalb County Board. Before the DeKalb County Board can grant a Special Use Permit, a public hearing must be held before the DeKalb County Hearing Officer. Jeff J. Marshall has requested approval of such a Special Use Permit on the property located at 14701 Gurler Road. A public hearing will be held before the DeKalb County Hearing Officer on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. in the DeKalb County Administration Building, East Conference Room, south entrance, 110 E. Sycamore Street, Sycamore, IL,

Kishwaukee College is receiving quotations for as many as six (6) PowerWave C300 welders. Quotation forms may be found on the College website link: http:// departments/pdf/bid_powerwavec 300.pdf. In order to be given consideration, College forms must be used. Closing date for quotation is Monday, February 4, 2013, at 1:00 p.m., at which time the sealed proposals will be opened in the Administrative Conference Room (C2161). Any specific questions should be directed to Bernie Hackler at 815825-2086, Ext. 6151. Rob Galick Vice President of Finance and Administration Kishwaukee College 21193 Malta Road Malta, IL 60150 (815) 825-2086, Ext. 3210

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

(Published in the Daily Chronicle, January 19, 2013.)

Call to advertise 800-589-8237


real estate

= Open House = Developments

Area Open Houses - January 18-24, 2013




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Sycamore (continued) By Appt.

Reston Ponds Sycamore 3-4 2-3 Starting $219,950 Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Keith & Jean Brunett, 630-209-6357

1526 Sunrise Dr DeKalb 3 2 $124,900 Century 21 Elsner Realty, Sharon Sperling, 815-756-1691



1359 Everett Street Sycamore 3+2 3 $234,900 McCabe Realtors, Nedra Ericson, 815-739-9997

Sun 12-1:45 1020 Ashley DeKalb 3 3.5 $138,900 RE/MAX Experience, Rorry Heide, 815-751-4171



708 Reynolds Rd Sycamore 3+ 3.5 $259,900 Elm Street Realtors, Diana Morrasy-Carls, 815-762-0819

Sun 2:15-3:30 1209 Scott Ct. DeKalb 3 2.5 $139,000 Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Diane Hammon, 815-739-6627



222 Main St Sycamore 5 2.5 $269,900 Elm Street Realtors, Travis Velazquez, 815-762-8466



1032 S. 7th St. DeKalb Southmoor Estates, Office Staff, 815-756-1299







730 Sunnymeade Tr DeKalb 3 2 $144,000 Century 21 Elsner Realty, Jane Mitchell, 815-756-1691



429 Lucerne DeKalb 3 2 $145,900 RE/MAX Experience, Rorry Heide, 815-751-4171

Sun 12:30-2

763 Kensington Blvd. DeKalb 3 2.5 $187,000 Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Diane Hammon, 815-739-6627

Sycamore By Appt

Waterbury West Lane Sycamore Starting at $135,000 Directions to Somerset Farm: Rt. 23 to Bethany E to Somerset Lane S Century 21 Elsner Realty, Linda Tillis, 815-751-3159

Other Areas Sun


179 Warbler Ave Cortland 3 2.5 $164,500 Century 21 Elsner Realty, Maria Pena Graham, 815-756-1691



509 South First Street Malta 3 2 $188,000 McCabe Realtors, Cheryl Countryman, 815-751-7793



45W177 Plank Rd. Burlington 3 2 $245,000 Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Keith & Jean Brunett, 630-209-6357



723 Tiller St, Elburn 5 3.5 $259,000 Elm Street Realtors, Travis Velazquez, 815-762-8466



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