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Downs Tri-Valley fans, including Trevor Goveia (from left), Cody Eckel, Patrick Vock, Olivia Hedeman and Kayla Christian, celebrate a Vikings’ touchdown in the first half of the IHSA Class 1A state title game Friday at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb. Lena-Winslow defeated Downs Tri-Valley, 28-21.

Impressive atmosphere at first day of IHSA state championships By CHRIS BURROWS DeKALB – Neither freezing weather nor the four-hour bus ride that he and his football team took the day before were on head football coach Mike Parmentier’s mind Friday as he sat in the stands at Huskie Stadium. Parmentier’s Staunton Bulldogs were vying for their school’s first state title of any kind in 20 years. Although they fell to Sterling Newman


finals kicked off Friday at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb for the first time, after being held since 1999 at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium in Champaign. For most teams, families and supporters, that meant shorter drives: Of the 16 schools in the eight championship games, 11 are within a 90 minute drive of NIU. But even teams like Staunton, which is hours

Central Catholic, 40-13, in the IHSA Class 2A state title game Friday afternoon, their fans showed up to support them on their big day on the state’s biggest stage. “They allotted 1,000 tickets for us and we sold them all,” said Parmentier, whose team is from a town of about 5,000 people about 35 minutes north of St. Louis. “It’s a big deal ... so the whole town’s here. If you wanted to rob Staunton, today would be the day.” The IHSA state football

This first day is kind of a key for us to make sure we get through all the kinks, but heck we had a great football game.


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IHSA Destination DeKalb chairman

See IHSA, page A9

ON THE WEB: For complete coverage, including a photo gallery, from the first day of the Illinois High School Association’s state championships in DeKalb, visit

State lawmakers representing DeKalb County don’t consider the latest pension reform proposal to be perfect, but they seem open to supporting it when the legislature convenes a special session Tuesday. The proposal was announced Wednesday after negotiations among the Republican and Democrat leaders in the General Assembly. Key details of the plan, including increasing retirement ages and reducing cost-of-living adjustments for retirees, were released to legislators in a summary Friday. “It’s something that was a give-and-take among the four leaders, and it probably is the best deal that we’re going to get at the moment,” state Rep. Robert Pritchard, R-Hinckley, said. “I’m listening. I would like to see us have reform, but I won’t support it if it is overly egregious and troublesome for retirees. It has got to be a shared pain, so to speak.” Reining in the 3 percent compounded COLAs that retirees in the five state-run pension systems get is at the core of the plan, which seems aimed at lessening the hurt

State Rep. Robert Pritchard R-Hinckley

State Rep. Tom Demmer R-Dixon

State Sen. Dave Syverson R-Rockford

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Dog found under rubble 9 days after tornado The ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – A six-monthold pit bull that was buried under a pile of rubble for more than a week after a tornado ripped through a central Illinois city has been coaxed to freedom with hot dogs and reunited with his owner. Jacob Montgomery, a member of the Illinois National Guard, was separated from the dog, Dexter, when the Nov. 17 tornado destroyed his third-floor apartment in Washington. Montgomery combed through the wreckage multiple times but turned up no

“All I had in my apartment is gone, but my dog was all I really had to worry about.” Jacob Montgomery a member of the Illinois National Guard sign of Dexter. Nine days after the storm, a neighbor who was looking for his cat, also missing, with the help of a group called Rescuing Animals in Need sent Montgomery a Facebook message to tell him Dexter

had been found partially buried in debris where the apartment building used to stand. “He said, ‘I’ve got your dog right here,’” Montgomery recalled in a statement released by the Illinois National Guard. “As soon as Dexter saw me, his tail started going.” The pooch was in relatively good shape. “The vet said he has no real injuries – just a few scrapes and cuts,” said Montgomery, who got Dexter as a puppy to keep him company when he moved from Champaign. “He was malnourished, but he’s going to be fine.”

The Washington tornado was part of a band of heavy storms that brought rain, high winds and a rash of twisters to Illinois, and left seven people dead in its wake. Montgomery has been a military police officer with the Illinois Army National Guard for more than five years and is trained to respond to emergencies. But he said he’s never been the victim of such a disaster. “All I had in my apartment is gone, but my dog was all I really had to worry about,” he said. Montgomery is staying with a friend in nearby Peoria until he can find a new home.

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Illinois National Guardsman Spc. Jacob Montgomery sits with Dexter at the home of a friend near Peoria. Montgomery and his puppy were reunited 9 days after a tornado destroyed their apartment Nov. 17 in Washington.


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8 DAILY PLANNER Today Weight Watchers: 7:15 a.m. weigh-in, 7:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. meetings Weight Watchers Store, 2583 Sycamore Road (near Aldi), DeKalb. Overeaters Anonymous Walkand-Talk meeting: 8 to 9 a.m. at The Federated Church, 612 W. State St., Sycamore.; Call Marilyn at 815-751-4822. NICE Food and Clothing Center: 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, by appointment other days at 346 S. County Line Road in Lee. Serves the southwest part of DeKalb County and the southeast area of Lee County. 815-824-2228. It Is What It Is AA(C): 9 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Church, 340 S. Stott St., Genoa. 800-452-7990; As Bill Sees It AA(C): 9:30 a.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb. 800-452-7990; Learning to Live Al-Anon group: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Newman Catholic Center annex, Normal Road in DeKalb. llc904@ Narcotics Anonymous: 10 to 11 a.m. at United Church of Christ, 615 N. First St., DeKalb. www.; 815-964-5959. Knights’ Saturday Burgers and More: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at DeKalb Knights of Columbus Club, 1336 E. Lincoln Highway. Open to the public. Burger buffet: Noon to 2 p.m. at Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St. The public is invited for lunch. Group Hope: Noon to 1:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 511 Russell Road in DeKalb. This free support and discussion meeting is for NIU students and DeKalb community residents. Community facilitators are sought to volunteer to help others. Contact Charles Smith at 815-398-9628 or visit or www. Lightning games: 1:30 p.m. at Genoa Veterans Club, 311 S. Washington St. or contact Cindy at or 815751-1509. Back to Basics AA(C): 6:30 p.m. at Cortland Methodist Church, 45 Chestnut St., Cortland. Last Saturday is open meeting. 800-4527990; AA Speaker Open Meeting: 8 p.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb. 800-4527990; Saturday Night AA(C): 10 p.m. at 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb. 800452-7990; www.dekalbalanoclub. com. Sunday 24 Hours a Day AA(C): 9:30 a.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb. 800-4527990; Memories of DeKalb Ag: 2 to 4 p.m. at Nehring Gallery, Suite 204, 111 S. Second St., DeKalb. Free admission. Open to all. www. Sandwich Swings!: 4 to 6 p.m. at Plano American Legion Post 395, 510 E. Dearborn St., Plano. Singles Welcome. Casual dress. Cash bar. Admission is $5 a person. 815-570-9004. Society for Creative Anachronism armored fighting practice: 4:30 p.m. behind Stevenson North at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. For Middle Ages-Renaissance history re-enactors. Visit or call 815739-5788 or 815-986-5403. Bread & Roses women’s chorus practice: 5:45 to 8 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb. For information, call Patty Rieman at 815-758-4897 or visit DeKalb County Illinois NAACP Adult Chapter: 6 to 7 p.m. at New Hope Church at Twombly and Annie Glidden roads in DeKalb. Contact Kevin at tiger39217@ or 815-501-7583. Steps And Traditions AA(C): 6 p.m. at Masonic Hall, Route 23, Genoa. 800-452-7990; www. No Longer Hopeless AA(C): 7:30 p.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor, DeKalb. 800452-7990; www.dekalbalanoclub. com. Any Lengths AA(C): 8 p.m. at Federated Church, 612 W. State St., Sycamore. 800-452-7990; Monday Big Book Study AA(C): 9:30 a.m. at 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb. 800-452-7990;

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Fans are seen entering Huskie Stadium on Friday before the start of the Class 1A championship game in DeKalb between Downs Tri-Valley and Lena-Winslow.

Games could lead to more benefits The IHSA football state championships turned what normally is a slow news week into anything but. It’s exciting to finally see the weeks of planning and preparation and community awareness finally coming to fruition out at Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Stadium. There was a lot of work done, by IHSA Destination DeKalb Committee members including Tom Matya, Brad Hoey, Debbie Armstrong and Jerry Smith, along with many others. Those four folks took some time out weeks ago to update us on how things were going and provided some appreciated help in our effort to put together the special section on the championships that appeared in Thursday’s Daily Chronicle. People from so many different segments of the community pitched in. From DeKalb School District 428, where former athletic director Dan Jones helped gather signatures in support of NIU’s bid and Matya is school board president. Hoey is director of marketing and communications at NIU. Armstrong is director of the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau. And Smith has had leadership roles in several community and charitable organizations. Other businesses, local governments including DeKalb and Sycamore, and many others contributed as well. It is great to see how much can be accomplished when so many community members are rowing in the same direction. The championships continue today with the final four championship games, and although the organizers and volunteers are no doubt laser-focused on those, it’s fair to ask: What if this is just a start? It would be a great thing if this kind of cooperation could be duplicated to bring more events and visitors to the area, and more tourism dollars to our local economy. When has the DeKalb area had a higher profile, either regionally or nationally? The Huskies football team is undefeated and making yet another run toward a berth in a BCS bowl game, Huskie Stadium is hosting high school football players and fans from around the state, and the broadcasts of those games include multiple commercials advertising DeKalb County, the city of DeKalb and others. This has been a period of remark-

EDITOR’S NOTE Eric Olson able exposure, and so far, so good. Here’s hoping it can help NIU attract future students, or football recruits. Maybe businesspeople will consider the area if they’re looking to expand. If we could add another annual “big event” to the local calendar, we’d really be on a roll. Shop when, where you want: Thanksgiving came too late this year, forcing us to cram all the traditional Christmas-holiday stuff into only 26 short days. If you celebrate Hanukkah, it was a double whammy. Maybe that’s the reason that some local stores opened to shoppers the night of Thanksgiving this year, getting a jump on the Black Friday deals by several hours. But don’t be surprised if more stores are open on Thanksgiving night in the future. That angers some people, who would like Thanksgiving to be sacrosanct, a day when everyone stays home for quality time with family, their dog, the TV, whatever. Of course it’s never been that way. There’s an army of people who work on Thanksgiving at gas stations, airports, police stations and, yes, newsrooms. Some people are actually glad of the work, for whatever reason. More importantly, however, if shopping on turkey day was something people really didn’t want to do, the stores wouldn’t bother opening on Thanksgiving. That’s the reason retailers aren’t open on Christmas. They realize it wouldn’t be worth it – not enough customers. But the movie theaters are open. Restaurants, too. People want to eat out and see movies on Christmas. They also want gas for their cars and people to fly their airplanes and patrol the streets and so on. As far as economics, we generally trust people to do what they consider to be in their best interest. If being part of a crush of shoppers at 4 a.m. Black Friday or 6 p.m. Thanksgiving makes sense to people economically, that’s what they’ll do. If others decide it makes sense to work in those jobs that night, they’ll do that, too.

I know a lot of people who like to hold forth about their opposition to big corporate retailers of any number of products, and the whole “ruining of Thanksgiving” fits neatly into that narrative. Those people don’t trust the consumer. But Adam Smith did, and so should you. Consumers must do what’s in their best interest, although that doesn’t always mean finding the lowest price. Sometimes it involves keeping the money you spend in the hands of local merchants – hence the idea of calling today “Small Business Saturday.” Sometimes it means doing business with people who do business with you or your company. Sometimes it just means that you’re in a hurry and a store is in a convenient location. I won’t tell you where or when to shop, dear readers. You know how best to spend your money – even better than the government does, I’ll wager. That said: I’m with Pope Francis, who this week criticized the tyranny of “unfettered capitalism” and the “idolatry of money.” We should not allow “survival of the richest” to become a guiding principle of our society. But those are moral failings, not systemic ones. Our economic system works when you do what makes sense for you. And compared with the alternatives, capitalism remains the best option. A big loss: The door to the BCS might have just swung wide for NIU again with Friday’s Fresno State loss at San Jose State. They’ve got the Mid-American Conference title game against Bowling Green on Friday yet to go, but if they can get just one more win ... oh, my goodness. Two big-time bowl games in a row would be amazing. Unheard-of in these parts. Stupefying. We’ll be covering the run-up to Friday’s MAC championship game in Detroit all next week on and in the pages in the Daily Chronicle. After that, what? Jordan Lynch at the Heisman Ceremony? NIU at the Fiesta Bowl? I don’t know, but I’m sure excited to find out.

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Fleeing shoplifting suspect shot after dragging police officer The ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO – A suburban Chicago police officer was released from a hospital Friday after being dragged by a car driven by fleeing Thanksgiving Day shoplifting suspects, one of whom was charged with attempted murder. Another police officer fired at the 52-year-old driver, who remained hos-

pitalized with a gunshot wound to his arm following the Thursday night incident at a Kohl’s department store in Romeoville, the Romeoville Police Department said in a statement. The suburb is about 30 miles southwest of Chicago. The store reported suspected shoplifters to police just after 10 p.m. Thursday. As a patrol car approached the store, one suspect bolted out of a

door, jumped into a waiting car and closed the door on the pursuing officer’s arm. The driver then drove off – hauling the officer with him. “The officer was dragged quite some distance,” Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey said at a news conference. Another officer repeatedly yelled at the driver to halt, then fired three

or four shots, striking the driver with one bullet in the left arm and forcing him to stop, police said. The officer who became stuck in the car door injured his right shoulder. Authorities later identified the passenger as Robert Russell, 51, of Joliet, who was charged with attempted murder, according to the Will County Sheriff’s office website.


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Jumpin’ Jolidays has kids bouncing Restoration of DeKalb cemetery still in progress By STEPHEN HABERKORN

By DEBBIE BEHRENDS DeKALB – Evergreen Cemetery looks like a cemetery again, instead of an open field – a night and day difference, according to DeKalb Township Supervisor Eric Johnson. The restoration is being accomplished by Helen Wildermuth and her firm, Stonehugger Cemetery Restoration of Nashville, Ind. She and her team start by digging up headstones that have sunk into the ground and restoring them to their rightful place. Markers that are too deteriorated are discussed with the township for possible replacement. “It’s been going great,” Johnson said. At last count, 30 tablets, 19 small monuments, 12 large monuments and two flat military markers have been restored, he said. Johnson said a few of the larger stones are scheduled to be restored next year. “We viewed this project as a way to honor the memories of the town’s founders and early settlers,” Johnson said. Among the well-known residents buried in Evergreen are Joseph Glidden’s parents, Polly Hurd and David Glidden. “There was not a proper marker for the Gliddens there. We’re hoping to work with the Glidden Homestead to do something for them,” Johnson said. “We’ve known they were buried there,” said Marcia Wilson, executive director of the Glidden Homestead. She said their grave marker was moved to Fairview Cemetery near the Glidden Mausoleum, but the bodies were never moved.

SYCAMORE – Bargain-hunting shoppers weren’t the only ones jumping for joy on Black Friday, as about 25 children between the ages of 3 and 12 bounced, ran and tumbled for hours at the third annual Jumpin’ Jolidays, hosted by the Cornerstone Christian Academy in Sycamore. The jumping gym was overseen by friendly and relaxed workers, volunteers and parents, and children waited patiently for their turns, played together nicely, and even hugged one another repeatedly. Kids had the run of a gym filled with six inflatable jumpers and obstacle courses, as well as an adjacent activities and rest area. The young children played together in the bouncy houses or quietly re-fueled with Gatorade and snacks while watching “Horton Hears a Who.” It was hard to tell if the kids were more excited about the inflatable jumpers or the pizza, snacks and drinks. Five-year-old Grace Schumacher of Sycamore suggested a way to possibly incorporate the two. “I think they should have marshmallows, because you

“When they put the big stones there with the sign for the cemetery, they didn’t realize they were putting them on top of graves,” Wilson said. She said the homestead board has discussed replacing the Glidden markers in Evergreen Cemetery, but nothing formal has been done. When the one-acre Evergreen Cemetery, at Taylor and Seventh streets in DeKalb, is completely restored, Wildermuth and her team will move to the much larger Oakwood Cemetery, located just north the Ellwood House on North First Street. “Oakwood is closer to 6 acres with more stones and a longer history,” Johnson said. Although restoration work has not begun there, Johnson said the township did put gravel on the dirt road into the cemetery. “We chose to put in a gravel road rather than paving it to be more reflective of the time period,” Johnson said. Both cemeteries date to the 1850s. Wilson said she has a personal connection with Oakwood. Originally from Leland, she said she believed all her ancestors were buried in LaSalle County. However, when she started doing genealogy research, she learned that three generations of her family are buried in Oakwood. “Not all have markers, but I suspect they probably did at one time,” Wilson said. “The markers there are in very bad shape.” Johnson said the total cost to restore Evergreen Cemetery is expected to be $65,000 to $75,000, and Oakwood will cost another $100,000.

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Kaden Ladas (left), 9, and Asher Larson, 6, both of Sycamore go down an inflatable slide inside the Cornerstone Christian Academy gymnasium Friday afternoon in Sycamore. can jump on AND eat them,” Grace said. Julianna Ladas, director of sports boosters at Cornerstone Christian Academy, said the event was started three years ago as a way to raise money to upgrade the school’s athletic facilities as well as serve the community. Vicky Guthrie of DeKalb, who dropped off her son, Simoni, was happy to have an

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Military readiness Man turns to comics in tough times in doubt as budget cuts continue The ASSOCIATED PRESS

The ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Warnings from defense officials and some experts are mounting and becoming more dire: The nation’s military is being hobbled by budget cuts. “You’d better hope we never have a war again,” the House Armed Services Committee chairman, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., said of the decline in what the military calls its readiness. So should Americans be worried? A look at what the Pentagon means by “ready” and where things stand:

READINESS It’s the armed forces’ ability to get the job done, and it’s based on the number of people, the equipment and the training needed to carry out assigned missions. Military units are rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the best, or fully ready. Typically, a unit freshly returned from a tour of duty would carry a 5 rating, since it’s missing people because of casualties or because some are moving on to other jobs, and it’s missing equipment that was battered or worn in the field and is in for repairs or must be replaced. A unit can be sent out in less-thanfull ready status, but officials warn that would mean it could do less, take longer to do it, suffer more casualties, or all of the above.

THE U.S. MILITARY RATING NOW Detailed information on that is classified secret so adversaries won’t know exactly what they’re up against. But because of ongoing budget fights, officials in recent weeks have given broad examples of readiness lapses in hopes of convincing

Congress and the American people that cutbacks, particularly in training budgets, are creating a precarious situation.

THE PROBLEM Even those who believe the situation is not yet dire say eventually these budget cuts will catch up with the force. Some analysts say another two or three years of training cuts, for instance, will leave the U.S. military seriously unprepared. The cuts come just as the military had planned a significant re-training of the force. That is, the bulk of U.S. forces were organized, trained and equipped over the past 12 years for counterinsurgency wars like Iraq and Afghanistan and now need to sharpen skills needed to counter other kinds of threats in other parts of the world.

A SOLUTION There’s broad agreement in Washington that budget cuts should be tailored rather than done by the automatic, across-the-board cuts known as sequestration over the next decade. There is not agreement on politically sensitive potential savings from closing and consolidating some military bases, holding the line on troop compensation that has grown over the war years or drawing down more steeply from the wartime size of the force. Finding replacement cuts for sequestration is the priority of budget talks led by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his Senate counterpart, Patty Murray, D-Wash., who are facing an informal Dec. 13 deadline to reach a deal. Any agreement that they negotiate could still be rejected by their colleagues.

KILDEER – It could be a plot from a classic comic book: A mild-mannered boy with the good Spidey sense to treat his comics like priceless manuscripts grows into a man who must use the valuable collection to fight his greatest foe, a rare disease threatening to rob him of his ability to walk. Fact is, for Steve Landman, it’s a real-life predicament. Diagnosed with anti-MAG IgM peripheral neuropathy, an autoimmune disease that attacks the nerves, Landman for months has watched helplessly as the numbness that started in his toes crawled up his legs to the point where he now moves as if trudging through snow. Landman, 62, is weighing his options while also hoping for a cure to the disease, which can upset a person’s sense of balance to the point that walking is impossible. And an alternative to some of the current treatments has side effects that, he’s learned, don’t always work.

ARTHUR H. ARNOLTS Arthur H. Arnolts, 77, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at his home. A complete obituary will follow in a later edition. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, or 815-286-3247. Visit

LESTER EARL BARNES JR. Born: June 20, 1929, Enfield, Ill. Died: Nov. 24, 2013, Bay Minette, Ala. GULF SHORES, Ala. – Lester Earl Barnes Jr., 84, of Gulf Shores, Ala., died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at the Alabama State Veterans Home in Bay Minette, Ala., after an extended illness. He was born June 20, 1929, in Enfield, Ill., to Ester M. and Lester Earl Barnes Sr. Les lived in Carbondale from an early age, attending school there. His youth, during The Depression, was filled with family, school, hard work at the lumber yard that his father managed, inventiveness and enthusiasm. He studied and worked to be a journeyman carpenter. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, graduating at the top of his class in basic and No. 1 candidate from officer candidate school. At the end of his service, Les returned to Carbondale and Southern Illinois University, where he completed his undergraduate degree and obtained his master’s. He went to the University of Illinois to pursue doctoral studies. Les became immersed in computers at the time when they were the subject of developmental research, were wall-sized and maintained by replacing tubes. He always joked that he learned computers in “the pits” and about never having taken a computer course because there weren’t any. During his doctoral studies, he was recruited by Northern Illinois University to

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appearance of the Fantastic Four and Hulk and early appearances by Spider-Man, has lit up the comic book world like the Bat Signal. “I’ve never heard of anything like this come out of the blue like this,” said Ralph DiBernado, owner of Jetpack Comics LLC, in Rochester N.H. He said the auction house’s estimate that the collection is worth $500,000 may be low by as much as a quarter-million dollars when the auction ends Dec. 13.

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So, he’s turning to his collection of 10,000 comics in an effort to raise enough money to live on and fight his affliction. “I won’t really have an income in a few months,” said Landman, a suburban Chicago dentist who has to sell his practice because of the disease. “Even though it’s a lot of money, it’s going to have to carry me to whenever, whatever.” Word of the online auction of 420 of Landman’s more pristine comics, including the first

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Dam, Wis.; two grandsons, Dr. Jeffrey M. Barnes of Seattle, and Kevin L. Barnes of Cedar Rapids; sister-in-law, Shelba Barnes of West Lafayette, Ind.; nephew, Michael Barnes and family of Cincinnati; niece, Leslee Finney and family of Decatur; his wife of 36 years, Jacqueline A. Barnes of Gulf Shores; and far-reaching extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepdaughter, Deanna A. Hollenberg; and his good friend and brother, Jack R. Barnes of West Lafayette. Les was loved, appreciated and admired by his family, friends and colleagues. He will be greatly missed. His ashes will be interred with services in the State Veterans Cemetery in Spanish Fort, Ala., and headstones will be placed in two family cemetery plots. Several life celebrations are planned. Contributions in Les’ memory can be made to the NIU Foundation, where an appropriate memorial is being created. Checks may be addressed to The NIU Foundation, Attn: John Sentovich, Altgeld Hall – 132, DeKalb, IL 60115-2882, with a note on the comment line: For Les E. Barnes Memorial. To sign the online guest book, visit

Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd., Quiram Sycamore Chapel. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Carl L.M. Rasmussen officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery. For information or to leave a message of condolence visit or call 815-895-6589. To sign the online guest book, visit

ESMOND – Raymond E. Hanson, 89, of Esmond, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at Franklin Grove Nursing Home. He was born May 31, 1924, in Belvidere, the son of Ernest and Mary (Gronberg) Hanson. He married Verna Wallin on Nov. 24, 1956, in Rockford. Ray was a lifelong farmer in the Esmond area and a member of the First Lutheran Church in Kirkland. He is survived by numerous cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Verna. The visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Olson


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DeKALB – Anyone who has lost a child, no matter their age or circumstances, is invited to a Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting memorial service at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 8 in the first-floor meeting room in the Hopkins Park Community building, 1403 Sycamore Road. A brief program of music and readings will precede the candle lighting. The lighting of candles unites friends and families around the world who honor the memory of their child. For more information, call Sue Rankin at DeKalb County Hospice, 815-756-3000.

Born: May 31, 1924, Belvidere, Ill. Died: Nov. 26, 2013, Franklin Grove, Ill.


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an informational meeting about domestic and international adoption for prospective adoptive parents from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at its Sycamore office at 1430 DeKalb Ave. The society assists with an average of between 35 to 45 adoptive placements each year. Over the past 13 years, the agency has placed more than 500 children, including more than 100 international children, more than 200 infants and almost 200 waiting children from the foster care system. Refreshments will be served. Walk-ins are welcome. For reservations or more information, call 815-962-1043.


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annual Red Wreath Program on Thanksgiving Day to bring awareness of fire and home safety during the holiday season. A wreath lit with red lights was hung outside of each Sycamore fire station, and will be displayed until Jan. 1. When there is an emergency related to the holiday season, a red bulb will be replaced with a white one. Last year, the wreaths remained red throughout the season. Sycamore has participated in the program since 1997. For information about fire safety, contact fire prevention coordinator James Ward or assistant fire chief Art Zert at the Sycamore Fire Department at 815-895-4514.

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8OBITUARIES establish the production management curriculum. Les spent his career at NIU, teaching classes in the College of Business, becoming a certified data processor, consulting with industry on production and computer systems, bringing microcomputers to the college when they were considered a fad, and networking the college. He established and managed computer labs for the college, training many students. He was a member and leader in a variety of professional and personal organizations, including a single-parent organization, where he enjoyed planning educational programs and family activities, and where he met his wife, Jacqueline. Les was a tireless contributor. He was a life-long learner, whether it was technical, craftsman, recreational or personal skills and knowledge. He was a skilled IFR-rated pilot, using his flying in his consulting work and with the Civil Air Patrol on search and rescue missions. He was an athlete and, at SIU, became coaching captain of the gymnastics team. The group put on demonstrations at the well-known White City Music Hall in Illinois where all the famous Big Band-era groups performed. He was a competitive swimmer, diver and tennis player in his youth, and continued many of these intrests into adulthood. He was a serious bicyclist, later became an RVer, world traveler and “Mr. Fix-it.” Les was highly intelligent, highly productive, highly rational and highly organized, a problem solver, and a caring and supportive father, grandfather, family member, friend and husband. He managed his personal business affairs with knowledge and skill (and spreadsheets), patiently coaching his family to do the same. His adventurous youth became a serious-minded adult, yet he never lost his quiet sense of humor or his perceptiveness about people. Les is survived by his son, Steven L. Barnes and family of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; daughter, Cathy E. Barnes of San Antonio; stepdaughter, Victoria Hollenberg of Beaver


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ROGER E. SKAU Born: Nov. 29, 1929, Waterman, Ill. Died: Nov. 28, 2013, DeKalb, Ill. HINCKLEY – Roger E. Skau, 83, of Hinckley, Ill., passed into his heavenly home Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, after a tough but courageous battle with cancer. He was born Nov. 29, 1929, in the Waterman Hospital in Waterman, to Ray and Louise (Reingardt) Skau, their only child. Roger was raised in Hinckley on his father’s homestead farm. He attended school in Hinckley, having attended grade school in the country school on the corner of Pritchard and Phillips roads, and his high school years in Hinckley, graduating in 1947. Being an excellent student, Roger excelled in math as well as other subjects. Roger worked in farming with his father all through his growing up years. Being drafted into the Army on Jan. 4, 1954, he served his country as a radar control specialist until he was honorably discharged in 1956. He returned home and, at his father’s wishes, took over the family farm. Roger retired from farming in November 1988, and moved into Hinckley. In early 1989, Roger began working at Napa Auto Parts in Hinckley where he was an excellent employee. He worked there for the next 22 years, retiring July 1, 2011. Roger was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, singing in the choir in his earlier years. Roger was a great sports fan of basketball, baseball and football. He was a great fisherman,

enjoying fishing trips to many lakes in different states with his fishing buddies. He also enjoyed fishing at Lake Shabbona where he met many other fishermen. Roger enjoyed gardening and shared his lovely produce with others. Roger was most happy doing things for others. Everyone who knew Roger loved him for his easygoing, kind and thoughtful ways. Roger is survived by his loving adopted family who he loved very much, Mary and Jim Jensen; their daughter, Becky (Howard) Rosenwinkel; their granddaughters, Laura (Keith) Keigher and Sarah (Scott) McKinney; and their great-granddaughter, 3-year-old Claire Keigher, who Roger loved and adored; his close and dear and wonderful friends, Randy, Trudy, Jill, Trent and Branden Taylor, Kim, Bill and Jake Meziere, Tom and Teresa Brennen, John, Nan and Michael Long, and a countryside of other friends and neighbors. Roger is preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Louise Skau. Roger was dearly loved and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. His adopted family would like to thank Dr. Haab, Dr. Maillefer, Dr. Memon, Dr. Bhate, the staff at Kishwaukee Hospital and at the Cancer Center for their kind and loving care. The visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., Hinckley. His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 324 W. McKinley Ave., Hinckley, with the Revs. Kris Delmore and Bill Nagy officiating. Burial and military service will follow at Miller Cemetery on Duffy Road in Hinckley. A memorial fund is being established in Roger’s name and can be sent to either the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., Hinckley or Mr. and Mrs. Jensen, 361 W. Lincoln Ave., Hinckley. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, or 815-2863247. To sign the online guest book, visit

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Americans endure 2-day holiday shopping marathon The ASSOCIATED PRESS The holiday shopping season started as a marathon, not a sprint. More than a dozen major U.S. retailers stayed open for 24 hours or more on Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday, and crowds formed early and often over the two days. About 15,000 people wait-

ed for the flagship Macy’s in New York to open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Long checkout lines formed at the Target in Colma, Calif., on Friday morning. And by the time Jessica Astalos was leaving North Point Mall in Alpharetta, Ga., after a six-hour buying binge that started on Thanksgiving, another wave of shoppers was coming in about 5:30 a.m. Friday.

“You just have to be out in the midst of all of it,” said Ricki Moss, who hit stores near Portland, Ore., at 5:30 a.m. Friday. “It’s exciting.” This year may cement the transformation of the start of the holiday shopping season into a two-day affair. For nearly a decade, Black Friday had been the official start of the shopping season between Thanksgiving and

Christmas. It was originally named Black Friday because it was when retailers turned a profit, or moved out of the red and into the black. Retailers opened early and offered deep discounts. But in the past few years, store chains have been opening on Thanksgiving. This year, several welcomed shoppers for the first time Thanksgiving night,

while Gap Inc., which owns Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy, opened half its stores earlier on the holiday. Walmart stores, most of which stay open 24 hours, have for the past several years offered doorbusters that had been reserved for Black Friday. And Kmart planned to stay open 41 hours starting at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving. That has led some to

question how much further Black Friday will creep into Thanksgiving, which along with Christmas is one of only two days a year that most stores are closed. “Black Friday is now Gray Friday,” said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, a retail consultancy. The earlier openings have met with some resistance.

New encryption technique unlikely to keep out spies The ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN JOSE, Calif. – Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency’s recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of variable quality, and much of it, experts said, can bog down computers and isn’t likely to keep out spies. In the end, the new geek wars – between tech industry programmers on the one side and government spooks, fraudsters and hacktivists on the other – may leave people’s PCs and businesses’ computer systems encrypted to the teeth but no better protected from hordes of savvy code crackers. “Every time a situation like this erupts you’re going to have a frenzy of snake oil sellers who are going to throw their products into the street,” says Carson Sweet, CEO of San Francisco-based data storage security firm CloudPassage. “It’s quite a quandary for the consumer.” Encryption isn’t meant to keep hackers out, but when

it’s designed and implemented correctly, it alters the way messages look. Intruders who don’t have a decryption key see only gobbledygook. A series of disclosures from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden this year has exposed sweeping U.S. government surveillance programs. The revelations are sparking fury and calls for better encryption from citizens and leaders in France, Germany, Spain and Brazil who were reportedly among those tapped. Both Google and Yahoo, whose data center communications lines were also reportedly tapped, have committed to boosting encryption and online security. Although there’s no indication Facebook was tapped, the social network is also upping its encryption systems. “Yahoo has never given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency. Ever,” wrote Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer in a Nov. 18 post on the company’s Tumblr blog announcing plans to encrypt all of its services by early next year. “There is nothing more important to us than protecting our users’ privacy.”



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Latinos want U.S. to sue over voting rights Allege redistricting in L.A. County targets Latinos By MARK SHERMAN The Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is aggressively pursuing lawsuits over minority voting rights in Texas and North Carolina, but the Justice Department has not moved on evidence that the latest round of redistricting in Los Angeles County unfairly reduces the influence of Latino voters. Nearly half the 10 million people in the nation’s largest

county are Latino. But political boundaries redrawn in 2011 make it possible for Latino voters to elect just one of the five supervisors. The administration has resisted calls to sue the county, despite the county’s history of discrimination against Latino voters in earlier redistricting efforts. The inaction rankles some Latino activists who count themselves as strong backers of President Barack Obama. “I support the Obama administration and the president, but frankly, Obama and the top people around him seem to be unaware on this issue. Obama is somewhat blind to the issues of Latinos,” said Cruz Reynoso, a

former California Supreme Court justice and member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Reynoso said the administration seems more attuned to voting rights complaints of African-Americans. He said the administration Cruz Reynoso also appears Retired Calif. r e l u c t a n t t o pursue a comSupreme Court justice plaint against a jurisdiction that is dominated by Democrats. “Most of the folk in Los Angeles have been supporters of the president, so why make them unhappy despite the fact that, from my point of

view, there is great injustice going on,” he said. In the wake of a stinging U.S. Supreme Court defeat in June that rendered useless an important enforcement provision of the Voting Rights Act, the administration has focused its voting rights resources on Southern states that are controlled by Republicans. The Justice Department has initiated or joined suits targeting voter identification laws and redistricting plans in North Carolina and in Texas, where Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott began moving to put the state’s tough voter ID law into effect just hours after the high court’s decision.

The suits were filed under other provisions of the voting rights law that were not part of the Supreme Court case. The situation in Los Angeles County predates the high court decision and the passage of the laws now being challenged in North Carolina and Texas. The Justice Department acknowledges it is looking at the situation in Los Angeles, but otherwise declined comment. “We have received significant amounts of information from the county and others about the issue and the matter is still under review,” said Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson.

8NATION BRIEF Obama visits activists fasting for immigration WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has visited the activists who are fasting to protest House inaction on immigration legislation. On Friday Obama stopped by a white tent on the National Mall where some activists have shunned all food except water for the past 18 days. A top labor organizer is among them. Obama told the activists that he appreciated their efforts. He also reiterated his view that there is still time this year for the House to pass legislation. House Speaker John Boehner has refused to schedule votes on a comprehensive immigration measure the Senate passed this summer.

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Los Alamos National Laboratory working to create national park The ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Tucked away in one of northern New Mexico’s pristine mountain canyons is an old log cabin that was the birthplace not of a famous person, but a top-secret mission that forever changed the world. Pond Cabin, along with a nearby small and stark building where the second person died while developing the nuclear bomb, are among a number of structures scattered in and around the modern day Los Alamos National Laboratory being proposed as sites for a new national park commemorating the Manhattan Project. It’s an odd place for a park. Besides the fact that some of the sites are behind the gates to what is supposed to be one

of the most secure research facilities in the world, nuclear critics have called the plan an expensive glorification of an ugly chapter in history. “It is a debasement of the national parks idea,” antinuclear watchdog Los Alamos Study Group co-founder Greg Mello said when the Interior Department two years ago recommended creating parks at Los Alamos; Hanford, Wash.; and Oak Ridge, Tenn. He remains opposed to the plan, saying it will not provide a comprehensive picture of the Manhattan Project, and he said extensive interpretative museums concerning development of the nuclear bomb already exist. Supporters, however, note that good or bad, the Manhattan Project transformed history. And they argue key sites

that have not already been bulldozed should be preserved and open to the public. “It isn’t glorifying anything,” said Ellen McGehee, historical facilities manager for Los Alamos labs. “It’s really more a commemoration ... History is what it is. We can’t pick and choose what’s historically significant.” The park service, she said, would help people learn about the controversies, the people and the social, political and military legacy surrounding development of nuclear weapons. “There are a lot of emotions rolled up in this story,” she said. “That’s why the park service is the best entity to tell this story. They can approach it as an outsider. ... They can tell it from a national perspective.”

DeKalb Firefighters Local 1236 would like to thank the DeKalb and Sycamore communities, the Sycamore Firefighters Local 3046, and our contributors for their support of our AFFI Warrior project. Your contributions and support allowed us to purchase a 2013 Chevy Silverado for wounded veteran Army Specialist Charles (Chaz) Ligon.

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Congressmen seek medal for WW II-era U.S. spy agency The ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBANY, N.Y. – The men and women who spied on Germany and Japan for the U.S. during World War II parachuted behind enemy lines, led guerrilla raids, invented special equipment such as scuba gear and established a counterintelligence network that endured into the Cold War. Nearly 70 years after its agents played a key role in defeating the Axis powers, the spy organization that later became the Central Intelligence Agency is being proposed to receive the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress, the Congressional Gold Medal. Legislation introduced last week by Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Rep. Robert E. Lat-

ta, R-Ohio, would collectively award the medal to the members of the Office of Strategic Services. Along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, it’s the highest award the U.S. gives a civilian. Congressional Gold Medals also have been awarded in recent years to other groups of World War II veterans, including Native American “code talkers” and the Tuskegee Airmen. William Pietsch Jr. was personally recruited for the OSS by its leader, Gen. William “Wild Bill” Donovan, a lawyer and World War I hero from Buffalo, N.Y. After graduating from West Point in early 1943, the young Army officer was introduced to the OSS chief by William Casey, Don-

ovan’s aide who would later become CIA director. “He turned to Bill Casey and said, ‘Tell this young man what his job will be,’ and that was it. He didn’t waste any time on superfluous conversation,” said Pietsch, 91, a retired Army colonel from Chevy Case View, Md. Known for leading from the front, a trait that earned him the Medal of Honor – and his nickname – during World War I, Donovan left the administrative duties of running the OSS to others, Pietsch said. That may explain why many OSS operatives, considered the forerunners of today’s U.S. special operations troops, never received the recognition they deserved during the second World War, he said.

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BERLIN – A German policeman has been arrested on suspicion of killing and chopping up a man he met on the Internet who apparently fantasized about being killed and eaten. Officials said Friday that the suspect is believed to have fatally stabbed the victim Nov. 4 at his home in the eastern state of Saxony, chopping up the body and burying pieces in his garden. They said the killing happened about a month after the two first met in an Internet chat room. Dresden police chief Dieter Kroll said the suspect was arrested Wednesday at his workplace in the eastern city. He said officers then searched the man’s property and he showed them several places where he had buried body parts.

BEIJING – Chinese state media said China has sent two fighter planes to investigate flights by a dozen U.S. and Japanese planes in its newly established maritime air defense zone over the East China Sea. The state-run China News quoted Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Shen Jinke as saying the Chinese fighter jets identified and monitored the two U.S. and 10 Japanese aircraft during their flights through the zone early Friday, but made no mention of any further action. China announced last week that all aircraft entering the zone – a maritime area between China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan – must notify Chinese authorities beforehand. Neighboring countries and the U.S. said they will not honor the

new zone and have criticized the move.

18 Iraqi Sunnis kidnapped in Iraq later found dead BAGHDAD – Men dressed as Iraqi soldiers abducted 18 Sunnis, whose bullet-ridden corpses turned up in farmland just south of Baghdad, authorities said Friday, a grim reminder of the worst days of sectarian killings that plagued the country after the U.S. invasion. Police said officers discovered the beheaded corpses of three men in Baghdad’s eastern suburbs, their hands tied behind their backs, part of attacks that killed 25 others Friday. The apparently targeted killings come after similar killings earlier this week, raising fears that the country could see the return of Shiite and Sunni Muslim death squads roaming the streets.

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Continued from page A1 away, couldn’t be bothered by a change of venue. “Based on my past experience with the state championship game, I was very impressed with the crowd today, and I think it has a lot to do with Huskie Stadium,” Brad Hoey, NIU’s director of communications and marketing, said. “I think the smaller venue holds in the noise very well, and it really created an outstanding atmosphere for our fans.” Parmentier agreed that despite its smaller size, 24,000seat Huskie Stadium served a perfect host. Memorial Stadium seats about 65,000. “This is just a great, great atmosphere,” Parmentier, whose team spent the night in an Aurora hotel Thursday, said. “A lot of our kids have never been here before, and I haven’t either, so making the trip up north has been fun.” Four of the eight championship games, featuring finalists from the state’s smaller schools, were held Friday. The final four games, between the state’s larger schools, start today with Class 5A at 10 a.m., and the Class 8A finale kicking off about 7 p.m. Pam Carr drove with her family from Downs, which is about two hours south of DeKalb, to support Tri-Valley in their duel against Lena-Winslow in the opening game Friday. “It’s an awesome experience,” she said. “It’s so cold, but it’s so worth it – worth coming all the way up here.” Brian Geiseman, a parent who helps the Dakota football team, paid the $10 admission, which is good for a day’s worth of football, just to see

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Lena-Winslow, a team that plays in Dakota’s conference. “We wouldn’t be here if it was in Champaign,” he said. Although official attendance estimates weren’t available Friday, the stands appeared at least a quarter full for the opening game, which pitted teams from schools with about 300 students each. IHSA Destination DeKalb Chairman Tom Matya was

among the crowd. “Not that we want to compare ourselves to Champaign, but I’ve heard a lot of people say this is nicer than Champaign,” Matya said. “Just watching the kids as they walk into the Chessick Practice Center you just see the wow factor. They just are really excited.” With a small army of volunteers who are working 7

a.m. to 11 p.m., Matya said things so far were running smoothly. “This first day is kind of a key for us to make sure we get through all the kinks, but heck we had a great football game,” he said. “... For a 1A game I think we had a tremendous crowd. Just a tremendous crowd, and I just think they’re going to keep growing.”

Plan requires lawmakers pay full annual amount into pension system • PENSIONS Continued from page A1 on lower-income public employees. If it is enacted and survives an expected court challenge, it would save an estimated $160 billion over the next 30 years, and $1.5 billion in the first year alone, according to a memo sent to legislators Friday. Under the plan, the 3 percent COLA still would be compounded, but only off of a base salary of $1,000 for each year an employee works – for example, a 30-year employee’s COLA will be based on $30,000. That base on which the COLA is calculated would increase by the rate of inflation that year. Retirees also would have to skip increases in some years, based on their age. Employees at least 50 years old will not receive raises in their second year of retirement. Employees 47 to 49 years old will miss three raises, employees 44 to 46 will miss four, and employees 43 and younger will miss five, all of them every other year. The plan also would raise the retirement ages for employees 45 years or younger by four months for each year an employee is younger than 46, for a maximum of five years. The provision does not apply to “Tier 2” employees hired since 2011, whose retirement is set at age 67 under a previous pension reform bill. There are some concessions for state employees. Their contributions to their pensions will decrease by 1 percent, and as many as 5 percent of employees hired before 2011 can enter a 401(k)style plan if they so choose.

“If we stop paying because we’re spending more than 22 percent of our general revenue for pensions, if we stop doing that as we’ve done for many years prior to 2009, then I think the pension system will go broke.” State Rep. Robert Pritchard R-Hinckley Language in the bill will require lawmakers to pay the full annual amount required into the pension system, and the five state-run pension systems can take the state to court if they don’t. “This gives the pension system standing to appeal to the [Illinois] Supreme Court if the state has not made its payment,” Pritchard said. “That’s one of the reasons we’ve gotten into the problem that we’re in is that people could not sue in court, and we didn’t have the kinds of demonstrations in Springfield that are necessary to get the legislature to move on an issue.” Local lawmakers only started Friday to digest the provisions of the summary sent to them. The bill itself has not yet been drafted, and might not be ready until lawmakers return to Springfield to vote. Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, said he had yet to reach a conclusion on the finer points of the proposal, but said he thinks pension reform is needed and was happy to see a proposal coming for a vote. “I’m eager to get a chance to vote on a real pension reform bill,” Demmer said. “I’m not sure if this is the right one, but I’m very happy to see that this is a comprehensive bill. ... I’m happy we have a

real, concrete proposal on the table now to debate.” State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, said he was leaning toward supporting the reforms, although he has concerns that it doesn’t go far enough to ensure future legislators will act responsibly. “The people who created the problem the last 10 years are the same people who will be in charge of funding this system for the next 10 years,” he said. Syverson said he would like to see any future changes to pension funding or payments require a “supermajority” – or 60 percent in favor – to pass. Although there are some provisions for putting some of the expected savings into a pension sustainability fund, he wondered what would become of the rest. “The projected savings the first year it’s implemented is going to be in the neighborhood of $1 billion,” Syverson said. “Is that money going to be used to pay bills or reduce taxes, or is that just going to be money that they will turn around and use to expand other government programs and the taxpayers are in no better shape then they were before we passed this?” The five state-run pension systems for teachers, university employees, judges, state workers and General

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Assembly lawmakers are underfunded by at least $100 billion, and the state’s pension obligations take up more than 20 percent of the current 2014 budget, crowding out needs for K-through-12 and secondary education, road and bridge maintenance, and other programs. Indecision on reform has routinely been cited by bond rating agencies in repeated downgrades which have resulted in Illinois having the worst credit rating of all 50 states. The We Are One Illinois coalition representing the state’s public-sector workers has been gearing up to fight the proposal since it was announced Wednesday. Members have been calling their legislators in the days leading up to the vote. “This is it – the biggest legislative threat to our retirement security that we’ve faced,” the group stated in its alert to members. “And our response has to be just as big. This is a real emergency situation.” Detractors of pension reform proposals point out the Illinois Constitution states that pension benefits “shall not be diminished or impaired.” But Pritchard said the courts would look not only at the wording of the constitution, but also at the reality of the situation – that without changes, the pension system might not survive. “If we stop paying because we’re spending more than 22 percent of our general revenue for pensions, if we stop doing that as we’ve done for many years prior to 2009, then I think the pension system will go broke,” Pritchard said. “I think people have not considered that possibility strongly enough.”

NEW YORK – He’s the toddler who always bites. She’s the 6-year-old drama queen prone to “it’s mine” fits and hair-pulling. The problem, for you anyway, is they belong to your best friend, your neighbor or your exceedingly lenient big sister. With the holidays comes togetherness, sometimes thrust upon us. And with togetherness, especially the obligatory kind, comes major stress – for you and your kids. But friction over the offspring of loved ones strikes all y e a r - r o u n d , Julie Klam leading the grown-ups to ponder whether their adult relationships are worth it. Julie Klam, a Manhattan mom and author of the new book “Friendkeeping,” believes middle ground is possible. “Do the best you can to see them without their children, but when they are around, take the anthropologist’s point of view: ‘Hmm, that’s interesting that the kid is standing on a table throwing cheese at the wall,’ instead of getting wound up in it,” she said. Looking for the worst in other people’s kids, and by association other people’s parenting prowess, is a road to nowhere, which may be where you land when things go dangerously wrong. But seriously troubled is different than the dayto-day grind of ill-mannered, bad-tempered kids and their parents who stand around and let it happen, by design or otherwise. “If you’re in your head keeping score of how rude they are, or whatever the things are that happen, it makes it much worse,” said Klam, who has a 10-year-old daughter. Klam found herself putting distance between her and a mom friend when the kids were about 18 months old. “She just never limited her kid’s physical thing, and it was a lot of the kind parenting of ‘Use your words,’ and the kid was flinging books really hard at my kid. My way is pick ’em up and take

’em out of there. We could not hang out with the kids together at all.” Deciding when to cut and run for the sake of your own sanity and the well-being of your children obviously depends on how deep the adult friendships go or how much the kin ties matter. And sometimes, it’s not easy making a clean break even with the merest of mommy acquaintances because of proximity. They’re in the park, at the play group, live next door. Either way, before you take the fatal step of severing ties, “Stop and try to figure out how much of this has to do with you and how much has to do with them,” Klam suggested. And keep in mind, she urged, that a seemingly outof-control 3-year-old may mature into an angelic 8. Anastasia Gavalas, a family coach, educational consultant and mom of five in Bridgehampton, dares cross the line some parents will not trod upon: disciplining other people’s children. Her’s is the big, fun house with the pool, the spacious backyard and the recreational basement. She gets a lot of young visitors, including two tween boys – one a relative and one a friend – who were instrumental in destroying her $3,000 leather couch during a party about a year ago. “To me it wasn’t about yelling and saying what did you do to my couch,” she said. “It was more about if you are going to come here you need to respect my things and that’s it, whether you’re 5 years old or 15 years old or 50 years old, so it was more about a teaching opportunity.” Among her parent-clients, broken ties because of the kids bubble up frequently: “I hear it a lot. I hear the, ‘My sister told me that my child isn’t smart so I’m not talking to her. My friend told me that my son is a brat so I’m not hanging out with her anymore.’ ” Leslie Sexer, director of clinical and outreach services for Family Centers, a nonprofit provider of counseling and other services in Fairfield County, Conn., said holiday gatherings unravel the most stoic adults, so take that into consideration with kids.

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The ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN QUENTIN, Calif. – The budding entrepreneurs wear blue sweat pants labeled “prisoner” and huge, flapping blue shirts. Their doors are triple locked, and lunch is a stale peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Complicating matters, participants in this growing Silicon Valley startup incubator are barred from the Internet. Nonetheless, the program, launched by successful tech entrepreneurs for inmates north of San Francisco in the decaying San Quentin State Prison, has expanded, and a new session began this month in the gritty, downtown Los Angeles Twin Towers Correctional Facility. The reason they’re growing is simple: Graduates, now trickling out of the penal sys-

tem, are landing real jobs at real dot-coms. The rigorous, six-month training teaches carefully selected inmates the ins and outs of designing and launching technology firms, using local experts as volunteer instructors. “We believe that when incarcerated people are released into the world, they need the tools to function in today’s high-tech, wired world,” says co-founder Beverly Parenti, who with her husband, Chris Redlitz, has launched thriving companies, including AdAuction, the first online media exchange. The pair were Silicon Valley pioneers in the 1990s, and they tap their many high-level connections to help with the prison program they started after Redlitz was in-

vited into San Quentin in 2011 for a guest lecture and was overwhelmed by the inmates’ desire to learn. “I figured, ‘We work with young entrepreneurs every day. Why not here?’ ” he said. After discussions with prison administrators, Parenti and Redlitz decided to add a prison-based firm to their portfolio, naming it for the precarious journey from prison to home: The Last Mile. Now, during twice-a-week evening lessons, students – many locked up before smartphones or Google – practice tweeting, brainstorm new companies and discuss business books assigned as homework. Banned from the Internet to prevent networking with other criminals, they take notes on keyboard-like word processors or with pen-

cil on paper. The program is still “bootstrapping,” as its organizers say, with just 12 graduates in its first two years and now a few dozen in classes in San Quentin and Twin Towers. But the five graduates released so far are working in the tech sector. They are guaranteed paid internships if they can finish the rigorous training program, which requires prerequisite courses, proven social skills and a lifetime oath to lead by positive example. On a Silicon Valley-style Demo Day, the startup students present ideas to investors, a demonstration that convinced former California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation director Matthew Cate he made the right decision to approve the training course.

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Don’t miss real life because of technology ANGUILLA, British West Indies – So here’s the setting: the warm azure water of Maundy’s Bay sliding up and down bright soft sand. In the distance, the islands of St. Maarten and Saba can be seen. The blue sky above is dotted with huge white clouds that bob along propelled by a warm breeze. It doesn’t get any better than this. Yet on the beach, some human beings barely look up at the incredible vista. Their machines envelope them like Venus flytraps. They are texting, emailing and chatting with folks somewhere else on Earth. Welcome to our brave new world. H.G. Wells wrote a book called “The Time Machine,” in which most humans were reduced to a trance-like existence, ruled by bad guys called Morlocks. You should read this book because we are rapidly heading in that direction. By the way, the Morlocks were cannibals. Texting is addictive. Once you get emotionally involved with constant external stimulation assaulting your brain, it is hard to stop looking at your machine every two minutes. Without rapid-fire words appearing on a screen, you feel bored, not

VIEWS Bill O’Reilly part of the action. It really doesn’t matter what is being sent to you; the fact that words are flashing in front of your eyes is hypnotizing. Kids are the most vulnerable to the embrace of the machines. Children today don’t really watch TV anymore. I mean, they still sit in front of the set, but they are texting while they’re watching. They are multitasking. Thus, their concentration is divided and much is missed, and not only on the tube, but also in life. Nature is a brilliant teacher. But how can you learn if you can’t even sit on a beautiful beach without playing with a machine? Forget about thinking. No time for introspection. Nope. There are messages that have to be answered. Stuff is happening and must be acknowledged. There is no question that communication and information flow are enhanced by the high-tech gizmos. Instantly, we can

engage anyone in the world if we have their cyberspace information. But again, if we allow the machines to dominate us, we will miss out on real life, which, in order to be fully absorbed, needs to be seen and heard. Machine distractions prevent that. When I tell children that they are far too dependent on their gizmos, they do not deny it, but they really don’t care. This is their real life: texting about trivial things, listening to numbing music on their headphones. The machines block everything out; you create your own little trivial world. Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I concur. The world is a fascinating, difficult place and in order to take full advantage of what the planet has to offer, we need to see and hear natural things. That is, if you don’t want the Morlocks to get you.

• Veteran TV news anchor Bill O’Reilly is host of the Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor” and author of many books, including the newly released “Killing Jesus.”


Consider ending presidential term limits By JONATHAN ZIMMERMAN The Washington Post In 1947, Sen. Harley Kilgore, D-W.Va., condemned a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict presidents to two terms. “The executive’s effectiveness will be seriously impaired,” Kilgore argued on the Senate floor, “as no one will obey and respect him if he knows that the executive cannot run again.” I’ve been thinking about Kilgore’s comments as I watch President Barack Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37 percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president. Even former president Bill Clinton has said that Americans should be allowed to keep the health insurance they have. Or consider the reaction to the Iran nuclear deal. Regardless of his political approval ratings, Obama could expect Republican senators such as Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona to attack the agreement. But if Obama could run again, would he be facing such fervent objections from Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J.? Probably not. Democratic lawmakers would worry about provoking the wrath of a president who could be re-elected. Thanks to term limits, though, they’ve got little to fear. Nor does Obama have to fear the voters, which might be the scariest problem of all. If he chooses, he could simply ignore their will. And if the people wanted him to serve another term, why shouldn’t they be allowed to award him one? That was the argument of our first president, who is often held up as the father

of term limits. In fact, George Washington opposed them. “I can see no propriety in precluding ourselves from the service of any man who, in some great emergency, shall be deemed universally most capable of serving the public,” Washington wrote in a much-quoted letter to the Marquis de Lafayette. Washington stepped down after two terms, establishing a pattern that would stand for more than a century. But he made clear that he was doing so because the young republic was on solid footing, not because his service should be limited in any way. The first president to openly challenge the two-term tradition was Theodore Roosevelt, who ran for a third term as president in 1912 on the Bull Moose ticket. When he stepped down in 1908, Roosevelt pledged not to seek a third term; reminded of this promise in 1912, he said that he had meant he would not seek a “third consecutive term.” The New York Times called Roosevelt’s explanation a “pitiful sophistication,” and the voters sent Woodrow Wilson to the White House. Only in 1940, amid what George Washington might have called a “great emergency,” did a president successfully stand for a third term. Citing the outbreak of war overseas and the Depression at home, Democrats renominated Franklin D. Roosevelt. They pegged him for a fourth time in 1944 despite his health problems, which were serious enough to send him to his grave the following year. To Republicans, these developments echoed the fascist trends enveloping Europe. “You will be serving under an American totalitarian government before the long third term is finished,” warned Wendell Wilkie, Roosevelt’s opponent in 1940. Once the two-term tradition was broken, Wilkie added, nobody could put it back together.

“If this principle dies, it will be dead forever,” he said. That’s why the GOP moved to codify it in the Constitution in 1947, when a large Republican majority took over Congress. Ratified by the states in 1951, the 22nd Amendment was an “undisguised slap at the memory of Franklin D. Roosevelt,” wrote Clinton Rossiter, one of the era’s leading political scientists. It also reflected “a shocking lack of faith in the common sense and good judgment of the people,” Rossiter said. He was right. Every Republican in Congress voted for the amendment, while its handful of Democratic supporters were mostly legislators who had broken with FDR and his New Deal. When they succeeded in limiting the presidency to two terms, they limited democracy itself. “I think our people are to be safely trusted with their own destiny,” Sen. Claude Pepper, D-Fla., argued in 1947. “We do not need to protect the American people with a prohibition against a president whom they do not wish to elect; and if they wanted to elect him, have we the right to deny them the power?” It’s time to put that power back where it belongs. When Ronald Reagan was serving his second term, some Republicans briefly floated the idea of removing term limits so he could run again. The effort went nowhere, but it was right on principle. Barack Obama should be allowed to stand for re-election just as citizens should be allowed to vote for – or against – him. Anything less diminishes our leaders and ourselves.

• Jonathan Zimmerman is a professor of history and education at New York University. His books include “Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory.”

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Thumbs up: To all those who have pitched in to help tornado victims in Washington. This week, representatives of the DeKalb police delivered supplies and gift cards to residents of the town about 110 miles south of DeKalb. The donations were collected through a joint drive by the DeKalb and Sycamore police departments, and those in the town who received them were grateful. Accounts from those who visited the site this week were that much work remains to be done, and it is good to see local law enforcement living up to the billing as DeKalb and Sycamore’s “finest.” Thumbs up: To a legitimate proposal on pension reform being put forth by state legislative leaders. Illinois’ unfunded pension obligations are estimated at around $100 billion, and the current, unsustainable system is affecting everything state government For the record does, as funding for K-12 education, state universities, It is good to see local law road and bridge funding and enforcement living up to more have all been reduced the billing as DeKalb and to try to prop up the pension Sycamore’s “finest.” system. We have clamored for the legislature to address this problem, and now it appears something could finally happen. But … Thumbs down: To the relative secrecy surrounding the negotiations and the late distribution of details on the proposal. The actual written bill itself still was not ready on Friday afternoon, although legislators had received a summary by Friday. A plan of this magnitude, which likely will be the subject of a court challenge, should be openly and reasonably debated by the public and all of their representatives. Thumbs up: To the Sycamore High School football team, whose dreams of state title fell just short after a loss to Montini in the semifinals last weekend. Although we would have loved to see a hometown team playing in this weekend’s games, the Spartans had their best season in recent memory, which included their first Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division title, a perfect 9-0 regular season record, and some exhilarating wins before big crowds – including the comeback win against Kaneland on homecoming. Thanks to all the local teams for an entertaining season. We can’t wait to watch again next year. Thumbs up: To the many volunteers who helped cook and serve community dinners this Thanksgiving. Meals offered at Feed’em Soup, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Barb City Manor Retirement Home and Kingston Friendship Center all needed volunteers to make the dinners a success. Tricia Maxwell, who was at Feed’em Soup in DeKalb, said volunteering is what she should be doing on Thanksgiving. “We wanted to spend Thanksgiving for what it was meant to be,” she said. “Having the opportunity to teach the kids about giving back is really compelling.” We agree.


The Iranian endgame The fact sheet distributed by the Obama administration about the nuclear agreement with Iran is notable for its omissions. The 2,000-word document, like President Obama’s televised statement last week about the deal, stresses Iran’s pledge to cap its enrichment of uranium, delay the completion of a plutonium-producing reactor and accept additional inspections – measures that will guard against an attempt to produce a bomb while negotiations continue. What the White House didn’t report is that the text of the accord makes several major concessions to Tehran on the terms of a planned second-stage agreement. The most troubling part of the document provides for what amounts to a sunset clause in the comprehensive agreement. It says the final deal will “have a specified long-term duration to be agreed upon,” and that once that time period is complete, “the Iranian nuclear program will be treated in the same manner as that of any non-nuclear weapon state party” to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Iran thus could look forward to a time when there would be no sanctions and no special restrictions on its nuclear capacity; it could install an unlimited number of centrifuges and produce plutonium without violating any international accord. Administration officials say they regard Iran’s agreement to the words “long-term” in the sunset clause as a significant concession. In theory, this might mean 15 to 20 years. Iran, however, has proposed a far shorter period; we are told it was three to five years. Whatever the final compromise, it would be dangerous to allow this Iranian regime to have an unrestricted nuclear program at any time – and it surely would be unacceptable to Israel and Iran’s Arab neighbors. The United States should retain the ability to block the expiration of controls with its veto in the U.N. Security Council. The interim arrangement is worthy because it checks Iran’s progress toward a bomb and is far preferable to the military action that otherwise might have been necessary. But the agreement leaves the United States at a disadvantage in negotiating the comprehensive settlement. The concessions made to Iran will have to be balanced by a major rollback of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure – with no automatic expiration date. The Washington Post

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Holiday decor trends: inventiveness, eclecticism By KIM COOK The Associated Press ollowing the general trend in home décor, holiday trim and accessories this year are an eclectic mix of traditional and non-traditional colors and styles. Remember when blue or pastel pink ornaments were the height of kitsch? Now they’re mainstream, elegant options. And while red and green are popular hues, they are not married to each other. Red might be paired with ivory, or amethyst; green may partner with copper, caramel or bright white. As for what goes on the tree or the mantel, well, that’s the thing – anything goes. Style watchers say we’re approaching the holidays with a more open mind. Households are more diverse, relaxed and less tied to old-school ways of celebrating. So it follows that ideas of what works in décor have never been more expansive. Some general trends:


HOLIDAY HUES While jewel tones and creamy palettes hold strong, red is red-hot. “When it comes to an ‘it’ color for Christmas this year, it’s red – a bright, cheery red like you find on traditional Scandinavian ornaments,” says Sara Peterson, editor in chief of HGTV Magazine. “Red may seem like an ‘oh, duh’ color trend, but there have been years when greens, blues and purples were more popular. This season, we’re seeing a ton of decorations in candy red.” Ikea has a cheery collection of traditional Scandinavian ornaments including folk people, stars and goats. Land of Nod’s Rising Star tree topper features curly white embroidery on crimson felt. Cranberry red candle-

sticks from Pier 1 take mercury glass down a different road, while beaded reindeer and snowflakes bring glamour to red velvet and satin throw pillows. (, www., Grandin Road’s Zoey chevron-patterned, ruby-and-white-resin urn could be used to hold a live or artificial tree, or an assortment of greens. ( Winter white continues to appeal to holiday decorators; with or without touches of sparkle, it’s calming, elegant and chic. And don’t disregard earthier colors – think of bare birch branches hung with gold and silver stars; luxe bowls brimming with copper ornaments; chocolate brown mohair throws.

RETHINKING THE TRADITIONAL “Since folks are open to reimagining what Christmas can look like, we’ll continue to see a looser interpretation of the traditional tree,” says Catie Parrish, associate editor at Wayfair, the online home furnishings outlet. “We’re starting to see lots of paper and cardboard tabletop trees, and people are getting inventive, creating flat Christmas trees on walls, doors and even fridges. They’re even decorating them with real ornaments and garlands. For someone who craves the charm of a real tree, even an evergreen branch in a mason jar can lend a hint of the holidays.” Ikea has a pop-up cardboard tree that comes with ornaments. At, you’ll find simple instructions on how to turn wine corks, wooden sticks, colored paper and glitter into pretty little trees.

CONSERVE Parrish also suggests taking stock of what you already have around the house: “Instead of buying every holiday ‘necessity,’ shopping your home for existing solutions is one of the

easiest ways to decorate. A throw blanket makes a cozy tree skirt. Use a scarf as a table runner. Use nature for holiday decoration – think backyard branches, berries and pinecones,” she says. “Fill a vase or candle holder with jingle bells or peppermints. Wrap red, green or metallic ribbon around plain white pillar candles. Instead of candles, top candle stick holders with ornaments or snow globes.” Faux fur or knitted throws and pillow covers; throw pillows with snow scenes or deer, antler and deer accessories; and glittery pillows evoke the festive spirit without overt reference. Consider scented candles, bowls of spiced goodies, seasonal music and warm, soft textures; bringing all five senses into play enhances the holiday mood. Some general themes this season:

BEACH HOLIDAY “One of my favorite holiday décor themes is what we’re calling ‘aquatic Christmas,’” says Parrish. “It’s an extension of the sea-life trend that’s been hot in home décor for a few seasons. Look for octopus and mermaid ornaments, especially in glittery silver and gold finishes.” Coastal dwellers know that a beachy palette of blues, greens and whites sets the tone. A tree skirt block-printed with shells and starfish in soft blues and creams evokes a seaside Christmas. Gump’s has a collection of painted, blownglass ornaments that include jellyfish, hermit crabs, stingrays and leopard fish. (www. Find trees, wreaths and garlands crafted of shells and driftwood, as well as clear glass balls filled with soft white sand and tiny shells, at

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RETRO HOLIDAY “Vintage is going to be a popular holiday theme, especially when it comes to typography,” says Parrish. “Look for throwback fonts on everything from toss pillows to serving trays.” Jonathan Adler’s Peace pillow has that vibe. ( And Homegoods has decorative hanging signs done in old-fashioned type with words like “Believe.” (www.

IMAGINATIVE HOLIDAY’s Christmas tree offerings include kitschy yet clever cowboy boots, television sets, robots and soda pop bottles rendered in blown glass. Clear ornaments can be filled with whatever strikes your fancy – Urban Outfitters has sets of four. ( And CB2 has fun little satellite, spaceship and Sputnik ornaments. ( Critters both exotic and domestic abound this season. Land of Nod has felt dog ornaments, as well as rabbits, walrus and unicorns. Tree skirts can be made out of just about anything – burlap, ribbons, blankets, even a real vintage skirt. Or instead of a skirt, consider a box painted to look like a gift. Ballard Designs has a resin faux bois basket. (www. Peterson suggests a tree collar: “It’s like a colorful little fence around the base of your tree,” she says. Crate & Barrel has one made of braided palm fiber by Mexican artisans, in cream and red. (


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FAMILY TIME | Tips to help young children love to read

Tip of the week Children are energetic learners, trying to make sense of the world around them. One of the most important activities to help a child stretch his mind, especially in the early years, is reading. From birth to age 5, development in all areas of the brain is rapid, so it is especially important during this time that parents make an intentional effort to integrate reading into a child’s daily routine. This practice helps mold your child into an active reader and establishes the foundational literacy skills he needs for future success in school and life. “The first five years of life offer a critical window for brain development and learning,” said Anne-Marie Fitzgerald, executive director of Reach Out and Read, an evidence-based, national nonprofit whose pediatricians

promote early literacy and school readiness to 4 million children nationwide. “By reading aloud and talking to their children from birth, parents can play a key role in helping their little ones develop essential foundational language skills and eventually, arrive at kindergarten ready to read, learn, and succeed. Learning does not begin on the first day of school; it begins in the home with engaged parents who take the time to share stories, words, and a love of reading with their children.” As you read aloud to your child, keep these tips in mind to maximize your reading time together: • Start early. Begin reading and speaking to your child the day she is born – it is never too early to start. • Practice every day. Make reading with your child a daily routine, reinforcing the development of language and literacy skills. • Serve and return. A key part of language learning occurs in “conversations” with our children. After a baby listens to people around her talking for a few months, she begins to respond with her own rendition of those sounds, starting with coos, babbles, or shrieks. Dr. Jack Shonkoff of the Center on the Developing

Child at Harvard University calls this back-and-forth interaction “serve and return.” As we “serve” words, children “return” sounds. Before we realize, the child is beginning to speak intelligibly and meaningfully – first with syllables and single words, then with phrases and complete sentences. Use “serve and return” when reading together as your child starts to learn about story background and context. • Play word games. Letter puzzles, rhyming games, breaking words into sounds, and other phonological play helps your child build a foundation that will later be used to decode words. • Have a conversation. While you are reading a book with your child, engage in conversation about the characters, the plot, the setting, and ask your child questions. This offers him an opportunity to build his vocabulary and comprehension skills. • Pick books at the appropriate reading level. When your child is reading to you, pick books that have words that your child is familiar with – repetition is one of the best ways to learn. Books at or just below your child’s reading level allow her to work on fluency and build confidence. When you are reading to your child, pick books at a higher reading level so that

your child hears new words in context first, before being presented with the challenge of reading them himself. * Wait before interrupting. Rather than correcting your child mid-sentence, wait until he comes to a comfortable stopping point and then go back to the trouble spot to talk it out together. Stopping your child to correct him each time he makes a mistake can erode his confidence. – Brandpoint

Family movie night “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Rated: PG-13 Length: 146 minutes Synopsis: Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. Violence/scary rating: 4 Sexual-content rating: 2 Profanity rating: 2 Drugs/alcohol rating: 2 Family Time rating: 3. It’s very similar to the first “Hunger Games” movie, so if your kids were OK with that, they’ll be fine with this one. (Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)

Book report “Counting by 7s,” by Holly Goldberg Sloan Ages: 10 and older Pages: 384 Synopsis: Willow Chance is a 12-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by sevens. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life ... until now. Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd but extraordinarily endearing girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read. – Dial

Did you know? According to a study published in Family Relations, when both parents in a home work full-time, mothers still spend more time on child-care tasks for infants and toddlers than fathers.

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Mix of new and old keeps annual parties fun By MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON The Associated Press As parents of a toddler, Miranda and Dave Anderson realized that ringing in the New Year with a late-night bash had gotten a lot harder. So they began hosting a New Year’s Day brunch. From the start, they billed it as an annual event. “We wanted it to be a tradition,” says Miranda Anderson, who plans to host the event again this year even though her family, which now includes two children, recently moved from Virginia to Austin, Texas. It’s fun to have a signature party that friends and family look forward to each year, and even better if you can change things up a little over time, event planners say. “It is always nice to keep some of the old traditions, but adding in new activities is what will spice up the party every year,” says Christina

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This 2012 photo shows the annual Christmas party at Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy, N.H. Many people hold annual parties, and one good rule is to let those parties change and evolve as the guests do. Berrios of Event Details in New York. Don’t be afraid to tweak the guest list, food and activities. When Karen Martin of San Diego started hosting an annual Academy Awards party about 15 years ago,

8NEW ARRIVALS Unger Jamin and Stephanie Unger of Rockton announce the birth of a son, Jaxson Martin Unger, born Oct. 31, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Janesville, Wis. He weighed 9 pounds and was welcomed home by Reghan, 9, and Colton, 5. Grandparents are Norm and Kay Alpers of Rockton and Bob and Karen Unger of Clare.

Bayle Ben and Kristin Bayle of DeKalb announce the birth of a daughter, Bentli Audrianna Bayle, born Oct. 30, 2013, at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb. She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and was welcomed home by brother Kolin Bayle, 2. Grandparents are Pat and Jerry Schneiderman of Freeport and Roxanne and Kent Bayle of DeKalb. Majorie Coonradt of Rockford is a great-grandmother.

8PRAIRIE FLOWER Thanks for helping food drive To the Editor: The Sycamore Moose Lodge 1506 wishes to thank all the peopel who contributed to our food drive on Nov. 9 at the Hy-Vee store in Sycamore. We delivered pickup loads of food to the Sycamore Food Pantry, your contributions helped many needy families. We also want to thank Hy-Vee of Sycamore for allowing us to do the Food Drive at their store to collect all the food and cash donations. We are sure that there are many people that this benefited. Thank you to all of the community members that contributed to this event. Robert J. Wilson Sycamore Moose Lodge 1506

she included “Camp Oscar” – crafts and snacks set up in another room for guests’ children. Adults would watch the awards show in a different room. “We’d take turns checking on them,” says Martin. Now, her guests no longer have young children.

Likewise, Sheri St. Laurent, owner of The Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy, N.H., used to include sleigh rides at the Inn’s annual Christmas party. But she stopped that when the number of kids declined and adults said they didn’t like going out in the cold. She’s found that it’s OK to make other little changes each year. She usually has a full bar, for instance, but when the budget is tight, she may opt to serve only beer and wine. And she changes the menu from time to time – with one exception. “I do serve shrimp,” she says. “If I didn’t do that; that might be a big deal.” Changing the food can help add excitement to a party each year, says Jenny Goodman, an event consultant with At Your Door Events in Los Angeles. If you typically serve a sit-down dinner, consider hearty appetizers or food stations. Martin tries to serve food

that reflects each year’s Oscar-nominated movies. She made beef bourguignon when Meryl Streep was nominated for portraying Julia Child in “Julie & Julia,” and in 2013 she served cheese steaks in honor of “Silver Linings Playbook,” set in Philadelphia. “The minute the nominations are out, that day is when I start thinking about the food,” she says. She always puts a red carpet outside the door at her Oscars party and photographs guests as they arrive. She also prints ballots so partygoers can vote for their favorite actors and movies. Some annual parties lend themselves to an entirely new theme every year, says Berrios. “There are different event trends that happen each year,” she says. “It can be fun to have a new trend at your party, while figuring out how an old tradition can mesh with it.” Different themes call

Best picks for Christmas trees Pining to get this year’s Christmas tree? “Having a little knowledge about Christmas tree varieties will make your quest for the ‘perfect’ tree an easy one,” University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Ron Wolford Said in a news release. Wolford provided the following descriptions of popular Christmas tree varieties: Balsam fir (Abies balsamea) – short, flat, long-lasting needles that are rounded at the tip and are 3/4 to 1-1/2 inches long; nice, dark green color with silvery cast and fragrant. Named for the balsam or resin found in blisters on bark.

Canaan fir (Abies balsamea var.phanerolepis) – soft, short, bluish to dark green needles, 1/2 to 1 1/4 inches long, needles silver on underside. Strong branches and open growing pattern. Good needle retention and fragrance. Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) – good fragrance; holds blue to dark green; 1- to 1-1/2-inch needles; needles have one of the best aromas among Christmas trees when crushed; branches are spreading and drooping. After being cut, the Douglas fir will last three to four weeks. Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) – dark green, flattened needles that are 1/2 to 1 inch long; good needle retention; nice scent; pyramid-shaped, strong branches that turn upward. Grand fir (Adies grandis) – shiny, dark green needles about 1 to 1-1/2 inches long; the needles when crushed, give off a citrusy smell. Will last three to four weeks after being cut. Noble fir (Abies procera) – 1-inch-long needles, bluish green with a silvery appearance; has short, stiff branches; great for heavier ornaments; keeps well; used to make wreaths, door swags and garland. With good care, the tree will last for six weeks after being cut. Concolor fir (Abies concolor) – blue-green needles are 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long; nice shape and good aroma, a citrus scent; good needle retention. Austrian fir (Pinus nigra) – dark green needles, 4 to 6 inches long; retains needles well; moderate fragrance.

Red pine (Pinus resinosa ) – dark green, 4to 6-inch-long needles; big and bushy. Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris) – most common Christmas tree; stiff branches hold heavy ornaments well; stiff, dark green, 1-inch long needles; holds needles for four weeks; needles will stay on even when dry; has open appearance and more room for ornaments; will support heavy ornaments; keeps aroma throughout the season. Virginia pine (Pinus virginiana) – dark green needles are 1-1/2 to 3 inches long in twisted pairs; strong branches enabling it to hold heavy ornaments; strong aromatic pine scent; a popular southern Christmas tree. White pine (Pinus strobus) – soft, bluegreen needles, 2- to 5-inch-long needles in bundles of five; retains needles throughout the holiday season; very full appearance; little or no fragrance; less allergic reactions as compared to more fragrant trees; doesn’t hold heavy ornaments well. Blue spruce (Picea pungens) – dark green to powdery blue; very stiff needles, 3/4 to 1-1/2 inches long; good form; will drop needles in a warm room; symmetrical, but best among species for needle retention; branches are stiff and will support many heavy decorations. Norway spruce (Picea abies) – needles 1/2 to 1 inch long; shiny, dark green. Needle retention is poor without proper care; strong fragrance; nice conical shape. White spruce (Picea glauca) – needles 1/2 to 3/4 inch long; green to bluish green, short, stiff needles; crushed needles have an unpleasant odor; good needle retention, holds ornaments well. Leyland cypress (Cupressus x leylandii) – dark green in color, no aroma, has a good shape, will not support large ornaments, very popular in the southeast United States. “Whatever variety of Christmas tree you choose for your home, proper watering and keeping your house as moist and cool as possible will help lengthen enjoyment of your tree and safety,” Wolford said in the release. For more information, visit the “Christmas Trees and More” website at http://

for different décor, design and style, she says. “You can even have a signature cocktail to match the theme of the party.” Anderson often has a theme for her brunch. One year, it was “Dip into the New Year,” and she served fondue. For 2014, she has chosen “Texas Toast”; the menu will include French toast and sparkling juices. She tries to keep the event informal so she can add guests as she and her husband make new friends. The party is usually an open house, and she sometimes asks people to bring a dish. One staple of the party: a photo booth. She creates a backdrop and sets up her camera with a remote control and a tripod. Guests can snap their own photos. She also sets out a white board, and encourages guests to write down New Year’s resolutions and take a picture with them.

Waterman Lions prepare Christmas tree lot

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Nic Watgen, a member of Waterman Lions Club, cuts the string binding the limbs of a pine tree on the Christmas tree lot next to the bank in downtown Waterman. The trees arrived last weekend and are on sale now. Other members helping set up the trees were Dave Stryker, Leonard Johnson, Warren Sommerfeld, Dale Gaston, Nathan Rice, Bob Bend and Phil Nielsen. Income from tree sales help fund college scholarships and other activities for Waterman area children, as well as sight and hearing conservation efforts of Lions Clubs International, and local community improvement projects such as ballpark fencing.


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Oak Crest hosts Tree Walk

Project ties local, natural history The DeKalb County Community Foundation awarded more than $4,000 to the Sycamore History Museum’s new educational program, “A Tale of Two Histories.” The project involves telling cultural history and natural history of the community from the 1830s through 1890s using authentic places to tell the story. The Sycamore History Museum, along with the University of Illinois Extension and DeKalb County Community Foundation, are working together to create a placebased educational experience for local fourth graders. The project will include a visit to the community foundation to learn about the impact of the railroad and depot on the community. Then, the students will “move back time” with a visit the Hoppe Heritage Farm Forest Preserve and the 1835 Miller cabin. Students will then apply the knowledge they learned during this half-day field trip in a mapping activity that involves Global Information System (GIS) technology. This project combines a compelling story that reveals in interconnectedness of cultural and natural history. “We are very excited to start this project. Teachers are searching for ways to incorporate critical thinking skills that meet the objectives in the new Core Curriculum,” history museum executive director Michelle Donahoe said in a news release. “This new educational program will do that in an interdisciplinary nature and with new technology. This class will be open to 10 schools in the fall of 2014. Working with Peggy Doty from the U of I Extension Office and me, students and teachers will be able to make unique connections to the past. We are very grateful to the Community Foundation. Their support will allow the creation of a new and creative program that will engage many of our local students.” For more information about the project, call 815895-5762 or email michelle@

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Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center will host its annual Christmas tree walk and open house on Dec. 8. Volunteers Carolyn Haber, Pat Woods and Judy Lawrence are pictured admiring one of the trees. Lot Like Christmas” tree. The Oak Crest King Gene Grosch and Queen Merle Sawyer

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“A Musical Christmas” is the theme for the 19th annual Christmas Tree Walk and Open House at the Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center. The event will be held from 1-4:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Visiting Oak Crest for the Tree Walk and Open House is a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season. Music will fill the air as visitors tour the center to see the many trees. Each tree will remind visitors of a special carol or song. The DeKalb High School Madrigal Singers will perform at 1:30 p.m., the Northern Illinois Cello Ensemble will play at 2:30 p.m., and the Rayitos del Sol of Conexion Comunidad dancers will perform at 3:30 p.m. A number of musicians will play at various tree locations throughout the afternoon. Singing Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected. They will visit with boys and girls of all ages around the “Candyland” tree. Santa would love to sing for those requesting. An operational model train will be on display and special treats await around the “Toyland” tree. A festive desert buffet will make the afternoon complete as visitors gather around the “It Is Beginning To Look A

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Skiers recording their own runs with helmet cameras

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By SAMANTHA CRITCHELL The Associated Press WILMINGTON, Vt. – Hey, mom, did you see that cool jump? That explosion of powder? How I squeezed between those trees? There are moments on the slopes when skiers wish all eyes were on them. But here’s the next best thing: helmet cameras, which enable skiers to photograph and videotape their own descents, jumps and tracks to show off later. Helmet cams have become so ubiquitous that they are “almost the norm” at Steamboat Ski & Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colo. “The cameras take bragging rights to the next level,” said resort spokeswoman Loryn Kasten. Steamboat is even incorporating user content into its own social media and marketing, because the vantage point of the skier or boarder taking video has more impact than the pro cameraman standing at the bottom. The user videos, Kasten says, are a “scrapbook in motion.”

Sharing video: Not just for kids A new teen center at a members-only resort will even have indoor video editing booths and a screening room to play footage and finished films for a crowd. The teen center is part of a new lodge at The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain in Wilmington, Vt. Hermitage owner and founder Jim Barnes was inspired by the interest of his own children – ages 16, 14 and 9 – in using the cams. But the cameras are not just for kids. Barnes recalled a 40-something who took video of 47 runs during a single day last season. “Each generation pushes other generations to do it. Gen-Xers are sharing, and Gen-Yers and Z. There’s a push for all of them to use cameras because they’re going to share it,” said Kelly Davis, director of research for the SnowSports Industries America association. “Sharing” is the key: The explosion of social media is what’s led to the leap in cameras among skiers and boarders – not to mention surfers, skate boarders, rock climbers and mountain bikers. “The cameras seem to be driving people to do more adventurous things, explore the back country, so they can share it,” said Davis. “It’s not just ego. But people are aware that they are presenting an image of themselves, and videos of them doing this stuff starts conversations.” Even older skiers who don’t use the cameras are watching the footage. “My grandma loves to see the video. She got them for us so she can see us skiing,” said Will Coffin, a 13-year-old member of Vermont’s Mount Snow race team. His 11-year-old brother Charlie will show them “to anyone who’s there after skiing.” Most likely his videos are off-trail in the trees, which he thinks makes the best visuals.

Sales and impulse buys Sales of the cameras, like the industry leader GoPro, were up 50 percent to 123,000 at snow sports retailers for the 2012-13 ski season, according to the SnowSports Industries America. The trade group expects a higher number for 2013-14, with additional sales at electronics stores and elsewhere that the SIA does not track. GoPro sells its HD Helmet Hero Plus 3 model for close to $400, but the price has not deterred impulse buyers who see others using it and must have one. “Veteran skiers are looking for the best deal, and might get their GoPro in an off-season sale,” said Kasten. “But it’s also not farfetched to say, a family will come into one of our retail outlets and tell us, ‘We’re using our iPhone for video, but we just saw someone else’s video’” shot with a GoPro. Often they’ll buy one on the spot.

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A GoPro digital camera is mounted on a ski helmet, a hot item on ski slopes and other settings. Brian Stacey, director of new product development for Tauck, the cruise and tour company, likes the camera because it attaches “to pretty much anything – your helmet, arm, leg, canoe” and can shoot images while you’re moving.

Family time and memories Wing Taylor, 42, who lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia, uses his GoPro mostly to record keepsakes of the days when his children are still mastering the mountains, but he’ll also play them on gray fall days to get his son and daughter jazzed for the season. If you’re hanging at the Taylors’ house, you might watch the videos on their flat screen. “We can pick ‘home movies’ on our Apple TV, and for us, home movies are ski movies.” The only downside, Taylor says, is the audio. There’s a lot of loud “schussing,” which he typically fixes up by dropping in music on the final cut. Noah Shelton, 14, of Cary, N.C., says the camera lets him relive happy or proud moments: “You can capture the beauty of the nature around you, but if you’re a

freestyle skier or boarder, you’re really doing it for the crazy jumps and flips.” Sometimes, he’ll move the camera from his helmet to his back or pole to try and get the look on his own face or others around him. “When there’s a good jump, the reaction of other people is priceless.” Nick Skally, 36, of Portsmouth, N.H., likes to record the tips of his skis popping in and out of the powder. “It’s so much fun to see where you’ve gone,” he said. Cameras have become so lightweight, low-profile and easy to use that Skally sometimes forgets it’s on his helmet and wears it into the lodge still recording, which makes for some funny outtakes. But the main reason for the videos, he says, is “to remember the epic runs, the powder dumps, the good times. If the memory fades, the video doesn’t.”

The DeKalb Women’s Club donated funds to the DeKalb Public Library to honor and remember two of their past members, Isabella Cash and Dorothy Larson. The funds were used to purchase library materials in each of their names. The book purchased in memory of Cash is “Jump-Starting Boys” by Pam Withers and Cynthia Gill. To remember Larson, the library purchased “Miss Manners Minds Your Business” by Judith Martin and Nicholas Ivor Martin. Library director Dee Coover (left) is pictured with club member Pat Moeller.

Sycamore native wins car raffle

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Sycamore native Debbie Halverson purchased the winning ticket in the Make A Difference DKC Car Raffle sponsored by DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Cadillac GMC in support of community organizations and Feed My Staving Children. Halverson was given the choice of three vehicles donated by the dealership. She chose to take cash instead so she can make donations to various organizations that she supports. Local nonprofit organizations also participated in the car raffle fundraiser. For every $20 raffle ticket an organization sold, they received $8 back to their own organization, with $12 used to pay for food for the Make A Difference DKC mobile pack event.

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TODAY – You’ll have to give a little in order to get a little. Don’t let frustrations stop you from living life. Focus on your accomplishments and use your energy wisely, and you will reach your goals. Change is inevitable and should be welcomed with open arms. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) – You will learn the hard way if you let anger take over. Don’t complain or waste time arguing a moot point. Concentrate on what is working. Live in the moment. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – Set your standards and stick to your principles. Your integrity will separate you from any competition you face, allowing you clear passage to the destination you choose. Romance is highlighted. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) – Get along, no matter how difficult it might be. Arguments will drain you of the energy you’ll need to reflect and make alternate plans when things veer off course. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) – Look into small business ventures or an investment that shows potential. Contracts may not be straightforward, but your negotiating skills will help you find creative solutions that include the perks you want. ARIES (March 21-April 19) – Staying on top of what needs to be finished will be difficult but a necessity. Don’t let restlessness cause you to make a move without sufficient thought. Avoid overindulgence. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) – Speak up and offer suggestions. Whether you are dealing with friends, family or peers, you will capture the attention required to put your plans in motion and receive the benefits you desire. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) – Take care of your interests first. You must not allow anyone to sidetrack you, especially if money is involved. You’ll end up being taken advantage of if you are too complacent. CANCER (June 21-July 22) – Make plans, step into the spotlight, do your own thing and reap the rewards. Follow your heart and lay groundwork to secure your home and business future. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) – Think about what you want and revamp your plans for the future to better suit your needs. Don’t discuss what you are doing until you are ready to take action. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – Put more into your home, family and personal property. Enjoying the company of someone you love or who shares similar interests will lead to future plans. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) – You may want to help the world, but keep in mind that charity begins at home. Focus on the people you care about most as well as making home improvements. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) – Show how much you care. Pay more attention to someone you love or make a donation to a cause you feel passionate about helping, and you will achieve personal success and happiness.


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Four-hour commute is iffy relationship risk Dear Abby: I have been seeing my boyfriend, “Casey,” for a year. He has said throughout our courtship that we could get married in four to five years. Over the past couple of months, he has become distant and less romantic. I drive four hours to see him almost every week, and he seems fine then, but when we’re apart, he rarely texts me and seems disinterested. On one of my recent visits, Casey said he NEVER wants to get married! When I asked what had changed his mind, his response was that he has decided that marriage is a trap. When I asked if he still wanted to be with me, he said yes. I know I don’t want to be Casey’s girlfriend forever. I don’t want to waste my time if he’s not going to marry me, but I really want to be with him. Do you think he’ll change his mind again, or is it time for me to end things? – Waiting And Hoping in Maryland Dear Waiting And Hoping: If you’re doing all of the fourhour commuting, you’re not only waiting and hoping, you are also doing most of the work in your relationship with Casey. From your description of his attention span, when you’re out of sight, you are not on his mind.

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips You didn’t mention how old you both are, but it appears Casey has some growing up to do. Marriage isn’t a trap; it’s a partnership. And like any strong partnership there is commitment involved. If Casey isn’t up to making a commitment and marriage is what you’re after, you should save the wear and tear on your car and the expense of the gas and find a man who is less gun-shy. Dear Abby: We live near my wife’s sister “Bree” and her husband, “Joe.” We socialize often at one of our homes or at a restaurant. They have recently become good friends with another couple, the “Russells,” who are delightful. Bree and Joe sometimes invite us over when the Russells are there. The problem is, when I try to carry on a conversation with Mr. Russell, Joe gets bent out of shape. He interrupts and changes the subject or says something to make me look bad. If that doesn’t stop the discussion, Joe walks off in a huff. I think he’s acting like an immature middle-schooler. (It also triggers memories I have of

being bullied and excluded as a child.) I’d like to avoid these three-couple get-togethers, but I don’t know how many times I can do it without raising questions. An alternative would be to avoid the Russells and converse only with other guests who may be present. Either option, or mentioning it, risks making me look like the jealous 12-year-old instead of Joe. Any ideas? – Odd Man Out in Kansas Dear Odd Man Out: It appears that your brother-in-law is insecure, or he wouldn’t behave the way he is. How sad – for him. Start limiting the time you spend as a threesome. Ask your wife to find out in advance if the Russells will be visiting when you are. If Bree asks her why, your wife should tell her that Joe seems upset when you try to carry on a conversation with the husband and you don’t want to make him uncomfortable. Perhaps if she tells her husband to knock it off and grow up, he will. However, if the problem continues, explain to the Russells that as much as you enjoy their company, you’ll be seeing them less often, and why. It isn’t necessary to mention to any of them the grief you experienced in middle school because, frankly, it

is none of their business. If it’s any comfort to you, it appears Joe had insecurities back then, too, but he never outgrew them. Dear Abby: I am ready to explode. My father-in-law dotes on my 16-year-old daughter, who is his only grandchild. The biggest issue, aside from his overspending, is that he takes her to and from school every day and then expects to stay and visit. I have neither the time nor the inclination to sit and chitchat with him about the same old stuff over and over. My husband doesn’t want to be involved. (He doesn’t get home until after his father has left, anyway.) It would probably end up in a nasty fight. I want to politely make “Dad” understand that he doesn’t need to come in every single day. I know he will think we are being negative or against him personally, and from past events, I don’t want to come across in this manner. Please help. – Too Much Of A “Good” Thing in Pennsylvania Dear Too Much: Obviously, your father-in-law doesn’t have enough going on in his life to fill his time. Things won’t change until you manage to set some boundaries. It would not be “negative against him” if you had to go

out and run errands or your daughter had to do homework after she gets home from school. It would also not be negative, since you don’t have time to sit and chat, to ask him to pitch in and help with the chores. You might also suggest that he do some volunteer work to fill his time. But you will have to schedule a time for him to feel welcome – perhaps a Sunday dinner – when your husband is home and can help to entertain his father. Dear Abby: Over many years of travel in the U.S. and Europe, I have collected postcards picturing the main sights. Now it is time to toss the trip memorabilia, but the cards are in pristine condition. Any suggestion as to what could be done with them? – Globetrotter Out West Dear Globetrotter: If there are schools in your area that offer art classes to the students, you might be able to donate the postcards as material to be used in art projects. Or contact nearby senior centers and ask if they would like to have them to be used for discussion groups or art classes. (They would be wonderful for decoupage projects.)

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

Unusual shortness of breath a serious problem? Dear Dr. K: I sometimes get short of breath. Should I worry that it’s serious? Dear Reader: Shortness of breath is often no big deal. It’s normal to be short of breath for a little while after strenuous exercise or at high altitudes. Some people breathe hard when they’re anxious. When should you worry that shortness of breath might indicate a serious heart or lung condition? I tell my patients that they know their own bodies a lot better than I do. Their bodies are sending their brains signals every minute. If they think they are getting short of breath in situations that nev-

ASK DR. K Anthony L. Komaroff er made them short of breath before, that’s a red flag. Maybe they have to stop to catch their breath after climbing one flight of stairs, and that never used to happen. Maybe they sometimes feel winded even when they’ve just been sitting, and that never used to happen. Maybe they suddenly feel short of breath for no apparent reason. The key question to ask yourself: Is this new for you? If so, talk to your doctor. There still may not be

a serious underlying problem, but you need to be sure of that. The other really important question to ask yourself when you become unusually short of breath is whether you are also experiencing other worrisome symptoms: • Chest pain or discomfort • Swollen ankles and feet • Fever • Unusual fatigue • Painful cough with blood or yellow, green or reddish mucus • Wheezing and coughing When these symptoms occur along with unusual shortness of breath, you should contact your doctor promptly. They raise the likelihood you

may be having a serious, even life-threatening, problem: a heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, a blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolism) or an asthma attack. Before you call your doctor for shortness of breath, be prepared to answer the following questions. They will help your doctor assess the urgency of your situation. If your doctor doesn’t ask these questions, volunteer the information: (1) Is there chest pain, and what does it feel like? Is it a sharp and stabbing pain? Or does it feel more like a dull pressure? Does it travel anywhere (like into your neck, jaw, shoulder, arm or back)?

(2) Are you sweating profusely? (3) Do you have trouble breathing when you lie down? (4) Are your legs or ankles swollen? (5) Do you have a cough or fever? (6) How fast are you breathing? You don’t want to get terrified every time you have a potentially serious symptom. But you also don’t want to miss an early signal that something serious may be wrong. You need to know when, and when not, to worry.

• Visit www.AskDoctorK. com to read more.

8TODAY’S WEEKEND PUZZLE ACROSS 1 Mopes 6 On top of 11 Tiberius’ garb 15 Nut tree 20 Sprigged fabric 21 Rain forest parrot 22 Fiery gems 24 Bizarre 25 Lum’s radio pal 26 Car owner’s proof 27 Entice 28 More accurate 29 Roomy sleeve 31 Dern of films 33 Crafty move 34 Surfer wannabe 35 Wood for paneling (2 wds.) 37 Falling-out 39 “Diamond Lil” playwright 41 911 responder 42 Like a hermit 43 Pitch 44 Tower over 46 Vaccines 50 Internet suffix 51 Bits of thread 52 Cold feet 53 Busy loafing 57 Polished 59 Tinny sound 60 Eat soup impolitely 61 Gaslight and Big Band 62 Poker pair 63 Pelts 64 Dr. Brothers 65 Carder’s demands 66 Take a powder 67 Paper toy 68 “Walk Away —” 69 Rug, slangily 72 Firmly fix 73 Harbor vessels 74 Dinette piece 75 Running mate 76 Hassocks 79 Unbroken horse

80 Shrill 84 Yin complement 85 Eggy desserts 86 Yul’s film realm 87 Poor grade 88 Handles with ease 91 Flared garment (hyph.) 92 Loud cry 93 Joyous outburst 95 Bracket type 96 Get on the horn 97 Musical sound 98 Bwana’s trek 99 Slue 101 Tire necessity 102 Encyc. sections 103 Dugong cousin 104 Autocratic ruler 105 Gondola 106 Secret sign 107 LII twice 108 Tulip colors 109 Parboil 111 Bright ring 112 Furniture buys 114 Equator segment 117 “Exodus” name 118 Lock of hair 119 Penthouse delight (2 wds.) 124 Fragrant blossom 126 Work the land 128 In the least (2 wds.) 130 Become known 131 Chanteuse — Piaf 132 — box 134 Office assistants 136 Traffic-jam noise 137 Cheyenne abode 138 “The Stranger” author 139 Net surfers 140 Zeroed in on 141 Stock or bond 142 Like a pittance 143 Laconic 144 Photocopies

DOWN 1 Fire starter 2 Not rural 3 Tech talk 4 Lowered oneself 5 Rock layers 6 Qty. 7 — out (rescuing) 8 Fuel rating 9 Hold dear 10 Aquarius’ tote 11 Youngster 12 Met productions 13 Whole extent 14 Hannibal’s route 15 Annoy 16 Franc’s successor 17 Recital piece 18 Fix potatoes 19 Sheep units

23 Crystal 30 Some hose 32 For — — (cheap) 36 Freighter destination 38 LAX hours 40 Senior cit. group 43 Cookie sheets 44 Wimbledon tie 45 Hag’s cry 46 Takes care of (2 wds.) 47 Evoke 48 Feel sorry about 49 — Khan 51 Onetime Trevi Fountain coins 52 Philadelphia puckster 54 Faucet problem 55 Fill the hull

56 Latin I verb 58 PIN prompter 59 Situates 60 Kind of boom 63 Brownish fruit 64 Denim pants 67 — fu 68 River in France 69 Crawl with 70 Donne’s “done” 71 Merchandise ID 73 Neutral colors 74 Heron 75 Perfume holder 77 Popeye’s Olive — 78 Vexed 79 Window covering 80 Heap 81 Form a thought 82 Got closer to 83 Magic lamp

occupants 85 Parade sight 86 Hardens, as cement 88 Into the sunset 89 Genres 90 Charles Lamb 91 Yet to come 92 Egg portion 93 Pie container 94 From a distance 96 Very productive 97 Forbidden act (hyph.) 98 Wild 100 Rx givers 101 Ski lift (hyph.) 102 Lavish country home 103 Vex 106 Dove’s aversion 107 Picnic take-alongs

110 Prestige 111 Londoner’s wit 112 Join, as metal 113 Dances from Brazil 114 Queen of the Misty Isles 115 Carnival attractions 116 Saves coupons 118 Whodunit start 119 Pay hike 120 Fixed the pilot 121 Bard’s forte 122 Snowy-white bird 123 Has to have 125 To — — (exactly) 127 Ponderosa son 129 Like a trampoline 133 Mao — -tung 135 Compass dir.


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Altrusa donates boks to Indonesia

Scouts selling Christmas trees in Sandwich

Blue Christmas service at St. Paul’s focuses on hope

Sandwich Boy Scout Troop 45 will open its Christmas Tree lot on Nov. 29. The lot will carry Fraser and balsam fir trees, decorated wreaths and roping. All proceeds go directly to the troop to help support camping expenses during the year. The lot will be open daily from 4 to 7 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The lot is located at the H&R Block building in Sandwich at 116 Dayton St., one block west of Latham on Route 34. Sandwich Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops are always looking for new boys to join. If interested, call 630-973-7838.

The holiday season is often called “the most wonderful time of the year.” Yet for many people this is a difficult time, marked by stress and loneliness. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invites the community to a Blue Christmas gathering at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The service will include prayers, Scripture, and music that focus on hope and healing. There will be an opportunity to light a candle of remembrance. Light refreshments and conversation will follow. No RSVP is required. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 900 Normal Road in DeKalb. For more information, visit

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DeKalb/Sycamore Altrusa members Betsy Rychlewski, Julie Lamb and Sue Lehto presented Ira Raichand of Books for Indonesia with 727 books to ship to Indonesia, Books for Indonesia is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote English literacy to Indonesian people of all ages and education levels and ignite the love of reading. Raichand is one of three co-founders of this organization founded in 2012 and will ship these books to Indonesia.

Prairie Echoes Chorus prepares for Christmas

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Prairie Echoes Chorus is getting ready for the holiday season. The chorus, directed by Donna Bates, is a part of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization made up of more than 27,000 women who share the love of singing. The chorus has been named International Champions twice in the Harmony Classic Division for small choruses. Currently they are 2013 Region 3 second-place small chorus medalists and fifth-place chorus medalists overall. The chorus sings a variety of music for organizations, churches and carols at Christmastime to nursing and retirement homes in the area. Prairie Echoes meets from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at Sycamore Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave., Sycamore. Women are invited to join a rehearsal. For information, call Jess at 815-761-5956 or visit Ad Sponsored by The Daily Chronicle



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Patrick, Johnson power Barbs to win By ANTHONY ZILIS

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Governor urges Ohioans to avoid using letter ‘M’ COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gov. John Kasich wants Ohioans to avoid using the dreaded letter “M’’ on Saturday when No. 3 Ohio State faces archrival Michigan. Kasich declared the game day as “Scarlet Letter Saturday” in honor of Ohio State’s rivalry game with the Wolverines. Ohio fans have often found other words to refer to Michigan, calling the school “That team up north” among other epithets and singing songs about their utter disregard for the state. Lately, Buckeyes fans on Twitter have taken to dropping the letter M from their tweets, even from their own names. The resolution points out that “in the only instance in American history when two states went to war with each other, the state beginning with the letter ‘M’ lost.” It also notes that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service suggested adding the wolverine to the threatened species list under the Endangered Species Act. Each letter ‘M’ in the resolution is crossed out and in red ink – scarlet and gray are Ohio State’s school colors. It closes, “We, John R. Kasich and Mary Taylor, Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the State of Ohio, do hereby recognize Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, as SCARLET LETTER SATURDAY throughout Ohio and encourage all Ohioans to avoid using the letter ‘M’ when possible.” At the bottom is an official seal of the state of Ohio – contrary to popular belief, it does not include a football or a picture of Woody Hayes – along with Kasich’s signature. The third-ranked Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) are undefeated and heavily favored to stay that way after playing slumping archrival Michigan (7-4, 3-4) on Saturday at the Big House. – Wire report

8WHAT TO WATCH Pro basketball Bulls at Cleveland, 6:30 p.m., WGN The Bulls look for their second straight win after snapping a four-game losing streak with their 99-79 victory Wednesday over the Detroit Pistons.

• For a complete weekend TV schedule, turn to page B2.


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AURORA – Britney Patrick and Madelyne Johnson aren’t seniors, but coach Chris Davenport knows the two will have to learn to be veteran leaders quickly. Patrick, a sophomore, and Johnson, a junior, are the only two returners out of the five Barbs who were named to a Daily Chronicle All-Area team last year, as DeKalb is loaded with sophomores and

juniors this season. Patrick and Johnson certainly carried the load in Friday’s 55-44 win over Naperville North in the Lady Warhawk Thanksgiving Tournament at West Aurora, where the pair scored all but five of DeKalb’s points. “They’ve been talked to all summer long about the fact that they’re going to have to lead,” Davenport said. “Patrick’s still a sophomore. It’s kind of tough, but it’ll only make her better. I think she

More online For all your prep sports coverage – stories, features, scores, photos, videos, blogs and more – log on to played very well in this tournament. She’s gotten better every game. … Johnson was the best she’s played all year,

without a question.” After losing to West Aurora on Tuesday, the Barbs (3-1) shot off to a 10-3 lead on baskets from Patrick, Alexis Hammond and former Sycamore guard Paige Wogen. But the Huskies (3-1) battled back to make the score, 17-17, in the second quarter before the Barbs pulled away to lead 23-18 at the half. “Tuesday night I didn’t think we played real well, I think we got outplayed by West Aurora, and tonight we

turned it around and came out and responded,” Davenport said. “For the most part, we played pretty solid.” In the third quarter, Johnson took over, scoring all of DeKalb’s points during a 7-3 run to put the Barbs up, 30-21. DeKalb coasted in the fourth quarter, hitting 12-of-15 free throws while Patrick scored nine of her 18 points. After being able to defer to veterans last season, Johnson

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Lena-Winslow hoist the IHSA Class 1A Football Championship trophy Friday after beating Downs Tri-Valley, 28-21, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

Class 4A: Rochester 16, Geneseo 8

At Huskie Stadium in DeKalb (TV: Comcast) FRIDAY Class 1A: Lena-Winslow 28, Downs Tri-Valley 21 Class 2A: Sterling Newman 40, Staunton 13 Class 3A: Stillman Valley 43 vs. St. Joseph-Ogden 41 (OT)

TODAY Class 5A: Montini (13-0) vs. Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (13-0), 10 a.m. Class 6A: Batavia (12-1) vs. Richards (12-1), 1 p.m. Class 7A: Lake Zurich (12-1) vs. Mt. Carmel (12-1), 4 p.m. Class 8A: Loyola (12-1) vs. Naperville Central (103), 7 p.m.

Lena-Winslow fights way to 1A title By ROSS JACOBSON


eKALB – The Lena-Winslow football team won its second Class 1A state title Friday, defeating Downs Tri-Valley, 28-21, in the state finals. The Panthers gave the Daily Chronicle all-access from their arrival Thursday in DeKalb on through their victory celebration in the locker room Friday afternoon.

3 p.m. Thursday, DeKalb High School

More online Head to sports to see video highlights and a photo gallery from Lena-Winslow’s 28-21 victory over Tri-Valley on Friday in the IHSA Class 1A state championship game. Adam Wright saunters out of the DeKalb locker room, fully dressed for Lena-Winslow’s

walk-through practice leading up to the next day’s state championship. The senior kicker wears his practice jersey, pads, cleats and completes it with blue jeans. “When I was a freshman it got colder towards the end of the season and everybody was putting shorts on, basketball shorts,” Wright said. “I was a freshman so I didn’t do that much but kick, so I thought, ‘I’m just going to keep my pants on,’ and I got tons of crap for that for a couple days.”

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Fresno loss opens door for NIU Huskies last undefeated non-AQ team By JOSH DUBOW The Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. – Northern Illinois’ Bowl Championship Series dreams got a big boost Friday. Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr finally ran into a quarterback who could match his prolific production. David Fales threw for a school-record 547 yards and six touchdowns in an entertaining showdown with Carr AP photo and San Jose State spoiled the San Jose State wide receiver Tyler Winston catches a touchdown pass 16th-ranked Bulldogs perfect over Fresno State defensive back Jonathan Norton during the first half season with a 62-52 victory Friday. Friday in San Jose, Calif.

“It’s hard,” Carr said. “Guys are torn up, as well they should be. If you like losing there’s something wrong with you.” Fresno State’s loss means NIU is likely in control of its own destiny when it comes to the Huskies’ quest for back-toback BCS bowl games. The Huskies will play Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference Championship Game on Friday in Detroit. As of the most recent BCS standings, Fresno State was the Huskies’ main competition for the non-AQ BCS slot. However, the loss to San Jose State will likely drop the Bulldogs out of contention. NIU, ranked No. 14 in the BCS, must finish in the top 12 or place in the top 16 and ahead of a conference champion from an AQ conference. Central Florida, which leads

the American Athletic Conference, is No. 19. The Huskies are the only undefeated team from a non-automatic qualifying conference. Fales was every bit as good as the more heralded Carr, matching his six firsthalf touchdown passes in a near perfect performance that made the Spartans (6-6, 4-4 Mountain West) bowl eligible with their first win over a ranked opponent since 2000. Carr threw for 519 yards and six touchdowns, but also had a fourth-quarter interception for the Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1). Davante Adams caught 13 passes for 264 yards and three scores. “We wanted it bad,” Carr said. “If you don’t want do your very best, to play in a BCS bowl game then you shouldn’t be playing college football. That’s what you want to do but it’s so hard to do.”


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8PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Boys Basketball Sycamore at Leland B. Strombom Holiday tournament, TBA Indian Creek at Westminster Christian tournament, TBA DeKalb at Rockford Boylan tournament vs. Rockford Guilford, 9 a.m. DeKalb at Rockford Boylan tournament vs. Auburn, 5 p.m. Kaneland at Batavia Windmill Classic, 6:30 p.m. Hiawatha at Ashton-Franklin Center tournament, TBA Genoa-Kingston, Hinckley-Big Rock at Oregon tournament, TBA Girls Basketball DeKalb vs. Oswego at Waubonsie Valley in Warhawk tournament, 10 a.m. Wrestling DeKalb at McHenry quad, 9 a.m. Kaneland hosts quad vs. Burlington Central, Wheaton Warrenville South and Freeport, 10 a.m. Boys Bowling Sycamore at Harlem tournament, 9 a.m. Girls Bowling Sycamore at Plainfield Central tournament, 9 a.m. DeKalb at Rock Island tounament, 9 a.m.

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Former NIU hoops coach Jorgensen dies pending. Known to his players, NIU fans, and townies as “Jorgy,” Jorgensen produced many significant program precedents – the first 20-victory season (21-4 in 1971-72), first triumph over a Big Ten Conference opponent (Michigan State in 197071), first victory over a Top 10 team (Indiana in 1971-72), the first Top 20 ranking (No. 20 on the Associated Press poll in 1971-72), first NBA draft pick (Jim Smith in 1969), first Division I league championship (Midwestern Conference in

By MIKE KORCEK AURORA, Colo. – Northern Illinois University Hall of Fame men’s basketball coach Tom Jorgensen, the man who put the Huskies on the national map, into the Top 20, and into such historic college meccas as the Chicago Stadium, Madison Square Garden, and The Palestra, died Friday. Jorgensen, who was 78, passed away in a local hospice after suffering a stroke Monday. Funeral arrangements are

1971-72), and first major-college All-American (Jim Bradley in 1971-72). Jorgensen coached five individual NIU Athletics Hall of Famers (Bradley, Smith, Willie Hanson, Billy Harris, and Jerry Zielinski), five NBA-ABA draft selections, plus five Northern Illinois All-Century picks. In seven seasons (1966 through 73), Jorgensen posted a 96-71 won-lost record at NIU. The Chicago native was an advocate of wide-open offenses, which ranked No. 3 in the NCAA at 92.7 points a game

and 95.2 in 1970-71 and 1971-72, respectively. Before his NIU tenure, Jorgensen served as an assistant to Dave Strack at Michigan for six seasons – including the Cazzie Russell era when the Wolverines captured three consecutive Big Ten championships (1963-65) and appeared in back-to-back NCAA Final Fours (1964-65). A former Michigan team captain, Jorgensen started 66 consecutive games for the Maize and Blue (1953-56), plus averaged 14 points as a senior.

8SPORTS SHORTS Kaneland graduate earns MAC football honor Central Michigan redshirt sophomore defensive end and Kaneland graduate Blake Serpa was named the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week in Central Michigan’s 37-0 win over UMass last weekend, the conference office announced on Monday. In his first career start, Serpa played a pivotal role in Central Michigan’s blanking of UMass, the program’s first shutout against a MAC opponent since 1996. The Sugar Grove native recorded a career-high nine tackles, including three for a loss. He notched CMU’s lone sack of the day. Serpa also forced one of Central’s four turnovers. Early in the third quarter, he blasted UMass running back Shadrack Abrokwah on a run up in the middle, jarring the ball loose. Serpa has played in 11 games, recorded 29 tackles, including seven for a loss, three quarterback hits, one pass break-up and one forced fumble. His 16 solo tackles rank second among CMU defensive lineman while his three sacks are second most on the team.

NIU women’s hoops falls to New Mexico State Northern Illinois women’s basketball fell to 2-3 on the season with a 77-72 loss to New Mexico State on Friday at the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic. Amanda Corral led the Huskies with 16 points, while Danny Pulliam finished with 15 and Natecia Augusta added 10. “Offensively we had some good looks. We didn’t make a lot of shots that we needed to, but I’m disappointed because I thought we were ready for this game,” NIU coach Kathi Bennett said in a news release, “we have to get back to playing defense and we have to do that together as a team. We can miss shots if we play defense the way we’re supposed to play it.” NIU will continue the tournament at noon Saturday, when the Huskies take on Lamar.

Western Michigan eases past Cornell KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Shayne Whittington and Connar Tava both had double-doubles to lead Western Michigan to an 83-70 victory over Cornell on Friday night. David Brown, who came into the game averaging 22.5 points a game for Western Michigan (5-2), was held to just 16. However the other Broncos stepped up as Tava totaled 16 points and 13 rebounds and Whittington had 14 points while pulling down 12 rebounds. Austin Richie contributed 15 points. – Staff, wire reports

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PA 179 184 223 255

AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA 8 3 0 .727 288 230 5 6 0 .455 186 287 5 6 0 .455 229 245 4 7 0 .364 236 273 South W L T Pct PF PA Indianapolis 7 4 0 .636 263 260 Tennessee 5 6 0 .455 250 245 Jacksonville 2 9 0 .182 142 324 Houston 2 9 0 .182 199 289 North W L T Pct PF PA Cincinnati 7 4 0 .636 275 206 Baltimore 6 6 0 .500 249 235 Pittsburgh 5 7 0 .417 263 278 Cleveland 4 7 0 .364 203 265 West W L T Pct PF PA Denver 9 2 0 .818 429 289 Kansas City 9 2 0 .818 270 179 San Diego 5 6 0 .455 269 260 Oakland 4 8 0 .333 237 300 Thursday’s Results Detroit 40, Green Bay 10 Dallas 31, Oakland 24 Baltimore 22, Pittsburgh 20 Sunday’s Games Bears at Minnesota, noon New England at Houston, noon Tennessee at Indianapolis, noon Jacksonville at Cleveland, noon Tampa Bay at Carolina, noon Arizona at Philadelphia, noon Miami at N.Y. Jets, noon St. Louis at San Francisco, 3:05 p.m. Atlanta vs. Buffalo at Toronto, 3:05 p.m. Cincinnati at San Diego, 3:25 p.m. Denver at Kansas City, 3:25 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Washington, 7:30 p.m. Monday’s Game New Orleans at Seattle, 7:40 p.m. New England N.Y. Jets Miami Buffalo


Central Michigan’s Courtney Williams (85) pushes off an arm tackle by Eastern Michigan’s Willie Creear (4) on Friday in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.


Bowling Green wins MAC East The ASSOCIATED PRESS ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Bowling Green will meet No. 15 Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference championship game after securing the MAC East division title Friday with a 24-7 win over Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Travis Greene rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown, Matt Johnson threw for one touchdown and passed for another, and the Falcons’ defense held Buffalo to season lows in points and yards (236). Bowling Green (9-3, 7-1 MAC) managed just seven first downs on its first seven possessions, but scored touchdowns on consecutive drives in the third quarter to take control of the game.

Ball St. 55, Miami (Ohio) 14: At Muncie, Ind., Keith Wenning passed for 445 yards and six touchdowns in Ball State’s systematic destruction of Miami (Ohio). Ball State (10-2, 7-1 MAC) rolled up 585 total yards of offense and had three receivers catch touchdown passes and eclipse 100 yards receiving. Jamill Smith caught seven balls for 127 yards and three TDs, Jordan Williams made five catches for 161 yards and

a pair of scores and Willie Snead hauled in 11 passes for 133 yards and one TD. The Cardinals raced out to a 35-0 halftime lead, including Wenning’s 72-yard pass-andrun to Williams, before Miami (0-12, 0-8) finally got on the board in the third on Drew Kummer’s 58-yard scoring strike to Dawan Scott. Akron 31, Toledo 29: At Akron, Ohio, Bryce Cheek broke up a 2-point conversion pass and Andrew Pratt recovered the ensuing onside kick as Akron denied a Toledo comeback in the final minute. Kyle Pohl passed for 259 yards and three touchdowns as the Zips (5-7, 4-4 Mid-American Conference) closed the season with three straight wins. Toledo (7-5, 5-3), previously knocked out of the MidAmerican race, was hoping to improve its bowl chances with eight wins. Terrance Owens answered Pohl with two scores in the final 5:37, hitting Bernard Reedy from the 28, and guiding a 10-play drive capped by a Marc Remy run from the 3 with 59 seconds left before Cheek and Pratt saved the win. Ohio 51, UMass 23: At Athens, Ohio, Beau Blankenship rushed for 124 yards and a

50-yard touchdown as Ohio cruised to a win over Massachusetts. Tyler Tettleton passed for 246 yards and two touchdowns as Ohio (7-5, 4-4 MAC) outgained UMass (1-11, 1-7) 461 to 290. On the second play from scrimmage, Blankenship set the tempo by busting out for his long touchdown run. Tettleton followed that with a 2-yard strike to Chase Cochran and it was 14-0 before everyone settled into their seats.

Central Michigan 42, Eastern Michigan 10: At Mount Pleasant, Mich., Zurlon Tipton ran for four touchdowns to lead Central Michigan in a victory over Eastern Michigan and become bowl eligible in the Mid-American Conference for the second-straight season. Tipton ran for 216 yards and scored back-to-back-toback touchdowns in the first half to jump the Chippewas (66, 5-3) to a 21-0 lead. His third touchdown was on an 86-yard run and he finished the half with 134 yards. Eastern Michigan (2-10, 1-7) drove down the field for 85 yards in 55 seconds to score its first touchdown, making the score 21-10, before the end of the first half.

Final MAC Standings West Division Conf. Team W L NIU 8 0 Ball St. 7 1 Toledo 5 3 CMU 5 3 EMU 1 7 WMU 1 7 East Division Conf. Team W L Bowl. Green 7 1 Buffalo 6 2 Ohio 4 4 Akron 4 4 Kent St. 3 5 UMass 1 7 Miami (Ohio) 0 8

Overall W L 12 0 10 2 7 5 6 6 2 10 1 11 Overall W L 9 3 8 4 7 5 5 7 4 8 1 11 0 12

Friday’s results Central Michigan 42, Eastern Michigan 10 Bowling Green 24, Buffalo 7 Ohio 51, UMass 23 Akron 31, Toledo 29 Friday, Dec. 6 game Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois, 7 p.m. (MAC Championship game)

8WEEKEND TV SPORTSWATCH TODAY’S LINEUP College football Ohio State at Michigan, 11 a.m., ABC Florida State at Florida, 11 a.m., ESPN Duke at North Carolina, 11 a.m., ESPN2 Temple at Memphis, 11 a.m., ESPNEWS Kansas State at Kansas, 11 a.m., FSN1 North Texas at Tulsa, 1:30 p.m., FSN FCS, Southern U. vs. Grambling State, at New Orleans, 1:30 p.m., NBC Georgia at Georgia Tech, 2:30 p.m., ABC Alabama at Auburn, 2:30 p.m., CBS Penn State at Wisconsin, 2:30 p.m., ESPN Baylor at TCU, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2 Iowa State at West Virginia, 3 p.m., FS1 Clemson at South Carolina, 6 p.m., ESPN2 Notre Dame at Stanford, 6 p.m., FOX Texas A&M at Missouri,

6:45 p.m., ESPN UCLA at Southern Cal, 7:07 p.m., ABC New Mexico at Boise State, 9:15 p.m., ESPN2 Golf European PGA Tour, Alfred Dunhill Championship, third round, at Mpumalanga, South Africa, 4:30 a.m., TGC Men’s college basketball Lipscomb at Georgetown, 11 a.m., FSN Barclays Center Classic, doubleheader, third-place game and championship game, TBD, at Brooklyn, N.Y., 1 p.m., NBCSN Battle 4 Atlantis, third-place game, teams TBD, at Paradise Island, Bahamas, 6 p.m., NBCSN Battle 4 Atlantis, championship game, teams TBD, at Paradise Island, Bahamas, 8:30 p.m., NBCSN Pro hockey Blackhawks at Phoenix, 7 p.m., CSN Soccer Premier League, Cardiff City vs. Arsenal, 8:55 a.m., NBCSN West Bromwich at Newcastle,

11:30 a.m., NBC Winter sports USSA, Raptor World Cup, women’s super G, at Avon, Colo., 11:30 a.m., NBCSN Boxing Champion Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1) vs. Ismayl Sillakh (21-1-0), for WBO light heavyweight title; champion Adonis Stevenson (22-1-0) vs. Tony Bellew (20-1-0), for WBC light heavyweight title, at Quebec City, 9:15 p.m., HBO Sunday’s lineup Pro football Bears at Minnesota, noon, FOX Tennessee at Indianapolis, noon, CBS Denver at Kansas City, 3:25 p.m., CBS N.Y. Giants at Washington, 7 p.m., NBC Men’s college basketball Farleigh Dickenson at Seton Hall, 1 p.m., FS1 Central Arkansas at Kansas State, 3 p.m., FSN Oregon State at DePaul, 3 p.m., FS1

North Carolina at UAB, 5 p.m., FS1 Old Spice Classic, championship, teams TBD, at Orlando, Fla., 6:30 p.m., ESPN2 Kentucky at Providence, at Brooklyn, N.Y., 7:30 p.m., FS1 Wooden Legacy, championship game, team TBD, at Anaheim, Calif., 8:30 p.m., FSN Golf European PGA Tour, Alfred Dunhill Championship, final round, at Mpumalanga, South Africa, 4:30 a.m., TGC Soccer Premier League, Manchester United at Tottenham, 6 a.m., NBCSN Premier League, Liverpool at Hull City, 9:05 a.m., NBCSN Premier League, Southampton at Chelsea, 10:10 a.m., NBCSN Winter sports USSA, Raptor World Cup, women’s giant slalom, at Avon, Colo., 1:30 p.m., NBC Women’s college basketball Ohio State vs. UConn, at Springfield, Mass., 4:30 p.m., ESPN2

Central Division W L Pct Indiana 15 1 .938 Bulls 7 7 .500 Detroit 6 10 .375 Cleveland 4 12 .250 Milwaukee 2 13 .133 Atlantic Division W L Pct Toronto 6 9 .400 Boston 7 11 .389 Philadelphia 6 11 .353 Brooklyn 4 12 .250 New York 3 12 .200 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami 13 3 .813 Atlanta 9 8 .529 Charlotte 8 9 .471 Washington 7 9 .438 Orlando 6 10 .375

GB — 7 9 11 12½ GB — ½ 1 2½ 3


Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 14 2 .875 Houston 12 5 .706 Dallas 10 7 .588 Memphis 8 7 .533 New Orleans 7 8 .467 Northwest Division W L Pct Portland 13 3 .813 Oklahoma City 11 3 .786 Denver 9 6 .600 Minnesota 8 9 .471 Utah 2 15 .118 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 11 5 .688 Phoenix 9 7 .563 L.A. Lakers 9 8 .529 Golden State 9 8 .529 Sacramento 4 9 .308

GB — 4½ 5½ 6 7 GB — 2½ 4½ 5½ 6½ GB — 1 3½ 5½ 11½ GB — 2 2½ 2½ 5½

Friday’s Results San Antonio 109, Orlando 91 Charlotte 92, Milwaukee 76 Miami 90, Toronto 83 Boston 103, Cleveland 86 Atlanta 88, Dallas 87 L.A. Lakers 106, Detroit 102 Houston 114, Brooklyn 95 Oklahoma City 113, Golden State 112 (OT) New Orleans 121, Philadelphia 105 Indiana 93, Washington 73 Denver 97, New York 95 Phoenix 112, Utah 101 L.A. Clippers at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Today’s Games Bulls at Cleveland, 6:30 p.m. Atlanta at Washington, 6 p.m. Brooklyn at Memphis, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Houston at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m. Utah at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Boston at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Thursday’s Results No games scheduled

NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts 27 19 4 4 42 25 18 4 3 39 24 18 6 0 36 27 15 8 4 34 26 13 11 2 28 28 12 12 4 28 24 12 9 3 27 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts San Jose 25 17 3 5 39 Anaheim 28 18 7 3 39 Los Angeles 26 16 6 4 36 Phoenix 25 15 6 4 34 Vancouver 27 13 9 5 31 Calgary 25 8 13 4 20 Edmonton 27 8 17 2 18 Hawks St. Louis Colorado Minnesota Nashville Winnipeg Dallas

GF 97 89 73 66 60 73 68

GA 74 57 50 64 72 80 70

GF 88 88 69 83 72 68 70

GA 57 73 56 79 70 92 93

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 26 17 7 2 36 72 54 Tampa Bay 26 16 9 1 33 76 66 Detroit 27 13 7 7 33 74 71 Montreal 26 14 9 3 31 69 55 Toronto 26 14 9 3 31 73 69 Ottawa 26 10 12 4 24 76 86 Florida 26 7 14 5 19 58 86 Buffalo 27 6 20 1 13 48 84 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 27 17 9 1 35 81 63 Washington 26 13 11 2 28 79 76 N.Y. Rangers 26 13 13 0 26 55 64 New Jersey 26 10 11 5 25 58 64 Carolina 26 10 11 5 25 55 75 Philadelphia 25 11 12 2 24 54 61 Columbus 26 10 13 3 23 66 77 N.Y. Islanders 26 8 15 3 19 70 90 Two points for a win, one point for OT loss Friday’s Results Hawks 2, Dallas 1, SO Washington 3, Montreal 2, SO Philadelphia 2, Winnipeg 1 Boston 3, N.Y. Rangers 2 Pittsburgh 3, Tampa Bay 0 Detroit 5, N.Y. Islanders 0 Anaheim 5, Calgary 2 San Jose 6, St. Louis 3 Colorado 3, Minnesota 1 New Jersey 5, Carolina 2 Columbus 4, Edmonton 2 Buffalo 3, Toronto 2, OT Today’s Games Vancouver at N.Y. Rangers, 1 p.m. Columbus at Boston, 6 p.m. Toronto at Montreal, 6 p.m. Pittsburgh at Florida, 6 p.m. Buffalo at New Jersey, 6 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m. Philadelphia at Nashville, 7 p.m. Chicago at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Colorado, 8 p.m. Calgary at Los Angeles, 9 p.m. Anaheim at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.


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Barbs claim first win of season Sycamore falls for first time in Strombom tournament By DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF DeKalb boys basketball got its first win of the season with a 65-56 victory over Rockford East at the Boylan Thanksgiving tournament on Friday. Rudy Lopez led the Barbs with 20 points while Ethan Conroy had 10 points off the bench. Luke Davis and Michael Pollack each had nine while Pat Aves and Jace Kitchen chipped in with eight points each. “We were down by as many as 12 in the second half and came back and won,” DeKalb coach Dave Rohlman said. “I thought the victory showed a lot of heart for our kids.” The Barbs (1-1) play Rockford Guilford at 9 a.m. today and Rockford Auburn at 5 p.m. Sycamore loses: Sycamore lost its first game of the season, 64-62, to Rockford Jefferson in the Strombom tournament.

Devin Mottet led the Spartans with 13 points while Ben Niemann had 11 and Jake Winters contributed 10. Nick Feuerbach had nine for Sycamore. Sycamore (2-1) will play for third place today against Burlington Central. Cogs stay perfect: G e noa-Kingston moved to 2-0 on the season with a 71-56 win over Rockford Christian Life in the second round of the Oregon tournament. Tommy Lucca led the Cogs with 18 points while Griffin McNeal had seven points and eight rebounds. Colin Broderick nailed four 3-pointers for his 12 points. The Cogs will play Kewanee at 2 p.m. today and will also play in the third-place game or championship game at 7 p.m.

Kaneland falls to Englewood: The Kaneland boys basketball team fell to Englewood, 54-50, in the Windmill City Classic Friday night in Batavia. Kaneland (1-1) entered the

second half down 14 points after Englewood took advantage of early turnovers caused by a swarming half-court trap. The Knights then roared back in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles, 19-6, to pull within one point. Senior forward John Pruett scored 10 in the third quarter and finished with 19 to lead Kaneland. Kaneland jumped out ahead early in the fourth quarter, but the Knights could not overcome a strong fourth quarter from Englewood forward Shartone Moore, who paced the Eagles with 26 points. Moore threw down an emphatic dunk and hit the ensuing free throw to put Englewood ahead for good late in the game. Kaneland coach Brian Johnson was pleased his team’s resurgence in the second half, but asserted that they cannot fall behind like they did in the first place. “Second half I think we started working the offense a

little better, moving the ball around, getting some looks at the rim,” Johnson said. “I don’t know why we came out so flat. Maybe we have to change up a few things to get going. It was nice to see us get the lead.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL Kaneland downs Regina: Kaneland defeated Regina Dominican, 45-37, in the Immaculate Conception tournament. Caroline Heimerdinger led the way with 14 points and four assists while Brittany Kemp had eight points and three steals. Ally VanBogaert chipped in seven points and seven rebounds for the Knights (3-2).

WEDNESDAY’S LATE RESULTS BOYS BASKETBALL Hiawatha falls: LaMoille-Ohio defeated Hiawatha, 62-48.

• Jake Powers contributed to this report.

Barbs a youthful team • BARBS Continued from page C1 and Patrick proved to be almost all the Barbs needed offensively on Friday. “I have to be more offensive-minded, that’s for sure,” Johnson said. “I do shoot the ball a lot more. I think [Patrick’s] there and I think I’m getting there.” Davenport knows the Barbs have a long way to go with so much youth on their roster. With several fresh faces getting their first varsity minutes, the talented team has plenty of difficulties it’s fighting through. “I would say the nerves is No. 1,” Davenport said. “The other is the flow of the game and the tempo of the game. When you have not been on a varsity floor very much, that tempo is a lot different than what you’re used to … We’ve got very little varsity experience. It’s a lot of seeing where we’re at, trying to get kids to learn and understand what we do. It basically comes with practice.” But Patrick is also confident that this team has what

“Since we have Paige, we have a shooter now, and Maddy is a post, and I can drive, so we’re pretty even with our skill set, so we can do pretty much anything.” Brittney Patrick DeKalb sophomore point guard it takes to be successful. The point guard knows that she can combine with Johnson’s post play, Wogen’s shooting and plenty of other talented players to come up with a team that will rival last year’s bunch that finished 23-5. “Since we have Paige, we have a shooter now, and Maddy is a post, and I can drive, so we’re pretty even with our skill set, so we can do pretty much anything,” Patrick said. “There’s confidence in us. We can get better. I know we can get to where we were last year, and we can even be better.”




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PRESENTED BY Bears may have to win a shootout

Bears at Vikings


NOON SUNDAY, FOX, AM-780, 105.9-FM Shaw Media sports writer Kevin Fishbain breaks down this week’s Bears game: BEARS

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Bears’ rushing offense vs. Vikings’ rushing defense Matt Forte had 88 yards rushing on 20 carries in Week 2 vs. Minnesota. The Vikings have given up 11 runs of 20 yards or more and are 25th in the league in total run defense. They also might be without MLB Erin Henderson, who missed last week’s game vs. Green Bay. A concerted effort to run the ball by the Bears keeps Adrian Peterson off the field. Edge: Bears Bears’ passing offense vs. Vikings’ passing defense As ugly as the Bears’ run defense has been, the Vikings aren’t much better against the pass. They are 29th in the league in pass defense, with opposing quarterbacks having a 97.7 rating against them. Minnesota has given up a league-high 24 passing touchdowns and could be without cornerback Xavier Rhodes (concussion). Josh McCown has lit it up, and that’ll continue in the Metrodome. Edge: Bears Vikings’ rushing offense vs. Bears’ rushing defense Even if Lance Briggs, Stephen Paea, Henry Melton, D.J. Williams and Charles Tillman were playing, Adrian Peterson would still get the edge. The Bears have kept Peterson from going off in several matchups over the years, but this defense couldn’t even stop Benny Cunningham. If there was a day for Peterson to break his own singlegame rushing record, it would be Sunday. Edge: Vikings



Vikings’ passing offense vs. Bears’ passing defense Christian Ponder has played very well in two of the Vikings’ past three games – the win over the Redskins and last week’s tie in Lambeau. He completed only 53.3 percent of his passes against the Bears in Week 2 and Chicago has held four quarterbacks in a row to a completion percentage below 60 percent. Ponder will find openings against a stacked box, but the Bears’ passing defense is still better. Edge: Bears

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The Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson breaks into the end zone for a touchdown run during the first half of Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis. The game ended in a 26-26 tie.

Sunday’s edge As awful as the matchup between the Bears’ run defense and Peterson looks, McCown and the offense will have their way with Minnesota’s back seven. The Bears haven’t lost back-to-back games in two months, and there are several reasons the Vikings have only two wins this season. Peterson makes it a closer game than it should be, but the Bears get the ‘W’. Bears 33, Vikings 28

Bears can’t get caught looking in the Vikings’ backfield By KEVIN FISHBAIN All eyes will be on Adrian Peterson on Sunday. And why not? It’s the best running back in the league against the worst run defense in the league. The Bears will have enough of a problem stopping Peterson to begin with, but if they keep their eyes solely on AP every snap, that will set up an opportunity for Christian Ponder to beat them with the play-action passing game. “Whenever you struggle with the run game and you have to put a lot of people at the line of scrimmage to defend the run, it’ll make you susceptible to some plays down the field,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. “[The Bears] are putting more people at the line of scrimmage to help them [defend the run]. It can make you vulnerable, it just depends on your guys in the secondary.” It’s hard to be intimidated by the Vikings’ passing threat, especially with Peterson in the backfield, but 32.5 percent of Ponder’s drop backs have a playaction element, which is second in the league according to Pro Football Focus. You would run play-action that often, too, with Peterson in the backfield. “Whenever a team has a strong running game, they’re going to have a good play-action game,” said Bears safety Chris Conte. “The Vikings are very good at doing it. They’re a team that relies on a lot of running, a lot

Memories of Metrodome 1

I have never been able to go to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis without focusing on the image of Mike Ditka roller skating around the old Halas Hall after dubbing the Vikings stadium the “Rollerdome.” For you younger Bears fans during most of the second half of the 1980s when the Bears were one of the dominant teams in the NFL, the Vikings were also perennial contenders. Minnesota was a Wild Card behind the Bears in the NFC Central in 1987 and 1988 before winning the division in 1989. The Bears went to the Dome on Dec. 6, 1987 looking to clinch a division title. Earlier that week Vikings


of play action,” said linebacker Jon Bostic. “We’ve got to make sure we do a good job recognizing when it’s play action … . Everybody’s got to make sure they’re on the same page when we’re doing what we need to do.” Ponder has thrown for five touchdowns and three interceptions after faking a handoff, and has a passer rating of 95.4. When he drops back to pass without faking to Peterson or Toby Gerhart, Ponder’s passer rating is a dismal 69.5. The Bears have had their is-

GM Mike Lynn had sent Ditka a pair of roller skates as a joke in response to “Da Coach” calling his stadium the Rollerdome, and that night the Vikings cheerleaders came out on skates. With just less than two minutes remaining quarterback Mike Tomczak came in for an injured Jim McMahon with 1:25 to play and the Bears down by one and marched the club 61 yards on four plays in just :45 seconds, hitting Dennis Gentry for a 38–yard touchdown pass to seal the 30–24 win and the Central Division crown.


– Hub Arkush,

sues creeping up too close to the line on a fake handoff and getting burned on a pass. Back in Week 7, Robert Griffin III was 8 of 13 for 169 yards passing with one touchdown and one pick using play action against the Bears. Last week, Kellen Clemens was 7 of 13 for 140 yards, good for a passer rating of 91.8. Bostic explained what he looks for to try and quickly diagnose if a quarterback is truly handing off. “Some teams, you look at

their offensive linemen. Some teams, you’ve got to be able to read the fullbacks,” he said. “Some of these zone teams are good at making their runs look like their passes, and their playaction passes are a little tougher to see.” Once a run has turned into a pass, it can sometimes look like panic mode for linebackers retreating into coverage. “You’ve just got to get out [in coverage]. Recognize what type of play action it is – boot, waggle, there’s a lot of different ways you can get play action in this league,” Bostic said. “Zone teams rely more on bootlegs, power teams, they rely on different play actions. We’ve got to be able to recognize it.” The consequence of giving up 145.2 rushing yards a game is that it opens things up for opponents through the air. “When you’re not stopping the run, you put your team in a two-fold position, because now you’ve got not only play-action passes and movement, but you’ve got the threat of explosive plays, because you’re creating one-on-ones on the outside,” said Bears coach Marc Trestman. The Bears’ defense knows a byproduct of stopping Peterson on Sunday makes it more difficult for Ponder to beat them with play-action. “The sooner a team in each and every game can make a team one-dimensional,” Trestman said, “they eliminate play-action passes and give themselves more options, because they’re going to be in drop-back modes, the playactions won’t be as big a factor.”

For the most part, things have not gone well for the Minnesota Vikings this season. Gee, was that an understatement? And after all kinds of turmoil at the quarterback position because of injury and the surprising signing of Josh Freeman, who then failed miserably in his one start for the Vikings before suffering a concussion, the Vikings look an awful lot like the club the Bears barely got by, 31-30 in Week 2 at Soldier Field. When the Bears get to the “Humphdome” on Sunday for their final performance in Mike Ditka’s favorite venue, Christian Ponder will be re-entrenched as the starting quarterback, and both he and Adrian Peterson will be coming off one of their best games of the season Sunday in Green Bay. The biggest questions in this matchup will be about the Bears’ mindset after the egg they laid Sunday in St. Louis, and whether or not they have any hope at all of slowing Peterson with the worst run defense in the NFL? Peterson had 146 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries in five quarters of football against the Packers and while he hasn’t approached his 2012 heroics, he was still the NFL’s second leading rusher before the Redskins, 49ers game Monday night with 997 yards, 226 carries and 10 touchdowns. It looks like Jeremiah Ratliff will see his first action as a Bear and Stephen Paea may be ready to go again, too, which couldn’t come at a better time for Mel Tucker and company. Ponder has been a threat on the ground with 34 scrambles for 151 yards and four TD’s, and while his 78.7 passer rating shouldn’t scare you he

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St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn (left) gets his hand on the ball as Bears quarterback Josh McCown throws during the first quarter Sunday in St. Louis. did put up 233 yards on 21-of-30 passing for a 103.9 rating Sunday at Lambeau. Greg Jennings and Jerome Simpson have been up and down but are reliable targets for Ponder, while Cordarrelle Patterson is a factor in the kick return game while still struggling to find himself as a receiver. That should allow the Bears safeties to spend more time in the box and worry less about pass coverage, a move that suits Greg Steltz who may see more action than usual. Major Wright dinged a hamstring in practice Friday and he could be limited. The Vikings are 30th in total defense, 14th against the run but 29th against the pass. They are 23rd in interception percentage and 26th rushing the quarterback. Jared Allen and Kevin Williams are former all pros who are both still capable of big games, but don’t do it on a regular basis any more. LeTroy Guion and Brian Robison are still starting up front as well, as this is the unit that helped key the Vikings playoff run in 2012. But they have struggled this year. Linebacker Chad Greenway will make plays all over the field, but Erin Henderson in the middle and Marvin Mitchell on the weak side are

BEARS INSIDER Tom Musick mental part, the Xs and Os, the preparation and getting ready.” The NFL – and all of professional sports, really – is littered with stories of ex-players who struggle to make the transition to the next phase of their lives. In most of our professions, we are on some sort of career path by the time we reach our 30s. But life in the NFL is different. Even if you’re one of the really good players, which Harris was, your career Chris Harris comes to an abrupt halt at an early age. Many leave reluctantly, still feeling the itch to play. Harris is grateful that he did not struggle with adjusting to life after football. “A few guys do, but for me, you have to know that it’s done,” said Harris, a former sixth-round draft pick who played with the Bears, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. “Some guys, they’re still living the dream inside their heads saying they still can play, but your body is going to let you know when you still can play. My body let me know that I can’t play anymore. “I don’t struggle with it at all. I’m actually in a great place. I enjoy watching it instead of being in it.” Harris watches plenty of foot-


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just guys the Bears should be able to exploit. Third- and second-round draft choices Josh Robinson and Chris Cook on the corners are both athletic and fast but terribly inconsistent, which is why this team is 29th in pass defense. The safeties, Jemarca Sanford and Andrew Sendejo aren’t bad forcing the run but struggle in coverage. What this one comes down to for the Bears is what are they going to do about Peterson? A.P. did skip practice Wednesday and Thursday with a groin injury but is expected to play. In recent weeks Peterson had been held in check by the Redskins and Seahawks before exploding again last week in Green Bay. The unfortunate fact is if the Vikings climb on Peterson’s back, there is little the Bears will be able to do besides get into a shootout. The good news is that Josh McCown continues to flourish in Marc Trestman’s offense and a shootout between these two actually favors the Bears.

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Harris embraces coaching role with Bears LAKE FOREST – This weekend will resemble many others in Chris Harris’ life. Harris will board the Bears’ flight north to Minnesota. He will stay at the team hotel near the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. On Sunday, he will wake up and arrive to the stadium, where a tough game awaits against Adrian Peterson and the Vikings. “They have a good home crowd, and it’s very loud,” Harris said after practice Friday at the Walter Payton Center. “I remember the horn and the guy coming out on the motorcycle. It’s a very challenging place to play, to say the least.” But this visit will be different. Harris no longer is a reliable veteran, a hard-hitting safety charged with preventing big plays while making a few of his own. These days, Harris is a rookie all over again, a defensive quality control coach who is devoted to helping his players succeed. Given the Bears’ problems at safety – the latest arrived when Major Wright slightly pulled his hamstring during practice, rendering him as questionable to play – one might think that Harris would want to strap on a helmet and go tackle Peterson. One would be wrong. “Oh, I don’t want to tackle him at all,” Harris, 31, said with a laugh. “I’m done with that part of the game. I don’t miss the physicality of it. It’s run its course. I’ve had my due time, played eight years, so I’ve had enough of it. “Now, I’m on the other side, and I’m enjoying the other side of it: the

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ball as one of 20 coaches on the Bears’ staff. His job description is wide-ranging and includes breaking down film, tracking personnel, working with the safeties and helping in whatever other ways possible. On Friday, Harris lingered on the field to work with practice-squad defenders Demontre Hurst, C.J. Wilson and Sean Cattouse. Less than an hour later, the Bears promoted Cattouse to the 53-man roster to add depth at safety. Despite the Bears’ parade of injuries on defense, Harris is optimistic. “You still remain excited and enthusiastic when you see the way the guys out here are working in practice,” Harris said. “We feel good about the guys we’ve got out there. We’ll be ready to go.” Sounds like a coach. That’s what Harris is now, and that’s what he wants to be for a long time. Coaching is all about teaching, Harris said, and he’s always searching for new teaching techniques to help make difficult concepts seem easier for his players. Let someone else tackle Peterson this weekend. Harris is busy enjoying his newest challenge. “I don’t know where it will lead,” Harris said. “I just take it as it comes. I’m having a great time now, enjoying what I’m doing, learning from some of the best coaches in the National Football League. I’m blessed to be in the situation that I am.”

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Lilly retiring after 15 seasons By JANIE McCAULEY The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. – Ted Lilly would have loved to keep pitching – if his body would allow him to start every fifth day, and if he could stay off the disabled list. Instead, the 37-year-old lefthander is retiring after 15 seasons because of further problems with his shoulder and back. He went to winter ball in Venezuela this month with the hope his body would cooperate and he could find a major league job. But Lilly didn’t feel right, and he made just one three-inning appearance during a 20day stint in Valencia. He would have pitched again except he got food poisoning. “It came to a point that, unfortunately, the reality set in where I was in terms of health and effectiveness,” Lilly said by phone Friday. “Those combinations are what forced me to re-

tire. If I felt I could still be productive and healthy, I would be playing, for sure. As of today, I don’t think it’s reasonable. I didn’t believe I would be able to go out there and be productive and effective for a major league team and stay healthy to make 30 starts.” He returned home to California on WednesTed Lilly day night, and looks forward to spending time with his wife and two young children. A two-time All-Star, Lilly was 130-113 with a 4.14 ERA in parts of 15 major league seasons. He pitched for Montreal, Oakland, Toronto, the New York Yankees, the Cubs and Dodgers. He has struggled with the idea of retirement for months, even though his shoulder didn’t recover well. Designated

for assignment by the Dodgers – the team that selected him in the 23rd round of the 1996 amateur draft – on July 25, Lily first tried rest. Late in the season, he saw a spine specialist in Los Angeles and underwent surgery to cauterize the nerve endings in the right side of his neck. He was limited to 13 starts the past two seasons for Los Angeles because of injury problems, going 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA in five 2013 starts. “As I sit here right now I’m OK but it’s been difficult for weeks because I’ve had to deal with those thoughts and avoid those thoughts for a long time, and continue to talk myself into it that I could find a way to do it,” he said. He expects to coach down the line, probably at the youth baseball level initially. Lilly is left to cherish the relationships and friendships he made with both teammates and opponents.

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Alternating locations ‘a great experience’ for state finals By STEVE NITZ DeKALB – For Stillman Valley football coach Mike Lalor, making the trip down to Champaign for the IHSA State Football Championships was somewhat of a ritual. Lalor’s Stillman Valley Cardinals won the Class 2A state title in both 1999 and 2000 – the first two years the IHSA held the state finals at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium.

The Cardinals would go on to win the Class 3A title in 2003 and 2009, taking second place in 2010. Friday, Lalor’s Cardinals took the field at Huskie Stadium for the first time. Just as it was during their first trip to Champaign, Stillman Valley was victorious, getting a 43-41 win over St. Joseph-Ogden in overtime. Illinois’ Memorial Stadium has more than twice the capacity of Huskie Stadium. It’s something Lalor noticed standing on the west sideline in front of a throng of Cardinal fans. “All I know is it seemed like down

on the field the crowd it was louder. I’m assuming it’s the same amount of people [compared with Champaign], a closer setting,” Lalor said. “I’m not taking anything away from Champaign, that was a great experience, too. I think what’s kind of going to be a good thing, if they alternate these back and forth, is if somebody’s fortunate to make a second appearance, they’ll play somewhere else. I think they’ve both been great experiences.” Lalor was also complimentary of the brand-new Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Practice Center. He also felt

his team had better fan support in DeKalb. Huskie Stadium is roughly 30 miles from the high school. “It’s literally just a 40-minute trip down the road there,” Lalor said. “I assume we probably brought more than we would have brought down there. I assume the numbers will speak to that whenever it’s all totaled up.” Three of the four state champions Friday – Lena-Winslow, Sterling Newman and Stillman Valley, are from north of Interstate 80. The only winner from the south-

Seniors bookend high school career with titles • TITLE Continued from page C1 As the weather grew colder, Wright’s teammates soon followed and after the Panthers won the state title in 2010, wearing blue jeans for the final gameday practice became a playoff tradition. With the state championships in DeKalb instead of Champaign, Lena-Winslow, situated just northwest of Freeport, had less than half the travel time compared to three years ago. Still, it meant another Thanksgiving spent on the road for the Panthers, who stayed Thursday in Rochelle. Their choice Turkey Day dinner spot? The Iron Skillet restaurant at a truck stop across the street. “The kids were complaining about the food,” assistant coach Kyle Benson said. “But I thought it was fine.”

6:30 a.m. Friday, Rochelle Holiday Inn Express A group of assistant coaches are gathered in the lobby, relaxing in chairs and talking about anything but football. The 10 a.m. kickoff meant an early curfew for players and coaches, but it doesn’t sound like many got their full amount of sleep. Senior Matt Greene is the first player ready downstairs before the 7 a.m. deadline, dressed in a turquoise button down with black slacks, a salmon-colored tie and white Nikes. “Can’t win the state championship looking like crap,” Greene said. Paul Cheeseman pulls up the bus to the Holiday Inn Express entrance way and the players eventually file on. Cheeseman was Lena-Winslow’s bus driver for the Panthers’ last state title, but this week has been a little less stressful than 2010. A couple days before their last state roadtrip, Cheeseman’s house burned down in an electrical fire. He lost everything. No matter, Cheeseman was in good spirits Friday morning. With the players mostly engaged with their own music in the back half of the bus, Cheeseman quickly retells the story of when he gave model Cindy Crawford a ride to her mother’s home in DeKalb. He points out the house as the bus heads east on Lincoln Highway towards Huskie Stadium. “I still can’t believe that,” head coach Ric Arand said.

8 a.m., Northern Illinois Chessick Center Almost every Panther player gets wide-eyed as they walk from NIU’s Brigham Field into the Yordon Center and toward the Chessick Practice Center, looking through the windows at the new turf they would warm up on 45 minutes later. One player asks “Why can’t we play in here?” The new indoor turf is one of the main reasons NIU secured the bid for the state finals in oddnumbered years through 2021. The Lena-Winslow coaching staff unanimously agrees that it dwarfs the facilities down in Champaign. After taking in the new brand-new facility, the players go back to the locker room to dress and music starts blasting. “Thunderstruck” starts the pump-up playlist that will eventually include Lupe Fiasco and Trapt among others. Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” goes on as many of the players get tape treatment from the coaching staff and break in handwarmers. “Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted, one moment,” the song states. “Would you capture it or just let it slip?”

9:15 a.m., NIU locker room The locker room falls silent as Arand prepares his final pre-game speech. After a 6-3 regular season, Lena-Winslow has reeled off four consecutive playoff wins. Arand dives into the history books and talks about the 2003 Galena team that also had three regularseason losses before winning a state title. Coaches stress stopping Caleb Wilson, the fullback in Downs Tri-Valley’s run-oriented offense. Arand, who would later be right on the money, predicts the opponent will throw it twice, adding “don’t get caught.” All season Arand has seen a consistent effort from this group, which he said compares favorably to the 2010 team. “If what we get from you is better than what

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Lena-Winslow players sit in the locker room while going over plays during halftime of Friday’s IHSA Class 1A state football championship at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb. [Downs Tri-Valley] gets from them then we’re going to hoist a [big] trophy,” Arand said. “But we have a lot of work to do before now and then.” Senior quarterback Ben Moest, one of LenaWinslow’s captains and the undisputed leader, gathers the players for one last talk before going into final warm-ups. He was in Champaign as a freshman for the title in 2010, but watched mainly as a bystander after running the scout-team offense all year. Now, he was the focal point of the huddle. “I love all you guys. It’s been such a great season, I’m going to miss it when it’s over,” Moest said. “The only way it’s going to be even better is we go out state champions. You give everything you’ve got today, we’ll forever have that mark.”

10 a.m., Huskie Stadium west sideline The first play from scrimmage is a microcosm of the entire first half. Lena-Winslow makes contact with a running back in the backfield only to see him spin out of two tackles for a gain of six yards. But turnovers bail the Panthers out on two occasions as Luke Schubert and Gus Werhane each force fumbles that are scooped up by Tyler Oakley and returned for touchdowns in the first quarter, the first two defensive scores his career. “Not in my wildest dreams did I think that [would happen],” Oakley said. “Bread and butter has been our offense this year, but ever since we got [Hank Holm] back, defense started stepping it up week in week out.” The lead doesn’t last for long as Wilson continued to shed would-be tacklers and make big plays, helping the Vikings to a 21-14 halftime lead. “No arm tackling,” Arand yells from the sideline.

11:05 a.m., home locker room Barely a minute into the NIU locker room and Werhane’s voice can be heard over everybody else. Werhane didn’t grow up with the rest of the senior class. The senior linebacker was originally from Baraboo, Wis., before moving to Illinois before his sophomore year. He wears his passion and emotion on his sleeve, but at halftime he remains optimistic. “Settle down. Calm down,” Werhane tells his teammates. “We’re playing fine, we’re within a touchdown. This is our game.” Some of the team sits with their heads down, undoubtedly frustrated by the lack of offensive production in the first half. Benson echoes Werhane’s sentiment, telling the team they played their worst half of football in eight week, are only down seven points and getting the ball after half. The coaching staff makes a couple key adjustments, including a change in their defensive formation. Once again, the same keys are restated. “Stop fullback,” Arand said. “Stop fullback right now.”

11:25 a.m., Huskie Stadium west sideline Moest had a first half to forget, fumbling the team’s first offensive snap and shanking a couple punts. But he leads the Panthers on their best offensive series of the day, driving 74 yards on 14

plays. He hits Schubert on an out route for a 10-yard pass on 4th-and-7 and scored on a run from a yard out three plays later. “Stuff like that has been happening to the team all year,” Moest said. “We make mistakes all year and we’ve just been able to persevere through those and come back and win. Have a never-saydie attitude and keep the confidence up.” A Downs Tri-Valley fumble on its first play quickly turns into seven points for Lena-Winslow on an Oakley rushing touchdown. The defense clamps down and gets a couple key fourth-down stops to secure a comeback win. As Moest takes the final knee, Anthony Martinez and Alan Myelle grab the Gatorade jug and quickly drench the back of Arand, who dons a fresh Lena-Winslow cap with “2013 State Champs” scribbled in sharpie before the obligatory TV interview. After walking through the handshake line, Holm and Oakley, who have played together since middle school, find each other and embrace in a hug. “It’s been our dreams since seventh grade. To finally reach that goal there’s no better feeling in the world,” Holm said. “We were saying how much we love each other and how it was the best feeling in our lives.”

12:30 p.m., Yordon Center Moest, Holm, Werhane and Oakley sit with Arand at the postgame news conference with a combined look of exhaustion and elation. They look at each other still semi-stunned at what has transpired over the last few hours, the goal finally attained of bookending the freshman year championship with another one in their senior campaign. Moest carried the championship trophy from the awards stage in the north end zone to the locker room. Somewhere along the way, one of the three gold figurines on the trophy was broken off. The coaches assure that glue can fix it. Even with a team trophy and individual medals in hand, another prize makes the Panthers hurry to get on the bus home: pizza from Pizza Villa. Arand said he didn’t originally think this team was overly talented, but had an unmatched work ethic. Before the game, the Class 1A all-state team was announced. Two Downs Tri-Valley players were named, none from Lena-Winslow. “I knew they were fighters,” Arand said. “They fought, they battled, but for a long time at the beginning of the year we weren’t very good and we knew that. At one point we were 4-3 and we rattled off seven straight.” The drive back to Lena will be shorter than 2010 – only 1 hour, 20 minutes – but just as sweet for a team that wasn’t predicted by many to be there. “I’m going to have a beer, I know that much,” Arand said. “There’s a couple bar-restaurants in Lena that are fan favorites so we’ll hit those and, to be honest with you, I’ll probably go home and enjoy it with my family.”

Photos by Monica Maschak –

TOP: Lena-Winslow take the field for the IHSA Class 1A state title game Friday at Huskie Stadium. LEFT: Lena-Winslow head coach Ric Arand lifts ballboy Luke Benson to touch Jordan Lynch’s name on the wall of the Yordon Center.

ern half of the state was Rochester in the nightcap. The Rockets, who defeated Geneseo, 16-8, became the first public school in Illinois history to win four consecutive state titles. This time, Rochester was in sort of a foreign territory, after winning the past three titles in Champaign. “I thought the hospitality and everything was really good here. It was good to have a change of venues,” Rochester coach Derek Leonard said. “We’ve been there three years in a row so I thought this was really neat to come up here.”

HOW THEY WERE CROWNED CLASS 1A Lena-Winslow 28, Downs Tri-Valley 21: An opportunistic defense helped Lena-Winslow to its second state championship in four years. Senior Tyler Oakley returned two fumbles for touchdowns in the first half, but the Panthers still trailed, 21-14, at halftime. Lena-Winslow made a couple of adjustments and the Panthers were able to shut out Downs Tri-Valley in the second half. The offense finally got on track as quarterback Ben Moest kept it out on a quarterback sneak for a one-yard touchdown. Oakley’s 2-yard run late in the third quarter would prove to be the game-winner and he picked off a pass from Downs Tri-Valley quarterback Peyton Roop to seal the victory in the final minute. CLASS 2A Sterling Newman 40, Staunton 13: Sterling Newman used a powerful rushing attack to win its fifth state championship, running for 425 yards in the victory. Staunton rushed for only 13 yards. Jake Snow ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns for Newman, while Dillan Heffelfinger rushed for 155 yards and two scores. The Comets jumped out to a 34-13 lead at halftime and shut out Staunton in the second half. Marcus Sitko scored the Bulldogs’ two touchdowns. Brady Rude and Elliot Jensen each had second-half touchdowns for Newman. CLASS 3A Stillman Valley 43, St. JosephOgden 41 (OT): Stillman Valley won its fifth state championship in dramatic fashion. The Cardinals’ Zach Hare ran for a 2-yard touchdown to open the overtime period, and then ran for a two-point conversion to give Stillman Valley an eight-point lead. St. Joseph-Ogden would answer with a 5-yard touchdown run by Connor Janes, but quarterback Dalton Walsh’s pass on the twopoint conversion attempt failed, giving Stillman Valley the victory. Trailing by seven points late in the fourth, Hare tied the game with a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:19 left. He was Stillman Valley’s workhorse, running the ball 39 times for 174 yards and four touchdowns. The Cardinals’ team rushing total was 308 yards. CLASS 4A Rochester 16, Geneseo 8: Drake Berberet had two touchdowns for the Rockets as they won their fourth consecutive Class 4A state championship. Berberet ran for a 9-yard score in the second quarter, while the game winner was a 3-yard rush with 8:25 left in the fourth. Rochester is known for its passing attack, but it was the running game which led the Rockets to victory Friday evening, with Berberet running for a game-high 146 yards. Geneseo trailed 16-0 late in the fourth, but Rayce Singbush gave the Maple Leafs life with a 2-yard touchdown run with 5:44 left in the game. Drew Himmelman’s 2-point conversion pass brought Geneseo to within one score, but Rochester took the ball and ran the clock out. Rochester becomes the first public school to win four consecutive state championships. – Steve Nitz,

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Bulls could make moves By HERB GOULD Chicago Sun-Times The Bulls might be a “sell” on the NBA market without Derrick Rose. But they aren’t buying into the gloom and doom. “It really doesn’t matter what other people think,” coach Tom Thibodeau said after practice Friday at the Berto Center. “The only thing that matters is what we think. It’s like at the beginning of the season. People pick certain teams to do something, and oftentimes they’re wrong.” The negativity is understandable. Rose isn’t merely the league’s 2010-11 MVP; he’s the key offensive cog on a team that’s hardly a scoring machine. That said, the Bulls can point to last spring, when they battled into the second round of the playoffs without Rose, as proof that they can

soldier on. “You never know how things unfold,” Thibodeau said. “Someone else may take on an injury at a critical time. At the end of last year, I felt very good about the way we were playing. I felt we had a chance against anybody. Unfortunately, we lost a couple of guys in the playoffs that I would’ve loved to have had. But that’s the way it works sometimes.” In addition, the Bulls can point to an encouraging 99-79 road victory Wednesday against the Pistons without Jimmy Butler and Rose that snapped a four-game losing streak. “We’d been snakebit the last couple of games over the [Rose] shock, but we shook out of it a little the last game,” said Taj Gibson, who had a season-high 23 points on 11for-13 shooting. “It’s all about guys stepping up. We’ve been in this position many times in

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