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Survey shows booming farm sales County farmers say agricultural census results seen locally By DEBBIE BEHRENDS with wire reports DeKALB – Bob Johnson believes local figures will match the national trend of fewer but slightly larger farms identified in a government survey released this week. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s agricultural census,

the number of U.S. farms dropped to 2.1 million in 2012, a decrease of about 4 percent from five years earlier. At the same time, some of the big farms got bigger: The average farm grew from 418 to 434 acres. “That’s been a trend for a long time,” said Johnson, a third-generation DeKalb County farmer. “As technology improves, allowing people to be more productive, there’s an

economy of scale.” American agriculture has experienced a boom, with market values of crops, livestock and total agricultural products reaching record highs even as the amount of U.S. farmland declined, according to the survey. Taken every five years and released Thursday, the agricultural census shows some growth in nontraditional elements of agriculture.

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Although the industry is still overwhelmingly white, there’s been a rise in the number of minority-operated farms. And there are more farms in New England and many states in the Mountain West, while that number has declined in many states in traditional farm country.

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The 2012 ag census also found: • Most U.S. farms are small: 75 percent had sales of less than $50,000 in 2012. • New England, Texas, Florida and many states in the Mountain West saw increases in the number of farms and some saw an increase in farmland. • The 10 states with the most farms are Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, California, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Only Ohio is new to the list since the 2007 census.

Camaraderie with a civic conscience Snowmobilers happy with snowfall this year

The ASSOCIATED PRESS KIEV, Ukraine – Under heavy pressure from the West after a deadly day of clashes and sniper fire in the capital, President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders struck a deal Friday aimed at bringing Ukraine’s three-month political crisis to an end. But radical protesters and some pro-Russian factions rejected it, leaving lingering doubts over whether peace could be restored. On a day of electrifying developments, the Ukrainian parliament also opened a path for Yulia Tymoshenko – Yanukovych’s political nemesis – to get out of prison. At issue In spite of what looked like The agreea significant govment calls for ernment retreat, presidential protesters booed elections in opposition figUkraine to be ures who took held no later to a stage Frithan Decemday evening to ber, but many present the deal, protesters said which cuts Yanuthat is far too kovych’s powers late. And it does and calls for early not address the elections but falls issue that set off short of demands the protests – for his immediate President Viktor resignation. Yanukovych’s “Death to the preference for criminal!” some closer ties with chanted, referRussia, not the ring to YanuEuropean Union. kovych. “Resign! Resign! Resign!” shouted others as one radical speaker threatened to go on an armed offensive if the opposition doesn’t demand the president’s resignation by this morning. Addressing the crowd in Kiev’s Independence Square, opposition leader Vitali Klitschko tried to persuade them that Yanukovych had given all he was willing to give. “He’s not going to resign. This isn’t realistic. We have to think about realistic steps,” Klitschko said. The agreement signed Friday calls for presidential elections to be moved up from March 2015 to no later than December, but many protesters said that is far too late. And it does not address the issue that set off the protests in November – Yanukovych’s abandonment of closer ties with the European Union in favor of a bailout deal with longtime ruler Russia.

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Heath Strohacker (left) and Darrin Kein, both with the Genoa-Kingston Trailblazers, mount their snowmobiles in an open field Tuesday in Sycamore. TOP: Darrin Kein of Maple Park gets air while riding his snowmobile in Sycamore. By DEBBIE BEHRENDS

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• What: Genoa-Kingston Trailblazers Feather Party • When: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 • Where: Mott’s Lounge, Burlington • Why: Club fundraiser raffling meat items. Open to the public.


ust like every winter, area snowmobilers had their fingers crossed for snow in December. With snowfall totals approaching 70 inches for the season, their snowmobiles have gotten plenty of use in what the National Weather Service said is the fifth snowiest season since the mid-1880s. Genoa-Kingston Trailblazers members join the club not only for the family-oriented camaraderie, but also for the educational safety classes. The only active snowmobiling club in DeKalb County, it was established in 1974. Club members Darrin Kein of Maple Park and Heath Strohacker of Sycamore teach safety courses required for children 16 and younger to operate a snowmobile. The club also maintains about 55 miles of snowmobile trails that connect with trails all over northern Illinois

Heath Strohacker (right) of Sycamore and Zach Kein, 23, of Maple Park ride their snowmobiles in an open field Tuesday in Sycamore. Strohacker teaches safety courses required for children 16 and younger to operate a snowmobile. maintained by other clubs. Trails are open from Dec. 15 through March, but there must be at least 4 inches of snow on frozen ground, or 6 inches of snow if the

ground is not frozen. The club is a member of a statewide association that advocates for snowmobilers’ rights at the state and national levels, and

provides maps and other publications. Although the local clubs maintain the trails, they are regulated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which also provides an online safety course. “Online classes are fine, but they don’t get hands-on experience,” said club President Jay Schaack of Cherry Valley. Along with teaching safety to people learning about snowmobiling, members also provide a winter safety net for area first responders.


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Grady’s firing raises questions Donald Grady suggests he was fired as Northern Illinois University police chief because he was too aggressive investigating the “coffee fund” scandal in 2012. Grady doesn’t talk to the news media. He and I have never met or spoken. When he does speak publicly, it’s been in court or through his lawyer. The only direct quote we’ve printed from him during my tenure was when he was testifying in a pretrial hearing for Andrew Rifkin, the former NIU officer accused of the rape of a student. Grady was asked if he had disciplined officers who had mishandled witness statements. Grady said no. “I did talk to them,” Grady said. “Some people think that might be as stern as a termination.” He was not smiling when he said that. The Rifkin case would eventually be Grady’s undoing. One of Grady’s lieutenants took statements from a couple of students who said they thought Rifkin’s encounter with the victim was consensual and didn’t turn them over to prosecutors, a no-no. The mishandling of the Rifkin case was the stated reason for Grady’s firing in February 2013. The witnesses spoke to Grady first, and the university reasoned that he should have known the statements were not given to prosecutors. This week, Grady sued the university and several current and former administrators, claiming they violated his civil rights by unfairly firing him. Grady claims his rights to due process were violated, and alleges racial discrimination, pointing out that the white university employees who were implicated in the coffee fund case were allowed to keep their jobs while Grady, a black man, lost his. In Grady’s telling through his lawsuit, he and former Executive Vice President Eddie Williams were earnestly pursuing the coffee fund investigation after the Daily Chronicle revealed the existence of that fund in August 2012. (Williams is not being sued.) Grady said top university officials, including then-President John Peters, were unnerved by the investigation, which resulted in felony charges against nine people, most of them in connection with the fund, eight of them current employees. The ninth person charged was Robert Albanese, a university vice president whom the university earlier had hired a private investigator to check into for allegations of “serious and substantial misconduct.” By the time the coffee fund story broke, Albanese and John Gordon, director of the Convocation Center, had already received severance payouts and departed, as NIU publicly said, “for personal reasons.” Grady said others at the university

EDITOR’S NOTE Eric Olson tried to stand in the way of the coffee fund investigation. When a university official decided “unilaterally” to close the coffee fund bank account, Grady responded by targeting him in the investigation – he was eventually charged with a felony. Grady said Peters in September 2012 demanded to know all that the NIU police had gathered through their investigation. Grady said that after he refused to turn over everything, Peters was visibly angry and questioned his loyalty to the university. Well … that’s never a good sign. In October 2012, the dominoes began to fall, with withering criticism of NIU police. Attorneys defending Rifkin found out about the witness statements that police had not turned over to the defense. A disastrous court hearing followed, in which Judge Robbin Stuckert said it was clear that NIU police purposely hid the information in a flagrant violation of legal procedure. Clay Campbell, the DeKalb County state’s attorney whose office had worked with the NIU police in the coffee fund investigation, dropped the charges against Rifkin and blamed Grady’s department. Peters requested the Illinois State Police look into all pending investigations by the NIU police. Bill Nicklas replaced Williams as Grady’s supervisor Nov. 9, and Nicklas’ first act was to begin termination proceedings against Grady. After Grady’s removal, he claims Nicklas told the NIU police that investigations Grady was leading, including into the coffee fund, would be closed. “We cannot under any circumstances tolerate such clear breaches of contracts, authority and responsibility,” Peters said in a news release when Grady was placed on leave. “Although it pains me greatly that the university had to take these actions today, we must always strive to do the right thing.” Look at what else happened after Grady’s removal. Richard Schmack, the new state’s attorney, again indicted Rifkin on rape charges, saying Campbell hadn’t talked to the victim about dropping them. The police misconduct in the case will be told to jurors if the case should go to trial, but apparently that’s not enough to torpedo the case. Meanwhile, Schmack dropped charges against six of the coffee fund defendants, with three of the supervisors pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges that will not remain on their

record if they complete supervision. All but Albanese returned to their old jobs at NIU. “… The materials management ‘coffee fund’ was used entirely for activities which are routinely paid for out of public funds at many other departments at NIU,” Schmack said in a news release. “This money was indeed diverted, but it was diverted from one of the state’s pockets into another of the state’s pockets, when regulations said it should have gone instead into a third state pocket.” It seems Grady was right to investigate the coffee fund, but with both him and Campbell gone, the case was soft-pedaled away. Is it possible that if he had taken the view shared by Schmack and others of the seriousness of people using state property for their own purposes, he’d still be police chief today? That will be up to a jury to decide – if the case gets that far, which it probably won’t. Selective telling: This is only Grady’s side of the story, and the lawsuit – like most lawsuits – leaves out some important details. Consider that only weeks after Grady was fired, he and Williams both were named in a federal search warrant that resulted in FBI investigators taking seven years’ worth of records out of the police department. We’ve heard nothing more from the FBI regarding that search. Grady also had been placed on leave in 2009 after a run-in with an editor at the Northern Star (remember that line about being talked to being as bad as being fired?). A performance review later cleared Grady of any wrongdoing and he was reinstated. Around that time, DeKalb’s then-Police Chief Bill Feithen said he thought Grady should be removed from his post, something you almost never hear from people on the same side of the thin blue line. Local police said Grady did not work with other law-enforcement agencies, and the NIU police were considered “an island.” So although he had some backers, Grady was not terribly popular. Although he doesn’t seem to be the type who would be overly concerned about that, when you have to take a stand on something, it certainly helps to have people in your corner. In the end: Grady’s lawsuit requests a written apology, along with his old job back and back pay. It’s hard to imagine a world where Grady can be chief at NIU again. But his side of the story certainly raises some interesting questions.

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

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Democratic clerk candidates meet at forum they head to the polls for the March 18 primary election. Whoever wins will face Republican Douglas Johnson, the current clerk and recorder. Johnson was appointed in September to finish the term of John Acardo, who resigned to work as the human resources director for Kishwaukee College in Malta. The county clerk is respon-

By KATIE DAHLSTROM DeKALB – About a month before the primary, the two Democrats running for DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder fielded questions from about 20 people at a candidate forum hosted by the party. Democrats will choose between Trent Taylor, a title examiner specialist from DeKalb, and Denise Ii, the Sandwich city clerk, when

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sible for keeping vital records about residents and businesses, overseeing elections, recording deeds and other services. On Thursday, Ii said her experience as the city clerk in Sandwich would make her transition to county clerk and recorder seamless. If elected, she said she would like to fix accountability and customer service issues in the office. “A smile goes a long way and sometimes you feel like

you have to apologize when you walk in and ask a question,” Ii said, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Taylor stressed the need to improve reporting of voting returns as well as customer service. Further, he said he would embrace technology, encourage more young people to vote and increase the visibility of the clerk and recorder’s office using social media. “We have to try to get the kids fired up and get them out

there,” Taylor said. Ii also advocated for making the voting process more accessible and less intimidating, suggesting more education and publicity through technology as well as radio and newspapers. Both were against consolidating DeKalb County precincts, pointing to different reasons. “It sounds like consolidation of power, which makes me nervous,” Taylor said,

adding he believed combining precincts would place too much burden on election judges. Consolidating precincts would limit poll accessibility for voters, which would be the quickest way to deter voters, Ii said. During closing statements, Taylor shared his long-term aspirations. “I want to take control of this position for the next 20 to 30 years if I can,” he said.

Health fair ‘for the girls’ continues By ANDREA AZZO

a gun, but was intoxicated when police arrived, said Gary Dumdie, DeKalb County Sheriff’s chief deputy. Hospital staff also knew Cross-Boler didn’t have a gun, Dumdie said. Andre P. Cross-Boler Cross-Boler remained in DeKalb County Jail on Friday unable to post 10 percent of his $1,200 bond. If convicted of the charge, he would serve not more than 30 days in jail. Cross-Boler is next due in court today.

By ANDREA AZZO DeKALB – A 25-year-old DeKalb man is accused of threatening Kishwaukee Hospital staff with a gun – which he did not have – Friday morning when he was being discharged. Andre P. Cross-Boler, of the 800 block of West Taylor Street, was charged with disorderly conduct when he became argumentative with hospital staff and threatened to shoot someone, according to a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office news release. Cross-Boler did not have

Bricker named publisher for Morris, Joliet papers of the Daily Chronicle and Kane County Chronicle. His role expanded in 2009 when he assumed responsibility for group operations. He was named regional publisher and group general manager in 2013. Before joinDon Bricker ing Shaw, Bricker was publisher of the Appeal-Democrat and in Marysville, Calif. His background includes leadership positions with The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo., The Lima News in Lima, Ohio, The Orange County Register in southern California, and the Daily Southtown in Chicago’s southwest suburbs. He lives in Elburn with his wife, Karen, and their Brittany Spaniel, Taggle. Bricker and Karen have three adult children and one grandson.

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DeKALB – DeKalb resident Mandee Trujillo learned a lot at the This One’s For the Girls women’s annual health event Friday. Trujillo said she comes every year to get her blood pressure and glucose levels checked for free at Kishwaukee Hospital, off of Sycamore Road in DeKalb. The event, which is open to both men and women, continues from 8 a.m. to noon today. Attendees may participate in health screenings such as skin spot checks and depression screenings, activities such as hand massages and breast-self exam information, and multiple drawings and giveaways. “I learned a lot of healthy eating alternatives,” Trujillo said. “There are a lot of foods that are scary to try. When they offer it here, it makes it less intimidating when you eat it at home.” Therapy dogs were also on hand when people walked through the doors. Lindsey Engelsman, project coordinator for KishHealth Systems, said the event offers a fun way to learn about women’s health. “This serves as a good way to make women feel more comfortable talking about different health risks and women’s health topics,” Engelsman said. Sycamore resident Jill Wennmaker was one of more than 40 people getting checked for skin cancer Friday.

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DeKalb resident Carol Sturm pets Callan, a therapy dog, Friday at the This One’s For the Girls women’s health event at Kishwaukee Hospital.

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“It’s a fun thing to do with dear friends, as well as educate yourself in growing old gracefully and healthfully,” she said. Becky Cassie, KishHealth Systems marketing designer, was registering women for the skin spot checks. Three

Kishwaukee Hospital doctors were checking women for irregular spots or moles. If they saw something peculiar, they referred the women to see a dermatologist. “It gives the opportunity for people who normally wouldn’t go to the doctor to have something looked at,” Cassie said. DeKalb resident Kathy Emberson had her heart and joints looked at. She said those are the areas of her body that give her problems. “I wanted to come before I had some health problems,” she said. “This is a way to

keep myself healthy.” Emberson’s daughter, Carla Scholpp, is a junior studying medical laboratory science at Northern Illinois University. Scholpp said the event was informative, and she saw some equipment used for heart health that she had never seen before. She hopes to work at a hospital after she graduates and research ways to identify problems in the body. “Health is really important,” Scholpp said. “It affects your life. The more you know about it, the better it is to live a more productive life.”



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By ANDREA AZZO SYCAMORE – A 47-yearold Sycamore attorney will appear in court next week for the first time on a felony theft charge after prosecutors filed a more serious charge against him. K.O. Johnson, of the 1600 block of Maness Court, was first charged in July 2013 and accused of withholding money from a former employee’s paycheck but failing to invest it in her retirement fund in and around April 2012, court records show. The amount of money involved – between $500 and $1,000, according to DeKalb County State’s Attorney Richard Schmack – hasn’t changed, but prosecutors initially charged him with a misdemeanor punishable by probation or up to a year in jail. On Feb. 14, he was instead charged with a felony, typically punishable with probation or up to five years in prison. Schmack declined to say why his office is pursuing a more serious charge, but denied Johnson’s assertion it was because Johnson supported Schmack’s political opponent, Clay Campbell, in the

last election. “It’s political retribution,” Johnson said. “I supported the wrong guy in the last election.” Schmack, who said he filed the ethics complaint that resulted in Johnson’s law license being suspended, called the alK.O. Johnson legation ludicrous. Schmack said Johnson’s case is no different than others the State Attorney’s Office regularly handles. “The indictment speaks for itself,” Schmack said. “The facts supported a felony charge from the very beginning based on the dollar amount at issue.” Johnson also said prosecutors told him they would upgrade the case to a felony if he did not make a deal with them at his Jan. 31 status hearing. “If Johnson wants to talk about this case outside of court, he’s welcome to do that,” Schmack said, “but we’re not going to discuss the pre-negotiations that took place.” Johnson is next due in court Friday.

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

ton, was charged Thursday, Feb. 20, with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. John J. Miller, 23, of the 1000 block of Spiros Court, DeKalb, was charged Friday, Feb. 21, with driving under the influence.

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Shakila C. Harris, 19, of the 6300 block of South Kimbark Avenue, Chicago, was charged Wednesday, Feb. 19, with disorderly conduct. Aaron J. Smith, 19, of the 300 block of Oak Street, Glen Ellyn, was charged Thursday, Feb. 20, with possession of alcohol by a minor; resisting, obstructing or disarming an officer; and underage drinking.

8OBITUARIES JAMES F. MONTGOMERY Born: April 20, 1926, in Malta, Ill. Died: Feb. 6, 2014, in Belvidere, Ill. KIRKLAND – James F. “Big Jim” Montgomery, 87, of Kirkland, Ill., died Feb. 6, 2014, at Northwoods Care Center in Belvidere. Born April 20, 1926, at home in rural Malta, to Harold and Mary (Watson) Montgomery, Jim married Marlyn Carlson on April 17, 1948, at Genoa United Methodist Church; Marlyn preceded him in death in April 2013. He graduated from Rochelle Township High School in 1944. Over the years, Jim farmed in the Esmond and Fairdale areas, and worked as a heavy equipment operator for several excavating companies in DeKalb County. Jim was an original member of the Kirkland Community Fire Department and active in the department for more than 30 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Kirkland. In recent years Jim enjoyed the programs presented by the Kirkland Historical Society and took great interest in the county one-room school project, having attended Renwick School, which was near their farm in South Grove Township. His own historical reminisces included riding to Chicago in the back of a truck to attend

the 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair with his father and a number of neighbors. Jim is survived by his children, Jean Montgomery of DeKalb, James M. Montgomery of Kirkland and Joann Conro of Kirkland; and granddaughter, Kara Schabacker of Chicago; brothers, John (Karen) of Winnebago and David (Sharon) of Chillicothe, Mo; sister, Alice (Norm) Rice of Rockford; brotherin-law, Elroy Overton of Cortland; and cousins near and far. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sister, Rosemary Mowers; and in-laws, Beverly Montgomery, Lawrence Mowers, Floyd “Buzz” Carlson and Marian Overton. Special thanks to Sandy Gustafson for her good care before Jim went to Northwoods and to the staff at Northwoods for their care and attention to the entire family. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at First United Methodist Church of Kirkland, with the memorial visitation from 10 a.m. Saturday until the time of the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jim’s name to the Kirkland Community Fire Department or the Kirkland Historical Society. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd. To sign the online guest book, visit

CHICAGO – Jubilant same-sex couples began lining up for marriage licenses in Chicago on Friday after a federal judge ruled there was no reason for residents of Illinois’ largest county to wait until the state’s new gay marriage law takes effect, a decision some hope will prompt county clerks statewide to begin issuing the documents. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman ruled that Illinois’ original ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. That means that even though a state law legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect June 1, there is nothing to stop couples from marrying now. The ruling applies only to Cook County, where Chicago is located, because the suit was filed against County Clerk David Orr. Orr, who supports gay marriage, said it was a “historical day,” and performed the first wedding ceremony after the ruling – for one of the couples that sued him. Mercedes Santos and Theresa Volpe of Chicago were granted a waiver from the traditional 24-hour waiting period. “I think this has really put the ... stamp of approval on the fact that no matter your family makeup, your

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Charlie Gurion (center) and David Will hold up their marriage license Friday as Cook County Clerk David Orr looks on in Chicago. Same-sex couples in Illinois’ largest county began receiving marriage licenses immediately after a federal judge’s ruling Friday. family is important and marriage is important; equality is important,” said Volpe. “Our children now can look at their family and know they’re as equal as their cousins’ families and their friends’ [families].” Orr said any Illinois couple can get a marriage license in Cook County as long as the wedding takes place there. The ruling could be a signal to clerks in other counties that they also should

start issuing licenses, said Christopher Clark, an attorney at Lambda Legal in Chicago, which filed the lawsuit. But some clerks said they’ll seek legal advice first. “We want to be absolutely certain that before we move forward ... that anything we do is unquestionably valid,” said Gordy Hulten, clerk in central Illinois’ Champaign County. Gov. Pat Quinn, who signed the marriage law in November, issued a state-


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GOP hopefuls: Prisons crowded, but fixes elusive The ASSOCIATED PRESS SPRINGFIELD – The four Republican candidates for governor are in agreement when it comes to Illinois prisons: There are too many inmates, not enough cells and quick action is needed to address what they say is a public safety threat. “The population in our correctional facilities is dramatically overcrowded,” state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, who’s in the running for Illinois’ top office, said in response to an The Associated Press questionnaire. “There are 49,000 inmates in a system designed for 32,000. This is not safe for the employees or those incarcerated.” But none of the candidates – Rutherford, Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner – offers a clear-cut, short-term plan for fixing the overcrowding situation,

short of reopening recently shuttered facilities. They are all at least skeptical of building new prisons, with most suggesting longterm strategic planning to determine the best way to house a population the Illinois Department of Corrections predicts will top 49,700 by September. In a departure from Republicans’ traditional lock’em-up philosophy, the GOP candidates are open to the idea of alternative sentencing for low-level offenders. They would use programs such as Adult Redeploy Illinois, which diverts nonviolent offenders in several counties from prison by offering drug treatment, therapy or other services. And all but Rauner would at least consider reopening Tamms, a super-maximum

security lockup in far southern Illinois that was closed in 2012. The questionnaire answers left little to distinguish between the candidates, right down to criticizing incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn. “I disagree with the governor’s decision to close Tamms; our worst criminals are now in other prisons and endangering the lives of guards,” said Dillard, of Hinsdale, who wants to reopen the facility. “The governor is now trying to control the population with excessive ‘early release’ which also threatens public safety.” The Corrections Department has said it continually assesses short- and long-term facility needs based on the number of prisoners coming into the system. But it has faced blistering criticism over its handling of prisons since Quinn took office in 2009.

The ASSOCIATED PRESS HARARE, Zimbabwe – A Zimbabwean magistrate on Friday dismissed charges against former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds of possessing pornography, and he was ordered to pay a fine or face jail time after pleading guilty to charges of violating the country’s immigration laws. The State had alleged that Reynolds had images of naked men and women on his iPhone 4S. The court, however, said it had to dismiss the charge because an order for such a charge is required by the country’s prosecutor-general and it was not properly obtained. Reynolds is meant to pay $100 or spend five days in prison for failing to renew his visa after it expired Dec. 10, said Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe. “Once the accused has paid his fine or spent time in prison, he must be handed over to the immigration officials for immediate deportation,” the magistrate said. Reynolds, 62, who lost his congressional seat in 1995 after being convicted of statutory rape, was arrested at a hotel in the Zimbabwean capital Monday. During proceedings earlier Friday, lawyer Arthur Gurira said Reynolds hadn’t renewed his visa because he suffered a mild stroke in early January and “wasn’t in the best of health.”

Feds undecided on phones in flight The ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – It looks like the government is more conflicted about cellphones on planes than most travelers. Even as one federal agency considers allowing the calls, another now wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. Passengers – particularly those who fly often – oppose allowing calls in flight, polls show. In line with that sentiment, the Department of Transportation signaled in a notice posted online Friday that it wants to retain the 23-year-old ban on the calls. But the notice comes just

two months after the Federal Communications Commission voted to pursue lifting the ban. The Transportation Department regulates aviation consumer issues. The FCC has responsibility over whether the use of cellphones in flight would interfere with cellular networks on the ground. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said he wants to repeal the ban, calling it restrictive and outdated. He also wants the airlines, not the government, to have final say on in-flight calling. He declined to comment Friday on

the department’s notice. Echoing some travelers’ concerns, the Transportation Department said it believes allowing passengers to make cellphone calls “may be harmful or injurious” to other passengers. This is because “people tend to talk louder on cellphones than when they’re having face-to-face conversations,” the department said. “They are also likely to talk more and further increase the noise on a flight, as passengers would not be simply talking to the persons sitting next to them but can call whomever they like.”

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Snowmobile riders strive to give back Malta farmer: Younger generation • SNOWMOBILES Continued from page A1 Kein said that during the January snowstorms, “we had 15 guys ready to rock” when firetrucks, rescue squads and tow trucks couldn’t reach stranded motorists. “We each try to carry an extra snowsuit and helmet,” Kein said. Schaack said they also carry backpacks containing hats, mittens, water, granola bars and other supplies. Kein said sometimes they have to make multiple trips to get everyone out of a vehicle to safety. That might mean taking them home, to a

nearby business that’s open or maybe just to the next farmhouse down the road. At a recent meeting, Kein also said the club would like to collaborate with another organization to purchase a cutter, which is a snowmobile trailer on skis that can be used to carry extra supplies as well as people. Although they all agree it’s not necessary to join a club to enjoy snowmobiling, they encourage it. “No one should ever ride alone,” Schaack said. “When you’re in a club, there’s always someone you can call to ride with you.” It’s also not necessary to own a snowmobile to join a club. Jeff Peterson of Syc-

amore joined the club and rents a snowmobile to join outings. Club members are not fond of those who don’t ride on the marked trails. “They give snowmobilers, in general, a bad name,” Kein said. One way they try to counteract any negative public image is by giving back to the community. They conduct food drives for the local food pantry, and have been known to help local families in need. Club members are hosting a “feather party” meat raffle starting at 4:30 p.m. today at Mott’s Lounge in Burlington. They will raffle off about 35 meat items including steaks, hams, bacon and more.

Ties with West at issue with protests • UKRAINE Continued from page A1 The standoff between the government and protesters escalated this week, as demonstrators clashed with police and snipers opened fire in the worst violence the country has seen since the breakup of the Soviet Union a quarter-century ago. The Health Ministry put the death toll at 77 and some opposition figures said it’s even higher. The U.S., Russia and the 28-nation EU are deeply concerned about the future of Ukraine, a divided nation of 46 million. The country’s western regions want to be closer to the EU and have rejected Yanukovych’s authority in many cities, while eastern Ukraine favors closer ties with Russia. Hours after the deal was signed, Ukraine’s parliament voted to restore the 2004 constitution that limits presidential authority, clawing back some of the powers that Yanukovych had pushed through for himself after being elected in 2010.

Parliament then voted to fire the interior minister, Vitali Zakharchenko, who is widely despised and blamed for ordering police violence, including the snipers who killed scores of protesters Thursday in Kiev, the capital that has been nearly paralyzed by the protests. Then the parliament, which once was overwhelmingly pro-Yanukovych, took the bold move of approving a measure that could free arch-rival Tymoshenko, who has served two and a half years on a conviction of abuse of office, charges that domestic and Western critics have denounced as a political vendetta. Legislators voted to decriminalize the count under which Tymoshenko was imprisoned, meaning that she is no longer guilty of a criminal offense. “Free Yulia! Free Yulia!” lawmakers chanted. However, Yanukovych must still sign that bill into law, and then Tymoshenko’s lawyers would have to ask the court for her release from prison in the eastern city of Kharkiv.

Yanukovych fears her popularity. The charismatic blond-braided heroine of the 2004 Orange Revolution – which also drove Yanukovych from the presidency – Tymoshenko served as prime minister and narrowly lost the 2010 presidential election to Yanukovych. With Yanukovych’s supporters quitting his party one after another Friday, legislators also approved an amnesty for protesters involved in violence. Under the agreement, Ukrainian authorities also will name a new unity government that includes top opposition figures within 10 days. The deal was a result of two days and all-night of shuttle diplomacy by top diplomats from Germany, France and Poland, who talked with the president and the opposition. In Washington, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the deal is consistent with what the Obama administration was advocating, and that the U.S. will closely monitor whether it is fulfilled, holding out the threat of more sanctions if it’s not.

showing an interest in agriculture • FARM SALES Continued from page A1 All told, U.S. farms sold nearly $395 billion in products in 2012, a third more than five years earlier. That averaged to about $187,000 a farm – or an increase of $52,000 over 2007 totals. That’s one reason Malta-area farmer Mike Schweitzer believes some younger family members have returned to the farm. “There’s been some prosperity in the past few years and it has drawn a younger population back to the farm,” Schweitzer said. With a degree from the University of Illinois and after a few years working as a contractor, Schweitzer said he returned, first as a hired hand. Ultimately, he formed a limited partnership with his father, Paul, who has been farming since 1972. “We’ve been in transition for a few years. He’s looking to retire, and I’m taking a more active role as the farm manager,” Schweitzer said. Although most of farm country is getting older – the average farmer is 58.3 years old – more people younger than 34 are trying their hand at farming. Schweitzer is 31. The biggest hurdle for

those who want to continue in the family business, according to Johnson, is just the practical matter of supporting another family. “When you add another family, you have to get bigger and more productive,” Johnson said. “I assure you, there are a lot of young folks who would like to go back to the family farm.” Until the older generation is ready to retire, many younger people take jobs in other sectors of the ag industry, such as selling seed or fertilizer. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the small boost in the number of younger farmers – around 2 percent – is partly because of increased interest and government support for locally grown foods and a thriving export market. Many younger farmers work at smaller operations, where the good farm economy and a rising consumer interest in where food is grown have helped them. He said he wants farm country to “be aggressive” about recruiting and retaining younger people, as a third of farmers were older than 65 in 2012. “The reality is, over time those folks won’t be able to continue farming, and the

question for all of us is, if they don’t, who will?” Vilsack said after the report was released. Vilsack has made the revitalization of rural America a priority at USDA. As people have moved to suburbs and cities, many communities have increasing poverty and fewer young people to take over family farms. He has also argued that the dwindling population has led to less political clout – made evident by a recent three-year congressional struggle to enact a new farm bill. Vilsack said he is most concerned about the survival of middle-sized farms, which declined in the past five years. The number of larger and smaller farms mostly held steady. He said he believes that decline partly came from a lapse in disaster assistance while Congress haggled over the farm bill, drought in many states and rising feed costs. Ideally, he said, many of the younger farmers who are working on smaller farms will eventually expand their operations. Although the national data was released by the USDA, state and county breakdowns won’t be available until May.

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8LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Judges helping students learn to read To the Editor: Studies show that children learn to read up until the third grade, and read to learn thereafter. If they can’t read, they can’t learn. This reading deficiency affects student learning, contributes to a higher school dropout rate, and it ultimately will impact their own economic success as well as our country’s ability to compete in a global economy. As educators and elected public officials grapple with this problem, there are many individuals who are taking a hands-on approach, right in their own backyard. This month, some 65 members of the Illinois Judges Association

are visiting elementary school classrooms to share their love of reading and how it has impacted their lives. Their calling card? “Abe Lincoln’s Hat,” by Martha Brenner, a delightful children’s book about our nation’s 16th president. The book portrays Lincoln as an absent-minded frontier lawyer who nudged his memory by sticking letters, court notes, and contracts inside his black top hat. The volunteer judge reads the book aloud to students and engages them in a conversation about reading, history and civics. The book is donated to the school’s library. This project won’t end in February: It is part of the IJA’s ongoing reading and tutoring program

called “Page It Forward.” Reading is so basic, so essential. We simply can’t afford to let our youth fail to master this crucial skill. We owe it to the next generation to play a part, however small, in helping young students learn, graduate and ultimately become productive citizens in society. Mary S. Schostok Justice, Illinois Appellate Court, Second District President, Illinois Judges Association

Make labor-management a dialogue of equals To the Editor: In a recent opinion, “Vote a defeat for U.S. labor,” Bloomberg View calls for German style “works councils” without unions.

Bloomberg seems to ignore that German councils function in a environment where half of the board of directors of a company are elected by the workers. Is Bloomberg advocating that our current system of CEO-stockholder “uber alles” be replaced by this more democratic system? If so, count me in! It is much easier to be collaborative when you have a relationship of equals. While other nations continue to “democratize” the workplace, we are stuck in our “master-servant” model of labor relations. Any talk of “workers’ views being heard and respected” in this context are empty rhetoric. Dave Rathke DeKalb

We must go beyond affirmative action As a child growing up in Detroit and Boston, I had many opportunities to experience the ugly face of racism and witnessed the devastating toll exacted by its mean-spirited nature. I was a victim of the racism of low expectations for black children, but in retrospect, I can see that many of those attitudes were based on ignorance. Large numbers of white people actually believed that blacks were intellectually inferior, and there was a host of other inaccurate beliefs that whites held about blacks and that blacks held about whites. Many of those misperceptions probably would have persisted if measures had not been taken to abolish the separation of the races. One of those measures was affirmative action, which was based on the admirable concept that we should take into consideration inherent difficulties faced by minorities growing up in a racist society. I believe that I benefited from affirmative action. When I applied to Yale University, I thought my chances of being accepted were favorable only because I was somewhat naive about admissions requirements for a high-powered Ivy League institution. I graduated third in my high school class rather than at the top, largely because my sophomore year was a total waste after I got caught up in the negative aspects of peer pressure and abandoned my studies for the sake of social acceptance. I had a healthy grade-point average by the time I graduated, and one of the Detroit newspapers printed an article that stated I had the highest SAT scores of any student graduating from the Detroit public schools in 20 years. I was also the city executive officer for the ROTC program and had a long list of extracurricular activities. In my mind, I was pretty hot stuff. Only after I got to Yale and became cognizant of my classmates’ many accomplishments did I realize that the admissions committee

VIEWS Ben S. Carson had taken a substantial risk on me and that I had been extended special consideration. My early academic experiences were traumatic, and but for the grace of God, I would have flunked out. Fortunately, I was able to adjust to the academic rigors necessary to qualify for medical school admission at the University of Michigan. Medical school was transformative, and I was subsequently accepted into the selective neurosurgical residency at Johns Hopkins. By that time, no special considerations were expected or needed. Today, there are many young people from a variety of racial backgrounds who are severely deprived economically and could benefit from the extension of a helping hand in education, employment and other endeavors. Such extra consideration is actually helpful to all of us as a society. For each individual we prevent from going down the path of underachievement, there is one fewer person who will need support from government entitlement programs. More importantly, there is one more person who may make substantial contributions that benefit mankind. The real question is this: Who should receive extra consideration from a nation that has a tradition of cheering for the underdog? My answer to that question may surprise many, but I don’t believe race determines underdog status today. Rather, it is the circumstances of one’s life that should be considered. For example, let’s take a child who is a member of a racial minority with parents who are successful professionals who have given their child every imaginable advantage. The child applies to a prestigious university with a 3.95 grade-point

average, excellent SAT scores and a great record of community service. This child would obviously be an excellent candidate for admission. Let’s take another child who is white, but whose father is incarcerated and whose mother is an alcoholic. Despite these disadvantages, the child still has a 3.7 grade-point average, very good SAT scores and a resume that includes several low-paying jobs. Without taking any other factors into consideration, the choice is clear: The first student would be admitted over the second. However, I think extra consideration should go to the second child, who has clearly demonstrated the tenacity and determination to succeed in the face of daunting odds. If that second child happens to be a member of a racial minority, obviously he would receive the extra consideration, as well. I call this “compassionate action.” Such a strategy demonstrates sensitivity and compassion, as well as recognition of substantial achievement in the face of difficult obstacles. The groups who benefit from compassionate action will probably change over time, depending on which ones have the greatest number of obstacles to overcome. The point is, it’s time to be more concerned about the content of character than the color of skin when extending extra consideration. Some people are still willfully ignorant and wish to look at external physical characteristics in determining a person’s abilities. These people are unlikely to change even when equipped with information, because they already think they possess superior knowledge and wisdom. All we can do is pray that someday, they will have a change of heart.

• Ben S. Carson is professor emeritus of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.

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Thumbs up: To being kind. The family and friends of Tim Getzelman and Lexi Weber declared Friday the second annual Random Act of Kindness Day in memory of the young couple. Getzelman and Weber were killed in a car crash on Feb. 21, 2011. The two were known for their desire to help others – Getzelman was an intern at the Sycamore Fire Department, and Weber was one of the early core volunteers at Feed ’em Soup, which named its children’s program in her memory. People going out of their way to do nice things for strangers is a beautiful tribute to the pair and a way to turn a sad anniversary into a positive day. Thumbs down: To gaining nothing from silence. The Town of Cortland received a guarantee of a $1 million windfall from Waste Management in exchange for the town board’s agreement not to protest its plan to expand the DeKalb County Landfill. Many town residents certainly seem to object now that the expansion is closer to becoming reality. Meanwhile, the $1 million the town hopes to receive in December 2015 is already earmarked – to pay part of a $1.75 million lawsuit judgment housing developer Eagle Homes won against the village. The end result is that Cortland residents will be living near a much larger landfill and won’t even benefit from some small public improvement. Thumbs up: To providing a rest stop for monarch butterflies. Sycamore’s Mayfield Congregational Church is using a $750 grant to create a garden that the migratory butterflies can use to lay their eggs and eat. Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed plants, and need nectar-producing plants for energy, and the church garden will have both. Monarch butterflies migrate between Canada and Mexico – the insects go through several generations during the trip – and their observed numbers have been declining as the plants they need have become more scarce. They are fascinating creatures that are also a Christian symbol of resurrection. It is good to see the church doing something to help such unique and beautiful creatures. Thumbs up: To the area’s top spellers, who will face off at the DeKalb County Spelling Bee today at Kishwaukee College. Each school district in the county hosts its own spelling bee, including St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sycamore and St. Mary School in DeKalb. The winner and runner-up from each district are eligible to participate in the countywide contest. The winner of today’s contest will travel to Washington, D.C., for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. Best of luck to all the competitors. Thumbs up: To KishHealth System for providing Free screenings and vital health education to women in our communities. On Friday and Saturday, women of all ages were invited to join them at Kishwaukee Hospital for a morning dedicated to them. Activities included blood glucose testing, spot skin checks, blood pressure checks and much more.


Familiar causes for Argentina’s recent fall Argentina, Latin America’s third-largest economy after Brazil and Mexico, appears again to be in deep economic trouble. Inflation is running at 55 percent. The peso lost most of its value in January. The government is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to approve postponement of the repayment of a $1.3 billion installment on a loan, including to two U.S. hedge funds, in order to avoid default. Argentina has defaulted three times before on major loans, in 1982, 1989 and 2001. The question is why would anyone loan the country $140 billion? On top of all this, Argentinian President Cristina E. Fernandez de Kirchner, 61, has been in questionable health since suffering a brain injury last year, calling into question her ability to make decisions at a time of economic adversity. Presidential elections are scheduled for next year and she can’t run, facing term limits. So how did this situation occur? Argentina appears to have a deeply ingrained culture of economic irresponsibility. It spends money it doesn’t have, borrows what it can to make up the difference and defaults when it feels it must. Too bad the United States exhibits some of the same fiscal habits. Most Americans were rightly glad that Congress raised the debt limit this month. Reasonable Republicans went along with it because they saw the threat of voters’ fury this year if they shut down the government again. At the same time, America’s national debt stands at a stunning $17.3 trillion and the federal government is still running annual budget deficits, even though Americans may rejoice that the deficits are shrinking a little. The United States has low inflation, although everyone knows that the real cost of living is rising, not falling. It is also worth noting that America’s debt to foreign lenders stands at nearly $6 trillion, a third of it to China and Japan. Argentina will probably get bailed out again. The rescue should be accompanied by harsh words about fiscal responsibility. American politicians should be obliged to read those words also. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Temperature High ............................................................. 33° Low .............................................................. 23° Normal high ............................................. 35° Normal low ............................................... 19° Record high .............................. 57° in 1991 Record low ................................. -3° in 1968

Precipitation 24 hours through 4 p.m. yest. ......... 0.14” Month to date ....................................... 2.00” Normal month to date ....................... 1.06” Year to date ............................................ 3.32” Normal year to date ............................ 2.54”

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Kaneland boys hoops completes regular-season sweep of Morris with a 47-44 Northern Illinois Big 12 East road victory. PAGE B3

SECTION B Saturday, February 22, 2014 Daily Chronicle

Sports editor Ross Jacobson •



Barbs bring energy on senior night AP photo

Earnhardt Jr. primed for another banner season DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s been a decade since Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s lone Daytona 500 victory. He’s come close so many times since, even finishing second three of the past four years, but has yet to make that coveted drive down pit road and into Victory Lane. No one should be surprised to find him back there Sunday. Forget that Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth have won the first three Sprint Cup races during Speedweeks. Disregard that Richard Childress Racing has pole-sitter Austin Dillon, who is driving the No. 3 made famous by Earnhardt’s late father, as well as three other stout cars. Ignore that anything can and often does happen at Daytona International Speedway. This just might be Junior’s year. The 39-year-old driver seems primed for his best season ever, and it starts at the track forever linked to his family name because of triumph and tragedy. “I’m excited about getting back out there,” Earnhardt said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how we can do and how our performance is going to be right off the bat. It’s going to be a fun year, I think. I think we’re going to enjoy ourselves. We did last year. We seem to get better every year, and hopefully that trajectory is still the same going into this season.” Earnhardt was fifth in points last season, his best showing since finishing third in 2003. And NASCAR already had switched to its new points system, Earnhardt would have won his first Cup championship. He had eight top-10 finishes in the 10-race Chase, hitting his stride just a few weeks too late to catch Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson. Johnson edged Kenseth for his sixth title in the past eight seasons. Earnhardt was nearly as hot as those two down the stretch, and he’s hoping to find some carry-over into “The Great American Race.” He won the 2004 Daytona 500, the first of his six victories that season. But he has only four victories since and no multi-win seasons. “It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, but time goes by pretty fast,” Earnhardt said. – Wire report

8WHAT TO WATCH Olympic men’s hockey United States vs. Finland, 9 a.m., NBCSN After losing to Canada, 1-0, in a semifinal, its first loss in Sochi, the U.S. will face Finland for the bronze medal. For more, see Page B4.

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

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DeKalb jumps out to 21-4 lead in wire-to-wire win By TRAVIS ZUELLIG DeKALB – The DeKalb boys basketball team wanted to get out to a fast start Friday night against Rochelle.

But on the Barbs’ senior night, nobody could’ve expected this fast of a start. DeKalb could not miss early and never trailed in a 68-54 win over Rochelle. The Barbs scored 21 points in the first quarter on 11-of-16 shooting while only allowing four points. “Our energy at the beginning was tremendous,” DeKalb coach Dave Rohlman said. “We

struggled a little when we played at their place. I knew we were going to have pretty good energy for senior night, but it was beyond my expectation.” Barbs seniors Micah Fagerstrom and Patrick Aves made the biggest difference in that first quarter. Aves scored two straight 3-pointers to open the DeKalb (12-15, 4-5 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) scoring, and Fagerstrom was unstoppable

on the block. The two seniors combined for 16 of DeKalb’s 21 first-quarter points. “As seniors, it is our last game here and it is nice to go out with a victory,” Aves said. “Also with the playoffs coming up, we have to build on it.” Things continued to go the Barbs’ way for the rest of the first half. A short Rochelle team was dominated on the boards, with DeKalb outre-

bounding the Hubs 29-13 in the first half and 54-21 overall. “I really thought the way we played defense was the difference – we really got after it and I thought they struggled,” Rohlman said. “As smooth as everything went off at the offensive end, everything started at the defensive end with our energy.”

See BARBS, page B3


A long-awaited crown

Monica Maschak –

The Sycamore girls basketball team celebrates its Class 3A Plano Regional championship after defeating Kaneland, 40-20, in the final Friday night in Plano.

Spartans’ second-half run clinches team’s 1st regional title since 2003 By STEVE NITZ PLANO – After Friday’s Class 3A Plano Regional final, the song “We Are the Champions” by Queen blared through the loudspeakers. After the Sycamore girls basketball team’s 40-20 win over Kaneland, the Spartans did the customary postgame handshake with the Knights and ran back toward the bench to celebrate. It wasn’t too long before Sycamore coach Brett Goff was cutting down the nets and the Spartans (21-7) were taking pictures with the championship plaque.

More online Check out the video highlights of Sycamore’s 40-20 victory over Kaneland in the Class 3A Plano Regional championship game online at A celebration like this isn’t customary for Sycamore girls basketball, a program that hadn’t won a regional championship since 2003. The Spartans advanced to Monday’s Belvidere Sectional semifinals, where they will

play the winner of today’s Aurora Central Catholic Regional final between Burlington Central and St. Edward. “If I could explain it I would, but I can’t really find the words to do it. It’s basically just actions, all of the hard work we put in over the summer and even the spring before that, when our season ended last year,” Sycamore senior guard Julia Moll said. “It was a real heartbreaker for us, and so I think we took it the right way and started working so hard in that offseason. Things just came together.”


Monica Maschak –

Sycamore’s Julia Moll clutches the Class 3A Plano Regional championship plaque Friday night in Plano.


Lynch has faith that he’s an NFL QB Ex-Huskies QB takes on doubters in Indianapolis By KEVIN FISHBAIN

More online For all your Northern Illinois University sports coverage – including stories, features, scores, photos, videos, blogs and more – log on to INDIANAPOLIS – At the same time Johnny Manziel addressed the largest media gathering at the NFL Scouting Combine thus far, another quarterback prospect responded to a litany of doubts. Jordan Lynch is just trying to get drafted and respected as a quarterback – a more difficult battle than AP photo surefire first-rounder Manziel’s atForme Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch tempts to shed his “party boy” imanswers a question during a news conference Fri- age. Lynch was confident, if not cocky day at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

about his abilities to play quarterback in the NFL when talking to reporters at Lucas Oil Stadium. “I’m a quarterback first. I’ve been proving people wrong ever since I started playing, and there’s no doubt in my mind I’ll continue to do that,” Lynch said. “What I tell teams is that they’re going to make a huge mistake if they don’t put me at quarterback.” The former Northern Illinois quarterback was quick to remind us, though, that he also is a team player,

and if a position switch is what’s required, he’ll do it. “Anything to get my foot in the door,” he said. “If they want me to run down a kickoff and butt heads, I’ll do that. I’m a team guy, [I will] buy into any system.” After his performance in the EastWest Shrine Game, some thought a move to safety would be in Lynch’s future, but he’s sticking with quarterback and said if he did have to change positions, he’d prefer to stay on offense. “In my head, I’d like to stay on offense, Running back or slot receiver,” he said. “I feel like I need the ball in my hands, I’m a playmaker.” As of Friday, Lynch had met with 10 different teams, including the Bears. He will throw for teams Sunday.

See LYNCH, page B3


Page B2 • Saturday, February 22, 2014

8PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Boys Basketball Sycamore at Kaneland, 6 p.m. Harvard at Genoa-Kingston, 7 p.m. Dixon at Indian Creek, 6:45 p.m. DeKalb at Ottawa, 7 p.m. Boys Swimming DeKalb/Sycamore at St. Charles North Sectional, TBA

MONDAY Boys Basketball Hinckley-Big Rock vs. Somonauk in Class A Somonauk Regional quarterfinal, 8 p.m. Girls Basketball Hinckley-Big Rock vs. LanarkEastland in Class 1A DeKalb Super-Sectional, 7 p.m.




Bulls ride fast start in win over Denver


The ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO – D.J. Augustin had 22 points and eight assists, and the Bulls routed the Denver Nuggets, 117-89, on Friday night for their fifth consecutive victory. Rookie Tony Snell added a career-high 20 points as the Bulls put seven players in double figures. Taj Gibson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Joakim Noah finished with 14 points, 11 boards and five assists. Randy Foye scored 23 points for Denver, which has lost six of seven. Aaron Brooks had 17 on 7-for-11 shooting in 28 minutes in his Nuggets debut,

Next at Miami, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, ABC, AM-1000 which also included a technical foul when he was involved in a tussle with Noah in the third. Denver acquired Brooks and forward Jan Vesely in a pair of trades Thursday. The 7-foot Vesely had five points and five rebounds in 16 minutes. The Bulls shot 50 percent and outrebounded the Nuggets 50-40 while improving to 17-7 since Jan. 1. This one was never in doubt, with the Bulls jumping

Moulton to play in Olympic development program Sycamore goalkeeper Drew Moulton will compete in the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Championships from Friday through March 2 in Phoenix. Moulton, part of the 1997 girls Illinois team, helped her team win its respective age group at the U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Regional Championships. Moulton verbally committed to play at Western Illinois in October.

NIU men’s tennis picks up win against Butler The Northern Illinois men’s tennis team beat Butler, 7-0, on Thursday at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford. NIU (8-3) has not dropped a match in Rockford yet this season. The team of Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof, ranked 37th in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, won at No. 1 doubles, and Matt Lynch and Jovan Zeljkovic won at No. 2 for the Huskies. The Huskies swept the singles matches, including Amir winning at No. 3 singles in a super tie break. Earlier in the week, Lagerlof and Amir were named MAC Doubles Team of the Week for the second time this season, and Simon Formont took the MAC Singles Player of the Week honor.

Fitzgerald testifies against unionization CHICAGO – Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald testified for three hours Friday about a push by his players to form the nation’s first union for college athletes, sometimes putting himself awkwardly at odds with his senior quarterback. Sporting a tie in team-color purple, Fitzgerald answered questions before the National Labor Relations Board, which must decide in coming weeks if the football players qualify as employees under U.S. law. If so, they have rights to unionize. The decision is being closely watched across the country because a decision in favor of an athletes’ union could change the landscape of college athletics. – Staff, wire reports

to a 23-point halftime lead and putting it away with a 16-5 run at the end of the third quarter. Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich had 10 points apiece for the Bulls, which will go for a season-high sixth straight win Sunday at Miami. Forced to play short-handed because of the trades and a slew of injuries, Denver used only eight players in Thursday night’s 101-90 victory at lowly Milwaukee. Brooks and Vesely were cleared in time to play against the Bulls, but they jumped all over the weary Nuggets right at the start. The Bulls used runs of 13-2

and 8-0 to open a 32-12 lead on Jimmy Butler’s 3-pointer with 1 minute left in the first quarter. Brooks responded with seven straight points, but the Bulls led 32-19 after one. In the continuation of an encouraging trend for the Bulls, the Bulls have outscored their opponents by an average of 29.9 to 18.3 in the opening period over the past seven games, according to STATS. The only issue for the Bulls from their latest fast start was the health of Butler, who bruised a rib late in the opening period. The team said his return was questionable, but he did not play again.

At Sochi, Russia Through Friday (88 of 98 events) Nation G S United States 9 7 Russia 9 10 Canada 9 10 Norway 10 4 Netherlands 6 7 Germany 8 4 France 4 4 Sweden 2 6 Austria 2 7 Switzerland 6 3 China 3 4 Czech Republic 2 4 Japan 1 4 Italy 0 2 South Korea 3 2 Slovenia 2 1 Belarus 5 0 Poland 4 0 Finland 1 3 Britain 1 1 Australia 0 2 Latvia 0 1 Ukraine 1 0 Slovakia 1 0 Croatia 0 1 Kazakhstan 0 0

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NIU football coach Carey receives 1-year extension Northern Illinois has extended football coach Rod Carey’s contract one year and raised his salary for 2014, the university announced Friday. Carey had a base salary of $375,000 in 2013. According to an NIU news release, Carey’s contract now runs through June 30, 2019 and his annual salary now ranks in the top half of Mid-American Conference coaches. According to USA Today, Carey had the fourth-lowest base salary among MAC coaches last season. Carey took over for Dave Doeren on Dec. 2, 2012, and led the Huskies in the 2013 Orange Bowl. He went 12-2 in 2013, winning the MAC West title before losing to Bowling Green in the MAC Championship, and losing to Utah State in the Poinsettia Bowl.

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Sox still high on Thompson OF could be a September call-up this year AP photo

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro fields grounders during spring training Friday in Mesa, Ariz.


Castro looks forward to seeing Jeter again By GORDON WITTENMYER

Next MESA, Ariz. – The last time the Cubs had the Yankees on their home schedule, the Cubs put shortstops Starlin Castro and Derek Jeter on a billboard together near Wrigley Field during the winter to promote the upcoming season. That was three years ago, and Castro welcomed the comparisons to his idol – then went on to join Jeter at the All-Star Game that summer, before finishing as the National League hit king that season. Now when Castro talked about Jeter, a news loop of the Yankee shortstop’s retirement played in the background on a clubhouse TV. “One of the good ones it gone,” said Castro, a two-time All-Star, who has held up Jeter as a role model and who even has drawn occasional comparisons to Jeter from team officials – if only for Jeter’s high error totals early in his career and for the public scrutiny Jeter gets as the key figure on a big-market team. “He’s awesome,” said Castro, who met Jeter through their All-Star appearances opposite each other in 2011 and ’12.

vs. Arizona (ss), 2:05 p.m. Thursday, WGN When they met, “He told me that I am a good player, to keep playing hard and to play good,” said Castro, who was too young, and maybe a little too in awe, to ask for an autograph or memento. The good news for Castro is the Cubs play the Yankees twice in interleague play this year, including the third week of the season in the Bronx – which also will offer a reunion with mentor and former Cub Alfonso Soriano. “Maybe this year I’ll ask when we go to Yankee Stadium,” he said. “I’ll tell Sori to ask him to sign a jersey for me.” Castro, 23, plans to make a return to the All-Star Game this year, too. And get back on the career track he once talked about when bringing Jeter into the conversation. Not that he plans to replace Jeter on the throne of big-league shortstops after the Yankees captain’s retirement. “I’ll try to be,” he said. “I won’t say I’ll be (the next Jeter). But I’ll try to be like him.”

By DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN GLENDALE, Ariz. – Don’t forget about outfielder Trayce Thompson. Just because the fleet power hitter has descended in most topfive White Sox prospects lists (he still is in most top 10s) doesn’t mean Thompson is falling out of favor in the organization. “I think he has a chance to be a superstar,” Sox director of player development Nick Capra said. “He has all the tools. If things go right, I think he’ll hit for average and hit some home runs, and he’s an above-average defender in the outfield who throws the ball well. And he can steal a base. He does a lot of things.” A 2009 second-round draft pick, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Thompson, the son of former NBA veteran Mychal Thompson and the brother of the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, started strong at Double-A Birmingham last season and seemed destined for a September call-up, but had a terrible second half, batting .157 in July and .185 in August. He recovered with a strong postseason, however. His final 2013 numbers: .229, 15 homers, 73 RBIs and 25 stolen bases over 135 games. “I was doing well toward the end of June and I went in a slump for a series. I started to press and I thought about hits instead of just hitting the ball hard,” Thompson said. “It was me trying to do too much, which is the story of my career when I’m playing bad.”

Next vs. L.A. Dodgers, 2 p.m. Friday, AM-670 The learning curve in the minors involves dealing with the struggle and difficulty of the game. But “I feel like the more you think about how hard it is, the harder you make it on yourself – you almost have to trick yourself,” Thompson said, casting a glance around the Sox clubhouse at Camelback Ranch. “That’s why these guys are humble.” There are mechanical flaws that need attention, Capra said. Thompson likely will return to Birmingham with hopes of advancing to Triple-A Charlotte. If all goes well, a September callup isn’t out of the question. “I’m a big fan of Trayce,’” Capra said. “You have to be with the tools he has. He can go and get ’em in center field. He makes plays look easy out there, on balls you don’t think he’ll get to.” “At some point in your career it’s time to turn those tools into production,” Thompson said. “I’m young in the scheme of things, but it’s time to go.” Notes: Right fielder Avisail Garcia had an in-grown toenail removed and likely will miss another day, and infielder Jeff Keppinger’s right shoulder that ailed him last year is limiting him somewhat. ... Right-hander Nate Jones (gluteus strain) has resumed activity playing catch and should be throwing from a mound soon. ... Left-hander John Danks continued to make good impressions in the first week of camp. “Johnny looked good today,’’ manager Robin Ventura said.

8WEEKEND TV SPORTSWATCH TODAY’S SCHEDULE Men’s basketball Xavier at Georgetown, 10:30 a.m., FS1 Florida at Mississippi or Louisville at Cincinnati, 11 a.m., CBS Wisconsin at Iowa, 11 a.m., ESPN2 Indiana St. at Missouri St., noon, ESPNU St. John’s at Villanova, 12:30 p.m., FS1 Notre Dame at Virginia, 1 p.m., ESPN2 Middle Tennessee St. at Marshall, 1 p.m., CSN Tennessee at Texas A&M, 2 p.m., ESPNU UAB at Charlotte, 2:30 p.m., FS1 LSU at Kentucky, 3 p.m., ESPN Iowa St. at TCU, 3 p.m., ESPN2 Youngstown St. at Valparaiso, 3 p.m., CSN Minnesota at Ohio St., 5 p.m., BTN UCLA at Stanford, 5 p.m., ESPN2 Syracuse at Duke, 6 p.m., ESPN Texas at Kansas, 6:30 p.m., ESPNU Missouri at Alabama, 7 p.m., ESPN2 Loyola at Bradley, 7 p.m., CSN Brown at Cornell, 7 p.m., NBCSN Indiana at Northwestern, 7:15 p.m., BTN Arizona at Colorado, 8 p.m., ESPN Temple at Memphis, 8:30 p.m., ESPNU San Diego St. at New Mexico, 9 p.m., ESPN2

Harvard at Princeton, 10:30 p.m., ESPNU (same-day tape) Gonzaga at San Diego, 11 p.m., ESPN2 Golf PGA Tour-WGC, Accenture Match Play Championship, quarterfinal matches, 11 a.m., TGC, 1 p.m., CBS Auto racing NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Daytona 500 final practice, 9 a.m., FS1 NASCAR, Nationwide Series, DRIVE4COPD 300, 12:15 p.m., ESPN Women’s basketball Iowa at Michigan, 12:30 p.m., BTN Illinois at Indiana, 2:30 p.m., BTN Soccer Premier League, Everton at Chelsea, 6:40 a.m., NBCSN Premier League, Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United, 11:30 a.m., NBC Track and field USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, 3:30 p.m., NBCSN Winter Olympics Women’s snowboarding: parallel slalom gold medal final; Women’s cross-country: 30K freestyle gold medal final; Men’s biathlon: 4x7.5K relay gold medal final; Men’s snowboarding: parallel slalom competition, 1:30 p.m., NBC Men’s alpine skiing: slalom gold medal final; Men’s snowboarding: parallel slalom gold medal final;

Men’s and women’s speedskating: team pursuit gold medal finals, 7 p.m., NBC SUNDAY’S SCHEDULE Pro basketball L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, noon, ABC Bulls at Miami, 2:30 p.m., ABC Brooklyn at L.A. Lakers, 8 p.m., ESPN Auto racing NHRA, Carquest Auto Parts Nationals qualifying, 1 a.m., ESPN2 (delayed taped) NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Daytona 500, 11 a.m., FOX NHRA, Carquest Auto Parts Nationals, 7 p.m., ESPN2 (same-day tape) Men’s basketball Michigan St. at Michigan, 11 a.m., CBS Yale at Columbia, 12:30 p.m., NBCSN Purdue at Nebraska, 3:15 p.m., BTN Illinois St. at Northern Iowa, 4 p.m., CSN Florida St. at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m., ESPNU Providence at Butler, 5 p.m., FS1 Arizona St. at Utah, 7 p.m., ESPNU USC at Californis, 7 p.m., FS1 Golf PGA Tour-WGC, Accenture Match Play Championship, semifinal matches, 8 a.m., TGC; championship match, 1 p.m., CBS

Women’s basketball Northwestern at Ohio St., 11 a.m., BTN Duke at Notre Dame, noon, ESPN Georgetown at Villanova, noon, FS1 Wisconsin at Purdue, 1 p.m., BTN Kentucky at Texas A&M, 1 p.m., ESPN2 Western Michigan at Toledo, 1 p.m., CSN Maryland at Georgia Tech, 3 p.m., ESPN2 Track and field USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, 2:30 p.m., NBCSN Soccer Premier League, Swansea City at Liverpool, 7:25 a.m., NBCSN Premier League, Tottenham at Norwich, 9:55 a.m., NBCSN Bowling USBC Masters, 2 p.m., ESPN Winter Olympics Four-man bobsled: gold medal final runs, 3 a.m., NBCSN (Live) Men’s hockey: Sweden vs. Canada, gold medal final, 6 a.m., NBC (Live); 4 p.m., NBCSN (taped) Men’s cross-country: 50K freestyle gold medal final; Four-man bobsled: gold medal final runs, 1 p.m., NBC Closing ceremony, 7:30 p.m., NBC

Central Division W L Pct 41 13 .759 29 25 .537 23 32 .418 22 34 .393 10 44 .185 Atlantic Division W L Pct Toronto 30 25 .545 Brooklyn 25 27 .481 New York 21 34 .382 Boston 19 36 .345 Philadelphia 15 41 .268 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami 39 14 .736 Washington 26 28 .481 Charlotte 26 30 .464 Atlanta 25 29 .463 Orlando 17 40 .298

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WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 40 16 .714 — Houston 37 18 .673 2½ Dallas 33 23 .589 7 Memphis 31 23 .574 8 New Orleans 23 31 .426 16 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 43 13 .768 — Portland 36 18 .667 6 Minnesota 26 28 .481 16 Denver 25 29 .463 17 Utah 19 34 .358 22½ Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 37 20 .649 — Phoenix 33 21 .611 2½ Golden State 33 22 .600 3 L.A. Lakers 18 36 .333 17½ Sacramento 18 36 .333 17½ Friday’s Results Bulls 117, Denver 89 Orlando 129, New York 121 (2OT) Dallas 124, Philadelphia 112 Charlotte 90, New Orleans 87 Toronto 98, Cleveland 91 Detroit 115, Atlanta 107 Memphis 102, L.A. Clippers 96 Phoenix 106, San Antonio 85 Utah at Portland (n) Boston at L.A. Lakers (n) Today’s Games New Orleans at Washington, 6 p.m. Memphis at Charlotte, 6 p.m. Dallas at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. New York at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m. Indiana at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Utah, 8 p.m. Boston at Sacramento, 9 p.m. Brooklyn at Golden State, 9:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games Bulls at Miami, 2:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, noon Washington at Cleveland, 5 p.m. Orlando at Toronto, 5 p.m. Sacramento at Denver, 7 p.m. Brooklyn at L.A. Lakers, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Portland, 8 p.m. Houston at Phoenix, 8 p.m.

NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts St. Louis 57 39 12 6 84 Blackhawks 60 35 11 14 84 Colorado 58 37 16 5 79 Minnesota 59 31 21 7 69 Dallas 58 27 21 10 64 Winnipeg 60 28 26 6 62 Nashville 59 25 24 10 60 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts Anaheim 60 41 14 5 87 San Jose 59 37 16 6 80 Los Angeles 59 31 22 6 68 Phoenix 58 27 21 10 64 Vancouver 60 27 24 9 63 Calgary 58 22 29 7 51 Edmonton 60 20 33 7 47

GF 196 207 174 145 164 168 146

GA 135 163 153 147 164 175 180

GF 196 175 139 163 146 137 153

GA 147 142 128 169 160 179 199

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 57 37 16 4 78 176 125 Tampa Bay 58 33 20 5 71 168 145 Montreal 59 32 21 6 70 148 142 Toronto 60 32 22 6 70 178 182 Detroit 58 26 20 12 64 151 163 Ottawa 59 26 22 11 63 169 191 Florida 58 22 29 7 51 139 183 Buffalo 57 15 34 8 38 110 172 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 58 40 15 3 83 186 138 N.Y. Rangers 59 32 24 3 67 155 146 Philadelphia 59 30 23 6 66 162 167 Columbus 58 29 24 5 63 170 161 Washington 59 27 23 9 63 171 175 Carolina 57 26 22 9 61 144 158 New Jersey 59 24 22 13 61 135 146 N.Y. Islanders60 22 30 8 52 164 200 Two points for win, one point for OT loss Olympic Break Play resumes Tuesday

MEN’S BASKETBALL AP TOP 25 Friday’s Schedule No games scheduled Today’s Games No. 1 Syracuse at No. 5 Duke, 5 p.m. No. 2 Florida at Mississippi, 11 a.m. No. 3 Wichita St. vs. Drake, 7 p.m. No. 4 Arizona at Colorado, 8 p.m. No. 6 San Diego St. at New Mexico, 9:05 p.m. No. 7 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Louisville, 11 a.m. No. 8 Kansas vs. No. 19 Texas, 6:30 p.m. No. 9 Villanova vs. St. John’s at Wells Fargo Center, 12:30 p.m. No. 10 Saint Louis vs. George Washington, 7 p.m. No. 14 Virginia vs. Notre Dame, 1 p.m. No. 15 Iowa vs. No. 16 Wisconsin, 11 a.m. No. 17 Iowa St. at TCU, 3 p.m. No. 18 Kentucky vs. LSU, 3 p.m. No. 22 Memphis vs. Temple, 8:30 p.m. No. 23 UCLA at Stanford, 5 p.m. No. 24 Ohio St. vs. Minnesota, 5 p.m. No. 25 Gonzaga at San Diego, 11 p.m. Sunday’s Games No. 11 Creighton vs. Seton Hall, 4 p.m. No. 13 Michigan St. at No. 20 Michigan, 11 a.m. No. 22 UConn vs. SMU, 1 p.m.

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Akins 1 win away from title


By DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF CHAMPAIGN – Sycamore senior wrestler Kyle Akins needs one more victory to cap an unbeaten season and win his second successive Class 2A state title. Those looking to wish the 120-pounder well before he faces Montini’s Dylan Duncan for the championship tonight might have to commute to the University of Illinois’ State Farm Center. Akins planned to shift into solitary mode after Friday’s 8-2 semifinal victory against Lenny Petersen of Crystal

Lake Central. He’s 45-0 and intent on getting to 46. “Just stay focused, kind of block out everything, you know,” Akins said. “I’ve been turning my phone off all weekend, staying away from social media. Just trying to stay focused on what’s important, that state finals match.” A Buffalo recruit, Akins controlled Petersen throughout after defeating Vernon Hills’ Jordan Reich, 5-4, in the quarterfinals earlier in the day. He channeled a 4-0 victory against Petersen late in the regular season. He has not faced Duncan, a 35-11 sophomore.

In 3A, DeKalb sophomore 106-pounder Ulises Jacobo remains in contention for at least third place after winning his first-round wrestleback bout, a 5-2 decision against West Aurora’s Isaac Jacquez. Jacobo, 29-10, credited a sense of urgency for his victory, and doesn’t plan to relinquish it for the rest of his run. “It just makes me want to work harder, because I know I’m in danger of losing and getting kicked out of the tournament and it’s my first year [on varsity],” Jacobo said. “So I really want to come out here and show these guys that I’m going to come back stronger.”

BOYS BASKETBALL Indian Creek tops Serena: Indian Creek defeated Serena, 4639, in its final Little Ten Conference game of the season. The Timberwolves (18-8, 7-1 LTC) were led by Noah Holm and Garrett Post, who each recorded 11 points. “We did a nice job of keeping our composure and grinding this one out,” Indian Creek coach Joe Piekarz said. The Timberwolves play Dixon today to finish the regular season and will start the Class 1A playoffs Wednesday. • Kevin Druley contributed to this report.


Knights sweep season series By MARK JOHNSON MORRIS – Kaneland’s status as a thorn in the side of Morris since the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference formed might have reached a new depth Friday night. After scoring the first 12 points of the fourth quarter – along with the final four of the third – to take a 44-34 lead, the Redskins were shut out over the final 3:29 as the Knights rallied. Kaneland defeated Morris, 4744, in a setback to the Redskins’ NI Big 12 East championship chances in boys basketball. Otherwise 5-0 in conference play, the Redskins are 0-2 against Kaneland, which has gone 2-3 against other conference teams. They will become Kaneland fans tonight, as the Knights will host NI Big 12 East co-leader Sycamore. “We have kids out there who have logged a lot of minutes through their varsity careers,” Kaneland coach Brian Johnson said. “It was a bunch of guys stepping up and playing really hard. We executed our 1-3-1. I thought it slowed them down a lot.” Austin Patterson of Morris scored four points without time coming off the clock twice in the second half. The first was

a four-point play to close the third quarter; the second came when Patterson was fouled while attempting a 3-pointer, and the Knights were called for a technical foul after. Patterson made four of the five free throws. Kaneland got its first points of the fourth quarter on a Drew David conventional three-point play that coupled with 3-pointers from Tyler Carlson and David to cut a 10-point Morris lead to one in a minute of game time. Kaneland then took the lead with 49 seconds to play on a Ryan David steal and basket, and the Knights added two late free throws. “I don’t think our intensity was good enough. I don’t think our enthusiasm was good enough, and we weren’t tough enough,” Morris coach Joe Blumberg said. “They came to our place and outworked us, and with a chance to at least secure a share of the conference and to get outplayed, I don’t have an answer for that right now.” Neither team led by more than four points during the first half, which ended with the Redskins ahead 19-18. The teams finished the half with Craig Lincoln for Shaw Media equal numbers of field goals made (seven), 3-pointers made Morris forward Tanner Sampson (32) goes up for a shot during Friday night’s game against Kaneland in Morris. The Knights won, 47-44. (two) and rebounds (14).


CENTRAL MICHIGAN When: 1 p.m. Sunday, McGuirk Arena, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Radio: AM-1360, FM-98.9 Last meeting: NIU defeated Central Michigan, 88-63, on Feb. 12. Scouting the Chippewas: Like NIU, Central Michigan is coming off of a thrilling win itself. The Chip- Jordan pewas (9-16, Threloff 2-11 Mid-American Conference) won a 101-95 triple-overtime game over Ball State on Wednesday. However, it was only the second conference win for the Chippewas and second-year coach Keno Davis. Sophomore guard Chris Fowler leads Central Michigan with 18 points a game. Sophomore forward John Simons averages

11 points and 5.8 rebounds while freshman guard Braylon Rayson averages 10.5 points. Outlook: NIU (12-13, 6-7 MAC) had trouble scoring early against Eastern Michigan on Thursday night, finishing with 16 points in the first half. But the Huskies earned a thrilling, 61-59, double-overtime win over the Eagles after junior center Jordan Threloff got the game-winning tip-in with 0.8 seconds left. Threloff, a DeKalb High alumnus, had a game-high 27 points and 18 rebounds, and is averaging 8.9 points a game. The Huskies will go from facing the best defense in the MAC to the worst, as Central Michigan gives up a league-high 74.4 points a game.

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Lynch’s hands smallest of all QBs at combine • LYNCH Continued from page B1 Two years ago, another NIU product came to the combine trying to get noticed alongside BCS school quarterbacks. “Going to the combine in itself can be a very stressful thing, but when you go as a MAC quarterback, you’re fighting uphill,” Chandler Harnish told the Fort Wayne News Sentinel this week. Lynch said that Harnish, the player he backed up for two years, has helped him along the way. “He kind of walked me through the combine, things to look forward to, this and that,” Lynch said. “He helped me one day with my Xs and Os and just watching some film and going over some stuff.” Harnish was Mr. Irrelevant, the final pick in the 2012 draft, but there was no

question about his position. Lynch has to fight the stigma of coming from a MAC school and his potential under center, but he wants to match his college teammate. “I hope to have the same journey [Harnish] had,” Lynch said. When quarterbacks got measured, Lynch came in at 6-foot even, he said, maybe a little above, which is taller than Manziel and a good sign. However, the measurements added another trait to the list of reasons to doubt Lynch. His hands measured 8⅞ inches, tied for the smallest of any quarterback, where hand size is a big emphasis. At this point, though, Lynch knows how to respond to any doubt. “I don’t buy into any of that stuff,” he said. “I’m a winner, a competitor. I find a way to win. I can hold a football with one and throw it. I guess that’s all you really need to know.”

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Continued from page B1 During the Spartans’ first practice of the season, Goff pointed toward the team’s regional banner from 11 years ago, instituting a regional title as one of the team’s goals. “One of the first things I did (was say), ‘Look at the banner up there. It’s been since 2003 since anything’s been added up there. I think you guys have the capability of getting your name up there a couple times,’ ” Goff said after the Spartans’ win. “It didn’t happen with conference, but it definitely did with regionals.” Sycamore took an early lead on the Knights on Friday as four players got on the board in the first quarter. However, Kaneland roared back with 13 in the second, closing the period on a 10-2 run as Sycamore went into halftime leading by three. Kaneland got off to a good start in the second half, with Ally VanBogaert hitting an early 3. But after that it was all Spartans, as Sycamore outscored Kaneland 20-2 the rest of the game. “We wanted to press and take them out of rhythm a little bit,” Goff said. “They were getting some easy steals and converting those to points.” Morgan Picolotti led the

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Sycamore’s Bailey Gilbert (center) avoids a Kaneland double team during the first quarter of the Class 3A Plano Regional championship game Friday night in Plano. The Spartans won, 40-20.

Scoreboard Tuesday’s quarterfinal (4) Rochelle 59, (5) Sandwich 39 Wednesday’s semifinals (1) Sycamore 57, (4) Rochelle 27 (3) Kaneland 43, (2) Plano 27 Friday’s final (1) Sycamore 40, (3) Kaneland 20 • Sycamore advances to the Belvidere Sectional Spartans with 11 points. Baylee Foresman added 10 and Moll finished with eight. The Knights used a box-and-one defense on Sycamore’s top scor-

er, Bailey Gilbert, holding her to five points. The Knights, who upset Sycamore last week and cost the Spartans the conference title, finish the season 14-15. “I’m extremely proud of that group of seniors. We didn’t finish up how we wanted, but I mean, that’s life. That’s part of why you coach, part of why you teach, is there’s life lessons,” Kaneland coach Ernie Colombe said. “Like I said, we’re not down because the effort was there tonight. We played our butts off on defense. We just couldn’t hit a shot.”

Eleven Barbs score in senior night win • BARBS Continued from page B1 In the second half, the DeKalb bench began to empty. Eleven Barbs scored, with many of the starters playing limited second-half minutes. “We got off to a fast start with that 21-4 lead, then, at the end, our reserves came in

a played strong,” Fagerstrom said. “We are really strong in our bench. Every day in practice, they go hard and just make our team better.” Fagerstrom finished his last home game with 12 points and eight rebounds. Aves scored eight points and pulled down five rebounds. Rudy Lopez Jr. scored 12 points and

Luke Davis III scored eight and grabbed 11 rebounds. DeKalb plays at 7 p.m. today at Ottawa. “We played well as a team, especially when we are unselfish and share the ball,” Aves said. “I think that we can beat anybody that we play. We just need to share the ball and play as a whole.”

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Team USA comes up short in semifinal SOCHI, Russia – This was a fast, methodical demise, if there is such a thing, and as the game wore on, it became apparent that there was no way out for Team USA. Canada had a death grip on the Americans, and although everyone knows hockey is a game of crazy bounces, there never seemed to be a hint that the United States was going to win Friday night. What we were witnessing was a 1-0 blowout. Its dream of knocking off the Canadians and heading to the Olympic gold-medal game ended with a loud thud. Instead, Canada will play Sweden for gold Sunday, and the U.S. will face Finland for the bronze medal today. There was no consolation in that for the Americans, who had wanted to prove, once and for all, that they were Canada’s equal. But when you play 60 minutes of hockey and get the life squeezed out of you every step of the way, it’s hard to make that point. “We had an awesome opportunity,” American David Backes said. “I don’t think we quite laid it all on the line the way we needed to do in order to win, obviously. A 1-0 game in the semifinal against your rival country, it’s a sour taste for sure.” But it’s hard to see what more Team USA could have done outside of finding players with more speed. And there aren’t any. Canada had struggled on offense in the Olympics, but now we know that it didn’t much matter. Nor did it matter that the U.S. seemed to be the only team in the

VIEWS Rick Morrissey tournament that had figured out how to score leading up to Friday’s semifinal matchup. When Canada puts its mind to it, there is not a team on Earth that can match it stride for stride. It’s not that the U.S. played a bad game, although its power play was awful. It’s that it skated up and down the ice in a wideopen game and had nothing Patrick Kane to show for it. The Americans ran into something bigger than they were Friday night. It’s called “Canada.” Those are bitter words to swallow for Team USA, but there is no denying them. Canada suffocated the Americans. There was no space, nowhere to run, no room at the inn. A great pass from Jay Bouwmeester to Jamie Benn early in the second period gave Canada a 1-0 lead. No way that would hold up, right? Yeah, well, about that. The U.S. will look back on their power play as one of the culprits in the loss. It went 0 for 3 with a man advantage. As the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane said afterward, when you get three chances, you expect to score at least one goal. “We got cute, and they sent it down the ice time after time,” Backes said. It was a painful night for the Americans, but, again, it’s hard to know what the lesson is in it. Skate faster? Be as good as Canada? The score says they were almost that Friday. The reali-

ty said they were miles away. Sometimes you just have to acknowledge that the better team won. But don’t suggest to U.S. players that Canada is inside their heads. “We lost 1-0,” captain Zach Parise said. “I don’t think there was a mental block at all.” Canada played a near-perfect game in the biggest game of the Olympics to date. It might not feed the appetite of the people who like goals, but it was a clinic on how to shut down a team. Wherever the Americans wanted to be, the Canadians already were there, waiting. There’s no way the gold-medal game will be able to match this one for on-ice speed and off-ice hype. “It’s amazing,” said Canada’s Jonathan Toews, the Hawks’ captain. “In some ways, that felt like the ultimate game.” This one won’t go down as an instant classic, the way the gold-medal game did in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, when Canada beat the U.S. in overtime. But hockey purists will look on this one with something approaching reverence. Great goaltending by Carey Price for Canada and Jonathan Quick for the U.S. And just a spectacular in-your-face assault by the Canadians. That won’t make it any easier to handle for the Americans, who will have to wait another four years to try to unseat the Canadians. “It stinks,” Kane said. “It’s tough. I think all of us thought we’d be in a different situation at this time right now. Obviously, it wasn’t good enough to win a game.”

By DAVID PACE The Associated Press SOCHI, Russia – Four Ukrainian women gave their politically torn country some good news Friday at the Sochi Games, and Canada delivered more bad news to the United States – yet another Olympic hockey defeat. As government and opposition leaders worked to end the months-long Ukrainian crisis that erupted in deadly violence this week, the Ukraine women’s 4x6-kilometer biathlon relay team won the nation’s first gold medal in two decades. The four women celebrated with a Ukrainian flag as lawmakers back home paused to mark the occasion. “Great proof of how sport can unite the nation,” Sergei Bubka, the pole vault great and leader of the Ukraine Olympic

Committee, wrote on Twitter. The first doping cases also hit the Winter Games on Friday. Italian bobsledder William Frullani and German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle were kicked out of the games after positive doping tests. Frullani was in the four-man bobsled race, which begins Saturday. Sachenbacher-Stehle, a fivetime Olympic medalist, participated in five events in Sochi but did not win any medals. On Day 15 of the Sochi Olympics, 18-year-old American skier Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest ever gold medal winner in the women’s slalom; Marielle Thompson of Canada edged teammate Kelsey Serwa for the gold in women’s skicross; Canada routed Britain, 9-3, to win its third straight gold medal in men’s curling; and short track speedskating gold medals

went to Viktor Ahn of Russia in the men’s 500, to Park Seung-hi of South Korea in the women’s 1,000, and to Russia in the men’s 5,000-meter relay. Alpine skiing: Shiffrin became the youngest Olympic slalom champion, male or female, with her win. That mark previously was held by Paoletta Magoni of Italy, who won gold at the 1984 Sarajevo Games when she was 19. Austrian teammates Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel took silver and bronze. Freestyle skiing: Thompson and Serwa gave Canada its third 1-2 finish in freestyle skiing events in Sochi. The others came in men’s and women’s moguls. Canada also won gold and bronze in women’s slopestyle skiing, and picked up a silver in the men’s halfpipe, for a total of nine freestyle medals.

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SECTION C Saturday, February 22, 2014 Daily Chronicle

Features editor Inger Koch •


Oriana DiNella recently launched her own Webbased shibori line, OriShibori. com, that includes linen tableware, pillows and throws, and large leather wall hangings. They all are made to order and handdyed in organic indigo. AP photos

An ancient art now revamped and revisited By KATHERINE ROTH The Associated Press


rom tablecloths to duvet covers, iPhone cases to wallpaper and startling calf-skin wall hangings, the ancient Japanese resist-dying technique of shibori has gone mainstream. Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Eileen Fisher, Levi’s and innumerable fiber artists are breathing new life into the craft. “The stillness and beauty of it really centers me,” said Oriana DiNella, who recently launched her own Web-based shibori line, including linen tableware, pillows and throws – and large leather wall hangings – all made to order and hand-dyed in organic indigo. “It feels like a rebellion against the fashion movement, where everything seems so fast and disposable,” the New York-based designer explained. Shibori is slow. It takes time, and has been around since about the 8th century. The word comes from the Japanese shiboru, meaning “to wring, squeeze or press.” The technique involves twisting, tying, crumpling, stitching or folding fabric – usually silk or cotton – in various ways, transforming the two-dimensional material into a sculptural, three-dimensional form. This sculptural shape is then traditionally dyed, originally using indigo, although a huge variety of colors and dyes are now used. Sometimes, the same fabric is then twisted in some other way and then dyed again. When the wrappings are removed, the folds and creases where the fabric resisted the dye form distinctive crinkled textures and patterns. A sort of “memory on cloth,” Shibori also encompasses Issey Miyake’s revolutionary pleated clothing, fulling and felting, and other methods of transforming natural fabrics into 3-D shapes. The work of Hiroyuki Murase exemplifies both the 3-D possibilities of shibori and the bridge between traditional and new. Murase grew up in Arimatsu, Japan, where

This photo provided by shows an OriShibori tablecloth, runner, placemats, and napkins on a table.

Online Suzusan: Rebecca Atwood: Eskayel: OriShibori: World Shibori Network: www.shibori. org Slow Fiber Studios, a part of the World Shibori Network: Urban Outfitters: Martha Stewart Living: shibori has been done using traditional techniques for 400 years. Today, his array of Luminaires lampshades and haute couture fabrics, designed for the likes of Christian Dior, are the cutting edge of modern shibori. Murase’s family company, Suzusan, was founded there a century ago and has designed shibori fabrics for Miyake and other designers. Murase founded and is creative director at a separate company by the same name, Suzusan, in Dusseldorf, Germany.

But shibori is still most widely thought of as a sort of tie-dyeing. Today’s incarnations are as different from their early Japanese predecessors as they are from the wild, tie-dyed pieces that became emblematic of the ‘60s and ‘70s. There’s a sense of timelessness and calm to the modern shibori pieces, and also a renewed focus on workmanship and functionality. “I love the bleeds, the fluidity of it. I love how the light shades of indigo can be so pale and watery and the navies can be such a deep, deep blue,” DiNella said. Brooklyn designer Rebecca Atwood uses modern fiber-reactive dyes for her Blauvelt Collection, which includes pillows and pouches. And home-design purveyor Eskayel is creating the look of shibori patterns using ink, water and watercolors, followed by digital printing techniques. “We have wallpaper, rugs, fabric, pillows, baskets, iPhone cases, stationery, prints and wall hangings. Oh, and poufs,” said founder and creative director Shanan Campanero, when asked about the company’s shibori-inspired offerings. Compared to the tie-dyes of a generation ago, she said, today’s

This photo provided by Eskayel shows rolls of shibori fabric produced by Eskayel, a design firm based in New York. shibori-inspired works feature patterns that are more careful, deliberate and traditional. Vera Wang’s collection is centered on bedding, while Ralph Lauren’s features swim trunks and clothing. Levi’s has even come out with shibori-inspired jeans. But while mass-produced items lack the nuanced appeal of handcrafted works, they bring a surprising touch of texture and pizazz to the familiar. For those inclined to take on do-it-yourself projects, shibori has never been more accessible. It can be done easily at home using minimal equipment. Urban Outfitters sells its own shibori kits, and lessons are widely available online, from basic for beginners to truly advanced. Martha Stewart Living features a project on its website using a standard pressure cooker to make elegant shibori at home. Serious shibori artists and workshops across the country and internationally can be found through the Berkeley-based World Shibori Network. With a membership of dedicated artisans in Japan and around the globe, it was founded in the 1990s because of fears that the traditional craft

would disappear. Despite widespread interest in shibori in the West, “we are still concerned with its survival in Japan,” explained Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, the organization’s president and co-founder. Wada, author of “Shibori” and “Memory on Cloth” (both published by Kodansha), has taught and written about shibori for over 30 years, co-founded Berkeley’s Kasuri Dyeworks in 1975, and helped introduce shibori to the United States. Now, her focus is ensuring its survival in Japan. “There used to be thousands and thousands of artists working on this. Now there are not so many people doing it using traditional techniques,” said Wada. She said iPhone covers and poufs made using digital techniques, far from being silly novelties, are crucial to the future of shibori, which holds little appeal to most young Japanese. “Adapting shibori to something contemporary is the key to its survival,” she said. “When the big designers come out with it and young artists take it in new directions, then more people here and in Japan start to pay attention.”


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FAMILY TIME | Tips on how to pick the right college

Tip of the week Selecting the right college means not only choosing where you’ll live for the next four years, but finding the best fit for your personality, interests and your family’s financial situation. It’s often one of the biggest decisions many teens have ever faced. If you’re considering several colleges, the best way to compare them is to make a list of the things that are most important to you and see how each school stacks up. You might include proximity to home, athletics or arts programs, campus size, etc. When listing pros and cons, consider cost, academics, social life and the impact it will have on your future career.

• Consider costs According to the most recent Annual Survey of Colleges by the College Board, students attending a four-year college in their own state will spend an average of $17,860 on tuition, fees and room and board during the 2012-13 academic year. The average price tag jumps to $39,518 per year for a private four-year college. To cover the costs, parents and students may need to consider student loans, financial aid and scholarships. You can get a list of available scholarships from your high school guidance counselor as well as the colleges and universities you want to attend. It’s important to start your scholarship search early and look at all possible sources. • Rank your priorities Cost may be one of the biggest factors when choosing the right college, but there are many things to consider while researching each prospective school. Though some people judge a school solely on published college rankings, it may be more important to find the rank of specific departments within those schools. A top medical school or culinary program could be


part of a school that doesn’t have a high overall ranking. Assessing what you value most in an educational program will help put you on the path to success. • Narrow down top choices Plan a few campus visits to get a feel for campus size, dorm life, the school’s resources and how helpful school staff will be. Finally, make sure any scholarship you might be awarded can be used at the schools you have on your short list. If you find yourself overwhelmed by all of the choices, just make the best decision you can with the information you have. Many students change majors during their college days. What may be the best fit academically now can change as quickly as what you want to be when you graduate. – Family Features/Forester’s Competitive Scholarships

Family movie night “RoboCop” Rated: PG-13 Length: 108 minutes Synopsis: In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving

husband, father and good cop – is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, partrobot police officer. This is a remake of the cult classic. Violence/scary rating: 4 Sexual-content rating: 2 Profanity rating: 3 Drugs/alcohol rating: 2 Family Time rating: 3.5. This is like many other recent PG-13 superhero movies – basically OK, but there is a lot of violence. (Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)

as well have a say in it,” Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography – for his own kids, and for yours. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in an entertaining, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers, those who aren’t quite ready for the Who Was series. Each book focuses on a particular character trait that made that role model heroic. For example, Abraham Lincoln always spoke up about fairness, and thus he led the country to abolish slavery. This book follows him from childhood to the presidency, including the Civil War and his legendary Gettysburg Address. – Dial

Book report “I am Abraham Lincoln,” by Brad Meltzer (author), Christopher Eliopoulos (illustrator) Ages: 5 to 8 Pages: 40 Synopsis: We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this lively, collectible picture book biography series from New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer. “Kids always search for heroes, so we might

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60th anniversary Mr. and Mrs. David Woodin of Malta will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb. 27. Carol Dresser married David Woodin on Feb. 27, 1954, at Advent Christian Church in DeKalb. They have three children: Jean (Robert) Sandman, Ted (Sandy) Woodin and Dale (Debra) Woodin; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. An open house will be held at a later date.

8NEW ARRIVAL Ahlbach LaKesha Whirl and Austin Ahlbach of DeKalb announce the birth of a daughter, Taya Marie Ahlbach, born Feb. 12, 2014, at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb. She weighed 7 pounds, 14.1 ounces. Grandparents are Saundra Chandler, Peggy Whirl, and Julie and John Ahlbach, all of DeKalb. Stephen Mazzoni of Wheaton is a greatgrandfather.

8BRIEF NIU to hold publishing workshop The Northern Illinois University Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming office will hold a workshop titled “Publishing with an Academic Press” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14 in Founders Memorial Library room 297, DeKalb. The workshop will be led by Linda Manning, director of the NIU Press. “Publishing with an Academic Press” will address such topics as writing an effective cover letter and proposal; understanding the review process and board approval; negotiating an effective contract; preparing for publication; and working with your press’s marketing manager to promote your book. Participants will have opportunities to study successful examples as well as to engage in hands-on and interactive activities. Ample time will be allowed for questions and discussion. Attendees also will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop. The registration form is available online at: For more information, contact the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming by phone at 815-753-5200 or email at LASEP@

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The more you learn about Vivian Maier, the more you want to know. Her story is a bit bizarre, one of an obscure Chicago nanny who kept to herself as she roamed the city with a camera. A couple years before her death in 2009, thousands of her images were discovered in an abandoned storage locker. Those images have captured worldwide acclaim. As much as they each tell a story, so does the life Maier led. It’s a story about the power of photography and the value of each individual, said Richard Cahan, co-author of “Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows.” He and co-author Michael Williams sought to tell Maier’s story for years. “I instantly, like many other people around the world, just became intrigued,” said Cahan, a photojournalist and editor who first learned about Maier in 2009 after the contents of her storage locker had been auctioned, the images discovered and shown on one of the first websites featuring her work. Cahan and Williams sought to do more than offer simply a portfolio of Maier’s work through the years. “We always ask, ‘What do these pictures mean?’” Cahan said. “We view pictures as kind of the building blocks of a movie or a story. We spent about a year really tracking down everything we could find out about Vivian.” A nanny on Chicago’s North Shore in the 1960s and ‘70s, Maier was born in New York City but spent most of her childhood in

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A self-portrait of Vivian Maier is included in the new book, “Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows,” by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams. France before returning to the United States. Living in squalor toward the end of her life, possibly homeless for a time, her more than 100,000 abandoned negatives were auctioned for pennies. At the end of her life, the children she had nannied paid for an apartment for her and took care of her. The contents of her storage locker were auctioned unbeknownst to them due to delinquent payments. Maier often hid her photos from the eyes of others throughout her life. Upon discovery, the images have been displayed at museums, including “Vivian Maier’s Chicago” at the Chicago History Museum, and are now being archived and catalogued.

“For those who have never seen the work, I think they will be engaged with Vivian’s life story, and they’ll be thrilled with the aesthetic beauty of the pictures,” Cahan said. “For people who know the story, I think there’s this moment that people just find it hard to believe one person could have taken so many beautiful photographs.” Her images depict the children she cared for, historic landmarks and cherished sites in Chicago as well as random people, often destitute. They range from leaves on a street to a mother pushing a baby in a stroller to a man jumping over a puddle. “We’ve seen all of her pictures before in our lives,” Cahan said.

“Most photography that we see are pictures taken by people who have access to things we don’t have every day, sitting in a dugout of a Cubs game or at Cape Canaveral. ... Vivian didn’t have a press pass. She took the bus and she took the train and walked around her neighborhood. We’ve seen all this stuff before, but whoever would have thought about taking a camera and photographing it. “Now a lot of us are doing that with Instagram pictures. She was really 40 years ahead of her time.” Although she lived a rather clandestine life, she somehow connected with the people in her images, even if only for the minutes it took to take their pictures, Cahan said. In researching Maier and creating the book, Cahan said he became even more inspired to appreciate the richness of life. He and Williams are working on a follow-up book about Maier, likely titled “Eye to Eye,” and focusing more on the photographs she took of subjects looking directly at her. “Ultimately, I think one of the messages I hope to have come across is that we live in a world where many people are somewhat outsiders. They live in the fringes,” Cahan said. “We don’t take our time to talk to them or understand them or appreciate them. I think that’s one of the most interesting things about Vivian. “I keep thinking about her. Everyone has a tremendous net worth, and we don’t have time to get to know people. There are hundreds of Vivians out there, maybe not photographers, but as people they have a lot to tell us,” he said.

Gala event benefits KishHealth System KishHealth System Foundation will present “A Formal Affair” gala on March 8 in the Duke Ellington Ballroom at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by an elegant dinner, open bar, and dancing to live music provided by the Gold Coast Orchestra. “The Formal Affair supports advances in health care throughout DeKalb County and surrounding communities,” KishHealth Foundation Executive Director Marcy

Rubic said in a news release. “Because KishHealth System is committed to taking care of our community members through all stages of life, I am very pleased to announce that this year a significant portion of Formal Affair proceeds will be directed toward the dignified work of KishHealth System Hospice.” The event also will provide needed support for subsidized care, new equipment, facility expansions and wellness education throughout KishHealth System.

Formal Affair corporate sponsors help lead the way with their support. Platinum Sponsors are A-Tec Ambulance Inc., Castle Bank, Chicago Office Technology Group, Daily Chronicle and Power Construction Company LLC. Gold sponsors are Cadence Health and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. Tickets cost $125 per person and table sponsorships also are available. For more information, visit or call 815-748-9954.

4-H summer camp registration now open 4-H Camp Week 2014 is set for June 9 through 13 at Camp Benson in Mount Carroll. Camper registrations are now being accepted. 4-H Camp is a five-day, four-night residential camping experience that is conducted cooperatively by University of Illinois Extension staff in Unit 1 (Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago) and Unit 2 (Boone, DeKalb, Ogle) and the staff at Camp Benson. Campers will check-in between 6 and 6:30 p.m. June 9 and check-out between 6 and 6:30 p.m.

June 13. During the week, campers will engage in a variety of activities designed to challenge, educate and entertain. Two or three free choice periods will be offered daily and will include options such as: hiking, nature study, rock climbing, repelling, arts and crafts, shooting sports, tubing and kayaking on the Waukarusa River, field games, crate stacking, teambuilding challenges, camping skills, and GPS scavenger hunts. Evening activities will be provided by the teen 4-H camp counselors from the co-sponsoring counties and

include campfires, a dance and a games night. 4-H Camp is open to all youth, ages 8 to 14 by June 9. 4-H membership is not required; however all participants will be expected to comply with the same high behavior standards expected of 4-Hers. 4-H Camp fees increase as camp approaches, so interested families are encouraged to sign up quickly. The fee for those who register before March 1 is $235. The fee is $250 after March 1. A minimum $75 deposit is required with the registration form. A

camper T-shirt is included in the cost. Scholarship rebates are provided for enrolled 4-H club members in some counties. Check with the local Extension office to learn what monies may be available to help offset camp costs. To secure an application or to ask questions, call University of Illinois Extension – Ogle County at 815-732-2191. Register online at http://web.extension.illinois. edu/bdo/ and click on 4-H Camp. 4-H is the Youth Development Program of University of Illinois Extension.


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Bethany crown’s King and Queen A new King and Queen of Valentine’s Day was crowned at Bethany Health Care on Feb. 14. The honors went to Richard and Gilma Hughes of Polo, who will celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary in June. Voting was completed by residents, guests, staff, family members and friends and came at a cost. Each vote toted a hefty penny fee and the proceeds benefitted the Resident Activity Fund. Provided photo

Public invited to Sycamore ‘Elkgo’

Damiliano Cannubi red is worth the wait Instant gratification took over the moment the Damilano Cannubi was opened. A special red wine from the Barolo DOCG region in Italy made of the Nebbiolo varietal deserved to be opened after years in a dark cellar. Its acidity and tannins tamed by time hold the bright fruit flavors together as they subtly ease into old age. But after just five years, owner Paolo Damilano’s wine shined. It was special right now and will continue to be so for anyone with the patience.

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Sycamore Elks Lodge 1392 hosts an “Elkgo” game night (their version of Bingo) once a month in an effort to raise money for charities. The evening consists of games, friends, food, drink, fun and prizes. Over the past few years, the lodge has been able to make sizeable donations to the Pay-It-Forward House, local food pantry, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Alzheimer’s Association and TAILS Humane Society (pictured), to name a few. The chosen charity for the month of February is ALS. Elkgo begins at 7 p.m. today and the public is invited for fun and fundraising.

8BRIEF Grants available for music programs Grants are available through the DeKalb County Community Foundation to programs and organizations supporting music and music education in DeKalb County. Advisers of the Farny R. Wurlizer Foundation Fund are accepting grant requests through March 31 and again for the fall until Aug. 30. Interested applicants should contact George Buck at for more information. The Wurlitzer Company, established in 1856 and closed in the mid 1980s, was an international piano and organ manufacturer with headquarters

in DeKalb. Farny R. Wurlitzer and his wife established the Wurlitzer Foundation in the 1940s to further music education and performance around the Midwest. Grant applicants must be nonprofit or educational organizations promoting music or music education. The grants applications will be reviewed and awarded by the Farny R. Wurlizer Foundation Fund Advisers, under the direction of the DeKalb County Community Foundation. During 2013, $225,000 in Wurlitzer Foundation grants was distributed throughout the Midwest, including $8,000 to DeKalb County organizations.

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Committed to a vision, Damilano waits. “It is important for us to put away 30 percent of the Cannubi we make,” Damilano said. “Consumers like to drink wine within three years, but we store some to really show future customers different vintages. It’s expensive and hard to wait, but the expressiveness of the wine after time is worth it.” The wine is made from Nebbiolo grown in calcareous clay and sandy soil on a hill in the heart of Barolo. Due to the high quality of fruit, minimalism has defined the winemaking. Damilano takes a hands-off approach. It will sit in the barrel for three years. “We’ve discovered Cannubi is so extraordinary,” Damilano said. “We just leave it alone for three years. After that it is per-

UNCORKED James Nokes fect. Spectacular. “This is a wine that can age a long time. We look for an elegance and balance in the wine. There’s beautiful fruit. The alcohol doesn’t even get noticed, or you don’t feel it, because there is outstanding balance.” While food and wine are epicurean partners that drive the philosophy of some winemakers, Damilano wants to make the most outstanding interpretation possible. “It’s such an extraordinary wine that it doesn’t need to be accompanied by a meal,” Damilano said. “We don’t always try to pair it with foods because the fruit makes such an elegant wine that is very expressive on its own.”

What to buy Damilano, Cannubi, Barolo 2008 ($85): This is the finest Italian wine I’ve opened in years. Its complex flavors are all complimentary. A refined and elegant mouth feel yield dark chocolate, coffee, cherry and plum notes. There’s a hint of tobacco leaf that ties things up nicely. The tannins are pleasant, and over time the wine opens up beautifully. This could easily be stashed away in a cellar for years and saved for a very special occassion.

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Wine 101 A reserve bottling is next for Damilano. This project, which will take seven to eight years to come to fruition, will hold back bottles from the market for a special release.

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Should busy, stressed-out kids do chores? By LISA A. FLAM The Associated Press It’s the dirty work of home life: dusting the shelves, mopping the floors and doing the laundry, load after load. Yet asking kids to help has gotten harder for some parents, caught up in the blur of today’s competitive, time-pressed, child-focused world. “Parents feel very conflicted about getting their kids involved in housework,” says child psychologist Eileen Kennedy-Moore, who sees a wide range of what kids are asked to do and how strongly the completion of chores is enforced. Parents feel resentful if their kids don’t help, she says, yet many worry about adding housework to their children’s burden, already so heavy with school, sports and other activities that many don’t get enough sleep. “It’s another thing on the to-do list, and it seems less important than making sure they did their homework or get to soccer practice,” said Kennedy-Moore, a co-author of “Smart Parenting for Smart Kids” (Jossey-Bass, 2011). Miriam Arond, director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, notes a change over the last two decades, with parents now feeling “tremendous pressure” to enrich their children, hiring tutors before they fall behind, just for a leg up. And with many parents working, and kids busy after school,

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Lily Cherry, 8, checks off her list of household chores at her home in Kingwood, Texas. family time is more precious. Yet kids should still be expected to pitch in, experts say. Through chores, children gain a feeling of competence as they learn skills that will carry into adulthood, and they benefit by making a contribution to their family. “It’s very important to counter a sense of entitlement,” says Arond. “It’s important emotionally because it gives children the sense that they can do something, that they’re part of the family, that we’re all in this together,” she says. “Emotionally, parents don’t realize that it is very strengthening for a child.

It helps them feel secure, they have a role, they feel rooted. Sometimes parents feel apologetic about giving children chores.” Not first lady Michelle Obama, who has talked about her daughters having to make their own White House beds. And not Andrea Cherry of Kingwood, Texas, who has passed on her childhood practice of doing chores to her own children. As toddlers, they began with the game of sock sorting, and now, at ages 8 and 6, have graduated to “extensive” daily chores. Lily makes her bed and prepares breakfast for herself and her little brother. She cleans bathroom sinks with cleaning wipes, tidies the floors with a Swiffer and is learning to vacuum. Aiden feeds the dog and delivers toilet paper to the bathrooms. Both help with laundry and the dishes. For Cherry, 38, who works full time, having the kids help makes it possible for her and her husband to have enough time to take the kids to soccer practices and games. Equally important, it fills them with the same idea of family responsibility that Cherry was raised with. “They make a substantial contribution to the family, and it’s important because it teaches them about taking care of the family, family is first, and they are responsible members of the family,” said Cherry. “I’m proud of them.” While Cherry feels that she requires more of her kids than most

parents in her area, Andrea Cameron, a San Diego mother of girls ages 2 and 8 who works occasionally, believes that she asks less than most. Her third-grader, Siobhan, has been dancing since age 2, aspires to be a ballerina or own a dance studio, and dances every day after school – weekends too, during performance season. The family is always pressed for time, driving back and forth to school and dance class. “We try to throw in a few (chores) here and there, mainly her room, whatever we can squeeze in,” says Cameron, 33. “I’d rather let her do what she loves and what she looks at as her future career than take it away from her and make her stay home and clean the house.” Cameron, who grew up having “very consistent” chores, believes that Siobhan is learning responsibility through the discipline of her dance classes, getting there on time with her bag packed with the right gear. No matter how busy a family is, Kennedy-Moore advises parents to ask kids for at least the minimum effort. “You don’t want to set it up where the kid is the honored guest and the parents are the servants,” she said. The best way to start is to enlist kids when they are young, about 2½, so it becomes a regular part of their lives, Arond says. A toddler can clean up toys and sort socks; make it fun with songs or by making it a game. By elementary school,

kids can hang up wet towels and can dust. They can load the dishwasher by 8 or 9. Teens can do their own laundry and take care of sports equipment. And if parents haven’t required that their kids do chores, it’s never too late to start. For kids who are new to chores or resistant to the idea, Kennedy-Moore recommends that they be given some say over how they do them. Parents should consider: Will the jobs be assigned or rotate through the family? When is the best time to do them? And perhaps most important, is the workload fair for all siblings? Parents need to invest time teaching kids how to do the household jobs. “You have to give up a sense of perfectionism,” Arond says. And be patient: “This is going to have a long-term payoff for them and you’ll have a really good helper.” Whether kids’ household labor should be rewarded is a disputed point, with one camp believing that kids should get an allowance as payment for chores, and another saying the work is for the good of the family and should be done without financial reward. Either way, experts say giving kids a pass on chores is a disservice. “A child who is spoiled, it’s going to work against them when they’re adults,” Arond says. Employers can’t afford to hire divas, she said. “Don’t raise divas at home.”

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Assembly 1. In the mixing bottle, place the essential oils in the ratios desired. A general rule is 6 to 8 drops of base note,

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This photo shows a few ingredients, including at least three essential oils, vodka and a carrier oil, such as jojoba or almond oil, necessary to create a DIY perfume. Perfume can be crafted at home though yours may not smell exactly like the exotic whiffs from expensive brands, but there’s satisfaction in doing it yourself, and saving some cash. in Boulder, Colo. “When you formulate with the different notes, it really makes a more well-rounded perfume,” says Rodgers. “It’s like when you have perfect harmony. It’s just balanced and beautiful.” The strong but fleeting top note provides first impressions, the base note anchors the scent and the middle note gives it heft; Griffin calls it the “heart” of the perfume. Perfumes made with plant-based essential oils are more delicate than fragrances sold at stores, says Rodgers, explaining that commercially made fragrances are generally derived from synthetic oils, whose scents last longer. Perfumes derived from essential oils need to be reapplied throughout the day. They last longer when applied to clothing than to skin, says Griffin, who offers advice on essential oils at her blog, Overthrow Martha. She also posts her favorite concocted scents. Rodgers uses the book “Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art” (Crossing Press; 2008), co-authored by Mindy Green, a guest instructor at Rebecca’s. The book lists essential oils by their “note.” For example, Rodgers says, for a top note, look at grapefruit, tangerine, orange and bergamot – her

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15 to 20 drops of middle note and 9 to 12 drops of top note, depending on preference (mix, sniff, adjust). You will use about 30 to 40 total drops of essential oil. 2. Add the carrier oil and vodka; thoroughly shake. Set bottle aside for at least 48 hours and up to 6 weeks, preferably in a cool, dark place. 3. After this “resting” period, add distilled water and shake bottle.

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8ASTROGRAPH By BERNICE BEDE OSOL Newspaper Enterprise Association

TODAY – Your life will improve this year if you follow your intuition. Your ideas may seem outlandish to some, but your commitment and insights will win them over. Influential people will take note of your attributes, and you will meet someone who can help advance your career. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) – Consider your current position. Keep up to date with job opportunities through social media or newspapers. Carefully review your qualifications and update your resume to suit the job market. ARIES (March 21-April 19) – Fix things you’ve been putting off. By freeing your time, you’ll be able to take on a project that interests you and could increase your earning potential. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) – Don’t get involved in any new ventures. Stay close to home and nurture personal relationships. Elderly relatives would enjoy hearing from you. Your concern will be appreciated and could bring rewards. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) – You need a change of scenery. Don’t feel that it’s necessary to embark on a major excursion. Instead, make positive changes to your surroundings to add to your entertainment or sense of security. CANCER (June 21-July 22) – You will be given extra assignments. Rather than get upset, make the commitment to do the best job possible, and keep your complaints to yourself. Your professionalism will pay off. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) – Your generous nature is upsetting your budget. You cannot buy love, so stop paying for everything and everyone. Chances are someone has ulterior motives and is taking advantage of you. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – Someone you deal with is not living up to a promise. An angry confrontation will only make matters worse. Do your best to find a diplomatic way of resolving the situation. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) – Your mind is brimming with innovative ideas. Share your plans with close friends. You will accomplish a lot if everyone directs his or her energies to the same goal. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) – Keep your cash in your pocket. Don’t let others involve you in unfamiliar causes. There are lots of unscrupulous people trying to convince you to part with your money. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) – You will meet with people who have different beliefs and values. Respect their opinions, and don’t try to change their views. An open mind will also help you gain freedom. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – Consider and reflect upon a personal situation. Someone with whom you have dealings may feel you have been too demanding. You need to decide whether to back away or repair the damage. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) – Your intuitive and thoughtful nature will result in an interesting and rewarding friendship. While this is a positive development, don’t divulge too much private information too quickly.


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Teen is reluctant to share summer with friends Dear Abby: I’m 14. Last summer I went to camp in a different state with my cousin “Mary.” I told my friends at school about our adventures, and a couple of them said they want to go there with me next summer. Mary and I don’t get a lot of time together, and camp is one of the only times when I can see her. I don’t want my friends to come. How can I tell them that without hurting their feelings? – Torn in Texas Dear Torn: Out-of-state summer camps can be expensive, and although your friends might want to come to yours, it remains to be seen if their families can afford to send them. However, if it turns out that they will be going next summer, you should let them know beforehand that you may not be seeing a lot of them after you arrive because it’s the only time you get to spend with your cousin during the year. The chances of their being hurt will be less if you tell them in advance. Dear Abby: My husband and I enjoy entertaining and having family over to celebrate birthdays and holidays. Our son’s birthday is approaching and I’d like to get your view of something my husband’s older sister, “Jane,” has been doing. Jane is 55, divorced and has been dating her co-worker

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips “Chuck” for a couple of years. At our celebrations, after everyone is done eating and cake has been served, Jane makes up a large plate of food (without asking) and invites her boyfriend over to eat. Chuck shows up, stands at the kitchen counter and devours the food while complaining about it. Then he helps himself to more and leaves. He never says thank you, never participates in the celebration and, frankly, wasn’t invited to begin with. How should this be handled at the next event? If I confront my sister-in-law, does that make me as rude as she is? My husband doesn’t want to rock the boat. However, it bothers him, and he, too, is put off by it. Any suggestions you have would be appreciated. – Aghast in New England Dear Aghast: What Jane has been doing is extremely presumptuous and to call her on it isn’t rude. This should not be “handled at the next event”; it should be handled before the next event. Tell her you prefer any leftover food be saved for your own family, and that in the future, she should not

invite Chuck unless she has first cleared it with you. If she can’t abide by your wishes, you should not invite her. Dear Abby: When my son was 17, he met an “older girl” who was 21 and began an onagain, off-again relationship with her. Fast-forward two years: He now has a felony and several misdemeanors for fighting with her, and they have a wonderful little baby boy whom neither can take care of. I have been supporting the child. The young woman is schizophrenic and bipolar and will not stay on her meds. I feel torn because I don’t want to be raising children at 49, but my son refuses to take care of the baby because he “isn’t ready to be a father.” I can’t leave my grandson with a mother who can’t take care of him (her other child was taken away from her), and she can’t hold a job because she’s in and out of the hospital all the time. She won’t feed him and treats him like a baby doll – meaning she forgets about him and leaves. I’m afraid my son would abuse the child if he’s forced to be a father. The alternative is putting the baby up for adoption, which would break my heart. How can I make my son understand that this child is his

responsibility and he needs to step up and be a dad? – Desperate Grandma in Illinois Dear Desperate Grandma: Forgive me if this seems negative, but if you haven’t been able to do it by now, your grandchild may become a man before your son does. If you aren’t strong enough to assume responsibility for raising the little boy, then, as much as I hate to see another child go into “the system,” he should be made available for adoption. However, if you think you could manage it, then talk to an attorney about getting formal custody of your grandson, so you will be given the authority you’ll need to raise him without interference from either of his birth parents. Dear Abby: My fiance and I have been together for four years now, and we have yet to set a wedding date because he has “unresolved issues” with my mother. Is there any way I can convince him to talk to her about them, or go to premarital counseling? I’m ready to set the date. – Unscheduled Bride in Georgia Dear Unscheduled: Four years is a long time for issues to go “unresolved.” Are you sure this man still wants to marry you? If his behavior is any indication, this may be how he will deal with problems and disagreements after you are

married – and it isn’t healthy. Before you devote any more time to this “engagement,” ask him when he plans to accompany you to premarital counseling, because if he’s waiting for your mother to die, it could be a long time before you make it to the altar. Dear Abby: Year after year, people are reminded to visit elderly people in nursing homes, taking cookies and entertainment – like children’s choirs, etc. My mother used to work in a nursing home and she said it made her sad to watch the huge influx of people during December, only to see January roll around to – nothing. Once Christmas is over, people go back to their lives, feeling good about their visit to the nursing home or shelter. But the residents are still there come February, June, September. Perhaps the directors, volunteers and families could spread their visits over the entire year instead of focusing only on December. – Just A Thought in Lusby, Md. Dear Just: Your mother is a caring and sensitive person. What she said is valid, and I hope it will be given serious consideration.

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Use coconut oil sparingly as better options exist Dear Dr. K: Coconut oil is all over the grocery store shelves lately. Is it healthier than other cooking oils? Dear Reader: I’ve also noticed that coconut oil seems to be catching on these days. I consulted with Walter Willett, the chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, to get his opinion. Here’s what we discussed. Not all cooking oils are created equal. Some are good for your health, while others promote disease. (I’ve put a side-by-side comparison of several common cooking oils on my website, AskDoctorK. com.) Unsaturated fats, which include monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats,

ASK DR. K Anthony L. Komaroff provide health benefits. Good sources of monounsaturated fats are olive oil, peanut oil and canola oil. Corn oil, sunflower oil and safflower oil are common examples of polyunsaturated fats. Saturated fats, found in butter and full-fat dairy products, can increase total and LDL (bad) cholesterol – and the risk of heart disease. Coconut oil is about 90 percent saturated fat, so it would seem that coconut oil would be bad news for our hearts. But what’s interesting about coconut oil is that it also gives

“good” HDL cholesterol a boost. Coconut oil is, obviously, a plant-based oil, and plantbased oils are more than just fats; they contain many antioxidants and other substances. So their overall effects on health can’t be predicted just by the changes in cholesterol levels. Coconut is a wonderful flavor, and there’s no problem using coconut oil occasionally. But for now, I’d recommend using it sparingly. Other vegetable oils are likely healthier than coconut oil. And though coconut oil may be “less bad” than its high saturated fat content would indicate, there are better options. If you do choose coconut oil, be sure to use virgin

coconut oil. It doesn’t have the unhealthy trans fats that are found in hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated forms. Finally, remember that all cooking oils are high in calories. So when cooking, make sure your drizzle of oil doesn’t become a downpour. You’ll notice that my advice in this column – as in most of my columns – is not definite. I’m not saying you should definitely avoid coconut oil, but I’m also cautioning against using it a lot. That kind of advice may be frustrating. But I think you want me to give you my honest assessment of the scientific evidence. And the fact is that, as with many of the questions I get, there just isn’t enough

evidence to be conclusive. To tell definitively whether any food is healthy or unhealthy would require a study involving thousands of people and lasting 20 to 30 years. And every day for those 20 to 30 years, certain people (chosen at random) would have to eat the food, while others would have to avoid it. I think you can see that would be one hard study to conduct successfully. So I look for what imperfect evidence I can and draw what seem like the most reasonable conclusions. Einstein said it best: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, and no simpler.”

• Visit www.AskDoctorK. com to read more.

8TODAY’S WEEKEND PUZZLE ACROSS 1 Bakers’ meas. 5 Slackened off 10 Not as busy 16 Relieve 21 “Oops!” (hyph.) 22 Disturb a sleeper 23 Soft wool 24 Refrain from 25 Libertine 26 Ocean fish 27 Egyptian god (hyph.) 28 Krishna’s lover 29 Prognosticate 31 Folk-song mule 33 Canyon 35 June bug 36 More accurate 37 Wearing something 40 Bruce — of Kung Fu 41 “Show Boat” composer 42 Diamond — 45 Soyuz destination 46 “The Raven” poet 48 Part of AARP 50 Miss Del Rio 52 Fill the lungs 54 Clinton, Gore, etc. 55 “Take — — from me” 57 Casserole cover 58 Aquarium scavenger 59 Mellow 60 Wax-coated cheese 62 — New Guinea 66 Gusto 67 Zodiac twins 69 Emergency 71 Germany’s Helmut — 72 Athletic contest (2 wds.) 74 Singer — Torme 76 Sri — 78 Even if, informally 79 Rough shelters 80 Comparison 83 Like an ogre 85 Plied a gondola

88 Sherlock’s lady friend 89 Pharaohs’ amulets 90 Beyond rad 93 Hostile forces 95 Relax, as rules 97 Spike TV, once 98 Sneakier 100 Metal in bronze 101 Paramecium, e.g. 106 Chapeau’s place 108 Woolen caps 110 Foundation garment 112 Ms. Korbut 113 Goddesses’ statues 115 Walkman brand 116 Phoenician deity 117 Pungent veggie 118 Author — Wallace 120 Dips in gravy 122 Vaudeville family 123 Goat meat 124 Jotted down 128 Microscopic 129 — Enterprise 130 Sine — non 131 Actress — Williams 132 “Exodus” novelist 133 Delivery truck 135 Make muffins 137 Linger 139 Caesar’s 1550 140 Ballerina painter 142 Tavern fare 144 Aardvark 148 Moray pursuer 150 Hindu incarnation 153 — Carlo 155 Joyful shout 156 Drizzling 157 Gourd-shaped rattle 158 Tikal builders 159 Ponce de — 160 Fridge sticks 161 Dismount 162 Pull — — one (try to cheat) 163 Splinter group

DOWN 1 Racing world 2 Frighten a fly 3 Serve the coffee 4 Piece of paper 5 Take up, as a cause 6 Battery terminals 7 More achy 8 Joule fraction 9 Algerian governors 10 Petite 11 Moon buggy 12 Prospector’s find 13 Aileron site 14 Register (var.) 15 Laughed heartily 16 Farm unit 17 Grassy field 18 Roofer’s need 19 On terra firma

20 Pines 30 Flatfish 32 Crack pilots 34 Earth sci. 38 A Knute successor 39 Hinder 41 Brownie creator 42 Composer Franz — 43 — sanctum 44 Dalai Lama’s city 46 Pumpkin seed 47 Portent 49 Neatly 51 Back talk 53 Eighth letters 54 Pocket change 56 “El Condor —” 59 Female ruffs 61 Vietnam’s Ho Chi — 63 Writer Chaim — 64 Yeah (hyph.)

65 At — — for words 67 Prime meridian std. 68 Turkish inns 69 Genetic engineering topic 70 Travel on powder 73 Accolades 75 Tropical resin 77 Hersey’s bell town 81 Author Anais — 82 Thousand bucks 84 QB’s goal (2 wds.) 85 Page or LuPone 86 Held title to 87 Adagio cousin 91 Diamond org. 92 Peacock spots 93 Hitherto 94 Uses an aerosol 95 Cotton pod

96 Riviera summer 99 Psyche’s beloved 102 Vitamin amts. 103 Martini garnish 104 Put in — — word for 105 Au pair 107 Fitzgerald and Raines 109 Relaxed sort (2 wds.) 111 Nigerian people 114 Fix the table 117 Midwest airport 119 “— Only Just Begun” 121 Bounding main 122 Furnace need 123 Most terse 124 — uno 125 Nightmare

126 Comic-strip toiler 127 Explorer Vasco —— 130 Australian airline 134 Kind of blockade 136 Jeweler’s measure 137 — Tucker of country 138 Ketch cousins 140 Teetotalers 141 Rani’s garment 143 Mme. Bovary 145 Quaker pronoun 146 Job rights agcy. 147 Landlord’s income 149 U2 producer 151 License plate 152 Fritz’s sigh 154 Lummox


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CDL DELIVERY DRIVER CDL Class B with air brake endorsement required. Overnight hours Sunday through Friday. Salaried position. Call 847-464-5458 for more details on application process.

Statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor indicate that 3.2 million jobs will be created by 2018 in the healthcare industry. Other forecasters say that with an aging population who will provide the demand for healthcare workers, jobs in the health sector make sense as a stable career option. Plus there are more opportunities for hire. But what healthcare jobs are out there for those who don’t currently have a medical degree nor the time to devote to a long education or much additional schooling? As it turns out, plenty.

is one of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare, according to industry experts. While formal schooling may not be needed and some dentists train on-site, there’s better opportunity for those who have completed a training program. Some dental assistant diploma or certificate programs can be completed in as little as a year. The median expected salary for a typical dental assistant in the United States is $32,969.

CAT – LOST South DeKalb County. Large neutered male, mostly white with big brown patches and brown Maine Coon tail. May still have red collar. If seen, please call at 815-501-9724. Reward for safe return. We miss him. Have you seen or know what happened to him?

Porcelain Dolls -- "Matthew" and “Heather” from Ashton Drake Galleries -- $50.00 each. Still in original boxes. 815-895-6096.

Cassette Tapes - 135 Mostly Country Music & Storage Cases - $20. 815-264-3562

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Home Daily! Large Retail Distributor in Dekalb, IL * Variety of Schedules Available * No Touch Freight * Up to $250 / Day CDL-A, 1 yr. T/T experience Hazmat end. preferred


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Dedicated to Diversity. EOE Engineering MECHANICAL ENGINEER for dynamic, multi markets company. If you are an engineer seeking variety and can adapt to constantly changing projects in different markets then this will be a great and rewarding position for you. Send resume in confidence to SVI International, Inc., 155 Harvestore Drive, DeKalb, IL 60115 or email:

JANITORIAL & PALLET SORTERS DEKALB AREA Leading Janitorial company is interviewing for General Cleaners & Pallet Sorters in the DeKalb area. PT, M-F, 4-8pm & 12:304:30PM, $8.60/hr. For more info call: 800-543-8034 & dial Ext. 411. Leave your name & phone # after the message or apply at

Young Female Senior in wheelchair needs upbeat, patient, super organized helper to assist with housekeeping, daily living, errand and clutter. 25 hrs./wk. Car required. Lucy: 815-758-3873

Shelving: grocery store shelving, approx. 20ft long, very strong, $200 Call Steve 815-970-3055


Sears Electronic Graduate SR3000 Electric Portable Typewriter, with extra ink cartridges, & correction spools, exc. cond., collectors item, $40 815-909-8905

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Research Monsanto Waterman Research is seeking individuals for spring and summer field work. Multiple positions are available including but not limited to: Corn Breeding, Entomology and Pathology. No experience is necessary; training provided. Working weekends and overtime may be required. Pay is competitive. Apply in person at 8350 Minnegan Road, Waterman, IL 60556, M-F 8-4:30. EOE/AA Employer M/F/D/V.

DUMBBELLS - Pair of Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells. Like New. $275 Call Chad: 815-739-3946

Dining Room Set - Solid oak, Richardson Bros. 68"x40" table w/four 11" self-storing leaves expanding to 102". 8 chairs (4 w/arms and 4 w/o arms). China hutch w/ 3 interior lights. Excellent condition. Purchased new for $5000. Moving, must sell. Table & chairs: $300. Hutch: $300. 815-761-3228

JOIN A WINNING TEAM Due to recent expansion in your area, Casey's is looking for friendly, energetic individuals to fill a variety of positions including: Cashiers / Donut Makers / Pizza Makers. 24 hour stores needing to fill all shifts. Days, Nights, Weekends, various hours Full & Part-time, insurance available 1/2 price meals


Free fountain drinks Friendly, home-town work environment No experience necessary Paid training

Pick up applications at any Casey's. Send application to:

Casey's General Store 825 County Line Rd., Attn: Deb Maple Park, IL 60151 or apply online at: EOE


MOST CASH WILL BEAT ANY QUOTE GIVEN!! $400 - $2000 “don't wait.... call 2day”!!


Old Envelopes Stamps Collections 815-758-4004


Retail Now accepting applications for full & part time Sales Associate at: BATTERIES PLUS 1565 DeKalb Ave, Sycamore

Framed Art - Autographed Cartoon Cell – Hanna/Barbera - Characters On Parade" Documented, Mint Condition $400 - Moving Sycamore 815-762-0382

Contact the Better Business Bureau - or Federal Trade Commission

LIQUOR DEPARTMENT ASSOCIATE Knowledge of Beer, Wine & Spirits Marketing and Pricing knowledge Retail experience preferred Inquiries and/or Resumes with contact information required Send replies to attn: Liquor Dept. Associate c/o Classified, 1586 Barber Greene Rd. DeKalb, IL. 60115

QUEEN SIZE SOFA BED – FREE!! Good condition!! Must pick up. Call between 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 815-784-3211


Earn up to $1000 A Month! Looking for Contractors to deliver newspapers early mornings 7 days per week. Routes now available in DeKalb County. Please Call 815-526-4434

TRAIN SET Model train set or electric train set for my Grandson! 815-501-5683

Buying? Selling? Renting? Hiring? To place an ad, call 877-264-2527 Daily Chronicle Classified

I BUY CARS, TRUCKS, VANS & SUVs 1990 & Newer Will beat anyone's price by $300.

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• Pharmacy technician: The world of pharmaceuticals continues to grow. A 2009 story in Forbes magazine indicated that 11.6 prescriptions are issued per person in the U.S. each year. West Virgina is the state with the highest number of scripts per capita. With so many prescriptions issued each year, the demand for pharmacy employees is increasing. Assistants can generally complete a certificate program which may be as short as 6 months. Pharmacy techs earn an average salary of $32,600, according to Salary. com.

care or working in a facility, these workers provide support and assistance to the elderly or individuals with illnesses that restrict their ability to care for themselves. Hospice care is often end-of-life care and requires a special level of devotion from workers. Depending on the program, a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a state certification may be all that’s necessary to become a hospice technician. Salaries can range from $35,000 to $60,000. Students who have just begun college and are not yet in the job market may want to consider fine tuning their majors to coordinate with a career in healthcare.

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tion and certification as they advance. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary of a registered nurse in the United States is $67,720.

• Registered nurse: Nurses are often the unsung heroes of the healthcare industry. Though doctors may get all the glory, it’s often nurses who provide the much-needed, behind-the-scenes care that complements a doctor’s expertise. Applicants can consider earning a 2-year associates degree in nursing to get started in the field and • Hospice care worker: Wheth• Dental assistant: This career then continue their educa- er providing home hospice

SIMPLICITY RIDING LAWN TRACTOR 6 years old. Minimal hours. Last used 2 years ago. Maintenance preformed yearly by local dealer. 42 inch deck 20 HP. $1000 or best offer. 815-762-2365

OPTICIAN – DeKalb, IL Full time opening for Optician in a busy and growing private optometric practice. Will be responsible for selling, fitting and ordering glasses. The right candidate must be dependable, well organized and detail-oriented. Must be good with people and comfortable with computers. Experience is preferred. Saturday mornings are a must, but no evenings. If you are looking for a rewarding work environment in a private optometry office with great doctors, pay, benefits and flexible hours, we are the place for you. Please email resume & references to:

Unemployment rates may still be high and the opportunities out there in specific careers might be waning, but there is one job sector that may be promising -healthcare.


ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE CRYSTAL LAKE Shaw Media, publisher of the Northwest Herald, is seeking a full-time outside sales professional who can prospect, negotiate and has the ability to open new accounts as well as maintain, grow and serve existing accounts. As McHenry County's premier provider of print and digital news and information, we rely on ground-breaking and innovative thinking to connect our audiences and advertisers. Our rapidly expanding portfolio of publications and websites has created new opportunities for professionals who share our passion for serving our customers. The successful candidate will possess the ability to work with minimal supervision while maintaining focus and productivity to meet deadlines. This person will have experience creating and presenting client proposals as well as experience developing and maintaining client relationships. Our Multi-Media Account Executive must have the ability to strategically and creatively think in a fast-paced environment. Microsoft Office proficiency and a Bachelor's degree or relevant experience required. Must have a valid drivers license, dependable transportation and proof of insurance. If you thrive on change, love a good challenge and have media sales experience, bring your passion to Shaw Media and be part of an incredible transformation! Shaw Media offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Qualified candidates should send cover letter & resume to

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PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered by the court in the above entitled cause the property hereinafter described or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy said judgment, shall be sold to the highest bidder. Publisher's Notice: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise "any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation of discrimination." Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD tollfree at 1-800-669-9777. The tollfree telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.

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The common address and other common description, if any of the real estate is: 209 ROBINSON, GENOA, IL 60135 The legal description of the real estate: PIN: 03-20-352-014 (affects Lot 7) and 03-20-352-015 (affects Lot 8) A description of the improvements on the real estate: Residential

The terms of the sale are: The sale shall be by public auction. The sale shall be by open verbal bid. The sale shall be conducted by the Sheriff of DeKalb County. The sale shall be cash. The sale shall be "as is" condition without any representation or warranty as to the condition of the property. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Title will be conveyed without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff subject to all general real estate taxes which are a lien upon the real estate, in addition to those which have not yet become due and payable, and special assessments and special taxes, if any, and easements, covenants, conditions, zoning laws and drainage ditches, feeders, laterals and restrictions of record. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the Purchaser shall receive a certificate of sale which will entitle Purchaser to a deed to the real estate subject to court confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection. Illinois Community Credit Union By: /s/ Jeffrey L. Lewis On

Commercial Properties

Sycamore-Lease/Sale Near HyVee 2254 Oakland Dr. 6000 sf, $12.50/sf/yr Office/1380 sf garage

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Mr. Jeffrey L. Lewis Klein, Stoddard, Buck & Lewis LLC 2045 Aberdeen Court Sycamore, IL 60178 (815) 748-0380

The time and place of the sale is: March 27, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. DeKalb County Sheriff's Office 150 N. Main Street Sycamore, IL 60178

Toyota Car, Truck, SUV, Tahoe, Honda or Foreign Vehicle. 630-709-2648 For Junk Cars, Trucks & Vans with or without titles. 630-817-3577 or 219-697-3833

The name, address and telephone number of the person to contact for information regarding the real estate is:

Sycamore-For Sale Syc Prairie Business Pk 4778 sf Ind. Condo 1200 sf Office/Int. dock $382,240 Ruthanne Trunda, CCIM 815-739-1849 Ralph Crafton 815-757-5546

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Prepared by: JEFFREY L. LEWIS #06257559 Klein Stoddard Buck & Lewis, LLC 2045 Aberdeen Court Sycamore, IL 60178 815-748-0380

DeKalb ~ The Knolls Sub.

Sycamore, IL 60178 815-748-0380

3BR, 1.5BA, D/W, W//D, 1 car garage, $975/mo + 1st , last sec. Available Now. 815-751-3806

(Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 22, March 1 & 8, 2014.)

Kirkland 4-Flat, Nice 3BR Big yard, parking, water/garb paid. W/D hookup, $760/mo + electric + sec, no dogs. 630-359-3474

(Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 22, March 1 & 8, 2014.)

Malta - Cozy, comfortable 1 BD Upper, off-street parking. Non-smoker. 815-981-8117

PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TWENTY-THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS SANDWICH STATE BANK N/K/A CASTLE BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. TINA L. MAUER, DOUGLAS J. MAUER, LVNV FUNDING, LLC, TARA EAST IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, Defendants. CASE NO. 13 CH 346 NOTICE OF JUDICIAL SALE PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered by the court in the above entitled cause the property hereinafter described or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy said judgment, shall be sold to the highest bidder. The name, address and telephone number of the person to contact for information regarding the real estate is: Mr. Jeffrey L. Lewis Klein, Stoddard, Buck & Lewis LLC 2045 Aberdeen Court Sycamore, IL 60178 (815) 748-0380 The common address and other common description, if any of the real estate is: 904 REIMANN AVENUE, SANDWICH, IL 60548 The legal description of the real estate: PIN: 19-25-277-009 A description of the improvements on the real estate: Residential The time and place of the sale is: March 27, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. DeKalb County Sheriff's Office 150 N. Main Street Sycamore, IL 60178 The terms of the sale are: The sale shall be by public auction. The sale shall be by open verbal bid. The sale shall be conducted by the Sheriff of DeKalb County. The sale shall be cash. The sale shall be "as is" condition without any representation or warranty as to the condition of the property. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Title will be conveyed without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff subject to all general real estate taxes which are a lien upon the real estate, in addition to those which have not yet become due and payable, and special assessments and special taxes, if any, and easements, covenants, conditions, zoning laws and drainage ditches, feeders, laterals and restrictions of record. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the Purchaser shall receive a certificate of sale which will entitle Purchaser to a deed to the real estate subject to court confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection. SANDWICH STATE BANK N/K/A CASTLE BANK, N.A. By: /s/ Jeffrey L. Lewis One of its attorneys Prepared by: JEFFREY L. LEWIS #06257559 Klein Stoddard Buck & Lewis, LLC 2045 Aberdeen Court

Sycamore – 1 Lg BD, appliances, & W/D, $550/mo. + sec. & utilities. No pets/smoking. 815-895-6747 leave message

DEKALB 1141 S. 5th St. Quiet, 3BD, 1BA, new furnace, fireplace, 1300 SQ FT. $850 rent + util + dep. Pets OK. W/D hookup. Avail 4/1. 815-739-3740 DEKALB 3 BEDROOM, 1 BATH Newly Remodeled Ranch. All appl, bsmt,1.5 car gar, $1150/mo+sec. 815-751-2650 Dekalb South 4th street, 2BR, kitchen, C/A, 1 flr., W/D, private driveway, quiet, $770/month 815-758-1518

DEKALB 1 BEDROOM Available Dec/Jan. Close to NIU, Free heat & water, quiet lifestyle. Varsity Square Apts. 815-756-9554

DeKalb ~ 4BR On College

BIG APARTMENTS, LESS MONEY! Rochelle: 15 minutes from DeKalb 1 BR & 2BR Starting at $530 Recently updated! Affordable heat. Walk to shops! (815) 562-6425 Now accepting Visa, M/C, Discover

1.5 bath, no pets. $1200/mo + 1st, last security. Available NOW! 815-757-5079 GENOA - FARM HOUSE FOR RENT 4 bedroom, 1 bath, NO PETS rural Genoa. 815-970-0884 call for information MALTA – 3BR, gar/yard. No pets/smoke, $1,250. Bsmt. Agent: 815-766-2027

Stone Prairie

Sycamore 3BR, 2BA, updated, stove, fridge, dishwasher, W/D, A/C garage, available March 815-758-0079

2BR, 2BA APT. DeKalb 2BR's $650-$700

Hillcrest Place Apts.

220 E. Hillcrest. 815-758-0600 DEKALB - 2BR 1BA Apt Avail Now Updated Kitch & Bath, W/D in bldg 830 Greenbrier $600/mo Call Pittsley Realty (815)756-7768

Washer & dryer, central air, fireplace, exercise center. Cat friendly. Private fishing. $765/mo.

Laing Mgmt. 815-758-1100 or 815-895-8600

DEKALB - downtown upper front apartment. 2 bedrooms, cute, clean and quiet. Energy efficient furnace and central air, new appliances $600 per month plus utilities 630-327-7147

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

Sandwich 3 Room - 5 Room Office Suites on Route 34 from $500/mo - Accountants, Lawyers, Insurance Agents, R. E. Agents, Contractors, Small Business Owners. Call for additional info. 815-786-7411 Sycamore-DeKalb Ave Store, Office 2070 sq. ft. 815-895-6960

DEKALB - SPACIOUS MARKET APARTMENTS Starting @ $599, 2 Bedroom $683, 3 Bedroom Near the heart of NIU. Incl gas and forced air heat. Off street parking, lush grounds, on site laundry room. Outdoor pool, tennis and basketball courts, patios and balconies. Cats OK.

University Village Apts. 722 N. Annie Glidden Rd. 815-758-7859 DEKALB 1 BEDBROOM Clean, upper, $525/mo + 1st, last security. No pets/smoking. 815-791-3721

DEKALB 1 BEDROOM Clean, quiet, 1 bath, appliances included, available March 1st. 815-758-6580

DEKALB 1 BEDROOM With study, stove, fridge, heat incl. 815-748-4085


1-1/2 bath, hardwood, D/W, W/D, basement storage, $875/mo. 202 S. Maple. 630-443-9072

DEKALB 2 BR 1.5 BA condo near I-88, shopping, NIU. All appliances, garage, central air. Small pets OK. $925. 630-485-0508

3BR Townhome, 2 full bath, W/D. 2 car garage, $1100/mo. 815-228-6252


1 bath, parking, laundry. NO pets/smoking, Agent Owned. 815-756-2359 - 815-758-6712

Laundry in units. Free water, NO PETS, Appliances. Ready NOW. $1025/month. 815-757-5546 DeKalb: 1BR upper, appl., C/A, water incl., no pets or smoking, $490/mo. 815-393-4438

GENOA DELUXE 2 BEDROOM 1 bath, remodeled, appl. Counrty setting, close to downtown Genoa. 815-784-4606 ~ 815-901-3346

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PIN: 03-20-352-014 (affects Lot 7) and 03-20-352-015 (affects Lot 8) A description of the improvements on the real estate: Residential The time and place of the sale is: March 27, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. DeKalb County Sheriff's Office 150 N. Main Street Sycamore, IL 60178 The terms of the sale are: The sale shall be by public auction. The sale shall be by open verbal bid. The sale shall be conducted by the Sheriff of DeKalb County. The sale shall be cash. The sale shall be "as is" condition without any representation or warranty as to the condition of the property. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Title will be conveyed without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff subject to all general real estate taxes which are a lien upon the real estate, in addition to those which have not yet become due and payable, and special assessments and special taxes, if any, and easements, covenants, conditions, zoning laws and drainage ditches, feeders, laterals and restrictions of record. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the Purchaser shall receive a certificate of sale which will entitle Purchaser to a deed to the real estate subject to court confirmation of the sale.

DeKalb/Summit Enclave 2BR 1.5BA, W/D, garage, $925/mo + security. 414-364-1659 SYCAMORE - 3 BR, 2 BA Townhouse w/ Garage. Just minutes from City of DeKalb and NIU. Clean townhouse with fresh paint and new carpet. Only $1080/mo. No pets. Leave message at 630-452-9080.

Sycamore TH Like New 2BR Great location! 2BA, 2 car garage, skylights, appl, W/D, C/A, $935. No pets. 815-758-0123

DEKALB - 3 BR DUPLEX Non smoking unit on S. 4th in DeKalb. W/D in unit. 2 car garage. F/L/S $900 mo + util. Avail immediately. 815-751-4730 DeKalb 3BR, 2BA, C/A, All Appls incl Dishwasher, Wash/Dryer, 1 car gar. $1000/mo + sec dep + util. Jerry (630) 441- 6250

Illinois Community Credit Union By: /s/ Jeffrey L. Lewis One of its attorneys Prepared by: JEFFREY L. LEWIS #06257559 Klein Stoddard Buck & Lewis, LLC 2045 Aberdeen Court Sycamore, IL 60178 815-748-0380 (Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 22, March 1 & 8, 2014.)




Downtown on Lincoln Hwy. Contact Bill @ 630-202-8836

Fireplace, 2 car gar, all appl incl W/D, $1200/mo + sec. For more info call Anthony 630-730-8070

DeKalb Newer 2BR Duplex

Lease, deposit, ref, no pets. 815-739-5589~815-758-6439 DeKalb quite 1BR upper $675 all utilities included, no smoking, 1st month & security. Avail March 1. 815-757-4276 or 815-757-4277

DeKalb Approx 800 Sq Ft

SYCAMORE: NEWER 2BR Upper. CA. DW. W/D on Site. Off-Street Prkg. No pets. $695 Incl. Water & Garbage. J&A RE 815-970-0679

DeKalb TH, 2 BR, 1.5 BA, 2 Car garage. Near Wal-Mart $950/mo. + 1 mo. sec. dep. Call: 815-501-1660

DeKalb Quiet Studio 1, 2, 3BR


The property will NOT be open for inspection.

DEKALB ADULT, QUIET, REFINED Building. 2 Bedroom Apt with homey environment. Car port. For mature living. Excellent Location! No pets/smoking. Agent Owned. 815-758-6712 Quiet neighborhood, appl, W/D. Walk-in-closets, no pets, $950/mo + 1st/last /sec. 815-739-4442

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PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TWENTY THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS ILLINOIS COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION Plaintiff, vs. LANCE VANDEBURG, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS, Defendants. CASE NO. 13 CH 292 NOTICE OF JUDICIAL SALE PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered by the court in the above entitled cause the property hereinafter described or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy said judgment, shall be sold to the highest bidder. The name, address and telephone number of the person to contact for information regarding the real estate is: Mr. Jeffrey L. Lewis Klein, Stoddard, Buck & Lewis LLC 2045 Aberdeen Court Sycamore, IL 60178 (815) 748-0380 The common address and other common description, if any of the real estate is: 209 ROBINSON, GENOA, IL 60135

PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TWENTY-THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS SANDWICH STATE BANK N/K/A CASTLE BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. TINA L. MAUER, DOUGLAS J. MAUER, LVNV FUNDING, LLC, TARA EAST IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, Defendants. CASE NO. 13 CH 346 NOTICE OF JUDICIAL SALE PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered by the court in the above entitled cause the property hereinafter described or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy said judgment, shall be sold to the highest bidder. The name, address and telephone number of the person to contact for information regarding the real estate is: Mr. Jeffrey L. Lewis Klein, Stoddard, Buck & Lewis LLC 2045 Aberdeen Court Sycamore, IL 60178 (815) 748-0380 The common address and other common description, if any of the real estate is:



The legal description of the real estate: THE SOUTHERLY 9.27 FEET OF LOT 48 AND THE NORTHERLY 16.75 FEET OF LOT 47 (EXCEPT THE EASTERLY 42.61 FEET OF SAID LOTS) IN FIRST ADDITION TO COUNTRYSIDE VILLAGE SUBDIVISION, A SUBDIVISION OF PART OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 25, TOWNSHIP 37 NORTH, RANGE 5 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN BOOK "Q" OF PLATS, PAGE 28 ON AUGUST 29, 1973 AS DOCUMENT NO. 375598 AND CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION RECORDED JANUARY 6, 1975 AS DOCUMENT NO. 383868 IN DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS. PIN: 19-25-277-009 A description of the improvements on the real estate: Residential The time and place of the sale is: March 27, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. DeKalb County Sheriff's Office 150 N. Main Street Sycamore, IL 60178 The terms of the sale are: The sale shall be by public auction. The sale shall be by open verbal bid. The sale shall be conducted by the Sheriff of DeKalb County. The sale shall be cash. The sale shall be "as is" condition without any representation or warranty as to the condition of the property. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Title will be conveyed without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff subject to all general real estate taxes which are a lien upon the real estate, in addition to those which have not yet become due and payable, and special assessments and special taxes, if any, and easements, covenants, conditions, zoning laws and drainage ditches, feeders, laterals and restrictions of record. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the Purchaser shall receive a certificate of sale which will entitle Purchaser to a deed to the real estate subject to court confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection.

1325 W. Lincoln Hwy Apt A108 DeKalb, IL 60115 (Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 15, 22 & March 1, 2014.)

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the City of Genoa Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon after 7:00 p.m. as may be possible, in the Genoa Municipal Center, 333 East First Street, Genoa, Illinois to consider a request by the Genoa Public Library District, as property owner, for approval of a Preliminary and Final Planned Unit Development pursuant to the Unified Development Ordinance of the City of Genoa, to allow the planned new Library Building and existing Library Building, including providing for a resubdivision of 4 lots comprising the property at 232 West and 240 West Main Street, (Illinois Route 72),Genoa, Illinois. The property is legally described as follows: LOT 3 (EXCEPT THE WEST 9-1/2 FEET) AND LOT 4 IN BLOCK 2 IN TRAVER'S ADDITION TO THE CITY OF GENOA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN BOOK "B" OF PLATS, PAGE 89 ON SEPTEMBER 22ND, 1888 AND AS AMENDED IN BOOK "B" OF PLATS, PAGE 94 ON FEBRUARY 22ND, 1890. TOGETHER WITH LOT 1 AND 2 AND THE WEST 9-1/2 FEET OF LOT 3 IN BLOCK 2 IN TRAVER'S ADDITION TO THE CITY OF GENOA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN BOOK "B" OF PLATS, PAGE 94 ON FEBRUARY 22, 1890, SITUATED IN DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS. This property is located along the south side of West Main Street (Illinois Route 72), west of Genoa Street, and east of Emmett Street. PPI # 03-19-458-001 and 0319-458-002 All interested persons are invited to attend and to be heard. Jennifer Creadon, Chair Genoa Plan Commission (Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 22, 2014.)



By: /s/ Jeffrey L. Lewis One of its attorneys Prepared by: JEFFREY L. LEWIS #06257559 Klein Stoddard Buck & Lewis, LLC 2045 Aberdeen Court Sycamore, IL 60178 815-748-0380 (Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 22, March 1 & 8, 2014.)


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TWENTY-THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF: PHILIP ANDRE GREENER FOR CHANGE OF NAME PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that on March 24, 2014, at 9:00 A.M. at the DeKalb County Courthouse, 133 West State Street, Sycamore, Illinois, 60178 in the courtroom occupied by the presid-


pi by pr ing judge, Philip Andre' Greener will file his/her petition requesting that his/her name be changed from PHILIP ANDRE GREENER to OMTATSAT TRIMURTI VAIKUNTHA pursuant to the statute in such case made and provided. Any persons interested in said request for change of name may appear at said time and place, if they so desire. Philip A. Greener 409 Parkside Dr. Sycamore, IL 60178 (Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 8, 15 & 22, 2014.)

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the City of Genoa Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon after 7:00 p.m. as may be possible, in the Genoa Municipal Center, 333 East First Street, Genoa, Illinois to consider proposed amendments to the text of the City of Genoa Unified Development Ordinance. All interested persons are invited to attend and to be heard. Jennifer Creadon, Chair Genoa Plan Commission (Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 22, 2014.)

PUBLIC NOTICE ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on February 6, 2014 a certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk of DeKalb County, Illinois, setting forth the names and post office addresses of all of the persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as BEETS AND BEATS FARM located at 127 W. High St., Sycamore, IL 60178. Dated February 6, 2014 /s/ Douglas J. Johnson DeKalb County Clerk & Recorder (Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 8, 15 & 22, 2014.)



IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF: ASHE WEISSHAUT DELVALLECLAUDIO FOR CHANGE OF NAME PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that on April 8, 2014, at 9:00 A.M. at the DeKalb County Courthouse, 133 West State Street, Sycamore, Illinois, 60178 in the courtroom occupied by the presiding judge, Ashe Weisshaut DelValle-Claudio will file his/her petition requesting that his/her name be changed from ASHE WEISSHAUT DELVALLECLAUDIO to VANSTROM-ASHE DRACUL pursuant to the statute in such case made and provided. Any persons interested in said request for change of name may appear at said time and place, if they so desire. Ashe Weisshaut DelValle-Claudio


Location: South of Rte 64 Between Sycamore & Rte 47. 3 Bedrms, 1 1/2 Baths. Custom Kitchen. Just enough land to have a garden-chickens-rabbits?



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