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Sycamore home would be purchased for drug court participants By DEBBIE BEHRENDS SYCAMORE – DeKalb County’s Drug and DUI Court is one small step closer to having a local sober living home for recovering addicts in the program. When DeKalb County Board members meet Wednesday, they will consider buying a home at 303 E. Exchange St. in Sycamore. The board’s executive committee voted

Tuesday to place the resolution on the board’s agenda. The motion did not include a dollar figure for the purchase, but county Administrator Gary Hanson said the resolution will include the proposed purchase price of $146,000. He said some minor work will need to be done inside the home to prepare for its new use. “If the resolution is successful, the proposal will need to go to the Sycamore City

Council to approve a special use permit,” Hanson said. The 2,388-square-foot building is a two-unit rental property, a four-bedroom main unit with a single-bedroom upper, according to a listing on The asking price was $154,900, and the home with attached garage originally was built in 1910. It’s about a two-block walk to the DeKalb County Courthouse. Before Sycamore council

Another airline sued over Sycamore fuel tax agreement By ANDREA AZZO with The ASSOCIATED PRESS SYCAMORE – No one was in the office for a Sycamore-based American Airlines subsidiary about 1 p.m. Wednesday, the day after the Regional Transportation Authority filed a lawsuit against them. In the lawsuit, RTA claims American Airlines and American Aviation Supply, which has a 750-square-foot office in Sycamore’s City Hall, is avoiding paying its retailers’ occupation tax in Cook County by running what the lawsuit states is a sham office in Sycamore, which is outside RTA’s taxing jurisdiction. Under a 26-year agreement with American Aviation Supply, which lasts through 2030, the city of Sycamore receives at least $360,000 a year from American Aviation Supply, and rebates millions in sales taxes to American Airlines each year. DeKalb County, which does not have a rebate agreement with the airline, receives about $2 million in

sales tax revenue each year. The city has a similar agreement with United Airlines, which operates a subsidiary company called United Aviation Fuels Corp. in Sycamore. The city received about $400,000 from the agreement with United in 2012, while rebating about $17.9 million in sales tax proceeds. In Sycamore, the money is used to fund sidewalk and parking lot improvements and general public building upkeep, among other things, according to the city’s 2014 fiscal budget. The RTA oversees the Chicago Transit Authority, the region’s Metra commuter line and the Pace suburban bus service. The agency has been making the allegations against American for more than a year, but said it was waiting for the airline to emerge from bankruptcy protection, something that happened in December. RTA spokesman Jordan Matyas said Sycamore’s American Supply office is

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A sign for the office for American Aviation Supply is seen near the door of Sycamore Place 308 W. State St. in Sycamore. Inside on the mezzanine level of the building is the office of a subsidiary of American Airlines.

members consider the proposal, the request will be heard by the Sycamore Planning Caommission at a public hearing. “We’re hoping to have this wrapped up within a couple of months,” Hanson said. Because this type of home is not defined in Sycamore’s list of residential uses, officials reached an agreement on the definition of a recovery or sober living home in October. As defined, a sober living home would be a monitored

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residence for no more than eight people suffering from substance abuse issues. The Sycamore council amended the city’s Unified Development Ordinance to include the definition. Drug court administrators will need to seek a special-use permit from the city to establish the home. Drug court coordinator

What’s next DeKalb County Board members are expected to vote on the purchase at their next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Gathertorium of the DeKalb County Administration Building, 200 N. Main St., Sycamore.

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Artist Miranda Munns paints giraffe spots on the wall of her client Taylor Mayer’s future son’s nursery Tuesday in Mayer’s Somonauk home

Artists with degrees seek many career paths On the Web

By ANDREA AZZO DeKALB – It’s easy to spot Northern Illinois University graduate Miranda Munns on the road. Munns, who graduated from NIU in Spring 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting, is in the process of transforming the body of her 1998 Chevrolet Lumina to feature zebra stripes. She is also painting a bedroom wall for a family in Somonauk. The Plano resident said she is struggling to find an art-related job while working her full-time job at a gas station. “It’s hard to find a job involving art in any way,” Munns said. “I’m probably going to go back to school [to be] a dog groomer. It’s still art in a way.” Munns is one of a number of students who graduate with art degrees but struggle finding art-related careers. NIU officials said it’s a tough market which depends entirely on

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The 2013-14 College Salary Report by PayScale, a salary informational company, shows those who graduate with an art degree are near the bottom of the list in terms of salary pay at 100 out of 130. To view the full list, visit www.payscale. com/college-salary-report-2013/majorsthat-pay-you-back.

a student’s skillset – but students trained in the arts adapt themselves to numerous career fields. The 2013-14 College Salary Report by PayScale, a salary informational company, show those who graduate with an art degree are near the bottom of the list in terms of salary pay. The full list shows art majors rank 100th out of 130 with an average starting salary of $34,400 and a mid-career salary of $56,700. Art history majors rank

113th with a starting salary of $36,400 and a mid-career salary of $54,000. Figures from the NIU Office of Registration and Records show more undergraduate students are receiving art degrees. In Spring 2011, the university awarded 68 undergraduate art degrees. There were 78 art degrees awarded in Spring 2012 and 87 in Spring 2013. From May 2012 through Spring 2014, 64 students received or will receive graduate art degrees from NIU. Only nine of those students received an art history degree, said Joan Smola, NIU Art Department graduate secretary. Lee Sido, assistant director at NIU’s school of art, said some art students who graduate end up working as museum curators or start their own business. Sido said three former NIU students work at the Field Museum in Chicago.

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8 DAILY PLANNER Today Safe Passage Domestic Violence support group; 815-7565228; Weekly Ladies’ Brunch: 8 a.m. at Fox Valley Community Center, 1406 Suydam Road, Sandwich. Cost for these women-only events is $4 for food and conversation, along with bottomless cups of coffee or tea. Back To Basics AA(C): 9:30 a.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb, 800-452-7990; Feed My Sheep Food Pantry: 10 a.m. to noon at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1915 N. First St. in DeKalb. All are welcome. Malta HEA: Afternoon unit of the Homemakers Education Association. For meeting time and location, call Carolyn at 815-8252174. Take Off Pounds Sensibly: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. weigh-in and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. meeting, Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave. Call Lydia Johnson, chapter leader, 815-895-4618. Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors: 4:45 p.m. at The National Bank & Trust Co., 155 N. Third St. in DeKalb. Contact Amanda Lake, KSO business manager, at 815-756-3728 or Open Closet: 5 to 7 p.m. at 300 E. Taylor St., DeKalb. Clothes and shoes for men, women and children. 815-758-1388. Franks Evening HEA: Part of the Homemakers Education Association. For meeting time and location, call JoAnn at 815-786-8786. Nite Owls HEA: This evening unit is part of the Homemakers Education Association. For meeting time and location, call Sharon at 815-758-6712. ESL and GED Classes: 6 to 8 p.m. at Esperanza en Unidad (Hope in Unity), 2225 Gateway Drive, Suite A. To register and for more information, call Dr. George Gutierrez at 815-970-3265. Keep It Simple AA(C): 6 p.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb, 800-452-7990; One Day Café AA(C): 6 p.m. at Waterman United Methodist Church, 210 W Garfield St., 800452-7990; www.dekalbalanoclub. com. Weight Watchers: 6 p.m. weigh-in, 6:30 p.m. meeting Weight Watchers Store, 2583 Sycamore Road (near Aldi), DeKalb. DeKalb County Amateur Radio Emergency Service: 7 p.m. on 146.73 megahertz. For information, call Bill Itter (N9EWA) at 815-8952020. American Legion Post 99: 7 to 9 p.m. at Sycamore Veterans Memorial Home, 121 S. California St. Bayard Brown American Legion Post 337: 7 p.m. at Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St. Grieving Parent Support Group: 7 p.m. at Great Lakes Leadership Center, 526 N. Main St., Elburn. Call Conley Outreach at 630-365-2880 for directions and monthly topics. Sandwich Steppers AA(C): 7 p.m. at Fox Valley Community Center, 1406 Suydam Road, 800-4527990; Free Fit Club: 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Sycamore Community Center, 138 Fair St., Sycamore. Featuring rotating cardio or yoga programs from various Beachbody workouts like P90X, Insanity, Turbo Fire, Body Gospel, Turbo Jam, Hip Hop Abs, Rev Abs and many others. Call 815-901-4474 or 815-566-3580 for more information. A Friend Of Bill’s AA(C): 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 33930 N. State St., Genoa, 800-452-7990; Any Lengths AA(C): 8 p.m. at Federated Church, 612 W. State St., Sycamore, 800-452-7990; www. Closed Discussion AA: 8 p.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb, 800-452-7990; Friday Sexaholics Anonymous-DeKalb: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Fridays at Christ Community Church, 1600 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. This 12-step recovery program is for Internet addiction. Contact: 815-508-0280. La Leche League of Sandwich: 7:15 to 9 p.m. at Valley West Community Hospital. For all interested women, especially before baby’s arrival. Babies also are welcome. For information, call Connie at 815498-3431.

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Buildings’ blast leave at least 3 dead By JAKE PEARSON and JONATHAN LEMIRE The Associated Press

NEW YORK – A gas leak triggered an earthshaking explosion that flattened two apartment buildings on Wednesday, killing at least three people, injuring more than 60 and leaving nine missing. A tenant said residents had complained repeatedly in recent weeks about “unbearable” gas smells. By evening, rescue workers finally began the search for victims amid the broken bricks, splintered wood and mangled metal after firefighters spent most of the day dousing the flames. Heavy equipment, including back hoes and a bulldozer, arrived to clear the mountain of debris where the two five-story East Harlem buildings stood. Flood lights were in place. Thermal imaging cameras were at the ready to identify heat spots – bodies or pockets of fire. The recovery was facing hardship in the form of the weather, which was expected to drop into the 20s with rain. Some parts of the debris pile were inaccessible because of a sinkhole caused by a subsurface water main break, officials said. The fiery blast, on Park Avenue at 116th Street, not far from the edge of Central Park, erupted about 9:30 a.m., around 15 minutes after a neighboring resident reported smelling gas, authorities said. The Con Edison utility said it immediately sent workers to check out the report, but they didn’t arrive until it was too late. The explosion shattered windows a block away, rained debris onto elevated commuter railroad tracks close by, cast a plume of smoke over the skyline and sent people running into the streets. “It felt like an earthquake had rattled my whole building,” said Waldemar Infante, a porter who was working in a basement nearby. “There

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Murky satellite images that a Chinese science and defense agency said may show debris from the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner provided a fresh clue earlier today in the search for the plane, pointing searchers to a location nearer to the plane’s original flight path south of Vietnam. The revelation could provide searchers with a focus that has eluded them since the plane disappeared with 239 people aboard just hours after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing early Saturday. Since then, the search has covered 35,800 square miles, first east and then west of Malaysia and even expanded toward India on Wednesday. The Chinese sighting, if confirmed, would be closer to where the frantic hunt started. The Xinhua report said the images from around 11 a.m. on Sunday appear to show “three suspected floating

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Emergency workers respond to the scene of an explosion and building collapse Wednesdayin the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. The explosion leveled an apartment building, and sent flames and billowing black smoke above the skyline. were glass shards everywhere on the ground, and all the stores had their windows blown out.” Police said two women believed to be in their 40s were among the dead. Hunter College identified one as Griselde Camacho, a security officer who worked at the Silberman School of Social Work building. Hunter, in a statement on its website, said she had worked for the college since 2008. At least three of the injured were children; one, a 15-year-old boy, was

reported in critical condition with burns, broken bones and internal injuries. Most of the other victims’ injuries were minor and included cuts and scrapes. Fire officials said some people were unaccounted for but cautioned they may not have been in the buildings. A tenant in one of the destroyed buildings, Ruben Borrero, said residents had complained to the landlord about smelling gas as recently as Tuesday.

objects” of varying sizes in a 12-mile radius, the largest about 79-by-72 feet. The images originally were posted on the website of China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. That site reports coordinates of a location in the sea off the southern tip of Vietnam and east of Malaysia. But since the satellite images were taken four days ago, it is far from certain that whatever they show would be in the same location now. No other governments have confirmed the Xinhua report, which did not say when Chinese officials became aware of the images and associated them with the missing plane. Two-thirds of the passengers were Chinese, and the Chinese government has put increasing pressure on Malaysian officials to solve the mystery of the plane’s disappearance. Malaysia’s civil aviation chief, Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, said Malaysia had not been officially informed by China about the images, which he said he was learning about

from the news. He said if Beijing informs them of the coordinates, Malaysia will dispatch vessels and planes immediately. “If we get confirmation, we will send something,” he told The Associated Press early Thursday. Until then, he urged caution. “There have been lots of reports of suspected debris.” On Wednesday, it was revealed that the last message from the cockpit of the missing flight was routine. “All right, good night,” was the signoff transmitted to air traffic controllers five days ago. Then the Boeing 777 vanished as it cruised over the South China Sea toward Vietnam, and nothing has been seen or heard of the jetliner since. Those final words were picked up by controllers and relayed in Beijing to anguished relatives of some of the people aboard Flight MH370. The Chinese reports of the satellite images came after several days of confusing and conflicting statements from Malaysian officials.

Stromborg: ‘Our program is structured’ • DRUG COURT

Continued from page A1 Marilyn Stromborg said this type of home is needed for men who participate in the program because none exists in the county. Women in the program stay at Discovery House, run by the Ben Gordon Center, she said. Of DeKalb County’s 35 or so drug court participants, a third of them are men who stay in homes in Addison, Elgin and Aurora, Stromborg said. Participants typically go through a three-month residential program, where they are intensively supervised and counseled. After that, they enter another facility that provides a recovery en-

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On Wednesday the DeKalb County Board will consider a resolution to purchase this home at 303 Exchange St. in Sycamore to be used as a sober living home for the county’s Drug and DUI Court program. vironment. “Our program is very structured and evidence-based, and these peo-

ple living in Lake, Kane or DuPage county ... we can’t just offer [them] the same kind of intensive services,”

Stromborg said. She said residents would be supervised by a house manager and the drug court team. They have to do chores, attend counseling sessions and other meetings. DeKalb County Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert told the Sycamore council in October that participants who break the drug court’s rules can face harsh punishments. If they don’t successfully complete the program, they would face the criminal charges they received before they entered it. “We have participants in our program now [who have] nine to 12 to 14 years of time with the Illinois Department of Corrections hanging over their heads,” Stuckert told aldermen in October.

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8IN BRIEF Rare redwood faces chopping block

COTATI, Calif. – It’s a tree so rare that there are only 10 of its kind in the world, and it could be chopped down to make way for commuter trains in Northern California. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports preservationists are hoping to raise public awareness and save the albino chimero coast redwood growing in the small Sonoma County town of Cotati. Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit officials say it’s out of their hands, that federal regulators have determined the 52-foot tree must come down for safety reasons. The genetically mutated redwood is apparently too close to a proposed set of new tracks.

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More than pound of pot found in Sycamore home By ANDREA AZZO


Overnight storm’s effects vary By LAWERENCE SYNETT

Residents from the northern and southern portions of DeKalb County can expect completely different road conditions this morning after a snowstorm dropped varied amounts of snow across the area. Unofficial overnight snowfall totals in southern parts of the county near Route 34 were between 3 and 4 inches, Northern Illinois University Meteorologist Gilbert Seben-

ste said. In DeKalb, Kirkland and northern parts of the county near Route 64, less than an inch of snow fell overnight. “The heavy snow band was much narrower than expected,” Sebenste said. “We knew that two systems were coming together to make this happen, and when this occurs, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. In this case, it did. However, people who are sick of the snow from DeKalb northward got a nice reprieve.” The heavier snowfall south has caused slick road condi-

tions and drifting snow for the morning commute. “Central and south [county roads] are still slick, and we are having cars sliding and ditches and accidents,” DeKalb Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Gary Dumdie said. “Up north, it’s primarily wet and the roads are in decent shape.” Temperatures later in the week could reach 40 degrees. “It should be in the 40s again by Friday,” Sebenste said. “This snow should all melt by then. Hang in there, spring is coming.

had been facing two methamphetamine-related charges, both of which were punishable by probation or between three to seven years in prison. Prosecutors Corey Lindquist said Lindquist was one of 16 participants in a methamphetamine ring centered at Travel Inn in DeKalb. Some who were charged were accused of buying pseudo-

ephedrine, a key ingredient for methamphetamine, court records show. The operation’s suspected ringleader, Thomas Wilkinson, 29, of DeKalb, was sentenced Feb. 25 to seven years in prison after he admitted to participation in methamphetamine manufacturing. As part of probation terms, Lindquist cannot consume alcohol and must have a substance abuse evaluation by May 1.

8LOCAL BRIEF Probation issued in meth case

SYCAMORE – A 28-year-old Crystal Lake man accused of being involved in a conspiracy to cook methamphetamine across DeKalb last year was sentenced to 2 1/2 years probation Wednesday. Corey Lindquist, of the 600 block of Eletson Drive, pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of methamphetamine precursor in exchange for prosecutors dropping all other counts against him. Lindquist

SYCAMORE – Police found more than a pound of marijuana in a Sycamore man’s home Tuesday after finding marijuana and prescription pills when they stopped his vehicle earlier that day, according to court records. Eric A. Friedley, 38, of the 1600 block of Maness Court, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He remained in DeKalb County Jail on

Wednesday unable to post 10 percent of his $100,000 bond. If convicted of the more s e r i o u s charge, unlawful possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, he would face Eric Friedley between three and seven years in prison. About 2:09 p.m. Tuesday, DeKalb Sheriff’s deputies stopped Friedley’s vehicle when he failed to signal and found about half an ounce of marijuana and a glass smoking pipe, court records show.

They also found four tablets each of hydrocodone, a pain reliever, and alprazolam, used to treat anxiety, court records show. Sycamore police helped deputies conduct a search at Friedley’s home Tuesday and found nearly 20 ounces of marijuana in a bedroom safe, court records show. Police also found about an ounce of marijuana in baggies, multiple plastic bags and a scale, court records state. The street value of the marijuana seized was estimated at $5,000, according to court records. Friedley is next due in court March 25.

Police: 2 sold phony iPhones By ANDREA AZZO DeKALB – A 70-year-old Chicago man and 51-year-old Melrose Park man were arrested Tuesday after DeKalb police said they were trying to sell counterfeit iPhones near the Northern Illinois University campus. Farid A. Ihmud, of the 5800 block of West Cornelia Avenue, Chicago; and Emaad El-Hindi, of the 1000 block of West Medill Avenue, Melrose Park; were each charged with violating the Counterfeit Trademark Act.

Farid Ihmud

Emaad El-hindi

DeKalb police said the men were trying to sell three counterfeit Apple iPhone SC’s at 12:46 p.m. Tuesday on the 1000 block of West Hillcrest Avenue in DeKalb, an area highly populated by NIU students. The fake phones were

in counterfeit Apple boxes, and an Apple icon would appear when the phones were turned on, according to court records. Apple iPhone SC’s have a retail value of $549 each, court records show. Police put the value of the fake iPhones at more than $1,000, court records state. Ihmud and El-Hindi have no prior criminal history. Each posted $500 bail Wednesday in order to be released from jail while their cases are pending. Both men are next due in court April 17.

– Andrea Azzo

NIU grad: Believe in what you’re doing • ART

Continued from page A1 Students should graduate with knowledge in multiple art mediums so they don’t restrict themselves. There are an array of factors that go into landing a career, but artists are sought after for their creative eye, Sido said. “Thinking outside the box. That’s what artists are exceptional at,” Sido said. “If you look at inventions, creativity is always an important aspect.” Lyndsey Spurlock graduated from NIU in December 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in art with an emphasis in painting. The Lena resident currently works as a night manager at Sullivan’s Foods grocery store. Spurlock also has a home studio and shows her paintings and drawings at local galleries. “I get positive feedback, but unfortunately with the times, people are interested but can’t afford it,” Spurlock said.

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Miranda Munns’ zebra-striped 1998 Chevrolet Lumina sits outside a mural client’s home Tuesday in Somonauk. Munns plans on striping the entire car and said that people either love it or they hate it. Spurlock’s goal is to land a job as a museum curator or teach art classes. NIU art graduate David Lepo has found success starting his own sculpting business in Lima, Ohio. Lepo graduated with a master’s in fine arts and sculpture in 1975. He spoke to NIU graduate students in April about how to make a living with art.

Lepo is involved with sculptural projects across the world, including creating a 22-foot sculpture in Selcuk, Turkey. “Nothing is guaranteed. There are different ways to go about learning and becoming a professional artist,” Lepo said. “Believe in what you’re doing. Sometimes that motivation can take you someplace.”

RTA estimates damages total $8.3M • LAWSUIT

Continued from page A1 simply a ploy for the company to avoid Cook County taxes. Cook County’s combined sales tax rate is 9.25 percent. “This is clearly a violation of state law,” Matyas said. “The law says you have to pay sales tax where the bulk of your sales operations are. None of that is happening.” American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan said in a written statement: “We believe that we are still paying the proper amount of retailers’ occupation tax and that we are in compliance with law.” Fagan declined to

comment further. On Nov. 21, the Illinois Supreme Court found Cook County-based Hartney Fuel Oil Co., a fuel oil retailer, could no longer use a contractor in Putnam County to take advantage of lower sales-tax rates there for sales made in Cook County. Because the majority of the company’s selling activity was in Cook County, the court found it should be subjected to the tax rates there. Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory declined to comment Wednesday saying he didn’t have the opportunity to review the lawsuit. The lawsuit comes a year after the RTA accused United

Airlines in a lawsuit of doing the same thing in Sycamore. RTA estimates its damages in 2013 total $8.3 million, money that would have benefitted its transit system, Matyas said. Matyas said RTA will drop its lawsuit if American Airlines recovers the money RTA claims it lost and pays taxes in Cook County, where the bulk of American Aviation Supply’s business is. American Airlines is collecting in excess of $14 million with the agreement, Matyas said. “It’s not benefitting the city of Sycamore,” he said. “This is a win-win for American Airlines, and for taxpayers, it’s a lose-lose.”

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Report finds Illinois school finances worsening By CHACOUR KOOP The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois State Board of Education report released Wednesday shows more Illinois schools are in poor financial shape and borrowing money or dipping into reserves than previous years, a problem that could worsen as the state faces overall budget cuts next year. The annual review, which places school districts into four categories ranging from high financial strength to high risk, shows an overall downgrade in the financial position of the state’s districts. About 120 of Illinois’ 862 districts are in the two categories that indicate higher risk – an increase of nine from last year. And the problems are only expected to get worse as about 60 percent of school districts forecast they’ll have a deficit in the fiscal 2014 an increase

“Cutting expenses even further is going to be near impossible for most districts to do without negatively affecting the quality of education they provide.” Daily-Chronicle

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Superintendent of Education of more than 10 percent the previous year. State education officials said the state has underfunded education for the past three years, causing the overall downgrade in financial strength. “Tough choices have become par for the course for school district administrators and local boards as many have cut staff positions as well as arts and after-school programs, delayed construction projects and important repairs and are deficit-spending in order to pay the bills,” said board Chairman Gery J. Chico.

Officials from the State Board of Education have met with state lawmakers to ask for an increase in funds they say are necessary to properly educate students. But education will likely face more cuts as the state faces a tight budget year. A temporary income tax is set to expire next year, decreasing state revenues by $1.5 billion. “Cutting expenses even further is going to be near impossible for most districts to do without negatively affecting the quality of education they provide,” said Superintendent of Education Chris Koch.

three great-grandchildren; three stepchildren, Larry Hayes of North Carolina, Gary (Karen) Hayes of Geneva and Roger (Cindy) Hayes of Geneva; and seven step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Joy; and brother, Bob Capehart. The funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave., Sycamore. The visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery. A memorial fund will been established. Arrangements are being made by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore. To send a condolence or share a memory, visit To sign the online guest book, visit

Mummert of Dixon and Karen (Tony) Grum of Sycamore; grandchildren, Thomas, Kelli, Tiffany, Brooke, J.P., Craig, Danielle and Andrew; great-grandchildren, Amber, Alyssa, Nicholas, Christopher, Joey, Alex, Zack, Brandon, Tommy, Jaxon and Gretchen; siblings, Tom (Maxine) Coyle, Al (Sandy) Coyle, David (Etta) Coyle, Rosemary Coyle, Donna (Jim) Parks, Kathy Coyle and Norma Williams; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Jim, Wayne and Bob Coyle, and Janie King. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 303 S. Seventh St., DeKalb. Interment of cremated remains will be at a later date. Cremation is by Anderson Funeral Home Crematory. The visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Paul B. Coyle Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, visit www. or call 815-756-1022. To sign the online guest book, visit

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Illinois Education Superintendent Christopher Koch is pictured at the state Capitol. An Illinois State Board of Education report released Wednesday shows more school districts’ are in poor financial shape. The annual profile places school districts into four categories ranging from high financial strength to high risk. Koch said the profiles show the effects of budget cuts on education in recent years.

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Born: Aug. 30, 1921, in Rochelle, Ill. Died: March 10, 2014, in DeKalb, Ill. DeKALB – H. William “Bill” Capehart, 92, of DeKalb, Ill., died at 3:49 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2014, in Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb. Born Aug. 30, 1921, in Rochelle, to Paul and Lida (Ritchie) Capehart, William married Joy Louise Niebergall on June 3, 1949, in Sycamore; she preceded him in death July 25, 1981 in Chicago. He later married Dorothy (Jensen) Silverman on Nov. 26, 1988, in Las Vegas. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the infantry, where he received a Purple Heart. Bill was a member of Sycamore United Methodist Church for most of his life. He also was a member of the DeKalb Elks Lodge where he was a past secretary and Exhaulted Ruler. Bill was a member of the Sycamore VFW. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Capehart of DeKalb; children, Babs (Jack) Teboda of Elgin, Brent (Teresa) Capehart of Atlanta and Josey (Bill) Schambach of Elgin; nine grandchildren;


Born: Feb. 14, 1935, in Smithville, Ark. Died: March 11, 2014, in DeKalb, Ill. DeKALB – Paul Barnabas Coyle, 79, of DeKalb, Ill., died Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb. Born Feb. 14, 1935, in Smithville, Ark., the son of Thomas O. and Thelma J. (Flowers) Coyle, Paul married Shirley Ruth Smith on April 8, 1960, in Aurora. Paul was a journeyman sheet metal worker for Sheet Metal Union Local 265 and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in DeKalb. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Paul Daniel (Marcia) Coyle of Piggott, Ark., Leila (Dan)


Born: March 28, 1926, in Chicago, Ill. Died: March 11, 2014, in DeKalb, Ill. SYCAMORE – Donald Spencer Mullins, 87, of Sycamore, Ill., passed on into the presence of the Lord on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Kishwaukee Hospital, in DeKalb. Born March 28, 1926, in Chicago,

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oldest of four children to George Spencer Mullins and Alice Ellen (Knowles) Mullins. He married Marjorie Anne Natt on June 21, 1947; she passed away Oct. 10, 1994. He later married Doreen Betty Petryna Allen on March 23, 2002. Don Mullins lived in Chicago for 31 years, moving to Carpentersville in 1957 where he served as a church elder for more than 38 years. He taught Sunday school and served as an Awana youth club leader for many years. He moved to Sycamore in March 2002 after his marriage to Doreen Betty and fellowshipped at First Baptist Church of Sycamore. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force on a B-24 as a tail gunner during World War II, as an aerial photographer mapping Europe, the Balkans and North Africa in B-17s at the end of the war, and again as a tail gunner during a series of incidents with Yugoslavia in August 1946. He also served in the Illinois Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force (1949 to 1952) on B-26s (A-26 Douglas Invader) in NATO in France. A graduate of Carl Schurz High School and Wright College, he also completed specialized courses at the College of Advanced Traffic and Freight Traffic Institute. He also attended Roosevelt University and John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He retired from Transportation Consulting and Service Corp., at the end of 1992, as president. He served as a member and chairman of the Board of Directors of Kids Alive International, in Valparaiso, Ind., that ministers to children at risk in several thirdworld countries. A member of the Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy (now Association of Transportation Law Professionals), he was a registered practitioner before the Interstate

Commerce Commission, admitted to practice in 1964. Don Mullins was in regular fellowship at First Baptist Church of Sycamore. His favorite Scripture verses were 1l Corinthians 6:20, Galatians 26:3 and 314, and 4I Timothy 1:15. He is survived by his beloved wife, Betty; three daughters, Cynthia Delores Mullins of Belvidere, Wendy Lynn (Keith) Cooper of Winchester, Ore., and Linda Mullins (Richard) Bailey of Beavercreek, Ore.; foster son, Khalil Abi Nader (Nana) of Beirut; stepson, Craig Steven (Vicki) Allen of Woodbury, Minn.; and two stepdaughters, Jane Marie Allen (Brian) Cox of Moscow, Idaho and Justeen Doreen Allen of Sycamore. Also surviving are six grandchildren and six stepgrandchildren; one grandson-inlaw and one granddaughter-in-law; many great-grandchildren; as well as a myriad of nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Marjorie Anne; two brothers, Gordon Earl (Carolyn) Mullins and David George (Ruth) Mullins; sister, Jean Anne Hall Giles; and a granddaughter, Keeley Anne Cooper. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at First Baptist Church, 530 W. State St., Sycamore, with the Rev. Stephen Persson officiating. Interment will be at Ridgewood Memorial Park in Des Plaines. A visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. before the service at the church. A memorial fund has been established for Kids Alive International. Arrangements handled by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd., Quiram Sycamore Chapel. For information, visit or call 815-895-6589. To sign the online guest book, visit

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DeKalb City Hall spending needs closer look

8LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Three GOP candidates with conservative values

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To the Editor: In Tuesday’s primary election, there are three races that Republicans should know about. In the 16th Congressional district Congressman Adam Kinzinger is being challenged by a conservative opponent, David Hale. In Congress, Kinzinger voted against the Duncan amendment to eliminate the left-leaning Legal Services Corporation and against the McClintock amendment to eliminate all direct federal subsidies to all energy companies. He was one of only 10 Republicans to vote for Nancy Pelosi’s earmark, the Presidio Trust Fund, and one of only seven Republicans to vote for funding for Barack Obama’s recess appointments. He voted to give tax dol-

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lars to the Brazil Cotton Institute and many other government boondodggles. He voted to continue funding Obamacare over many conservatives’ objections. In contrast, Hale opposed every one of those measures and has consistently fought for smaller government and lower taxes. He vigorously opposes funding Obamacare and raising the debt ceiling. Another important race is in DeKalb County Board District 9. Conservative army veteran Craig Genteman is challenging the much more liberal Sam Bandy for that seat. I know and

respect both men, but I feel that Genetman’s views are more in line with Republican values. Bandy and I had argued in the Daily Chronicle before about a pro-Castro, pro-Cuba group that he supported and I opposed. Bandy had written so many letters to the Chronicle expressing a liberal point of view that it caused at at least a couple of people I know to be surprised that he was running as Republican. In one conversation I had with Bandy he spoke glowingly of Canada’s socialized medicine system. Genteman, in contrast is a supporter of free enterprise

and limited government. The race for Illinois Treasurer pits conservative certified public accountant Bob Grogan against liberal Republican State Rep. Tom Cross. Cross was instrumental in bringing just enough Republicans over to legalize gay marriage in Illinois and to bring Obamacare to Illinois two years early. He supports abortion and is far from fiscallhy conservative. This has earned him the nickname “Tom Double-Cross” from some conservaitves. Looking at these three races it becomes obvious that David Hale, Bob Grogan and Craig Genteman represent the conservative values of the Republican party far more than their opponents do. Ted McCarron DeKalb


Exodus of wealthy a cause for concern

SPRINGFIELD – One of my favorite books is John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.” In that epic tome, farmers from across Oklahoma load up all of their earthy goods onto Model T Fords and flee the Dust Bowl for California in the midst of the Great Depression. It’s easy to see that great exodus along Route 66 as the face of migration from one state to another. And to be sure, that is one face of relocation. Poor folks still load up dilapidated cars with what they own and seek out opportunity. I saw it all the time when I was reporter in Las Vegas, families showing up with not much but their dreams and hopes of landing a well-paying job. But that isn’t the only face of migration. When corporate executives or wellheeled retirees move, it is done with professional movers. And you can often discern who the wealthiest of these households are by the amount of furniture and other belongings they have shipped. The Wall Street Journal recently looked at data from Allied Van Lines concerning where wealthy households were moving to and from. The report found that Illinois and Pennsylvania have more wealthy households leaving than arriving. And California leads the nation for the net number of wealthy households migrating away. And states gaining the most? Florida and Texas.

VIEWS Scott Reeder So what do East Coast, Midwest and West Coast states like Pennsylvania, Illinois and California have in common? All three are high-tax states, said Joseph Henchman, a vice president at the Tax Foundation. On the other hand, Florida and Texas are much lower tax states. “Illinois is particularly vulnerable to more out-migration because its neighbors – Wisconsin and Indiana – are busy lowering their taxes,” Henchman added. On the other hand, the Illinois Legislature jacked up our income taxes by 67 percent back in 2011. This has hurt folks from all economic groups. And for folks who make their living making business decisions, it has created one more incentive to leave Illinois. While it’s easy to shrug off the rich guy across town leaving, there is good reason for all of us to be concerned. Have you ever worked for a business person poorer than yourself? Me neither. Even those working in the public sector need to remember where taxes come from to pay for their jobs. And yet, Illinois is consistently pursuing policies that are pushing these job creators to more hospitable business climates. And where those jobs go, poor and middle-class Illinoisans are sure to follow

as well. This migration translates into real money, according to Travis Brown, author of the book “How Money Walks,” a project that measures where people are moving based on tax returns. “Illinois as a state lost $29.27 billion over the 18 years from 1992 to 2010,” Brown said. During that period, only California and New York lost more income than Illinois, his study found. “That’s a loss of $185,000 per hour. We forecast that between 2010 and 2014 Illinois lost somewhere between $5.4 and $7 billion in adjusted gross income due to migration,” Brown said. Illinois is in that minority of states that continue to levy an estate tax. And increasingly estate planners are advising retired, successful Illinoisans to consider moving to a state without an estate tax so assets can be passed more easily from one generation to the next. That hurts all of us. When successful retirees leave, they are no longer spending money in the Land of Lincoln, paying taxes here or donating to Illinois charities. And that equates to fewer jobs for the rest of us. And ultimately that is why all of us should be concerned.

• Scott Reeder is a veteran statehouse reporter and the journalist in residence at the Illinois Policy Institute. He can be reached at, or follow his work on Twitter @scottreeder.

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People who think government should be run like a business would be puzzled at some of the recent spending practices at DeKalb City Hall. Some of the spending maneuvers recently brought to light would be enough to land a private-sector manager in hot water, or even fired. Consider this example: The city’s policy gives the city manager purchasing power of up to $20,000. All purchases greater than that require City Council approval. But at least twice, that approval was not sought until after a purchase was made, or work on a project had already begun. The city’s also not keeping very close track of all the money it is taking in and spending, either. Many purchases for employee expenses and other items have been For the record made through funds that are not listed anywhere in the Any report on the city’s city’s budget. finances and spending City Manager Anne Ma- practices should be open to rie Gaura, now seven weeks public inspection so people on the job, alluded to some can see not only where of these shortcomings in a things might have gone written statement last week, wrong but also where they in which she said the city are headed. needed to improve its “process for purchasing,” and its means of “tracking all city revenues and expenditures and fully disclosing the same within the city’s approved budget.” Gaura said that she already has identified some areas where the city should do better to ensure departments are sticking to their budget – a concern most taxpayers would agree should have been of key importance before her arrival. As a solution, Gaura has proposed hiring a consultant to look at the city’s books, something that last happened in 2009. That review resulted in dramatic changes in the city’s staffing. There were layoffs as functions such as legal work were outsourced and other positions were consolidated. It seems odd that the city should need to hire another financial consultant only five years after the last time outsiders were called. However, it’s generally agreed that recommendations in the last review saved the city more money than they cost to obtain. If another goround with a consulting firm can “pay for itself” – and produce more transparent and efficient financial practices – then it would be worth it. Any report on the city’s finances and spending practices should be open to public inspection, too, so people can see not only where things might have gone wrong but also where they are headed. City officials don’t need a consultant to take steps toward greater financial accountability, though. They can start by following the existing policies on city council oversight of spending, and accurately tracking their expenses against their budgets.


Setback for sexual assault victims

The U.S. Senate has spoken – and it was a discouraging word for victims of sexual assault in the military. On Thursday, the Senate blocked a key measure by requiring 60 votes to get to a floor vote. It received 55. The best of the two bills addressing the role of military commanders in dealing with sexual assaults was by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY. It would have taken decision-making in such cases out of the chain of command, substituting trained prosecutors. Another, by Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, would keep court-martial proceedings in the chain of command. It passed overwhelmingly. The McCaskill bill ignores a clear and present danger to military victims of sexual assaults – their commanders. Gillibrand’s bill would have best served the interest of justice, though McCaskill’s measure would allow victims to challenge discharges from service and civilian secretary review if a prosecutor and commander differ on whether a case proceeds to military trial. Better to have taken commanders out of the process altogether. The requirement for 60 votes was originally engineered last month because of alleged distress that Majority Leader Harry Reid would not allow a measure on Iranian sanctions in an earlier defense authorization bill. But it was clear Thursday that the real goal – of members on both sides of the aisle – was to block the bill altogether. An estimated 26,000 military members were sexually assaulted in 2012, widely accepted as well below the number of actual cases because of a reluctance to report. This reluctance almost certainly involves commanders’ outsized role in deciding how these cases proceed. Gillibrand promises to return with the measure. Perhaps by then, more than 60 senators will side with victims over commanders.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 Daily Chronicle

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Huskies’ season comes to an end By STEVE NITZ AP photo

Kobe Bryant won’t be coming back this season

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Immediately after the Los Angeles Lakers declared Kobe Bryant (above) out for the season, he already was thinking about how to make sure the Lakers will be much less miserable when he returns. Bryant expressed only mild frustration Wednesday after the long-expected decision to end his 18th NBA season after just six games. The superstar guard’s broken bone in his left knee has kept him out since shortly before Christmas, and it still hasn’t healed enough for weight-bearing exercise. With just five weeks left in their injury-ravaged season, the Lakers (22-42) elected to preserve Bryant for next year, when he’ll be 36. And although Bryant has barely played, he is determined to make sure the Lakers’ failures of this season aren’t repeated in 2014-15. The Lakers’ ruthlessly competitive scorer can’t take much more of this incompetence from his 16-time NBA champion franchise. “I feel like killing everybody every time I go to the arena,” Bryant said. “I’m just on edge all the time. Yeah, I still feel it, probably more than anybody in the organization does. I probably feel it more, and it drives me absolutely crazy.” Bryant clearly identified the Lakers’ top offseason priorities in his mind, and they didn’t include specific freeagent additions. The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history called on the Lakers’ front office – and owner Jim Buss in particular – to set “a clear direction” for the franchise’s return to the top after they miss the playoffs this spring for just the second time in his career. – Wire report


Men’s college basketball Big Ten Conference, first round, Indiana vs. Illinois, at Indianapolis, 11 a.m., BTN

The Illini (18-13) have been playing perhaps their best basketball of the season in their past eight games. Illinois is 5-3 in those games. That includes wins in four of the past five, and road wins over Penn State, Minnesota, then-No. 18 Michigan State and Iowa, which was ranked 24th at the time. – Wire report For more on the Big Ten Tourney, check out page B4. For a full TV sports schedule, check out page B3.


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CLEVELAND – The past couple of years, going up against Eastern Michigan’s zone defense has been a nightmare for the Northern Illinois men’s basketball team. Eastern Michigan came into the second round of the Mid-American Confer-

ence Tournament leading the MAC in points allowed at 61.8, and as of March 10, the Eagles led the nation in field-goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot only 36.4 percent. During the first half, NIU looked like it had solved the Eagles’ defense, but the second half was all too familiar. After shooting 11 of 23 in the first, the Huskies went 3 for 21 in the second

half of a 53-48 loss Wednesday at the MAC Tournament at QuickenLoans Arena. In the first, NIU shot 5 of 11 from 3-point range, but went 0 for 6 in the second. NIU also had 10 second-half turnovers. The seventh-seeded Huskies ended their season at 15-17.

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Sycamore’s Devin Mottet dribbles against two Marian Central defenders in the first quarter of the IHSA Class 3A Hampshire Sectional semifinal against Marian Central in Hampshire. Sycamore won, 58-48. To view more photos, go to

Work on offensive glass carries Spartans to win By ROSS JACOBSON HAMPSHIRE – The hot perimeter shooting that carried Sycamore boys basketball team through the last couple of weeks of the season was nowhere to be found on Wednesday. As Marian Central sat back in a 2-3 zone, Sycamore fired away from 3-point range in the first half, but nothing went in. Most shots clanged against the rim, some even came up short of that as Sycamore missed its first 12 3-pointers in

the IHSA Class 3A Hampshire Sectional semifinals. So Sycamore crashed the offensive boards as a result. The Spartans dominated the offensive glass throughout the game and the extra possessions paid off as Sycamore held on for a 58-48 win over Marian Central to advance to Friday’s sectional final at 7 p.m. against Rockford Lutheran. “They don’t get rattled. We sometimes bend, but we didn’t break and they made plays when we needed them

to,” Sycamore coach Andrew Stacy said. “We stepped up and made some free throws down the stretch which was huge.” Both teams were inefficient offensively in the first half. Sycamore shot only 3 for 15 in the first quarter, with all three baskets coming on layups. Marian (18-16) had its own shooting woes, shooting only 25 percent from the field in the first half, including 3 of 13 in the second quarter.

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Schedule Hampshire Sectional Tuesday’s semifinal Rockford Lutheran 76, Kaneland 61 Wednesday’s semifinal Sycamore 58, Marian Central 48 Hampshire Sectional Friday – championship Sycamore vs. Rockford Lutheran, 7 p.m.


Emery revels in NFL’s March madness VIEWS Tom Musick LAKE FOREST – Phil Emery never felt dizzy. Maybe everyone else felt dizzy, what with 32 NFL teams vying for many hundreds of free agents all at once. But the Bears general manager felt right at home in the frenzy, like a veteran quarterback in the pocket as chaos erupted all around him. “I was having the time of my life,” Emery said with a smile Wednesday at Halas Hall.

No, I’ve never felt this way before… Yes, I swear… It’s the tru-uuuth…

Ahem, sorry. Back to football. The Bears organized a news conference to introduce two of their free-agent acquisitions, defensive end Lamarr Houston and safety Ryan Mundy. Shiny new jerseys awaited the players – No. 99 for Houston, No. 21 for Mundy – and both men flashed millionaires’ smiles as they held up their jerseys for the cameras. It was a nice moment. And then I checked my Twitter feed and saw that Josh McCown had signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DeMarcus Ware had signed with the Denver Broncos, Darren Sproles had requested his release from the New Orleans Saints,

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Bears’ general manager Phil Emery talks about free agents, defensive end Lamarr Houston and safety Ryan Mundy, after they were signed during a news conference Wednesday in Lake Forest. Darrelle Revis had been cut by Tampa, and Owen Daniels was visiting Green Bay. Plus a bunch of other stuff.

So, you know, kind of a hohum afternoon. Here, right smack in the middle of two wild days of

NFL transactions, seemed like a good time to check in on Emery. Because if he showed any signs of grumpiness or weariness or hesitation, that probably would bode poorly for the Bears. Instead, Emery looked as giddy as an English teacher in a bookstore. “How’s everybody doing?” Emery asked as he stepped to the lectern. “Did you slog through the snow this morning? They do a great job around here cleaning the streets. We knew if we got you at 1:30, it’d be all cleared and ready to go.” This was vintage Emery, friendly and upbeat.

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8PREP SCHEDULE FRIDAY Girls Track Kaneland at Plainfield South Invite, 5 p.m.

8SPORTS SHORTS Club Fusion to hold clinic at Huntley Middle School

Club Fusion will hold a volleyball clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Huntley Middle School in DeKalb. The clinic is for boys and girls from third through eighth grade and will be run by Club Fusion players, including DeKalb senior and Miami (Ohio) volleyball signee Courtney Bemis, and coaches from the 18U Black Team. The cost of the clinic is $30 and includes a Club Fusion T-shirt, two free tickets to an exhibition match and 50 percent discount for additional clinics in the series. Kids will also receive at $25 coupon toward any Club Fusion or Fusion Volleyball Academy camps or clinics and a commemorative Club Fusion poster that can be signed by the players after the session. Go to to register online.

Kaneland graduate sent to minor leagues

Detroit Tigers pitcher and Kaneland graduate Casey Crosby was optioned to Triple A-Toledo on Wednesday morning. Crosby was part of the first round of spring training roster cuts as the Tigers sent out eight players and also released righthander Luis Marte. Crosby last appeared in the major leagues in 2012 with Detroit and spent all of 2013 at the AAA level. Crosby was 2-5 with a 4.84 ERA in 13 starts last year, striking out 61 batters in 572/3 innings.

NIU women’s hoops falls in MAC Second Round

The Northern Illinois women’s basketball team’s season ended Wednesday with a 61-47 loss to Ball State in the second round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland. Ball State (16-15) opened the game on an 11-0 run. Natecia Augusta led the Huskies (11-19) with 13 points and five rebounds.

Former NIU RB Hammock joins Baltimore Ravens staff Former Northern Illinois running back Thomas Hammock has been recently hired as the new Baltimore Ravens running back coach. Hammock coached at Wisconsin since 2011 as the Badgers’ running backs coach. Hammock recorded backto-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons with NIU in 2000 and 2001 before a heart condition sidelined him as a senior. He returned as NIU’s running backs coach from 2005-06.

Pistorius trial: Bathroom door presented in court

PRETORIA, South Africa – A South African police officer swung a cricket bat at Oscar Pistorius’ bullet-marked bathroom door during his murder trial Wednesday, using two key pieces of evidence to re-enact the night he killed his girlfriend. Police Col. J.G. Vermeulen faced tough questioning from Pistorius’ defense lawyer, who tried to discredit the police investigation of the shooting and alleged that Vermeulen, a forensic expert, made glaring missteps in his analysis. Pistorius’ lawyers secured bail for him last year after contending that police contaminated or tampered with evidence from the home where he fatally shot Reeva Steenkamp, firing through the bathroom door as she cowered inside during the pre-dawn hours of Valentine’s Day 2013. – Staff, wire reports


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Varlamov leads Avs to victory By PAT GRAHAM

The Associated Press DENVER – Semyon Varlamov stopped 37 shots for his 100th NHL win and Brad Malone scored his first goal of the season, helping the Colorado Avalanche hold off the Blackhawks, 3-2, Wednesday night. Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly added goals as the Avalanche took four of five from the Blackhawks in the season series. Next They also moved a vs. Nashville, 7 point ahead p.m. Friday, CSN, of the defendAM-720 ing Stanley Cup champions for second place in the Central Division. Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad scored for the Hawks. Antti Raanta made 26 saves filling in for Corey Crawford. It was the first time Raanta has been in net since Jan. 28. With a goal and an assist, Duchene extended his points

DENVER – Michal Handzus was leaning against his locker stall, stretching out his legs and working out the lactic acid after another morning skate Wednesday. He never had to do this kind of stuff when he was 25. “I didn’t think about it too much back then,” he said. Handzus turned 37 Tuesday, but the oldest member of the Blackhawks (excluding the injured Nikolai Khabibulin) said he feels “rejuvenated” since playing for Slovakia in the Olympics. “I feel good,” he said. “I still feel my game’s got to get

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Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (center) argues with referees after being called for a penalty for running into Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov as Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda looks on in the second period Wednesday in Denver. streak to a career-best nine games. Varlamov became the fourth Russian-born goalten-

der to record 100 wins, joining Evgeni Nabokov (347), Nikolai Khabibulin (333) and Ilya Bryzgalov (213).

This also was Varlamov’s 33rd win, second-most in the league behind Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury (34).

on a higher level, for sure, but I think it’s all mental. My body feels good.” Wednesday night’s game at Colorado was the 996th of Handzus’ career. The Hawks’ second-line center has four goals and eight assists in 45 games this season. “Sometimes it feels pretty amazing, 37 and still playing,” he said. “When I started playing, you see those 30-year-old guys, and you’re like, ‘They’re old guys, they’re pretty much finished.’ Obviously the game’s changed a little bit. You take care of your body way better, and science and [proper] meals help you get on a different level. Now you can see 40-year-old guys playing at

a high level.”

O, Canada: Avalanche cen-

ter Matt Duchene skated on a line with Patrick Sharp in Sochi, and also got to know Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith well as a member of Team Canada. Their fast friendship has made the Hawks-Avs game that much more competitive. “It’s fun going up against all three of those guys,” Duchene said. “I hung out with all three of them a lot over there. All awesome guys. It adds a little bit more competitiveness when you’re out there, for sure. When I’m going on a faceoff against Jonny, it’s kind of a silent competition. Kind of a game within

the game. That makes it even more fun.” Invasion: As usual, there were plenty of Hawks fans at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday. Hawks fans can always be found on the road, but Denver – along with Nashville, St. Louis and Phoenix, in particular – always seems to particularly reddened with Hawks sweaters. “It’s fun, I enjoy it,” Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “I mean, I’d rather see more Avalanche fans in here and less Blackhawks fans, but it is what it is. It creates a fantastic atmosphere. Both teams enjoy it and I’m sure our fans enjoy it, as well – they start going at each other.”

Thibodeau takes blame for start By JOE COWLEY

CHICAGO – Forget being ready to play. The Bulls weren’t even ready to show up. Whether it was a hangover from their emotional win Sunday over the Miami Heat or simply the weight of facing their third consecutive playoff-caliber team, the Bulls completely were dismantled by the defending Western Conference champion Spurs, 104-96, Tuesday at the United Center. And it wasn’t that close. “They were whupping our tail from the very beginning,” swingman Jimmy Butler said. “There’s nothing else to say about that. They were the more ready team than we were. We just came out stagnant, a few turnovers, weren’t making shots, and that led us into not playing the type of defense we usually play. I feel like that was the biggest key of the game.”


vs. Houston, 6 p.m. today, CSN, TNT, AM-1000 Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau had his own theory, and in his opinion it started with him. “You know 38-14 in the first quarter, readiness to play, that’s the biggest thing,” Thibodeau said, referring to the score after one quarter. “Like I told them, that was completely on me. My job is to have us ready. We had no edge to us. That’s a championship team, and if you don’t match that intensity, you’re going to be in a big hole. There has to be an edge in shootaround, there has to be an edge the day before in practice.” The Spurs (47-16) took a 15-6 lead after a Kawhi Leonard jumper five minutes into the game. It was 30-11 with two minutes left. When the quar-

ter ended, the Bulls (35-29) were down 24. That’s too big of a deficit against most teams, but against the Spurs? Hit the showers, and just call it a bad night at the office. “It’s on us,” Butler said. “We’re the ones out there playing, so we have to bring it every night. Thibs can only do so much. We knew we had to be ready, and we weren’t. It’s in the books.” Butler was right about one thing: It was on them, specifically the starters. Carlos Boozer, Mike Dunleavy and Kirk Hinrich combined for 18 points. Defensively, they seemed to have all kinds of problems with Tony Parker and Leonard. As a team, the Spurs shot 7 for 10 from beyond the 3-point line in the first half. Guard D.J. Augustin was asked if it was an emotional letdown after beating the Heat, but he didn’t want to use that as an excuse.

“We should bring the fire every night,” Augustin said. There were a few signs of life as the game went on, but falling behind by 32 in the second quarter didn’t leave a lot of room for error. Not when the Spurs shot 61 percent (25 for 41) going into halftime, compared with 30.3 percent (10 for 33) for the Bulls. Although the Bulls outscored the Spurs 30-14 in the final quarter, it came against backups who looked more disinterested than concerned with a comeback. And although it was a game most of the players wanted to forget, you can bet the film session Wednesday with Thibodeau will have some reminders. “Great lesson,” Thibodeau said. “Because they all count the same. You have to learn about that game [with the Heat], what did it take to win, and then get ready for the next one. We didn’t do that.’’

Spartans’ first 3-pointer comes midway through 3rd • SPARTANS

Continued from page B1 That allowed Sycamore back in the game as a couple of nice feeds from Devin Mottet led to two open layups for Ben Niemann in the final 90 seconds and Sycamore (23-7) managed to take a 18-16 lead into halftime. “We just weren’t making any shots,” Sycamore senior guard Mark Skelley said. “We were taking too many jump shots, not getting the ball inside like we wanted to. We couldn’t make shots.” Jake Winters finally knocked down Sycamore’s

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Wednesday’s Results Denver 120, Orlando 112 Sacramento 115, Philadelphia 98 Charlotte 98, Washington 85 Brooklyn 96, Miami 95 Toronto 101, Detroit 87 New York 116, Boston 92 Memphis 90, New Orleans 88 Dallas 108, Utah 101 San Antonio 103, Portland 90 Cleveland at Phoenix (n) Golden State at L.A. Clippers (n) Today’s Games Houston at Bulls, 6 p.m. Milwaukee at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Results San Antonio 104, Bulls 97 Indiana 94, Boston 83 Detroit 99, Sacramento 89 Minnesota 112, Milwaukee 101 Oklahoma City 106, Houston 98 Memphis 109, Portland 99 Golden State 108, Dallas 85



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Handzus, 37, feels ‘rejuvenated’ after playing with Slovakia By MARK LAZERUS

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first 3-pointer, coming from the left corner off the extra pass from Nick Feuerbach midway through the third quarter, giving Sycamore a three-point cushion. The Spartans held that same advantage entering the fourth quarter, but a putback layup from Niemann coupled with a Skelley layup after another offensive rebound from Mottet pushed Sycamore’s lead to eight and forced Marian Central into a timeout. “It’s such a luxury to have Ben [Niemann] in there when he can rip down 12, 13 boards a game and then Devin [Mottet] will get a couple,” Winters said. “It’s the little things now

More online For all your prep sports coverage – stories, features, scores, photos, videos, blogs and more – log on to in the season that will help us go far.” Marian cut the Sycamore lead to six with 2:32 remaining, but the Spartans converted 11-of-12 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the win. After going a perfect 16 for 16 from the line in Fri-

day’s regional final win over Wheaton Academy, Sycamore backed it up by going 16 of 18 Wednesday. Mottet led the Spartans with 18 points and five assists while Niemann finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Skelley had seven points to go along with two steals. Sycamore has never won a sectional championship, but a senior class that has become accustomed to rewriting the school’s record books relishes the chance to make more history against Rockford Lutheran. “[The win] means a lot,” Skelley said, “but we’re not satisfied yet.”

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GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 65 44 17 4 92 206 159 Boston 65 43 17 5 91 208 144 Toronto 67 35 24 8 78 198 205 N.Y. Rangers 66 35 27 4 74 172 165 Montreal 67 35 25 7 77 167 170 Columbus 65 34 26 5 73 190 179 Tampa Bay 65 34 24 7 75 186 171 Philadelphia 65 33 25 7 73 184 190 Detroit 65 29 23 13 71 172 183 New Jersey 66 29 24 13 71 163 168 Washington 67 30 27 10 70 193 202 Ottawa 65 28 25 12 68 185 213 Carolina 65 28 28 9 65 163 185 N.Y. Islanders 67 25 33 9 59 188 228 Florida 65 24 34 7 55 157 209 Buffalo 65 19 38 8 46 129 192 Two points for win, one point for OT loss Wednesday’s Results Colorado 3, Blackhawks 2 Boston 4, Montreal 1 Vancouver 3, Winnipeg 2, SO Anaheim at Calgary (n) Today’s Games Phoenix at Boston, 6 p.m. Buffalo at Carolina, 6 p.m. San Jose at Columbus, 6 p.m. Florida at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m. Edmonton at St. Louis, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Toronto at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Results Nashville 4, Buffalo 1 New Jersey 2, Philadelphia 1 Carolina 3, N.Y. Rangers 1 Columbus 4, Detroit 1 Pittsburgh 2, Washington 0 Phoenix 3, Florida 1 Dallas 3, St. Louis 2, OT Edmonton 4, Minnesota 3, SO San Jose 6, Toronto 2

MLB SPRING TRAINING Wednesday’s Results San Francisco 4, White Sox 3 Cubs vs. Seattle (n) Philadelphia 6, Baltimore 5 Houston 10, Washington (ss) 9 Atlanta (ss) 3, Miami 1 Atlanta (ss) 3, Washington (ss) 2 Tampa Bay 5, Toronto 4 N.Y. Yankees 7, Detroit 7, tie, 10 inn. Pittsburgh 8, Minnesota 4 St. Louis 6, N.Y. Mets 4 Cleveland 12, San Diego 7 Kansas City 3, Oakland 1 L.A. Angels (ss) 12, Milwaukee 2 Arizona 9, L.A. Dodgers 2 L.A. Angels (ss) 12, Texas 1 Colorado 3, Cincinnati 2 Arizona vs. Colorado (n) Today’s Games White Sox vs. L.A. Angeles, 3:05 p.m. Baltimore vs. N.Y. Yankees (ss), 12:05 p.m. Houston vs. Toronto, 12:05 p.m. Miami vs. Detroit, 12:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (ss) vs. Philadelphia, 12:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay, 12:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs. Washington, 12:05 p.m. Boston vs. Minnesota, 12:05 p.m. Atlanta vs. St. Louis, 12:05 p.m. Cincinnati vs. L.A. Dodgers, 3:05 p.m. Kansas City vs. Cleveland, 3:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. San Diego, 3:05 p.m. Seattle vs. Arizona, 3:10 p.m. San Francisco vs. Texas, 8:05 p.m. Colorado vs. Oakland, 9:05 p.m.

MEN’S BASKETBALL AP TOP 25 Wednesday’s Results No games scheduled Today’s Games No. 3 Villanova vs. Seton Hall or Butler at Madison Square Garden, 11 a.m. No. 4 Arizona vs. Utah or Washington at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, 2 p.m. No. 5 Louisville vs. Rutgers or S. Florida at FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tenn., 2:30 p.m. No. 8 San Diego St. vs. Utah St. or Colorado St. at the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, 2 p.m. No. 10 Kansas vs. Oklahoma St. or Texas Tech at the Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo., 1:30 p.m. No. 13 Cincinnati vs. Temple or UCF at FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tenn., 6 p.m. No. 14 Creighton vs. Georgetown or DePaul at Madison Square Garden, 6 p.m. No. 16 Iowa St. vs. Kansas St. at the Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo., 11:30 a.m. No. 17 Oklahoma vs. Baylor or TCU at the Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo., 6 p.m. No. 19 Memphis vs. No. 21 UConn at FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tenn., 8:30 p.m. No. 20 New Mexico vs. Fresno St. or Air Force at the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, 8 p.m. No. 24 Ohio St. vs. Purdue at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, 1:25 p.m. No. 25 SMU vs. Houston at FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tenn., noon


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Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston talks about his Batman earrings after a news conference where he was introduced as one of the newest members of the team Wednesday in Lake Forest.


Houston: Don’t label me By KEVIN FISHBAIN LAKE FOREST – Tuesday night’s snowstorm didn’t rattle the Bears’ biggest signing of 2014 free agency, Lamarr Houston. For his wife, on the other hand, it will take some getting used to. “My wife’s from L.A. She’s never driven in the snow,” Houston joked with reporters when asked about his biggest concern in coming to Chicago. Houston got his first taste of Chicago, and the local media at Halas Hall on Wednesday. A former Raider, Houston signed a five-year contract, and brings to the Bears what has been Phil Emery’s word of the offseason – versatility. “I believe that Coach [Mel] Tucker is going to put me in the best position to make plays, whether that’s inside or out,” Houston said, “and I think it’s going to be a great fit for me, being able to do things that makes the defense more versatile than having to make too many changes.” Wherever Houston does

line up, however, don’t try to label him. “This game is not about labels,” he said. “I don’t want to be labeled as [only] a pass rusher [or] a run stopper, just an athlete who plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played.” Big hitter : Ryan Mundy had the pleasure of playing with Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark in Pittsburgh for four years, got his chance to start in New York last year, and now will compete for the Bears’ open strong safety job. “I feel like I’m coming in here to compete for a starting opportunity, and that’s all I can ask for,” Mundy said. “I don’t shy away from competition. I look forward to getting started with workouts and practices and everything like that.” Phil Emery said Mundy is a player the Bears have evaluated for some time, using the adjectives of “tough, hard-nosed, physical, smart, instinctive” to describe Mundy, who considers himself a hard-hitting safety. “I think I bring a physical nature to the defense. That’s

been my M.O. for as long as I can remember, since I started playing football,” he said. “I’m not a guy who’s going to shy away from contact.” Another new safety: The Bears signed former Packers safety M.D. Jennings to a one-year contract. Jennings started all 16 games as Green Bay’s free safety last season, but was ranked 67th by Pro Football Focus. Emery lauded Jennings’ versatility, range and coverage skills. Bye-bye, Josh: Josh McCown signed a two-year deal with the Buccaneers to be their starting quarterback. “We all want to congratulate Josh. He has been provided with a great opportunity to be a starter down there in Tampa. We’re very happy for him and very proud for you him,” Emery said. The Bears host the Buccaneers next season. New numbers: Houston will wear No. 99, and Shea McClellin – now a linebacker – will switch to No. 50, which was James Anderson’s number. Mundy will wear No. 21, which was Major Wright’s number the past four seasons.

Auto racing Formula One, practice for Australian Grand Prix, at Melbourne, Australia, 8:30 p.m., NBCSN Formula One, practice for Australian Grand Prix, at Melbourne, Australia, 12:30 a.m. (Friday), NBCSN Golf European PGA Tour, Trophee Hassan II, first round, at Agadir, Morocco, 8:30 a.m., TGC PGA Tour, Valspar Championship, first round, at Palm Harbor, Fla., 2 p.m., TGC Men’s college basketball Atlantic Coast Conference, second round, Maryland vs. Florida State, at Greensboro, N.C., 11 a.m., ESPN Big East Conference, quarterfinal, Villanova vs. Seton Hall, at New York, 11 a.m., FS1 Big 12 Conference, quarterfinal, Iowa St. vs. Kansas St., at Kansas City, Mo., 11:30 a.m., ESPN2 American Athletic Conference, quarterfinal, SMU vs. Houston, at Memphis, Tenn., noon, ESPNU Atlantic Coast Conference, second round, Pittsburgh vs. Wake Forest at Greensboro, N.C., 1 p.m., ESPN Big Ten Conference, first round, Ohio State vs. Purdue,

at Indianapolis, 11 a.m., BTN Big 12 Conference, quarterfinal, Kansas vs. Oklahoma State, at Kansas City, Mo., 1:30 p.m., ESPN2 Big East Conference, quarterfinal, St. John’s vs. Providence, at New York, 1:30 p.m., FS1 Atlantic 10 Conference, first round, Dayton vs. Fordham, at Brooklyn, N.Y., 1:30 p.m., NBCSN American Athletic Conference, quarterfinal, Louisville vs. Rutgers, at Memphis, Tenn., 2 p.m., ESPNU Big Ten Conference, first round, Minnesota vs. Penn State, at Indianapolis, 5:30 p.m., ESPN2 Atlantic 10 Conference, first round, Richmond vs. Duquesne, at Brooklyn, N.Y., 5:30 p.m., NBCSN Atlantic Coast Conference, second round, N.C. State vs. Miami (Fla.), at Greensboro, N.C., 6 p.m., ESPN American Athletic Conference, quarterfinal, Cincinnati vs. Temple-UCF winner, at Memphis, Tenn., 6 p.m., ESPNU Big East Conference, quarterfinal, Creighton vs. Georgetown-DePaul winner, at New York, 6 p.m., FS1 Big Ten Conference, first round, Iowa vs. Northwestern,

at Indianapolis, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2 Atlantic Coast Conference, second round, Clemson vs. Georgia Tech-Boston College winner, at Greensboro, N.C., 8 p.m., ESPN Big East Conference, quarterfinal, Marquette vs. Xavier, at New York, 8:30 p.m., FS1 American Athletic Conference, quarterfinal, UConn vs. Memphis, at Memphis, Tenn., 8:30 p.m., ESPNU Pacific-12 Conference, quarterfinal, Arizona State vs. Stanford-Washington State winner, at Las Vegas, 10:30 p.m., FS1 Pro basketball Houston at Bulls, 6 p.m., CSN, TNT L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m.. TNT Soccer UEFA Europa League, Salzburg at Basel, 1 p.m., FSN UEFA Europa League, Plzen at Lyon, 3 p.m., FSN Winter Paralympics

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Lincecum solid into the fifth in win The ASSOCIATED PRESS SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Tim Lincecum pitched 41/3 effective innings, and the Giants rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday.

Lincecum walked a batter and struck out three. The Sox’s first two runs came in the fifth inning, and they took a 3-2 lead in the seventh. The Giants won it with one out in the ninth. Hector Sanchez led off

with a single. Juan Perez ran for him and scored on an opposite-field double to left by Nick Noonan. Brandon Hicks sacrificed Noonan to third and Joaquin Arias brought home the win with a hit to right-center.

Emery says UFA process is ‘wild’ • MUSICK

Continued from page B1 That’s good because significant work remains for Emery and his coaching staff as they look to repair the Bears’ woeful defense from a year ago. Houston and Mundy are a nice start, but the Bears still need a starting cornerback, a No. 3 cornerback, a couple of safeties, a couple of defensive tackles, a couple of defensive ends, another quarterback with NFL experience, and an effective No. 2 running back. Did we mention depth at tight end and on the offensive line? Emery’s happy mood was not a product of denial or blissful ignorance. The longtime scout acknowledged the work that lied ahead both in free agency and the draft. “We’ve got some holes to fill,” Emery said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do on our roster. That’s why I made sure that – I want our fans to know that the work is not going to stop, and we just consider these signings as a step in the right direction.” Sure, Emery dodged a few personnel questions, such as what the Bears might do with Charles Tillman or Henry Melton – “We’re working through that,” he said – but he also offered some valuable insight. Yes, he said, the Bears’ free-agent moves would help to shape which positions the team would target in the draft. He also said the crop of cornerbacks was much deeper in the draft than it was in free agency. Emery could have spoken all day. But he had agents to call, players to scout. “I would describe it as a wild process this weekend,” Emery said. “It’s a lot of fun. You can’t be timid during the ‘UFA’ process. There’s a lot of moving parts. You have to stay in it, you have to swing hard and be willing to reload

and swing again. … “You adjust as you go, you remain flexible, you have to. It’s just, it happens too fast, there’s too many people involved, you have to stay light on your feet and be willing to think differently and look at the equation differently and how it’s all going to work for you.” Better clarity won’t arrive for weeks and months.

That’s not a problem. Emery is having the time of his life.

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Michigan emerges as favorite for crown By MICHAEL MAROT The Associated Press


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Nebraska’s Terran Petteway shoots over Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes in the second half Sunday in Lincoln, Neb.

Big Ten Conference Tournament schedule At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis FIRST ROUND (TODAY) Indiana vs. Illinois, 11 a.m., BTN Ohio State vs. Purdue, 1:25 p.m., BTN Minnesota vs. Penn State, 5:30 p.m., ESPN2 Iowa vs. Northwestern, 7:55 p.m., ESPN2 QUARTERFINALS (FRIDAY) Michigan vs. Indiana–Illinois winner, 11 a.m., ESPN/ESPN2 Nebraska vs. Ohio State–Purdue winner, 1:25 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2 Wisconsin vs. Minnesota–Penn State winner, 5:30 p.m., BTN Michigan State vs. Iowa–Northwestern winner, 7:55 p.m., BTN SEMIFINALS (SATURDAY) Michigan–Indiana–Illinois winner vs. Nebraska–Ohio State–Purdue winner, 12:40 p.m., CBS Wisconsin–Minnesota–Penn State winner vs. Michigan State–Iowa– Northwestern winner, 3:05 p.m., CBS CHAMPIONSHIP (SUNDAY) Semifinal winners, 2:30 p.m., CBS Ten teams will get NCAA tournament bids. A seventh could get in with a strong tourney run. The two teams with the most to gain or lose this week appear to be Minnesota and Ne-


PETTEWAY’S PUSH: Terran Petteway had a breakout season for the Cornhuskers, averaging 18 points and earning all-league honors. He also has the Cornhuskers going into the postseason as one of the league’s hottest teams with 10 wins in 12 games. HEALTHY SPARTANS: Michigan State coach Tom Izzo does his best work in March and April and there’s no place he’d rather be than Indy. Here, Izzo has won a tourney title, his lone national championship and a regional final that allowed the Spartans to make a Final Four appearance in suburban Detroit. RED-HOT BADGERS: Wisconsin regained its mojo during the second half of the conference season and is now moving full steam ahead into the postseason. The Badgers were ranked in the top five in January and were one of the last undefeated teams in the nation. After a midseason slump, the Badgers are playing well again. HOME-STATE WOES: Purdue and Indiana have struggled all season with consistency. While some think the two Indiana schools have an inherent home-court advantage, Purdue has only won one title (2009) and the Hoosiers haven’t won any.

Continued from page B1 The six-seeded Eagles (2013) advanced to play No. 3 Buffalo tonight. “They try to take away a lot of our options of getting it into the post. We obviously want to get it into the post a lot,” NIU guard Aaric Armstead said. “I don’t think that really took the toll on us. I think that our decisions that we made really had the worst effect on us.” The Huskies ended a strong first half with an impressive 11-2 run. The big lead NIU took into halftime evaporated with 8:38 left in the second half after a layup by Eastern Michigan’s J.R. Sims to tie the score at 42. Eastern Michigan took a 49-48 lead with 1:12 remaining. NIU had a chance to tie or take the lead with 58 seconds left, but Jordan Threloff missed the first free throw of a oneand-one. The Huskies looked like they would have a chance to grab the lead again with about 30 seconds left. NIU guard Aaric Armsted grabbed a rebound off a missed shot by Daylen Harrison, but Sims came up from behind to take it out of his hands. “I just saw an opportunity and went for it,” Sims said of the steal. “... I saw him turn his back. I saw the opportunity, was able to get the ball.” NIU tried to foul Sims and it looked like one be called, but the Eagles would moved the ball around for 11 seconds before NIU could foul an Eagle. “Nothing surprises me anymore with how the game is being called,” NIU coach Mark Montgomery said. “I thought we got a great stop in that situation, and then unfortunately the foul wasn’t called right away.” Inboden’s Own


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Mid-American Conference tournament THIRD ROUND Thursday Akron vs. Ohio, 5:30 p.m. Buffalo vs. Eastern Michigan, 8 p.m.

FIRST ROUND Monday (5) Ohio 76, (12) Ball State 64 (8) Miami (Ohio) 71, (9) Kent St. 64 (6) Eastern Michigan 72, (11) Central Michigan 60 (7) Northern Illinois 54, (10) Bowling Green 51 (OT)

SEMIFINALS Friday Western Michigan vs. Akron-Ohio winner, 5:30 p.m. Toledo vs. Buffalo-Eastern Michigan winner, 8 p.m.

at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland SECOND ROUND Wednesday Ohio 63, Miami (Ohio) 55 Eastern Michigan 53, Northern Illinois 48


CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday Semifinal winners, 5:30 p.m.



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INDIANAPOLIS – No. 8 Michigan ended one championship drought by clinching its first outright Big Ten crown last week. Now the Wolverines will get a chance to end another title drought in the conference tournament, which has been filled with some of the school’s most forgettable basketball moments – from Evan Turner’s 40-foot buzzer-beater for Ohio State to the embarrassment of having the 1998 title stripped away because of NCAA sanctions. Maybe this time, Michigan can put those images behind it for good. “You’ve just got to go and get through those first games and really play well,” coach John Beilein said before leaving for Indianapolis. “You’ve got to find ways to get lucky and got to find times to play hard and if you can, you’ll be sitting there in the championship game.” The Wolverines (23-7) are the favorite. They have the conference’s player of the year, Nik Stauskas, and the media’s choice for coach of the year in Beilein. They have a five-game winning streak and 15 wins in conference play. They have multiple NBA prospects and for the first time in school history, the defending national runner-ups are seeded No. 1. But Beilein also is well aware of what can go wrong in the postseason. He led the Wolverines to semifinal appearances in 2011 and 2012, but they haven’t played for a title since or won more than one game in a single tourney since that ’98 championship run, which was later expunged. Here are five things to look for this week in Indianapolis. PLAY-IN GAMES: Most tourney analysts believe six Big







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‘we are

tonight’ Billy Currington tour headed to the Convo By DEBBIE BEHRENDS

“The announcer said ‘this is hometown boy Billy Currington,’ and then he played ‘Walk a Little Straighter.’ f he wasn’t in the music business, Billy “I turned it up as loud as I could,” CurCurrington thinks he might be a profesrington said during a recent phone intersional surfer. view from Little Rock, Ark. “Surfing is what I do in my free time,” His process for writing those hits isn’t an Currington said. “I would probably be exact science. doing it competitively – who knows?” “It’s always different,” he said. “It could The Georgia native will bring his We be something comes to me when I’m holding Are Tonight tour, with my guitar. Or someone says Brett Eldredge and Chase something that sounds like If you go Rice, to the Northern Ila great title. Or I’m in the linois University ConvocaWho: Billy Currington with Brett studio with a friend creattion Center on March 20. ing grooves or melodies.” Eldredge and Chase Rice Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Currington said he’s When: March 20; doors open at show cost $28.50 to $35.50 grateful for his success, and 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. and are available at the cenfor the fans that have stood Where: NIU Convocation Center, by him through a brush ter’s box office or through 1525 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb Ticketmaster. with the law. Tickets: $28.50 to $35.50; In the decade since he In April 2013, he was available at the center box office, debuted with “Walk a Little indicted on felony charges or 800-745Straighter,” Currington, 40, of abuse of an elder person 3000 has topped the charts with by inflicting mental anguish “Good Directions,” “Must Be and making terroristic Doin’ Something Right” and threats against a boat cap“People are Crazy.” tain. In September, he pleaded no contest to Like many country entertainers, Curthe abuse charge and the terroristic threats rington began singing in church. At 18, charge was dropped. he moved to Nashville to start paying his He was sentenced to five years probation, dues. He poured concrete and worked as a a $1,000 fine and must attend anger managepersonal trainer during the day and played ment counseling. his music at the bars at night. And what is the oddest thing a fan has The first time he heard his own music on ever asked him to autograph? the radio, Currington said he was headed “Well, I don’t know if someone’s bare home to Savannah, Ga., from Destin, Fla. naked butt is odd, but it’s not normal,” he “I was almost there and I had just started said with a laugh. “They had it tattooed. I’ve to pick up the local radio station, and it was seen that more than once. the first song I heard,” Currington said. “In that spot, it had to hurt.”


Brett Eldredge

Illinois native’s life is a song By DEBBIE BEHRENDS


rett Eldredge has done a lot of traveling since he left his Paris, Ill., home, but he hasn’t forgotten who helped him get where he is. “Every once in a while, I get to stop back home,” Eldredge said during a recent phone interview. “My parents could see my heart was in it, they were there with me. I feel very blessed to have that and I never want to take that for granted.” Eldredge and Chase Rice join Billy Currington’s We Are Tonight tour when it stops at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center on March 20; doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $28.50 to $35.50 and are available at the Convocation Center box office or via Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000. Country music fans not familiar with Eldredge’s name might be familiar with his recent No. 1 “Don’t Ya.” Hitting the top of the chart cost him a bet. “I made a bet with my manager that when my first song went to No. 1, I would do something really crazy – so I went sky diving,” Eldredge said. “I’m not a fan of heights so it was a pretty scary experience. “I’m in no hurry to jump out of

another plane,” he said. The 27-year-old also is not trying to hurry his career. “It’s easy to look forward and look for that next thing,” he said. “My first time at the Grand Old Opry, Bill Anderson told me the one thing he wished was that he didn’t always rush it. “Every day I try to appreciate where I am,” Eldredge said. After spending two years at Elmhurst College, Eldredge finished his college education at Middle Tennessee State, while driving back and forth to Nashville. “I was playing a show when I was supposed to be walking across the stage to get my degree,” Eldredge said. “I got my degree and it’s been a good ride ever since.” Since then, he’s been writing his own music with a variety of people – some well known, some unknown. “I love to write with people that challenge me, whether they are known to the world or not,” he said. “Everyone brings something different to the table.” After opening for Taylor Swift on her Red tour, Eldredge also has opened for Keith Urban. And now, touring with Currington, he said he plays at night and writes during the day. “That’s my life,” Eldredge said. “My life is a song.”




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things to do this weekend

135 N. Second St., DeKalb. Tickets: $12 to $50. Penguin Project organizational meetings: 3 p.m. April 13 and 7 p.m. April 14, First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St., DeKalb. Check around for event information, or start celebrating on your own with Irish- NIU College of Ed’s Diversity in Film series: 3 to 5:45 p.m. themed fun. Tuesdays, Faraday 144, NIU, DeKalb. Faculty will moderate March Madness discussions following the films. Information: 815-753-1948 or It has finally arrived: Selection Sunday. email Schedule: Before you go to bed Sunday night, you’ll April 15 – “The Interrupters” be able to fill out your bracket for the Pie anyone? April 29 – “Fruitvale Station” NCAA tournament. The March Madness Divas Dish for Glidden HomeFriday – aka 3.14 – is Pi Day. The day is games start on Tuesday. stead: 5:30 to 8 p.m. April 26, designed mainly to get people interested starring Aaron Paul from “Breaking Bad”; Barsema Alumni & Visitors in the mathematical pi, but it also has More sports and “Veronica Mars,” a PG-13 comedyCenter, 231 N. Annie Glidden become a time to eat pie. Bring a pie to drama that sprang from the TV show and Road, DeKalb. Fundraising tastAnd don’t forget about other sports work to share with your friends (or eat it ing event. Tickets: $30 or two for a Kickstarter campaign to get the movie action: the NBA, NHL and Major League $50 at Castle Bank locations, the all by yourself). made. Soccer all are in action this weekend. Daily Chronicle and from Glidden Check the TV listings for game times, or Homestead board members. Movie night Green day head to your favorite sports website. Information: 815-756-7904 or The big movies opening this week are Monday is St. Patrick’s Day, but many places will celebrate all weekend long. “Need for Speed,” a PG-13 action movie – More Content Now “Rocky Horror Picture Show”: 8 p.m. April 25, Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. $10. Doors open 7 p.m. For mature Hall/Visual Art Building 103, 5 to through 16, and Aug. 21 through STAGE ter, DeKalb. Doors open at 6:30 audiences. www.egyptianthe6 p.m. p.m. Show hosted by Martin 23, 2 p.m. Aug. 24, Stage Coach April 16 – “Repatriation and its Moreno; special guests include Theatre, 126 S. Fifth St., DeKalb. “Suessical the Musical”: 7 p.m. Ills; A Heretic’s Reflections,” Eric Alfred Robles and Rick Gutierrez. March 13, 14, 15, Sandwich MUSIC Ledbetter, former director of InTickets: $32 for NIU Students Stage Coach Players’ “Urinetown High School, 515 Lyons Road, ternational Programs and Ethics, with a valid NIU OneCard and The Musical”: 7:30 p.m. Sept. Sandwich. Tickets: $8, adults; American Alliance of Museums; $42 for general public. Tickets NIU School of Music concerts: 11 through 13 and 18 through $6, students, seniors and active principal, Heritage Management on sale March 7 at NIU ConvocaMusic Building, 400 Lucinda 20, 2 p.m. Sept. 14 and 21, Stage military; at www.sandwichSolutions, Altgeld Hall 315, 5 to tion Center box office, TicketAve., NIU, DeKalb. Free; open to Coach Theatre, 126 S. Fifth St., or the high 6 p.m. master outlets, Ticketmaster. the public. Information: www. DeKalb. www.stagecoachers. school office. Information: 815April 17 – “From DeKalb Back to com or 800-745-3000. Schedule: com. 786-2157. Burma: The Saga of the Looted March 17 – Katelyn Kozinski and Stage Coach Players’ “Joseph Buddha,” Catherine Raymond, Mei-Mey Segura Wang, graduate ART REGIONAL and the Amazing Technicolor associate professor art history, violin recital, 6:30 p.m., Recital Dreamcoat”: 7:30 p.m. March Zanies Comedy Night Club – St. Director, Center for Burma StudHall 13 through 15, 2 p.m. March 15 “American Wildlife,” photoCharles: Various dates at Pheasies, Curator, Burma Art Collection March 18 – Mark Robinson, and 16, Egyptian Theatre, 135 graphs by Tom Smith: Through ant Run Resort, 4050 E. Main St. at NIU, Altgeld Hall 315, 5 to 5:50 guest alumni horn recital, 8 p.m., N. Second St., DeKalb. www. March 29, The Art Box, 308 E. Visit p.m. Recital Hall Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. Gallery for acts, prices and showtimes. April 26 – Sewing Up Loose March 20 – Kimberly Branch, G-K Drama Department’s hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday 630-584-6342. Ends, visiting artist Jaclyn Medsenior trumpet recital, 6:30 p.m., “Anything Goes”: 7 p.m. March through Saturday. Information: nicov stitching in the gallery, NIU Recital Hall EVENTS 14 and 15, 2 p.m. March 16, 815-758-0313 or dan@dekalbArt Museum, 1 to 3 p.m. March 20 – Max Johnk, graduate Genoa-Kingston High School May 3 – Get-On-The-Bus Trip, bass recital, 8 p.m., Recital Hall ditorium, 980 Park Ave., Genoa. “Hoarding, Amassing and 2014 Performathon: 10 a.m. The House on the Rock, explore March 22 – Rebecca Weiler, Tickets: $7, adults; $5, students Excess”: March 25 through March 15, Music Building, 400 an amassed array of amazing senior flute recital, 3 p.m., Recital and seniors. May 23, Rotunda and South GalLucinda Ave., NIU, DeKalb. Funcollections at Wisconsin’s No. Hall NIU School of Theatre and leries, NIU Art Museum, Altgeld draiser for the Northern Illinois 1 tourist attraction, 8 a.m. to 8 March 22 – MinJoung Kim, junior Dance’s “Look Homeward, Hall, DeKalb. Public reception: University Community School p.m., pre-registration required. flute recital, 7 p.m., Recital Hall Angel”: 7:30 p.m. March 27, 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 3. Gallery of the Arts. Recitals, used music Switchback: 7:30 p.m. March 14, May 6 – “Hoarding, Amassing 28, 29 and April 3, 4, 5; 2 p.m. hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday sale, bake sale and raffles. Free, and Excess” Gallery Talk, NIU Art Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. March 30 and April 5; Huntley through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. donations welcome. www.csa. Museum, 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. Railroad St., Sandwich. Tickets: Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St., Saturday. Information: www. May 13 – Film screening and $15 to $25. 815-786-2555. DeKalb. Tickets: $16, adults; $13, ProgramSwing Dancing in DeKalb: 7 to discussion, “Rape of Europa,” seniors; $8, students. Reservaing schedule: 10:30 p.m. March 18, O’Leary’s 2006 documentary on Nazi Kishwaukee Concert Band tions and information: 815-753March 17 – Visiting Artist Robert Irish Pub & Grill (upstairs), 260 looting and art repatriation, 117 concert, “March Is...,”: 3 p.m. 1600 or Reed, slide talk, Altgeld Hall 315, E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. No minutes, location TBA, 7:15 to March 15, Boutell Memorial CCT’s “Jungle Book Kids”: 7 p.m. 7:15 to 8 p.m. partner needed, casual dress, 10 p.m. Concert Hall, Music Building, NIU. March 28 and 29, 2 p.m. March April 1 – “The Social Spaces of leather-soled shoes recomMay 15 – The Meanings of ObFree. 29 and 30, Sycamore High Hoarding,” Diane M. Rodgers, mended. $5 admission jects, poetry recital and reading, Billy Currington’s “We Are ToSchool, 555 Spartan Trail, Sycaassociate professor, NIU Depart(includes lesson at 7 p.m. at Altgeld Hall 315, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. night” tour with special guests more. Tickets: $10, adults; $5, ment of Sociology, Altgeld Hall no additional charge). Water “Play: Stories, Mementos and Brett Eldredge and Chase Rice: children; at, 315, 5 to 5:50 p.m. provided; food and beverages Fun”: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. March 20, NIU Convo815-899-8160, ext. 2173, or at April 5 – Hoarding, Amassing available for purchase. See through Saturdays, Sycamore cation Center, 1525 W. Lincoln the Sycamore High School Box and Excess Gallery Talk, NIU Art for coming History Museum, 1730 N. Main Highway, DeKalb. Doors open Office between 4:30 and 7 p.m. Museum, 1 to 2 p.m. dates and exceptions and look St., Sycamore. Exhibition exat 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $28.50 to on Mondays and Thursdays. April 8 – “Looting the Past, for the group on Facebook. plores leisure moments and how 35.50 at Convo Center box office, Stage Coach Players’ “Cheaper Robbing the Future: A Classical “Rocky Horror Picture Show”: we remember them through all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketby the Dozen”: 7:30 p.m. May Archaeologist’s Perspective,” 8 p.m. March 28, Egyptian stories, objects and experiences. or 800-745-3000. 8 through 10 and 15 through Sinclair Bell, associate professor, Theatre, 135 N. Second St., Admission: $5 a person, free for Yesterday – The Beatles Tribute: 17, 2 p.m. May 18, Stage Coach NIU School of Art Division of Art DeKalb. $10. Doors open 7 p.m. members and children younger 8 p.m. March 29, Sandwich Theatre, 126 S. Fifth St., DeKalb. History, Altgeld Hall 315, 4 to 5:15 For mature audiences. www. than 14. www.sycamorehistory. Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St., p.m. org. 815-895-5762. Sandwich. Tickets: $15 to $25. Stage Coach Players’ “12 April 9 – J. Thomas Pallas, editor DeKalb Area Agricultural HeriALPHA: Friends of Antiquity 815-786-2555. www.sandAngry Jurors”: 7:30 p.m. June in chief, The Institute for Encytage Association Exhibit GalLecture Series: 7:30 p.m., Jack 5 through 7 and 12 through 14, clopedic Amalgamation, artist’s lery: 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays Arends Visual Arts Building, NIU Jazz Ensemble with Jazz 2 p.m. June 15, Stage Coach slide talk, Altgeld Hall 315, 5 to and Sundays, Labor Day through Room 102, NIU, DeKalb. Free. Trombonist Vincent GardTheatre, 126 S. Fifth St., DeKalb. 5:50 p.m. Memorial Day, or by appoint815-787-6478. Schedule: ner: 8 p.m. April 12, Sandwich April 10 – “Psychological ment, Nehring Gallery, 111 S. • April 3: “When the Greeks Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St., Stage Coach Players’ “How to Aspects of Hoarding: Cognitive, Second St., Suite 204, DeKalb. Ruled: Egypt After Alexander the Sandwich. Tickets: $15 to $25. Succeed in Business Without Emotional and Behavioral Factors Free. Great” 815-786-2555. www.sandReally Trying”: 7:30 p.m. July that Contribute to Excessive com. 815-756-8737. Jack Hanna’s “Into the Wild” 10 through 12 and 17 through Saving and Acquiring,” Arielle Live: 3 p.m. April 6, Egyptian A Band Called Honalee: 8 p.m. 19, 2 p.m. July 13, Stage Coach P. Rogers, graduate student, COMEDY Theatre, 135 N. Second St., April 26, Sandwich Opera House, Theatre, 126 S. Fifth St., DeKalb. NIU Department of Psychology, DeKalb. Tickets: $15 to $35. 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich. Altgeld Hall 315, 5 to 5:50 p.m. “Unity Through Laughter” tour Tribute to folk music. Tickets: with Gabriel Iglesias: 7:30 p.m. Taste of Home Cooking School: April 15 – Visiting Artist Celeste Stage Coach Players’ “Arsenic $15 to $25. 815-786-2555. www. April 10, NIU Convocation CenRapone, slide talk, Jack Arends and Old Lace”: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 7 p.m. April 10, Egyptian Theatre,






Denny Diamond and the Family Jewels: 8 p.m. May 3, Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich. Tribute to Neil Diamond. Tickets: $15 to $25. 815-786-2555. Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Concert: Shostakovich and Steel: 7:30 p.m. May 3, Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building, 550 Lucinda Ave., DeKalb. Tickets: $15, adults; $10, seniors and students; $5 children younger than 12. PG-43: 8 p.m. May 31, Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich. Adult contemporary. Tickets: $15 to $25. 815-7862555. ONGOING ONGOING Art Attack – School of Art in Sycamore: 215 W. Elm St. Classes for children and adults. or 815-899-9440. Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts: NIU Music Building, 400 Lucinda Ave., DeKalb. Classes in music, art and theater for children and adults. or 815753-1450. Bread & Roses women’s choral group rehearsals: 5:45 to 8 p.m. Sundays, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb. Indian Valley Community Band: 6 to 7:20 p.m. Mondays, Sandwich Middle School Band Room. Area musicians who enjoy playing for pleasure are invited; there are no auditions. Open Mic: 8 p.m. Mondays, sign-in at 7:30 p.m., The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. Bands and singers perform for 12 minutes. 815787-9547. DeKalb Festival Chorus rehearsals: 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Mondays during the school year, NIU Music Building. Contact conductor Seth Houston at or 303815-0648. Kishwaukee Barbershop Harmony Singers rehearsals: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First Congregational Church, 615 N. First St., DeKalb. Open to men of all ages. Contacts: Dave at 815895-5955 or Ed at 815-756-3004. Prairie Echoes Chorus rehearsal: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Road, DeKalb. Singing, food, friendship and fun. Kishwaukee Concert Band rehearsals: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, band room at Door 16 of Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St., DeKalb. All-volunteer band for anyone age 18 or older who has played a wind or percussion instrument in the past. No auditions needed. 815-899-4867 or 815-825-2350. Thursday Blues Nights: 8 p.m. first Thursday each month at The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. “The Way” acoustic coffee house: 6 to 8:30 p.m. first Saturday each month, DeKalb Christian Church, 1107 S. First St. 815-758-1833 or tomndcc@

Review: ‘Need for Speed’ a thrilling display of stunt work By JESSICA HERNDON AP Film Writer

It takes a lot for a film based on a video game to impress a crowd these days, given the dazzling advancements in gaming technology. But “Need for Speed,” based on the hit EA Entertainment racing game that’s sold 150 million units, could now drive some of that success toward the box office. Despite its clichéd elements, this adrenaline-fueled stunt fest is an unequivocal thrill that deserves to be seen on the big screen. Starring “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul, “Need for Speed” is fiercely entertaining, loaded with beautiful cars, winding roads and racers in leather coats. Since “Breaking Bad” ended last year, Paul has been making an impressive transition to film, starting with the indie drama “Hellion,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. In “Need for Speed,” he flexes his machismo as a street

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Aaron Paul is pictured in a scene from “Need for Speed.” racer on a vendetta. Following a two-year prison sentence for a crime he didn’t commit,

mechanic and race driver Tobey Marshall (Paul) is determined to get revenge on Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), the man who framed him. To do so, Tobey drives from New York to California to battle Dino in a high-stakes race dubbed the De Leon. Along for the ride are British car buff Julia (Imogen Poots) and Benny (Scott Mescudi, also known as recording artist Kid Cudi), the jovial airborne lookout of Tobey’s crew. Written by first-timer George Gatins, who produced “She’s Out of My League,” the plot is heavy with questionable logic and monotonous dialogue. Modeled after classic 1960s and 1970s action films, where the cars were key, “Need for Speed” often attempts to be a dramatic thriller. But it’s best when consciously comical. Trite conventions, like Tobey’s brooding demeanor, punctuated by his deep monotone and acute stare, are effective, although overdone at times.

But Tobey isn’t always serious. When riding cross-country, the eccentric Julia gets him to loosen up. Their banter offers cute comedic relief and sets the stage for romance. Long gone are thoughts of his ex, Anita, played by upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson, who tests out her siren potential – and achieves it. But it’s the sexy, witty and accessible Poots who really shines. Michael Keaton, as the ridiculously animated mystery man behind the De Leon race, is another highlight. Compared to the “Fast & Furious” franchise by way of fast cars, harrowing races and a band of brothers connected mostly by loyalty, not blood, “Need for Speed” is more like an underdeveloped sibling. It lacks the brutal and brawny gentleman quotient, perhaps the most delicious feature of “Furious.” Still, the boyish good looks of Paul and Cooper are appealing. But could they really save us in a pinch? Vin Diesel’s Dom in “Furious” seems

more reliable. Easily the best parts of this ride are the thrilling stunts and races. Stuntman-turned-director Scott Waugh puts us right in the driver’s seat as cars exceed 120 mph and spin through the air. First-person camera angles keep the action immediate and personal, just like the video game. Additionally, overhead views offer a sweeping scope of the races as the drivers speed past vineyards in California’s Mendocino County, where the De Leon race scenes were filmed. Though the pace remains mostly high-octane throughout, it drags in the beginning and during the final face-off. But overall, this flashy underworld of super-charged machinery and intense action is a blast. “Need for Speed,” a DreamWorks release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “sequences of reckless street racing, disturbing crash scenes, nudity and crude language.” Running time: 130 minutes. Three stars out of four.


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Stage Coach brings ‘Joseph’ to the Egyptian

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A 20-foot Pharaoh is one of the set features of Stage Coach Player’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb. The show opens today.

Stage Coach Players will stage “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” for one weekend only at the historic Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb. The show, which opens today, tells the Biblical story of a boy blessed with prophetic dreams, his jealous brothers, Egypt’s Pharaoh, famine, forgiveness and reconciliation. Director Jan Kuntz, who directed the musical 12 years ago at the Egyptian for Stage Coach, talks about the challenges of staging an event at this wonderful venue. “One of the major issues centers around huge set pieces including a 20-foot Pharaoh,” she said in a news release. “Many pieces will be ‘flown in’ on cables (allowing for quicker set changes) so they need to be reinforced and you have to make sure they settle where you want them to.” Set construction takes place at the Stage Coach Theater on South Fifth Street. The set then needs to be moved from the basement of that building into the Egyptian without damage. “Making sure that we can take the pieces apart to fit out our doors and into

‘Look Homeward, Angel’ opens March 29 at NIU Patricia Skarbinski believes “Look Homeward, Angel,” is more than a comingof-age story – it’s the coming-of-age story of an artist. Skarbinski will direct a theatrical adaptation of the Thomas Wolfe novel by the same name March 27 through April 5. The production is part of the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance’s spring season. An authentic American classic, Wolfe’s novel is generally considered to be semi-autobiographical and tells the story of a young man growing up and out of the fictional town of Altamont, easily recognizable as Wolfe’s hometown of Asheville, N.C. Wolfe is personified in the character of Eugene Gant, a young dreamer struggling with the conflict between honoring the home and family life where he finds himself stuck, and breaking away to become a writer in the bigger outside world. Ketti Fring’s adaptation of the work was the winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American play in 1958. It is set in 1916, right before America enters the first World War, but it is an American story that today’s society can still relate to,

according to Skarbinski. She relates the themes of the play to what many theater students are trying to pursue in their education. “Coming to terms with one’s past is essential in order to become more capable of pursuing yourself as an artist,” she said in a news release. “This is a great show for college.” “Look Homeward, Angel” captures the sardonic humor and the grief, both private and universal, about a becoming an adult, she said. “It’s all about the breaking away that undergraduates experience – about respecting where our parents have brought us to, but at the same time acknowledging that to grow up is to find one’s own voice,” she said. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. March 27 through 29 and April 3 through 5, with 2 p.m. matinees March 30 and April 5, at Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St. in DeKalb Tickets cost $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $8 for students. Reservations and more information are available at 815-753-1600 or theatre. This production is not affiliated with DeKalb School District 428.

the Egyptian is quite a challenge. I have had quite a team working in the basement of the Stage Coach Theater measuring, planning and painting,” Kuntz said in the release. Another challenge is the need to work around the production of “Cinderella,” which was at the Egyptian last week. “Alex Nerad at the Egyptian Theatre was kind enough to allow us into the theater a little early, but we have to make sure we don’t interfere with ‘Cinderella.’” Kuntz is excited about bringing this production back to the Egyptian. The new digital sound system and updated lighting should make for an especially exciting show. The theater also has an orchestra pit, which is an added bonus. “This is a whole new show – not a reprisal. We have new choreography, costumes, and scene changes in addition to many new cast members,” Kuntz said. “Our brothers are some of the best musicians in the area, and their performances will absolutely thrill the audience. Commonalities between this production and the one of 12 years ago are myself and Judy O’Connor, my music director,

and Barb McCaskey, who returns as one of the narrators.” “There will be some surprises as well. There are some things that I could not make happen 12 years ago that I’m able to implement this year. I’m really excited!” she said. The main cast of characters includes Jason Williams (Joseph), Jacob Austin (Pharaoh), Don Austin (Jacob), Lawrence Nepodahl (Potiphar), Paula Tsigalis (Mrs. Potiphar), Todd Toles (Baker), Greg Anderson (Butler), Frank Judd (Reuben), Rudy Espiritu (Simeon), Mike Scorzo (Levi), Ryan Morton (Napthali). Members of the Huntley and Clinton Rosette middle school choirs, under the direction of Kim Moorman and Lisa Maxfield, comprise the Children’s Choir. Show times are 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Egyptian Theatre is located at 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb. Tickets can be purchased online at www. or at For more information, visit www.

Performathon fundraiser is Saturday

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Performathon, the major fundraiser for the Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts, will be held Saturday in the NIU Music Building. Among the nearly 50 people performing in the Recital Hall are (from left) the Rodriguez family, – Miriam, Sariah, Laurie and Benjamin – and Chantel Davis. They play during the 1:30 p.m. recital. Doors open at 10 a.m. for a huge used music sale of old sheet music and books. In addition, the Performathon café will feature a bake sale, photo and art display, and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. More information is available at or by calling 815-753-1450. The event is free and open to the public; donations are welcome. All donations support the scholarship programs of the NIU Community School of the Arts.

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The Genoa-Kingston High School Drama Department will present the Cole Porter musical comedy “Anything Goes” this weekend. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

High seas hijinks abound in G-K drama’s ‘Anything Goes’ The Genoa-Kingston High School Drama Department will present the classic Cole Porter musical comedy, “Anything Goes,” this weekend in the G-K High School Auditorium. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. “This is an age-old tale of boy meets girl and the winding path such stories can take,” GK Drama Director Jon Fromi said in a news release. “‘Anything Goes’ is probably the best example of Cole Porter’s genius with snappy lyrics and memorable songs. Our students are having a lot of fun getting it ready for opening night.” The drama department is coming off a successful fall production, “Life Cycles,” that was invited to be performed as a showcase at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival. This spring’s show is Fromi’s 23rd production at GKHS. “Our attention was with the fall play for so long, we just picked up working on ‘Anything Goes’ the second we got back from the festival,” Fromi said in the release. “We’re happy to have been recognized by the state as often as we have. We have tried to keep that momentum going in the preparations for our current musical.” “Anything Goes” features an amusing story paired with Cole Porter’s magical score. It takes place on a transatlantic cruise onboard the S.S. American, where a host of colorful characters embark on a funfilled romp on the high seas. Among those sailing on the S.S. American is Reno Sweeney (Rebecca Whittenhall), a sexy evangelist turned nightclub singer and a trio of dancing “Angels,” (Jackie Jacober, Sabrina Gandsey and Grace Andersen). Also on the cruise is debutante Hope Harcourt (Jessica Jureczek) who is the object of young stockbroker Billy Crocker (Bryan Fowler)’s affection. Unfortunately, Hope is engaged to an English gentleman (Tim Sullivan) who also is on the ship. Billy stows away on the ship in an effort to win her hand. Billy enlists the help of a low-level gangster on the run

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costumes and dance numbers and the songs are pretty memorable as well as being a lot of fun. All in all, it’s a hilarious show.”

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Adopted boy returns to mixed welcome

Dear Abby: When I was in my early 20s, I had a baby boy I placed for adoption. I could barely take care of myself, let alone a newborn. The father wanted nothing to do with me or the baby, so I placed him with his relatives out of state, who adopted him. With counseling, I got my life back on track, finished college and got a good job. I am married now and have a family. After 20 years, this child, “Fred,” called me. We talked every night for a few weeks and I invited him here to live with me. BIG MISTAKE! Long story short, Fred is greedy, lazy and expects everyone to wait on him. He refuses to look for a job or go to school, and he expects me to pay all his expenses. I called his adoptive family. They said when things don’t go his way, Fred pouts

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips and doesn’t communicate until he needs money. They feel exactly as I do – he should get a job or go to school. Abby, my family loves Fred and welcomed him with open arms, but I feel detached from him. As soon as I learned I was pregnant, I began separating myself because I knew it would be difficult to let go. I do not regard Fred as a member of my family and have no maternal feelings for him. I’d be OK if I knew he was doing well – from a distance. But I’d prefer not to maintain a relationship. I don’t love this young man, and I don’t know what to say when he says, “Love you, Mom.”

Am I wrong to feel this way? Is there anyone else out there who feels as I do? My family is trying to guilt me into accepting him, but I can’t. It’s not because of his greedy behavior, although that’s part of it. Have others had a similar experience? – Sincerely Not His Mom Dear Sincerely: I’m printing your letter because although many adoption reunions go well, not all of them do. If other birth mothers would like to share their experiences, I’m inviting them to do so. However, I do have this to offer: Do NOT allow yourself to be trapped into doing anything with which you are not comfortable. Your feelings may be based on the circumstances surrounding Fred’s birth. They may also result from your disappointment in his lack of character. While

you will always be Fred’s birth mother, you are NOT his “mom.” That distinction belongs to the woman who raised him. Dear Abby: My brother is dating one of my employees. She has one of those “take charge” personalities. She’s pushy and she’s trying to worm her way into the family. At work I can keep her at bay, but at family events she’s out of control. She insists on doing and cooking everything – including cleaning my mother’s house, which isn’t dirty, by the way. My older brothers’ significant others have noticed, but being the only daughter, I’m at my wits’ end. She won’t take “no thanks” for an answer. I am sick of her “I’ll get this, I’ve got it, it’s OK” attitude.

I’m trying to keep my brother’s happiness in mind and not cause a scene, but I’m afraid I’ll lose it one of these days. Any advice? – I, Too, Can Organize A Picnic Dear I, Too: Has it occurred to you that your brother’s girlfriend (your employee) may be desperate to be accepted, which is why she’s going to such great lengths to please? My advice is to relax, because her efforts are no reflection on you. I’m sure you have done your part at many family functions. If her efforts are alienating the other significant others, perhaps they can stage an “intervention” and get her to calm down. In the meantime, hang onto your temper.

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Type of heart surgery weighs many factors Dear Dr. K: When a patient has one or more blocked coronary arteries, how does a doctor decide whether to perform an angioplasty or bypass surgery? Dear Reader: Let me explain how your heart works before I answer your question. Your heart doesn’t just pump blood – it needs blood to survive. Every organ in your body needs a constant energy supply. And every organ is making waste material and needs a “garbage collector” to take the waste away. Both the energy supply and the waste removal come from the blood that constantly runs through every organ. The heart is the muscle that constantly pumps blood through every organ in your body. Like any organ, the heart

ASK DR. K Anthony L. Komaroff also needs energy and waste disposal. The heart gets its blood supply from coronary arteries. These arteries can get clogged by cholesterol-filled plaques of atherosclerosis, causing a permanent obstruction. Such a permanent obstruction can cause symptoms such as pain (the condition called angina), or a weaker heartbeat when the heart is forced to work harder than normal. The heart works harder during exercise and during times when people get angry or their blood pressure is high (for example, because

they are not taking their blood pressure medication). Medicines can help reduce the work of the heart. An aggressively healthy lifestyle, over many months, can shrink the size of the obstructing plaques. However, sometimes a permanent obstruction from a plaque needs to be eliminated promptly. The two main treatments are angioplasty plus stenting, or coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Angioplasty plus stenting: A small balloon wrapped in a collapsed stent is inserted into a blood vessel in the groin or arm and maneuvered into the heart. When the balloon is inflated, it flattens the cholesterol-filled plaque that was restricting blood flow. The balloon is deflat-

ed and removed. The stent remains behind to prop open the artery. CABG: During open-heart surgery, an artery or vein taken from elsewhere in the body is stitched in place to reroute blood around the blocked artery. The choice between angioplasty and bypass depends on a number of factors. I spoke to my colleague, interventional cardiologist Dr. Donald E. Cutlip, for more details. When all three of the heart’s coronary arteries are narrowed or blocked, bypass is the better choice. (The doctor might make an exception if a patient is too frail to undergo surgery.) Also, for patients with diabetes, CABG is generally superior to angioplasty.

When fewer than three coronary arteries are affected, the choice depends on which arteries are involved. The left anterior descending artery (LAD) feeds blood to more of the heart muscle than the other two coronary arteries. When the LAD is narrowed or blocked, bypass surgery usually is best. With colleagues at Orca Health, we have recently published inexpensive iBooks for the Apple iPad and iPhone on angioplasty and stent, and on CABG surgery. They show you – with spectacular videos – what happens during these procedures. You can learn more about them at my website.

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Your boyfriend is being totally inconsiderate

Dr. Wallace: Matt and I have been going steady for about seven months. He’s a very nice guy, and I like him a lot. When we’re together, we have a lot of fun. My problem is that quite often we’ll make a date, but he’ll call at the last minute and cancel because his buddies want him to do things with them. The first couple of times this happened, I didn’t say too much, so now he takes advantage of me. Yesterday we were going to see a movie and he called 10 minutes

’TWEEN 12 & 20 Robert Wallace after he was supposed to pick me up and told me – you guessed it – he was doing something with his friends. This time I exploded and told him that I was very unhappy about this. All he said was, “Sorry, I’ve got to go. Talk to you later?” How should I handle the situation? I’m really a


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TODAY – Refrain from taking unnecessary risks in the coming year. Be methodical and systematic in your efforts. Acting in haste could cause you to miss some important details. If you go slowly, you’ll be able to consider all factors as well as take advantage of opportunities that will lead to success. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) – Financial or career gains could be heading your way. Approach your boss for a raise or send out your resume. Discussing opportunities with someone you’ve previously worked with will pay off. ARIES (March 21-April 19) – Consider reconnecting with an old friend and take advantage of any travel deals that turn up. Romance is on the rise. A positive personal change is apparent. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) – Look after your interests. Some information you receive will be inaccurate. To save costly delays, you should verify every piece of information before moving forward. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) – Change is in the air. You’d be wise to check out real estate opportunities. Find a property or location you are interested in and make some inquiries. Relocating now could prove beneficial professionally. CANCER (June 21-July 22) – Keep your dealings with others to a minimum. Someone will consider your goals to be unrealistic. Don’t waste time trying to persuade others to see things your way. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) – Put your creativity to good use. Channel your energy into a project that interests you. If you do something that you find stimulating, you will make new friends along the way. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – Your plans are gaining momentum. It’s important to keep up the pace if you want to avoid being sidetracked by someone trying to outmaneuver you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) – If you keep an eye out, you will find an attractive deal. Muster up some courage and go after your dreams. You are likely to redeem some surprising benefits, as well as some recognition. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) – You will run into several pitfalls if you don’t take measures to ensure your success. Be happy with the results you achieve, however long it takes you to get them. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) – Let your adventurous side take over. Feel free to try something new, but don’t overestimate your abilities. If you let people with experience lead the way, you will reach your goal. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – Some of your relationships may have grown stale or unfulfilling. Take a step forward, and look for new people, places and pastimes to stimulate your mind and get you back in the game. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) – It’s time to effect some necessary changes. Whether you have to make an adjustment to your financial, intellectual or physical situation, it’s a good day to take action.

soft-spoken, gentle person. – Nameless, Peoria, Ill. Nameless: Your boyfriend is totally inconsiderate and is taking advantage of your gentle nature. This shouldn’t happen again. If it does, dump him! Dr. Wallace: I’m not overweight, but I’m also not underweight, either. My problem is that my mother insists that I eat everything she puts on my plate. I try to eat nourishing foods and stay away from fatty and salty foods, but many times that’s


what I’m required to eat. Let me give you an example. Last night for dinner, my mother put on my plate a large fried pork chop, a large helping of mashed potatoes with milk and butter added and gravy, plus a helping of creamed corn. It took me almost half an hour to finish and I left the table so full that I could hardly walk away. I guess I’m lucky she doesn’t insist that I also eat dessert! I’m 13, and I don’t think that it is healthy to always clean your plate, especially

when you feel full. Do you agree? – Mindy, Jackson, Miss. Mindy: I agree. I am not a member of the “clean your plate club.” Food should be tasty and nutritious, and should never be wasted. One should take a small portion of each item and be allowed to have a small extra portion if desired, but you should never be required to leave the table stuffed!

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BRIDGE Phillip Alder

It’s hard to resist the temptation George Bernard Shaw said, “I never resist temptation, because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.” At the bridge table, though, it can be difficult to recognize bids and plays that will prove to be bad for you. In this deal, for example, defending against a contract of four spades, West leads the club ace: three, two, eight. What should he do next? The auction was straightforward. North made a threespade game-invitational limit raise, showing 10-12 support points (high-card points plus shortage points, not that he had any of those here) and eight losers (one spade, one heart, three diamonds and three clubs). South had an easy raise to game. One of the most irresistible temptations for a defender is to cash a winner. Here, less experienced players would take the club king at trick two, then look around for inspiration. But declarer would be in clover, losing only two clubs and one heart. Instead, West should trust his partner’s trick-one signal. East dropped the two, his lowest card being discouraging. (If you and your partner use upside-down signals, East should play the nine at trick one.) This denies the queen (unless he has exactly queen-two-doubleton, which is very unlikely). So West should shift at trick two, hoping his partner can get on lead early enough to push a club through South. Here, any lead other than a spade at trick two defeats the contract, assuming East leads a club when he gets in with his heart ace.


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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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2007 GMC Yukon XL 1500 $17,500 5.3L V8 Flex 4WD 91K miles seats 9 very good condition. Call Steve at 630-387-9347


PERMANENT - PT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Lions of Illinois Foundation, 2814 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, is in need of a person to fill the position of Social Service Clerk. The ideal candidate will need a social service back round have good communication skills, and be flexible to other duties assigned. The position hours are Monday-Friday 9-2. Should you be interested in this position, please come in to fill out an application between 9am and 4pm NO PHONE CALLS!

Daily Chronicle Classified 877-264-2527

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pu dgm Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on March 28, 2013, I, Sheriff of DeKalb County, Illinois, will on April 10, 2014 at the hour of 1:00 PM at the DeKalb County Public Safety Building, 150 N. Main Street, Sycamore, IL, or in a place otherwise designated at the time of sale, County of DeKalb, State of Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described real estate: COMMON ADDRESS: 321 E. Van Buren St., Malta, Illinois 60150 P.I.N.: 07-23-126-014 The real estate is improved with a single family residence. THE JUDGMENT AMOUNT WAS: $112,655.39 Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds; the balance, by certified funds, is due within twenty four (24) hours. The subject property is subject to real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "as is" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser shall receive a Certificate of Sale, which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the real estate after Confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and Plaintiff makes no representations as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the Court file to verify all information. Pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/151512, the amounts of any surplus bid will be held by the sheriff until a party obtains a Court Order for its distribution, or for 60 days following the date of the entry of the order confirming sale, at which time, in the absence of an order directing payment of the surplus, it may be automatically forfeited to the State without further notice. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 151701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information: Examine the court file or contact Plaintiff's attorney: Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, 230 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60606, telephone 312-541-9710. Please refer to file number IL 12 4057. Sheriff of DeKalb County, Illinois Johnson, Blumberg, & Associates, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1125 Chicago, Illinois 60606 Ph. 312-541-9710 Fax 312-541-9711 JB&A # IL 12 4057 I591220

DeKalb/Summit Enclave 2BR 1.5BA, W/D, garage, $925/mo + security. 414-364-1659 Sycamore Stonehedge Drive

3 Bdrm, 1.5 Ba, 1 car gar, A/C W/D, Unfin. Bsmt. $1,100/mo +sec, avail 4-1. 630-234-0002 DeKalb 2BR's $650-$700

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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 Find. Buy. Sell. All in one place... HERE! Everyday in Daily Chronicle Classified

DEKALB Newer 2bdrm Duplex 1-1/2 bath D/W, W/D, C/A, Garage, Close to NIU & I-88 $950/mo. 815-494-0861


Clean, quiet, 1 bath, appliances included, available now. 815-758-6580 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

DeKalb Newer 2BR Duplex

Quiet neighborhood, appl, W/D. Walk-in-closets, no pets, $950/mo + 1st/last /sec. 815-739-4442

DeKalb / Tilton Park: 3 BR 1 BA Att. garage, sunroom, basement. Large yard. No smoking/pet. $975 + util. 815-751-7149 DEKALB 3 BEDROOM, 1 BATH Newly Remodeled Ranch. All appl, bsmt,1.5 car gar, $1150/mo+sec. 815-751-2650

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GENOA, 2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH NON-SMOKING, F/L/S $700 MO 815-751-4730

Sycamore 2BR, 1BA incl W/D


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

DeKalb Quiet Studio 1, 2, 3BR

Lease, deposit, ref, no pets. 815-739-5589~815-758-6439 DEKALB QUIET, SPACIOUS 2BR Incl W/D, wood floors, balcony. Off St. parking, no dogs/smoking. $765/mo. 630-665-0382

Kingston Efficiency Unit

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


Fridge & stove, large yard, nice neighborhood. $795/mo + sec. 630-746-2462 Sycamore Quiet 2BR Farmhouse W/D hook-up, garage, off St. prkg. $695/mo + dep + ref. NO PETS. 815-793-2664

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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

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SYCAMORE - 2 BR large first floor wood floors, washer/dryer micro off street prk - nice area. $690 plus utilities. 630-337-3732

SYCAMORE 1BR ~ $545/MO. A/C, laundry on site, wood style floors, off St. parking, cats? 815-756-2064

Sycamore Lower 2BR ~ Newly Available Dec/Jan. Close to NIU, Free heat & water, quiet lifestyle. Varsity Square Apts. 815-756-9554

DeKalb – Duplex, 3-4BR, 3BA, 2-car garage, large yard. In the Knolls $1250/mo 1st/lst/sec 815-739-6170


(Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 27, March 6 & 13, 2014.)

Dekalb Quiet - Adult 2 bdrm upper with garage, A/C, on site laundry no smoking, no pets 815-739-3545

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

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1.5BA, W/D in common area. No pets/smoking, $700/mo + sec. 815-501-1378 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 Do you have a News Tip or Story Idea? Call 815-756-4841 Daily Chronicle

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 23RD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DEKALB COUNTY - SYCAMORE, ILLINOIS BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., PLAINTIFF vs. BRIAN GRANT; DEFENDANT 12CH 617 Address: 321 E. Van Buren St., Malta, Illinois 60150 Judge Thomas Doherty NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on March 28, 2013, I, Sheriff of DeKalb County, Illinois, will on April 10, 2014 at the hour of 1:00 PM at the DeKalb County Public Safety Building, 150 N. Main Street, Sycamore, IL, or in a place otherwise designated at the time of sale, County of DeKalb, State of Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described real estate: LOTS 1 AND 2 (EXCEPT THE EAST 50 FEET OF SAID LOT 2) IN BLOCK H OF THE ORIGINAL TOWN (NOW VILLAGE) OF MALTA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED SEPTEMBER 16, 1856, IN BOOK "A" OF PLATS, PAGE 23, IN DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS; EXCEPTING THAT PART DEEDED TO STATE OF ILLINOIS, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORATION BY WARRANTY DEED RECORDED AS DOCUMENT NO. 92003194 AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS; BEGINNING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF LOT 1 IN SAID BLOCK

(Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 27, March 6 & 13, 2014.)

PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TWENTY THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DE KALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS JUVENILE DIVISION IN THE INTEREST OF KADE WALKER A Minor No. 13 JA 33 NOTICE BY PUBLICATION NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU, JASON WIEGAND, father of Said Minor, respondents, and to all whom it may concern, that a Petition was filed under the Juvenile Court Act by the DeKalb County State's Attorney in the Circuit Court of DeKalb




H; THENCE SOUTHERLY ON THE WEST LINE OF SAID LOT 1, SAID LINE HAVING A BEARING OF SOUTH 0 DEGREES 11 MINUTES 12 SECONDS EAST, A DISTANCE OF 19.82 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE EASTERLY ON A LINE HAVING A BEARING NORTH 89 DEGREES 44 MINUTES 54 SECONDS EAST, A DISTANCE OF 82.00 FEET TO A POINT IN THE EAST LINE OF THE WEST 16 FEET OF LOT 2 IN SAID BLOCK H; THENCE NORTHERLY ON SAID EAST LINE OF THE WEST 16 FEET OF LOT 2, SAID LINE HAVING A BEARING OF NORTH O DEGREES 11 MINUTES 12 SECONDS WEST, A DISTANCE OF 19.90 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE WEST 16 FEET OF LOT 2; THENCE WESTERLY ON THE NORTH LINE OF SAID WEST 16 FEET OF LOT 2 AND THE NORTH LINE OF SAID LOT 1, SAID LINE HAVING A BEARING OF SOUTH 89 DEGREES 41 MINUTES 45 SECONDS WEST, A DISTANCE OF 82.00 FEET TO A POINT OF BEGINNING. COMMON ADDRESS: 321 E. Van Buren St., Malta, Illinois 60150 P.I.N.: 07-23-126-014 The real estate is improved with a single family residence. THE JUDGMENT AMOUNT WAS: $112,655.39 Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds; the balance, by certified funds, is due within twenty four (24) hours. The subject property is subject to real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "as is" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser shall receive a Certificate of Sale, which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the real estate after Confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and Plaintiff makes no representations as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the Court file to verify all information. Pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/151512, the amounts of any surplus bid will be held by the sheriff until a party obtains a Court Order for its distribution, or for 60 days following the date of the entry of the order confirming sale, at which time, in the absence of an order directing payment of the surplus, it may be automatically forfeited to the State without further notice. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 151701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information: Examine the court file or contact Plaintiff's attorney: Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, 230 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60606, telephone 312-541-9710. Please refer to file number IL 12 4057. Sheriff of DeKalb County, Illinois Johnson, Blumberg, & Associates, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1125 Chicago, Illinois 60606 Ph. 312-541-9710 Fax 312-541-9711 JB&A # IL 12 4057 I591220

DeKalb County Illinois 479.0 Acres m/l Selling 5 Tracts Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:30 AM Mendota Civic Center – Mendota IL Property located in southwest DeKalb County, Paw Paw Township, IL


DeKalb. 3 Bedrms, Spacious Family Rm, All Appliances. Full home has the major updates, just add your colors. Value $115,000 and going up

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Page C8 • Thursday, March 13, 2014 y County, on July 26, 2013; and that in the courtroom usually occupied by Honorable Judge Matekaitis, an Adjudicatory Hearing shall be held upon said Petition on March 28, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as this case may be heard, to have the minor declared to be a ward of the Court, and for other relief under the Juvenile Court Act. The Court has authority in this case to take from you the custody and guardianship of the above named minor and to terminate parental rights, and if the petition requests termination of parental rights the parent may lose all parental rights to the child and the parent will not be entitled to further written notices of publication notices in this case except as required by Supreme Court Rule 11. UNLESS YOU APPEAR at the above named hearing and show cause to the contrary, AN ORDER OR JUDGMENT BY DEFAULT MAY BE ENTERED AGAINST YOU FOR THE RELIEF ASKED IN THE PETITION. March 3, 2014 /s/ Maureen A. Josh CLERK OF THE COURT (Published in the Daily Chronicle, March 6, 13 & 20, 2014.)

PUBLIC NOTICE STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TWENTY-THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DEKALB COUNTY FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF OMAHA a/k/a CASTLE BANK, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. METSPACE, LLC, an Illinois Limited Liability Company, PATRICIA A. DOCK-DOUGLAS, JAMES T. DOUGLAS, MICHAEL L. CARPENTER, METROPOLITAN JANITORIAL SERVICES, INC., as Tenant, UNKNOWN OWNERS, and NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, Defendants. IN CHANCERY CASE NO. 14 CH 50 NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF ACTION NOTICE is hereby given to Unknown Owners and Non-Record Claimants, of the Complaint for Foreclosure filed in the above entitled case on the 28th day of February, 2014, and that they are named Defendants in the above entitled case, pursuant to the provisions of 735 ILCS 5/2-206, 735 ILCS 5/15-1218 and 735 ILCS 5/15-1502, and that the above entitled mortgage foreclosure which is now pending in said court and the day on or after which a default may be entered against said Defendants is the 7th day of April, 2014, and that the following information applies to said foreclosure proceeding: (i) The names of all Plaintiffs and the case number are identified above. (ii) The Court in which said action was brought is identified above. (iii) The name of the title holder of record is: Metspace, LLC (iv) A legal description of the real estate sufficient to identify it with reasonable certainty is as follows: Parcel One: Lot 8 (except the East 3 feet thereof) in Block 28 in Gilson's Addition to the City of DeKalb, situated in DeKalb County, Illinois.

Name of Mortgage: Real Estate Mortgage Date of recording: August 13, 2007 County where recorded: DeKalb County Recording document identification: 2007014346 /s/ Timothy J. Conklin Timothy J. Conklin, Attorney for the Plaintiff THE FOSTER & BUICK LAW GROUP, LLC 2040 ABERDEEN COURT SYCAMORE, ILLINOIS 60178 PHONE: (815) 758-6616 (Published in the Daily Chronicle March 6, 13 & 20, 2014.)

PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TWENTY-THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS In the Matter of the Estate of: SHARON K. BRUMMEL, Deceased. Case No. 14 P 16 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is given of the death of Sharon K. Brummel, who died November 15, 2013, a resident of Shabbona, Illinois. Letters of Administration were issued on February 20, 2014, to Dudley Campbell, 16425 N. 108th Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, whose attorney is Matthew L. Brown, of Brown Law Group, LLC, 301 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115. Claims against the estate may be filed on or before August 27, 2014. Claims against the estate may be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court, 133 W. State St., Sycamore, IL 60178, or with the representative or both. Any claim not filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within 10 days after it has been filed.

ng Apr ng March 31, 2015, is available for review Starting March 10, at the Cortland Township Hall, 14 S. Prairie Street, Cortland, IL and the Budget Meeting will be held at the same address on Monday April 14, 2014 beginning at 6:15pm. (Published in the Daily Chronicle, March 13, 2014.)

PUBLIC NOTICE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS DATE: March 11, 2014 PROJECT: Renovation Work at LittleJohn Elementary School and Jefferson Elementary School for DeKalb C.U.S.D. #428, DeKalb, Illinois LOCATIONS: LittleJohn Elementary School, 1121 School Street, DeKalb, Illinois 60115 Jefferson Elementary School 211 McCormick Drive, DeKalb, Illinois 60115 OWNER: DeKalb Community Unit School District #428, 901 South 4th Street, DeKalb, Illinois 60115 ARCHITECT: Richard L. Johnson Associates, Inc., 4703 Charles Street, Rockford, Illinois 61108; Tel: 815/ 398-1231; Fax: 815/

398-1280 SCOPE: Bids will be received for a single contract for all Work. PRE-BID MEETING: All prospective General Contractors are urged to attend a pre-bid meeting at 3:30 pm, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at LittleJohn Elementary School, 1121 School St., DeKalb, Illinois 60115. DATE DUE: Sealed bids will be received until 2:00 pm, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at the Office of DeKalb #428 Unit Office, 901 South 4th Street, DeKalb, Illinois 60115 and will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time. PRE-BID SITE VISIT: Contractors are required to survey the existing conditions prior to bidding. ACCESS TO BIDDING DOCUMENTS: Bidding Documents are on file for reference at the following locations: Office of the Architect, Rockford, IL NIBCA (N. Ill. Bldg. Contractors Assn), Rockford, IL Bidding Documents may be secured from the office of the Architect. Plans and Specifications are for download at available under "Bidders".

PUBLIC NOTICE Notice to the Public and to All Interested Mortgage Lenders City of Aurora, Kane, DuPage, Will and Kendall Counties, Illinois Mortgage Credit Certificate Program City of Aurora, Kane, DuPage, Will and Kendall Counties, Illinois (the "City") intends to implement a Mortgage Credit Certificate Program (the "Program"), on its own behalf and on behalf of the other units of local government within the Eligible Program Area (as hereinafter defined) through intergovernmental cooperation, that will entitle eligible low and moderate income first-time homebuyers to a federal income tax credit. The following units of local government may be participating in the Program, and therefore, if such units of local government agree to participate in the Program, such homebuyers of one-to-four-family residences located in the following areas (the "Eligible Program Area") and meeting the other requirements of the Program may qualify for said federal income tax credit:

DEPOSIT REQUIRED: Bidders may secure up to two (2) sets of bidding documents by submitting a non-refundable check for $50.00 per set, or $60.00 per set if documents are to be mailed. BID FORM: Bids shall be submitted in duplicate on forms issued by Architect. BID SECURITY: Bids shall be accompanied by a Bid Security of at least 10% of the total amount of the base bid and all additive alternate bids. This may be in the form of a certified check, cashier's check, bank draft or bid bond, payable to the Owner as a guarantee that should the bidder be awarded the Work, the bidder will enter into a contract with the Owner and will furnish the proper performance and payment bond within the time limit set by the Owner. Bid securities will be returned to all other bidders when the successful bidder files a proper performance and payment bond and the contract is executed by the Owner. If the successful bidder fails to file such contract and performance and payment bond, the amount of his bid security shall be forfeited to the Owner as liquidated damages. WAGE RULES: Each craft, type of worker and mechanic needed to execute the Contract shall be paid the prevailing wage rate for the locality in which the work is performed, in accordance with all federal laws and laws of the State as well as local ordinances and regulations applicable to the work hereunder and having force of law. PERFORMANCE BOND: A performance and payment bond for the full amount of the Contract will be required of the successful bidder. All costs associated with the bond shall be included in the bid amount.

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RIGHTS RESERVED BY OWNER: The Owner reserves the right to waive any irregularities and/or reject any or all bids when, in the opinion of the Owner, such action will serve the best interests of the Owner. WITHDRAWAL OF BIDS: No bid may be withdrawn for a period of 60 days after the opening of bids without written consent of the Owner. By order of DeKalb Community Unit School District 428 (Published in the Daily Chronicle, March 13, 14 & 15, 2014.)

Public Notice is hereby given that on March 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 J'S LAWN CARE located at 325 E. Market St., Somonuak, IL 60558. Dated March 6, 2014 /s/ Douglas J. Johnson DeKalb County Clerk & Recorder (Published in the Daily Chronicle, March 13, 20 & 27, 2014.)

PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on March 3, 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 Camille's located at 127 S. Sacramento, Suite #5, Sycamore, IL 60178. Dated February 21, 2014 /s/ Douglas J. Johnson DeKalb County Clerk & Recorder (Published in the Daily Chronicle, March 6, 13, 20, 2014.)


AUCTION FIREARM AUCTION LARGEST IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS MATTOON, IL Sunday March 16th 9AM 800 Guns!!!! Winchesters; Singer 1911-A1; Parker 28ga.; Ruger Hawkeye; Colts; Brownings; More! Bauer Auction Service AUCTION STATE OF ILLINOIS SURPLUS PROPERTY ***ONLINE ONLY*** Begins Monday, March 17, 2014 Dump Trucks, Tractors, Back Hoes, Cars, More! As-Is No guarantees For Info:

ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on February 27, 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 NEW BEGINNINGS SALON AND SPA located at 575 N. Longmeadow St., Cortland, IL 60112. Dated February 27, 2014 /s/ Douglas J. Johnson DeKalb County Clerk & Recorder (Published in the Daily Chronicle, March 13, 20 & 27, 2014.)

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Daily Chronicle Classified 877-264-2527



The estate will be administered without Court supervision, unless under section 5/28-4 of the Probate Act (755 ILCS 5/28-4) any interested person terminates independent administration at any time by mailing or delivering a petition to terminate to the Clerk of the Circuit Court. (Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 27, March 6 & 13, 2014.)

PUBLIC NOTICE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN To the legal voters, residents of Cortland Township in the County of Dekalb and State of Illinois, that the Annual Town Meeting of said Town will take place on Tuesday April 8, 2014 At the hour of 6:30 pm at the Cortland Township Hall 14 S. Prairie Street, Cortland Illinois 60112 For the transaction of the miscellaneous business of the said town; and after a Moderator having been elected, will proceed to hear and consider reports of officers, and decide on such measures as many, in pursuance of law, come before the meeting; and especially to consider and decide the following.

Parcel Two: That part of Lots 8 and 9 in Block 28 in Gilson's Addition to the Original Village (now City) of DeKalb, according to the Plat thereof recorded March 18, 1856 in Book "A" of Plats, Page 21, situated in DeKalb County, Illinois, described as follows: Beginning at the Southeast corner of Lot 8; thence Westerly, along the Southerly line of said Lot 3.0 feet, thence Northerly, parallel with the East line of said Lot 8, 90.00 feet; thence Easterly, at right angles to the last described course, 3.18 feet; thence Southerly parallel with said East line, 90.12 feet to the South line of said Lot 9; thence Westerly along the South line of said Lot 9, 0.18 feet to the point of beginning, in DeKalb County, Illinois.

Meeting called to order by clerk Pledge of Allegiance Clerk requests nominations for Moderator Moderator takes charge off meeting Motion to approve minutes of Annual Meeting 2013 Reading of the Annual Financial Statement Response from the public limited to 3 minutes Motion to hold next year Annual Town Meeting Tuesday April 7, 2015 Motion to adjourn

(v) A common address or description of the location of the real estate is as follows: 821 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, Illinois 60115

Budget Review & Public Meeting Monday April 14, 2014 Cortland Township Budget Cortland Township Road & Bridge District Budget

(vi) An identification of the mortgage sought to be foreclosed is as follows: Name of mortgagor: Metspace, LLC Name of mortgagee: Castle Bank, N.A.

Notice is hereby given that the tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for Cortland Township and Cortland Township Road and Bridge District, County of Dekalb, State of Illinois, for the year beginning April 1, 2014 and ending

(Published in the Daily Chronicle, March 13, 2014.)


the City of Aurora, Illinois, the City of Joliet, Illinois, the Village of Lombard, Illinois, the City of Naperville, Illinois, the City of Peoria, Illinois, the City of Springfield, Illinois, the City of Washington, Illinois, Boone County, Illinois, Champaign County, Illinois, Coles County, Illinois, Cook County, Illinois, DeKalb County, Illinois, DuPage County, Illinois, Kankakee County, Illinois, Kendall County, Illinois, Lake County, Illinois, Macon County, Illinois, Madison County, Illinois, McLean County, Illinois, Ogle County, Illinois, Peoria County, Illinois, Rock Island County, Illinois, Tazewell County, Illinois, Will County, Illinois, and Winnebago County, Illinois.

Under the Program, a homebuyer who satisfies the eligibility requirements described below may receive a federal income tax credit in an amount equal to the product of the certificate credit rate (from 10% to 50%) established under the Program and the interest paid or accrued by the homebuyer during the taxable year on the remaining principal of the certified indebtedness amount incurred by the homebuyer to acquire the principal residence of the homebuyer; provided that, if the certificate credit rate exceeds 20%, such credit allowed in any taxable year may not exceed $2,000. In order to qualify to receive a mortgage credit certificate, the homebuyer must qualify for a conventional, FHA, VA or other home mortgage loan from a lending institution, and must meet the other requirements of the Program.

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The mortgage credit certificates will be issued to qualified mortgagors on a first-come, first-served basis by the City acting through an administrator, which will review applications from lending institutions and prospective mortgagors to determine compliance with the requirements of the Program, and determine that mortgage credit certificates remain available under the Program. No mortgage credit certificates will be issued prior to ninety (90) days from the last date of publication of this notice in the Eligible Program Area or after the date that all of the mortgage credit certificate amount has been allocated to homebuyers and in no event with respect to debt incurred after December 31, 2016. In order to satisfy the eligibility requirements for a mortgage credit certificate under the Program, (a) the prospective residence must be a one-to-four-family residence located within the geographic limits of the Eligible Program Area, that can be reasonably expected to become the principal residence of the mortgagor within a reasonable period of time after the financing is provided; (b) except for residences in certain targeted areas and residences for certain veterans, the mortgagors must not have had an ownership interest in a residence at any time during the three-year period before the mortgage is executed; (c) the prospective homebuyer's current income must not exceed, (i) for families of three (3) or more persons, 115% (140% for targeted areas) of the area median income, and (ii) for individuals and families of two (2) persons, 100% (120% for targeted areas) of the area median income; (d) the acquisition cost of the residence must not exceed 90% (110% for targeted areas) of the average area purchase price applicable to the residence; and (e) no part of the proceeds of the qualified indebtedness may be used to acquire or replace an existing mortgage. To obtain additional information on the Program as well as the current income and purchase price limits (which are subject to revision and adjustment from time to time by the City pursuant to applicable federal and state law), please call Monarch Mortgage Management LLC (312) 6645664, or write Monarch Mortgage Management LLC, Suite 500, 220 West Huron Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654. The City intends to maintain, and periodically update, a list of single family mortgage lenders that have stated that they will participate in the Program by making loans to qualified holders of the mortgage credit certificates. Applicants for mortgage credit certificates in connection with the Program will not be required to obtain financing from the lenders on said list. Any lender interested in appearing on this list or in obtaining additional information regarding the Program should call Monarch Mortgage Management LLC (312) 664-5664, or write Monarch Mortgage Management LLC, Suite 500, 220 West Huron Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654. If adequate interest is expressed, the City, through the administrator, may schedule a meeting with lenders to discuss in greater detail the requirements of the Program. This notice is published in satisfaction of the requirements of Section 25 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and Treasury Regulation Sections 1.25-7T and 1.25-3T(j)(4) issued thereunder regarding, the public notices prerequisite to the issuance of mortgage credit certificates and to maintaining a list of participating lenders. (Published in the Daily Chronicle, March 13, 2014.)

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