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Mobile home park purchase OK’d Evergreen Village residents flock to County Board meeting for details By ANDREA AZZO firstname.lastname@example.org SYCAMORE – Sycamore resident Jose Hernandez saw more Evergreen Village Mobile Home Park residents than ever before during Wednesday evening’s DeKalb County Board meeting. The residents of the mobile home park at 955 E. State St. near Sycamore were there to gather details on the $1.47 million offer to purchase the property from Evergreen Village owner Frank Santoro. The County Board approved
the purchase Wednesday. The county is scheduled to buy the park May 30. Residents will move as early as late June. Those who want to keep their homes will be helped with moving expenses. “It’s a major shock for everyone,” said Hernandez, who translated county officials’ words into Spanish for Evergreen Village residents in attendance, many of whom were Hispanic. “They’re going to be displaced. I hope they do what’s best for the people in the area, especially the kids and families.”
Letters will be sent to Evergreen Village residents in the next two weeks, and then officials will meet with them individually in May to discuss mobile home values and moving assistance, said Paul Miller, county planning director. Values of the homes will be determined based upon figures listed in both the Kelley Blue Book and Marshall & Swift handbook. Based on the age of some of the homes and the fact they’ve been damaged by floods, values are estimated as low as $2,000 and as high as $30,000, Miller said.
Residents will not be compensated for any repairs or renovations they made after the 2008 flood, Miller said. Evergreen Village sits on a Kishwaukee River flood plain. “They should have known during the flood that it wasn’t a good place to put your money,” Miller said. Residents have the right to disagree with the offer, but the decision of home values will ultimately be up to the state of Illinois, Miller said. Jeffery Metzger, County Board chairman, applauded the county’s swift efforts to get
will be on doing what is best for Evergreen Village residents. “We’ve got to take care of these folks,” he said. “We’ve got to take care of the residents.” The most eager residents will relocate in June, then more will relocate in July, August and September. The goal is to relocate families with school-age children before the next school year, Miller said. Spanish translators will be available for those who need translation assistance, Miller said.
everything finalized before the Wednesday deadline. Santoro had previously rejected offers to buy the property, which includes 33 acres of farmland and about 6 acres of railroad right-of-way nearby, but changed his mind just before the deadline because he felt he had no other choice. “They gave me an ultimatum, so then I stopped to think what my options are,” Santoro told the Daily Chronicle on Tuesday. “I decided to take the money even though I don’t think it’s the right amount.” Metzger said the focus now
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Maria Cardoza participates in an abdominal workout Tuesday during a Live Healthy Team Challenge class at the YMCA in Sycamore. Kishwaukee Hospital partners with the YMCA to offer this program, which is similar to TV’s “Biggest Loser.”
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email@example.com DeKALB – DeKalb resident Jackie Brown has lost more than 90 pounds since giving birth to her son in July 2011. Brown credits Kishwaukee YMCA, 2500 W. Bethany Road, Sycamore, for teaching her how to be healthy through the Live Healthy Team Challenge. The eightweek fitness program puts
Do you think you are healthier now than you were a year ago? Vote online at Daily-Chronicle. com. YMCA members into teams and offers weekly exercise workouts and education on nutrition and health at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb.
“I’ve helped others lose weight through motivation and inspiration,” said Brown who writes about her quest to live healthy on her blog, melossingweight. com. “Taking the class motivates me.” The recent efforts launched by Kishwaukee YMCA and other community health organizations may help explain DeKalb County’s improved rankings in an annual report by County
Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a national nonprofit organization that collects data from all 50 states and categorizes the counties in each state while detailing a variety of health factors. County Health Rankings and Roadmaps ranks counties in two ways. DeKalb County ranked 10th in the state in the category of health outcomes, which looks at length and quality of life. The county also
ranked 26th in the state in the category of health factors, which considers health behaviors, clinical care, physical environment and social and economic factors. These rankings are better than last year’s, which showed DeKalb County was 14th in health outcomes and 36th in health factors. The 2014 report uses data
SYCAMORE – Demond Hunt’s expression was stoic Wednesday as he learned jurors had convicted him of armed robbery with a firearm and aggravated battery. Hunt, 22, of Matteson, could be sentenced to more years in prison than he’s lived so far after the jury found he took a cellphone and purse from two DeKalb apartment office employees and hit one of them Demond in a November Hunt robbery. He could be sentenced to between 21 and 75 years in prison; his sentencing date will be set today. Jurors deliberated for about 10 hours, staying at the DeKalb County Courthouse until 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, and resuming at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. During a two-day trial, prosecutors tried to prove a masked Hunt burst into University Heights’ office about 4 p.m. Nov. 27, pointed a gun at the two women working there and demanded money from the safe. When they told him they didn’t have access to the safe, he hit one across the face with the gun and stole their personal items, including a cellphone and a purse containing a wedding ring, prosecutors said. Police found the stolen cellphone in Hunt’s girlfriend’s University Heights apartment, along with a loaded gun
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Marathon organizers confident of safe race By BOB SALSBERG The Associated Press BOSTON – The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week. The actions of the man, whose mother said he had a mental disorder, rattled nerves as Boston prepared for the annual race, but authorities said they did not consider it a security breach. Officials also expressed confidence in heightened security measures for Monday’s event while acknowledging the challenge of protecting an estimated 1 million spectators and 36,000 runners across 26.2 miles and eight Massachusetts communities. Security plans include thousands of uniformed police, hundreds of plainclothes officers and about 100 strategically positioned video cameras that will monitor the crowds. Police also strongly discouraged spectators from bringing backpacks. “I believe this will be the safest place on the planet on April 21,” said Dave McGillivray, the long-time race director for the Boston Athletic Association. Boston police detonated the suspicious backpack Tuesday night, along with a second backpack that was later found to have been left behind by a journalist covering the day’s remembrances, Police Commissioner William Evans said. Neither bag was determined to have explosives. The 25-year-old suspect, Kevin “Kayvon” Edson, was arraigned Wednesday on several charges including threatening battery and possession of a hoax device. Bail was set at $100,000 and a judge ordered that Edson be evaluated at a state psychiatric hospital.
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Boston Police officer John Quinn walks with Miller his bomb detection canine, across the finish line while sweeping the area Wednesday in preparation for the Boston Marathon in Boston. Evans said that Boylston Street, where the finish line is located and where twin bombs killed three people and injured more than 260 others last year, was not in lockdown when Edson walked down the street barefoot in the pouring rain, wearing a black veil and paint on his face. Along with the rice cooker, a robot mask was also found in the backpack, officials said. “That individual, like anyone, had the right to basically walk up the street,” Evans said. Because he was acting suspiciously, however, police quickly inter-
vened, he said. According to a police report read aloud in court Wednesday, Edson told an officer: “I knew what I was doing, it was conceived in my head. It’s symbolism, come on. The performance got the best of me.” Joie Edson said her son had battled bipolar disorder for many years and that his mental state had recently deteriorated. His lawyer, public defender Shannon Lopez, said he was diagnosed with mental illness at 19 and that a doctor said Edson showed signs of being off his medication recently.
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Metra files reveal years of political patronage The ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO – Files documenting a lengthy history of political patronage hiring at the Chicago area’s Metra commuter rail agency reveal that some of Illinois’ most well-known politicians routinely recommended job candidates. The nearly 800 index cards list the names of candidates for jobs, promotions or raises and the powerful politicians weighing in on their behalf during a period from 1983 to 1991.While there’s no smoking gun showing illegal activity took place, the files offer a look at Illinois politicians’ widespread use of jobs at publicly funded agencies to reward supporters and wield influence. The existence of the index cards was first made public March 31 by a task force scrutinizing Metra and Chicago’s other transit agencies after a former Metra CEO claimed he was forced out for resisting political pressure in personnel and contract decisions. But the panel’s report only named Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan as being among the prominent and frequent backers of job candidates. Copies released Tuesday by Metra in response to Freedom of Information
Act requests show many other prominent Democrats and Republicans were named in the cards. They included Democrats such as late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon, late Illinois Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch and current Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Among Republicans were former Gov. George Ryan and former Lt. Gov. Bob Kustra. Since the files date back decades, the intervention of many of those named took place at earlier points in their political careers. Madigan has acknowledged a recent instance of recommending a raise for someone who had donated to his political campaigns. But his spokesman has dismissed the task force report as “amateurish” while saying the claims over the index cards date back so far that Madigan couldn’t be expected to recall if any were true. Besides Madigan, another name that appears frequently on the cards is former Metra board member Don Udstuen, who often acted as an intermediary. In one instance, he put forward a referral that apparently came from thenU.S. Rep. George Sangmeister. The
card refers to the job seeker as a “good candidate” except that he failed a typing test and a retest. A notation said the candidate will “keep trying” to pass and “will call us when ready.” The task force that first noted the cards was created by Gov. Pat Quinn to recommend ways to root out political patronage, restore public confidence and improve the operation of Chicago’s transit agencies. Metra has announced reform steps and put in place new leadership. In a section of its report titled “The Patronage Files,” the task force concluded that not all of the referrals were accepted, but that it appeared recommendations from officials with greater weight did result in jobs, raises and promotions. “While there is nothing inherently improper (much less illegal) about a person recommending someone else for a job or promotion, there is something systemically wrong when such references on behalf of politically connected individuals seem to dominate and control the process to the detriment of better qualified candidates,” the report said.
Obama, Biden announce $600M for job grants By DARLENE SUPERVILLE The Associated Press OAKDALE, Pa. – Emphasizing skills training as key to a growing middle class, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced $600 million in competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs to help people land good-paying jobs. “When it comes to training our workers, not all of today’s good jobs require a four-year college degree,” Obama said. “But I promise you, there’s not a job out there that’s going to pay a lot if you don’t have some specialized training.” With the economy recovering and unemployment still stubbornly high at 6.7 percent, Obama portrayed skills training as critical to maintaining the U.S. competitive edge in a global economy that has rapidly changing technology and competition from countries like China. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritz-
ker, who traveled aboard Air Force One with Obama, said businesses spend $400 billion a year to train their workers. She said a goal of the new programs is to encourage employers to make that training available to others. Obama announced two programs, the larger of which will put nearly $500 million toward a job-training competition run by the Labor Department and designed to encourage community colleges, employers and industry to work together to create training programs for the jobs employers need to fill. Applications were to be available starting Wednesday and due by July 7. The program is part of an existing competitive grant program for community colleges that train dislocated workers for jobs. A priority will be placed on partnerships that include national entities, such as industry associations, that pledge to help design and institute programs that give job seekers a credential that will be accepted by employers across a particular industry.
Under the second program, scheduled to begin in the fall, the Labor Department will put an additional $100 million in grants toward rewarding partnerships that expand apprenticeship programs. This competition will focus, in part, on partnerships that create programs in high-growth fields, such as information technology, health care and advanced manufacturing, as well as programs that provide college credit or industry-wide skills certification. Obama said learn-on-the-job apprentice programs should be expanded because 9 out of 10 apprentices end up in jobs that pay average starting salaries of more than $50,000 a year. Obama said “jobs know no borders” in a 21st century global economy where companies can lure the best-educated and most highly skilled workers from anywhere in the world. He said countries like Germany, China and India know this and are “working every day to out-educate our kids so they can out-compete our businesses.”
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8CORRECTIONS A headline on page A1 of Wednesday’s Daily Chronicle misstated the government agency that plans to purchase the Evergreen Village Mobile Home Park property. DeKalb County government is running the project with federal and state grant funds. The Daily Chronicle regrets the error. Accuracy is important to the Daily Chronicle, and we want to correct mistakes promptly. Please call errors to our attention by phone, 815-756-4841, ext. 2257; email, email@example.com; or fax, 815-758-5059.
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DeKalb D-428 could dismiss advanced middle school classes
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By KATIE DAHLSTROM firstname.lastname@example.org DeKALB – Some DeKalb School District 428 administrators want to eliminate advanced classes from middle schools, but board members aren’t convinced it’s a good idea. The proposal would eliminate advanced language arts and math classes for students in sixth through eighth grade, although eighth-graders would still be able to take Algebra I, an advanced class. Both Clinton Rosette and Huntley Middle schools offer advanced sections for each of the two teams middle school students are split between, but officials did not know how many students take them. “We will still have honors-level work,” Assessment Coordinator Laura Edwards told school board members Tuesday night. “It will just take place in every classroom for those students that need it.” Instead of advanced classes, DeKalb High School Assistant Principal Jennie Hueber and Edwards said regular courses would become more rigorous to align classroom instruction with the Common Core standards. Teachers would focus on hands-on teaching for students in the same classroom at different levels, a teaching philosophy known as differentiation. Some board members were skeptical of the plan. “It seems like when we’re eliminating some of the top
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Police: Woman hit man with tire iron along I-88 By JILLIAN DUCHNOWSKI email@example.com SYCAMORE – A 38-yearold Chicago woman accused of striking a family or household member with a tire iron was released on her own recognizance this week. An Illinois State Police officer saw Kristina D. Richardson, of the 1500 block of South Drake Avenue, hysterical and running toward his car about 5:30 a.m. Friday, according to court records.
The officer sepa r a t e d Richardson and the man driving the vehicle and learned Richardson had bit the man and hit him with a tire iron, court
records show. The incident happened along Interstate 88 near the Peace Road exit. Richardson was charged with aggravated battery and
domestic battery. If convicted of the more serious charge, aggravated battery, Richardson could face probation or up to five years in prison. Richardson’s bail originally was set at $20,000, which would require posting $2,000 to be released while the case is pending, but DeKalb County Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert reduced it Tuesday so she could be released on her own recognizance. Richardson is next due in court May 20.
tier and trying to squish everybody in the middle,” board member Tom Matya said. Edwards said the district doesn’t have enough students to fill the 70 spots in advanced courses at each grade level, leaving leaders debating whether to offer smaller advanced classes or put advanced students on one team in the middle schools. Nothing in the presentation was enough to convince board member Nina Fontana that getting rid of advanced classes would be a good move. “If you take away the honors class, you’re taking away that one whole group of students who really need that extra push, that extra depth that is taught in those classes that you can’t bring to every student in every class,” Fontana said, adding she thought advanced students would be bored. Assistant Superintendent Doug Moeller, who will become the superintendent this summer, contended offering advanced classes at the middle school level was something the district did under the antiquated Illinois State Standards, which were replaced by more robust Common Core stan-
“If you take away the honors class, you’re taking away that one whole group of students who really need that extra push, that extra depth that is taught in those classes that you can’t bring to every student in every class.” Nina Fontana D-428 board member
dards. “The bar is being significantly raised for all students right out of the gate. So the differentiation issue, the issue with students being bored, is not going to be there,” Moeller said. “We’re also going to have to raise the bar on what it takes for students to be placed in advanced classes.” Edwards said pulling advanced classes from the middle schools might not be a permanent solution. “This is a for-right-now decision, not necessarily a forever decision,” Edwards said. Because the item was up for information and discussion only, board members did not take action. Board President Tracy Williams said the proposal would take some careful consideration and more research before it comes before the board again in May.
8LOCAL BRIEFS Woman faces charges after being hit by car SANDWICH – A 20-year-old Waterman woman faces criminal charges after she ran in front of a car last week while intoxicated and was struck by the car, authorities said. Brandi N. Palm- Brandi er, of the 10000 Palmer block of Shabbona Grove Road, was charged with underage drinking and pedestrian under the influence. Sandwich police were dispatched about 8:25 p.m. April 10, to Casey’s on Route 34 for a report of an accident. When officers arrived, they found Palmer lying in the road. After talking to witnesses and the driver, police learned Palmer had run in front of the car and was hit, authorities said. Palmer was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries, police said. An employee at Valley West Hospital said she was unaware whether Palmer was still hospitalized. Palmer is due in Sandwich City Court on May 21.
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D-424 plans meeting on special education
GENOA – Genoa-Kingston School District 424 will hold a meeting at 3 p.m. May 8 to discuss the district’s plans
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to provide special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools or are home-schooled within the district during the 2014-15 school year. The meeting will be held in the district office community room at Genoa-Kingston High School, 980 Park Ave., Genoa. Parents who live within District 424’s boundaries and have home-schooled students who have been or may be identified as having a disability are urged to attend. For information, contact Karen Simmons, director of student services, at 815-784-7023.
Public comment sought at hearing on power lines The Illinois Commerce Commission will hold a public hearing April 24 in Elgin to hear comments on ComEd’s Grand Prairie Gateway project, a proposal to build a new electric transmission line through Ogle, DeKalb, Kane and DuPage counties. The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hemmens Auditorium, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. The Grand Prairie Gateway was proposed as a means to improve electric system reliability and alleviate constraints on the electricity grid. The ICC is considering the ComEd petition to install, operate and maintain this new overhead electric transmission line and other related facilities necessary for
its operation, in Docket 13-0657. Testimony in the case is available through the ICC website at www.icc.illinois.gov/docket/ Search.aspx. Written and spoken comments will be accepted at the public hearing. Interested people also may file comments through the ICC’s public comment link on the website at www.icc.illinois.gov/ docket/comment/ or call the ICC’s consumer services division at 800-524-0795.
Crime Stoppers seeks tips in Genoa, Sycamore thefts Crime Stoppers is seeking information in two crime investigations: a burglary in Genoa and stop sign thefts in Sycamore. In the overnight hours of April 7, tools, several new Interstate automotive batteries and an undisclosed amount of cash were taken from a garage in the 600 block of Park Avenue in Genoa. In the past several weeks, stop signs were stolen from the intersection of Spears Road and Motel Road; and Prosser Drive and Thomas Drive in Sycamore. Anyone with information about the thefts, items taken or those involved should contact DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at crimestoppers@dekalbcounty. org or 815-895-3272. Callers need not give their name. Crime Stoppers may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
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Chicago casino plan draws more support at hearing By SOPHIA TAREEN The Associated Press CHICAGO – A proposal for a state-owned Chicago casino won praise Wednesday from business groups and a warmer reception from a state regulatory board than past attempts to expand gambling, but the plan also drew criticism from downstate officials and the horse racing industry, who said it would cheat them out of needed revenues and jobs. The hearing in Chicago, which wasn’t heated like public exchanges in other parts of Illinois, was the latest attempt to bolster gambling, but questions were also raised about support for the legislation in an election year where other major fiscal issues are pending. Previous bills approved by legislators were twice rejected by Gov. Pat Quinn largely over ethical concerns about corruption, and last year’s bill calling for five casinos fizzled out after the Illinois Gaming Board scrutinized plans that would have allowed Chicago to have authority over a casino. State Rep. Bob Rita, a Blue Island Democrat sponsoring the plans, said he wanted to gauge interest in a Chicago-only plan and give lawmakers options. Two proposals are on the table: One adds five casinos, including in Chicago, plus slots at racetracks. The other calls for a mega-casino in Chicago. In both plans, the Chicago casino would be state run, which Rita said was in response to past criticism. “There are certainly im-
provements,” gaming board attorney Caleb Melamed told lawmakers. “This is a significantly different piece of legislation than previous years.” He voiced other concerns about the potential of saturating the market with other Chicago-area casinos. He also questioned a state-run casino, a model that’s unusual among other states. The Chicago Crime Commission objected to the structure, calling for an operator-owned model like other casinos and more protections against corruption. Chicago-area pastors and anti-gambling groups also warned lawmakers of possible social costs on either plan, such as more people hooked on gambling. “Casino gambling is really nothing more than an increased tax on those who can’t afford it,” said Matt Fitzgerald, senior pastor at St. Pauls United Church of Christ in Chicago. Noticeably absent from Wednesday’s hearing were Chicago city officials, even while chamber of commerce groups said a downtown Chicago casino – in either plan – would create jobs and benefit the economy with estimated revenues between $450 million to $950 million. The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and urban planners envisioned a Chicago casino as a draw for tourists and locals, with shopping and live shows. They said possible locations included the Congress Plaza Hotel, the top floors of a downtown Macy’s department store or the James R. Thompson Center, which is a state building.
8LOCAL BRIEF Cause of DeKalb kitchen fire remains unknown DeKALB – The cause of a kitchen fire Wednesday in a DeKalb home remains unknown as fire crews continue to investigate the incident. DeKalb Fire Department was dispatched about 12:28 p.m. Wednesday to 427 N. 14th St. after the homeowner called 911 to report a structure fire. It took crews eight minutes to control the fire, which started as a “smoldering fire on the kitchen countertop” and caused $30,000 in damage, according to a city of DeKalb news release. Smoke could be seen from
the two-story, single-family home, but the fire damage was contained to the kitchen, the release states. The damage included kitchen appliances and windows, DeKalb Fire Chief Eric Hicks said. There were no injuries, but the family has been displaced. Red Cross also was called to the scene to assist the occupants of the home. Crews were at the scene for about an hour and 30 minutes. Crews will continue to work with investigators to find a cause, Hicks said. – Andrea Azzo
8POLICE REPORTS Note to readers: Information in Police Reports is obtained from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and city police departments. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime have not been proven guilty in court.
DeKalb County Terese N. Snyder, 40, of the 34900 block of Roosevelt Road, Genoa, was arrested Tuesday, April 15, on a warrant for contempt of court. Michael G. Miller, 33, of the 1100 block of Rose Drive, Sycamore, was arrested Tuesday, April 15, on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a domestic battery charge.
DeKalb city Jonathan M. Rotondi, 18, of the 800 block of Dedham Lane, Bartlett, was charged Saturday, April 5, with underage drinking. Corey D. Johnson, 43, of DeKalb, was charged Saturday, April 5, with possession of a controlled substance. Brittney M. Russell, 25, of the 900 block of Darlington Lane, Crystal Lake, was charged Saturday, April 5, with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug parapher-
nalia. Tony T. Clemons, 33, of the 8800 block of South Normal Avenue, Chicago, was charged Saturday, April 5, with domestic battery. Richard C. Dahlberg, 43, of the 900 block of State Street, DeKalb, was charged Sunday, April 6, with theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories. Yaw Nyarko, 22, of the 2700 block of North Monitor Avenue, Chicago, was charged Monday, April 7, with residential burglary. Benjamin C. Tishler, 22, of the 800 block of Ridge Drive, DeKalb, was charged Wednesday, April 9, with domestic battery. Elargam B. Elalaoui, 22, of the 600 block of Lucinda Avenue, DeKalb, was charged Sunday, April 6, with keeping a disorderly house. Darius E. Davis, 20, of the 300 block of Deerpath Lane West, DeKalb, was charged Sunday, April 6, with underage possession of alcohol. Leroy L. Jefferson, 19, of the 3100 block of Monroe Street, Bellwood, was charged Sunday, April 6, with possession of marijuana and underage possession of alcohol.
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Gallagher: ‘We’re trying to make the healthy choice the easy choice’ • HEALTH Continued from page A1 from sources including the National Center for Health Statistics and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Social and economic factors make up 40 percent of a county’s health factors score. Jane Lux, DeKalb County Health Department public health administrator, said her staff looks at this data each year to determine what areas need improvement. The rankings also show that in a sample size of 303 people in DeKalb County, 20 percent of those people smoke. That worries Lux. “Smoking remains the main cause of preventable death in the U.S.,” she said. “If we can reduce that, that would have a huge impact on health.” The county health department promotes Illinois Tobacco Quitline, a free resource in which certified counselors help people quit smoking. The department also offers classes on quitting, has public health media campaigns and promotes policies that prevent tobacco use, Lux said. YMCA officials credit
Top five Illinois counties for health outcomes 1. Woodford County 2. Kendall County 3. DuPage County 4. Schuyler County 5. Jo Daviess County DeKalb County’s rank: 10
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their recent efforts that are helping locals become healthier. In January 2013, they began offering the majority of their classes to members
for free, said Heather Eade, Kishwaukee YMCA marketing and communications director. Live Healthy DeKalb County, an initiative coordinated with area school districts, park districts and health organizations, also promotes connectivity to health in the area, said Kara Gallagher, Kishwaukee YMCA director of strategic health initiatives. “We’re trying to help make the healthy choice the easy choice,” Gallagher said. DeKalb resident Jennifer Lavoie is learning that through Live Healthy Team Challenge. She decided to participate in the program to live healthier. Lavoie said her father died at the age of 68 of heart disease. Lavoie was exercising using a fitness ball Tuesday at Kishwaukee YMCA. She said she prefers Pilates, yoga and fitness walking sticks. Live Healthy Team Challenge shows participants a different method of exercise each session. “It’s good to try new things you wouldn’t have thought you’d like,” Lavoie said. “This helps people find what they love by giving them variety.”
Cellphone, gun, Hunt’s wallet found in girlfriend’s apartment • ROBBERY Continued from page A1 and Hunt’s wallet, DeKalb police detective Paul Mott testified Tuesday. A DeKalb County jail officer found a wedding band the victim identified as hers in Hunt’s cargo pants pocket after he was arrested Dec. 5. The girlfriend – Mariah Romero, 22, now of University Park – testified against Hunt on Monday. Prosecutors offered her a plea agreement that would keep her out of prison in exchange for testifying truthfully against Hunt.
She is next due in court April 29. During closing arguments Tuesday, Assistant Public Mariah DefenderCharles Romero Criswell tried to cast doubt on Romero’s credibility. Romero, who told police Hunt’s name was Desmond Oliver, told police six different stories about what happened that day, including claims that other men were responsible. She also provided the only evidence placing Hunt at the apartment building at 1120 Varsity
Blvd. the day of the robbery, Criswell said. Meanwhile, prosecutors pointed to Hunt’s statements after he was arrested. Hunt initially claimed he was being framed and had only been to DeKalb once, but later he asked how he could keep Romero out of the situation and how much prison time someone would get if they were honest about what happened, Mott testified. “Is that the statements of someone who didn’t have anything to do with this robbery?” Assistant State’s Attorney Duke Harris asked jurors. “Absolutely not.”
DeKALB – Marilyn Ramona Courtney, 90, of DeKalb, Ill., died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center, DeKalb. She was born March 15, 1924, in DeKalb, the daughter of Raymond and Ruth (Olson) Sanderson. She was raised in rural DeKalb County and graduated from Shabbona High School. Marilyn was married to the late Thomas E. Courtney on Sept. 25, 1943. They had six children and were lifelong DeKalb residents. She was a member of DeKalb County Farm Bureau, Catholic Daughters of America 996, and St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb. Marilyn was a founding member of the Kishwaukee Country Club. Survivors include son, Tom (Roe) Courtney of Titusville, Fla.; daughters, Susan (Patrick) Marshall of DeKalb and Erin (Robert) Hooks of Brighton, Mich.; six grandchildren, Todd and Bryan Courtney, Sean and Kevin Marshall and 2nd Lt. Christopher and Colleen Hooks; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, on Jan. 3, 1998; sons, Kevin and Craig, on Jan. 5, 1983; and son, David, on Jan. 29, 2002. There will be no formal services held. Cremation will be handled by the Finch Crematory, and burial of cremated remains will be at a later date at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb. The family would like to thank DeKalb County Hospice and Oak Crest for all their care. Memorials can be made to the National Autism Association, or Tails Humane Society. Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb. To send an online condolence, visit www.ronanmoorefinch.com; 815-758-3841. To sign the online guest book, visit www.legacy.com/daily-chronicle.
TIFFANY M. TAYLOR Tiffany Marie Taylor, 20, of DeKalb, Ill., died April 12, 2014, in a tragic accident. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Christ Community Church, DeKalb, after a visitation from 9:30 to 11 a.m. For additional information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd. com or call Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, at 815-756-1022. Visit www.legacy.com/daily-chronicle.
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Sober house plan deserved better debate
The battle ahead on ‘personhood’ legislation By GREG SARGENT The Washington Post Some of the most hard-fought Senate races this fall are likely to feature big fights over “personhood.” A number of GOP Senate candidates, many of whom are still in primary races, are on record supporting measures that declare, in some form, that full human rights begin at the moment of fertilization. Once the general election races get underway, Democrats are likely to attack Republicans over this – broadening the battle for female voters beyond issues such as pay equity to include an emotionally fraught cultural argument that Democrats have previously used to their advantage. This has already appeared in Colorado. Republican Rep. Cory Gardner renounced his previous support for personhood after entering the Senate contest, admitting that it “restricts contraception.” Democrats seized on the reversal to argue that Gardner supports protecting women’s health only when politically necessary. Gardner co-sponsored the Life at Conception Act, which provides for constitutional protection of the right to life of each “preborn human person,” defined as existing
from the “moment of fertilization.” Co-sponsors of the act include Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Rep. Steve Daines of Montana, both of whom are expected to become their state’s GOP Senate nominee. Meanwhile, McClatchy reports, three leading GOP Senate candidates in North Carolina – Thom Tillis, Greg Brannon and Mark Harris – favor a “personhood” constitutional amendment that would “grant legal protections to a fertilized human egg and possibly ban some forms of birth control.” In Georgia, three top Senate candidates – Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston – co-sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which gives “full human rights to human zygotes from the moment of fertilization,” according to a Huffington Post report. In Iowa, Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst – who is running against Democrat Bruce Braley, supported a “personhood” amendment to the state constitution. In Michigan, Terri Lynn Land didn’t mention rape or incest as exceptions to her anti-abortion stance in an interview with Politico. In Louisiana, Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy – who is running against Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu, was marked down by the Louisiana Family Forum as opposing abortion in cases of rape and incest (a spokesperson said
he is “staunchly pro life”). Democrats are more likely to make an issue of this in North Carolina, Montana, Iowa and Michigan than in more conservative Georgia, Arkansas and Louisiana. Virginia’s 2012 Senate race may be a model: Democrats savaged Republican George Allen with ads highlighting his support for personhood legislation, suggesting he would infringe on women’s rights and jeopardize their health in service of a hidebound, reactionary agenda. Jennifer Duffy of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report told me Democrats are likely to use personhood to appeal to “moderate Republican-leaning women who tend to vote against the GOP on this issue” – even as they push a women’s economic agenda designed to boost core turnout. “Part of the point is to get them to show up. If this issue drives them to the polls, they’re not voting for Republicans.” Democrats have been counting on Obamacare receding as an issue and have been pushing to broaden the conversation to women’s economic issues. It’s possible that the health care law will continue to fade from the headlines and that the focus on women’s health and reproductive issues will intensify.
Why ambitious ideas always backfire politically Americans say they want politicians to tackle the big issues and get things done. In 2008, they even elected a presidential candidate who said he was interested in “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Yet almost every time elected officials have tried bold problem-solving in the past 20 years, it has produced a backlash against them. The more ambitious the attempt, the worse the political repercussions have been. The pattern has persisted now through three administrations. President Bill Clinton’s attempt to ban assault weapons succeeded, and his attempt to reform health care failed; both of them contributed to his party’s loss of the House and Senate in 1994. President George W. Bush’s ambitious initiatives also backfired. The education reform called No Child Left Behind, although it passed on a bipartisan vote, became unpopular as parents blamed it for schools’ “teaching to the test.” Bush’s attempt to make Social Security solvent arrested any momentum he had after his re-election. And a lot of the Congress members who voted for the 2008 legislation that rescued the financial system now probably wish they could have done it by secret ballot. The two most important pieces of legislation to be proposed under President Barack Obama – the 2009 fiscal stimulus and the 2010 health-care law – both passed but got mostly negative reviews. The health law seems to have cost the Democrats seats in 2010 and may again this fall. There have been exceptions to the rule under each president. Bush’s tax cuts and Obama’s financial regulations don’t appear to have either helped or hurt the politicians behind them very much. And both welfare reform under Clinton and a prescrip-
VIEWS Ramesh Ponnuru tion-drug benefit for seniors under Bush actually paid off politically. The successful cases are instructive. In both, a president was playing on the other side’s turf: scaling back an entitlement in the Democrat’s case and expanding one in the Republican’s. And in both cases some of the political benefit was merely the avoidance of pain. When Bush ran for president, for example, he had to endorse the popular Democratic proposal for a prescription-drug benefit, and not delivering on his promise would have hindered his re-election. The British politician Enoch Powell once remarked that “in the welfare state, not to take away is more blessed than to give.” In the 1960s, it may have been possible for a politician to offer voters benefits, seemingly for free, and rise in the polls as a result. But the sense that our government is now overextended may have made such expansion seem less feasible without making retrenchment appealing. People are markedly unhappy with the status quo, but they’re even more fearful of what might take its place. That’s a coherent set of attitudes built on distrust for the political class in Washington. If voters think politicians have made a lot of messes, they may presume that their solutions will only make things worse. That kind of skepticism is recognizably conservative, but it isn’t ideologically conservative. It creates a high hurdle for ambitious free-market and limited-government reforms just as much as for liberal ones. Whatever the explanation for this legislative curse, it must have something to do
with how frequently power has gone back and forth between the parties over the past two decades. It also helps explain the fond memories people have of Clinton’s presidency. Americans think better of Clinton’s time in office than they do of either Bush’s or Obama’s. In part that’s because the 1990s were a time of relative peace and prosperity. Perhaps it’s also because Clinton’s health-care law failed and he undertook no grand initiatives during the six years he governed with Congress under opposition control. He came back from the 1994 congressional defeats by blocking the Republicans’ big plans and undertaking small-scale efforts, such as encouraging public schools to adopt uniforms. George Will of the Washington Post called Clinton the least consequential president since Calvin Coolidge, the difference being that the latter was inconsequential by design. When Bush ran to replace Clinton, he scorned his predecessor’s lowered ambitions. “So much promise, to no great purpose,” was one of his refrains about Clinton at the Republican convention in 2000. Bush famously derided “small ball” politics. But maybe in our era small ball is what people like. If so, then activists with more far-reaching agendas will have to resign themselves to advancing them in small bits. And people considering running for office should know that politics, for the foreseeable future, is probably not going to be much fun.
• Ramesh Ponnuru is a Bloomberg View columnist, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior editor at National Review. Follow him on Twitter at @RameshPonnuru.
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A plan to buy a home at 303 E. Exchange St. in Sycamore for use as a sober-living house deserved better debate than it received from the DeKalb County Board. The proposal was to purchase the 2,388-squarefoot house, which is divided into two apartments, for $146,000. It would have been a monitored residence for no more than eight people suffering from substance abuse issues, blocks away from the county courthouse in Sycamore. Residents would be male participants in the county’s drug court program, who have lacked a local home that will welcome them since the county established For the record the program in 2006. About a third of the participants The building is on the have to stay in locations outwrong side of the street, so side the area and still find the plan is no good, county a way back to Sycamore to officials say. meet the program requirements. The proposal was pushed aside however, not based on its merits, but because it did not jibe with the DeKalb County’s 100-year plan for growth at its Sycamore campus. The document, available online at the county’s website, shows that the plans for 100-year growth call for no county buildings to be east of Walnut Street. And the house drug court officials proposed to buy was on the northeast corner of Exchange and Walnut streets. The building is on the wrong side of the street, so the plan is no good, county officials said. That spares them from having to have what could be a messy debate about whether the home would be safe to operate in a neighborhood – a neighborhood where one County Board member, Anthony Cvek, happens to live. (Cvek has said he had no issue with the house being so close to his own; it just didn’t fit with the plan.) To operate the facility, the county would also have required a special use permit from the Sycamore City Council. But should the 100-year plan apply here? This would not be a county building like the county jail or courthouse or highway department buildings. It would be a place where people would live, under supervision from drug court officials. Residences are usually located in neighborhoods. Was a county sober-living facility envisioned by the people who drafted the growth plan in 2001? Considering the drug court program did not exist at the time, probably not. Maybe the proposal to have drug court participants live in the house would have worked, and maybe it would not have. It is only natural that neighbors would have concerns – neighbors anywhere will have concerns. Drug court officials had little opportunity to address those concerns, however. Instead, the proposal was killed. As they shelved this proposal, some County Board members said they want the county to have a sober-living facility for its male drug court participants, only, not there. Time will tell if they are sincere in that or not.
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System fails to keep guns from mentally ill Should a man with a long history of mental health issues have 54 guns in his house? Most reasonable people would say no, but that appears to have been the case with 62-year-old Rodney Bruce Black of Barboursville, W.Va. Black has been indicted on two counts of murder in the Jan. 25 shooting deaths of Garrick Hopkins, 60, and his brother Carl Hopkins Jr., 61, of Oak Hill, W.Va. They were attempting to open a shed on the adjacent property, which Garrick Hopkins had just purchased, when shots rang out from a bedroom window. Black is charged with firing the fatal gunshots without warning with a .243-caliber rifle. Neighbors had described Black as reclusive, but his public defender went a step further during a recent hearing and revealed the defendant had a history of mental health problems going back 30 years. Investigators have said little about how Black came to have the 37 long guns and 17 handguns found in his home. Federal law prohibits people ruled to be mentally defective or committed to a mental institution from purchasing or owning guns. But the system in place to prevent that is inadequate and flawed. Background checks are required for many gun purchases, and those requests should be run through the FBI database. It does have 2.51 million mental health entries, but there are also gaps, because states are inconsistent about what they report and at least 17 states barely participate at all. It is too early to know what might have made a difference in Black’s case. But as the nation wrestles with how to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill, it is important to determine if the system failed and how. Huntington (W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch
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Bulls lose regular-season finale to Bobcats, 91-86, in overtime, but quickly shift focus to the Wizards, their first-round playoff opponent. PAGE B3
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NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOTBALL
Huskie Bowl format tweaked earn points, such as one-on-one pass rush, pass protection and 7-on-7. The Cardinal Team, coached by cornerbacks coach Kelvin Sigler, will be the defense, while the offense will be the Black Team coached by offenMore online sive line coach Joe Tripodi, who won last year’s Huskie Bowl. The team For all your Northern Illinois Universiwith the most points in the combined ty sports coverage – including stories, drills will be the winner. features, scores, photos, videos, blogs and “We came up with a good little formore – log on to HuskieWire.com. mat, and I kind of like this,” Carey said during Wednesday’s news conteam being split up evenly – “Cardi- ference at the Yordon Center. “It will nal” and “Black” rosters were drafted get some competition base, which is Danielle Guerra – email@example.com last week – the offense will go against what we’re always all about, and it NIU football coach Rod Carey yells out directions the defense in a scrimmage, and will be a good thing.” for the next drill during the first spring practice there will be a number of other drills See HUSKIE BOWL, page B3 in which the offense and defense can March 18 in the Chessick Center in DeKalb.
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Illinois shows off new-look uniforms, logo URBANA – The University of Illinois showed off new uniforms for football, basketball and other sports Wednesday that the school hopes will provide a recruiting edge. The uniforms were unveiled for a crowd of about 300 athletes, plus a crowded auditorium of fans. But a key target is recruits considering Illinois. “They talk about it a lot,” men’s basketball coach John Groce said, adding that he’ll be able to use the new uniforms on the recruiting trail almost immediately. Athletic director Mike Thomas added that Nike “has a pulse on what today’s 17-year-olds are looking for.” Athletes showed off allwhite, all-orange and allblue football uniforms with helmets featuring an updated version of the school’s longtime Block-I logo. Three sets of similarly colored men’s basketball uniforms also were unveiled. Running back Donovonn Young wore the all-white football uniform. He said he hopes Illinois’ new look might lend it some of the national identity that Oregon has developed. “Oregon is good, but their uniforms allow them to be cool,” he said. The school also showed off a new shield-shaped logo that incorporates the Block-I as well as stripes inspired by the jerseys worn by teams in the 1920s that featured Illini great Red Grange. Nike makes Illinois’ sports uniforms under a contract that expires next year. – Wire report
8WHAT TO WATCH NHL playoffs Blackhawks at St. Louis, Game 1, 7 p.m., CSN, NBCSN Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are back for the defending Stanley Cup champs against the third-seeded Blues. Also on TV... Pro baseball Atlanta at Philadelphia or Toronto at Minnesota, noon, MLBN St. Louis at Washington or Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m., MLBN Boston at White Sox, 7:10 p.m., CSN+ NHL playoffs Philadelphia at Rangers, Game 1, 6 p.m., CNBC Minnesota at Colorado, Game 1, 8:30 p.m., CNBC Los Angeles at San Jose, Game 1, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN Golf PGA Tour, The Heritage, first round, 2 p.m., TGC College baseball LSU at Mississippi, 6:30 p.m., ESPNU College softball Texas at Oklahoma, 8 p.m., ESPN2
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By STEVE NITZ firstname.lastname@example.org DeKALB – Rod Carey was forced to come up with a Plan B. His Northern Illinois Huskie football team has been Bowl banged up this spring, and Carey didn’t think the Huskies had the Cardinal bodies to stage SaturTeam vs. Black Team, 3 day’s Huskie Bowl as it p.m. Saturday was constructed. Carey still wanted to see the competition, so he just tweaked the format. Instead of the
SYCAMORE 12, DEKALB 1 (6 INN.)
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Sycamore first baseman Cooper Vinz stretches out for an incoming ball as DeKalb’s Noah Baert tries to beat the throw during the fifth inning Wednesday in DeKalb. Baert was called out on the play. Sycamore won, 12-1, after six innings.
Spartans’ bats take charge Jacox, Haacker both smack 2-run home runs in NI Big 12 victory By STEVE NITZ firstname.lastname@example.org DeKALB – Sycamore designated hitter Austin Jacox went 1 for 2 with two sacrifice flies and a long two-run home run to left field in the Spartans’ 12-1, six-inning win Wednesday over DeKalb in both teams’ Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference East opener. The thing is, Sycamore was able to get that output from Jacox in the No. 7 spot. In Wednesday’s win, the Spartans
More online For all your prep sports coverage – stories, features, scores, photos, videos and more – log on to Daily-Chronicle.com/dcpreps. (7-1. 1-0) got hits from seven of the nine batters in their lineup, while eight of the nine were able to reach base. Sycamore got homers from Jacox and catcher Nathan Haacker, who hit his fourth big fly of the season in
a three-run first inning for the Spartans. Both blasts were two-run shots. “I thought we had quality at-bats, even in the innings that we didn’t score” Sycamore coach Jason Cavanaugh said. “Save for the third inning, we had good at-bats the whole time.” Haacker finished 2 for 4. Third baseman Mark Skelley – the Spartans’ No. 6 hitter –went 3 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs, while center fielder Brett Weaver finished 1 for 1 with a double, walk and a run scored. Sycamore leadoff hitter Alec Kozak went 1 for 2 with a stolen base, two walks and two runs scored. Sycamore took advantage of four walks by DeKalb starter Zach Moan in the top of the first and added six runs in the second off reliever Max Fleet-
wood – all were unearned – and plated three more in the sixth. “We talk about it all the time. To put yourself in a position to win, you’re going to have to throw strikes, play good defense and have some timely hitting,” DeKalb coach Jake Howells said. “And when you put yourself behind the 8-ball that early by not throwing strikes, and then making some costly errors, against a good team it’s going to be really hard to [win]. You’re just putting yourself behind the 8-ball, and we paid for it.” Jacox’s second-inning blast to left went well beyond the fence at DeKalb’s Dave Pettengell Field. The Spartans’ offense took advantage of a howling wind out to left.
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STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: BLACKHAWKS VS. BLUES
For Versteeg, it’s déjà vu (plus a ’do) CHICAGO – Kris Versteeg unveiled a new haircut Wednesday. The Blackhawks’ winger had his hair closely shaved along the sides and in the back. On top of his head, a patch of floppy blonde hair remained. “I call it the ‘Stigglemore,’ ” Versteeg said. “It’s a mix between Game 1 myself, Macklemore and a little bit of anyat St. Louis, 7 thing else in between. p.m. today, CSN, So, it’s got a lot going NBCSN, AM-720 on here.” Lord Stanley, meet Stigglemore. Stigglemore, meet Lord Stanley. If anyone can balance crazy hair
steeg bounced from the Maple Leafs to the Philadelphia Flyers, and then from the Flyers to the Florida Panthers. His journey came full circle in mid-November when the Hawks reacquired him from the Panthers in exchange for with a seriously effective playoff young players Jimmy Hayes and Dylan performance, it’s Versteeg. He might Olsen. be the most grateful player on the ice Now that Versteeg is back with the tonight when the Hawks visit the St. Hawks, he’s taking nothing for grantLouis Blues for Game 1 of the Western ed. Conference quarterfinals. “I know probably better than anyBecause Versteeg, 27, never thought one that you never know when you he would be in this spot with this team might get traded and how much time again. He was part of the Hawks’ Stanyou might have [with a team],” said ley Cup championship team in 2010, Versteeg, who has scored 102 career only to be traded to the Toronto Maple goals in seven seasons. “So you’ve got Leafs three weeks later as part of a sala- to make it always count. ry-cap dump. See MUSICK, page B4 In the three seasons afterward, Ver-
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Winger Kris Versteeg and the defending champion Blackhawks open the playoffs tonight against the Blues in St. Louis.
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8PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Baseball DeKalb vs. Sycamore at NIU, 4:30 p.m. Genoa-Kingston at Burlington Central, 4:30 p.m. Rochelle at Kaneland, 4:30 p.m. Hinckley-Big Rock at Somonauk, 4:30 p.m. Softball DeKalb at Morris, 4:30 p.m. Sycamore at Rochelle, 4:30 p.m. Genoa-Kingston at Marengo, 4:30 p.m. Yorkville at Kaneland, 4:30 p.m. Indian Creek vs. Mendota at TBD, 4:30 p.m. Hinckley-Big Rock at Somonauk, 4:30 p.m. Girls Soccer DeKalb at Sycamore, 4:30 p.m. Stillman Valley at Genoa-Kingston, 4:30 p.m. Rochelle at Kaneland, 4:30 p.m. DePue at Indian Creek, 4:30 p.m. Hiawatha at Elgin Academy, 4:30 p.m. Boys Track Genoa-Kingston, Indian Creek at Genoa-Kingston quad, 4:15 p.m. Girls Track Genoa-Kingston, Indian Creek at Genoa-Kingston quad, 4:15 p.m. DeKalb at Crystal Lake Central Invite, 4:30 p.m. Sycamore at Minooka Invite, TBA Kaneland at Ottawa ABC Invite, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY Baseball DeKalb at Sycamore, 1 p.m. Kaneland at Rochelle, 4:30 p.m.
8SPORTS SHORTS NIU baseball loses 2 to Bradley The Northern Illinois baseball team dropped a doubleheader Wednesday at Bradley, losing 3-0 and 7-5. Justin Fletcher went 2 for 6 with a double and an RBI on the day for the Huskies (9-25-1). “Hitting is one of those things, it can help you out in a lot of areas and when you don’t, it amplifies all those little things you can get critical on,” NIU coach Ed Mathey said in a news release. “Bradley gave us opportunities in the second game on a couple of errors and we weren’t able to capitalize on that.” The Huskies return to MidAmerican Conference play Friday, when they host a threegame series with MAC leader Central Michigan.
NIU tennis duo earns MAC honor Northern Illinois’ Axel Lagerlof and Dor Amir have been named Mid-American Conference Doubles Team of the Week for the fourth time this year. The duo defeated Toledo’s Garrett Cona and Stjepan Sisko, 8-3, over the weekend. They are 21-6 this season. NIU will play host to Buffalo at 1 p.m. Friday. With a victory, the Huskies will finish first in the MAC.
Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case PRETORIA, South Africa – Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution’s momentum at his murder trial Wednesday afterthe star athlete’s shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned. With Pistorius now back watching the proceedings from a wooden bench, the double-amputee Olympian’s defense team was attempting to bolster his account that he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake through a toilet door in his home, thinking she was a dangerous intruder about to attack him in the night. Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder in Steenkamp’s death in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year. – Staff, wire reports
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GAME 2: YANKEES 2, CUBS 0
NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE
Yankees complete sweep By HOWIE RUMBERG The Associated Press
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka pitches in the first inning of the first game of an interleague doubleheader against the Cubs on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Cubs lost, 3-0.
GAME 1: YANKEES 3, CUBS 0
Tanaka lives up to all the hype Pitcher’s start his best in 1st 3 games with Yanks By GORDON WITTENMYER
email@example.com NEW YORK – Now we know why Cubs manager Rick Renteria went out of his way to try to learn Japanese over the winter. Why Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer committed every available dime in their offseason budget to make the six-year, $120 million offer that fell a year and $35 million short. Why Masahiro Tanaka was the right pitcher at the right time for what the Cubs want to do. And, maybe, why failing to land him could delay their competitive timeline for years. “He certainly confirmed to us what we thought of him during the scouting process,” general manager Hoyer said after watching the top freeagent pitcher on the winter market befuddle the Cubs’ overmatched lineup Wednesday for a 3-0 victory. It was Tanaka’s best start of three since signing a seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees. Flashing a split-finger pitch Cubs starter Jason Hammel called “devastating,” Tanaka matched his young career high of 10 strikeouts in eight innings (another high) and limited the Cubs to a pair of bunt singles. One originally was ruled an out before Renteria successfully challenged
vs. Cincinnati, 1:20 p.m. Friday, WGN, MLBN, AM-720 the call. Whether that says more about Tanaka or the Cubs’ platoon lineup is debatable. When asked after the game whether he thought he had no-hit stuff, Tanaka said through his interpreter, “No.” It certainly was enough to conjure visions of what might have been for a rebuilding plan starving for such a young (25 years old) impact pitcher. “When we were scouting him, it was clear that he fit the demographic we were looking for,” Hoyer said. “Watching him first-hand on a day like today, you’d be lying if you didn’t say it made all the scouting reports and made all the work we did over the winter sort of come alive in front of you.” Tanaka’s brilliance also brought to life the Yankees’ ability and willingness to outspend the field when they want a player bad enough, if not some of the limitations the Cubs face as they operate under the game’s largest debt load while awaiting promised new revenues. In the final week of the bid-
ding process, the Cubs’ offer was at six years, $114 million. Then they went up $1 million a year, the highest they could go, the weekend of the Cubs Convention in January (the total was spread evenly over the term of the bid). Tanaka wasn’t willing to offer his thoughts on the Cubs’ presentation or the people who made it. He said only that he looked at all the teams bidding “evenly” and “seriously.” But after three successful starts with the first-place Yankees, he almost certainly feels validation in the decision he made to pass on the Cubs after seeing them up close. Although he said, “I don’t look at it that way. It’s just one game that I saw.” Asked if he’s at least happy so far with his choice, he said, “I’ll know at the end if the right choice was made.” As for how much of his decision involved a perceived chance to win a championship – and win right away – he said, “I came here because the Yankees gave me the highest evaluation.” As in the highest offer? “The Yankees,” he said when asked for clarification, “gave me the highest assessment. So that’s why I came to the New York Yankees.” There must not be an exact Japanese translation for “most crazy money.”
NEW YORK – There was nothing mysterious about Michael Pineda’s performance this time. Masahiro Tanaka’s dominant outing was pretty straight forward, too. A day that began with snow in the outfield ended with a double whitewashing. Pineda followed an overpowering outing by Tanaka with one of his own, pitching six innings of four-hit ball as the New York Yankees beat the Cubs, 2-0, on a bitterly cold Wednesday night to complete its first doubleheader shutout sweep since 1987. “It just goes to show you how well our pitchers threw,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “When you shut out a team for 18 innings you’re doing things right.” Tanaka (2-0) struck out 10 and allowed only two bunt hits – one replay aided – over eight innings in a 3-0 win in the opener of the day-night twinbill. “That split is not something you want to sit on. It’s not something you’re going to be able to handle,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “But, as it was coming out of the hand, as the guys were coming in, they were saying, ‘Gosh, it looks like a fastball. It ends up diving.’ ” Brett Gardner and Scott Sizemore had RBI singles off Travis Wood (0-2) in the nightcap, helping the Yankees win for the fifth time in six games and handing the Cubs their fourth straight loss. New York had not won by shutout twice in one day since April 9, 1987, against Kansas City, according to STATS, and no team in the major leagues had done it since Minnesota swept Oakland on June 26, 1988. The Cubs had not been blanked twice on the same day since Larry Jackson and Ray Sadecki pitched complete games for St. Louis on June 27, 1962. The Cubs were 9 for 61 (.148) at the plate, dropping its season average to .230, and struck out 17 times. Pineda (2-1) was pitching for the first time since he was spotted with brown goo on his right hand during Thursday’s 4-1 win against Boston, touching off a debate about pitchers’ use of sticky substances to get better grips in cool weather. “I didn’t do nothing,” Pineda said when asked if he used something to improve his hold on the ball. “I was focusing on throwing the ball good.”
WHITE SOX NOTES
Nieto appears to be Danks’ guy behind plate Note to readers: Wednesday night’s White Sox-Red Sox game was tied at 4 in the 12th inning at press time. Log on to Daily-Chronicle.com for the story.
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By DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org CHICAGO – Adrian Nieto, who caught John Danks regularly in spring training, caught him for the third time in as many starts Wednesday night. It looks like he could belong to Danks as a personal catcher, at least for the near future. “From Day 1 it felt right,’’ said Nieto, the Rule 5 draft pick who hadn’t played above Single-A before this season. “I’m on the same page with him more than anybody on the staff so far. I feel like we’ve clicked.” Pitchers have praised Nieto for going out of his way to accommodate them. He asks questions, seeks feedback and prepares, which pitchers appreciate. “[Danks] likes the way I move back there, where I set up,” Nieto said. “I always ask him if there is anything I can do to make him comfortable. I’m open minded just like he is.” Manager Robin Ventura said Nieto has done a good job understanding the game plan and sticking with it. He likes the Danks-Nieto combo but said starter Tyler Flowers could catch Danks “in certain situations.”
“But for right now, it works pretty good,” Ventura said. Johnson got back up: Erik Johnson slept well after his third start Tuesday, which was more in line with what he showed last September after two bad starts this season. “You have rough ones where you get your butt kicked, but I feel like you learn a lot more about yourself in those and you can take that knowledge into the next one,” he said. “When you’re going good, things are easy. When things get difficult, what are you going to do, lay back on your heels or get out and keep moving forward?’’ Johnson allowed one run and struck out a career-high nine over 6⅔ innings Tuesday against the Red Sox. This and that: Nate Jones (low back) continues to receive treatment, and there is no timetable on a return until he feels well enough to resume baseball activities, Ventura said. ... With lefty Jon Lester starting today for the Red Sox, Paul Konerko will get his second start as the designated hitter. Konerko was 1 for 8 with a single and an RBI going into Wednesday’s game.
z-Indiana y-Miami y-Toronto x-Bulls x-Washington x-Brooklyn x-Charlotte x-Atlanta
W 56 54 48 48 44 44 43 38
L 26 28 34 34 38 38 39 44
Pct .683 .659 .585 .585 .537 .537 .524 .463
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37 33 29 25 23 19 15
45 49 53 57 59 63 67
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19 23 27 31 33 37 41
WESTERN CONFERENCE z-San Antonio y-Oklahoma City y-L.A. Clippers x-Houston x-Portland x-Golden State x-Dallas x-Memphis
W 62 59 57 54 53 50 49 49
L 20 23 24 28 28 31 32 32
Pct .756 .720 .704 .659 .654 .617 .605 .605
GB — 3 4½ 8 8½ 11½ 12½ 12½
Phoenix 47 34 .580 14½ Minnesota 40 42 .488 22 Denver 36 45 .444 25½ New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 Sacramento 28 53 .346 33½ L.A. Lakers 27 55 .329 35 Utah 25 57 .305 37 x-clinched playoff spot; y-clinched division; z-clinched conference Wednesday’s Results Charlotte 91, Bulls 86 (OT) Indiana 101, Orlando 86 Utah 136, Minnesota 130 (2OT) Oklahoma City 112, Detroit 111 Atlanta 111, Milwaukee 103 L.A. Lakers 113, San Antonio 100 New Orleans 105, Houston 100 Washington 118, Boston 102 Cleveland 114, Brooklyn 85 Philadelphia 100, Miami 87 New York 95, Toronto 92 Dallas at Memphis (n) L.A. Clippers at Portland (n) Phoenix at Sacramento (n) Golden State at Denver (n) End of regular season
NHL PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7, x-if necessary) Wednesday Montreal 5, Tampa Bay 4 (OT), Canadiens lead series 1-0 Pittsburgh 4, Columbus 3, Penguins lead series 1-0 Dallas at Anaheim (n) Today Blackhawks at St. Louis, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m. Minnesota at Colorado, 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose, 9:30 p.m. Friday Montreal at Tampa Bay, 6 p.m. Detroit at Boston, 6:30 p.m. Dallas at Anaheim, 9 p.m. Saturday Blackhawks at St. Louis, 2 p.m. Columbus at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. Minnesota at Colorado, 8:30 p.m. Sunday Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, 11 a.m. Detroit at Boston, 2 p.m. Tampa Bay at Montreal, 6 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose, 9 p.m. Monday St. Louis at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Columbus, 6 p.m. Colorado at Minnesota, 6 p.m. Anaheim at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Tampa Bay at Montreal, 6 p.m. Boston at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. San Jose at Los Angeles, 9 p.m. Wednesday St. Louis at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Columbus, 6 p.m. Anaheim at Dallas, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24 x-Montreal at Tampa Bay, 6 p.m. Boston at Detroit, 7 p.m. Colorado at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m. San Jose at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 25 x-Blackhawks at St. Louis, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. x-Dallas at Anaheim, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26 x-Detroit at Boston, 2 p.m. x-Columbus at Pittsburgh, TBD x-Minnesota at Colorado, TBD x-Los Angeles at San Jose, TBD Sunday, April 27 x-St. Louis at Blackhawks, 2 p.m. x-Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, 11 a.m. x-Tampa Bay at Montreal, TBD x-Anaheim at Dallas, TBD Monday, April 28 x-Boston at Detroit, TBD x-Pittsburgh at Columbus, TBD x-Colorado at Minnesota, TBD x-San Jose at Los Angeles, TBD
MLB AMERICAN LEAGUE White Sox Detroit Cleveland Kansas City Minnesota New York Toronto Baltimore Tampa Bay Boston Oakland Texas Seattle Los Angeles Houston
Central Division W L 8 6 6 5 7 7 6 7 6 7 East Division W L 9 6 8 6 7 7 7 8 5 9 West Division W L 10 4 8 7 7 7 6 8 5 10
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Pct .600 .571 .500 .467 .357
GB — ½ 1½ 2 3½
Pct .714 .533 .500 .429 .333
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Wednesday’s Results N.Y. Yankees 3, Cubs 0, 1st game N.Y. Yankees 2, Cubs 0, 2nd game Boston at White Sox (n) Baltimore 3, Tampa Bay 0 Cleveland 3, Detroit 2 Texas 3, Seattle 2 Kansas City 6, Houston 4 (11 inn.) Toronto at Minnesota, ppd., rain Oakland at L.A. Angels (n) Today’s Games Boston (Lester 1-2) at White Sox (Sale 3-0), 7:10 p.m. Cleveland (Salazar 0-1) at Detroit (Verlander 1-1), 12:08 p.m. Toronto (Dickey 1-2) at Minnesota (Pelfrey 0-2), 12:10 p.m., 1st game Seattle (E.Ramirez 1-2) at Texas (Scheppers 0-1), 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 1-2) at Tampa Bay (Price 2-0), 6:10 p.m. Toronto (McGowan 1-1) at Minnesota (Gibson 2-0), 6:10 p.m., 2nd game Kansas City (B.Chen 0-1) at Houston (Feldman 2-0), 7:10 p.m.
NATIONAL LEAGUE Central Division W L 11 4 9 6 7 8 6 9 4 10 East Division W L Atlanta 10 4 Washington 9 6 New York 8 7 Philadelphia 6 8 Miami 6 10 West Division W L Los Angeles 9 5 San Francisco 9 5 Colorado 7 8 San Diego 6 8 Arizona 4 14
Milwaukee St. Louis Pittsburgh Cincinnati Cubs
Red Sox base runner Xander Bogaerts (2) breaks up the double play after being forced out at second by White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez during the 11th inning Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field. The game was incomplete at press time. Log on to Daily-Chronicle.com for the game story.
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GB — 2 4 5 6½
Pct .714 .600 .533 .429 .375
GB — 1½ 2½ 4 5
Pct .643 .643 .467 .429 .222
GB — — 2½ 3 7
Wednesday’s Results N.Y. Yankees 3, Cubs 0, 1st game N.Y. Yankees 2, Cubs 0, 2nd game Milwaukee 5, St. Louis 1 N.Y. Mets 5, Arizona 2 Atlanta 1, Philadelphia 0 Washington 6, Miami 3 Colorado at San Diego (n) L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco (n) Today’s Games Atlanta (A.Wood 2-1) at Philadelphia (Burnett 0-1), 12:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 2-1) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 2-0), 2:45 p.m. Colorado (Morales 0-1) at San Diego (Kennedy 1-2), 5:40 p.m. Milwaukee (Gallardo 2-0) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 0-0), 6:05 p.m. St. Louis (Wainwright 2-1) at Washington (Jordan 0-1), 6:05 p.m.
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BOBCATS 91, BULLS 86 (OT)
Bulls shift focus to Wizards after loss Noah: ‘This is the hardest season I think I’ve ever been a part of’ By JOE COWLEY email@example.com CHARLOTTE, N.C. – So it’s the Washington Wizards. And who cares if the Bulls are going into the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs off a 91-86 overtime stumble to Charlotte? It’s the playoffs. It’s a No. 4 seed. It’s home-court advantage in the first round, and a chance to face off against top-seeded Indiana in Round 2. In some ways, it actually is pretty remarkable. Not what the Bulls have in front of them, but what was in the rearview mirror. After losing star Derrick Rose (right knee) on Nov. 22, after only 10 games, and then trading Luol Deng in January, this team was left for
Playoffs Game 1: vs. Wizards, 6 p.m. Sunday, CSN, TNT, AM-1000 dead. A carcass on the side of the road for all to drive by and point at. Even in losing two of their past three games, they finished the 2013-14 campaign a 48-win team. That’s why center Joakim Noah stopped the media from asking any postgame questions, first wanting to thank his teammates for what he called “the hardest season” he ever has been through. “Before you start asking any questions, I would like to say I appreciate my teammates for a hard season,”
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau (left) and guard D.J. Augustin (right) argue a call with referee Kevin Scott during the first half of Wednesday night’s regular-season finale against the Bobcats in Charlotte, N.C. Noah said after Wednesday night’s loss. “We worked our [tails] off. Even though it ends on a sad note losing to the Charlotte Bobcats, overall we gave it everything we had. And there are no regrets in that. Like my boy Mike Dunleavy just told me, this is
G-K softball improves to 8-2 DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF The Genoa-Kingston softball team earned a 9-2 win Wednesday at Plano. Rachel Joos (3-0) earned the win for G-K, and Baylie Ullmark got the save. Kelly Hensley had a homer for the Cogs (8-2), while Paige Keegan and Kendall Strack each had two hits. Strack finished with two doubles. Hawks sweep Paw Paw: Hiawatha swept a doubleheader against Paw Paw, winning 13-3 and 8-4.
BASEBALL Crozier strikes out 12: Will Crozier allowed two earned runs and had 12 strikeouts in Genoa-Kingston’s 6-2 win over Plano. Jake Langford went 3 for 4 with a double, triple and an RBI for the Cogs (5-4). Crozier finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs while Hansen was 1 for 4 with an RBI. Hawks sweep: Hiawatha swept a five-inning doubleheader over Paw Paw, winning 6-0 in Game 1 and 9-2 in Game 2. In the first game, Will Corn went 1 for 2 with two RBIs for the Hawks and Jace Williams finished 1 for 2 with an RBI. Taylor Edwards earned the win, giving up one
hit and striking out seven in a complete game. In Game 2, Corn was 2 for 3 with a run scored and three RBIs, while Nick Doolittle finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Mike Mercado was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Knights top Hubs: Anthony Holubecki struck out 10 in five innings against Rochelle, earning the victory in the Knights’ 3-0 win. Tyler Carlson went 2 for 3 with a double for Kaneland (4-3, 1-0 Northern Illinois Big 12 East). Royals fall: Somonauk defeated Hinckley-Big Rock, 11-1, in five innings. The Royals are 3-4.
ley Martenson in a 5-1 win over IMSA. Madison Spooner, Jacklyn Bouma and Renee Corriveau had the other goals. Spooner had two assists and Corriveau added one. Indian Creek is 5-0.
Royals blow out Rochelle:
Royals win four events at quad: Hinckley-Big Rock com-
Knights win tournament: Kaneland won the West Aurora tournament, capping its run with an 8-1 win over East Aurora. Madi Jurcenko scored a goal and had two assists as eight players scored for the Knights (6-1), who went 3-0 in tournament play.
BOYS TRACK AND FIELD McNanna leads Royals:
Hinckley-Big Rock’s Zach McNanna was second in the high GIRLS SOCCER jump with a mark of 5-foot-6 Cogs get BNC win: G e - as the Royals competed in a noa-Kingston topped Win- five-team meet with Marmion, nebago, 2-1, behind second-half Morris, Sandwich and Seregoals from Nicole Hebel and na. McNanna was third in the 100-meter hurdles (18.6). Maggie Boque. The Cogs are 6-2 and 4-1 in the Big Northern Conference. GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD Lauren Paver had three goals in Hinckley-Big Rock’s 6-1 win over Rochelle. Jacqueline Madden had two goals and an assist for the Royals (4-3-1), and Andrea Binkley added a goal and an assist. T’wolves top IMSA: Indian Creek got two goals from Bai-
the fruit of our labor. Now we will have fun in the playoffs. I agree with him on that note. “I’m not going to lie: This is the hardest season I think I’ve ever been a part of physically and mentally. But I feel like overall just really proud of everybody, all the work
that people put in. You could just tell after every practice, everybody was shooting. Everybody put in extra work to get their games in order. Now the playoffs is the icing on the cake. As competitors, that’s what you want. You want to play in the playoffs. I think we put ourselves in a pretty good position. I’m really proud just to be part of this team. Seriously, I’ve never been around a group of guys who work so hard.” But if they want the journey to continue, that work needs to be amped up a bit. With Game 1 against the Wizards scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday at the United Center, they’re getting a team that took two of three from them in the regular season. The good news for the Bulls was that in the last meeting April 5 in Washington, the Bulls looked like big brother slapping little brother around in the 96-78 win, with the Wizards playing as
if they were allergic to physical contact. “Tough team, man. Tough, tough team,” big man Taj Gibson said of Washington. “They gave us so many problems in the regular season. Great shooters, great bigs in Nene and (Marcin) Gortat. John Wall is playing some great basketball, Bradley Beal is playing great, too. Their bench is even loaded up. It’s going to be tough, man.” Maybe, but the Bulls go in healthy. Even more important, they go in with that chip on their shoulder and experience. “They’re definitely a tough matchup,” Noah said of the Wizards. “It’s not going to be easy. Every game will be a tough battle. But I think we’re a team that’s battle-tested. We know what it takes. It’s exciting. You never know what’s going to happen in the playoffs. I just can’t wait to compete.”
Nelson fans 6 in complete-game win • SPARTANS-BARBS Continued from page B1 “I saw the ball over the fence, I was like ‘no way,’ ” Jacox said. “I was shocked. I was really shocked.” Moan took the loss for the Barbs (5-2, 0-1) and fell to 1-1. Howells went with him instead of his ace, John Crosby, because he wanted whoever pitched Wednesday to go in the series opener Monday against Kaneland, and didn’t want to bring Crosby, who had some injury issues, back Monday on only four days rest. Cole Nelson (2-0) started for Sycamore and gave up only three hits and struck out
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Sycamore starter Cole Nelson pitches to a DeKalb batter during the first inning of Wednesday’s game in DeKalb. The Spartans won, 12-1, in six innings. six in a complete game. “Our infield defense worked really well today. We turned two double plays early,” Cavanaugh said. “That’s
a big factor on a day like today is having a pitcher who can A, strike people out, and B, sink the ball a little bit to keep it on the ground.”
peted in a quadrangular with Rosary, Sandwich and Serena. Audrey Harrod won both the 800 (2:28.6) and 1,600 (5:45.7) for H-BR. Courtney Carls won the triple jump (33-11) and Kristen Clark topped the field in the 3,200 (13:23.2).
NIU QBs all have made improvements • HUSKIE BOWL
Huskie Bowl: drills and scoring
Continued from page B1 The Huskie Bowl will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday and will conclude NIU’s spring practices. Other notes from Wednesday’s news conference: • Each of the three quarterbacks – junior Matt McIntosh and sophomores Drew Hare and Anthony Maddie – will get one series in the scrimmage, and Carey would like to get them two. Carey said each has taken a step forward this spring. “It’s a good problem coming out of the spring, is that we’ve got three quarterbacks that improved,” Carey said. “We’re going to have to, before we play that first game, we’re going to have somebody go ahead and separate themselves a little bit.” • Carey said injuries on the defensive line and backfield as a main reason Saturday’s format needed to be tweaked. The line is without tackles Michael Ippolito and Cal Breedlove, as well as Mario Jones, who was injured in Tuesday’s practice. Carey said Jones’ injury is nothing serious. The defensive backfield has been without safety Dechane Durante, who’s missed the spring because of a knee injury, and sophomore corner Charles Ivory. • Marlon Moore moved from cornerback to safety this spring, and Carey said Moore will stay there. Carey said
Towel drill: A defensive player will attempt to grab a towel off of a cone located about 20 yards off the sideline. An offensive player will defend the cone. A point will be awarded to the defensive player who grabs the towel or the offensive player who successfully defends the cone. Release drill: A receiver will attempt to get of the line of scrimmage cleanly against a defensive back. If he does (as judged by the coaches), the wideout will score a point. If not, the defense receives a point. Field goal competition: NIU’s two kickers – Tyler Wedel (Cardinal) and Josh Orne (Black) – will kick from designated spots on the field, getting three points for each good kick. When one of the kickers misses, they are finished kicking. One-on-one pass rush: The offensive and defensive lines will line up against each other, with the D-line rushing, one at a time. If a lineman gets to the quarterback, it’s a point for the defense. If he’s
blocked, the offense gets a point. Pass protection: Same as the pass rush, except with linebackers and running backs. The running backs will block the linebackers from getting to a pop-up dummy. If the running backs block successfully, it’s a point for the offense. If not, the defense earns the point. Skelly (7-on-7): The offense will attempt to convert a series of third downs from 5 to 9 yards. If the offense gets the first down, it earns a point. If the defense stops the offense, it earns a point. Scrimmage periods: The ball will be placed on the offense’s 15-yard line. The offense gets seven points for a touchdown and three for a field goal. The defense can earn points by forcing a three-and-out (three points), stopping the offense before it gets to midfield (two points), forcing a field goal (one point) and forcing a turnover (four points). There will be no tackling to the ground. – Steve Nitz, email@example.com
Moore’s cover skills and physicality make him a good fit at safety, as well as the fact that he understands the defense. • In other DB news, Carey said junior corner Paris Logan has had the best spring of anybody on the team. • With Tyler Loos and Ryan Brown missing spring practices because of injuries, it has opened up a lot of reps for
sophomores Lincoln Howard and Josh Ruka at the offensive tackle spots, and Carey’s been impressed with the young group. “There’s been one heck of a battle going on there,” he said. “Brownie and Loos know this, too, they better step it up when they get back in the fall, because that’s some good competition right there.”
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STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: BLACKHAWKS VS. BLUES
Blues coach: Our chances hinge on Miller By R.B. FALLSTROM The Associated Press ST. LOUIS – Just as last spring, the St. Louis Blues have the higher seed but the unenviable task of facing the defending Stanley Cup champion in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. For the Blues to prevail against the Blackhawks in a matchup of 100-point teams and long-time rivals with Game 1 tonight, coach Ken Hitchcock said they’ll need standout play from goalie Ryan Miller. St. Louis lost in six games to the Los Angeles Kings and
Jonathan Quick last year and acquired Miller from Buffalo in hopes of making a deep run. “We’re going to need our goalie to be great,” Hitchcock said. “He’s shown the ability to get into people’s heads if he plays the way he can.” Miller won seven of his first eight starts after coming from Buffalo, but finished 0-5 with a 3.56 goals-against average. He’ll try to thwart a lineup filled with scoring threats, especially with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews back from lengthy injury absences. Patrick Sharp led the Hawks with 34 goals and 78 points and was among five 20-plus goal scorers.
Plus, they’ve got a Cup winner, Corey Crawford, as the last line of defense. “Crow doesn’t get rattled. He’s unflappable, especially at this time of the year,” coach Joel Quenneville said. The Hawks Ryan Miller have no health issues. Kane and Toews are back from lengthy injury layoffs, leaving rust as the lone concern. Kane hasn’t played since March 19 and has been wearing a brace on his left knee. Toews
Versteeg grateful for 2nd go-round • MUSICK Continued from page B1 “Stuff can happen so fast, and you’ve really got to take care of your body and understand that every time you pull over an NHL sweater, no matter where it is, that it’s special. And especially when you come back to somewhere like here, it makes it that much more special, really.” Versteeg can come across as a bit Hollywood at times, which should not surprise anyone who saw his rap celebration on stage at the 2010 Stanley Cup celebration. But the past few months have shown that he can be a selfless teammate and a versatile player who can play on any line and serve almost any role necessary. On Wednesday, Versteeg practiced alongside Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad. After rejoining the Hawks, he
had 10 goals with 19 assists in 63 games. “[He’s] been with us and understands what it takes, obviously,” Hawks general manager Stan Bowman said after the deal. “He’s been through the grind of a playoff and he understands the sacrifices you have to make as a player. … “Here, he has the ability to move around in our lineup, and I think that flexibility is something that gives the coaching staff a lot of options.” Versteeg’s teammates appreciate his influence on and off of the ice. “He’s been a great guy in the locker room since he’s joined our team again,” Hawks forward Patrick Sharp said. “It feels like he’s never left. I know he’s comfortable here in Chicago and he played some of his best hockey in 2010 in the playoffs, so hopefully he can do that again this year.” Sharp’s memory proved to
be, well, sharp. In the Hawks’ championship run four years ago, Versteeg scored three goals against the Vancouver Canucks, one goal against the San Jose Sharks and two goals against the Flyers. He finished the playoffs with 14 points and a plus-4 rating in 22 games. Versteeg was a kid then, a 23-year-old who had no idea what would come next. “Last time was definitely a blur,” Versteeg said. “You remember bits and pieces, and you’ve got to kind of watch stuff to really remember it because you were so young and it went so fast.” This time around, Versteeg has greater perspective. Not to mention a Stigglemore.
missed the past six games after getting hit by Brooks Orpik on March 30 in Pittsburgh. “I think our focus is in this room and we’re excited,” defenseman Duncan Keith said. “We know we’ve got a chance and that’s all we can ask for. It’s just a matter of putting it all together.” Hitchcock anticipates some game-time decisions for the opener while piecing together a roster hit hard by injuries during a six-game losing streak to end the regular season. They could get game-changing
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forward Vladimir Tarasenko back from a broken thumb that has sidelined him 15 games, and forwards David Backes and Vladimir Sobotka were back at practice Wednesday, but T.J. Oshie was not after skating a day earlier. “I don’t think you should read anything into our roster today,” Hitchcock said. “What you saw today, there’s a good chance it won’t be what you see tomorrow.” Two long-running success stories are calling the shots. Quenneville has led the Hawks
to two Cups in three years and leads active coaches with 706 career wins after getting his first shot in St. Louis. “I was fortunate to get started there,” Quenneville said. “We had a lot of success. It’s a fun place to live, fun place to coach, fun building in the playoffs as well. We never got the job done there. I’m sure they’re excited about their team this year.” Hitchcock is second on the active wins list, won a Cup in 1999 with Dallas and has 72 postseason victories.
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Frothy Fun Dye Easter eggs in shaving cream for marbleized art By JENNIFER FORKER
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f dyeing Easter eggs with vinegar and color tablets is feeling old, reach for a new duo: shaving cream and liquid food coloring. It’s a tactile project many kids will enjoy – especially swirling the colors into the cream. “They thought it was really cool to drop the food coloring into the shaving cream and take the toothpick and swirl it,” Sarah Barrand of Caldwell, Idaho, says of her four children. “And the shaving cream will actually even help clean up the mess afterward,” she wrote in her blog, A Thrifty Mom. As simple as the traditional eggdyeing method but potentially messier,
this method involves filling a deep-sided baking pan or sheet with an inch of shaving cream – no more, to be thrifty – and then smoothing it so colors won’t run together. Randomly add drops of two to four colors – more than that “creates brown or ugly green,” says Barrand. With a toothpick or lollipop stick, swirl the colors through the shaving cream, being careful not to over-mix. “Large swirls and loops will give the layering effect,” writes Barrand in her blog. Working from one end of the pan to
the other in a straight line, roll a hardboiled egg through the swirled colors and deposit it in an egg carton to dry. Wear rubber gloves or the food coloring will dye your hands. Barrand could roll three eggs in a 9-by-9-inch pan before the colors muddied. When that occurs, rinse and dry the pan, add more shaving cream – don’t use shaving gel – and start the process anew. After 3 minutes, clean off an egg to check its color – likely a light pastel. For darker shades, wait 10 minutes so the food dye has more time to seep into the eggshell. The eggs will look as if they’ve been tie-dyed. If you’re concerned about using shaving cream on an edible egg, use whipping cream instead, Barrand says. Or
blow out the eggs before coloring them. “An eggshell is porous, so technically if you left it for like a day, I wouldn’t recommend eating it, but it’s only in the shaving cream for a few minutes,” Barrand says. “My kids totally ate all the eggs.” Use a glass pan, if you have it; the liquid color may stain metal pans where they’re scratched or pitted. Create new colors in glass cups before dropping them into the shaving cream. “Our kids enjoyed every part. With the old tablets and vinegar, they always got bored and thought it smelled,” Barrand says in her blog. Find other easy egg-dyeing ideas – coloring with Kool-Aid, Sharpie pens, crayons, glitter, tissue paper and more – at Pinterest.com.
Review: ‘Transcendence’ is clunky and lifeless By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Johnny Depp in a scene from “Transcendence.”
HAL has come a long way. First, we had Scarlett Johansson as a human-like operating system. Now, Johnny Depp has been uploaded. If the singularity – when artificial intelligence surpasses human smarts – is indeed coming, at least it has decent taste in movie star avatars. First-time director Wally Pfister’s “Transcendence” isn’t so much the “Him” to Spike Jonze’s “Her” as it’s a more dystopian vision of the meeting of human consciousness and computer intelligence. It turns out that when computers get sophisticated, worse things can happen than Joaquin Phoenix getting his feelings hurt. But whereas “Her” was playful and personal about familiar futuristic con-
Starring: Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara Plot: An innovator in the field of Artificial Intelligence becomes the bridge in the gap between man and machine. Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality Running time: 1 hour, 59 minutes cepts, “Transcendence” is clunky and lifeless. It’s like the movie version of a paranoid TED talk. In the early scenes of “Transcendence,” Dr. Will Caster (a disappointingly sleepy Depp) is a TED-style master of the universe, speaking confidently in front of large video screens to eager
listeners about neurology and artificial intelligence. But there are also protesters to his potentially all-powerful invention: the Physically Independent Neural Network (PINN), an early artificial intelligence propelled by a room full of computers that Caster believes could, among other things, cure cancer. An assassination attempt with a radiation-laced bullet leaves Caster with weeks to live. Desperate to keep his mind alive, his loyal, sycophantic wife and fellow researcher Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) uploads Caster’s brain to a PC with PINN hardware. Helping her is their good friend and colleague Max (Paul Bettany, serving as narrator). But as anyone with an iPhone knows, software updates can be tragic. The transfer is finished just as Caster dies.
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• ‘TRANSCENDENCE’ From page C1 Soon enough, the screen flickers to life, first with a few typed words and then seemingly Caster’s full personality, in voice and pixel form. Alert to their plan, anti-tech activists (led by Kate Mara) are simultaneously descending. In the chaos, Max begins to realize they’ve created a high-speed Frankenstein – an epiphany lost on the mourning Evelyn, who flees after uploading Caster to the Internet. He immediately spreads across the Web (he calls Evelyn on her phone) and begins seeking more computing power. It takes a long time for “Transcendence” to build to this moment, when perhaps it should have begun here in the first place. But it feels like a suddenly intriguing crossroads. Where will this terrifyingly digital Depp go? If you answered: to a desert town to build an underground data center for development of radical tissue regeneration techniques, guarded by a creepy army of network-connected, superhuman zombies – then your algorithms are more advanced than mine. Yet the urgency and intelligence of “Transcendence” isn’t artificial. It feels sincerely animated by the frightful questions it poses about computing power and interconnectedness. Pfister, making his directorial debut after years as a cinematographer often teamed with director Christopher Nolan (a “Transcendence” producer), doesn’t exhibit a sure hand with dialogue or a feel for the rhythm of his narrative. Neither does the film have the distinctive form of his prior photography work, most notably “The Dark Knight.” (In imagery, “Transcendence” pales in comparison to the sumptuous sci-fi of the recent “Under the Skin.”) But, as in Nolan’s “Inception,” Pfister, working from a script by first-time screenwriter Jack Paglen, shows an instinct to drive the genre elements toward a more personal story. “Transcendence” ultimately hinges on the relationship of Caster and Evelyn. The excellent Hall, looking a bit confused by what she’s gotten herself into, does her best to emotionally ground Pfister’s increasingly unfocused and heavy-handed story. Just as in science, noble intentions can lead talented artistic minds astray, too.
Sandwich. Adult contemporary. Tickets: $15 to $25. 815-7862555. www.sandwichoperahouse.org. ONGOING ONGOING Art Attack – School of Art in Sycamore: 215 W. Elm St. Classes for children and adults. www.sycamoreartattack.org 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. www.csa.niu.edu or 815753-1450. Bread & Roses women’s choral group rehearsals: 5:45 to 8 p.m. Sundays, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb. www.breadandroseschorus.org. Indian Valley Community Band: 6 to 7:20 p.m. Mondays, Sandwich Middle School Band Room. Area musicians who enjoy playing for fun invited; 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. www.dekalbfestivalchorus.org. Contact conductor Seth Houston at email@example.com 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@ aol.com.
Review: ‘Heaven Is for Real’ heartfelt but dull By JESSICA HERNDON AP Film Writer Continuing the recent trend of faith-based films, including “Noah” and “Son of God,” ‘’Heaven Is for Real” is a sweet tale based on a 4-year-old boy’s account of his trip to heaven that’s likely to please the devout, but won’t entice religious cynics. There’s little doubt the T.D. Jakes-produced adaptation of Todd Burpo’s Christian nonfiction best-seller will have a built-in audience, especially on Easter weekend. After undergoing harrowing surgery for a ruptured appendix, young Colton Burpo (Connor Corum) begins recalling his journey for his family: Angels carried him to heaven where he met Jesus (played by Mike Mohrhardt, whose face we never quite see), as well as God, Colton’s great-grandfather and the miscarried sister he never knew he had. Such talk frightens his older sister (Lane Styles) and worries his pastor father, Todd (Greg Kinnear), and mother, Sonja
Connor Corum (left) and Greg Kinnear are pictured in a scene from “Heaven Is For Real.” (Kelly Reilly). As Colton becomes more verbal about his supposed encounter, the local paper in the small Nebraska town starts reporting the story. This leads some members of Todd’s congregation (Thomas Haden Church and Margo Martindale) to turn against the Burpo family. Though Todd sticks up for his son, his faith is also tested. “We ask these kids to believe this stuff,” he says to his wife, “but I don’t even know if I believe it myself.” But Todd is captivated, as we are, by his son’s innocence – especially when Colton tells him
things he couldn’t possibly know, such as how he saw his parents cope, each in their own way, during his near-fatal surgery. As Colton, Corum does an excellent job of speaking softly, yet with conviction, and holding his gaze so we have time to study his sparkling blue eyes. But it’s the casting of Kinnear that offers the film’s strongest chance at transcending the faith-based demographic, as the actor never fails to embody the everyman. Kinnear’s Todd is not just an inaccessible preacher. He’s also a volunteer firefighter, coaches high school wrestling and is a garage door repairman. His family is also in debt. Their house, which was offered as “part of his salary,” sits near railroad tracks and shakes with every passing train. Thus, many of the Burpo family’s struggles mirror those of others in the heartland, and effectively so. But in the way of gripping dialogue, Kinnear doesn’t have much to work with. We might have expected more from writerdirector Randall Wallace, who brought us the Oscar-nominated
“Braveheart.” But the material is pretty cookie-cutter and more typical of an afterschool special. However, Wallace and co-writer Chris Parker do a good job of weaving in moments that should appeal to a mass audience. Just when it seems we’re being subjected to too much of “the Word,” Colton cutely diverts our attention. During a road trip, he suggests the family sing “We Will Rock You” instead of a hymn. Kinnear and Reilly’s chemistry also offers a favorable element. They appear genuinely sweet on each other and subtle sexual innuendoes add a bit of adult flavor. With the impressive computer-generated effects available today, this film could have used a more sophisticated depiction of heaven. OK, so it’s hard to imagine what heaven would look like, but this version looks far too generic, awash with glaring light and blurred angels. It’s no surprise that faith, hope and family prevail in this one. After all, says Todd in one of his sermons, “In the end, it’s about not feeling alone.”
Antiques appraiser to visit Heritage Woods Antiques expert Mark Moran will offer free, informal antiques appraisals at Heritage Woods, 2626 N. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb, from 3 to 6 p.m. April 25. Moran is a former senior editor for antiques and collectibles books with Krause Publications. He has written or contributed to more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, has been an active appraiser for more
than 20 years, and has appeared as a guest expert on “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS. Appraisals at this event are informal and cannot be used for insurance purposes, but may help people make an informed decision about whether to seek out a formal appraisal. Items that will be appraised include advertising, toys, ceramics, clocks, costume jewelry, fine art, folk art, furniture, glassware, metal-
ware and vintage photographs. Items that will not be appraised include weapons of any kind, currency, Beanie Babies, fine jewelry, watches and musical instruments. Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, call 815-787-6500 or email marketing@ hw-dekalb-slf.com.
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‘Charlies Angels Nite’ returns to Ellwood House The Ellwood House Visitor Center in DeKalb will host local performance group Wooden Box Theater at 4 p.m. Saturday for its production “Charlie’s Angels Nite: Full Throttle.” The evening of theatrics, fashion, and live music will be hosted by Dan Sherrill and headlining band The Hope Focus, which also will perform original and cover music. “This group formed specifically for this event and have shown such a daredevil attitude about their music and being in this show,” Sherrill said in a news release. “Their enthusiasm is truly contagious. Co-hosting and debuting their band at an event that’s written to show off the best rising superstars of local music and fashion modeling will be just the boost in confidence that will
bring them even closer as a band.” “Charlies Angels Nite: Full Throttle” will showcase local fashion models in themed walks they created, a format that has become a tradition with Wooden Box Theater. “Each year of producing these fashion shows as a theater group becomes more and more of a creative venture for the models themselves,” Sherrill said in the release. “It’s their creativity that is on display, instead of a set wardrobe by other designers. They end up learning elements of live theater, event hosting, and event directing alongside modeling.” The music lineup includes such styles as hip-hop, acoustic, and melodic rock. Scheduled performers include Daerielle Amber, Apex, Trident Deep, Miles Curtis, Jorden Sons, David Rae, Kvo, DJ Ames, Emily Nelson and Joey Gage.
Candi Jackman of Prairie State Belly Dance will perform belly dances. Brittany Todtz will display new photography, and there will be artisanal jewelry and other items for sale. Several longtime Wooden Box Theater members will be inducted into the group’s hall of fame. Scheduled to receive awards are lead manager, percussionist, event supervisor and co-director Jade Cook, and Brittany Pivonka, a fashion consultant, lead model, and event collaborator. “Charlies Angels Nite: Full Throttle” will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Ellwood House Visitor Center, 509 N. First St. in DeKalb. Admission costs $5 at the door. Dress code is semiformal. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/ events/672342766145584/.
The Hope Focus (from left), Julien Bueno, Gracie Fischer, Stephie Klewin and Matthew Callahan, will be featured at Wooden Box Theater’s Charlie’s Angels Night on April 19.
Avalon Quartet to join Illinois Philharmonic for concert Northern Illinois University’s Avalon Quartet will join the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and its acclaimed Austrian music director David Danzmayr to present “A Premieres Project: Zemlinsky and Schuller.” The concert begins at 8 p.m. April 26 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive in Chicago. Featuring the U.S. premiere of Alexander Zemlinsky’s Symphony No.1, the Chicago premiere of Grammy Award-winning composer Gunther Schuller’s Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra, and Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis,” this program promises to be one of the highlights of the Chicago classical music season. Danzmayr is particularly honored to bring the neglected work of fellow Austrian, Alexander Zemlinsky, to American audiences. Promoted heavily by Brahms during his early days in Vienna, Zemlinksy was one of the foremost composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Sadly, though, as a result of suppression of Jewish culture by the Nazi regime during World War II, Zemlinsky’s reputation was all but erased and his music was marginalized. While his compositions have to this day remained far less-known than those by fellow contemporaries, concerted efforts by musicians and organizations around the world to promote his works have led to a resurgence in awareness and interest in
Northern Illinois University’s Avalon Quartet will join the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra for a concert at 8 p.m. April 26 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive in Chicago. Zemlinksy’s talents. Danzmayr is excited to present to American audiences the first performance of one of Zemlinsky’s most profound symphonic works. “Zemlinsky is without question one of the most
brilliant composers of the late romantic period,” Danzmayr said in a news release. “Having the opportunity to lead the IPO in the first American performance of this work is a great honor.” Danzmayr is further
thrilled to partner with the Avalon Quartet. Chamber music lovers will be treated to a rare opportunity to hear this group in a new setting – as orchestral soloists in the Chicago premiere of Schuller’s Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra and as members of the orchestra for Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.” “As an orchestra deeply committed to championing American music, we are very excited to be collaborating with the Avalon Quartet for the Chicago premiere of this work,” IPO Executive Director Andrew Bradford said in the release. “Gunther Schuller is one of the most celebrated American composers alive today, and having the opportunity to hear a premiere of one of his works along with the US premiere of Zemlinsky’s first symphony
is a treat music lovers won’t want to miss.” Tickets range in price from $19 to $59 and can be purchased online or by calling 312-334-7777 or visiting the
Harris Theater box office. In addition, $39 seats are available to groups of 10 or more for $25 each. To arrange for group tickets, call 815-685-3305 or email Rachel@ipomusic.org.
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Egyptian to host ‘Big Night’ Hungry? The Egyptian Theatre in downtown DeKalb will present an exclusive “Big Night Movie & A Dinner” event on April 27. This benefit for the Egyptian will feature the showing of the 1996 movie “Big Night” at 3 p.m. at the theater, 135 N. Second St., followed by an authentic reenactment of the “Big Night” dinner at Tapa La Luna, 226 E. Lincoln Highway. This 5 p.m. dinner will be a huge and unforgettable Italian feast. Tickets cost $50 per person and include admission to the movie, the entire dinner feast at Tapa La Luna and a bottle of wine per table. Space is limited. For more information, call 815-758-1215 or email info@ eygptiantheatre.org.
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Indian Valley Community Band to play April 27
Folk group A Band Called Honalee will perform at the Sandwich Opera House on April 26.
Indian Valley Community Band’s 28th annual spring concert will be held at 2 p.m. April 27 at the historic Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich. The concert is open to the public and the facility is handicapped accessible. This is a free concert; any donations received will go directly to Equine Dreams, a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding to children and adults with disabilities and serves clients in Kane, Kendall, DeKalb and LaSalle counties. IVCB has been entertaining audiences around the Fox Valley since 1986 and its intergenerational members are from Sandwich, Newark, Yorkville, Somonauk, Hinckley, Sheridan, Sugar Grove, Montgomery, Aurora and Plano. For more information, contact any band member or band president Jean at 630-552-3875.
8BRIEFS Kish College Theater to stage ‘Love Minus’ Kishwaukee College Theater will present “Love Minus,” by Mary Gallagher, on April 23 through 26 in the Kishwaukee College Theater with a curtain time of 7:30 p.m. The play contains adult themes and language and is not suitable for children. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students, staff and senior citizens. Tickets are available at the door. “Love Minus” is a romantic comedy that follows four young professionals in New York City: Karla, Lydia, Nick and Alan. Chance encounters and witty dialogue illustrate the varied views of love, romance and sex in contemporary relationships. Gallagher’s cleverly constructed scenes move the plot along at a brisk pace with all four characters ending up wiser because of their experiences. The cast is: Brianna Dixon, DeKalb, as Karla; Emmily Brown, Rochelle, as Lydia; Tony Ramirez, DeKalb, as Nick; and Vincent Giles, DeKalb, as Alan. Understudies are Leondre Boyd, DeKalb, and Emma Franklin, DeKalb. Assistant director is Carolyn Davis-Hoeve and the stage manager is Andrea Shewalter. The production will be directed by Nadine Franklin, Kishwaukee College Theater faculty. For more information on the Kishwaukee College production of “Love Minus,” contact Nadine Franklin at 815-825-2086, ext. 2720, or nadine.franklin@ kishwaukeecollege.edu.
Local artist wins award at national exhibit Dale Osterle of DeKalb has won the Kent Leasure Memorial Fine Print Award for her hand-colored etching titled,
“Winter Magic,” in this year’s GALEX National Art Exhibition & Competition show. The award is sponsored by Blick Art Materials. Each year, the Galesburg Civic Art Center presents the GALEX show, which started out as a regional art competition and has grown into a national art exhibition and competition now in its 48th year. It is a juried show, so each piece of work accepted into the show has been chosen by a designated judge. This year’s judge is Rima Girnius, a chief curator at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. Fifty-four works by 41 different artists were selected to participate in this show, and a variety of media were represented including oil, watercolor, acrylic, collage, photography, fiber and sculpture. For more information about the show, visit www.galesburgarts.org.
Sycamore man to perform 8 p.m. May 2 at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut with Apollo Chorus Sycamore resident Michael Eikleberry is performing with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, Chicago’s oldest volunteer chorus, during its upcoming concert, The Beatles & Friends on May 2 and 4. The highly anticipated concert series celebrates the Fab Four’s 50th anniversary in America and includes The Beatles classics: “All You Need is Love,” “Penny Lane,” “Yesterday,” “Lady Madonna,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Blackbird,” “Michelle” and “Here, There, Everywhere.” The Apollo Chorus also will sing contemporary pop hits from Elton John, Billy Joel and other rock legends. The concerts will take place at
A Band Called Honalee, a modern-day folk trio inspired by the music and legacy of Peter, Paul and Mary, will perform at the Sandwich Opera House at 8 p.m. April 26. Musically accomplished, interactive and energetic, Honalee’s show allows the audience to experience this timeless music live onstage once again. Following in the footsteps of that iconic trio, A Band Called Honalee got its start in the heart of New York City’s East Village in 2009. In early summer 2014, the band
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NIU senior art show scheduled The Northern Illinois University School of Art will hold its Spring Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition from April 28 through May 10 at the Jack Olson Gallery in NIU’s Visual Arts Building and Gallery 215, 215 N. Fourth St., both in DeKalb. Artists will display works in a variety of media, including ceramics, drawing, sculpture, illustration, fiber, metals, painting, photography, printmaking and time arts. There also will be live music and entertainment. A reception will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m. May 1. A shuttle bus will run between the School of Art and the Fourth Street Gallery for the reception. Galleries also will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. following the Commencement Ceremonies on May 10.
St., Chicago; and 3 p.m. May 4 at First United Church, 848 Lake St. in Oak Park. Founded in 1872 in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire, the Apollo Chorus is one of the oldest volunteer choral organizations in the United States and the oldest musical organization in Chicago. Its approximately 120 auditioned members include men and women of all ages, races and backgrounds brought together by their love of music. Regular priced tickets cost $25 and student tickets cost $10. To purchase individual tickets or to book a group, call 312-427-5620 or visit www. apollochorus.org.
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Father of four is selfish to put health at risk Dear Abby: I am a 34-yearold wife and mother of four. I’m concerned about my husband. He is 44 and drinks at home every evening after work. I don’t mind him having a few cans of beer, but he drinks between six and 12 a day. He refuses to see a doctor for checkups or when he is sick. I am worried about his health. The drinking could have an impact, and I would like him to have a physical exam to put my mind at ease. I tell my husband I want him to take care of himself to live longer for our children’s sake (our youngest is 4). At times, we argue about it, and I’m tired of fighting over his drinking. His response is, “At least I do it at home and not at the bar.”
DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips I think he is being selfish and thinking only of himself. He talks about “pride.” How can I get him to cut down on his drinking or see a doctor as needed? – Worried Wife in Guam Dear Wife: Your husband is an alcoholic. He may not want to see a doctor because he knows what the doctor will tell him. It is important that you understand you cannot control another person’s behavior, and the only person who can “get” your husband to stop drinking or cut down is him. For your own emotional
well-being, I’m advising you to contact Al-Anon. Al-Anon is a fellowship of family members and friends of alcoholics, and it was created to help people just like you. Visit Al-AnonFamilyGroups. org, call 888-4AL-ANON or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also want to contact your department of mental health services for guidance. I can’t guarantee that it will help with your husband’s illness – because alcoholism is one – but it will help you to cope. Dear Abby: I’m 13 and in middle school. We have a program called an iPad Pilot Program in which students are given an iPad for a year to use in daily classroom activities. I’m a responsible honor student, yet somehow some scratches appeared on it one day.
My parents are really tight with money. I’m afraid if I tell them, I’ll get in trouble. I have some video games I don’t play anymore that I can sell to fix the scratches, but if I do, my parents will find out. I guess I don’t want them to be upset or think I’m irresponsible. Please tell me what to do. – In A Bind Dear In A Bind: Some wear and tear on items that are issued to students is to be expected. Stop stalling and tell your parents what happened. They are going to find out eventually, and it is better that they hear it from you. Dear Abby: I recently moved into a lovely house located not far from a funeral home. From time to time, funeral processions pass by my house. Is there a way for an out-
sider to quietly pay respects without making the people in the procession uncomfortable? I feel bad ignoring them and just going about my business. I don’t wear hats, or I’d remove it. I’m also not Catholic, so the sign of the cross doesn’t seem appropriate. Any ideas? – Respectful in New Jersey Dear Respectful: While no gesture is required, if you happen to be outside when a funeral procession passes by, pause from what you’re doing and place your right hand over your heart to acknowledge the mourners’ grief. I’m sure your thoughtfulness will be appreciated.
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How to make bathing easier for aging parents Dear Dr. K: I would appreciate suggestions for how to help an aging and ailing parent to bathe. Dear Reader: Until you step in to help, you may not even be aware of all the obstacles that can make bathing difficult for someone who is older or ailing. Arthritis, mental confusion or curtailed physical abilities can all contribute. Your first step is to determine what is causing the problem. Does your parent have poor eyesight? Trouble lifting his or her legs into and out of the tub? Is he or she afraid of slipping? Or is your parent dealing with cognitive issues that make it difficult to
ASK DR. K Anthony L. Komaroff carry out the steps involved in bathing? Once you’ve assessed the cause of the problem, try to address it. Here are some issues to consider, and possible solutions: • Is the tub or shower accessible? If not, install grab bars, which can make it easier to get in and out. If a parent has trouble standing or balancing, try a handheld nozzle, or place a seat in the shower that your parent can sit on while bathing. (On my
website, I’ve put an illustration of what this setup could look like.) • Is the bathroom safe? Make sure all rugs are absorbent and nonslip. Put nonslip decals or a bath mat in the tub. • Is your mother or father always cold? If so, he or she may feel too chilly to bathe. Try heating the bathroom beforehand using properly installed heat lights or a safe, portable radiator. Have large towels or a thick terry robe warmed in the dryer ready for when your parent is done bathing. Or try sponge baths in a warm room. • Does your parent forget items that will be needed to
shower? Put out everything that he or she will need – towel, soap, bathrobe, clothes, etc. • Does your parent have trouble remembering the steps involved in taking a shower? Calmly and gently talk him or her through them, one by one. I once had a patient who had been a physically and intellectually commanding person for all of his adult life. When he reached his late 60s, his life changed. His wife died and he developed slowly progressive dementia. He also developed a disease of his joints and muscles that sapped his strength and made nearly all movements painful.
He wanted to remain living in his long-time home, alone. One day he fell in his bathroom. Fortunately, he had an emergency alarm system on a chain around his neck and called for help. But the fall caused his kids to do a systematic assessment of his ability to function in the home. They were astonished by how much he couldn’t figure out (like how to get into a bathtub), and how easy it was to make his tub, shower and other parts of his home much safer for him. He remained independent for another two years – years he cherished.
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Colds are not the result of cold temperatures Dr. Wallace: When the winter weather kicks in every year I miss a lot of school. It really adds up, as I get three or four colds every winter and I’m always trying to catch up with my missed homework and with my reading assignments. I want to keep up with my studies because I’m an honor student and want to keep my grades up. Sometimes I don’t even feel up to doing my schoolwork and I get further behind. I’ve tried really hard this year not to catch a cold. I eat healthy, take Vitamin C and eat at least one orange every day. I don’t even kiss my boyfriend, but I still caught three colds. I’m sure other teens have the same problem, so
’TWEEN 12 & 20 Robert Wallace maybe you can give us some more tips to help us avoid catching colds. – Lauren, Nashua, N.H. Lauren: The American Medical Association reports that human beings can suffer as many as 200 colds in a lifetime and nobody can escape from having them. They also report that hand transmission is responsible for many of these colds. Therefore, it’s prudent to wash your hands often. For example, if someone who is infected touches his nose or the area around it
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TODAY – You can be of great help to benevolent or charitable groups this year. If you stand up for causes you believe in, your approach will attract others. The significant strides you make will contribute to your personal and professional advancement. ARIES (March 21-April 19) – Others will seek your help today. Take the time to listen to their problems, even if you can’t provide a solution. Your support alone will build strong alliances. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) – You will be able to perform at an amazing level today. Your value will be noticed if you mix work with pleasure. Take advantage of any social invitations you receive. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) – Share your goals with your superiors. Be specific. If they don’t know what you want, you won’t get the opportunities to advance that you are looking for. CANCER (June 21-July 22) – Children in your life will be quite observant today. Take time out to listen to what they’re saying. The approach you take will influence a project’s outcome. A creative outlet will do you good. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) – Enlist friends and family to help with home improvements. Renovations will turn out to be more expensive than anticipated, but you will be pleased with the results. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – Someone from your past will make an unexpected return. Don’t let stressful situations eat away at your health. Relax, even if a personal encounter is less than perfect. Take care when traveling. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) – You can’t buy love. Your budget will suffer if you purchase expensive gifts. Concentrate on earning money rather than spending it unwisely, and offer support, not cash, to others. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) – Refrain from bringing work problems home with you. Let traffic delays, work issues, or other minor irritations slide. Your health and family relationships are more important. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) – Don’t deceive yourself. Make commitments for the right reasons. Don’t sign on for something that you don’t believe in just to follow the crowd or gain acceptance. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – You’ll make an impression with your public speaking skills. An offer of a leadership position is likely to come your way. You will be successful if you make a move that sets an example. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) – Be sure to keep your thoughts to yourself at work. Wait for a more favorable time to make any requests of your superiors – right now, just stick to doing your work quietly and well. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) – Be open to new situations. Joining a social group will introduce you to new and interesting people. Have some fun, let loose and enjoy life. Work shouldn’t be your only outlet.
and then shakes somebody’s hand, he has transferred the virus. If that person touches his own nose (or eyes, since the tear ducts drain into the sinuses), he’s likely to become infected, too. Once they’re in your body – rhinoviruses are seldom found outside the nasal fluid – you can be infected. But you won’t necessarily catch a cold by kissing. Since people stay indoors a good part of the time and are in close contact with one another in the wintertime, they catch more colds in the winter. Aside from avoiding close contact with those who are coughing and sneezing, and practicing good personal hygiene, there isn’t much else you can do to avoid catching a cold.
Dr. Wallace: I’m 17 and dropped out of school seven months ago because I was pregnant. I now have a beautiful baby boy and live at home with my baby and my parents, who have done everything possible to help me through this. I really want to go back to school next year, but when I talked to my counselor she told me it isn’t a good idea for me to attend regular classes now that I am a mother. She said I should attend continuation school in the evenings and earn my diploma through this program. I really want to go back to day school with teachers I know and my friends who helped me through my difficult days. If I can’t return
to my regular day classes, I won’t go back to school. Please tell me what you think I should do. – Nameless, Garden Grove, Calif. Nameless: Have your parents talk with the principal. If that meeting fails to get you readmitted they should talk to the superintendent. The next step would be to go directly to your school board. You may also want to check into the GED program, which caters to teens who have been away from the books for a while. A GED diploma is accepted the same as a regular high school diploma, or a diploma from the continuation school.
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The third overcall with a new meaning We have been looking at the balancing overcalls that have different meanings from those in the second position. Here is the third. Look at the South hand. After one spade – pass – pass, what should South do? Directly over one spade, if North jumps to two no-trump, it would be the Unusual Notrump, indicating at least 5-5 in the two lowest-ranking unbid suits. In the fourth position, though, it shows a (quasi-)balanced hand with some 20-21 points and at least one stopper in the opener’s suit; though you might have slightly fewer high-card points when holding a reasonable six-card minor. In this deal, North then transfers into hearts before rebidding three no-trump to offer South a choice of games. With only two hearts, he selects three no-trump. (Note that four hearts fails, the defenders taking three diamonds and one heart.) Against three no-trump, West leads the spade queen. How should South continue? Declarer has eight top tricks: two spades, three hearts and three clubs. And it is easy to get greedy. Some players would win with their spade ace, cash the heart ace and queen, lead a spade to dummy’s king, and cash the heart king. However, when West discards, the contract can no longer be made. Instead, South must be willing to trade one heart trick to guarantee four winners from the suit. After winning the first trick with his spade ace, he cashes the heart ace, overtakes the heart queen with dummy’s king, and continues with the heart 10 to drive out East’s jack. Now the contract sails home.
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DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center has a part-time position available for an Education Coordinator. Position requires a dynamic, self-starter LPN or RN to develop and present educational programs to employees, residents, and the community. This position requires creativity, enthusiasm, and the ability to present education programs to learners with a wide range of knowledge bases. As a member of facility quality improvement team, this individual must be a team player. Apply at:
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Bassett Crib (Approx 34”w X 55”L) Great condition in light Oak color. Delivery may be possible. $55.00 815-895-4778
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SOFA - teal green (with colored specks). Reduced to $100. Must sell by Easter. Call 815-825-2275
New Fiskars Blue Canvas Zippered Bag W/Handle & Inside Compartments For Individual Storage. Great For Crafting, Scrapbooking Or Other, $15, Sycamore. 815-895-5373.
Bird Cage (smaller) with all accessories , $25.00 DeKalb area Rebecca 623-332-3427
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Wooden picnic style basket, new w/ handle & pie - cake wood tray insert, $15, Sycamore, 815-895-5373.
Calico, beautiful, 1 blonde, 1 black white, hand raised, litter trained. 815-498-9128
WORK GLOVES - 120 pair, New, White, Adult Size, Washable, $40 for all, moving, Sycamore 815-762-0382
Roller Blades Mens - Phazer Like new, Size 11 $20. 815-895-9593
DECK STAIN New, $4/gallon, several colors. 815-479-1000
Driver Central States is looking for Owner Operators and Company Drivers in the Rochelle / Rockford / Sterling area. Our work is 90% drop and hook shuttles with open appointments and dedicated lanes that get you home every night. We offer direct deposit, health insurance, $2500 sign on bonus, $1500 referral bonus and more! For more information and/or to apply see www.drivecst.com or call 630-787-8760 to speak with a recruiter! Driver
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20', wall pads and wall stand-offs, $80. 630-363-6717 or 630-251-0266 Interior Wood Door - 36", golden solid oak, six panel style, right side hinges, Includes frame & privacy lock set installed - Excellent condition $75/OBO Sycamore. 815-762-0382 Plastic Drum - White, 55 gal. Great For Rain Barrel Project Sycamore. $25 OBO - Moving. 815-762-0382
CAT - LOST still missing. reward, lost large male grey & white cat. he has front claws & micro chip but no collar. email: email@example.com or call 815-895-3788 or 815-508-0241 with any info. DOG LOST: Dozer, a beagle, dashcund mix was last seen in the Newark/Millington area on 4/10/14. Skittish around men. If found or seen please call 630777-7865 or 630-777-7310. Reward if found.
TRUCK DRIVER Experienced CDL Class A for semi dump, low-boy. Also looking for a Construction Laborer. Call 630-232-6223
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ENBRIDGE, a leader in pipelines and energy transportation, owns the world's longest crude oil and liquids pipeline system. We have an immediate opening for a Mechanical Technician in DeKalb, IL. For a more detailed job description, please visit our website @ jobs.enbridge.com (job opening #24763). Qualified candidates should apply online by April 21, 2014. No phone calls, please. Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.
SERVICE TECHNICIAN Culligan of DeKalb is recruiting for Service Technician. Duties will include customer service, product and parts replenishment, equipment checks and maintenance and housekeeping responsibilities. Experience with basic plumbing materials and the ability to analyze symptoms and troubleshoot equipment is a must. Training in water treatment equipment repair and service will be provided. Clean driving record is required as a suitable candidate will work within multiple counties. Pre-employment physical, drug screen and the ability to lift up to 50# mandatory. Interested parties may respond with your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org No telephone calls will be accepted for this position.
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Maytag, 6 months old, $175. 815-751-7377 PT Outdoor Groundskeeper needed year round for lg. home in Big Rock, IL Mon-Fri 8am-1:30pm, $10/hr. Must be flexible with schedule and be able to do heavy lifting, min. 35 Ibs. Must have valid drivers license and be able to speak English. Email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 630-556-3287
Child Toddler Bed Pink & White In Color, Uses Crib Size Mattress, Not Included, $18, Sycamore, 815-895-5373. DESK - 52" x 24" Steel Desk , Lt beige color, wood grain top w/ small left side return, Includes: chair & lamp. Great shape, $95 Sycamore. 815-762-0382 Dining room table, solid oak Round, 2 leafs, 6 high back chairs, excellent cond. $400/obo 815-901-7725 Kitchen Dinette Table & 4 Chairs Earth Tone Colors - Excellent Condition - $60 cash only 815-758-0208 10am-6pm
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau is seeking an Executive Director. For employment details visit www.dcysb.com
Nordic Track – Classic Pro Skier Great Condition - $125. 779-382-0209
BAR CLAMPS - Old Carpenters Bar Clamps, Notched Wood Beam, Cast Iron Stops, Approx 4'-5' long, $20 each/OBO, moving, Sycamore 815-762-0382 Framed Art - Autographed Cartoon Cell - Hanna/Barbera - Characters On Parade" Documented, Mint Condition $400 - Moving Sycamore 815-762-0382 Do you have a News Tip or Story Idea? Call 815-756-4841 Daily Chronicle
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FOR SALE 2000 Harley Davidson Model 1200C Concord Purple Like new condition 2,800 Actual Miles Asking $4,300.00 Call Rick at 630-450-4620
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REAL ESTATE Parcel 1: .46 Acre Commercial lot, zoned B1; located just west of car wash. Parcel 2: Super Carwash is 10 years old and consists of a 3200 sq. ft. Commercial building, sitting on a .59 acre lot, zoned B1 with a special use permit. This property includes: (1) automatic bay with D & S Super 5000 oversized laser wash with drying system and 12' x 10' overhead door; (2) self-serve manual bays with 12 'x 8' and 15' x 10' overhead doors; (2) future expansion bays with 12' x 8' overhead doors; mechanical room with work space, office and restroom; Weep Jet pump for winter; reclaim system; Rinnai instantaneous natural gas water heater; Weil McLain 95% efficient boiler; (2) vacuum bays; (1) 3 in 1 fragrance - shampoo vacuum; coins, currency, credit cards accepted and a bill changer; video surveillance system - 4 camera with recording; car care product vending machine. Taxes: $11,061.28 parcel# 09-36-277-009 (this parcel# and taxes are for parcel 1 & 2). A Survey will be provided.
Stunning turn of the Century home in Steward, IL
County Line Car Wash, Inc. - Owners Attorney - Gerald Hodge 630-907-0909
4,500 Sq Ft, totally remodeled, move-in ready! 54 ft wrap around porch, hdwd flrs, 4 Bd, 2.5 Ba, custom kitchen & 34 car garage. Easy access to I39 & !88. $279,900.
Vicki Pemberton Hayden Real Estate 815-757-0418
University Village Apts. 722 N. Annie Glidden Rd. 815-758-7859
DeKalb 1 & 2 Bdrm,
off street parking, laundry on site, pets OK, some util. incl. $595 & up call or text 630-880-1666
DEKALB 1 BEDROOM Clean, quiet, 1 bath, appliances included, available now. 815-758-6580
DEKALB ~ 227 N. 1st Large 2BR, carport, A/C, laundry. Clean, quiet and secure. $750/mo. J&A RE. 815-970-0679 DeKalb – 324 North 1st St, 1BR, Quiet, Smoke Free Environment. Appli,Carport/water/cable tv/ garbage removal incl. Laundry on site. No pets. $585/mo + util. 1st/lst/dep. 815-761-0830
DEKALB LOWER LEVEL STUDIO With kitchen, bath, off St. parking. $460/mo incl heat, no pets. 815-758-3154
DEKALB QUIET 2 BEDROOM
DEKALB 1 BEDROOM Available Dec/Jan. Close to NIU, Free heat & water, quiet lifestyle. Varsity Square Apts. 815-756-9554 www.glencoproperties.com 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 www.whiteoakapartments.net Now accepting Visa, M/C, Discover CORTLAND Large 2BR, 2BA Unit. All appls included. $800/mo. TOWNSEND MANAGEMENT 815-787-7368
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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 Very Nice 1 or 2BR LARGE kitchen, Full bath. ALL Utilities Included, $740. 815-756-1777 No smoking Dekalb- Quiet 1BR upper $550 security. No pets/smoking. 815-508-5270
Kingston Efficiency Unit Appl., $330/m+sec. 1 yr. lease. No pets/smkg. 815-975-4601 Malta Quiet, Upper 2 Bedroom Appl, a/c, laundry, water/garbage included + extra storage. 815-751-0480 Malta – Upper 1 Bedroom New renovations. Dekalb convenience, quiet small living. Non-smokers. 815-981-8117
Waterman Garden Apt. Community 215 East Duffy Rd, Single Story Building Independent Living
1 Bedroom, Income Based Community Room, Laundry Facility Must be 62 years of age or older, or handicap/disabled, regardless of age.
Phone 815-264-3492 TDD 800-525-0857
SYCAMORE GREEN APARTMENTS Rent Starting at:
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Maintance Free Exterior. 3 Bedrms, Living Rm, Family Rm, All Appliances. Full Basement. FHA/VA READY
CALL NEDRA ERICSON, REALTOR 815-739-9997 For more information or inspection of property contact Randy 630-417-9530 or Keith 630-417-2553
Near the heart of NIU. Incl gas and forced air heat. Off street parking, lush grounds, on site laundry room. Outdoor pool, tennis and basketball courts, patios and balconies. Cats OK.
Professionally Managed by PPM, LLC. This Institution Is An Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.
This car wash is in a great location and is highly visible from County Line Road. It has been well maintained and is fully operational. Real Estate Terms: The successful Buyer will be required to put down 10% day of auction and execute a contract for the purchase of the real estate under the terms and conditions specified herein. The earnest money should be in the form of a personal check or cashier's check. The balance of the purchase price will be due at closing to be held on or before June 3, 2014. Seller will provide Buyer with an Owner's Title Insurance Policy in the amount of the purchase price and will provide a Deed conveying the Real Estate to the Buyer. 2013 taxes will be paid by sellers. Taxes for 2014 will be prorated and any subsequent taxes will be the responsibility of the Buyer. There is a pipe line easement on the south side of the property. This property is being sold on a “as is, where is” basis without any contingencies to financing.
Starting @ $599, 2 Bedroom $683, 3 Bedroom
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
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Becherer Farm, approx 80 acres. 76.6 tillable acres with 2 story farm house and ranch house. $1,725,600. 859-630-5920
Harley Davidson 2014 Trike $26,000 Firm 815-508-2916
Aluminum Multi - folding ladder $100 815-758-3848
Ladder Racks for Van Good Condition $40. Call Anytime 815-784-6144
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4 Tires – 14” Good Tread $10 each – cash only 815-758-0208 10am-6pm
DEKALB - SPACIOUS MARKET APARTMENTS
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Hillcrest Place Apts.
220 E. Hillcrest. 815-758-0600 hillcrestplaceaptsdekalb.com
Newer carpet, good parking, near NIU and downtown. No pets/ smoke, $575. 815-762-4730
Spacious 6BR, 2.5BA, 2584 sq ft. Detached 3 car gar, lease or cash. Call for details 877-553-5348
Invacare, model 5000, side rails, remote and mattress, $200. 630-363-6717
DeKalb 1BR $550, 2BR $650
DeKalb 1BR, Large Den
Stamps 8" Miter Saw & Belt Sander, 3 x 18" with accessories, $80. Will separate, Moving, Sycamore. 815-762-0382 Conduit Bender 1/2", $20, Sycamore, 815-895-5373. DRILL Milwaukee 4' Right Angle $190, Sycamore, 815-895-5373.
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1BR - $524-$544 2BR - $560-$580 On-site Management On-site Laundry Off Street Parking No Pets Temporarily accepting applications from households who are not income eligible Please stop by or call for an application 1117 S. Cross St. Sycamore, IL 815-895-9594 Professionally managed by: WI Management Co. Madison, WI An Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.
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Maple Park – ground level, 2Bdrm, quite area, small town, country setting, Lg storage area in basement, no pets, $750/mo.+ gas heat & electric 630-878-2392
Sycamore/River's Edge Condo 2 bedroom, 2 bath, granite counter tops, SS appliances, extra large laundry room, 1 car garage. $1100/mo. 630-742-9153
The Knolls Hot new deluxe townhomes. 2 & 3 Bedrooms. Garage, C/A, Basement. Pets?
Starting at $645
Sycamore E. State St.
AVAILABLE NOW! Newly remodeled 2 Bedroom CALL FOR DETAILS 815-245-6098 ~ 815-923-2521
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
DeKalb/Sycamore Prof Office Ste Private entrance, generous parking in clean, modern building. $400-$750/mo. 815-751-4440
Dekalb: 3 Bdr, 2 Bath. Ranch 2 car att. gar, bsmt, laundryhook-up, no pets/smoking $1000/mo. 815-464-8646
Sycamore Lower 2BR Duplex
Shabbona ~ Spacious 2BR Newly painted, W/D hook-up. No dogs, $635/mo + security. 847-738-2334
1BA, W/D in common area. No pets/smoking, $750/mo + 1st last security. 815-501-1378 SYCAMORE: 1BR. Garage. A/C. Laundry. Clean & Quiet. $625/mo. No Pets or Smoking J&A RE 815-970-0679
2BR, 2BA APT. Washer & dryer, central air, fireplace, exercise center. Cat friendly. Private fishing. $765/mo.
DEKALB: 2BR townhouse. Lg rooms. A/C, W/D, full bsmt. Offstreet parking. 1st/last/sec. Avail. Immediately. 815-751-3830
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815-758-1100 or 815-895-8600 SYCAMORE 2 BED 1 BATH 1 CAR GARAGE C/A D/W W/D ON SITE 210 MAERTZ DR $800. 630-441-8671
Sycamore 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Near downtown/schools, W/D. Full bsmt, garage, no dogs/smkg. $950 + utilities. 630-450-5372
Sycamore Country Setting 2 bedroom,1 bath, clean, quiet, new carpet. 815-758-6580 Or call for personal showing Daily Chronicle Classified It works.
Town Home Modern 2/3 BR, 2.5 BA Stove, Refrigerator, Microwave, D/W, W/D, 2 car Garage $1200/mo+sec. 815-252-3481 SYCAMORE ! MCLAREN MANOR LARGE 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH. W/D, fireplace, garage, near school. $1200/mo. 847-683-9207
Sycamore Stonehedge Drive 3 Bdrm, 1.5 Ba, 1 car gar, A/C W/D, Unfin. Bsmt. $1,100/mo +sec, 630-234-0002
3BR, DR, New Kitchen, Baths 3 car garage, big yard. Near Kish college & NIU. No smoke/pets. $1195. 815-762-4730 DEKALB - 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath on Lincoln Hwy, near downtown. Large kitchen, family room and living room, Fenced yard, basement, Hardwood floors. No pets. $1400 per month. Duff Properties, LLC. firstname.lastname@example.org 815-827-3434 815-482-4155 DeKalb 1 Bedroom with den/office Appl, basement, attached garage. No pets, $675/mo + lease, deposit references req. 815-758-6439 or 815-739-5589 DeKalb all new, 3 Bdrm, 1 bath, stove, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, garage, A/C, laundry room 815-758-0079 Malta- 116 S. 3rd St. Spacious 3 BR, 1 BA , A/C $750/mo 1st/lst/sec. Absolutelty no Pets. 630-365-9215
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PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 23RD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DeKALB COUNTY-SYCAMORE, ILLINOIS LAKEVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC PLAINTIFF VS DEBRA ABBOTT A/K/A DEBRA L. ABBOTT; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS; DEFENDANTS 14CH 60 225 WEST STREET KINGSTON, IL 60145 NOTICE BY PUBLICATION NOTICE IS GIVEN YOU, DEBRA ABBOTT A/K/A DEBRA L. ABBOTT; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS ; defendants, that this case has been commenced in this Court against you and other defendants, asking for the foreclosure of a certain Mortgage conveying the premises described as follows, to wit: PARCEL 1: THE SOUTH HALF OF LOT 6 AND ALL OF LOT 7 IN BLOCK 1 IN J Y STUART'S FIRST ADDITION TO THE VILLAGE OF KINGSTON, ACCORDING TO THE
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PLAT THEREOF RECORDED JUNE 28, 1879, IN BOOK B OF PLATS, PAGE 32, IN DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS. PARCEL 2: THE SOUTH OF HALF OF LOT 6 AND ALL OF LOT 7 IN BLOCK 2 IN J Y STUART'S SECOND ADDITION TO THE VILLAGE OF KINGSTON, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED MAY 23, 1882, IN BOOK B OF PLATS, PAGE 47 1/2, IN DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS. Commonly known as: 225 WEST STREET KINGSTON, IL 60145 and which said Mortgage was made by, DEBRA ABBOTT A/K/A DEBRA L. ABBOTT; Mortgagor (s), to M.E.R.S., INC. AS NOMINEE FOR COUNTRYWIDE BANK, FSB Mortgagee, and recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of DEKALB County, Illinois, as Document No. 2009005619; and for other relief. UNLESS YOU file your answer or otherwise file your appearance in this case in the Office of the Clerk of this County, Maureen A. Josh DeKalb Cnty Circuit Clerk 133 W. State Street Sycamore, Illinois 60178 on or before May 5, 2014, A JUDGMENT OR DECREE BY DEFAULT MAY BE TAKEN AGAINST YOU FOR THE RELIEF ASKED IN THE COMPLAINT. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES Attorneys for Plaintiff Thirteenth Floor 1 North Dearborn Chicago, Illinois 60602 Tel. (312) 346-9088 Fax (312) 346-1557 PA 1318048 I599803 (Published in the Daily Chronicle, April 3, 10 & 17, 2014.)
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(Published in the Daily Chronicle April 17, 2014.)
PUBLIC NOTICE Notice of Personal Property Sale Open Bidding Auction Saturday, May 3, 2014 9 am at Waterman Lockbox Storage 9777 Rt. 30, Waterman, IL Immediately following at Hinckley Lockbox Storage 800 Lincoln Hwy, Hinckley, IL Lockbox Storage will sell personal properties listed below as provided by law.
(Published in the Daily Chronicle, April 17, 2014.)
Waterman Location: Tiffany Wright, unit 51 Jennie Seward, unit 57 Jill Cullen, unit 61 Hinckley Location: Michael Romans, unit 1 Doug Ham, unit 41 Harry Putney, unit 58 Ross Wahlgren, unit 72 Betty Mann, unit 99 Tina Gerstenkorn, unit 101 PERSONAL PROPERTY TERMS: All items must be paid in full by end of each auction by CASH before removing items from premises. All items must be removed by end of business day. Not responsible for accidents or items after sold. Must be 18 yrs old or older. (Published in the Daily Chronicle, April 17 & 24, 2014.)
LEGAL PUBLIC NOTICE To the legal voters, residents of the Township of Franklin in the County of Dekalb and the State of Illinois that the monthly meetings of the Franklin Township Cemetery Association for 2014 will take place on April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, and October 13, being the second Monday of said months. The meetings will be held at the Franklin Township building located at State Route 72 and Irene Road at 7:00 pm.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING On May 6, 2014 at 9:00AM, a meeting conducted by Indian Creek School District will take place at Shabbona Elementary Conference Room. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the district's plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the district for the 2014-2015 school year. If you are a parent of a homeschooled student who has been or may be identified with a disability and you reside within the boundaries of Indian Creek School District, you are urged to attend. If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact Jennifer Darlinger, Office of Student Services at 815-824-8257. (Published in the Daily Chronicle, April 17, 2014.)
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PUBLIC NOTICE Legal Public Notice is hereby given that the Village of Hinckley, Illinois will make available for review a proposed APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE for all corporate purposes for the Village of Hinckley for the fiscal year commencing May 1, 2014 and ending April 30, 2015. This proposed ordinance will be available for review from April 14, 2014 through April 28, 2014 at Village Hall, 720 James Street, Hinckley, Illinois, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am 5 pm. A public hearing for the Appropriation Ordinance is scheduled for 7:00 pm,
Curran Contracting Company is seeking IDOT approved DBE subcontractors, suppliers, & trucking companies for the 04/25/2014 IDOT letting! Plans & Specs are available at www.dot.state.il.us or email estimating@ currancontracting.com (815) 455-5100 (Published in the Daily Chronicle, April 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21,22, 2014.)
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PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP ELECTRICAL AGGREGATION PLAN Notice is hereby given pursuant to Chapter 20, Act 3855k, Illinois Compiled Statutes, that Sycamore Township, DeKalb County, Illinois will hold two separate public hearings for public comment on the Sycamore Township Electrical Power Aggregation Plan of Operation and Governance to be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Township Building located at 545 Brickville Rd, Sycamore, Illinois.
Sy The Sycamore Township Electrical Power Aggregation Plan of Operation and Governance describes the policies and procedures by which the Sycamore Township will carry out its Governmental Electric Aggregation Program, including those policies and procedures which relate to rates and customer service. The Plan includes information on member education, opt-out procedures, billing, obligations of an electric supplier, solicitation of bids, changes and termination of service, and selection of an electric supplier. A copy of the proposed plan is available for inspection by contacting the Sycamore Township Supervisor at 815-895-3766. SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES (Published in the Daily Chronicle, April 17 & 24, 2014.)
PUBLIC NOTICE ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on April 8, 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 DeAytch Solutions located at 436 Kensington Ct., DeKalb, IL 60115. Dated April 8, 2014 /s/ Douglas J. Johnson DeKalb County Clerk & Recorder (Published in the Daily Chronicle, April 10, 17 & 24, 2014.)
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