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At a glance Mayoral candidates must collect 239 to 383 signatures to appear on the ballot. The filing period for candidate petitions for all local offices is Dec. 17 to Dec. 24.

DeKALB – The former executive director of Re:New DeKalb is the third candidate to announce running for DeKalb’s mayor. Jennifer Groce, a research associate at Northern Illinois University’s Center for Governmental Studies, will run against John Rey, a retired Ag/Monsanto employee, and Mike Verbic, a member of the DeKalb School District 428 Board. Groce said her work as NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies would complement the work and knowledge the mayor of a city is expected to have. She said she would work toward enhancing partnerships between the city of DeKalb and other agencies, including NIU. “What is our place in the region, and how can we harness those resources for our community?” Groce said. Groce noted that both the city and university are undergoing leadership changes in 2013. Mayor Kris Povlsen said he will not run for re-election in April, and NIU President John Peters said he will step down in June. The changes, she said, allow for deeper collaboration between the two. “I see an important opportunity to enhance the community/university partnership to facilitate mutually beneficial outcomes that will move our city and our campus forward,” Groce said. “We have shared economic development interests and should work closely to develop shared goals and strategies to achieve them” Groce previously served as the executive director of Re:New DeKalb, a not-forprofit organization that has focused on the economic

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Ryan Newman, meat manager at Brown’s Country Market, stocks one of the cases Monday in Sycamore.

Food prices could increase up to 4 percent next year By JEFF ENGELHARDT DeKALB – Kyna Starks expects to take more trips to Save-A-Lot this summer. The out-of-town grocery store is Starks’ go-to establishment when her budget is tight, and it is going to be tighter if a recent forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture holds true. Food prices are expected to increase 3 percent to 4 percent in 2013 with meats, fresh vegetables and dairy products accounting for the biggest jump in cost. The expected price bump is coming off a year in which meat prices increased as much as 5.5 percent from 2011, while fruit and vegetable prices fell 2 percent. Starks, who spends about $400 a month on food for herself and daughter, said summer months already are more difficult, as she cares for five children during the day. Any increase in food prices would mean giving up the rare times she goes out to eat. “Four hundred dollars is a lot for me now,” Starks said. “I can already see the prices starting to go up with the fruits and produce.” The looming increase is a result of the drought that plagued most of the country during the summer and is continuing in some areas. Local

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David Johnson puts stickers advertising the Brown’s Country Market meat department’s five for $19.99 mix or match deal on cube steaks. farmers such as Carl Heide, who raises hogs, said higher food prices that have yet to be passed on to the consumer have been absorbed by farmers. The cost to feed the hogs has increased, Heide said, forcing him to become more selective with the animals he breeds for market. Some farmers had to trim their herds, he said, because it was too expensive to feed and raise a large number of hogs. Ham prices are expect-

ed to increase 4 percent next year. “We tightened the screws on how we fed our animals,” Heide said. “When supplies get tighter, prices go up.” Angelo Tsagalis, owner of Sycamore Parkway Restaurant, said increases in food prices are nothing new for those in the industry, but consecutive years of 4 percent increases are a drastic change from the 0.8 percent bump in 2010.

Instead of raising prices on the menu, Tsagalis said he has compensated for the increases by eliminating some specialty items such as certain steak and fish selections he no longer can afford to offer. “The last resort we use is to raise prices, but if it gets to a certain point that we have to then we will,” Tsagalis said of the increase. “But people who come here aren’t looking to

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Some GOP lawmakers now flout anti-tax activist Norquist By PHILIP ELLIOTT The Associated Press WASHINGTON – For decades, conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist vowed to drive Republicans out of office if they didn’t pledge to oppose tax increases. Many lawmakers signed on. But now, several senior Republicans are breaking ranks, willing to consider raising more money through taxes as part of a deal with Democrats to avoid a catastrophic budget meltdown. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker says the only pledge he will keep is his oath of of-

fice. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said no one in his home state of Virginia is talking about what leaders in Washington refer to simply as “The Pledge,” a Norquist invention that dates to 1986. Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss said he cares more about his country than sticking to Norquist’s pledge. It’s quite an about-face for senior members of a party that long has stood firmly against almost any notion of tax increases. And while GOP leaders insist they still don’t want to see taxes go up, the reality of a nation in a debt crisis is forcing some to

moderate their opposition to any movement on how much Americans pay to fund their government. Republican legislators and Democratic President Barack Obama’s White House are haggling vigorously as they look for ways to reach agreement on detailed tax adjustments and spending cuts before automatic, bluntforce changes occur at the new year. “Oh, I signed it,” Sen. Jeff Sessions said on Fox News about Norquist’s pledge. “But we’ve got to deal with the crisis we face. We’ve got to deal with the political reality of the president’s victory.”

The naysaying about the pledge is raising the question of whether Norquist – a littleknown Republican outside of Washington – is losing his position of power within the GOP. It’s a notion that he calls ridiculous. “The fantasy is that the Republicans would cave on marginal tax rates,” Norquist said recently. “They’re nonnegotiable.” At the White House, spokesman Jay Carney said Monday that the shifting away from Norquist signaled an opportunity for Republicans to work

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8 DAILY PLANNER Today Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary: 7 a.m. at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, 1 Kish Hospital Drive in DeKalb. Contact: Becky Beck Ryan, president, 815-758-3800. Weekly Men’s Breakfast: 8 a.m. at Fox Valley Community Center, 1406 Suydam Road, Sandwich. Cost for these men-only events is $4 for food and conversation, along with bottomless cups of coffee or tea. Easy Does It AA(C): 9:30 a.m. at 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb. 800-4527990; Weight Watchers: 9:30 a.m. weigh in, 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. meetings at Weight Watchers Store, 2583 Sycamore Road (near Aldi), DeKalb. Networking for Families: Noon to 1 p.m. at DeKalb County Health Department, 2600 N. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb. Nonprofits, socialservice agencies and educators focus on community improvements. Contact Elaine Cozort at elaineco@ or 815-7564893, ext. 226. Open Closet: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 300 E. Taylor St., DeKalb. Clothes and shoes for men, women and children. 815-758-1388. Safe Passage Sexual Assault adults’ support group; 815-7565228; Hinckley Big Book Study AA(C): 6 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 801 N. Sycamore St., 800-452-7990; Sharing of the Spirit Circle: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 615 N. First St. in DeKalb. Contact: Joan WatsonProtano at bjoanwatson@hotmail. com. Take Off Pounds Sensibly: 6 to 6:30 p.m. weigh-in, 6:30 p.m. meeting at CrossWind Community Church in Genoa. 815-784-3612. Better Off Sober AA(C): 6:30 p.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb, 800-452-7990; Free Fit Club: 6:30 to 8 p.m. at International Montessory Academy, 1815 Mediterranean Drive, Sycamore. Featuring rotating cardio or yoga programs from various Beachbody workouts such as P90X, Insanity, Turbo Fire, Hip Hop Abs, Rev Abs and many others. Call 815-901-4474 or 815-566-3580 for more information. Homework Help Nights: 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Neighbors’ House, Fifth and Pine streets, DeKalb. Free help for DeKalb fourth to 12th-graders; or 815-7870600. Alcoholics Anonymous Tuesday Night Fellowship Group(C): 7 p.m. at The Church of St. Mary, 244 Waterman St. in Sycamore. 815-7391950. Bingo: 7 p.m. at Genoa Veteran’s Club, 311 S. Washington St. Must be 18 or older to play. www.; contact Cindy at or 815751-1509. Book discussion group: 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinckley Community Building, 120 Maple St. Sign up at Hinckley Public Library or call 815-286-3220. Genoa Community Women’s Club: 7 p.m. at Resource Bank, 310 S. Route 23. For information, call Mary Erdmann, president, at 815-784-2115. Good Vibes Al-Anon group: 7 to 8 p.m. at Gurler House, 205 Pine St., DeKalb. Sexaholics Anonymous: 7 p.m. at 512 Normal Road, DeKalb (behind church in brick building). 815-5080280. Veterans Support Group: 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Ben Gordon Center, 12 Health Services Drive in DeKalb; For information about the free group, call 815-756-4875 or 815-793-6972. Prairie Echoes women’s chorus: 7:15 to 10 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Road in DeKalb. 877-300-SING (7464); www. Daily Reflections AA(C): 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. 33930 N. State Road, Genoa, 800-452-7990; DeKalb Masonic Lodge 144: 7:30 to 9 p.m. at DeKalb Masonic Temple at Fairview Drive and Fourth Street. For information, visit dekalbmasons. or contact Jim Tome at or 815508-3878. VietNow: 7:30 p.m. at Sycamore Veterans Memorial Home, 121 S. California St. For all veterans who served in 1957 or after. Contact: Herb Holderman at Narcotics Anonymous: 8 p.m. at 1201 Twombly Road in DeKalb; www.; 815-964-5959. Program of Recovery AA(C): 8 p.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb, 800-452-7990;

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Search ends for boy swept to sea By JASON DEAREN The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO – The search was called off Monday for a teenager whose parents were killed after they plunged into the cold, powerful surf in Northern California in a nightmarish chain of events that started when their son tried to save the family dog from drowning. Eureka residents Mary Elena Scott, 57, and Howard Gregory Kuljian, 54, both drowned Saturday, said Ariel Gruenthal, a deputy coroner in Humboldt County. The boy, Gregory James Kuljian, has not been found and is presumed dead. Powerful, 10-foot waves had pulled the dog into the ocean Saturday as it ran to retrieve a stick at Big Lagoon, about 300 miles north of San Francisco, authorities said. The 16-year-old boy went after the dog, prompting his father to attempt a

rescue, said Dana Jones, a state parks district superintendent. The teenager was able to get out of the waves but then went back into the water with his mother in search of his father. “Both were dragged into the ocean,” Jones said, adding the dog got out of the water on its own. The couple’s daughter and the boy’s girlfriend watched the tragedy unfold. A nearby bystander called police, but by the time help arrived, it was too late. Jones said a park ranger had to run a half-mile to get to the beach because his car wasn’t made to handle the rugged terrain. When he arrived, he wasn’t able to get to the family members because of the high surf, she said. Coast Guard Lt. Bernie Garrigan said the search for the teenager was stopped because a person without a wetsuit could not survive for long in the surf because of the frigid waters. Saturday was overcast and a bit

damp, and the winds were light at Big Lagoon beach, a steep shoreline where the waves roll in and crash onto the sand, making the area dangerous, officials said. Signs are posted near the beach parking lot warning beachgoers not to turn their back to the surf and to pay special attention to “sneaker waves,” or swells that can seemingly appear from nowhere and violently smash onto the beach, Garrigan said. “Because the beach is designed that way, when that 10-foot wall breaks, it surges up on the beach and surges back really fast,” he said. “It’s like a cyclical washing machine.” Rescuers eventually retrieved Scott’s body, and Howard Kuljian’s body washed ashore. The Coast Guard deployed a helicopter and two motor life boats to search for the teenager, but thick coastal fog made the search difficult. The parks department has also called off its search.

Cyber Monday likely to be busiest sales day By MAE ANDERSON The Associated Press NEW YORK – Americans clicked away on their computers and smartphones for deals Cyber Monday, which is expected to be the biggest online shopping day in history. Shoppers are expected to spend $1.5 billion on Cyber Monday, up 20 percent from last year, according to research firm comScore. That would not only make it the biggest online shopping day of the year, but the biggest since comScore started tracking shoppers’ online buying habits in 2001. Online shopping was up 25.6 percent Cyber Monday compared with the same time period a year ago, according to figures released Monday afternoon by IBM Benchmark, which tracks online sales. Sales from mobile devices, which include tablets, rose 10.9 percent. The group does not track dollar amount sales. The strong start to Cyber Monday, a term coined in 2005 by a shopping trade group that noticed people were doing a lot of shopping on their work computers on the Monday after Thanksgiving, comes after overall online sales rose significantly during the four-day holiday shopping weekend that began Thanksgiving. “Online’s piece of the holiday pie

The Associated Press CHICAGO – Eight months after a trio of ticket buyers split a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot to set a world lottery record, Powerball is offering up a prize that would be the second-highest. The $425 million jackpot, the largest in Powerball’s history, represents a potential life-changing fortune. But before shelling out $2 for a ticket, here are some things to consider:


It’s the gambler’s mantra: Somebody’s gotta win, so why not me? The first part is true; somebody will win the Powerball jackpot. Chuck Strutt, executive director of Multi-State Lottery Association, predicts there’s about a 60 percent chance it’ll happen Wednesday – maybe better if there’s a flurry of last-minute ticket purchasers picking unique numbers. The jackpot already has defied long odds by rolling over 16 consecutive times without anyone hitting the big prize, which now stands at $425 million ($278.3 million cash value). Strutt puts the odds at around 5 percent there would be no winner in the entire run, including Wednesday.

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An employee grabs boxes off the conveyor belt to load in a truck at their Fernley, Nev., warehouse. Cyber Monday is the next in a line of days that stores are counting on to jumpstart the holiday shopping season. is growing every day, and all the key dates are growing with it,” said Forrester Research analyst Sucharita Mulpuru. “The Web is becoming a more significant part of the traditional brick-and-mortar holiday shopping season.” It’s the latest sign that Americans are becoming addicted to the convenience of the Web.

With the growth in smartphones and tablet computers, shoppers can buy what they want, whenever they want, wherever they want. As a result, retailers have ramped up the deals they’re offering on their websites during the holiday shopping season, a time when stores can make up to 40 percent of their annual revenue.

Millions chasing record $425M Powerball jackpot By JEFF McMURRAY

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As the drought increases, so too will the chances of it ending on the next draw, because ticket sales spike with a growing jackpot. Someone will win. Eventually.


It’s true to say that you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning the Powerball. But that woefully understates the danger of lightning. Tim Norfolk, a University of Akron mathematics professor who teaches a course on gambling, puts the odds of a lightning strike in a person’s lifetime at 1 in 5,000. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot: 1 in 175 million. While weather is the go-to analogy for such astronomical odds, Norfolk suggests there are better ones. For example, you’d have a slightly better chance of randomly picking the name of one specific female in the United States: 1 in 157 million, according to the latest census.


Should you win the jackpot, there’s a good chance you’ll have to share – and not just with family, friends and Uncle Sam. The odds of someone winning in-

crease as the ticket sales do. So, too, do the odds of duplicate tickets, especially for people who choose their own numbers rather than letting the computers pick. Prefer the lucky numbers of 7 or 11? You’re not alone. How about a loved one’s birthday? It’s 31 or lower – digits more frequently duplicated than 32 and up. (There are 59 white balls and 35 red balls in the draw). Norfolk predicts that if there is a winner, there will be multiple ones because mathematical theory shows that numbers have a way of clustering, even at much smaller sample sizes. If you take 23 random people, there’s about a 50-50 chance that at least two will have the same birthday, Norfolk said. Throw choice into the equation – about 20 percent of players typically select their own numbers – and the clusters could be even more defined. That played out in March, when three tickets from Kansas, Maryland and Illinois split the world-record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot. A single ticket holds Powerball’s current record of $365 million in 2006, shared by several ConAgra Foods Workers in Lincoln, Neb.

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8DID YOU WIN? Illinois Lottery Monday Pick 3-Midday: 6-0-8 Pick 3-Evening: 1-2-2 Pick 4-Midday: 9-1-1-6 Pick 4-Evening: 2-5-2-8 Lucky Day Lotto: 3-8-12-23-29 Lotto: 2-3-19-22-31-47 Lotto jackpot: $5.25 million

Mega Millions Mega jackpot: $49 million

Powerball Powerball jackpot: $425 million

8NATION BRIEF Christmas tree shipment dumped in garden

VIENNA – An early seasonal delivery went badly wrong in Austria when a truck was involved in a crash and dumped 14 tons of Christmas trees in a resident’s garden. Police in Vorarlberg state, at Austria’s western tip, say the accident happened Friday night as a truck with a trailer loaded with trees drove through the town of Hohenems. The trailer hit a wall, tipped over and landed in the garden of a house. A police statement Saturday said that the fire service dispatched 30 people to recover the hundreds of fir trees. A passenger in the truck was injured and taken to a local hospital.

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Police still awaiting test Housing ordinances get final OK results in fraternity death By DAVID THOMAS

er’s death, as they found evidence of drinking near him. The fraternity, commonly known as Pikes, was hosting a “parents’ night” function the night before Bogenberger was found nonresponsive in a bunk-bed in the fraternity, Leverton said. “We don’t want to make more of it right now, because we David d o n ’ t h a v e Bogenberger the actual cause-of-death ruling,” Leverton said. During “parents’ night,” pledges typically are assigned an upperclassman from a sorority or fraternity. The upperclassmen hide in different rooms in the fraternity house.

By JILLIAN DUCHNOWSKI DeKALB – Police dispute portions of a Fox TV news report into the Nov. 2 death of an NIU fraternity pledge, but declined to discuss their investigation until it is finished. Authorities are waiting for toxicology results and a few interviews before finalizing their investigation into the death of David Bogenberger, a 19-year-old freshman and 2012 Palatine High School graduate, Lt. Jason Leverton said. Pi Kappa Alpha has been placed on temporary sanctions, meaning members still live in the house at 1020 W. Hillcrest Drive in DeKalb but the fraternity cannot hold any events. Authorities said early in their investigation that they suspected alcohol played a role in Bogenberg-

The pledges go from door-to-door, guessing if their “mom” or “dad” is inside and drinking if they are wrong. The Fox report interviewed an NIU student who heard about Bogenberger’s death from friends who were there. That student claimed Bogenberger was placed in a room to sleep, ended up on his back and choked on his own vomit, according to the Fox 32 report. Leverton disputed portions of that account, but declined to elaborate. DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller said no vomit-like material was found in Bogenberger’s airways during the autopsy. An autopsy Nov. 3 did not reveal an obvious cause of death, but Miller said he expects the outside toxicology test results within days.

DeKALB – The city of DeKalb gave final approval to its set of housing ordinances Monday night, setting the fees and staffing levels necessary to carry them out. The city will hire a mixture of full-time and part-time staff to implement the various housing ordinances, which include measures such as annual registration of landlords and requiring all tenants to not commit legal activities in their apartments. To fund the four staffers (three of which are full-time, and two are inspectors), the city will charge rental properties $50 a building and $15.24 a rental unit for three or more units. This would amount to $227,000 in fees. The city will chip in $57,000 of its own money, bringing the total cost of the program to $284,000. Mayor Kris Povlsen and four aldermen signed off on the fee proposal and the ordinances’ second reading, making the votes the final action. Aldermen David Jacobson

and Monica O’Leary, of the First and Seventh Wards, respectively, voted against the funding/staffing proposal as well as the ordinances’ final reading. Sixth Ward Alderman Dave Baker was not at the meeting. City Manager Mark Biernacki previously asked the council to establish a fivemember housing bureau, the cost of which would be split between the city’s general revenue fund and registration fees. But there was no consensus on this issue, forcing Biernacki to come up with three other options the aldermen debated Monday night. For their part, the DeKalb Area Renters Association declared their opposition to all of the funding options possible. “It puts almost the whole cost of the program on the backs of rental properties,” said Jim Morel, president of DARA and a landlord. Morel advocated that any inspection program should be funded by the city’s general revenue fund.

“As we have said before, the benefits and enforcement of these ordinances should apply equally across the community,” Morel said. “Therefore, the cost should be applied evenly across the tax base.” Both DARA and the council gave their support to mandatory crime-free lease addendums, crime-free training for the landlords, a “three strikes” disorderly house provision, and a sidewalk exterior inspection program. Aldermen Tom Teresinski, Ronald Naylor, and Brendon Gallagher, of the Second, Fifth and Fourth Wards, respectively, were major proponents of the funding proposal the council adopted. “We need the ability to ensure what we’re putting in place is strongly enforced,” Teresinski said, noting other communities have similar programs in place. Monday night’s vote closes the book on a discussion the council began nearly two years ago. A housing task force was formed, which eventually created the ordinances the council approved.

8LOCAL BRIEFS Santa to visit DeKalb

DeKALB – Santa will visit downtown DeKalb on Thursday. The Egyptian Theatre will have cookies, cocoa and caroling at 6 p.m., and Santa will arrive at 7 p.m., according to a news release. Santa will be available for children’s visits in his house in the Van Buer Plaza at Second

and Locust streets until 8 p.m. In addition, free horse-drawn carriage rides will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays in December. They leave from the DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St. Santa’s House also will be open to visitors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays in December. Cameras are encouraged.

For information or for a full calendar of Hollydays events, visit or call 815-748-7788.

Fellowship announces winter farmers’ market

DeKALB – The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb is hosting a winter farmers’ market from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8.

The market will include grassfed beef, free-range chickens and eggs from the Hasselmann Farm, according to a news release. There also will be homespun yarn, handmade jewelry, birdhouses, goat soap, and many other handmade items. There will be more than 25 vendors, plus a used-book sale. Admission costs $1.

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