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was at Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove on Tuesday when Sugar Grove Police Chief Ron Moser, Sgt. Tom Barna and Mayor Sean Michels unveiled one of three new squad cars purchased by the village. Group after group of sixthgraders filed into the school’s receiving area to take a look at the 2013 Ford Interceptor, with its lights flashing. The students, including Mabel Cummins (pictured) got a chance to climb into the passenger side of the car and out the driver’s side. It was a great way for the police department to be involved with the students and allow them to see those with the department in a laid-back environment.

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Elburn’s future laid Downs appointed out in public view associate judge By AL LAGATTOLLA ELBURN – The village’s residents took a glimpse at what the future of Elburn might be Thursday at the Elburn Lions Club as they checked out charts and graphs that showed the comprehensive plan. Village residents were invited to provide feedback. The plan was created by Images Inc., which had representatives on hand. Sara Kopinski, the associate project manager for Images Inc., said it had been the ninth such workshop in Elburn. Some charts included suggestions and reflections from past workshops. Suggestions urged officials to keep the small-town character, improve connectivity in the town and address traffic along Route 47. One item called for a more diverse business mix. Other suggestions included a need for a variety of housing

options, more commercial industry and increased entertainment options. Bob Pavlak, an Elburn resident since 1978, said the information looked impressive, but there are pressing needs in town. He said what the town needs most urgently is industrial areas. “There’s a lot going on here,” he said, pointing at the colorful charts. “If everything can work together, it could be a good process.” Lonna Schmidt, the wife of Village Board member Jerry Schmidt, said she has lived in Elburn for 67 years. She said Elburn once had a vibrant downtown area, and it could again. She said growth is needed to bring in people and new businesses. That was consistent with feedback provided. One of the suggestions in the plan called for the village to “improve, grow and maintain an attractive and vibrant downtown commercial area.”

By AL LAGATTOLLA Christine Downs, a Geneva resident who spent 12 years working for the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, has been appointed as an associate judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit. Downs began working as an assistant state’s attorney starting in 1997. She then became an associate with the law offices of Collison and O’Connor in Chicago. She will take the bench Feb. 4. According to a news release issued by the 16th Circuit, she was selected from a field of 36 candidates. Downs said becoming a judge is a goal of many attorneys, “and I certainly was one of them.” “I can’t tell you how honored and excited I am to be chosen,” she said. She worked in the criminal and civil divisions at the state’s attorney’s office, and she also

has worked on many types of cases in private practice. Downs received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and her law degree from Loyola University in 1997. She Christine is a member of Downs the Kane County Bar Association and the U.S. District Court and the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar.

• An article that appeared on page 12 of the Jan. 24 edition of the Kane County Chronicle contained incorrect information. Karin de Marco died Sunday, Jan. 20. Her last name is spelled de Marco. The Chronicle regrets the error. • An article that appeared on page 20 of the Jan. 24 edition of the Kane County Chronicle requires clarification. Dionne Warwick ranks third with Madonna as one of the most charted female vocalists. Accuracy is important to the Kane County Chronicle, and we want to correct mistakes promptly. Please call errors to our attention by phone, 630-8455355; or email, editorial

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CONTACT US Tom Corron, 57, a resident of Fort Wayne, Ind., was at a nature walk at Corron Farm in Campton Hills when he answered nine questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory. Where did you grow up? I grew up here in Campton Township. Pets? A long-haired Chihuahua named Percy. He’s a guard dog. Who would play you in the movie of your life? Nicolas Cage. First job? Picking strawberries on my cousin’s farm for 10 cents a quart when I was 7. I was driving a baler on the farm when I was 10. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to work for NASA, but I became an insurance operations manager instead. Favorite charity? Corron Farm Preservation Society. I am also

on the board of a charity called Alpha-1 Foundation to find a cure for antitrypsin deficiency. It’s a genetic condition that causes the lack of a protein that protects lungs from inflammation. I was diagnosed at 50, and I am infused every week. If I had not been diagnosed, I would have been dead by now. Hobbies? History and genealogy. I’ve unearthed photos that have not been seen for 100 years. And theater at Fort Wayne. Favorite local restaurant? Bowes Creek Country Club in Elgin. What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I met Milton Berle at an airport in Des Moines going to college at Drake. And this person was saying how much she loved him, he’s so funny – and then she called him “Mr. Silvers,” mistaking him for Phil Silvers.


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Open house for Rush-Copley center

WHAT: An open house for the new RushCopley Convenient Care in Sugar Grove is set. Activities will include free health screenings, an opportunity to meet doctors and staff and a coloring contest for kids. The center will open Feb. 1. WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Rush-Copley Convenient Care, 472 N. Route 47, Sugar Grove INFO: Visit

Health, fitness experts at Delnor

WHAT: Health and fitness experts from the Delnor Wellness Center will share their top 10 health tips at the meeting of the American Association of University Women BataviaGeneva-St. Charles Branch. Included are demonstrations, giveaways and answers to fitness questions. Guests are welcome. WHEN: The event begins at 9 a.m. Feb. 2 with AAUW member networking, and the program

TODAY’S WEB POLL Can you speak a foreign language?

follows at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: Batavia library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. INFO: Call Ann Morris at 630-584-6170 or Jean Mozzocco at 630-513-8427.

Open house for St. Patrick preschool

WHAT: St. Patrick Catholic Preschool will have an open house for parents of 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. WHEN: 9:30 to 11 a.m. today and 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday WHERE: St. Patrick Catholic Preschool, 118 N. Fifth St., St. Charles INFO: Visit Anyone interested in visiting the preschool can also contact the preschool office at 630-338-8200 to schedule a tour.

Kubinek to perform at Fermilab

WHAT: Tomas Kubinek brings his humor and talent to Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium. Kubinek is billed as a “certified lunatic and master of the impossible.” WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Ramsey Auditorium in Wilson Hall, the central building of Fermilab, Kirk Road at Pine Street, Batavia COST: $22 for adults and $11 for those ages 18 and younger INFO: For information or telephone reservations, call 630-840-2787 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details, visit culture.

LEGO showcase at Batavia library

WHAT: Lego fans are invited to view an assortment of displays. Members of the Chicago Area Lego Users Group and Batavia High School student Connor Larson will showcase a Lego city, complete with an elevated train, scenes and other creations. Registration is not required. WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. INFO: Call the Youth Services department at 630-879-1393, ext. 500.


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Oberweis questions Brady’s marriage stance Illinois GOP chairman supports same-sex matrimony, which is contrary to party lines By NICOLE WESKERNA State Sen. Jim Oberweis is trying to convene a meeting with Republican lawmakers to talk about views Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady has expressed on same-sex marriage. Oberweis, of Sugar Grove, said Thursday he wants to address Brady’s open support of same-sex marriage because it’s contrary to party lines. He said he recently sent emails to gauge interest in setting up a meeting to discuss the issue before a regular party meeting scheduled for April. He said as someone with a business background, it raises red flags if a company’s CEO

makes remarks contrary to an organization’s views. He said he wants to discuss whether Brady should continue to serve as chairman or if the issue can be resolved amicably. “At minimum, he should have talked to us first,” Oberweis said. Brady, from St. Charles, said with same-sex Jim marriage legisOberweis lation pending in the General Assembly, he threw his support behind a marriage equality group when members approached him. He parted with long-held Republican Party views when he said marriage equality is one of his

beliefs, and not allowing it is discriminatory. “Oberweis is leading the charge because I said in a personal capacity that I believe we could get on board with samesex marriage,” Brady said. “In my opinion, I don’t think it’s right what he’s doing.” Brady has been Illinois GOP chairman for more than three years, and his term ends in March 2014. It would require a three-fifths weighted vote from state party committeemen to remove him as chairman. He said most ousted chairmen are removed because of misconduct such as stealing, and he isn’t worried about being removed based on voicing his opinion. Oberweis said the issue

County Board shelves deputy chairman proposal by Lauzen By JONATHAN BILYK GENEVA – The County Board has shelved plans to change its leadership structure to add the position of deputy chairman, which was sought by County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen. Thursday, Lauzen effectively withdrew the proposal. He told the County Board Administration Committee that he was “personally not interested in moving forward on it” any longer. “We have big things to worry about,” Lauzen said. “If you want to take it off the agenda, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings in the least.” Lauzen, an Aurora Republican, had proposed the deputy chairman in December, shortly after he took office. In a proposed amendment to the county’s ordinances, Lauzen stated that the deputy chairman would be a member of the County Board appointed by the board chairman to a one-year term.

The deputy chairman would not have earned additional salary or benefits, and responsibilities would have included acting at the chairman’s request to marshal support for issues and positions. The deputy chairman also would “take the place of the County Board chairman at official ceremonies” Lauzen Chris could not atLauzen tend. The idea ran into opposition from members who either desired assurances that the proposal would not bring partisan politics to the board or questioned whether the proposal would create more problems than it might solve. County Board member Mark Davoust, R-St. Charles, was outspoken against the proposal, saying he believed the position would correspond to the legislative position of “whip,” which is

awarded to a partisan within Congress or a state legislature to secure support for the positions of party leadership. With such concerns lingering, Lauzen said he did not desire for the issue to distract the County Board from tackling its “real mission,” which he said included dealing with home foreclosures and improving the local economy. “I was hoping to get a little help from a second person,” Lauzen said. But he said the deputy chairman proposal was “no big deal,” and suggested the committee table the proposal. The administration committee voted 4-2 to set the proposal aside “indefinitely.” County Board member Jesse Vazquez, D-Aurora, who was not on the committee but attended the meeting, thanked Lauzen for withdrawing the proposal. “It’s the right thing to do,” Vazquez said. “He listened to the concerns of the board.”

isn’t about marriage, but Brady openly parting with Republican views as the state GOP chairman. Oberweis said three people – he needs five for a special meeting to happen – he emailed were willing to sign a letter to have a party meeting earlier than April. He said he wants to “sit down and deal with it” so lawmakers can get back to what’s important, like the state not paying bills on time, job creation and government expenditures. “In general, Pat has done a reasonably good job,” Oberweis said. “He’s a breath of fresh air compared to the party insiders we’ve had in the past.” Barb Wojnicki, chairman

of the Kane County Republican Party, said the group plans to address Brady’s opinion at its meeting Feb. 5. She said she wants to discuss it as a group before taking any sort of stance. Brady said he believes Republicans are “behind the times” when it comes to samesex marriage and noted the party was badly beaten in the polls in the most recent election. He said the GOP should be a more inclusive “big tent” party open to diverse opinions. “We need to be better about articulating our Republican principles,” he said. “We’re the party of Lincoln. We’re supposed to be the party without discrimination.”

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ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles East High School drama department will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,”

at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students or seniors.

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Aurora woman STC vet joins fight against ovarian cancer to serve 7 years By ASHLEY RHODEBECK ST. CHARLES – Although people visit Gateway Veterinary Clinic seeking care for their pets, veterinarian Kurt Klepitsch said it’s not unusual for clients to ask him and his staff about their own health. It’s in this environment that Klepitsch hopes to raise awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer, a disease his 19-year-old niece was diagnosed with last year. He said he knows he won’t cure the disease, but he might help a woman learn of an early diagnosis. The St. Charles clinic is raising awareness through brochures, teal lapel pins, posters and discussions as part of the Veterinary Outreach Program launched by the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness organization. Today, representatives from OCSA and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association are expected to welcome Klepitsch and his clinic

Women’s health Women who have these symptoms almost daily for more than a few weeks should see their doctor, preferably a gynecologist: • Bloating • Pelvic or abdominal pain • Feeling full quickly • Urinary problems as the program’s first members. “It’s extremely exciting,” OCSA executive director Vallie Szymanski said. According to the American Cancer Society, there were about 22,280 cases of ovarian cancer and about 15,500 deaths from the disease in the United States last year. Symptoms include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, feeling full quickly and urinary problems. Szymanski co-founded the OCSA with her friend, Susan Roman, who died from ovarian cancer in March. Szymanski – whose father was a vet-

erinarian – and Roman – who believed her dog, Bacchus, had tried for months to tell her she was sick – agreed dogs should be included in the awareness mission. Peter Weber, executive director of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, said it makes sense for veterinarians to promote awareness, and not just because their oath includes promoting public health. More than 80 percent of veterinarians graduating today are women, and statistics show women generally bring the family pet to the vet. The Veterinary Outreach Program is, Weber said, “fighting ovarian cancer with animal passion.” The program also addresses the fact that pet owners take better care of their pets than themselves. “Your animal needs you to take care of yourself,” Weber said. Visit for information.

KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE AURORA – An Aurora woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for her involvement in a fatal collision in 2009. Linda L. Knotts, 48, of the 200 block of East Galena Boulevard, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 2 felony. Circuit Judge James Hallock accepted the Linda L. plea. Knotts Knotts was driving south in a northbound lane on Route 47 on the evening of March 20, 2009. According to a news release, witnesses had called 911 to report a pickup truck driving erratically at excessive speeds and passing numerous vehicles. Knotts was near Merrill Road when she struck a vehicle driven by William McKenzie, 54, of Marengo, head-on. McKenzie was pronounced

dead shortly after at a nearby hospital. Investigators discovered Knotts had cocaine in her blood at the time of the collision. Traffic reconstruction revealed Knotts was traveling at 73 mph when she struck McKenzie’s vehicle, which was traveling within the 55 mph speed limit. Illinois law requires Knotts to serve at least 85 percent of her seven-year sentence. She had been given credit for 32 days served in the Kane County Jail. She remains free on $4,000 bond, and Hallock granted Knotts’ request to surrender Wednesday to begin her sentence, according to the release. “It remains a priority of this office to aggressively prosecute DUI cases. This crash was clearly preventable, the result of this defendant’s reckless and dangerous driving with cocaine in her blood,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in the release. “Mr. McKenzie’s death was nothing short of tragic.”

Homeless man in jail STC police investigating altercation after exposing self By ASHLEY RHODEBECK

By ERIC SCHELKOPF BATAVIA – A 57-year-old Aurora resident remains in the Kane County Jail on $750,000 bond after being charged with exposing himself in December at a teacher supplies store on Randall Road in Batavia. James E. J a m e s E . Rozema Rozema’s last known address is Hesed House homeless shelter in Aurora. He also is charged by Aurora police for failing to notify authorities of a new address as a registered sex offender.

During a court hearing Thursday before Kane County Judge Marmarie Kostelny, Rozema testified that he was homeless and unemployed. He was given a public defender, and his next court hearing was set for Feb. 6. According to Batavia police, Rozema exposed himself Dec. 20 while in The Chalkboard, 381 N. Randall Road. The Chalkboard sells educational materials and classroom supplies. Rozema has previously been charged with disorderly conduct after an incident in June at buybuy Baby, 301 N. Randall Road, where he “removed his shoes, unbuttoned his shirt and jumped around in the store,” according to court records.

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Police Department is investigating a physical altercation between two groups earlier this month along Route 38, spokeman Paul McCurtain said. The groups – one of four and one of three – were outside Time Out Sports Pub, 2051 Lincoln Highway, about 1:45 a.m. Jan. 6 when a verbal confrontation began, McCurtain said. After the confrontation,

he said, the group of three began to walk along Route 38 to their residence. Traveling in a car, the other group cut in front of the pedestrians, got out of the vehicle and began a physical altercation, he said. The attackers fled when they saw a victim call 911, McCurtain said. The victims – a 26-year-

old St. Charles woman, a 24-year-old Geneva man and a 27-year-old St. Charles man – suffered cuts and bruises, McCurtain said. He said two of the suspects are men and two are women. Police have conducted numerous interviews, McCurtain said, and the case remains under investigation.


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Historic lack of winter precipitation leaves soil dry, keeps plows inside By JONATHAN BILYK

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Salt trucks are filled and ready Wednesday at the Geneva Public Works facility. BELOW: Geneva Public Works employee Steve Smith on Wednesday uses a front loader to gather salt. week, about 3.8 to 4.2 inches of precipitation has fallen in Kane County since Dec. 1. Normally, the region records about 3.6 inches to date. But Sebenste said with the onset of typical winter temperatures, the top layers of soil have frozen, meaning rainfall simply runs off into nearby streams. “Basically, we need snow,” Sebenste said. “And lots of it.” So far, those tasked with keeping local roadways clear of snow and ice are not lamenting the lack of snow. Directors of road departments in central Kane County said they have saved thousands of dollars to date in overtime costs normally paid to snowplow drivers during storms and money on fuel and salt. “It’s definitely helped our budget,” said Dan Dinges, public works director for Geneva. Bill Edwards, director of maintenance for the Kane County Division of Transportation, said drivers who enjoy

plowing snow are “itching” to put their blades down in a snowstorm. But others are enjoying “a normal winter life,” coming and going at normal hours of the day. Dinges and Edwards noted that their work crews have not sat idle; they have used time normally devoted to clearing snow to other tasks, such as ditch maintenance, bridge re-

placements or the removal of trees infested with the emerald ash borer. Dinges, Edwards and Feece also noted the accumulating piles of salt in their bins, although all ordered less this year than normal. Dinges noted that in a typical year, Geneva purchases 2,000 tons of salt about $50 a ton. This year, the city ordered

only 1,500 tons. And more is still to be delivered because the city, like other local governments, must take delivery of a certain portion of its purchase under the terms of its contract through the state. Dinges said his department likely will resort to storing the excess salt in bins normally dedicated to storage of gravel or dirt. But all noted there is a possibility that much of the salt still could be scattered on local roads before the winter is over. Historically, the least amount of snow ever recorded for a winter, from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28, in the Chicago area came in 1930-31 when just 5.7 inches of snow fell. But Sebenste noted that half of a winter’s typical snowfall could lie ahead. Dinges said he wouldn’t be surprised by a sudden return to normal winter conditions. “I’m expecting it to hit us again,” Dinges said. “It’s just a matter of when.”

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After taking oversight of many of the roads in Blackberry Township, Rod Feece has expected to deal with snow, potholes, buckled pavements and a host of other road-related issues. But one challenge Feece, Blackberry Township’s road commissioner, never expected to encounter was finding additional storage space for an abundance of unused salt. “We’ve still got a lot of winter left, but we’ve hardly used any of the salt we started the winter with,” Feece said. “And we’ve got to take more eventually. “So maybe we’ll have to find some additional space.” The winter of 2012-13 has produced a historic lack of snowfall in the region. According to the National Weather Service, the Chicago area had received just 1.7 inches of snow since Dec. 1. The TriCities and central Kane County also have been bereft of snow, with just 2 inches of accumulation. That means the region has received 10 percent to 14 percent of the normal snowfall to date, according to the weather service. “The snowfall locally has been just ridiculously light,” Gilbert Sebenste, meteorologist at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, said. The lack of snow has prompted concern among those monitoring soil moisture, which will be a key in spring when farmers plant their crops. Sebenste noted the drought conditions that characterized 2012 have continued into this winter. “You go down a few inches in the soil right now, and you will find it is just bone dry,” Sebenste said. Sebenste noted that rain has fallen in December and January, pushing precipitation levels for the season to at or near normal levels. The National Weather Service noted that, through this

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Forest preserve will remove Fabyan bridge By JONATHAN BILYK GENEVA – A concrete bridge that had been used for decades within the Fabyan Forest Preserve, but has been closed since it buckled last summer, will be removed later this year. And the Kane County Forest Preserve District could use the opportunity to restore stream flow in the Fox River between the west shore of the preserve and an island in the river. In September, the Forest Preserve District closed the bridge that for decades linked the west shore of the Fabyan Preserve to the nearby island. The closure was necessary when workers discovered the bridge had “cracked through” and a section had “heaved up” about four inches, making the bridge unsuitable for use. The bridge is believed to be more than 70 years old. Since the closing, the Forest Preserve District has investigated its options for repairing, replacing or removing the bridge. This week, the Forest Preserve District’s Planning and Utilization Committee reviewed those options and decided it is best to remove the

bridge, said Forest Preserve District President John Hoscheit, R-St. Charles. But the district believes it should use this opportunity to possibly change that section of the river. Hoscheit said the consensus of the committee was to discuss with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers a proposal to remove a section of the causeway extending from the western shore. The district then could build a new bridge over that cut-out, Hoscheit said. Laurie Metanchuk, director of community affairs for the Forest Preserve District, said removal of the causeway would improve stream flow in that section of the river, and help deal with silt issues in the river channel. “We want to see water moving through there as it was before the causeway was built,” Metanchuk said. She said the district has not estimated a cost for the project because engineering work next must be completed to prepare a plan to present to the Army Corps, which has jurisdiction over navigable waterways in the country. Metanchuk said any work would not begin until midsummer at the earliest.

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Born: March 4, 1935; in Cairo Died: Jan. 22, 2013; in Batavia BATAVIA – Samuel “Sam” M. Stuckey, 77, of Batavia passed away Jan. 22, 2013, at his home. He was born March 4, 1935, in Cairo, the son of Howard Sr. and Juanita (nee Musgrave) Stuckey. Sam spent his formative years in the southern Illinois area. He enlisted in the U.S. Army for a tour of duty from 1955 until 1958. He attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and the School of Art Institute in Chicago, where he graduated in 1962. He worked for many years as a designer at a major sign manufacturer for the Chicago area. He was a gifted artist and enjoyed having his fine artwork exhibited at the Art Institute in Chicago, Purdue University in Indiana and many other art shows. His friends and colleagues enjoyed his cartoons that he portrayed of them and of other subjects in and around their lives. He is survived by many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Howard D. Stuckey, Jr. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at West Batavia Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Contributions in his memory may be made to the donor’s choice. For information, call Moss Family Funeral Home at 630-879-7900 or visit Please sign the guest book at

Carreiro files as write-in KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE GENEVA – Geoffrey Carreiro has filed as a write-in candidate for Geneva Township clerk in the April 9 consolidated election. A spokeswoman for the Kane County Clerk’s Office confirmed Carreiro filed his intent late last week. The three-member Geneva Township Electoral Board

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Charles “Chuck” Elmer Beckman Jr.: A visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Batavia Covenant Church, 1314 Main St. in Batavia. He will lie in state from 10 a.m. until the service at the church. Interment will be in West Batavia Cemetery. Robert V. Chasteen: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at First Baptist Church of Geneva, 2300 South St. in Geneva. Interment will be private. Timothy Edson Hannon: A memo-

rial service will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home and Crematory, 516 S. Washington St. in Naperville. A private family interment will immediately follow. Donald LeRoy “Don” Staley: A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-Day Saints in Hendersonville. The family will receive friends from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at Shuler Funeral Home. Natalie M. Venegas: Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at St. Patrick Crane Road Church, 6N491 Crane Road, St.

Charles with the Rev. Moises Apostol officiating. Burial will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside. A visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva, 1771 W. State St. Shirley Keslinger Wennlund: A visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate her life will begin at 11 a.m., with a brief visitation an hour before, Saturday, Jan. 26, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

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ST. CHARLES – Fern M. Anderson, 88, of St. Charles, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at her home. She was born April 25, 1924, in Princeton. Fern was a life member of the Fox Valley Saddle Association and a member of the Model A Club. She is survived by her three grandchildren, John (Susan) Ament, Jack (special friend, Jody) Anderson and Antoinette Barlas; greatgrandchildren, Colton Anderson, Meredith Ament, Ty Ament, Dylan Jurca and Cody Barlas; great-greatgrandchild, Cayden Anderson; two sisters, Marion Benson and Thelma (Russell) Miller; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, in November 2012; her two sons, John and Phil Anderson; three sisters, Rose Esterland, Claire Mangum and Frieda Chopp; and two brothers, Philip and Jim Ellberg. A memorial visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Yurs Funeral Home, St. Charles. Burial will be private. Contributions may be made to Kane County 4-H Foundation, 535 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174; or to the CNS Hospice, 100 E. North Ave. #690, Carol Stream, IL 60188. To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit the funeral home’s obituary page at For information, call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles at 630-584-0060. Please sign the guest book at www.

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Gaffino named North Auroran of the Year By ERIC SCHELKOPF NORTH AURORA – Whether it is organizing the village’s North Aurora Days or serving as a coach for the North Aurora Baseball Association, North Aurora village Trustee Mark Gaffino likes giving back to the community. For his efforts, the North Aurora Lions Club on Tuesday presented Gaffino with the 2012 North Auroran of the Year award during the club’s annual awards dinner. Gaffino was surprised and humbled by the honor. “It’s easy to be involved when you have a great town like North Aurora,” the 52-year-old said. “I just view it as an opportunity to serve.” He is in the fourth year as chairman of the North Aurora Days Committee. Gaffino’s volunteer activities also extend to the North Aurora Lions Club. He has been a member of the Lions Club for 13 years and serves as the club’s treasurer. Fellow Lions Club member and North Aurora Village President Dale Berman recommended Gaffino receive the award.

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North Aurora village Trustee Mark Gaffino (left) is congratulated Tuesday by North Aurora Lions Club President Doug Botkin after receiving the 2012 North Auroran of the Year award. “He certainly deserved it,” Berman said. “He is totally dedicated to the community, whether as a village trustee or his activities on the Lions Club. He does everything and is everywhere.” Gaffino’s volunteering efforts began when he was 12 and helped the Jaycees with a village cleanup. “I am proud to do my part,” Gaffino said. “I believe in giving back.”

North Aurora police officer Mark Shillair also received the 2012 Police Officer of the Year award. Shillair was nominated for his actions during an Aug. 4 incident in which a 33-year-old man threatened to jump off a bridge. Shillair pulled the man off of the wall and onto the ground before he could jump. In addition, Dan Coady was given the North Aurora Firefighter of the Year award.

Drug use suspected in fatal collision By JILLIAN DUCHNOWSKI GENOA – A 44-year-old Rockford man was charged with felony DUI in connection with the collision that killed a 34-year-old Sugar Grove man and injured five others. Howard Castleman, of the 2900 block of Sunnyside Road, Rockford, was charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence, driving under the influence and improper Howard lane use, DeKa- Castleman lb County Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie said. He was taken to DeKalb County jail after being treated at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. Castleman allegedly was under the influence of drugs, Dumdie said. His bond was set at $500,000, which requires posting $50,000 for release while the case is pending. The most serious charge is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. More charges could be filed after police receive lab test results and consult with prosecutors, Dumdie said. Castleman’s 2007 Freightliner two-axle truck was traveling south on Route 23 south

of Lloyd Road about 6:15 p.m. when he drove into the northbound lane and struck another truck head-on, Dumdie said. Two other vehicles driving behind the northbound truck – a Chevrolet Impala and a minivan – each struck the vehicle in front of it. Ryan E. Martin of Sugar Grove was pronounced dead about 6:50 p.m. at the scene, Coroner Dennis Miller said. He was driving a 2002 box truck for Nick’s Furniture in Sugar Grove. Nick Bumba, owner of Nick’s Furniture, described Martin as a reliable employee and a great father to his 3-year-old son. “Ryan was just a very good person, all the way around, in every sense of the word,” Bumba said. “He was hardworking, dependable and very reliable. We’re heartbroken. I’m personally heartbroken. He was a good man.” Castleman and four others – Michael J. Roberson, 18, of Sugar Grove; Susan K. Springer, 43, of Genoa; a 13-year-old Genoa girl; and Wendy Harms, 48, of Genoa – were taken to Kishwaukee Community Hospital and later released. Castleman was driving a truck for Straight Shot Express, which contracts with UPS to haul oversized freight.

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on as human beings. Easy access to fast-killing, powerful guns and ammo for starters makes no sense under any excuse if we want to discourage mass killings. Those with mental illness can see violence as a legitimate solution to danger, and the level of lethal devices available mark the level that the violence can reach (gas, bio weapons, assault weapons, handguns, knives – on down the line to fists). Let us broaden our search and know that there is no one answer, only ongoing effort to know ourselves, know what we hope for in our world, and continue to seek and test ideas that will lead us in that direction.

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To the Editor: Let’s move beyond simply focusing on the mentally ill individual and recognize that the human species has a streak of mental illness deeply embedded. Doubt it? Think of lynching, drone strikes that kill many to “get” a few, torture through the ages (always with strong defenders), humiliating people through social media and so forth. So, perhaps we each need to look at ourselves and then at our culture and cultures of the world to see if we can understand our collective “mental illness” as we seek to lower the rate at which we murder each other – “the beam in our own eye.” As long as we stay blind to this, we will not move

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Influenza vaccines are the best weapons we’ve got against a disease that each year kills as many as a halfmillion people, including 3,000 to 49,000 Americans. Yet this season’s worse-than-usual flu in the United States underscores the limitations of the existing vaccines. Shortcomings include the inability to rapidly expand vaccine supply in the event of an especially bad flu and the need to vaccinate people with a new formulation almost every year as the virus mutates. These are problems enough when it comes to coping with the regular seasonal flu. They spell potential disaster in the case of pandemic flu, which occurs sporadically (most recently in 2009) when an animal strain of the virus jumps to

humans. Better vaccines are on the drawing board. Developing them will require a joint effort by government and the pharmaceutical industry. Most flu vaccines are made using a 1940s-era process in which researchers forecast which strains will prevail in the coming season, and they are then grown in chicken eggs for six months. Manufacturers produce a predetermined quantity based on how much they expect to sell. In recent years, mild outbreaks have meant modest sales, but this year’s harsher flu stimulated demand in the U.S., producing spot shortages in many areas. Because the production process is so slow, vaccines against the 2009-10 swine flu became plentiful only after the outbreak had subsided. Just a

fraction of the doses made it to the developing world, and that was months later. Researchers estimate that swine flu killed as many as 575,400 people globally in just its first year. Innovations have already diversified manufacturing methods somewhat. A system developed by the Swiss company Novartis uses dog kidney cells to grow viral strains and thus mitigates the risk that an avian flu will devastate chicken flocks and restrict the egg supply. Another process, approved in the U.S. last week, may speed production. Using insect cells to grow the vaccine’s active ingredient, Protein Sciences Corp. hopes to make doses in three months. A remarkably fast and cheap option would be to propagate vaccine ingredients in E. coli, which reproduces itself every 30 minutes. The

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biotech company VaxInnate Corp., which has developed an experimental flu vaccine on this basis, estimates that from a single cubic meter of material as many as 400 million doses could be made for pennies a piece, compared with about $9 for egg-based varieties. The greatest breakthrough would be a universal flu vaccine that would protect against all viral strains, eliminating the need for annual and pandemic inoculations. Researchers are experimenting with parts of the virus that don’t mutate in the hope of creating vaccines offering lifelong or at least years-long protection. The U.S. government pays for much of this research. Its scientists are working on a universal vaccine; it helped Novartis build a plant in North Carolina that uses cellculture technology; and it is

partially funding VaxInnate’s Phase 2 trial. Yet the government has limited means and little product-development experience. Making a new vaccine typically takes a decade and can cost $1 billion. A project of that size is better suited to large pharmaceutical companies. Most, however, have been loath to seriously invest in new vaccines, which offer low returns. Given this market reality, the U.S. government should design incentives to get the industry more deeply involved, and it should encourage other countries with manufacturing capability to follow suit. By engaging big pharma in creating future flu vaccines, governments can ensure that a market failure doesn’t lead to a public health catastrophe.

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Elk Grove assistant coach Rob Pomazak has surfaced on social media as a possible hire for St. Charles North football to replace longtime coach Mark Gould, who is retiring. PAGE 15

RHF to welcome LPGA’s Crown jewel By KEVIN DRULEY

• Friday, January 25, 2013

Rich Harvest Farms owner Jerry Rich often ventures onto his golf course without his clubs, absorbing the solace of a private playground he developed from Sugar Grove soil. There were far more visitors during the summer of 2009 than Rich typically is accustomed, but he still found time and space to think. Rich began outlining the premise for the LPGA’s new International Crown match-play event when the Solheim Cup descended Jerry Rich on the course nearly four years ago. On Thursday, he sat in a ballroom at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., as LPGA officials announced his partial brainchild would be coming to Rich Harvest Farms in 2016. A biennial event composed of 32 players from eight countries – far more expansive than the Solheim’s United States-against-Europe format and indicative of the LPGA’s global reach – the International Crown will debut at Caves Valley outside Baltimore in July 2014. Rich Harvest will host two years later, and is a candidate to serve as the permanent Crown venue after that. “I knew in ’09 that the LPGA had a wonderful product,” Rich told the Chronicle on Thursday. “But when the best players in the world aren’t from America, you know, you’ve got to start doing some changing on how you market the product.” In 2012, seven of the LPGA’s top 10 money-winners were of Asian descent. Nine countries are represented


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Team USA walks arm in arm across the 18th green after winning the 2009 Solheim Cup at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. in the current Rolex World Rankings top 20. World No. 1 Yani Tseng, a 24-year-old from Taiwan, praised the opportunity to bring more nationalism into the sport at a Thursday news conference in Orlando. “I always feel like I play for my country but I never really play for my country,” she told reporters. Rich worked with LPGA officials, including commissioner Mike Whan, to develop the Crown, which will complement the Solheim Cup. Fans, media and even some players long have asked about the absence of a setting that allows the best women’s golfers worldwide to compete in a team format. Per a PowerPoint presentation shown at the news conference, the Crown is the “ultimate world team golf pressure cooker to produce for your homeland.” “The tournament’s go-

Tournament highlights The four-day International Crown will include eight countries, with four golfers representing each Teams are divided into pools based on aggregate country scores derived from the Rolex World Rankings Eight matches of four-ball, round-robin match play will be held Thursday through Saturday of tournament week After that, the top two teams from both pools will advance to Sunday’s round of singles, in addition to one wild-card team The final field of eight countries will be determined from the Rolex World Rankings at the end of the season preceding an International Crown year Scoring will be doubled from usual match play; 2 points are awarded for a match win, and one for a halve ing to be huge,” Rich said, “We raised the bar for the Solheim Cup, so we’re going to exceed that when this gets there in ’16.” About 1,600 volunteers were part of the effort when the Solheim Cup drew about 120,000 fans to Sugar Grove over four days. Rich Harvest Farms – the home course

of the men’s and women’s teams at Rich’s alma mater, Northern Illinois – since has hosted a handful of NCAA postseason tournaments and top junior events. Upcoming tournaments include a 2014 NCAA men’s regional and The Western Golf Association’s 2015 Western Amateur and 2017

Centennial Western Junior. Rich also is planning a special 2014 event for high school and junior girls players from five states that would have conflicted with the inaugural Crown. “Growing the game” has been his platform for some time, long before Rich Harvest Farms’ beginnings as three personal holes on Rich’s property. The LPGA is building its own momentum, gradually adding tournaments, corporate sponsors and airtime with its television partner, The Golf Channel, in the past few years. Now, here comes the Crown and another international golf event in Kane County at a to-be-determined summer date in 2016. “Let’s let countries be countries,” Whan told reporters. “Let’s introduce something to the world of golf that’s going to really take advantage of the women’s game.”

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larkin 69, batavia 56

Bulldogs fall to quick Royals By JAY SCHWAB BATAVIA – The Batavia boys basketball team has taken a shot at Larkin on the road, on a neutral site and, now, on the Bulldogs’ home court. But Batavia still is unable to derive much satisfaction from its meetings with the Royals, falling, 69-56, to Larkin on Thursday night in Upstate Eight Conference River play. “They’re a good team, obviously,” Batavia junior guard Micah Coffey said. “They’ve got a lot of quick guys. We had our chances, we just didn’t capitalize when we were within shooting distance and about to make a run. There’s stuff to learn from this game.” Larkin’s win keeps the Royals (17-3, 7-2 UEC River) a half game ahead of Geneva (6-2 UEC River) in the conference race after the Vikings won at Elgin on Thursday. Defense has been a strong suit for the Bulldogs this season but Larkin was able to score at a healthy clip, oftentimes in transition. “I think they are a very strong defensive team, but I think what we do, is we score off our defense, and it’s tough to set up half-court defense in transition,” Royals coach Deryn Carter said. “When they set and they’re in the half court, they’re as good as anybody in the area defensively, so we had to try to get them playing fast.” The Bulldogs were within 30-26 early in the third quarter on a Luke Horton basket but Larkin then slapped Batavia with an 11-1 run, drawing a fiery response from Bulldogs coach Jim Nazos in an ensuing timeout. Batavia aimed to pound it inside to Horton regularly against the modestly sized Larkin frontcourt, but game circumstances forced the Bulldogs to switch gears, to Larkin’s benefit. “If it’s a four or five-point game, we can really take our time, pound it in, play possession by possession, may-

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Batavia’s Zach Strittmatter (34) grabs a rebound under Larkin’s Derrick Streety during their game at Batavia Thursday night. Larkin won, 69-56 be get back to it, but once we got down to that 4 minute mark and we’re chasing 13, 14 points, you’ve got to play fast, too and [Larkin] does a really good job of it,” Nazos said. Shaky ball-handling and decisions against Larkin’s press was a frequent source of irritation for the Bulldogs (9-9, 3-5), who had won seven of eight coming into play. “If we want to be the team we want to be, we’ve got to be able to handle the ball with quickness like that,” Nazos said. It was senior night for a Bulldogs team with a whopping 11 seniors on the roster ,but it was Coffey who kept Batavia competitive, finishing with a team-high 19 points. Horton scored all 14 of his points in the second half and Jake Pollack added 10. Coffey scored the game’s first basket in a dim gymnasium as the lights sluggishly flickered toward full strength after the starting lineups were introduced. That was the Bulldogs’


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Batavia’s Mike Rueffer looks for a teammate to pass to against Larkin defenders. last lead of the game as Larkin led by as many as nine points before settling for a 29-24 halftime advantage. Coffey scored 13 points in the first half for the Bulldogs, who committed eight first quarter turnovers while struggling to acclimate to Larkin’s quickness. Larkin placed five guys in double figures, led by 16

points from Quantice Hunter and 14 from Kendale McCullum. The win was the 12th in 13 games for the Royals, whose 11-game winning streak was snapped Saturday by Geneva. Larkin handled Batavia in the semifinals of the Elgin Holiday Tournament in addition to winning its home conference meeting against the Bulldogs.

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By JAY SCHWAB St. Charles North athletic director Dan Dolney declined to confirm Thursday afternoon that the North Stars will turn to Elk Grove’s football coaching staff for the North Stars’ new head coach. Elk Grove assistant coach Rob Pomazak’s name surfaced on social media Thursday as the man who might replace longtime North coach Mark Gould, who is retiring. Dolney said Thursday that North hopes to announce its new coach next week and does not yet have its hire Dan Dolney “signed, sealed and delivered.” “We want to make sure everything is taken care of,” Dolney said. Pomazak is the man North has zeroed in on as Gould’s successor, according to a

“It’s sad to see coach Gould go. He’s a great guy and he helped us all with so much more than just football and taught us so much about life. It’s sad to see him go, but I know the program is on the up from here and they’re doing the right things to fill the gap.” Ben Kaplan St. Charles North senior wide receiver tweet sent from the Twitter account of a North Stars football coaching staff member. Pomazak is Elk Grove’s defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coordinator. Attempts to reach Pomazak and Elk Grove head coach Larry Calhoun on Thursday were unsuccessful. The Grenadiers’ defense allowed an average of about 19 points a game last season, best in the Mid-Suburban East. They were eliminated by Glenbard West in the first round of the Class 7A playoffs. Gould was the lone coach

in North program history, compiling a 63-56 record in 12 seasons on the job. “It’s sad to see coach Gould go,” North senior wide receiver Ben Kaplan said earlier this week. “He’s a great guy and he helped us all with so much more than just football and taught us so much about life. It’s sad to see him go, but I know the program is on the up from here and they’re doing the right things to fill the gap.” Longtime North assistant coach Jared McCall is among the candidates that North was considering for the post.

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ELGIN – Wing Arie Williams of Elgin was honored before Thursday’s Upstate Eight Conference River Division boys basketball game against Geneva for recently scoring his 1,000th point. Geneva made sure he didn’t add many more to that total, slowing the game down on the offensive end and holding Williams to 10 points on the defensive side en route to a 47-36 road win. According to Geneva coach Phil Ralston, the Vikings had not won a game at Elgin since Jan. 20, 1918. “Granted, Geneva has not had a tradition of playing Elgin that often, but I still think that is interesting,” Ralston said. “I am sure decades went by without Geneva playing Elgin. Nonetheless, this game was a little bit of history.” Geneva guard Mike Trimble said Williams was the focus on the Vikings’ defense “The biggest thing was making sure he didn’t get the ball, but every time he caught the ball, we were trapping him so he couldn’t get shots off,” Trimble said. “I give a tremendous amount of credit to our guards,” Ralston said. “They did a nice job of executing the game plan. Our other guys in the zone did their job, but it was our guards up top who really helped out. “Arie single-handedly took us to overtime [a game Geneva won at home] earlier this year. We wanted to make sure if we lost this game, we needed to have somebody else beat us.” Geneva (15-4, 6-2) scored

the game’s first eight points, but Elgin (9-10, 1-7) came back to take an 11-10 lead after one quarter and held the one-point advantage, 19-18, at the half. The Vikings took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Maroons, 13-7, to take a 31-26 lead heading to the final quarter. Elgin’s Tanner Bednar scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to make things interesting, but Geneva responded with back-to-back putbacks by Connor Chapman and Nate Navigato and a 3-pointer by Navigato to take a commanding 38-28 lead with 5:02 left. The Maroons never got closer than eight points the rest of the game. “We have to take better care of the ball than we did tonight, and that means every kid one through 15, including Arie,” said Maroons’ coach Mike Sitter. “Too many passes slipping out of our hands.You have to get at least one shot every time down the floor. We have to attack the rim a little better. We were a little passive around the perimeter.” Elgin shot only three free throws, when Williams nailed all three after being fouled on a 3-pointer midway through the first quarter. The Vikings hit 11-of-14 from the line. Navigato, a sophomore, led all scorers with 22 points, including three triples, and Trimble added 10 for Geneva. Bednar led Elgin with 12 points. “That is one of our things, to slow the game down a lot,” Trimble said. “We knew they were going to get all over Chapman, so we tried to get other guys open looks, like Nate. He is a great player.”

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DeJesus ‘works his tail off ’ at ProForce BATAVIA – Cubs outfielder David DeJesus followed an indirect path to becoming part of the “Train Insane” faithful at ProForce Sports Performance Training, but these days he walks through the front door like anyone else. DeJesus goes by “Dave” when he’s with owner Chris Browning and the rest of his clientele, and those pleasantries won’t change once he reports to spring training in Mesa, Ariz., next month. Earlier this week, as temperatures hovered in single digits, DeJesus again navigated his SUV from his offseason home in Wheaton to the ProForce facility. He hardly blushed at the cold during his short walk to the building, where he unleashed similarly fluid movements for a third straight offseason. “The things that you do here make you more explosive on the field, keep your body strong throughout a season and just give you confidence to go out there and play the game,” DeJesus said. “You know that your body is ready and ready for competition.” DeJesus learned of ProForce through Atlanta Braves minor league outfielder Dan Brewer, a Lyons Township graduate whose mother was living in Batavia when the New York Yankees drafted him in 2008. Brewer’s stepsister once trained with Browning before he started ProForce, which eventually led Brewer back to Batavia. He brought DeJesus along later. The two met through DeJesus’ former Kansas City Royals teammate, Chris Getz, while hitting at an offseason facility in Broadview earlier this decade. Brewer heard DeJesus – entering his second season with the Cubs – had been training in Chicago and suggested he try ProForce, if only for the shorter commute. DeJesus quickly took to the gym’s emphasis on core strength and mix of old-school disciplines with newer strength training methods.

QUICK READ Kevin Druley He’s been gladly blending in for the past 2 1/2 years. “The nice thing about Dave is he doesn’t present himself as a big league baseball player who’s let a lot of the stuff go to his head,” Brewer said. “He’s a downto-earth guy. Me being a guy who’s still working my way up, you know, I still have to work for everything I can get. But Dave’s been in the league for nine years or so now, and he still works his tail off, day in and day out. He knows that to stay there, you’ve got to still work hard. It’s nice that the kids get to come in and see him do that.” Browning and his staff train their share of high school athletes preparing for college, as well as a budding crop of collegians and professionals. A handful of players from Northern Illinois’ recent Orange Bowl football team – including Perez Ashford, Tyrone Clark and Demetrius Stone – come in for NFL combine-specific training. Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Patrick Brown (St. Charles North) and Atlanta Falcons practice squad linebacker Pat Schiller (Geneva) are longtime ProForce guys who make the gym a regular offseason stop. Ditto for Mike Garrity (Batavia), an offensive lineman with the Iowa Barnstormers of arena football. “We get after it, man,” said Browning, who was among the guests at a recent function for DeJesus’ Family Foundation. “We get it going.” The enthusiasm can be contagious, as DeJesus can attest. With ProForce partner Innovative Sports Medicine sharing space at 501 W. Fabyan Parkway, DeJesus calls the complex a “one-stop shop” for athletes looking to get stronger, in-season or not. He hoped to show Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo

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Chris Browning (left), head of Batavia-based ProForce Sports Performance Training, works with Cubs outfielder David DeJesus this winter. DeJesus, who resides in Wheaton in the offseason, has been “training insane,” per the company slogan, for the past 2 1/2 years. the workout ropes before last weekend’s Cubs Convention, but was unable to find a mutual opening. As the Cubs say, maybe next year. DeJesus, for one, doesn’t plan on losing his

way. “Little by little, this place is getting known, you know,” he said. “When you keep putting up guys who produce on the field, it’s a testament to something. It’s

a testament to [Browning] and the guys he brings into the place, they know what they’re doing. They cover all the aspects.”

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BOYS BASKETBALL St. Charles East 58, Streamwood 51: At St. Charles, Jake

Asquini scored each of his 11 points within about one minute at the start of the fourth quarter, keying a 14-2 run that enabled East to pull away. “He had two 3s in the corner, stole the ball in the press, hit two for a layup and hit another three,” Saints coach Pat Woods said. “We went on that run and really took control.” East (12-7, 5-2 UEC River) trailed, 37-35, entering the final quarter. Leading scorer Dom Adduci (24 points) also shined for the Saints, swishing four treys and shooting 50 percent from the field overall while contributing five steals. Tyler Windau added nine


St. Charles North 55, East Aurora 50: At St. Charles,

North adjusted to East Aurora’s 2-3 zone in the fourth quarter, playing aggressively down the stretch to notch a UEC crossover win. “We made some mistakes defensively, didn’t have a whole lot of energy on either end of the floor,” North Stars coach Tom Poulin said. “In the fourth quarter, we picked up our intensity and got a hard-fought victory.” Quinten Payne scored 17 points to boost North (11-7). Tony Neari added 12 points and six assists.

BOYS SWIMMING St. Charles North 96, Waubonsie Valley 89: At

St. Charles, North eked out a UEC dual win on the strength of victories in two of three relays. Nick Kowaleski and Spencer Gray both were part of the team’s victorious 200-yard medley and 400 freestyle relays. Austin Stapella and David Chokran joined them on the medley, while Stephan Hutchinson and Kyle Gannon competed with the winning freestyle relay.

KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE IHSA executive director Marty Hickman indicated Thursday that he anticipates the Mooseheart boys basketball team will be eligible to compete in the postseason next month. Mooseheart’s program was placed on probation in December in conjunction with the IHSA Board of Directors’ vote to allow South Sudanese transfer students Akim Nyang, Makur Puou and Mangisto Deng to continue competing after Hickman had earlier declared the towering trio ineligible because of a violation of the IHSA’s recruiting bylaws. In an emailed statement to the Chronicle, Hickman said Mooseheart is on track to satisfy the IHSA’s requirements to be released from probation.

Those requirements include devising a compliance plan to more closely adhere with the IHSA’s bylaws in the future. “We have been working closely with individuals from Mooseheart High School and the school is in the final stages of completing the IHSA’s requirements from the ruling on December 11,” Hickman said in the statement. “We anticipate that they will complete the necessary steps well in advance of the start of the IHSA Boys Basketball State Series and be eligible to compete.” The boys basketball postseason for the smaller schools – Classes 1A and 2A – is set to begin the week of Feb. 18. Mooseheart is 14-5 on the season, with the South Sudanese players comprising three-fifths of the team’s starting lineup.

“We have been working closely with individuals from Mooseheart High School and the school is in the final stages of completing the IHSA’s requirements from the ruling on December 11. We anticipate that they will complete the necessary steps well in advance of the start of the IHSA Boys Basketball State Series and be eligible to compete.” Marty Hickman, IHSA executive director

Geneva sophomore ‘humbled’ by recruitment • DRULEY Continued from page 16 Davison commits to N’western soccer: Geneva

sophomore Hannah Davison verbally committed to the Northwestern women’s soccer team over the weekend, ending any college recruiting courtship before it truly could gain steam. “I’m really humbled, actually,” Davison said. “I can’t believe that even at a young age they’d be so interested in someone.” A playing career that began with her father, Steve, as her rec league team coach and “snowballed” with exposure when Davison moved to the Oak Brook-based Eclipse Select Soccer Club will continue in the Big Ten. Davison,

a defender for the U.S. U15 girls national team last season, called the tough-but-fair coaching style of the Wildcats staff a top draw. She also found Northwestern’s academic reputation was ahead of other suitors, including Boston University, Brown, Kentucky, Michigan and UCLA. “It’s really relieving that I don’t have to worry about stressing over that [decision] anymore,” Davison said. “Now I can finish playing the last two seasons with my club. Worry about hopefully ... winning a national championship and not worry about where I’m going.” Davison, who does not compete for Geneva during the spring, joined the track team last season and qualified

for the 3A state meet in the triple jump. Also a sprinter, she is balancing winter track workouts with Eclipse practices and tournaments. The fourth of five athletic siblings, Davison is the younger sister of 2010 Geneva alumnus Stephanie Davison, a junior defender at Regis (Colo.). Davison will miss St. Charles North product KK Barr at Northwestern by one year. Barr, a sophomore forward, assisted on Northwestern’s first goal of the season in August, notching her first collegiate point.

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DeKALB – The St. Charles East wrestling team used a string of dominating victories from 145 to 182 points on Thursday to score a 39-22 victory against DeKalb. The Saints improved to 16-1 in duals as Keone Derain (145), Ramon Lopez (152), Brad Kearbey (160), Cam Carlson (170) and Jordan Meadows (182) provided the key spark the team knew would be crucial against the Barbs. “As a whole, we wrestled very aggressive,” Saints coach Jason Potter said. “We had a couple bad matches, but even a couple that were real tight, where we knew we had their best kids, we still were competitive. There still were some things on tape that we can learn from and correct for next week as we keep preparing for regionals.” In what Potter called the “match of the night” highlytouted Barbs 132-pounder Doug Johnson edged East’s Isaiah Vela in a narrow decision, handing Vela just his second loss this season. One of three individual

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Rotary awards $3,472 to Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE

An award of $3,472 for the Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative was unanimously approved by the St. Charles Noon Rotary Club Foundation Board at a recent meeting. The award money will go toward the purchase of an adaptive bike for multi-needs high school students who attend Mid-Valley. Batavia, Kaneland, St. Charles, Burlington Central, and Geneva school districts comprise the Mid-Valley area in which children reside. Students who will use the bike either need balance assistance or are dependent for mobility in wheelchairs. The students have moderate to profound cognitive delays, neurodevelopment delays or physical disabilities, according to a news release. When

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LEFT: (Front row, from left) St. Charles Noon Rotary Foundation Board members Jim Martin, Dean Carlson, Mark Nyman, (back row, from left) Jim Kunzer, Dr. John Nyuli, Jim Breen, Jeff Meyer, John Kunzer and Scott Piner unanimously approved an award of $3,472 for the Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative. RIGHT: (From left) St. Charles Noon Rotarian Dave Ford awards the check to Mid-Valley Special Cooperative educators Dr. Carla Cumblad, Linda Koch and Peg Frank. a classroom teaching assistant, Peg Frank, started to work with the students, she believed using an adapted bike could help with

the students’ therapy and learning experience. “These students had never been exposed previously to using

GETTING AHEAD Below are promotions and accomplishments recently announced by area professionals. Additional announcements and headshots can be emailed to Questions can be directed to Kane County Chronicle features editor Kara Silva at 630-845-5233. Phoebe Taurick recently joined Wessels Sherman, a management-side labor and employment law firm, as an associate attorney. The firm is headquartered in St. Charles with four other offices. Taurick’s legal practice will focus on representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law. Taurick has gained significant practical experience while serving as an intern with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a public sector labor organization, according to a news release.

Luke Slawek was recently appointed president of Geneva’s FONA International – creator and manufacturer of complete flavor solutions for food, beverage, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical companies. As president, Slawek will continue to lead FONA’s international expansion strategy, as well as oversee the organization’s efforts to develop new technologies and solutions that provide benefits to customers and drive FONA’s growth rate. He is also a member of the board of advisors and an officer for FONA International.

a bike and after consulting with the elementary school physical therapist and the high school therapist, it was determined that

all of our students would benefit from the use of a modified bike.” Frank said in the release. “The next step was to borrow an adapted bike to let the students try it out for a few days. The students really worked hard and loved the motion up and down the school’s hallways.” The Rotary Club viewed videos of the students’ using the borrowed adaptive bikes through Rotarian Craig Frank, Peg Frank’s husband, according to the release. The smiles and positive reactions from the students convinced the Rotary members to offer support to the students, according to the release. The three-wheeled modified bike came from the Bike Rack in St. Charles. For more information, visit or call Dr. Carla Cumblad at 331-228-4873.   

NEIGHBORS BRIEFS Youth Fellowship collects blankets for Hesed House

SUGAR GROVE – More than 50 donated blankets were delivered to Hesed House in Aurora – a local nonprofit that serves homeless people in the area – by the Youth Fellowship of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church in Sugar Grove. The blankets were blessed during worship services by Pastor Vickie Hadaway on Jan. 20. The service project came about when the church’s youth fellowship volunteered at Hesed House last fall and saw a need for blankets.

Loss of pet support group set for Feb. 5

AURORA – In February, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice will offer a program, Loving Legacies, to help people cope with the loss of a companion animal. The group will meet Tuesdays, Feb. 5 through March 19 at Fox Valley Welfare League, 11 John St., Aurora. The group is designed for indi-

viduals who have experienced the significant loss of one or more companion animals in their life. The loss of companion animals such as dogs, horses, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents and reptiles will be honored. Loving Legacies will provide mutual support for members experiencing grief. For more information or to register, contact Christy Pitol at Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice at 630-232-2233, ext. 230. The program is free, but registration is required.

Salvation Army to offer free neck, spine screenings

ST. CHARLES – Free neck and spine screening will be offered at the Salvation Army, 1710 S. Seventh Ave., from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 29. The event will be open to all. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is recommended. Contact Cathy Winters at 630-377-2769, ext. 210, or Cathy_winters@usc. The event is sponsored by Harmony Chiropractic.


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Mary Catherine (Therin) Jones of St. Charles and Alexander Mitchell Fenner of Los Angeles, Calif., are engaged to be married June 1 in Nashville, Tenn. Jones is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marty Jones of St. Charles. She is a 2005 graduate of the United World College of the Atlantic, Wales, U.K. She is a 2008 graduate of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., earning a Bachelor of Arts in science, technology and society. She graduated in 2013 from the Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ., earning a masters in divinity. Fenner is the son of Ms. Elisabeth Mitchell and Mr. David

Milestones are published Friday in the Neighbors section of the Kane County Chronicle. To submit a milestone, visit www.kcchronicle. com/forms/submit_news and select an announcement link. For assistance with submissions or for more information, contact Kane County Chronicle features editor Kara Silva at 630-845-5233 or ksilva@ Fenner of Seattle, Wash. He is a 2005 graduate of Lakeside School in Seattle, Wash., and a 2009 graduate

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Softtop arrives in time to enjoy bitter winds of winter Sending a convertible in winter to a newspaper writer for review purposes might not be the wisest step to take by a car manufacturer. Who wants to put the top down in 10-degree temperature? Especially when the wind is out of the north at 15 to 20 miles per hour? That is what happened, though, with no apologies to writer or weather as Volkswagen’s 2013 Beetle convertible, with sports trim designed into panels inside and out, arrived one cold 2013 winter’s day. In one sense, it may have been a smart step to take. With temperatures ranging from 0 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, it offered VW a magnificent opportunity to let someone test this ragtop for insulation and cold weather comfort factors. While strong westerly and northerly winds buffeted the light, front-wheel-drive, twodoor Beetle softtop (as opposed to a hardtop) convertible, and as temperatures dipped into the teens and single digits, all was warm and well in the cabin. This is a tight car. There was no air leakage at the seams where the soft canvas top meets the structural elements of this convertible. The tightness was phenomenal. This meant cabin heat did not dissipate with rapidity and the temperature control could be set to 70 or even 68 or 67 degrees. The two front leather seats are heated (standard fare) and the control knob for each seat has three settings. The settings are red bars on a control window. Three bars are hottest and driver or passenger will beg for mercy as the seat gets very hot quickly. During the test week, one bar was sufficient, even in a relatively cold environment while the convertible’s engine was getting warmed up on the road. As expected from VW, which also has the GTI, Jetta, Passat and CC in its stable, the 2.5-liter, 170-horsepower, five-cylinder,

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REVIEWS Jerry Kuyper 20-valve, dual overhead cam engine mated to a six-speed automatic (with sport mode) transmission in the tested ’50s Edition Beetle, was exuberant enough. When two adults are aboard and passing slower vehicles is critical, during the test week it took a lot of pedal to the medal to get around and back in the correct lane. The higher-priced (by $2,000 to $3,000) turbo Beetle models, which have been tested in the past, will have no issue with this. During the test week, the 3,206-pound ’50s Edition averaged 22.7 miles per gallon on regular unleaded gasoline. The vehicle is rated by the government as averaging 21 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway. The tank holds 14.5 gallons of fuel. The diesel versions of this Beetle convertible reportedly, by media and the government, average 28 mpg city and 41 mpg

highway. The $26,095 ’50s Edition model came with special effects. In addition to the powerplant, the ’50s model wears 17-inch alloy wheels holding P215 allterrain tires, a black exterior including the rear spoiler, beige leather seats and interior trim plus brushed chrome trim on the exterior mirror housings. For an additional $600, VW adds a technology package of touchscreen sound system with HD radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, keyless access with push button start, leather wrap, multifunction steering wheel and trip computer. Also standard on the ’50s Edition, as well as the 10 other Beetle convertible models, are cruise control, air conditioning with pollen filter, electric rear window defroster, variable intermittent wipers, heated windshield washer nozzles, halogen headlamps, fully galvanized sheet metal, rear spoiler, tire pressure monitor, speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip meter and computer (trip time, trip length, average trip speed, average trip fuel consump-

tion, current fuel consumption and miles to empty), coolant temperature, fuel and outside temperature gauges, two reading lights, two 12-volt outlets, visor vanity mirrors and remote entry on key fob. Exterior mirrors and door locks and windows (pinch protection) are power with onetouch express up and down for the driver. The eight-speaker sound system has AM-FM stereo radio as standard, auxiliary input for portable audio players, Bluetooth, MP3 and compact disc players, and a media device interface with iPod cable. Safety mechanicals include traction and stability controls, and doors that automatically lock when the car reaches eight miles per hour. They will unlock if an air bag deploys. Besides three-point seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters in front, there are airbags in front, on the sides (front only) and overhead for two rows. There is structural support in the event of a rollover. An antilock braking system is standard. Discs measure 11.73

inches in front and 10.7 inches in the rear. VW has perfected an easy entry system to the rear seat. A latch on top each of the front seats not only bends the seatback down but also pulls the front seating apparatus forward. Leg room is minimal in the rear seat where there is storage in the front seatbacks and cupholders mounted high on the window frame. All Beetles are fitted with a strut-type front suspension with a lower control arm and an anti-roll bar. A torsion beam with coil springs and telescopic dampers are at the rear. The turbo models differ in that the rear suspension is multi-link with coil springs with an antiroll bar, but the same telescopic dampers. During the test week, the suspension was tested on a very mean road with multiple potholes and irregularities. It did OK but not as well as other vehicles tested on that same road. Of course, they were higher-priced $40,000 to $70,000 vehicles with electronic systems that responded in nanoseconds. Volkswagen not only offers a three-year or 36,000-mile warranty with roadside assistance, and the five-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty, but the company also offers free scheduled maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. The Beetle convertible comes in 11 models. They are priced from $24,995 to $32,395. The ’50s Edition is in the lower range at $26,095, not including the $795 delivery charge. Four turbo models are priced from $27,795 to $32,395 and two TDI clean diesel convertibles are priced from $27,895to $29,195. The TDI models have 28 and 41 mpg figures, city-highway, respectively. For information, visit www.

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Robert Burns (1759-1796), poet; Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), novelist/ essayist; Etta James (1938-2012), singer; Paul Nurse (1949), biochemist/Nobel laureate; Alicia Keys (1981), singer.

– United Feature Syndicate

HOROSCOPE By Bernice Bede Osol Newspaper Enterprise Association TODAY – For many years, you might have been of the opinion that fortuitous things happened to others, not you. That is all likely to change in the year ahead, as your luck will take a positive turn that even you can’t deny. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) – Disappointment is likely if someone for whom you do a favor is unable to adequately express his or her thanks. You’ll feel better if you don’t expect anything. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) – A burned child fears the fire, but you’re not a kid anymore. Stop shunning a former collaborator just because he or she erred in the past. Be the bigger person and forgive and forget. ARIES (March 21-April 19) – You’re in a better position career-wise than you might think. Though you might see only dark clouds ahead, don’t retreat from doing what you should and can do. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) – Because all your focus is placed on lofty objectives, it might be difficult for you to see the multitudes of lesser but still profitable opportunities. Remember, small things can add up. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) – Although a joint venture in which you’re involved should be uppermost in your mind, this isn’t likely to be the case. Diverting your attention elsewhere could dilute your efforts. CANCER (June 21-July 22) – There is a hard way to do things and an easy way. Even though you might recognize the difference, for some reason you’ll make things tougher than they need to be. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) – If you find yourself in the position of being unable to finalize an important project, don’t make things worse by stewing over it. Let those fruits ripen a bit longer on the tree. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – Don’t turn your household into a military installation. Harsh rules and commands won’t be nearly as effective as making polite pleas. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) – Remember, the mind is a remarkable mechanism for performing wonders. All you have to do is marshal your thinking to conquer doubt and accomplish whatever you wish. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) – Because of an inability to capitalize on a good opportunity, the biggest problem you’ll have to contend with is accepting your shortcomings. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) – It might be wise to analyze your desire for something material. There’s a chance you may be seeking it for the wrong reasons. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – Even though you might be truly grateful to someone who does a favor for you, you might be unable to express your gratitude in a way that you feel is adequate. Nonetheless, do your best.

Summit Entertainment photo

R (Nicholas Hoult) tries to calm down a frightened Julie (Teresa Palmer) in “Warm Bodies.”

Actress Teresa Palmer talks about falling in love with a zombie in ‘Warm Bodies’ By ED SYMKUS GateHouse News Service Australian actress Teresa Palmer – yes, that’s a darn-good American accent she puts on in her new film “Warm Bodies” – has been acting steadily but kind of flying under the radar of most viewers for almost a decade. With small parts in – among others – “Wolf Creek,” “The Grudge 2” and “Bedtime Stories,” she gained prominence as a super-powered alien in “I Am Number Four” and as part of an ensemble cast in “Take Me Home Tonight.” Later this year she’ll be seen in Terrence Malick’s newest film, “Knight of Cups.” Right now Palmer, 26, co-stars, with Nicholas Hoult, in “Warm Bodies,” facing the unenviable task of playing Julie, a human girl who’s the possible love interest of a zombie who can hardly speak.

Ed Symkus: Did you read the book before you made the film? Teresa Palmer: I did read it,

but only finished it recently. I decided, before doing the film, that I didn’t want to read it because I knew that [writer-director] Jonathan Levine had sort of taken these characters and made them his own. So, I didn’t want to be skewed. But as we were going through production, I wanted to find out a little more about Julie. So I’d read little segments of the book. Now I’ve gone and read the parts that I missed. So, I have read the whole book.

ES: Why would a normal human fall for a zombie? TP: You actually see Julie’s arc in the film. At the start, she’s certainly not in love with him. She’s petrified and trying to escape. But then he starts to grow on her, and he does some very sweet, endearing things and she realizes that everything we know about the zombie world

is completely wrong. He has feelings and thoughts, and he’s caring, and he’s nurturing. I think it really just takes her by surprise.

ES: You do so many scenes with just Nick. How did you approach that situation? TP: What I love in a costar

is someone who’s really open to playing around with the scene. When you throw something at them in the middle of a scene, they throw something back. There’s this interesting dynamic you can create. Some actors aren’t interested in that at all. But it is a collaboration. You should be helping each other to do the best version you can, and make the scene the best. When actors just focus on their own work and what they are doing, I think that’s quite debilitating. I’ve been in situations like that, but it was great in this film. There was spontaneity and chemistry.

ES: Are you allowed to say anything about the Terry Malick film? TP: I can’t say much. I was

only meant to come in for one day on that movie and do a particular scene. But I ended up being there for a lot longer. That was a dream come true. I was absolutely pinching myself. But to be honest, I haven’t read a script, or anything. I don’t really even know what I’m playing. The whole thing is very much improvised. I will say it is some sort of version of myself, I guess. I’m so inspired by his work. I’m producing something now (a still-untitled documentary about what makes people happy), and I just keep thinking about my experience on that set, and how I can apply what I learned while I was filming with him to my own project.

• Ed Symkus writes about movies for GateHouse Media.

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips Much Trouble Dear Mom: You obviously love your boys, but please stop worrying. According to David Baron, M.D. – an internationally respected psychiatrist at the University of Southern California – at this point one of the most harmful things you could do is to blow this out of proportion. Twins have a special bond. They feel safer with each other than with their peers. If this persists, consult a therapist, for your peace of mind if nothing else. But please do not jump the gun because of gossip. Dear Abby: I’m a college student and still live with my parents. My two older sisters moved out years ago. I never asked them why, but I’m sure it’s because our father is emotionally abusive. He talks down to us and makes us feel

inadequate. He has belittled my mother for years, to the point that she doesn’t bother arguing with him anymore. I can honestly say I never loved my father, and I wish Mom had divorced him years ago. How can I convince Mom that leaving him will do her more good than harm? – No Love For Dad in California Dear No Love For Dad: You can’t do that unless you fully understand her reasons for staying with your father. Women stay with abusive men for various reasons. Some of them do it because they are so emotionally beaten down they think they have no other choice. Some stay because they are financially dependent, and others do it because they are afraid of being alone. She may be biding her time until you are out of the house, or she may love your father. • Write Dear Abby at www.

Detached retina calls for immediate attention Dear Doctor K: My father was diagnosed with a detached retina. The doctor said this isn’t uncommon in older people, and that he could have gone blind without treatment. What are the symptoms of, and treatments for, this condition, so I can protect myself? Dear Reader: Detached retinas can indeed lead to permanent blindness if they are not treated promptly. The good news is that, compared to when I was in medical school, today’s treatments are much more effective. Your retina is the lightsensitive layer of special cells at the back of your eye. When light passes into your eye, it falls on the retina. There, the light is converted into nerve impulses that are relayed to the brain. When your brain interprets these impulses, you “see.” Normally, your retina lies directly on top of other cells and blood vessels that support and nourish it. If the retina separates from these underlying cells and vessels, it cannot function properly. Retinal detachment typically starts when a tear or hole develops in the retina. Then some of the vitreous fluid, which fills the inside of the eye, leaks through the opening, gets behind the

ASK DOCTOR K Anthony L. Komaroff retina and separates it from the nourishing tissue just beneath it. (I’ve put an illustration of this on my website, The symptoms you have depend on where the retina detaches. You may experience a sudden blurring or loss of vision, or you may feel as if a curtain has been drawn over one side of your eye. If ever you have these symptoms, call your doctor or your ophthalmologist (eye doctor) immediately. Other symptoms may include floaters or brief flashes of light. Floaters are fairly common and usually do not mean you have a retinal detachment. Nevertheless, if the floaters are suddenly much more prominent and persistent than usual, get it checked out. Likewise, brief flashes of light are more often caused by migraines than by retinal detachment. Nevertheless, if they are more severe than usual – particularly if you don’t have a headache and nausea, which usually occur with migraines – check it out. Several techniques are avail-

able to treat retinal detachment: • Scleral buckling. A tiny hole is made in the sclera, the tough layer beneath the retina. Any vitreous fluid that has leaked behind the retina is drained through this tiny hole, allowing the detached retina to fall back into its normal position. Next, a small tuck or indentation is made in the sclera and secured with a silicone buckle. • Cryotherapy. The retinal tear is sealed with a freezing probe. • Laser photocoagulation. The retinal tear is sealed with a laser beam. • Pneumopexy. A bubble of special gas is injected near the area of retinal detachment to press the retina back into place. • Vitrectomy. Part of the vitreous fluid is removed near the detachment and replaced with a sterile saline solution or some other fluid. Never hesitate to contact your doctor or eye doctor immediately if you have symptoms that could indicate retinal detachment. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

• Dr. Komaroff is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School. Visit www.AskDoctorK. com to send questions and get additional information.

he has drinking problem

Dr. Wallace: I’m 20 and in love with a beautiful young lady. Someday soon I would like her to be my wife. We have been dating for about a year and have great times together. She says she’d marry me if I stopped drinking. Actually, I learned to drink responsibly when I was 17 years old. My parents encouraged me to drink at home and not with friends. I now drink with friends, but I rarely get out of control. I do not have a drinking problem, but how can I convince my girlfriend of this fact? – Rick Dear Rick: The National Drug Awareness Program says a person has a drinking problem if the following signs are prevalent. Do you: • Have an inability to control your drinking? (Regardless of what you decide beforehand, you often wind up drinking too much.) • Use alcohol to escape your money problems? • Change from your normal character into the “life of the party”? • Change from Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde? • Have a high tolerance level for alcohol and the ability to outdrink everyone at the party? • Have blackouts or an occasional inability to remember what happened when you were drinking? • Have problems in school or at work because of excessive alcohol consumption? • Hear words of concern from family members and friends about your drinking? If you answered yes to even one of these questions, you’d be a better person if you eliminated alcohol from your life! You are

’TWEEN 12 & 20 Robert Wallace not a problem drinker if all of your answers to these questions were “No.” Dr. Wallace: About a month ago, I met a young lady at a friend’s holiday party. I didn’t stay long, but I asked for her phone number before I left, and she gave it to me. I’ve gone out with her three times and had super times. Last night, I ran into a friend at the mall who knows this girl and asked if I was still dating her, and I said yes. She then said, “Do you know that she is married, but separated from her husband, and that she is 22 years old?” Wow, this really blew my mind. I called Eden, and she confirmed all this was true. She also said that she had a 2-year-old son who was staying with her mother. I really care for Eden, and she said that she still wanted to go out with me. What should I do? I’m 18 and will be attending Perdue University in the fall. – Nameless, Indianapolis, Ind. Dear Nameless: If you were not going to the university and had a full-time job and Eden was legally separated or divorced, I’d say continue seeing her. But that’s not the case, so end the relationship with her before it becomes a serious romance that could complicate your educational plans and future. • Write Dr. Wallace at

• Friday, January 25, 2013

Dear Abby: I am the single mother of identical twin boys. They insist on dressing alike and use their own secret language. I have always had trouble telling them apart. When they were young, it was cute, but as they are growing older I’m starting to worry. They’re 12 years old. When they oversleep, they shower together to save time. Their teacher took me aside during a conference and said they seem to be overly affectionate with each other and might benefit from some time with a masculine role model. When I questioned her, she said there is gossip that they were seen touching and possibly even kissing. My research has brought up the idea of “twincest,” and I am worried my boys may be falling into these habits. How would you suggest making them stop? Everyone keeps suggesting separation, but they share a room and I don’t have another one or the money to build one. Help! – Mom with Two


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Mother of twin boys worries they’re too close Twenty-year-old doubts

Arlo & Janis


Big Nate

Get Fuzzy is on vacation. Please enjoy this strip from Dec. 24, 2010.


The Pajama Diaries

Stone Soup

Pearls Before Swine


Rose Is Rose

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Friday All U Can Eat Crab Legs

$20 Prime Rib Double Cut

The Born Loser


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Real Life Adventures

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The same rule is for later leads


R.K. Milholland, an author of Web comics, said, “Friendship is being there when someone’s feeling low and not being afraid to kick him.” That would work with a lot of people, but would make some feel even worse. We “kick” partner by leading a low card from a long suit to tell him that we have at least one honor in it. And this applies during the play if a defender shifts to a suit not yet led by either side. Here is a classic example. West leads the spade four against three no-trump. South captures East’s jack with his king and plays a low diamond. What should happen next? West was right to overcall one spade, not to make a takeout double. He was hoping to introduce hearts on the next round if it seemed expedient. South has eight top tricks: two spades and six clubs. He needs one diamond trick to get home. And it is usually best to try to sneak an extra winner immediately, while the defenders are still half asleep. However, an awake West knows from the first trick that South has the spade ace and king. Why isn’t declarer running for home? He must be trying to get a ninth trick. So, West must win with his diamond ace and shift to the heart three. This low card says that West has honors in hearts and is trying to win tricks in this suit. East should take the trick with his king and return the heart two, not go back to spades. If West had begun with ace10-fifth of spades and had wanted East to return a spade, West would have led a high heart, not his lowest.

Friday January 25, 2013

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CLEANING PEOPLE Needed - Residential

Days Mon-Fri $10/hr Must have own vehicle and valid Driver's license No mileage reimbursement Must speak English. Criminal background check req. Please Call:

Jodi's Cleaning Service 630-945-1395


Entry Level position. Small St Charles company, 30-35 hours weekly. Send resume with expected salary & drivers license number in confidence to: RPL, PO Box 253, St Charles, IL 60174

ELECTRONIC TECHNICIAN Component level troubleshooting. Motor drive circuitry. Switching power supplies. Computer and standard test gear skills. Oscilloscopes and multimeters. Call Upstaging at: 815-899-9888 HVAC Company looking for... SHEETMETAL INSTALLERS, SERVICE TECHS & GENERAL OFFICE HELP. Please email resumes to:


Entry level manufacturing position for a small metals co. Lyon Industries, South Elgin Call 847-841-7716

DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center has a full time position available for a Restorative Nurse. Individual is responsible for assessment, planning and implementation of restorative and safety programs for residents in skilled long-term care facility. Position requirements: RN licensure; long-term care or rehab experience; solid assessment skills; excellent interpersonal & supervisory skills; MDS experience a plus. Excellent benefits Retention bonus Uniform allowance

Healthy, retired male seeking 20-25 hr/wk. Dependable, flexible to fit your schedule. Sales, Customer Service background. Able to lift, perform physical tasks. Hobbies: Hunting, Woodworking & Bicycling. John Loubsky, Batavia, IL. 630-878-1026


With 3 years experience + ref. I can work 4-5 hours Mon-Fri in Kane County. 847-567-3544

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Excellent benefits Retention bonus Uniform allowance

EXERCISE BIKE - Life Shaper, for Arm and Leg Workouts, $35. 630-464-7049


Bunk Beds – 2 at $60 a Piece 630-208-0073 PM

Push mower (no motor), great exercise! $20 630-710-7651

765 PERSIMMON DR. 7000 Square Feet All must go in 3 days!

Featured by Kathy's Estate Sales 847-363-4814

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DRIVERS NEEDED - PART TIME South Elgin company has 4 part time positions to fill. Minimum of two days a week, up to 5 when in Call: 877-264-2527 or email: season. Same day return trip. NonCDL Class C license required. Apply at: 1050 Center Dr, South Elgin. 847-695-1500 ask for Dave x104 Kane County Chronicle Classified



Jan. 25th 5-8 & 26th 10-2 painted furniture, vintage items, shabby chic, industrial, french country home decor.


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ALL BLACK, Great Family Pet $400, Taking Deposits Now Ready To Go Home 1/26/13 Showing Eve & Weekends

815-219-3535 ~ McHenry THEY WON'T LAST LONG!

CATCHERS MITT Mike Piazza Catchers Mitt. Professional model. Great condition. $45. 847-515-8012 Huntley area

630-584-7197 Cash & Pick-up Only!

Baking Pans – Commercial – 18x26 Aluminum – Very Good Cond. $5. ea. 630-710-7651 Camera – Polaroid Instant Job Max $10. 630-710-7651

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2000 Dodge Durango

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BIG ROCK, 29 ACRE FARM House, barn & outbuildings on Jones Rd., 60541. Absolutely priced to sell, $395,000 Mike, 630-918-1795.

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TOOL FOR SALE 1) Master Mechanic 14-inch Drill Press - 12 speeds, 3 3/8-inch stroke, 5/8 -inch chuck capacity $75. 2) Craftsman 10-inch Band Saw $40; 3) Dremel Moto-Shop Scroll Saw, Model 571.5 - $30.

Apply at:

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Just In Time for Valentine's Day!

CROSS COUNTRY SKIS 2 pair complete with shoes & poles. Size 10.5 & 8 shoes. $100 for pair. 630-444-1614



Pure bred, excellent pedigree. Field dog stud book register. Dewclaws, wormed, shots. Ready Auto & Truck Manuals to leave 1/27/13. $350/ea. Chiltons Auto Repair, 1940-1953 630-377-0308 ~ 630-533-0308 1954-1963, 1964-1971 & 1980, Oak 55 gal Fish Tank Stand (no $400/all + more! 630-365-1447 tank) incl Hood. Very nice. $100 Spare Trailer Tire obo. 630-443-1248 9am-9pm Titan 22575D15, Chrome, 6 lug wheel, New never used. $100. PUPPIES 630-365-1447

Mix of pure bred Black Lab & pure bred Golden Retriever



DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center has part time positions available for RNs / LPNs on the: Day shift (6:45am-3:00pm) & Evening shift (2:45pm-11:00pm).

Bicycle - Small

Spiderman with training wheels,very good cond. $15. 630-710-7651

Recliner - Black leather. Electric. $250. 630-513-0285 Sofa and Love Seat. Brown micro fiber. Pet/smoke free. Great shape. $275/both. 224-587-9335

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2005 Pontiac Aztek $3400. Looks good. Drives great. No rust. 269K hwy miles. Must sell. 815-621-6177 Sycamore

English Setter Puppies

Men's Bike. Trek 7200 Series. Paid $550. MUST SELL: $270 224-523-2850

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Models of Yesteryear, made in England in 1970, $150. 630-232-1080

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4WD, leather, clean, 4.7L, 106K miles, $3,300. 815-978-2389 2002 FORD TAURUS SES SOLID RIDE $4299, loaded, low mileage (84,600), clean car, one owner, nonsmoker. 815-756-1915

2007 Nissan Sentra

$11,500. 815-757-0336 2007 Toyota Solara $10,300 71k mi. Pearl White Excellent condition. 815-479-8116 Chronicle Classified /MyPhotos Upload photos and video of your family and friends with our online photo album. Share your sports team, birthday party, big catch or vacation!

Immaculate 4,280 sq ft Office / Warehouse. Air conditioned office area and bathrooms Great location near airport & tollway in DeKalb.



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3BR, 1.5BA brick ranch.

Cortland Estates

$99 1st Month's Rent 3 BR Apartments Dishwasher On-Site Laundry Facility Playground Washer & Dryer Connection Sparkling Pool 230 McMillan Court Cortland, IL 60112

815-758-2910 income restriction apply

COUNTRYVIEW APARTMENTS 1 & 2 bdrm apts available, $550 - $625. Clean, Quiet, country setting close to downtown Genoa. New appliances, carpet, on-site management and maint. Call 815-784-4606. Elburn. 2BR. Garage. W/D hook up. $800/mo+utils. Available 2/15. 630-688-6623

Geneva ~ 115 Hamilton

Cute 1BR, 2nd flr, hardwood floors. No pets/smoking, C/A and heat incl, $695/mo. 630-772-1975 GENEVA: FIRST MONTH FREE! Large 2 bdrm,1 bath, c/a, cable ready, pool, parking, free heat, gas & water. Starting at $875. 630-208-8503. South Elgin. 1BR. Ground floor. Off street parking. A/C, Heat, Water, Elec, Appls incl. $600/mo+sec dep. App required. No smoking or pets. 847-695-3341

St. Charles - Newly Renovated Studio - $450 + utilities. 1BR - $650, 2BR - $820. 630-841-0590

ST. CHARLES 1st MO FREE! Lrg 1BR $769, Lrg 2BR from $829/mo. Incl heat, water, cooking gas, Appliances & laundry. 630-584-1685

St. Charles 1st Mo FREE!

3rd floor, 1bedroom, recently remodeled. Oak floors, cat OK. $815 includes heat, hot water & cooking gas. Broker Owned. 630-688-7124

St. Charles Lower 2 Bedroom

1 Bath, LR, DR, Frplc, Kitchen. 2.5 car garage. No pets/smoking. $1100/mo + sec. 630-377-1488

ST. CHARLES, 2 bedroom, 1

bath, laundry, air, heat incl. No pets + security deposit. $875/mo. 630-289-7484 ST. CHARLES, large 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath, laundry, air, heat incl. Storage. No pets. $1150/mo. + security deposit. 630-289-7484.


Kane County Chronicle Classified 877-264-2527 Visa, Mastercard and Discover Card accepted

2 car attached heated garage. 2/3 acre lot on quiet street. Close to lake with private beach rights and Crystal Lake Schools. All appliances incl. C/A, baseboard heat. Dogs negotiable. $1350/mo. Avail 3/1.



On Horse Farm, hardwood floors, W/D, full bsmt, 2 car gar, no smkg/ pets neg., $2600. 630-715-7101

Batavia Small Furnished BR

on Fox River. Satellite TV, non-smoking. $100/wk + deposit. Bachelor house. 630-246-0575

9, 2013.



/s/Thomas M. Hartwell Clerk of the Circuit Court IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE (SEAL) SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS /s/ Alan S. Kaufman 13 MR 34 One of Plainttiff's Attorney's NOTICE OF PUBLICATION Alan S. Kaufman REGARDING NAME CHANGE One of Plaintiff's Attorneys MANLEY DEAS KOCHALSKI LLC Public notice is hereby given that Attorneys for Plaintiff on March 26, 2013, in Courtroom One East Wacker, Suite 1730 No. 110, of the Kane County Chicago, IL 60601 Courthouse, 100 South Third, Telephone: 312-651-6700 Geneva, Illinois, at the hour of 9:30 Fax: 614-220-5613 A.M. or as soon thereafter as this Attorney. No.: 6289893 matter may heard, a Petition will be heard in said Courtroom for the (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, January 18, 25 & change of name of NIKA L. SIRCHER to NIKA LOUISE GENOFebruary 1, 2013.) VISE pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/21101 et seq.


Dated January 10, 2013 at St.

St. Charles 1 Mo Free Rent! IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE Charles, Illinois. Shared bath & kit, $110-120/wk. W/D, incl utilities, Wi-Fi, no pets. No smoking. 630-232-7535

St. Charles. Large 2BR, 1BA Apt to share. Cable, Pool. $500/mo+utils. 630-549-0071

St. Charles Off/Ware Space



NOTICE is hereby given to Defendants in the above-entitled action, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS, owners and parties in interest of the real estate described in the Complaint for Foreclosure and Other Relief filed in the above cause, pursuant to the provisions of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 735, Act 5, Sections 2-206, 15-1218 and 151502, that there is now pending in the aforesaid Court a Complaint naming the aforesaid Defendants as parties therein and praying for foreclosure of a Mortgage described as follows: Mortgage dated May 18, 2006, and recorded with the Recorder of Deeds of Kane County, Illinois as Document No. 2006K055576 on May 23, 2006. PUBLIC NOTICE The premises sought to be foreclosed in Count I of Plaintiff¡Çs IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE Complaint is legally described as SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT follows: KANE COUNTY - GENEVA ILLINOIS Lot 60 in Sunset Views, in the Village of Lily Lake, Kane County, Fifth Third Mortgage Company, Illinois, according to the Plat therePlaintiff, of recorded February 3, 2004 as vs. Document 2004K016122 Alvino Navarrete; JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.; Unknown Owners and PIN: 08-08-352-005 Non-Record Claimants; Common Address: 43W775 Defendants. North Sunset Views (Lot60), Lily Lake, IL 60174 Case No. 12 CH 4326 269-71 Raymond Street, Please take notice that unless Elgin, IL 60120 you file your answer or otherwise make your appearance in said acPUBLICATION NOTICE tion in this Court by filing the same The requisite affidavit(s) having in the office of the Clerk of the Cirbeen duly filed herein, NOTICE IS cuit Court of Kane County, Illinois HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL DEFEN- on or before February 11, 2013, DANTS IN THE ABOVE ENTITTLED an Order of Default may be entered ACTION, that said action has been against you. commenced in said Court by the IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I plaintiff(s), naming you as defen- have hereunto set my hand and afdant (s) therein and praying and fixed by seal of said Court this 10th for other relief; that summons has day of January, 2013. been issued out of this Court against you as provided by law, /s/ Thomas M. Hartwell and, that this action is still pending CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT and undetermined in said Court. NOW, THEREFORE, unless you Mark Schuster #2519089 file your answer or otherwise make Attorney for Plaintiff your appearance in said action in Bazos, Freeman, Kramer, Schuster this Court, by filing the same in the & Braithwaite, LLC office of the Clerk of the Circuit 1250 Larkin Ave., #100 Court on or before February 18, Elgin, Illinois 60123 2013, AN ORDER OF DEFAULT (847) 742-8800 MAY BE ENTERED AGAINST YOU. IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have (Published in the Kane County hereunto set my hand and affixed Chronicle, January 11, 18 & 25, the Seal of said Court on January 2013.)

1,568sf - 19,000sf. Docks/Drive-Ins Aggressive Move-In Package 630-355-8094

y /s/ John A. Cunningham Kane County Clerk (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, January 18, 25 & February 1, 2013.)

PUBLIC NOTICE ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on January 17, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as SMART STEWARDSHIP ADVISORS located at 1358 Angle Tarn, West Dundee, IL 60118. Dated: January 17, 2013.

/s/ Nika L. Sircher Petitioner

/s/ John A. Cunningham Kane County Clerk

(Published in the Kane County (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, January 11, 18 & 25, Chronicle, January 18, 25 & 2013.) February 1, 2013.)



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE SUPPLEMENTAL ASSUMED NAME SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT PUBLICATION NOTICE KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS Public Notice is hereby given that IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE on January 17, 2013 a certificate OF: SUE E. YOUSSI was filed in the office of the County Address: 1223 Payne Ave., Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, conBatavia, IL 60510 cerning the business known as CBF Date of Death: September 14, EVALUATION located at 621 2012 Ravine Rd., East Dundee, IL Place of Death: Advocate Lutheran 60118 which certificate sets forth General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL the following changes in the operation thereof: Case No. 13 P 15 Carolyn Flanigan has ceased doSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION ing business under the above PUBLICATION NOTICE named business and has no further connection with or financial interest TO: CREDITORS AND CLAIMANTS in the above named business carried on under such an assumed 1. Notice is hereby given of the name. death of Sue E. Youssi who died on September 14, 2012, a resident of Dated: January 17, 2013 Batavia, Illinois. 2. The name and address of the /s/ John A. Cunningham Representative of the estate is: Kane County Clerk James C. Youssi, 1223 Payne Ave, Batavia, IL 60510. (Published in the Kane County 3. The Attorney for the estate: At- Chronicle, January 25, February 1 ty. Cathy L. Searl, 150 Houston & 8, 2013.) Street, PO Box 490, Batavia, IL 60510. 4. Claims may be filed on or before July 25, 2013. Claims against the estate may be filed with the ADOPTION Clerk of the Circuit Court, P.O. Box Working Dad 112, Geneva, IL 60134, with the (future stay at home) Mom Representative or both. Any claim wishes to adopt not filed within that period is a precious newborn. barred. Copies of a claim filed with Promises to provide the Clerk must be mailed or delivunconditional love. ered to the Representative and to Expenses paid. the attorney within 10 days after it Call Eileen & Andy has been filed. 1-800-941-3158 /s/ Cathy L. Searl Attorney for Executor (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, January 18, 25 & February 1, 2013.)

PUBLIC NOTICE ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on January 11, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as ACCESS YOUR DATA located at 2983 Adamson Drive, Geneva, IL 60134. Dated: January 11, 2013.

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