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8lOCAl BrIeFs Man, 48, injured at construction site in stC

ST. CHARLES – A man was transported to Delnor Hospital in Geneva with injuries that were not life-threatening after his leg was run over by a lift on a construction site Wednesday in St. Charles. St. Charles police spokesman Paul McCurtain said the 48-year-old victim, whose name will not be released, said police and fire authorities got a call shortly before 9 a.m. for a report of a traffic accident with injuries at the corner of North Second Street and Red Gate Road near the bridge. He said when authorities got to the scene, they determined there was no traffic accident, but that a construction worker had been injured while working. McCurtain said authorities located the man on a pedestrian bridge that runs directly under the Red Gate Bridge. The man’s left leg had been injured by another worker who was driving a lift. He was stabilized at the scene and later transported for treatment.

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A O.k. Comedy cancels 2nd anniversary show

ST. CHARLES – The A O.K. Comedy second anniversary show Saturday has been canceled and will be rescheduled for February. The date has not been announced. The event will feature a stand-up comedy show and a live band. For information, visit www. events.

Altrusa International to meet at country club

GENEVA – Altrusa International of Fox Valley will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at Eagle Brook Country Club, 2288 Fargo Blvd., Geneva. There is no cost. The speaker will be Johnny Johnson. For information, call 630-365-5685.

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STC aldermen explain votes for Lexington Club By ASHLEY RHODEBECK ST. CHARLES – The concerns residents expressed about the Lexington Club housing development didn’t fall on deaf ears, 1st Ward Alderman Jon Monken said. He respects and understands the neighbors’ opinions, and he gives them kudos for sharing their thoughts with the city. Jim Martin But as an alderman, he said, he weighed their concerns against what was best for St. Charles as a whole and voted to approve the development. Lexington Club will clean up a blighted former industrial site, an area Monken said he believes needs to be cleaned up. “For the city of the whole,” he said, “I felt it was the right step to take.” Monken, along with 4th Ward Alderman Jim Martin, were among the five aldermen Monday who supported the Lexington Club project, which

Voting history May 14: Planning and Development Committee votes on project plans Ayes: Dan Stellato, Jon Monken, Rita Payleitner, Bill Turner, Jim Martin, Ed Bessner Nays: Jo Krieger, Maureen Lewis Absent: Ray Rogina Dec. 10: Planning and Development Committee votes on TIF Ayes: Payleitner, Bessner Nays: Stellato, Monken, Turner, Rogina, Martin, Krieger, Lewis Jan. 7: City Council votes on both components Ayes: Monken, Cliff Carrignan, Payleitner, Martin, Bessner, Mayor Don DeWitte Nays: Stellato, Turner, Rogina, Krieger, Lewis passed with Mayor Don DeWitte’s tie-breaking vote. Monken and Martin supported Lexington Club’s plans in a committee vote in May, but last month they appeared ready to quash one component of the Lexington Club project. They were part of a 7-2 committee vote rejecting its tax increment financing funds.

Knowing St. Charles School District 303 and the St. Charles Park District were not opposed to the TIF was significant, Monken said. He and Martin also noted the developer’s concessions in requested TIF money. In December, Martin disagreed with the developer’s $6 million TIF request, which originally was closer to $5 million. The developer’s latest request of $5.6 million was a reasonable compromise. “That property has sat there deteriorating and is a dangerous property in my opinion and needs to be improved,” Martin said. Monken and Martin said the developer made other concessions, including a reduction in density and the promise to contribute $200,000 in improvements to the Seventh and Main street intersection. While he’s not in the position to speculate whether the city could have gotten a better deal had it held off longer, Martin said he believes St. Charles got a satisfactory deal. “We got what I felt was a good deal for the city, and it’s the right call,” Martin said.

Kindergarten registration set in D-303 KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles School District 303 parents and guardians may register their children for kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year Feb. 6 at all district elementary schools. Register at the school where children in your area currently attend kindergarten. Per state law, a child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013, to attend kindergarten during the 2013-14 school year. A certified copy of the student’s original county-issued birth certificate will be required at the time of registration. Families also must provide two documents as proof of res-

idency. Proof of residency includes parents’ names and district addresses on any of the following documents: driver’s license, signed lease or rental agreement, rental receipt, bill of sale or closing statement showing ownership of a home, recent property tax bill and recent utility bill. Families’ parcel identification number, or PIN, also is required for kindergarten registration. PINs can be obtained from property tax bills or at asp for Kane County residents or for DuPage County residents. Parents have the option of all-day kindergarten or halfday kindergarten. All-day kin-

dergarten is a tuition-based program and requires a nonrefundable $50 registration deposit to ensure placement. Information regarding allday kindergarten tuition for the 2013-14 school year will be available before Feb. 6. Registration times are as follows: • 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Bell-Graham, Corron, Ferson Creek, Lincoln, Munhall, Norton Creek, Wasco and Wild Rose. • 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Anderson Elementary. • 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. at Davis Primary and Fox Ridge Elementary. A variety of registration information is available at under the “For Parents” menu.

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CONTACT US Elgin resident Moses Partida, 27, was leaving the movie “Lincoln” at Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles when he answered 10 questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory. Where did you grow up? Los Angeles Pets? No Who would play you in the movie of your life? My dad First job? Cleaning. When we had a vacation from school, we would go and do cleaning with my dad. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? My dad always told me to go into the Navy, but I didn’t. I

plan on having a construction business. A book you’d recommend? The Bible Hobbies? I like to play baseball, soccer and see movies with friends. Do you play an instrument? Bass guitar, and I sing in a band. We don’t have a name. It’s a Christian band for the church, Evangelical Covenant Church in Carpentersville. Do you speak another language? Spanish and English What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I was born in Tijuana, Mexico. I was 17 years old when I got my visa to come to the U.S.


Kane County Chronicle staffers pick the best of what to do in your free time

‘Investigating Impressionism’ at Batavia library

WHAT: “Investigating Impressionism: The Working Methods of Claude Monet” will be presented. The Art Institute of Chicago’s significant collection of Monet paintings has recently received in-depth technical examination and scientific analysis. Kimberley H. Muir, assistant research conservator at the Art Institute of Chicago, talks about the tools used by conservators and scientists and offers highlights of the most exciting discoveries about Monet’s materials and working methods. The lecture, sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation, is free. WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday WHERE: Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. INFO: Registration is required. Register online at or call 630879-1393, ext. 200.

Marmion hosts auditions for ‘Joseph’

WHAT: Marmion Academy will host open auditions for boys and girls in second through

TOdAY’S WEB POLL Have you had the flu this winter?

eighth grade who would like to be a part of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Children are asked to prepare a selection from “Close Every Door” and “Any Dream Will Do.” WHEN: Auditons will start at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The show will run the weekend of April 19. WHERE: Room 115 at Marmion Academy, 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora INFO: Interested individuals should have their parents or guardians contact Kristin Voris at for a copy of the informational packet.

Batavia mayor at Books Between Bites event

WHAT: Books Between Bites welcomes the annual visit of Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke. He will discuss newly found evidence of a connection between Batavia’s Judge Lockwood and Abraham Lincoln. The public is invited to attend these free programs, and reservations are not required. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch. Lunch items, beverages and baked goods can be purchased at 10 South Coffee House, located just inside the library

and adjacent to the meeting room. WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 17 WHERE: Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., in the large community room located on the main level INFO: To pre-order for pickup just before the program, call 630-406-8870. For information about Books Between Bites, visit or call 630-482-9157.

All-Canada Show headed to Pheasant Run

WHAT: The All-Canada Show is set at the Pheasant Run Mega Center. It will feature Canada’s fishing and hunting destinations. WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. today, 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday WHERE: Pheasant Run Mega Center, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles COST: $10 for adults and $8 for seniors 60 and older and those 13 to 16 years old. It is free for those 12 and younger. INFO: Visit www.


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8LOCAL BRIEFS Chef plans class for Valentine’s Day dinners

ST. CHARLES – Chef Michael Zema has planned a class to help those who want to prepare a dinner on Valentine’s Day. The event will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles. There will be shrimp scampi, spinach au gratin, roasted potatoes and more. Seating is limited. For questions or to register, call the church office at 630584-2596. The $30 fee supports the church’s mission and ministries.

Batavia Mothers’ Club to host annual Fox Trot

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Firefighter/paramedics from Batavia and North Aurora care for Rotolo Middle School eighth-grader Kyle Hogan, who was participating Wednesday in a bus disaster drill near the school.

Staged collision provides training to agencies By ERIC SCHELKOPF BATAVIA – Batavia police officers and firefighters rushed toward the school bus full of Rotolo Middle School students Wednesday, ready to assist any students injured in the staged collision between a car and the bus. Police helped each student off the bus. Firefighters then carefully lifted three students who had neck injuries onto ambulance backboards and tended to the unconscious driver. The scene gave Batavia School District 101 and emergency agencies training in how to respond to emergencies. Those involved in the simulation included the school district, Batavia fire and police departments, the Illinois Central Bus Company, Tri-Com Central Dispatch and the Southern Fox Valley and Central DuPage Emergency Medical Services System. “We run routine safety drills with all of our schools and students,” said Patrick McCarthy, director of customer

and community relations for the Illinois Central Bus Company. The crash was staged at the intersection of Papermill and Barkei drives, near the school. Batavia Deputy Fire Chief Randy Banker said the fact the driver in the drill was supposed to have been unconscious added another scenario to the simulation. Like a real emergency, the training exercise involved a number of agencies. “The driver couldn’t direct the students what to do,” Banker said. “These types of incidents are very labor intensive. It takes a lot of people.” District 101 Superintendent Jack Barshinger said the training exercise was the first crisis simulation where multiple agencies were working with the school district. During the scenario, firefighters grouped the students according to the severity of their injuries. The 28 students who participated are studying first aid at Rotolo Middle School. “Learning it in a classroom is totally different from experi-

encing it almost real life,” said Rotolo teacher Laura Abraham, who teaches first aid and health. “I think this will be a real eye-opening opportunity in applying what they learned.” It also was eye-opening for Abraham. “It is interesting to see it,” she said. Eighth-grader Becca Cox was one of the three students who suffered neck injuries in the collision. “It was kind of strange because we weren’t actually in pain, but we were being treated like we were,” she said. Fellow eighth-grader Katie Law, who also played an injured student, said the training exercise taught her what to do in case of an actual emergency. “It was pretty much what I imagined,” she said. Eighth-grader Kyle Hogan recognized some of the fire personnel who were part of the exercise. Hogan is the son of Batavia Fire Lt. Scott Hogan. “It was pretty interesting and cool,” he said. “I could see how they do everything.”

BATAVIA – The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation will host its 13th annual Fox Trot 5K Run/Walk on April 27 at the Batavia Riverwalk, which is at Island Avenue and Houston Street in downtown Batavia. The start time for the 5K run is 8 a.m. with the noncompetitive walk starting immediately afterward at 8:05 a.m. The Fox Trot also features noncompetitive kids’ fun runs. Preschoolers are encouraged to try the Tot Trot, while kids in grades kindergarten through second grade can do the Junior Jog and kids in grades five and under can try the Youth Run/Walk. The kids’ events begin about 8:45 a.m. Advance registration is encouraged. The cost for advance registration is $25 an adult and $8 a child. There is a $3 CARA member discount available only through advance registration. Participants receive a T-shirt and goodie bag. Funds raised through this event will support Batavia public schools and other educational opportunities for local families. For information or to register, visit

Bethany Lutheran Church to hold dinner dance BATAVIA – Bethany Lu-

theran Church is hosting its seventh annual dinner dance, “Broadway Rhythms,” from 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 9 in its Ministry Center Gym. A gourmet “New York” style menu will be prepared by Chef Jim Smigo, along with a variety of music suitable for dancing, by Deejay Doug Clark. Tickets are $27 a person and are available by calling the church office at 630-879-3444. Bethany is at the corner of Wilson and Lincoln Streets in Batavia. For the menu and information, visit

Credit union to accept scholarship applications

KCT Credit Union is accepting applications for its 2013 College Scholarship Program. KCT will award two scholarships at $2,500 each to primary members who are graduating high school seniors. Eligible members may request a scholarship application packet online at www.kctcu. org, 847-289-3290,, or any KCT branch location. Applications for the 2013 KCT scholarship must be submitted no later than April 6.

Horse rescue to host sixth ‘Mane Event’ fundraiser WEST CHICAGO – Field of Dreams Horse Rescue and Adoption will host the sixth annual “The Mane Event – Second Chances” fundraiser at 5 p.m. Feb. 2 at St. Andrew’s Golf and Country Club in West Chicago. Tickets cost $65 each or $480 for a table of eight. There will be a four-course dinner, silent auction and live auction to support Field of Dream’s horse facilities in St. Charles and Batavia. Field of Dreams is a volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a safe haven for abused, neglected and unwanted horses. To purchase tickets, call Sandy at 847-312-2516 or email

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Challenged clerk petitioner misses hearing By BRENDA SCHORY GENEVA – The Geneva Township Electoral Board voted Wednesday to continue a hearing to 4 p.m. today because the challenged clerk candidate did not attend, and his official notice had the wrong time. Incumbent township Trustee Robert Kovacs filed an objection to the nominating petitions for Geoffrey M. Carreiro, a candidate for the clerk position in the April 9 consolidated election ballot. Carreiro’s official notification of the hearing, delivered by a Kane County sheriff’s deputy, listed the hearing time as 10 p.m. Wednesday – not 10 a.m. Township Supervisor Patrick Jaeger said the wrong time was a typographical error, and he informed Carreiro by phone of the correct time of the hearing. But as all gathered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the township

office at 400 Wheeler Drive, Jaeger delayed the hearing 15 minutes waiting for Carreiro, who never showed up. “I did not come at 10 a.m. because my paperwork said 10 p.m.,” Carreiro said. Carreiro said he rejected Jaeger’s phone call, logged to his cellphone at 9:02 a.m. Tuesday. He said it was not an acceptable way to be notified of the hearing’s correct time. “I did not consider that valid,” Carreiro said. “As a business professional, I cannot switch around my schedule in less than 25 hours. I do not feel that is great for me to be doing that to my clients.” Jaeger said Carreiro will be served a new notice of the hearing, making sure this notice would have the correct time listed. A Kane County sheriff’s deputy delivers notice of the electoral board’s hearing. When told of the continued hearing at 4 p.m. today, Carreiro would not commit to attending.

D-304 board to hold third Coultrap forum KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE

GENEVA – The Geneva School District 304 board has set a third community forum on the fate of Coultrap at 6 p.m. Monday at the former school building, 1113 Peyton St. School officials held two forums in June on what to do with the school, built in 1923. It was closed as an attendance center in 2009. Williamsburg Elementary School was built to replace it. The Superintendent’s Facility Task Force recommended Coultrap be demolished. School board members are seeking further input before making a decision sometime later this month, according to a statement from the district. This will be the last public forum scheduled. Those

who are unable to attend the forum but want to provide input may email school officials at board@geneva304. org. An option for school officials is to relocate the district’s administrative offices from Fourth Street to this facility. This would require major repairs and renovations to exterior walls, plumbing and electrical systems. Costs range from $2.3 million to $4.3 million. Another option is to demolish the building at an estimated cost of $862,000 and keep the administrative offices at Fourth Street. It costs about $69,000 annually to operate Coultrap at a minimal level. Within the next three to five years, the building will require major repairs estimated to cost $1.2 million to $1.6 million to bring it to working order.

“Will I be there?” Carreiro said late Wednesday afternoon. “I have not been served. I am waiting for that.” The three-member electoral board was made up of Jaeger, clerk Barbara Olson and attorney Timothy O’Neil. According to Kovacs’ objection filed Jan. 3, 19 signatures are either those of people who are not registered to vote or whose names were printed instead of written as a signature. Carreiro’s petition required the signatures of 156 registered voters. He collected 162 signatures. If the electoral board upholds the challenge, the number of valid signatures would be reduced to 143, not enough to stay on the ballot. Township Trustee Dick Sharp would have been part of the electoral board. But because he circulated some of the challenged petitions for Carreiro, it is a conflict of interest, officials said. Jaeger said as per state statute, Chief Judge Judy Braw-

ka appointed O’Neil to take Sharp’s place. According to the state’s election schedule, the electoral board must convene a hearing between three and five business days after an objection is filed. Today would be the fifth or final day the electoral board could hear and consider the objection. Kovacs, who also is seeking re-election as a township trustee, said he does not know Carreiro. Kovacs’ goal is to get Carreiro off the ballot so trustees can interview potential candidates and choose the best one to be clerk. Carreiro said he understands the objection is part of the process. “My main involvement is to give back and serve the community,” Carreiro said. “I don’t think it’s great they decided to object, but it’s legal. It is part of the process.” Carreiro said if he is removed from the ballot, he will run as a write-in candidate.

8LOCAL BRIEFS Applications for STC art show due Tuesday

ST. CHARLES – Artist applications for the 2013 St. Charles Fine Art Show are due Tuesday. Media accepted include clay/ceramics, mixed media, fiber (nonwearable), fine art jewelry, fine art photography, glass, painting, sculpture and wood. Artists must submit four slides of their work and one booth slide. For information and to apply, visit www. The 15th annual St. Charles Fine Art Show is set for Memorial Day weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 25 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 26. The show has a purchase award program and also will award more than $6,000 in merit awards in 2013. Annually, more than 100 professional artists are selected to participate. More information about the Fine Art Show is at www.

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BATAVIA – Mildred Rose Schieve, 89, passed away peacefully Jan. 7, 2013, at Michaelson Health Center in Batavia. Mildred is survived by her children, Richard (Milly) Schieve of Elburn and Bonnine (Joseph) Falcey of West Collingswood, N.J.; her grandchildren, Richard Nathan (Amber) Schieve of Madison, Wis., Christine Schieve of Elburn, Michael Falcey of West Collingswood and Lauren Falcey of Mount Royal, N.J.; and her great-grandchildren, Liam Richard Schieve of Madison and Madeline Schultz of Mount Royal. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Schieve; and her parents, Frank and Rose Traxl. Please sign the guest book at

Born: Sept. 4, 1934; in Glendale died: Jan. 8, 2013

ST. CHARLES – Helen Delores Soderquist, 78, of St. Charles, passed away Jan. 8, 2013. Delores was born in Glendale to Edna and Hurley Evitts on Sept. 4, 1934. She was the beloved wife of Donald L. Soderquist, adored sister, mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother. Delores moved to Elgin at the age of 14 to be with her sisters and to care for her nieces and nephew. During her teenage years, Delores and her sisters sang on the Elgin Radio Station, WRMN, and performed at Elgin Country Club and other venues. She went on to audition at the Horace Height Chicago radio show. Delores found the love of her life,

8FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS Helen E. Clayton: A visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 5015 Lincoln Ave. in Lisle. The visitation will continue from 10:30 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2727 W. Winona St. in Chicago. Roberta L. Gansen: A funeral service

will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at St. John Lutheran Church, 410 N. Cross St., Wheaton, with the Rev. Marcus Nelson officiating. Burial will be Monday, Jan. 14, in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa. A visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38), Geneva, and at the church Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service.

KAREn SUndERLAGE died: Jan. 7, 2013; in DeKalb

GENOA – Karen Sunderlage, 63, of Genoa, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, surrounded by the love of her family after a long-fought battle with cancer. She is survived by her four children, Brett Lucas, Zachary Sunderlage, Hailey Sunderlage and Kelsey Sunderlage; five grandchildren, Brooklynn, Makenna, Kash, Braedyn and Daemon; her mother, Marilyn Strobert; five brothers and sisters, Vickie (Mark) Rupprecht, Barbara (Peter) Schafer, David (Andrea) Strobert, Denise Brown and Richard Strobert; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Harley Strobert. The family will host a private memorial service at a later date. A memorial has been established in their name to benefit the American Cancer Society. Checks may be made to “American Cancer Society” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes also may be forwarded to the same address or on the Web at www.conleycare. com. “If tears could build a stairway, and thoughts a memory lane, we’d walk right up to heaven, and bring you home again.” Please sign the guest book at

Fifth ECC president, Heath, dies at 78 By nICOLE WESKERnA ELGIN – Elgin Community College’s former president, who was known by his peers as a visionary, died Dec. 27 at age 78. Paul Heath served as ECC’s president from 1987 to 1994 – a period in which ECC grew substantially in enrollment, programs and in construction. In the college’s commemorative book, Heath is referred to as Paul Heath “the builder.” Don Waters, former vice president of corporate development, worked with Heath through his seven-year tenure. He called Heath a “visionary president” who understood what a comprehensive community college was. “He strongly believed in community involvement with the college and the college’s involvement with the community,” Waters said. He said Heath felt it was important to reach out to local businesses, industries and to those who didn’t have access to higher education. John Duffy, who has been an ECC trustee since 1975 and still serves on the board, called Heath “a real class act.” He described Heath as thoughtful, articulate and bright.

“He had a wealth of experience, and he put it to good use,” Duffy said. “He was not just a builder; he was an innovator.” During Heath’s time at ECC, enrollment increased 69 percent and 13 new occupational programs were implemented. A $48 million expansion of the Spartan Campus Drive also was initiated under his watch. Waters said the college’s Visual and Performing Arts Center, along with its business training center known today as the Fox Valley University and Business Center, were built while Heath was president. “He was visionary in his forward thinking, not only in the campus design and facilities that were added, but in terms of programs and outreach,” Waters said. “Those two [buildings] sparked interaction between the college and the community. ... I think those two facilities are his biggest legacy to the college.” Heath served as ECC’s fifth president, and his work earned recognition from the White House, according to a news release. Before working at ECC, he was the founding president of the John Wood Community College in Quincy in 1974. His career as an administrator began in 1964 when he worked at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich. Heath’s career concluded when he retired from ECC in 1994.

In Loving Memory of

Leonard T. Butler, Jr. Born 9-7-22 Died 1-10-2008

God looked around his garden, and He found an empty place. He then looked down upon this earth, And saw your tired face. He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain He knew that you would never, Get well on earth again. He saw that the road was getting rough and the hills are hard to climb. So he closed your weary eyelids, And whispered, “Peace be thine.” It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didn’t go alone, For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.

We love and miss you so very much. Your lovely wife, Mary Ellen, son, Tom and Cindy, and granddaughters, Danielle & Rachel


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Charles, IL 60174 or to a Hospice agency of the donor’s choice. To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit For information, call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles at 630-584-0060. Please sign the guest book at

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died: Jan. 7, 2013; in Batavia

Donald Soderquist, and they were married shortly after his return from the Korean War on May 1, 1953. The couple built a home on Sixth Street in St. Charles where they raised four daughters and a long-awaited son. Delores was a member of the Junior Metropolitan Women’s Club where she was chosen as Woman of the Year. She also was a member of the St. Charles Mothers Club. She was a fun-loving mother who enjoyed her children’s teenage years, never knowing that joy could be surpassed by the grandchildren that followed. She later was blessed with eight wonderful great-grandchildren. Her most enjoyable moments were spent laughing with her family and being outdoors planting flowers in her beautiful gardens. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Imogene and Lora. Delores is survived by her adoring husband, Donald Soderquist; their five children, Desnee Keicher, Devon (Soderquist) and Larry Polly, Donna Soderquist, Dawn Soderquist Okano and Steve Okano and Donald (Doie) Soderquist; 10 grandchildren, Jeffrey Keicher, Jennifer Keicher, Kelly (Keicher) Wolf, Bryan Polly, Nicole Polly, Corine (Polly) Bryant, Sara Powell, Daniel Okano and Patrick and Charlie Soderquist; great-grandchildren, Emma, Oliver and Ethan Keicher, Andrew, Ian and Marisa Bryant, Ally Polly and Seth Filas; her sisters, Phyllis Piazza and Betty Sherbondy; and her brother, Hurley “Sonny” Evitts Jr. A visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday followed by the funeral services at 7 p.m. at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main St. (corner of Routes 64 and 25) in St. Charles. Pastor Mark Larson of Bethlehem Lutheran Church will be officiating the services. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Prairie Cemetery in St. Charles. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, P.O Box 3850, St.

Author reads ‘The Fassa Tails’

8LOCAL BRIEFS Nursery plans ‘Vegetable Gardening Done Right’

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WEST CHICAGO – Prestige Nursery and Garden Center has planned “Vegetable Gardening Done Right” at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at 28W761 Army Trail Road. There is no charge. For information, email

Home for pets to hold annual bowling event

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Shannon “Guernsey” Coulter, author of “The Fassa Tails,” reads Friday to children at Peaceful Parlour, 212 S. Third St., in downtown Geneva.


Kluber building earns Energy Star certification By ERIC SCHELKOPF BATAVIA – Installing energy efficient features in Kluber Architects and Engineers’ office in downtown Batavia has made the building “Energy Star Certified” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Energy Department. The Kluber building at 10 S. Shumway Ave. is the first Batavia office and downtown building to earn the certification. Only two Batavia retail businesses, Kohl’s and Target, are Energy Star rated. In 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency introduced Energy Star as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and pro-

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mote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Energy Star Certified is a joint program between the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy. “It shows you what you can do with an old building,” said Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke in congratulating Kluber President Mike Kluber at Monday’s Batavia City Council meeting. Kluber purchased the building that dates to the late 1800s and extensively renovated it, including replacing the roof, making the building handicapped accessible and adding a sprinkler and fire alarm system. The renovated building opened in 2011. The building originally was built as an opera house.

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Over the years, the building became a movie house, rollerskating rink and office and retail building. Energy-efficient features in the Kluber building include high-efficiency L.E.D. lighting and a computerized lighting-control system, highperformance wood clad windows and high-efficiency, condensing gas-fired furnaces for heating. First Ward Alderman Michael O’Brien said the renovation of the building was a good public-private partnership. Aldermen had approved a $319,000 tax increment financing grant to allow for the partial demolition and redevelopment of the property. “It was what TIF was supposed to do,” O’Brien said.

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WHEATON – Home for Endangered and Lost Pets has planned its second annual bowling event from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Fox Valley Bowl, 1101 Butterfield Road, Wheaton.

Tickets include bowling shoes, bowling and all-youcan-eat pizza and soda. The event will feature a cash raffle, door prizes and silent auction (among them, Sox tickets, Cubs tickets, two tickets anywhere in the United States that Southwest Airlines flies, four “Park Hopper” passes for Disney World). Tickets are $25 a person in advance ($35 at the door); $20 for kids 13 and younger; free for kids under 3. Visit www.helpinganimals. org or contact Karen Castillo at for information.

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For information, visit www.batv. us good programming,” BATV station manager Holly Deitchman said. “We are looking for lots of people to audition.” Auditions will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Batavia Public Library and from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at the St. Charles Public Library. Registration starts at 1 p.m. each day. To register for auditions as a writer, performer or crew member, go to and click on the Project Publish link.

8SUPPORT GROUPS THURSDAYS • Batavia Area Autism Support Group, 6:30 p.m. third Thursday of the month through June, Panera Bread, 154 W. Wilson St., Batavia. Reservations, autismbatavia@ or 630-406-0810.

• Emotions Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., Geneva Lutheran Church, 301 S. Third St., Geneva. Twelve-step program for emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, abnormal fears, etc. For women only. Information: Rosemary, 630587-3950 or

• For Spouses Who are Caregivers, 1:30 to 3 p.m., second Thursday of the month, Elderday Center, 8 S. Lincoln St., Batavia. Designed to help those who have a spouse suffering from dementia or another progressive illness to discuss challenges and ways to reduce stress and increase quality of life. Information: Kathy Hanlon, 630-761-9750.

• Friendship Night, 7 p.m., fourth Thursday of the month, Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 Main St., Room 10, Elburn. Informal sharing will follow the group discussion. New members invited. Free. Informa-

tion: 630-365-2880. • Grieving Parent Support Group, 7 p.m., second Thursday of the month, Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 Main St., Room 10, Elburn. Provides drop-in support for parents who have suffered the death of a child of any age. Registration required. Free. Information: 630-365-2880. • Home Birth Options and Women’s Wellness Coffee House, 6:30 p.m., third Thursday of the month, Caribou Coffee, 507 S. Third St., Geneva. Information: 630-232-6422.

St., Room 10, Elburn. The self-help group is for young widows and widowers to explore the emotional and practical aspects of grief and day-to-day living. Free. Information: Conley Outreach, 630-3652880. • National Alliance on Mental Illness-Kane County – Family to Family Support Group, 7 to 8:30 p.m., first Thursday of the month, Congregational United Church of Christ, 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd., off LaFox Road south of Route 64, St. Charles. Information: 630-5847481 or

• I’m Too Young for This! Young Adult Networking Group, 7 p.m., first Thursday of the month, LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, 442 Williamsburg Ave., Geneva. Open to ages 17 to 35 who have or have had cancer. Registration required. Registration and information: 630-262-1111.

• Next Step, 7 p.m., second Thursday of each month, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, 200 Whitfield Drive, Geneva. A monthly drop-in support group allowing those who have lost a spouse or significant other to discuss grief issues in a welcoming and nurturing environment. Participants will develop skills that will assist them in adapting to the life changes they are experiencing. See for 2012 topics. Spanish interpretation available. Free but registration is required at 630-232-2233, info@

• Mourning After, first Thursday of the month, Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 Main

• Weaver’s Circle, provides a way for those ages 60 and older to begin to reconnect social relation-

• Hope and Cope Support, third Thursday of the month, 1720 Pleasant Ave., St. Charles. Open to parents of HIV positive adult children. Information: 630-669-2588.

ships. Monthly meetings take place at local restaurants. Information: Fox Valley Hospice, 630-232-2233. • Women’s Enrichment Group, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Tri-City Family Services, 1120 Randall Court, Geneva. Women interested in pursuing goals of self-development and growth will benefit from the support and feedback of other members on issues such as assertiveness, self-esteem and stress management. Information: 630-232-1070. • Young Adult Grief Journey: Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, 200 Whitfield Drive, Geneva. Open to adults ages 18-28 who have experienced the loss of a loved one or friend to learn about normal grief and share feelings of loss with others who have had similar experiences. Free. Registration required at 630-232-2233 or info@ FRIDAYS • LifeSupport Substance Abuse, 6:30 p.m., New Beginnings Fellowship, 613 N. Van Buren St., Batavia. Information: Tom DeVore, 630-675-5040. • Mothers First, 10 to 11:45 a.m. second and fourth Fridays, Christ

Community Church, St. Charles. Sponsored by Delnor Hospital, the support group for mothers of infants and young children offers a place to share insights and experiences, exchange information and discuss the parent’s role. Information: 630-377-6165. SATURDAYS • Fox Valley Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 10:30 a.m., third Saturday of the month, Delnor Hospital, 300 Randall Road, Geneva. Information: Kathy Hanlon, 630-761-9750. • GriefShare, 7 p.m. Fox Valley Christian Church. The faith-based grief recovery program combines a video seminar, small group support and a workbook. Information: Tom Fink, 630-879-0456 or www. • M.A.L.E.S. (Men After a Loss Expressing themselves Safely), 9 a.m. second Saturday of the month. The program is for men who experienced the loss of loved one. M.A.L.E.S. provides an opportunity for men to freely express their thoughts and feelings with other men. Coffee and doughnuts provided. Free. Registration required at 630-232-2233 or info@

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Members of the Batavia business community attend a Batavia Chamber of Commerce meet and greet Tuesday at the newly opened Bella Olivia, 2014 W. Wilson St.

BATAVIA – BATV wants to showcase area writers and performers in a new reality show called “Project Publish.” Starting Sunday, participants can audition and compete for the 14 slots available for “Project Publish,” a sevenweek series that will broadcast live from BATV studios Sunday afternoons from Feb. 10 to March 24. There will be two resident judges and one guest judge, who will be a different person each week from the community. “We are helping spotlight local talent, and it gives us

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Campton Hills may make Kiva vote Tuesday By ASHLEY RHODEBECK CAMPTON HILLS – With the public hearing on the proposed alcohol and substance abuse treatment facility officially closed, the Campton Hills Village Board may vote on the highly debated issue as soon as Tuesday. Village President Patsy Smith said it appeared trustees had their questions answered

at this week’s meeting and will have the week to contemplate their decision. The board will continue its discussion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at a location yet to be determined, she said. Kiva Recovery, a high-end alcohol- and substance-abuse treatment center proposed for the former Glenwood School, is seeking annexation into the village and a special-use permit. Public interest in Kiva’s

requests has forced the village to hold its meetings at larger venues such as a church, an elementary school and the county fairgrounds. Some have spoken in favor of Kiva, but the bulk of citizens have advocated against it. One of their concerns, Kiva’s effect on property values, was addressed this week. In a market impact analysis, MaRous and Company concluded Kiva will not have a measur-

Charles, was charged Saturday, Dec. 29, on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol content greater than

0.08 percent, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident near the 40W700 block of LaFox Road.

able negative impact on the character of property values of the adjoining residences. Several residents criticized the village for hiring a firm outside Kane County and questioned how the report was done, such as the comparisons used and assumptions on which the findings were based. They repeatedly accused the village of rushing the vote. They again asked about the hurry after Michael MaRous

said his company was originally asked to have the report finished by Dec. 17, a deadline it couldn’t make. Kiva’s intentions were made public in July. Smith said seven months is hardly a rush. Visit for the annexation agreement draft, the market impact analysis, public hearing transcripts and other information.

8POLICE REPORT Campton Hills • Christian Scott Martinez, 19, of the 7N100 block of Barb Hill Drive, St.

8LOCAL BRIEFS D-302 to hold preschool screening in Aurora

AURORA – Kaneland School District 302 Special Services will conduct a preschool screening for students who might qualify for special education. The screening will be Feb. 15 at MorningStar Church, 8S101 Barnes Road, Aurora. The screening is for District 302 children, ages 3 to 5, who are suspected of having any delays in developmental milestones. This is not a kindergarten screening. Also, Child and Family Connections will screen children from birth to age 3 for suspected developmental delays. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 630-365-5100, ext. 158.

Kaneville baseball, softball plan open house

KANEVILLE – The Kaneville Baseball and Softball Organization has planned an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Dave Werdin Community Center, 2S101 Harter Road, Kaneville. The organization’s registration is under way, and it will continue through Jan. 31. Staff will answer questions.

Visit www.kanevillebaseball. com or call 630-849-5678 for information.

United Way announces grant applications

The United Way of Central Kane County has announced that grant applications are available to support 26 local agencies and their 34 programs. Grant applications are available on the United Way of Central Kane County website, www. unitedwayofcentalkanecounty. org. The deadline for submissions is no later than 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14. An organization must be a 501c3 to be eligible for funding and provide programming to certain central Kane County communities, which include St. Charles, Elburn, Geneva, LaFox, Kaneville, Campton Hills and Wasco.

Health department to teach kids about radon

As part of National Radon Action Month, the Kane County Health Department is promoting contests for school-aged children to raise awareness of the dangers of radon. Winners could win a cash prize and see projects used in statewide and national radon campaigns.

Sponsored by the American Lung Association, a poster contest for students 9 to 14 is open until March 1. First-place winners of the state contest will be awarded $200 and be entered in the national contest with the chance to win $1,000. Visit radon_contest.htm. Also, the American Lung Association and Illinois Emergency Management Agency, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5, is sponsoring a video contest for Illinois high school students. Top prize is $1,000. Contact Terry Roman at 630264-7653 or at RomanTerry@ with questions.

Healthy Places Coalition to hold meeting in Geneva

GENEVA – The Kane County Healthy Places Coalition is a group of community residents and stakeholders interested in environmental health. Residents can participate in the next Kane County Healthy Places Coalition meeting from 9to 11 a.m. Jan. 30 at the Kane County Government Center, Building A, Ground Floor Auditorium, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva.

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An opportunity to talk about drones and torture By GREG SARGENT

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The nomination of John Brennan as CIA director is getting somewhat lost in the controversy over the Chuck Hagel nomination. Brennan’s reported support for Bush-era torture programs – which he has denied – and his oversight of President Obama’s drone program are causing ripples, but mostly within rarefied precincts on the left. The nomination, however, creates an opportunity. What if senators use his confirmation hearings to force a public debate about the legality and transparency of Obama’s dronestrike program and the need for meaningful congressional oversight? A hearing could initiate discussion about torture, the Bush war on terror and continuity between the two administrations on civil-liberties issues. Obama administration officials are reportedly developing a clear, transparent rationale for drone strikes. Its failure to do this has continued to draw sharp criticism from civil-liberties advocates. One hopes that, at his confirma-

tion hearings, Brennan would be pressed to explain this rationale and, more broadly, what the administration will do to strive for some kind of international consensus around drones and the rules of war in the 21st century. Brennan, a career CIA official, will almost certainly be asked to detail the extent of his support for – or at least his failure to put a stop to – Bush-era torture techniques. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Monday that he intends to press Brennan to detail his role. Beyond this, the hearings may be able to establish a real accounting into the legacy of Bushera torture programs. Brennan is likely to be pushed on how forthcoming he believes the CIA should be when it comes to a massive report that examines those programs. Senate Democrats have just completed the report, and Brennan needs to tell senators whether he supports its public release. One hopes the hearings will help force the facts around a variety of activities – including torture and drone strikes – out of the shadows.

WRITING TO US The Kane County Chronicle welcomes original letters on public issues. Letters must include the author’s full name, home address and day and evening telephone numbers. We limit letters to 400 words. All letters are subject to editing for length and clarity at the sole discretion of the editor. Letters can be emailed to, faxed to 630444-1641 and mailed to Letters, Kane County Chronicle, 333 N. Randall Road, Suite 2, St. Charles IL 60174.

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Not much of a break with finals lurking Once again, final exams are coming up. A time of cramming, worrying and complete chaos for unprepared students is near. Fortunately, these will be my last final exams of high school, and I’m thrilled. But for those non-seniors out there, I do feel bad. I’ve always thought that first semester finals were worse than second semester. See, the unfortunate thing about first semester finals is that they occur two weeks after a two-week break. In the view of the school, this gives us two weeks to study while celebrating the holidays. But in the mind of the average student, this is a fortnight of forgetting everything. I like winter break because it’s just that – a break from school work. Being able to take two weeks off to calm down, recharge and spend quality time with my family are things that I cherish. My teachers need time off, too, and on the Friday before we leave, the atmosphere in the school is so excited that you

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GUEST VIEW Courtney Phelan can’t help but smile. My problem comes with the fact that final exams take place after two weeks of supposed relaxation. Either students take the break like they’re supposed to and forget much of what they’ve learned so they likely do poorly on the final, or they spend the entire time studying and don’t have a chance to enjoy the holidays. How could we combat this problem? It’s easy. Simply move our exams to before winter break, like they are in some other districts and in college. My sister was home from the University of Iowa for Christmas, and she didn’t need to study or stress like I did. Apparently, the problem with this is that the school year would have to start earlier in the summer. But if students were let out of school earlier in May, I truly

don’t think they would mind. A full semester before and after the holidays would be a considerably smarter schedule, regardless of any small issues with summer vacation. As a senior, I had the opportunity to pick easier classes this year, and my finals shouldn’t be too difficult. But I’m still studying hard, and I can remember the last few years of truly tough classes and crying over finals review packets. I’m excited for college next year, and I wish that my school could be better preparing me for collegiate life by having a similar schedule. What I know is that I’m still making sure I’m prepared, and that I hope all my fellow students do their best. Good luck.

• Courtney Phelan is a senior at Geneva High School. She is an outgoing and energetic young writer who likes to swim, read and participate in general teenage activities. She can be contacted at

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Kane County Chronicle / • Thursday, January 10, 2013



Mississippi River levels stream concern Shipping company reps keep eye on waterway; above-average temps may help By JONATHAN BILYK The ongoing surge of midJanuary warmth across the upper Midwest may buoy more than the spirits of those who detest winter weather. The warmer-than-normal temperatures also may keep one of the country’s most vital transportation links open for a few more weeks. For weeks, representatives of shipping companies and their customers have closely monitored water levels on the Mississippi River. Drought throughout the river’s watershed in the Midwest and Great Plains in 2012 has produced river levels that are low enough to prompt the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to warn that the river soon could become unnavigable to most barge traffic. Specifically, the USACE warned they could reduce the allowable drafts produced by the boats that tow the barges up and down the Mississippi from nine feet to eight feet. Most towboats require a nine-foot draft to operate properly. Should barge traffic be interrupted, the consequences would be felt in several sec-

“The river has remained open a lot longer than we thought, and it looks like we’re going to be able to maintain that.” Scott Meyer

Elburn Cooperative grain merchandiser tors of the region’s economy because river barges are used to transport a range of commodities and raw materials, such as coal and steel, to and from the sea ports at the Gulf of Mexico. Agriculture – a key economic sector in Kane County and elsewhere in Illinois – would be among those affected by barge traffic interruptions, said Joe White, who farms near Elburn and serves as president of the Kane County Farm Bureau. White noted that much of the corn and soybeans grown by local farmers typically are shipped by barge down the Mississippi River to New Orleans for export. At the same time, local farmers rely heavily on the river for transport of other products they need, such as fertilizer, White said. Should river transportation be shut down or restricted, it would push much of the burden for shipping grain for export and the imported

input products onto alternative land-based transportation modes, such as rail or trucks. “And that is more expensive,” White said. He noted that some farmers had secured early quotes for ground transportation, indicating their fertilizer costs could increase by as much as 25 percent versus barge. “Ultimately, someone has to pay the price, and it would be reflected in the bid we receive,” White said. However, recent developments have spurred optimism that the Mississippi River could remain open for several weeks longer than previously believed. Scott Meyer, a grain merchandiser for Sycamorebased agricultural services company Elburn Cooperative, said efforts undertaken by the USACE to deepen a key bottleneck on the Mississippi near St. Louis, coupled with some recent precipitation and snowmelt in Iowa

kids. Training will be Feb. 9 at the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles. The program is appropriate for those ages 8 and older. For information, visit or www.

given by a college’s peers at other institutions. Winners will be announced Jan. 30 in Orlando, Fla.

8LOCAL BRIEFS STC Park District to hold frog-monitoring program

ST. CHARLES – Kane County residents are invited to participate in the frog-monitoring program offered through the St. Charles Park District. First, participants are asked to complete a training session in which they learn how to identify various frogs by their calls. After completing the training, frog monitors are asked to visit a specific wetland area at least three times between March and June to identify frogs by their calls. Monitors then turn in their findings to the park district. The program is for adults and

ECC named finalist for national Bellwether Award

ELGIN – Elgin Community College has been named a finalist for the Bellwether Award by the Community College Futures Assembly. The award is compared to college football’s Heisman Trophy because it is judged competitively and is an award

Nearly 500 pianists to play at American Grands

ELGIN – Nearly 500 pianists of all ages and skill levels will perform during American Grands XVIII on Jan. 26 at the Elgin Community College Arts Center. The piano event of the year will be held at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. at the ECC Arts Center’s Blizzard Theatre in Building H on the Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive.

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and Wisconsin, have lifted hopes for continued commerce along the Mississippi. “The river has remained open a lot longer than we thought, and it looks like we’re going to be able to maintain that,” Meyer said. He said barges remain available through March,

leading those who want to ship grain to believe that shippers expect the river to remain open at least until the early spring, when spring rains are hoped to restore river levels and soil moisture, alike. Meyer noted local farmers also have been helped by high prices for corn, which have slowed the amount of Midwestern corn heading to the sea for export, overall. Meyer said 90 percent of the Mississippi barges laden with grain are carrying soybeans at this time.



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Supreme Court considers requiring search warrant in drunken driving cases By GREG STOHR Bloomberg News

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reasonable searches. The dispute may have dayto-day implications across the country. More than 1.4 million people are arrested each year in the United States for driving under the influence, according to FBI statistics. About half the 50 states wouldn’t be directly affected because they have laws barring nonconsensual blood draws in the absence of a warrant, according to court papers filed by Tyler G. McNeely, the defendant in the case. McNeely was pulled over for speeding in 2010 by a state highway patrolman in southeast Missouri, failed field so-

briety tests and refused to take a breath test. The officer then took McNeely to a nearby hospital, where a technician drew blood over the handcuffed suspect’s objection. Missouri argues that getting a nighttime warrant in Cape Girardeau County, where McNeely was arrested, takes an average of two hours, by which point a person’s blood alcohol level may have dropped below the legal limit. The Obama administration backs Missouri in the case. The state says alcohol typically dissipates in the bloodstream at a rate of 0.015 to 0.020

groups, pre-schools and service clubs. For information, visit www.DowntownStCharles. org, call 630-443-3967 or email

ing command who will speak on the needs, challenges and projections for recruiting young Americans into the military. Call Leonard R. Wass with questions at 630-554-9386.

8LOCAL BRIEFS Downtown partnership to accept parade entries

ST. CHARLES – The Downtown St. Charles Partnership is accepting entries for the St. Patrick’s Parade, which is set for 2 p.m. March 16. It will be on Main Street from Sixth Street to Fourth Avenue. Organizations and businesses that wish to participate must complete an entry form, obtain a certificate of insurance, sign off on the rules and regulations and return the documents along with the appropriate entrance fee, if required, to the Downtown St. Charles Partnership office no later than Feb. 20. The entry fee is $250 for businesses, $125 for DSCP members and free for nonprofits. Documents are available at www. Past entries have included bands, Irish dancers, authentic Irish music, floats, school

Navy League will host monthly dinner meeting

MONTGOMERY – The Navy League Aurora Council will host its monthly dinner meeting from 5:15 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the private room on the east end of Grandma’s Table Restaurant, located at 1700 Douglas Road in Montgomery. The public is welcome to attend; reservations are not required. The cost for dinner is $17 and includes soup, salad, a choice of three entrees, potatoes, vegetables, dessert and drinks. Alcoholic drinks are available from a cash bar. This month’s speaker is a naval officer assigned to the regional recruit-

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County clerk’s office to close for MLK Jr. Day

The Kane County Clerk’s Office will be closed Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Regular business hours will resume at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 22. Call the Kane County Clerk’s Office at 630-232-5950 with any questions.

Autumn Leaves plans open house, luncheon in STC

ST. CHARLES – Autumn Leaves of St. Charles has planned an open house and luncheon for Jan. 26 at 10 N. Peck Road, St. Charles. For information, call 630-485-4510.

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percentage points an hour. The limit in Missouri is 0.08 percent. “The evidence is being lost at a significant rate with every minute that passes,” the state’s attorney, John Koester, argued Wednesday. Missouri is seeking to exempt drunken driving cases from the normal rule that police must get a warrant for intrusive bodily searches. Koester drew skeptical questions from across the court’s ideological spectrum. Justice Sonia Sotomayor questioned whether the Constitution guarantees a state access

to “the very best evidence it can.” Sotomayor, a diabetic who regularly gives herself insulin injections, said that a blood draw was a much more serious intrusion into privacy rights than a breath test. “Breathalyzers, in my mind, have a much different intrusion level,” she said. “They don’t intrude into your body.” Justice Anthony Kennedy pointed to the track record of the states that require a warrant, saying they “make it work very well.”

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered requiring police to get a search warrant before forcing drunken driving suspects to have blood drawn, in a case that will shape privacy rights on the road. The justices weighed Missouri’s contention that police need not take the time to get judicial approval, given how quickly alcohol dissipates in the bloodstream. The hourlong argument session produced no clear consensus, as the court sought to balance the needs of police against what Chief Justice John Roberts called the “pretty scary image” of a handcuffed person being stuck with a needle. The case turns on the Fourth Amendment, which bars un-

“Breathalyzers, in my mind, have a much different intrusion level. They don’t intrude into your body.”

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3 lawmakers who face charges join new Illinois Legislature By BENJAMIN YOUNT Illinois Watchdog

SPRINGFIELD – The new General Assembly, sworn in Wednesday, includes three Chicago Democrats facing criminal charges. But Illinois political watchers and former lawmakers say the headlines look worse than they are. One of the three, state Rep. Derrick Smith, is facing political corruption charges. State Sen. Donne Trotter is facing charges after police say he brought a gun to O’Hare InternationalAirport in his luggage. State Rep. LaShawn Ford is accused of misusing money from a redevelopment loan that was supposed to go to his private business. David Morrison, executive director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, said voters need to draw a line between alleged misconduct in office and alleged misconduct in someone’s private life. “It’s not as if Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan

are being sworn into the new Legislature,” Morrison said. “Two of the three accused lawmakers are facing charges that have nothing to do with their offices.” Still, Morrison admits it does not look good to have three lawmakers facing felony charges in Springfield. “It fuels cynicism,” Morrison said. “It gives people who are already skeptical of government another reason to think all [lawmakers] are corrupt.” Former state Sen. Denny Jacobs, a longtime Quad Cities Democrat, says he can’t remember a time when three lawmakers were simultaneously facing charges. But Jacobs said they are only charged at this point. “I don’t judge anyone,” Jacobs said. “Let [the accused lawmakers] take their shots [in court] just like everyone else.” Jacobs is quick to add that voters re-elected all three in November, but only Smith was charged before Election Day. Ford was charged at the end of November, and Trotter

was charged in early December. Smith was re-elected in November and, despite being expelled from the 97th General Assembly, will be sworn into the 98th Assembly. Jim Nowlan, a former state representative and current senior fellow at the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs, said the only connection among the three lawmakers and Illinois’ jailed governors is the “ambiance of corruption.” Nowlan said people outside Illinois will probably make a big deal of the headline in this case. “It is more of an optics issue,” Nowlan said. “But nevertheless, it continues to damage the reputation of the General Assembly in Illinois.” The last time the Illinois Legislature had more than one member facing charges was in the late 1970s, when six lawmakers were accused of taking bribes to change weight limits for cement trucks.

Solis announces resignation as labor secretary By STEVEN MUFSON and DAVID NAKAMURA The Washington Post

WASHINGTON – The reshuffling of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet gained speed Wednesday when Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced her resignation, but White House officials said three others, including Attorney General Eric Holder, would remain in their jobs. Obama hailed Solis, who presided over a period of high unemployment, as “a tireless champion for working families” during “the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.” In a statement Wednesday, the president said that “her efforts have helped train workers for the jobs of the future, protect workers’ health and safety and put millions

of Americans back to work.” Solis had been the first, and only, Hispanic-American woman in a top Cabinet post. Her resignation, following the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson and the withdrawal of Susan Rice from consideration for secretary of state, intensifies debate over whether there will be enough racial and gender diversity in Obama’s second-term Cabinet. Obama has been restocking his cabinet ahead of his inauguration Jan. 20, this week unveiling nominees to lead the Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency. On Thursday, he is expected to nominate White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew to be Treasury secretary. Earlier, he named Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as his

choice for secretary of state. All four nominees are white men. White House aides said, however, that Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki would remain in their current posts. People familiar with Holder’s thinking said he does not expect to stay in office for Obama’s entire second term, and perhaps for as little as a few months. Obama relied heavily on support from women and minority groups in the election, and some supporters have voiced concerns about a lack of women in top Cabinet jobs. But White House press secretary Jay Carney defended the president’s hiring record Wednesday, saying that Obama believes “diversity is important.”

Quinn hoped for more, but still can trim union’s workforce By BENJAMIN YOUNT Illinois Watchdog

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Pat Quinn will get to trim the size of the state’s publicunion workforce in his administration, but not by as much as he had hoped. State Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, quietly removed his legislative hold on legislation that would have allowed Quinn to strip union membership or ban close to 3,400 state workers from joining a public-sector union. “In the end, the governor made a series of meaningful commitments to me,” Harmon said Wednesday. “I think we’ll still give the governor the tools he needs to run the state. But we’ll [also] protect the rights of rankand-file workers to bargain collectively.” Harmon said Quinn agreed to lower the number of public employees who could be “trimmed” from a public unions from 3,400 to 1,900. The Quinn administration is making it clear that 1,900 workers is the maximum who could be affected, and not a targeted number.The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Illinois’ largest public-employee union that represents 40,000 state employees, said the legislation is anti-union. In a statement, the union accused Quinn of union busting. “This means that some

1.900 union members have now been left entirely at the mercy of a governor who has consistently demonstrated intense animosity toward state employees,” the AFSCME statement says. But it will be a while before state employees find out who is being trimmed from the union. Harmon said the state Senate has 30 days to send the legislation to the governor, and Quinn has 60 days to sign it. Harmon said part of the delay is to allow for clarifying legislation to be passed through the new General Assembly. Still, the entire process has been kept under the radar. Harmon said he’s not hiding anything, just opting to respect public workers. “Banging your chest over the difficult decisions is a little difficult to do,” Harmon said. “I understand that we can be proud of our accomplishments. But this has a real impact on real people. We need to be mindful of that.” The governor’s office did not want to answer questions about the union trimming law, but Quinn’s office has said in the past it needs to limit the number of management, supervisory and policy-making positions that are allowed to join a union. Illinois’ state workforce is one of the most unionized in the nation, with close to 96 percent of workers belonging to a union. CELEBRATING


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Such sweet memories of the late Patti Page In these days of high-speed Internet and music downloads, it really doesn’t take much to be an international superstar with the right creative packaging and financing behind you. But even with that kind of digital muscle, how difficult would it be to sell more than 100 million records featuring more than 1,000 songs, 111 hits and 15 gold records? As of yet, not seemingly possible for a solo artist. One classy lady DID accomplish this miraculous feat – and, for the most part, not by traveling in cyberspace, but by hitting the pavement, one town at a time. Oh, and by the way, it was on vinyl records that she did it! We lost Patti Page – “The Singing Rage” – recently at the age of 85. In 2008, we were honored to host an historic Veteran’s Day tribute concert with Patti that wound up also being her 80th birthday celebration. I had heard that she was a sweet lady, and she did not disappoint when she arrived. First came a hug, then came a hello. She and her husband Jerry, who was a character in his own right, were happy to be back in the Chicago area. Originally from Tulsa, Okla., Patti performed one of her first “big city” gigs at The Chez Paree in downtown Chicago. It was the place for entertainment back then. All the big stars of the day frequented the place. “I have great memories of Chicago,” she said. She also played the Bismarck Hotel and fell in love with the lakefront. It was a more serene part of the big city, something that reminded her of home.

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Messina to bring country to St. Charles We had dinner before the show, and I asked her about the days on the road in the ’50s. She said that it really was a whirlwind because television was just getting started in regards to making singers celebrities. She recalled the first time her family saw her on TV, and said something like: “It was the typical crowd of people gathered around the window of the local department store watching it. When I got home, I was able to buy that TV for my family!” As she hit the stage that night, so many fans actually cried. Patti represented a better time for many of those people; you could just see it in their eyes. How such a simple, novelty song titled “How Much Is That Doggie In The Window” could be welcomed the same way Frank Sinatra singing “My Way” was, clearly brought back childhood memories long ago forgotten.

See PATTI PAGE, page 24

By ERIC SCHELKOPF Since arriving on the music scene in 1996, country singer-songwriter Jo Dee Messina has sold more than 5 million records, generating a string of hits like “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” “I’m Alright” and “Stand Beside Me.” These days, Messina is juggling making music with being a mother. Messina will perform Jan. 25 at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $29, available at, or by calling 630-962-7000. Kane County Chronicle reporter Eric Schelkopf had the chance to interview Messina in November. This is an abbreviated version of that interview.

Eric Schelkopf: It seems like you spend your fair share of time on the road. Do you think that is where you are in your element,

on stage? Jo Dee Messina : That’s

where I have the most fun. I enjoy the band that I play with and I enjoy the crowd’s response to the songs and the whole process of doing a show. And I think the audience can tell that, that I love what I do and the guys on stage love what they do. We have fun, and I think they pick up on that energy and that adds another element to the show.

ES: Of course, you juggle touring with being a mom. Is that difficult, juggling the two? JM: My husband and I

work together. We travel as a family. We take the kids on the road with us, and I have him to help. We also have a nanny that comes out on the road with us, and a bunch of band and crew guys that end up helping out. We function very much like a big family.

ES: When you first started out, did you ever imagine that

you would be so successful? Are you still overwhelmed by what you have achieved? JM: I guess I don’t really look at it that way. I more look at it that I get to do this for a living. And I’m very grateful for that.

ES: I understand that you are working on some new songs. What should people expect from your next album? JM: A lot of fun music. We

do a few of the new songs in the live show now, and the response is incredible. They get an almost bigger response than the hits do. The people have been wanting new material. They’re open to it, and relating to it.

ES: So, what advice would you give someone trying to break into the music business? JM: Run away. No, I’m just kidding. Just write every chance you can and sing every chance you can. Just get out there and play.

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Tribute song to Sept. 11 tragedy most memorable moment • PATTI PAGE

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Patti’s biggest hit (selling more than 20 million copies) was “Tennessee Waltz.” As the violins began and she tenderly sang “I was dancing, with my darling ... ,” (the first bars of the song) the crowd collectively sighed, taking in every note. But probably the most poignant moment of the evening, for me, was a song she sang in tribute to those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 tragedy in New York. It was called “Little Did She Know,” and it was about a man who got ready in the morning with the help of his wife, who helped him find his socks. The man was preparing for a flight to L.A. and for some reason, the wife kissed him twice goodbye. As the song goes, the wife got a call from the husband while he was in the air – he told her he loved her, and the phone went dead; the

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man wound up being one of the people who lost their lives that fateful day. The lyrics of the song talk about the wife’s last goodbye that morning, and “Little did she know she kissed a hero.” I write this at the risk of short-circuiting my laptop – my tears still fall when I think of Patti singing that song. About a week after the show, I received a package from her. It was a beautiful thank you note with a bottle of Patti Page 100 percent maple syrup. She and her husband produced it at their farm in New Hampshire. And when you unscrewed the cap, her voice sang about the syrup. My 5-year old loved it – a musical syrup bottle! And now that she has passed away, I have found solace in reflecting about that sweet night when we celebrated her 80th birthday and her smile filled our stage. It’s actually a sweeter memory on quiet Sunday

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Defensive effort prevails for Rosary By JAY SChWAB AURORA – Rosary girls basketball coach Jessie Wilcox didn’t have to wait for Wednesday night for a sense of how much the Rosary-Aurora Central Catholic rivalry matters to her program. The first-year coach discovered that age-old truth months ago. “I had people talking to me about it before I even got the job,” Wilcox said. “So I knew it was very, very meaningful, not as far as the scheme of [the season], but just for these girls.” Given that backdrop, Wilcox can be assured she’s making a strong first impression on her team. Rosary used a stingy defensive effort Wednesday to fend off the host Chargers, 42-34, in a Suburban Christian Conference Blue matchup. The Royals had a modest 35-31 at the end of the third quarter and, as it turned out, didn’t need another point. The fading Chargers managed only three points in the final quarter. Wilcox was proud of how her team finished the game at the defensive end. “They had a game last night, we had a game last night,” Wilcox said. “We knew it was going to come down to stamina and defense.” ACC (8-9, 1-5) was playing without senior Lisa Rodriguez (concussion), the team’s leading scorer, rebounder, shot blocker and top defender. It’s safe to say the Chargers missed her dearly. “I’m a man-to-man person, but losing Lisa and that quickness there, it really forced us to do more zone than I usually like to do,” ACC coach Mark Fitzgerald said. “We usually like to bump the cutters and be physical and box out, all that kind of stuff. They’re learning to do it, it’s just not there yet.” Rosary showed an uncharacteristic penchant for hunting 3-point shots, hoisting 15 attempts in the first half. The Royals made five of those, three coming from guard

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Aurora Central Catholic’s Kalie Soris puts up a shot Wednesday night during a home game against Rosary. Rosary won, 42-34. Madison Richmond. “The looks were definitely there,” said Richmond, a Batavia resident. “The way we moved the ball together as a team opened us up. We got the shots we needed to look for.” Added Wilcox: “I was happy that the girls were shooting. Most of the time I have to pry them to take an outside shot.” Rosary (10-9, 4-2 SCC Blue), which led 23-22 at halftime, switched gears to start the second half, and prioritized penetration. Karly Tate and Emily Bakala each scored on drives to the basket to start the second half and supply the visitors some cushion.

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Karly Tate of Rosary tries to get past Gabi Alfaro of Aurora Central Catholic.

TODAY Boys basketball: St. Charles East at Larkin, 7:15 p.m.; Rochelle at Kaneland, 7 p.m. Girls basketball: South Elgin at Burlington Central, 7:15 p.m. Wrestling: Larkin at Batavia, 5:30 p.m.; Morris at Kaneland, 5:30 p.m.; East Aurora at St. Charles North, 6 p.m. FRiDAY Boys basketball: Geneva at Batavia, 7:15 p.m.; Marmion at Aurora Central Catholic, 7:30 p.m.; Walther Lutheran at Aurora Christian, 7:30 p.m.; Burlington Central at Sycamore, 7:15 p.m. Girls basketball: Geneva at Batavia, 5:45 p.m.; Streamwood at St. Charles North, 7:15 p.m.; St. Charles East at Larkin, 7:15 p.m. Wrestling: St. Charles East at Streamwood, 5:30 p.m.; Geneva at Elgin, 5:30 p.m.; Marmion at Bowen Quad, TBD

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he won his first Big Ten dual match, defeating Purdue’s Nick Lawrence, 5-4, which proved to be the difference in a 21-18 Northwestern victory. He split time as a starter at 141 pounds with Colin Shober as a freshman and this season he’s been in a season-long battle for the starting slot at that weight with sophomore Jameson Oster of Homer Glen, a former IHSA state champion and the career record holder for wins (153) at Lockport High School. Greco won his most recent wrestle-off to become a starter for the 15th-ranked Wildcats during the Big Ten campaign. Noting that he was part of a Northwestern recruiting class that was ranked second in the nation, he says the difficulty of getting on the mat and staying there at the top collegiate level was no surprise. “I kind of figured it was going to very tough getting into the lineup,” Greco says. “I worked really hard and got into the lineup a lot sooner than I would have expected. I worked really hard, and it’s paying off.” Also paying off is his hard work in the classroom. “My grades are great,” the

Stephen J. Carrera – For the Kane County Chronicle

Northwestern’s Pat Greco gets into position in a match on Dec. 1 in Evanston. political science major said. “I was Academic All-Big Ten last year and a Northwestern Scholar Athlete the past two years.” Balancing the rigorous demands of both academics and athletics at Northwestern is no easy task. “I would say a big part of it is time management,” Greco said. “Most days you’re going to have to put in a couple hours of reading and studying. I always go to class and try to take good notes. There’s days when it was a tough practice and you’re exhausted. You’ve got

to make sure you find the time [for studying]. Maybe if you’re too exhausted at night, you wake up early the next day.” It’s exactly that sort of challenge that appeals to Greco and why his short list of colleges he was interested in included two Ivy League schools (Brown and Penn) in addition to Illinois and Northwestern. “I always thought Northwestern would be a great fit for me,” Greco says. “Growing up in the Chicagoland area, it’s always had a great tradition for wrestling, but more importantly, it’s such a great school.

And the proximity to home. ... I’m pretty close to my family, so I always wanted to stay somewhere close.” Greco and Northwestern will be back in action at home Saturday against another tough Big Ten foe – 17th ranked Nebraska. The meet begins at 7 p.m. in Welsh-Ryan Arena.

• Dennis D. Jacobs writes the On Campus column for the Kane County Chronicle. To submit information on area athletes competing in college, email him at

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A transition layup by Chargers senior Alex DeCraene brought ACC within 33-31 late in the third quarter, but the Chargers came no closer. ACC was led by 11 points from guard Kalie Soris and 10 from forward Alex Horton, both part of a a sophomore-heavy lineup the Chargers are featuring without Rodriguez. Sophomore Quincy Kellett paced the Royals with 10 points. Tate and Richmond had nine each, and Rachel Choice added eight points and nine rebounds. The teams are due to meet for a second time Jan. 30 at Rosary.

Rosary’s Quincy Kellett (center) attempts a shot Wednesday night during their game at Aurora Central Catholic. Sandy Bressner - sbressner@

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Pat Greco of St. Charles has never been one to back down from a challenge. After a successful high school wrestling career at Marmion that included a thirdplace finish his senior year in the IHSA Class 2A State Tournament at 145 pounds, Greco could have chosen to wrestle at any number of colleges in Pat Greco any number of conferences. He chose to attend one of the nation’s most academically challenging schools – Northwestern – in the nation’s toughest wrestling conference: the Big Ten. “The Big Ten teams ... everyone’s tough. It’s a grind,” Greco acknowledges. “Every person you wrestle is ranked.” Of the top five teams ranked by, four are from the Big Ten, including No. 5 Ohio State, which defeated Northwestern on Sunday, 33-6. In that dual, Greco dropped a 10-5 decision at 141 pounds to Hunter Strieber (19-0), ranked second in the country. “He’s really tough,” Greco says. “He’s a returning AllAmerican. ... I’m not quite at that level yet, but I’m working on it.” Greco, a sophomore, has a 5-5 record this season and a career varsity record of 15-17 for the Wildcats. As a freshman,

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Strittmatter keeps his recruiting options open By JAY SCHWAB Batavia All-state football receiver Zach Strittmatter is still keeping his recruiting options open, with an emphasis on elite academic schools on the East Coast. Strittmatter, ranked No. 1 academically in Batavia’s senior class, plans to make college vi si ts in th e coming weeks, and a handful of Ivy League and Zach Patriot League Strittmatter schools are among his potential destinations. “You can’t find the Division I football with the high academics around here as a Princeton or Georgetown,” Strittmatter said. “There’s the high academic schools like [Washington University in St. Louis], but then that’s Division III football, so it’s like the perfect combination of football and academics out there.” The 6-foot-4 Strittmatter had 52 receptions for 798 yards with 13 touchdowns as a senior for the Bulldogs, helping Batavia to its second straight undefeated regular season. Georgetown is an attractive possibility for Strittmatter partially because he has a grandmother who lives in the Washington, D.C. area. Princeton and Lafayette are among the other leading possibilities. Strittmatter is also considering some Division III programs, and is not ruling out attending a larger school, such as Northwestern or Vanderbilt, and not playing college football. He said he’s enjoying being recruited. “You dream of going to these schools when you’re young and to finally hear from them, and then it’s like ‘Wow, I didn’t know I could play college foot-

ball there,’ it’s been kind of cool,” Strittmatter said. “It’s a little bit stressful with everyone calling you. Some nights it feels like I get 40 phone calls in one night, but it’s worth it, I think.” While many second-semester seniors look forward to a less burdensome academic load, Strittmatter is not slowing down. He has four AP classes lined up: chemistry, physics, calculus and government. Strittmatter, who is considering majoring in chemistry in college, is proud of his ascent to the top of the class at Batavia, saying high academic achievement is “something my parents have preached with me since middle school.” “I guess it is kind of a goal,” Strittmatter said. “You want to be at the top, and obviously these opportunities for schools that want me to play football there, it’s kind of cool now.” Strittmatter called it “a big relief” when he recently completed his college applications ahead of the Dec. 31 deadlines. His windows of time to take college visits are limited this time of year since he is also a starting forward for the Batavia basketball team. Strittmatter and the Bulldogs have a marquee home game on tap Friday against rival Geneva, which defeated Batavia when the teams met earlier this season. “I’m excited for the game,” Strittmatter said. “We’re kind of on a roll now. We’ve won five of our last six, so I think we have something going here. We’re excited.” One of Strittmatter’s Batavia football teammates, defensive end Marquise Jenkins, committed last month to play at Winona State (Minn.). Other Bulldogs seniors, such as lineman Adam Hunger and defensive back Robbie Bowman, are also weighing their options.

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Geneva seniors What they did: Host Geneva finished fourth in Saturday’s Newbill Invitational behind a tournament-best three individual champs, all of whom were seniors. Brad Martens (top right) (120 pounds) Tony Castelvecchi (bottom right) (170) and Jake Boser (left) (182) took titles for the Vikings.

What We learneD last WeeK ... Golfing and wrestling mix just fine. On Saturday, a pair of linksters excelled at their respective tournaments, with St. Charles East sophomore Keone Derain winning a 145-pound title at Glenbard West and Kaneland senior 120-pounder Connor Williams taking third at Sycamore.

What We’ll learn in the WeeK aheaD ... Whether St. Charles East can finish its unbeaten run to the Upstate Eight Conference River Division regular season title. The Saints are 5-0 in conference duals entering Friday’s visit to struggling Streamwood. Batavia hosts the UEC individual tournament Jan. 18 and 19.


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Strap on some headgear and stare down your opponent, and it’s easy to get tunnel vision on a wrestling mat. St. Charles East honed its collective focus during summer workouts and has gladly collected dividends since. The Saints won the team title at the Glenbard West Invitational this past weekend, and can finish a perfect run to the Upstate Eight Conference River Division regular-season title with a win Friday at Streamwood. “We had a pretty good team last year and I noticed we’d been working a lot harder during practice, so we could only get better from last year,” East senior 160pounder Brad Kearbey said. “That’s what matters.” East contended for the regular-season conference crown last season, but narrowly lost a home dual to eventual champion Batavia by criteria. The 2012-13 Saints returned several contributors from that team in addition to a steady newcomer or two, including freshman 106pounder Anthony Rubino. Along with older brother Ryan Rubino (112) and teammates Isaiah Vela (132), Keone Derain (145), Ramon Lopez (152) and Peter Banks (220), Anthony Rubino won an individual title to steer the Saints’ team success at Glenbard West. One day after wrestling Streamwood, the Saints are set to face host HomewoodFlossmoor and Willowbrook in a Saturday triangular. It’s the team’s final tune-up before the UEC tournament

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Batavia’s 126-Pounder Joey Shump defeated Elgin’s Charlie Wiltgen during Friday’s home match.

at Batavia on Jan. 18 and 19. “We’re going to have some tough competition at that tri this weekend. A couple of our kids are going to have some good-caliber guys to compete against,” Saints coach Jason Potter said. “So if that goes well and we roll into the conference tournament hot, I think we should be putting ourselves in a position to try to win it.”

‘Dominating’ Cadets shine at Cheesehead

Marmion, which starts several wrestlers from St. Charles, also has successfully blended youth with experience. The Cadets fielded seven freshmen in their lineup at the Cheesehead tournament in Kaukana, Wis., over the weekend en route to a fourth-place finish. Each of the 14 Cadets who competed won at least three matches.

While coach Ryan Cumbee remains “really happy with the depth” and the matchready attitudes of such freshmen as AJ Jaffe (113) and Riley DeMoss (152), he can’t forget his veterans. That group includes Cheesehead champions Johnny Jimenez (120) and Michigan recruit George Fisher (132), both of St. Charles. Cumbee said both wrestlers are competing about as strongly as he’s seen them. With Jimenez, a two-time defending state champion, that’s especially notable. “Johnny last year, he won a lot of his matches. This year, Johnny’s dominating a lot of his matches,” Cumbee said. “He’s winning by a lot of points and he’s not stopping. He’s continuing to score until that last whistle is blown.” Jimenez won the

Cheesehead title with a 10-2 major-decision victory against Jordan Shearer of West Fargo (N.D.).

Batavia keeping pace

Batavia will look to complete a 5-1 run in UEC River duals when Larkin visits tonight. The Bulldogs, who still have longshot hopes of tying the Saints for the regular-season conference crown, won’t have to leave home until the state series. The team is set to host its annual tournament Saturday before the UEC tournament the following weekend. On Jan. 25, Batavia will entertain Kaneland in a tune-up dual for the postseason. Senior 126-pounder Joel Shump still is undefeated. He opened a dual victory against West Aurora this past weekend with a 14-1 major decision. – Kevin Druley,

CoaCh slY seZ ... Marmion’s kids are more than just all right. With seven freshmen starting, the Cadets finished fourth among 28 teams at the Cheesehead tournament in Wisconsin this past weekend, continuing a series of strong debuts that have fueled the powerful program all the more. Sly knows a lot of these upstarts cut their

teeth at “The Barn” of SCN Youth Wrestling, keeping St. Charles strong in the wrestling scene. We’ll see how The Pride of the Fox fares in next month’s IHSA state series. • You can respond at blogs/sly.

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MarMion’s st. Charles ConneCtion What happened: Junior 120pounder Johnny Jimenez (right) and senior 132-pounder George Fisher (left) – both of St. Charles – captured separate individual titles at the prestigious Cheesehead tournament in Kaukana, Wis., last weekend. The Cadets placed fourth among a 28-team field featuring several top schools from states including Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.


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Bagwell, Piazza deserve Hall nod By ROSS JACOBSON The most controversial Baseball Hall of Fame vote in recent history ended with a predictable result Wednesday. For the first time since 1996, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America elected no players to Cooperstown. Among those denied entrance was a player possessing undoubtedly the greatest offensive statistics in history for his position. A perennial National League All-Star during the 1990s, the only achievement missing from his baseball resume is a World Series title. No, I’m not talking about Barry Bonds, although he certainly fits the above description. The player in question, for me, is Mike Piazza. With a .308 average, 427 home runs and 1,335 RBIs, Piazza is the greatest offensive catcher in baseball history, yet received only 57.8 percent

of the vote, far short of the 75 percent required for entry into Cooperstown. For many, the next few Hall of Fame votes will be about Bonds, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmeiro and Mark McGwire, all-time greats from the “Steroid Era” who were connected to performance-enhancing drugs. In my mind, they will say more about what the voters have decided about their contemporaries – those who are apparently being punished only because they played during the same drug-infused era and are merely suspected of steroid use. Piazza and former Houston Astros 1B Jeff Bagwell are obvious Hall of Famers. Their numbers put each of them among the all-time greats at their position. But because they played during a period of 20-plus years where baseball failed to deal with the problem of performance-enhanc-

ing drugs, enough writers decided they weren’t worthy of entry into Cooperstown. Neither of them were named in the famed Mitchell Report in 2007. And neither of them failed a drug test. Take it for what it’s worth, but neither was named in any of Jose Canseco’s books. There has only been suspicion. This isn’t to say that Piazza and Bagwell were definitively drug-free. More than likely we will never know exactly which players used steroids and the extent to which drugs were rampant during the Steroid Era. But how can some voters claim to be consistent and fair if, in future years, they vote for other players from the same era in similar situations. Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Mike Mussina and Tom Glavine are all players who are perceived to have good chances of getting into the Hall of Fame in 2014 because they have never


In Washington, the talk Is all knee By Steve Hendrix, Paul Schwartzman and J. Freedom du Lac The Washington Post

WASHINGTON – Can an entire city have knee surgery? The civic joint pain was tangible Wednesday as Washington fixated on the Florida operating room where quarterback Robert Griffin III was having his right knee rebuilt. From firehouses to park benches, on the streets and in their tweets, the unexpectedly swift and extensive operation had fans worrying, praying and talking, talking, talking. "All day long, we've been talking about the knee," said Erskine Gregory, 66, a retired union laborer hanging out with a group of guys near the Dupont Circle chessboards. He stepped away to get a quick break from a noisy boom box and the even noisier who-to-blame debate. ("They should have let the white boy play the fourth quarter," shouted Nenja Garrett, 38, a

cook from Southeast Washington. "Cousins is a good quarterback. That knee is on their hands.") The chatter was all ligaments and tendons as fans, following the medical news suture by suture, unleashed their inner orthopedists. "Do we know if it was the ACL or the LCL?" asked David Smith, 43, a clerk at JR Cigars in downtown D.C., where the air was full of tobacco smoke and surgical gossip. "As of this morning they were speculating that it was both," replied his co-worker C.W. Hartmann, 52, his teeth clinched around a smoldering Neerup pipe. "We won't know more for a couple of hours." "He's a young man. He'll recuperate," Smith assured. The Knee loomed over Washington high and low, black and white, official and unofficial. At the White House, press secretary and Redskins fan Jay Carney described the constant-

ly repeated image of Griffin's leg buckling during Sunday's wildcard playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks as "painful to watch." A few blocks away, burrito vendor John Rider said every third customer was bringing up Griffin's surgery. "The overriding sentiment seems to be that they should have taken him out before the second half," he said from the steam cloud filling his cart near McPherson Square. Takoma Park, Md., firefighter Jesse Sandford said the surgery was the talk of the truck Wednesday morning as the squad returned from a call. He and his fellow EMTs see plenty of sports knee injuries, mostly soccer in that part of Montgomery County, but no one could guess how RGIII would fare. "We take them in [to the hospitals] but never know how they turn out," Sanford said. "I think he's a strong-headed dude; he was going to play whether they wanted him to or not."

been suspected of steroid use. How do Bagwell and Frank Thomas compare? According to, Bagwell is the No. 1 most similar player to the Big Hurt in baseball history. The two have almost identical career batting averages, runs scored, doubles and slugging percentages. They even won MVP awards in the same season (1994). Yet because Bagwell is perceived as a potential steroid user, Thomas will likely be the only one of the two heading to Cooperstown next year. The issue of how voters

handle the legacies of all players from the 1990s and early 2000s is not going away anytime soon. For me, the voters have two choices. Consider every player in the era and vote off their numbers, or vote for nobody at all. But arbitrarily deciding which players did or did not use steroids should not be an option.

Ross Jacobson is the sports editor of the Daily Chronicle. He can be reached via e-mail at rjacobson@shawmedia. com and you can follow him on Twitter @RossJacobson.



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emma Stone (left) and Ryan Gosling star in the film “Gangster Squad.”

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‘Gangster Squad,’ chronicles LAPD’s fight to keep Mafia out of L.A. in ’40s, ’50s By ed SYMKUS

GateHouse News Service Yes, there was an actual gangster squad in Los Angeles throughout the 1950s. In real life, and in this fictionalized film, they were a group of cops who worked in secret, under police Chief William Parker, with the idea of, in the words of the chief (played by gravel-voiced Nick Nolte), “waging a war for the soul of Los Angeles.” The battle at the focus of the film is against bad guy Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), a vicious man with a boxing background, a very short fuse, and a penchant for blood. In the film’s opening moments, under the old Hollywoodland sign, he has his goons chain a sworn enemy, by feet and hands, to two cars, then has him torn in half. The good guys are headed up by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin), a usually even-tempered cop who can, with or without permission, easily slip into take-no-prisoners mode, and show a ruthless streak as strong as Cohen’s. This a brutal film that, early on, is

satisfied with having its characters throw fists more than fire weapons, but eventually morphs into a parade of blazing guns. Oddly, the script is also peppered with some oddball humor that helps take the edge off. But violence is never very far from center screen, and the filmmakers save most of their ammo budget for a huge shootout at a Park Plaza showdown near the end. “Gangster Squad” isn’t intended to be a history lesson, and the opening frames reveal that it’s only “inspired” by a true story. It’s more of a study of two men, Cohen and O’Mara, although an eye is kept on many of the characters around them. Brolin is terrific as O’Mara, playing him as a loving husband and soon-to-be-father who has trouble separating the call of duty from his private life, and easily earns respect from the men who serve under him. But there’s a problem with Penn in that he’s chosen to play Cohen much bigger than life, giving him a seriousness to complement both his hunger for power and his blatant stupidity. That combination of attitudes, along

with some over-exaggerated facial work, make it look as if he’s a character who wandered over from the set of a Dick Tracy movie. Of the film’s other stars, Ryan Gosling, as one of O’Mara’s squad members, is a little too smooth in appearance and line delivery, and Emma Stone, as Cohen’s unwilling moll, is just distracting. Her character gets in the way of the story more than adding to it; the film would benefit without her. Strengths include director Ruben Fleischer’s (“Zombieland”) ability to mix the violence with the humor, and to – with the exception of Penn’s misfiring – let the human side of his characters shine through, especially when dealing with the camaraderie that develops among our heroes. Costumes and production design are pitch perfect, and the film’s mood and atmosphere are brought full circle when the plot leads up to a big gunfight, but then goes beyond that, and settles on just two men – I’ll bet you know which ones – who lay down their arms, then go at each other with just their fists.

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Sal Mineo (1939-1976), actor; Rod Stewart (1945), singer; George Foreman (1949), boxer; Roy Blunt (1950), U.S. senator; Pat Benatar (1953), singer; Jemaine Clement (1974), actor/comedian.

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Readers urge wife to work through problems Dear Abby: This is in response to “Had It in Hartford” (Oct. 6), who has been unhappily married to her husband for 20 years. She said she married him for all the wrong reasons and “has never loved him the way a woman should love a man.” After I had been married for seven years, I went to my pastor concerned that the grass on the other side was looking greener than mine. As we spoke, I began to realize the extent of the investment I had put into my marriage and that I didn’t want to start over again on a new one. My mom always told me, “Marriage is not easy. You will always have to work on it. There will be times when you won’t feel that you like him or love him.” I have been married for 36 years now. Do I notice handsome men, or appreciate a man who treats me kindly? Of course. I’m not blind or dead. Love isn’t just a feeling, but a choice and a commitment. I’m committed to my husband not

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips because I’m “supposed” to be, but because I CHOOSE to be. It seems to me that “Had It” never made that choice or worked toward it, but expected it to just happen eventually. She has a foundation of trust and friendship that helps a marriage through the rough times. Many marriages that end in divorce rely on sexual attraction and passion to carry them instead of friendship. “Had It” should take another look at what she’s about to lose and tally up the costs to her family. Is she really trapped? Or has she just been unwilling to choose to love? – Barbara in Mount Vernon, Wash. Dear Barbara: Thank you for writing. I advised “Had It” to think long and hard before leav-

ing her husband, but that if she truly cannot love him the way he deserves, she should move on. A readers comment: Dear Abby: “Had It” doesn’t feel love toward her husband because she spends her time and energy ruminating about a “mistake” she thinks she made 20 years ago. She says he is doing everything right and they get along fine. If she tried something positive, like reminding herself about the qualities she likes about him, and doing things she knows make him happy instead of fantasizing about other men, she might find the love she craves in her marriage. Loving feelings come from loving behavior, not the other way around. The sooner she realizes this, the sooner she’ll see that what she really wants is right there at home with her family. And it has been there all along. – Dr. Peggy B. • Write Dear Abby at www.

Cognitive behavioral therapy can relieve childhood anxiety Dear Doctor K: I believe my second-grader suffers from anxiety. How is anxiety treated in children? Dear Reader: Many kids have anxiety disorders. There are several different kinds, and most are suffered both by kids and adults, such as generalized anxiety disorder, social phobias, panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some anxiety disorders affect only children. The prime example is separation anxiety – an extreme difficulty being away from home or loved ones. Before your child is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, however, consider this: Some children who are anxious have good reason to be afraid. For example, your child may be a victim of abuse by a relative or a classroom bully. Try to find out if this is the case. If your child is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, the treatment options are: • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is the best-confirmed treatment for anxiety disorders in children. A common CBT method is called graduated exposure. In this method, young children with phobias, for example, are placed near the feared object while doing something reassuring and

ASK DOCTOR K Anthony L. Komaroff enjoyable. Older children can learn how to use deep breathing or muscle relaxation, or they can be taught to talk themselves out of fear-provoking thoughts. Another technique is modeling. This involves asking the anxious child to emulate the therapist or another child who shows no fear. • Drug therapy. The FDA has not approved any drugs for childhood anxiety disorders. (The only exception is the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for obsessive-compulsive disorder.) But some SSRIs are effective and approved for the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults. As a result, many doctors prescribe these antidepressants for anxious children. • Combination treatment. Among children and teens especially, combining CBT and drug therapy is often successful. You and other family members can also help your child. For example, learn techniques for managing your child’s anxiety. Provide models of self-confidence and problem-solving, and give rewards for overcoming fears.

Sometimes a family problem is the source of the child’s anxiety, or an anxious child may think he or she is the cause of any trouble in the family. In that case, joint family therapy may be a good idea. Many years ago, a patient of mine was having trouble in his marriage. He and his wife were very different personalities. With some marriages, people of like mind find each other. With other marriages, opposites attract. That was their marriage. He was meticulous, cautious, a man of few words who rarely expressed emotion. She was a volcano – always on the go, talked a blue streak, and emotional every minute of her life except when she was asleep. They grew apart. Their 12-year-old daughter, who had been a confident and independent child, became fearful and insecure. Therapy revealed that she blamed herself for breaking up their marriage. Sessions with her parents finally absolved her of that guilt – and of her suffocating anxiety.

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

Man’s drinking strains relationship with girlfriend Dr. Wallace: I’m almost 20 years old and have, for the past year, been dating a great guy who is 21 years old. He treats me like a queen and keeps saying he wants to marry me. I would have said yes months ago, but he has a drinking problem and doesn’t seem to realize it. He has been arrested twice in the past year for driving under the influence. The last time he had to spend 10 days in jail and had his driver’s license suspended. Unfortunately, he continues to drive and, of course, has his share of alcohol. My family is terribly upset that I’m dating this guy. My mom keeps telling me never to ride with him, even if he only had one drink. So far, I haven’t taken Mom’s advice. His parents like me and keep telling me that I’m a good influence on their son, and they believe that, in time, he will stop drinking. My own mother wants me to stop seeing this guy, but his mother is encouraging me to stay with him so I can help him. What’s your advice? – Nameless, Tupelo, Miss. Dear Nameless: The only mother you need to listen to is your own. The only person who can help him stop drinking is himself. You have been “encouraging” him to stop consuming alcohol in the year you have been dating him. What makes you think things will change later? When you tell him farewell, make sure you give him the telephone number of the nearest Alcoholics Anonymous group. Tell him to call you after he has enrolled and is no longer drinking.

’TWEEN 12 & 20 Robert Wallace

Dr. Wallace: I’m 16 years old, a good student, and basically a fine young lady. Bret is my boyfriend, and we’ve been together for three months. We met at church, and we both feel that we’re made for each other. I like Bret very much. My life is much happier and brighter since we met, but I’ve got a weird situation at home. I am allowed to have a boyfriend, and we can be together at my house, but we are not allowed to go on a date. Bret is 17 years old and has his own car, but I’m not allowed to ride in it under any circumstances. I’ve tried to get my parents to be reasonable and allow us to go out for a bite to eat. The answer is yes, as long as my parents tag along. When you were a teen, would you enjoy having your parents accompany you and your girlfriend for a snack at a restaurant? I seriously doubt it. I realize that what you say is not going to change my parents’ minds if you agree with me, but I would enjoy hearing what you think of my weird situation. – Nameless, Tulsa, Okla. Dear Nameless: I’m on your side. A 16-yearold who is a good student and trustworthy daughter, who is permitted to have a boyfriend, should be allowed to spend time with him occasionally without parental supervision. • Write Dr. Wallace at rwallace@galesburg. net.



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Francis Ford Coppola said: “When newspapers started to publish the box office scores of movies, I was horrified. Those results are totally fake because they never include the promotion budget.” I never thought of that. And not many Easts would think of the winning defense in today’s deal. How can East defeat four spades after West leads the heart nine? The auction was straightforward and quantitative, North’s rebid in principle showing a balanced hand (no singleton or void) with (typically) seven losers and 13 to 15 support points (counting highcard points and shortage points). Although it goes against the usual recommendation of experts, West might have led the club ace, since it was the unbid suit. If he had, East would have had to discourage with his six, not encourage a club continuation with the 10. When West instead led high from his heart doubleton, East won with his queen, cashed the ace, and played a third round of the suit. Momentarily, this looked good. If declarer had ruffed high, West would have gained a trump trick to go with his club ace. However, instead, South calmly discarded his singleton club. West trumped and tried to cash the club ace, but declarer ruffed, drew trumps, and claimed. There is a golden rule of trump promotion: Cash all of your side-suit winners first. After taking his two heart winners, East had to cash the club king before playing the third heart. And if you know someone capable of finding that play, ask her or him to partner you.

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Page 38 •Thursday, January 10, 2013 udgm ated in the County of KANE, State of Illinois, or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy said Judgment: LOT 836 IN TIMBER TRAILS UNIT 8 BEING A PART OF THE EAST HALF OF SECTION 36, TOWNSHIP 42 NORTH, RANGE 7 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED JANUARY 18, 2002 AS DOCUMENT 2002K010624, IN KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS. TAX NO. 02-36-252-009 COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 58 AUGUSTA DRIVE GILBERTS, IL 60136 Description of Improvements: LOT TRACT BLOCK BOOK PAGES***BROWN HOUSE WITH VINYL SIDING TWO STORY WITH TWO CAR ATTACHED GARAGE. UTILITIES ARE ON. HOUSE DOES NOT HAVE A FENCE. The Judgment amount was $246,483.61. Sale Terms: This is an "AS IS" sale for "CASH". The successful bidder must deposit 25% down by certified funds; balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. NO REFUNDS. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate, water bills, etc., and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to plaintiff. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the bid amount, the purchaser shall receive a Certificate of Sale, which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. The successful purchaser has the sole responsibility/expense of evicting any tenants or other individuals presently in possession of the subject premises. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g) (1) and (g)(4). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DYAS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For Information: Visit our website at http:\\ Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only - Pierce & Associates, Plaintiff's Attorneys, 1 North Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Tel. No. (312) 372-2060. Please refer to file #PA0935211 Plaintiff's attorney is not required to provide additional information other than that set forth in this notice of sale. I494012 (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, December 27, 2012, January 3 & 10, 2013.)


PURPOSE*** PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered by said Court in the above entitled cause on September 5, 2012, KANE COUNTY SHERIFF in KANE County, Illinois, will on February 7, 2013, in Room JC 100, Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles, IL 60175, at 9:00 AM, sell at public auction and sale to the highest bidder for cash, all and singular, the following described real estate mentioned in said Judgment, situated in the County of KANE, State of Illinois, or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy said Judgment: UNIT 587-2 TOGETHER WITH ITS UNDIVIDED PERCENTAGE INTEREST IN THE COMMON ELEMENTS IN TIMBER TRAILS UNIT 4 CONDOMINIUM, AS DELINEATED AND DEFINED IN THE DECLARATION RECORDED MARCH 1, 2002 AS DOCUMENT NO. 2002K030381, AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME, IN THE SOUTH HALF OF SECTION 25, TOWNSHIP 42 NORTH, RANGE 7, EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, IN KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS. TAX NO. 02-25-378-012 COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 266 EVERGREEN CIRCLE GILBERTS, IL 60136 Description of Improvements: BROWN VINYL SIDED TOWNHOUSE WITH TWO CAR ATTACHED GARAGE The Judgment amount was $188,531.41. Sale Terms: This is an "AS IS" sale for "CASH". The successful bidder must deposit 25% down by certified funds; balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. NO REFUNDS. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate, water bills, etc., and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to plaintiff. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the bid amount, the purchaser shall receive a Certificate of Sale, which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. The successful purchaser has the sole responsibility/expense of evicting any tenants or other individuals presently in possession of the subject premises. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g) (1) and (g)(4). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DYAS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For Information: Visit our website at http:\\ Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only - Pierce & Associates, Plaintiff's Attorneys, 1 North Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Tel. No. (312) 372-2060. Please refer to file #PA1126861 Plaintiff's attorney is not required to provide additional information other than that set forth in this notice of sale. I494050 (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, December 27, 2012, January 3 & 10, 2013.)


pr ty, LLC at 1120 20th Street, NW, JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Suite 1000, Washington, DC /s/ John A. Cunningham Association, Kane County Clerk 20036. Plaintiff, (Published in the Kane County (Published in the Kane County vs. Jonathan B. Hane; Sarah Lynn Chronicle, January 10, 2012.) Chronicle, January 3, 10, 17 Hane; Unknown Owners and Non2013.) PUBLIC NOTICE Record Claimants; Belles Terres Condominium Association Building PUBLIC NOTICE 1100/1120, ROSEWOOD CARE CENTER IN Defendants. ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE Case No. 12 CH 4475 NON-DISCRIMINATION 1100 North Farnsworth Avenue Public Notice is hereby given Aurora, IL 60505 In accordance with Title VI of the that on January 7, 2013 a certifiCivil Rights Act of 1964, Section cate was filed in the office of the PUBLICATION NOTICE 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of County Clerk of Kane County, IlliThe requisite affidavit(s) having 1973, the Age Discrimination Act nois, setting forth the names and been duly filed herein, NOTICE IS of 1975 and other applicable state addresses of all persons owning, HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL DEFEN- and federal laws, regulations and conducting and transacting the DANTS IN THE ABOVE ENTITTLED statutes, the facility does not dis- business known as KOULIS CONACTION, that said action has been criminate on the basis of race, col- CRETE CONSTRUCTION located at commenced in said Court by the or, religion, sex, national origin, 38W115 Oak Drive, St. Charles, IL plaintiff(s), naming you as defen- ancestry, citizenship status, marital 60175. dant (s) therein and praying and status, familial status, disability, for other relief; that summons has sexual orientation, military status, Dated: January 7, 2013. been issued out of this Court or age. The facility's nondiscrimiagainst you as provided by law, natory position applies to admis/s/ John A. Cunningham and, that this action is still pending sions, services, programs, activities, Kane County Clerk and undetermined in said Court. and employment. Any person NOW, THEREFORE, unless you who feels he or she has not re- (Published in the Kane County file your answer or otherwise make ceived treatment in accordance Chronicle, January 10, 17 & 24, your appearance in said action in with our policies and practices may 2013.) this Court, by filing the same in the submit a complaint to the person or office of the Clerk of the Circuit agencies listed below: PUBLIC NOTICE Court on or before February 4, State Department of Health2013, AN ORDER OF DEFAULT Office of Civil Rights, or ASSUMED NAME MAY BE ENTERED AGAINST YOU. Department of Health and Human PUBLICATION NOTICE IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have Services-Office for Civil Rights hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of said Court on December (Published in the Kane County Public Notice is hereby given that on December 21, 2012 a cer31, 2012. Chronicle, January 10, 2013.) tificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illi/s/Thomas M. Hartwell nois, setting forth the names and Clerk of the Circuit Court addresses of all persons owning, Get Bears news (SEAL) conducting and transacting the on Twitter by following business known as LISA BROOK@bears_insider /s/ Alan S. Kaufman ER, LCSW located at 514 Terry AvOne of Plainttiff's Attorney's enue, Aurora, IL 60506. PUBLIC NOTICE Alan S. Kaufman One of Plaintiff's Attorneys Dated: December 21, 2012. ASSUMED NAME MANLEY DEAS KOCHALSKI LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff PUBLICATION NOTICE /s/ John A. Cunningham One East Wacker, Suite 1730 Kane County Clerk Public Notice is hereby given Chicago, IL 60601 Telephone: 312-651-6700 that on December 21, 2012 a cer(Published in the Kane County Fax: 614-220-5613 tificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illi- Chronicle, December 27, 2012 & Attorney. No.: 6289893 nois, setting forth the names and January 3 & 10, 2013.) (Published in the Kane County addresses of all persons owning, PUBLIC NOTICE Chronicle, January 10, 17 & 24 conducting and transacting the 2013.) business known as GIRLIE POWER ASSUMED NAME located at 486 MILL ST., BATAVIA, PUBLICATION NOTICE IL 60510


AT&T Mobility, LLC is proposing to install new antennas on an existing monopole at 1S937 North Lorang Road, Elburn, Kane County, Illinois 60119 (41-50-18 Latitude, 8829-19.1 Longitude). The height of the tower will be 60.6 meters above ground level (301.45 meters above mean sea level). The tower is anticipated to have no lights. Interested persons may review the application for this project at by entering Antenna Structure Registration (Form 854) file no. A0812182 and may raise environmental concerns about the project under the National Environmental Policy Act rules of the Federal Communications Commission, 47 CFR §1.1307, by notifying the FCC of the specific reasons that the action may have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment. Requests for Environmental Review must be filed within 30 days of the date that notice of the project is published on the FCC¡Çs website and may only raise environmental concerns. The FCC strongly encourages interested parties to file Requests for Environmental Review online at www., but they may be filed with a paper copy by mailing the Request to FCC Requests for Environmental Review, Attn: Ramon Williams, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554. A copy of the Request should be provided to AT&T Mobili-

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CUSTOM BEAUTY!!! Awesome floor plan for this huge 4 bedroom, 4½ bath home. Definitely not the same old same old! Lovely curb appeal with stone walkways, decorative pillars and a wrap-around porch. Glistening hardwood floors throughout the first floor; detailed trim work; volume, vaulted & tiered ceilings treatments; transom windows and much more! Formal dining room with arched entry and judges paneling; full wall windows and French doors in the corner den; two-story family room with stacked windows, elegant fireplace and recessed entertainment area. Beautiful kitchen with granite counters, glazed Maple cabinetry, preparation island, Butler’s wet bar and an impressive floor to ceiling window surround dinette with perfect vistas! Convenient mud room and separate laundry; hardwood & flared staircase to the second floor; cathedral master suite has Hickory flooring, fireplace & luxury whirlpool bath; big bedrooms with lots of windows! Finished English basement with full bath and a gorgeous yard, pool & spa!

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1137 Chillem Dr: Sold on or before 113012 by Michael J Mueller to Lawrence A Jensen & Nancy J Nensen; $255,000.00


105 Kenston Ct: Sold on or before 120312 by Charles K Carroll to Robert C Landrum; $260,000.00 38W966 Cox Ln: Sold on or before 120312 by Gregory Reed to Kurtis D Jay & Jeffrey C Jay; $384,000.00

North Aurora

2688 Moutray Ln: Sold on or before 120412 by Federal National Mortgage Assn to Jacob J Rigert & Natalie M Rigert; $311,500.00 314 Spruce St: Sold on or before 120312 by Dustin T Brown to Zachary P Keltner; $122,000.00 504 E Victoria Cir: Sold on or before 120412 by Adam Cox to Joshua M Nelson; $94,000.00

St. Charles

108 S 4th Ave: Sold on or before 120312 by Kevin R Mack to Dan R Lafara; $90,500.00 1130 Howard St: Sold on or before 120312 by Patrick L Mowbray to Rory Cantu & Stephanie Cantu; $242,000.00 215 Indiana St: Sold on or before 113012 by Woodcrest Group 1 Llc to Andrew E Dahlberg; $167,500.00 35W407 Maple Ln: Sold on or before 120312 by Kurt Wagner to Paul Petrenko; $218,000.00 37W860 Heritage Oaks Dr: Sold on or before 120312 by Agler Trust to Patrick B Funk & Jo Ann Funk; $552,000.00 37W991 Oak Dr: Sold on or before 113012 by Frank R Christensen to Christopher Lubelski; $235,000.00 3875 Commerce Dr: Sold on or before 113012 by Margaret J Parker to Dpl Property Management Llc; $710,000.00

38W259 Stevens Glen Rd: Sold on or before 120312 by Vasilios Kekatos to Karrie Sullivan; $400,000.00 4351 Canterbury Ct: Sold on or before 113012 by Richey Trust to Neville Rademeyer; $290,000.00 4N320 Derby Ln: Sold on or before 120412 by James F Bacilek to Jeff Narish; $223,000.00 4N643 S Circle Dr: Sold on or before 113012 by Varetoni Trust to Alex J Tietz & Jacie K Hartle; $194,000.00 5N566 Creek View Ln: Sold on or before 113012 by Nfs Holdings Llc to James W Shanks Jr & Meagehn M Shanks; $515,000.00 6N470 Brookhaven Ln: Sold on or before 113012 by Daniel J Fowler to Richard A Davis & Tammy Echevarria Davis; $800,000.00

South Elgin

1291 Angeline Dr: Sold on or before 120312 by Jennifer M Milthaler to Ngerntheang Phettongsy; $135,000.00 210 Nicole Dr B: Sold on or before 113012 by Jeffery P Perri to Ashley Mccarthy; $120,000.00 210 Nicole Dr C: Sold on or before 120412 by Kane County Sheriff to Ah4r Il 4 Llc; $92,500.00 335 Hollywood Ct: Sold on or before 120312 by David W Bathje to Jose R Gordillo Jr & Kareli Gonzalez; $90,000.00 655 Fieldcrest Dr: Sold on or before 120412 by Kane County Sheriff to Ah4r Il 4; $70,500.00

Sugar Grove

275 Capitol Dr C: Sold on or before 120312 by Emily J Hultman to Edward L Parolek; $116,000.00 652 Sheffield Cir: Sold on or before 113012 by Melrose Holdings 13 Llc to Mccue Builders Inc; $37,500.00 710 Manor Hill Pl: Sold on or before 120412 by Fitz Trust to Dwight L Ebert & Judith E Ebert; $196,000.00

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The Dunberry model from Meritus Homes will be available for sale at The Reserve subdivision in St. Charles.

The Reserve attracts two custom builders ST. CHARLES – Meritus Homes has begun selling 17 home sites at The Reserve, a singlefamily housing community just west of Route 31 and the Fox River. Another builder, John Hall Homes, has been active in sales since 2009 at the upscale subdivision of custom housing, which is contiguous with the completed River’s Edge neighborhood. The subdivision is between Red Gate and Silver Glen roads and across the street from open space and a dog park. The nearby Red Gate Road bridge now provides another way across the Fox River. It connects Route 31 with Route 25 St. Charles North High School is a half mile from the subdivision. Meritus began sales in December. Plans are to have a two-story, four-bedroom Dunberry design built by May, which can serve as a sales model for the Deerfield-based development company. Besides the Dunberry, there are six other floor plans. They range in size from 2,600 to 3,800 square feet. The plans include attached two- or three-car garages, four to five bedrooms, twoand-a-half- to three-and-a-half baths. Basements will be full, not partial. Because of the terrain, several lots will allow for a walk-out basement. Floor plans can be customized, Meritus president Brian Brunhofer said. “We understand that desire for personalization and so we will work with our buyers to include their specific requests in our designs,” he noted.

REVIEWS Jerry Kuyper Island kitchens with granite countertops and 42-inch cabinets, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, sodded and landscaped sites will be included in the pricing that begins at $459,900. A sales office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 745 Reserve Drive. For information, call 847-609 9777 or visit When completed, The Reserve will have 133 single-family homes on 135 acres. So far, 33 have been built in Phase I, which consists of 45 building lots. Phase II consists of 88 lots slated for market in 2013. John Hall Homes has been selling custom homes for several years in the subdivision. A 3,600-square-foot custom house can cost $549,000. “Our homes have sold steadily from $500,000 to $850,000,” company president John Hall Jr. said. “We offer complete packages with house, lot (half-acre) and landsdcaping from $479,000 to more than $900,000. Our current portfolio of homes completed in The Reserve range from $525,000 to $825,000.”

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For information call 630377-1515, visit or email johnjr@ Hall’s company has notched at least a dozen sales in the past few years at The Reserve. “Here is the story on The Reserve,” Hall said. “Things were really in a bad freefor-all when Janco Group (a Chicago real estate investment company) bought out Ryland Homes in 2009. They were looking for ways to inspire people to start building again and one of the things they did is hire us to build a spec house (build at your expense and hope a customer comes along quickly to buy it) when nobody else was doing it. They put their guts and reputation on the line, but they wanted to prove that neighborhoods in the Fox River Valley, such as The Reserve, were the best deals around. They wanted one of our classic designs and that is what we built.” And today Hall continues to build and sell spec as well as client-financed housing. Gary Janko is senior managing director, principal and founder of Janko

Group. His career spans 37 years in the acquisition, development and financing of real estate. The real estate portfolio exceeds $250 million. Founded in 1969, John Hall Homes has been building homes for 43 years. Shoppers can visit 2020 Dean St., suite A, in St. Charles. When the new-home building industry hit a low ebb in 2008, the owners of John Hall Homes considered going out of business. “We had only two houses going in 2008. In a normal year, we like to see nine to 11 or more going up,” Hall


said in a 2010 interview. “It was dreadful.” The family gathered during the 2008 Christmas season with its subcontractors to discuss survival. The family included marketing manager Hall, his brother, site manager Joshua; and their sister, interior decorator Jessica Jungman-Hall. “We sat down with our subcontractors and discussed the challenges in the market. We also talked about opportunities, but to succeed we had to change the way we did business. We had to maintain the quality

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developer (Remington Glen LLC) defaulted on the project, which entered foreclosure in 2010. “I think everyone in the area is excited to know an established builder like Meritus Homes is coming into the area and taking control of the property to finish it the right way,” Brunhofer said six months ago. Prior to 2010, the original developer promised to repair streets, sidewalks and sewers. The year 2010 came and went with no activity so the city took charge.

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and value we offered to our clients, but we had to trim our operating margins and profits,” Hall said. More than 90 percent of the subcontractors agreed to new terms, and the rest is a story of sales success. This is the second foray into St. Charles for Meritus Homes. Last August the company opened Remington Glen, a town house development on a foreclosed piece of property near Peck Road and Route 64. Meritus acquired the remaining opportunities to build in the Remington Glen property after the original

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LEFT: John Hall Homes is active in building custom homes at The Reserve subdivision in St. Charles. RIGHT: Custom kitchens in John Hall Homes single-family houses at The Reserve include hardwood floors, granite countertops, a center island, stainless-steel built-in appliances and upper and lower cabinetry.

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Is homeownership a good choice for young people? ZILLOW If there’s anything we’ve learned in the past few years about real estate, it’s that property doesn’t always go up in value. And because it doesn’t, you shouldn’t just buy property and assume that you’re going to earn equity and wealth from that ownership. Instead, buying a home should be a personal decision based on your life and financial situation. So, if you are young, should you buy real estate? The answer, as with many things, is that it depends. But for the vast majority of young people, the answer is probably, no. Here’s why.

Real estate is long-term

We buy real estate in order to hopefully earn wealth and improve our lot in life. The most likely way that you will earn real estate wealth is by owning property for long periods of time, preferably a decade or greater. This long-term ownership does not coincide with the habits and traits of most young people. So, if you’re not very sure you will own a property for a long time, let a landlord deal with the inherent risks, pains and issues of real estate ownership.

Not settled in a career

At a young age, you rarely know whether you’ll be living in the same area

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Outlying factors such as career, commitment to a location and financial resources can have an effect on a young persons ability to purchase a home. for a long time. People are very mobile these days, including switching jobs, getting job transfers, changing careers, going back to school, etc. If you buy a property and have to sell it due to a career move in a few years, you’re most likely going to lose money on your real estate ownership.

Can’t afford a place you love

Additionally, you might not have the financial resources to afford a place that you really love, and you’ll end up buying in anticipation that you’ll earn equity and trade up in a few years. Now you probably will trade up in a few years, but you probably won’t earn any equity. In fact, you’ll likely lose money – primarily due to steep transaction costs. The better way to go is to save your money for several years and buy a place you really love when you have the savings and income to

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Not settled in life

You finish school, get a job and work a few years. Then you realize you’ve got to move somewhere else, “see the world,” if you will! That house you bought would hinder your ability to relocate, and if you did move, you’d probably lose money. So, if you are young, wild and free – and not sure of your 5- to 10-year plan – you’ll probably do better as a renter. When might it make sense to buy young? If you’re sure you’ll own the property a long time, then it’s probably a good idea to buy. Also, if you want to be in the landlord business and plan to convert the property from a personal residence to a rental, then buying at a younger age would be a smart move for you. Just ask yourself before you decide whether to buy real estate, “Am I sure my ownership will be for the long haul?”

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Continued from page 3 In early 2011, St. Charles claimed $115,000 from a line of credit from MB Financial to cover the cost to complete public roads, sidewalks and storm sewers. The Brunhofers then came on the scene. By early July, the property was bought in a short sale from the original developers. Meritus plans to build 33 maintenance-free town houses measuring 1,645 to 2,020 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two baths, an attached two-car garage and a first-floor master or loft, per plan. Prices begin in the upper $100,000s. Approximately two-thirds of Remington Glen’s original 100 home sites had been sold before Meritus took ownership of the property, which means new town house buyers will be moving into an already established community. “These are great plans in a great location and now that the real estate market is picking up pace again, buyers can feel confident they’re getting a tremendous value as we’ll be offering these homes for $100,000s less than they were priced a few years ago,” Brunhofer continued. “It makes these townhomes an option for buyers who may previously have found St. Charles to be outside their budget. This is an amazing opportunity in a very sought-after suburb, offering all the hallmarks of the Meritus Homes community

... a convenient location, area amenities and an attractive neighborhood.” There will be home owner association fees and they are $176 per month. Fees cover exterior maintenance of the building, common area insurance, snow removal and landscape improvements. Meritus also offers singlefamily housing at Creekside at Inverness Ridge and Ravenna of Long Grove. With a handful of houses left to be sold, Meritus sees its days numbered at Creekside, a 210-lot subdivision a few miles south of Barrington off Barrington Road. Ravenna still is active. Meritus was founded several years ago by Brian and Karen Brunhofer, who were both Chicago division presidents for Pulte Homes, the nation’s largest homebuilding company. They have been married 11 years and have three children. The couple has more than 30 years of combined experience in the new-house building industry. During that time they led teams that delivered more than 10,000 homes in the Chicago area. St. Charles amenities that both Brunhofer and Hall remind potential buyers of include a historic downtown, many shopping destinations, and the Fox River. Fox River recreational opportunities include canoeing, kayaking and paddleboat rides, as well as biking and hiking along riverfront paths.


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Year after year, no matter the state of the housing market, kitchen remodeling remains a good idea. The project perennially tops lists of value-for-your-money home improvements, and almost every buyer will be attracted to a kitchen that’s updated and move-in ready. Even if you’re planning on staying in your home for a while, few things can reinvigorate your home like a brand new kitchen. Kitchens are the hardestworking rooms in most homes, and the wear and tear that comes with years of use can leave them looking drab. A remodeling project that makes over your kitchen from floor to ceiling can do more than just improve the aesthetics – it can also be a great way to adapt the room for better functionality. If you’ve put off dreams of a new kitchen because you think it’s unaffordable, you might want to reconsider the changes you can make with your own two hands (and maybe those of some family and friends). When you have the right tools on hand, do-it-yourself kitchen remodeling projects are more accessible than you might think. By visiting a nearby rental store to pick up the necessary tools, you can see twice the savings – in addition to the DIY cost savings, you’ll avoid the expenses associated with buying the tools outright. By going to, you can find local stores that have all the tools you need to remodel and revive your kitchen. Here are some essential parts of the project and the tools you’ll need to get going. • Floors: There are lots of stylish and functional options for flooring, but the type of saw you’ll need for cutting things down to size will depend on what material you choose. For tile, you’ll need a wet saw, but a cut-off saw for wood and laminate. A table saw can also be helpful for wood flooring. • Trim: Putting the finishing touches on is important, both for looks and for long-

term stability. For molding and other trim, a pneumatic nailer will save you an enormous amount of time, energy and frustration. • Cabinets: Now more than ever before, homeowners have great options for easy-toinstall cabinetry that don’t require a team of professionals. Make sure that you’ve got the right drill, drill bits, nails, screws, anchors, levels and supports on hand before you get started – that way you’ll be able to work without interruption. • Countertops: Again, the tools you need will vary, depending on what material you’re using. If you need to cut a material like laminate to size, a jigsaw will be a convenient tool. Sanders and drills are two more items you’ll want to have nearby. • Walls: Whether you’re hanging drywall or simply painting, a ladder will be an essential tool. If your kitchen has particularly high ceilings or hard-to-reach spots, renting a ladder to fit the task is a good idea. A beautiful kitchen will quickly become a focal point in your home, both for your family and for potential buyers. By taking the project into your own hands, you can save a significant amount of money, giving you even better return on your investment. For more ideas and information, visit www.RentalHQ. com. – Brandpoint


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Savvy gardeners feed compost piles kitchen scraps • HOME HELP

Continued from page 5 “Mirrors expand the space and fill the wall, but they don’t add a lot of contrast or busyness.” – Family Features/ Legget & Platt

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During much of the year, the landscape provides plenty of raw materials for the compost pile. From grass clippings to leaves, when those supplies are exhausted, many gardeners stop composting all together. But savvy gardeners continue to feed their compost piles using yet another raw material that’s never-ending – kitchen scraps. Other than meats, bones and fatty stuff, kitchen scraps are perfect for the compost pile because they contain an extremely diverse mix of materials, and as they break down, they infuse the finished compost with major

as well as minor nutrients. “For well over 15 years, my wife and I carefully collected every single kitchen scrap that was suitable for composting in a five-gallon plastic bucket we kept under the sink,” says Paul of the James family. “Then, once or twice a week, I’d trot up to the compost pile, turn the scraps into it, and rinse the bucket with water.” Ultimately, the James family got tired of the whole process. “The bucket smelled, fruit flies hovered all over the kitchen, and in the middle of winter with temperatures in the teens, it’s not like I looked forward to going outside with a bucket full of scraps.” In other words, the whole endeavor was a hassle. So Paul set out to find a better way of dealing with kitchen scraps. And in the process, he discovered a number of ways to make collecting and composting kitchen scraps a

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piece of cake. What he found were a variety of different compost buckets made specifically for collecting kitchen scraps. A sleek, 3.5-quart ceramic crock is attractive enough to keep on the kitchen counter. Glazed both inside and out, the container will never stain, it’s dishwasher-safe, and has a handy carrying handle. Another great item for the smaller pails and crocks are liner bags, which make composting kitchen scraps about as easy as it gets. All you do is place a liner in the compost bucket and fill it with kitchen scraps. Then, when it’s full, remove the liner, and toss the whole thing in your compost pile. The liners are made of cornstarch, which makes them 100-percent biodegradable so they, along with the kitchen scraps, will decompose in no time.

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Exquisite home with sensationally scenic views of private backyard and green space. Elegantly appointed with high-end finishes and extensive architectural details! Brazilian cherry flooring, custom builtins, multiple fireplaces and a finished walk-out lower level! Boasting over 6000 square feet, this home is incredible! Stunning kitchen with custom cabinetry, fabulous master suite, dec and paver patio with firepit! Directions: Randall to Bolcum (W) to Prairie Lakes

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plan with stone fireplace. Huge first floor master with large bathroom, whirlpool, double sinks and walk in closet. 4 large bedrooms and an oversized den. Inviting screened porch w/ private backyard views. Bright and sunny kitchen with stunning granite, cabinetry and upscale Stainless Steel appliances. This one-owner home is simply impeccable! Directions: Randall to Main Street (W) to Grove Hill (S) to home.

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Country Living

This sprawling home looks like a Ranch but we have a BONUS: A couple of bedrooms and baths on the 2nd floor! Updated kitchen, huge family room with bar and formal dining room! Den with fireplace and sliding glass doors to private backyard (Tennis Court, too)! Living room/foyer with built-ins and a sunroom with skylights and tons of windows! Master with sitting area, spacious closets and bath with claw foot tub!


Luxury Throughout

This amazing home has beautiful views of the pond and green space. Hickory hardwood floors and millwork. Gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry, island, stainless steel appliances and granite! Family room features cultured stone fireplace and custom wood beams. Fabulous 1st floor master suite with lovely bay window and tray ceiling. Luxurious Master Bath with custom cabinetry, granite and whirpool! Full basement with rough in for bath. Built by Bellefleur!


“Building Friendships for Life”

Debora McKay 630-587-4672 630-542-3313

ABR, Broker, CHMS, Relocation Specialist



Continued from page 6

By ROSEMARY SADEZ FRIEDMANN Scripps Howard News Service

As 2013 begins, let’s look forward, not back. Instead of reviewing what was popular last year, let’s look ahead and see what’s predicted to be hot. We all have a specific style we prefer – some like traditional, some like contemporary, some like country and others like eclectic. That said, let’s see what the average homeowner likes best. • Kitchen: Clean and simple leads the pack, and that means contemporary style. Perhaps the preference indicates a need for a less-fussy life in the kitchen. • Countertop: Quartz composite is the top choice, and yes, it is replacing the great granite top. Quartz composite seems to be the best, no-maintenance finish. • Hardwood floors: This one has been coming for a while now, moving up as the floor of choice. There is a richness and beauty to a good hardwood floor that is

The leading kitchen trend for 2013 is clean and simple. timeless. • Glass backsplash: Not the same old, same old mosaic tile, but instead a glass and stone tile mosaic. The interest in this combination makes sense since it gives visual interest as well as texture. A back-painted solid glass

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backsplash also fits this theme, particularly in contemporary kitchens. • Simplicity for the sink: The double sink is out. The deep single sink is in.

See TRENDS, page 8

• Thursday, January 10, 2013

The process of hauling all those scraps to the compost pile is another issue itself. It’s best to locate the compost as close to the house as possible, or better yet, as close to the kitchen door as possible. That way, you’ll be more inclined to dump the scraps routinely even if the weather is less than ideal. However, a compost pile can be a bit of an eyesore, so what you really want is something that isn’t all that hard to look at. One solution is a compost bin that’s small enough to fit just about anywhere, yet holds a fair amount of kitchen scraps and is reasonably attractive. “In my search for a bin, I came across several different models from several different manufacturers, all of which pretty much fit the bill,” says Paul. One is made from heat-absorbing black, recycled plastic and it holds 12 cubic feet. It features a unique lid design that allows just enough rainwater into the pile to keep the contents moist but not soggy. And to prevent rodents from getting access to the excess kitchen scraps, Paul added an optional rodent screen, which fits inside the bin. –

Home-decorating trends for 2013


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Put compost pile close to house for convenience

Kane County Chronicle / • Thursday, January 10, 2013



Energy-efficient homes continue to grow in popularity • TRENDS

Continued from page 7 • Kitchen color: Deep gray, as in charcoal, is in. It is taking the place of – or at least competing with – stainless steel. • Stone finish: Calacatta marble is the choice, and it’s one that works in both contemporary and traditional settings. It is especially popular in the bathroom. • Texture and sparkle: Accents of gold and/or silver with glossy glass tiles and nickel fixtures burst forth this year. • Multi-generational living and living longer on your own: Easy-to-work-in kitchens and safer baths are becoming very popular. • Healthy home: Green is in. Homes that are free of toxins and are more energy-efficient have been growing more and more popular.

• Rosemary Sadez Friedmann is an interior designer in Naples, Fla. Contact her at

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Stone finishes are a growing trend for 2013.

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Certified Relocation Specialist

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