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spent part of the morning and much of the afternoon Tuesday with Dominik Barca, who is 84. Dominik has been cared for by his only child, Debbie Bozedowski, since his diagnosis of dementia four years ago. We had a great talk about his days as a truck driver and how he grew up on a farm where chickens were in the house, but the dogs were kept outside. Dominik had a real twinkle in his eye as he told me his stories.

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8LOCAL BRIEFS Magazine founder to hold ‘Marketing on a Dime’

ST. CHARLES – Nicole Leinbach Reyhle, the founder and editorial director of “Retail Minded” magazine and RetailMinded.com will present “Marketing on a Dime” for the Downtown St. Charles Partnership’s business exchange Wednesday at Nuova Italia Ristorante, 18 N. Fourth St. Business owners, managers and community residents are encouraged to attend. Reservations are encouraged because space is limited. Hors d’oeuvres will be available at 5 p.m. along with a cash bar. The presentations begin at 5:30 p.m. There will be time for questions and networking from 6:30 to 7 p.m. The cost is $25 a person but is complimentary to downtown

St. Charles businesses and partnership members. Call 630443-3967 for information.

Cycling fitness studio to hold grand opening in STC ST. CHARLES – The grand opening of S&L Tri-CycleFitStudio, 602 S. First St., is set for 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 26. Attendees may sample some classes, have refreshments and win raffle prizes. Owner/partner Leslie Grosshauser will lead a 5 p.m. karaoke cycling class. Visit www.sltricyclefitstudio.com for information.

Classic Cinemas in STC to host ‘Predict the Oscars’

ST. CHARLES – The Classic Cinemas “Predict the Oscars” contest is back for the 2013 award season.

Patrons can complete and deposit their ballots in the lobby of any of the 13 Classic Cinemas theaters – including the Charlestowne 18 in St. Charles – starting Jan. 18 and continuing through the end of business Feb. 23. Entrants must be at least 16 years old, and one entry a day is allowed. Contest rules appear on the back of ballots and are posted in theater lobbies. The grand prize winner will receive free movies for two for an entire year at any Classic Cinemas theater along with a gift card valued at $200, good at any Chicago area Francesca’s restaurant. Each Classic Cinemas location will select one correct ballot for entry in the grand prize drawing.

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Where did you grow up? Chula Vista and Culver City, Calif. Why are you in Batavia? I’m visiting my grandmother, Joan Larson, who lives in Geneva. Pets? A corgi named TJ and a cat named Dinah Who would play you in the movie of your life? Katharine Hepburn First job? Baby-sitting As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was a kid, I wanted to be a dolphin trainer or an architect. Now, I don’t know, but I’m a cashier and a student.

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Waterline Writers event in Batavia

WHAT: The Waterline Writers has planned a reading event. There is no cost. John Arends will speak on the constellations of soul, conscience, society and planet, while Caroline Johnson gives unmarked milestones careful attention. Gerry Souter finds the train station a cold platform for friendship, and Bruce Steinberg’s characters live and breathe like family and friends. Frank Rutledge will deliver words that sing like music or sing like lost love. WHEN: 7 p.m. Jan. 20 WHERE: Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia INFO: For information, visit www.waterlinewriters.org.

Third Tuesday Supper features beef stew

WHAT: A homemade beef stew supper will be served. The church is continuing its free-to-all, no reservations needed meal in the second-

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floor dining hall. This menu includes beef and vegetable stew, buttered noodles, Caesar salad, hot rolls and butter and a homemade dessert buffet. Hot dogs and chips are always available as an alternative meal. There will be two buffet lines all evening. Anyone wishing to donate money to the supper program can do so by sending a check to the church office marked “Third Tuesday Suppers,” or donating in “The Quiet Can” on the beverage table. All funds received go directly to supper expenses. WHEN: 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday WHERE: United Methodist Church of Geneva, 211 Hamilton St. INFO: For information, visit www.thirdtuesdaysuppers.com or call 630-232-7120.

Fox Sierra Club to show ‘Coal Country’

WHAT: The Valley of the Fox Sierra Club will host a screening of the film “Coal Country.” This documentary tells of the dramatic struggle around the use of coal. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served.

WHEN: 7 p.m Monday WHERE: Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia INFO: For information, visit www.illinois.sierraclub.org/vof.

Nature walk set at Corron Farm on Jan. 19

WHAT: Naturalist Jack Shouba will lead a nature walk. Learn about this significant open space property and how volunteers are working to improve woodlands, prairies and wetlands. Participants will practice reading the landscape in winter, how to identify trees by their bark, twigs and other characteristics. All ages welcome. Participants should dress for the weather. WHEN: 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 WHERE: Corron Farm, 7N761 Corron Road, Campton Township INFO: Call 630-387-1016 to reserve a spot and to be notified of rescheduling if there is inclement weather.

YESTERDAY’S WEB POLL RESULTS Have you had the flu this winter? No (62%) Yes (28%) I’m not sure (10%)

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A book you’d recommend? “Look Homeward Angel: A Story of the Buried Life” by Thomas Wolfe Favorite charity? Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union Hobbies? I crochet, bowl, [play] charades, hike, write and play music. I play guitar, melodica, ukulele, mandolin and autoharp. And I sing. Do you speak another language? I translate ancient Greek into English. Favorite local restaurant? Chez Moi Cafe and the Tea Room at The Little Traveler, both in Geneva What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I lived in the house where Liberace lived for a little while in California. The pool was shaped like a piano.

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Joan Favretto, 22, who lives in Santa Monica, Calif., was at the Batavia Public Library when she answered 12 questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.

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Building back to normal

Home builders don’t expect return of boom, but can foresee ‘average’ market By the numbers

By JONATHAN BILYK

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How many new homes were built in communities in 2012? And how does that compare to 2011? St. Charles – 14 new homes permitted; up from 10 in 2011 Geneva – 12 new homes permitted; up from 4 in 2011 Batavia – 11 new homes permitted; up from 7 in 2011 Elburn – 2 new homes permitted; unchanged from 2 in 2011

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Bryan Michels, who owns Bryan Michels Masonry, works on the exterior of a home under construction in the Highland Woods subdivision in Elgin. The home is being built by St. Charles-based John Hall Homes. erage of about 1.3 million new homes built annually in the U.S. from 2000 to 2003. By 2009, new home construction had dropped nationally to 27 percent of Denk’s normal. And builders in the Chicago area suffered more because their business was cut to as little as 15 percent of the 44,000 new single-family homes built on average from 2000 to 2003 in the Chicago metropolitan region. From 2009 to 2011, new home activity “bounced along the bottom,” showing little signs of fluctuation from 2009, Denk said. Since late 2011, the industry’s prospects have brightened. Data supplied by local municipal building departments indicate the Tri-Cities combined to issue 37 permits for the construction of new singlefamily homes from January 2012 to November. That compared to 21 permits issued for the same period in 2011, an increase of 76 percent. Hall, who builds homes in the Tri-Cities, Elgin and other nearby communities, said his company built five homes in

2012 and began to find work building homes in developing neighborhoods that had lain dormant for years. “Toward the end of the third quarter, and beginning of the fourth quarter [in 2012], we started seeing a little more action,” Hall said. “And some of it is coming in areas that have been dead for a long time.” The local data and observations correspond to a trend seen nationally, Denk said. He said national building permit data showed home-building activity increased in 2012 to 41 percent of the 2000 to 2003 national average. “Things have been getting better,” Denk said. Illinois has lagged behind the national average; the state in 2012 added only about 15 percent of the new homes that were built annually, on average, from 2000 to 2003. Denk said the NAHB believes home-building activity will increase nationally and in the Chicago area in 2013. The NAHB forecasts new home construction activity to increase in Illinois to 30 percent of the 2000 to 2003 average in 2013, and to 50 percent of that

average in 2014. He credited the recent uptick to improvements in the housing market. Firmer housing prices – not aided by tax deductions or other government subsidies – and more sales of existing homes have prompted those who were waiting to build to act. “The changes in the market have enabled people to come off the sidelines, with the expectation now being that the most expensive thing they will ever build or buy will be worth the same or more, not less, in six to 12 months,” Denk said.

He pointed to NAHB data showing home prices appear to have bottomed in the Chicago area in February and have slowly risen since by about 6 percent to 12 percent. Denk said the recovery in the Chicago area likely will continue to lag the national average as the state continues to struggle with slower economic growth than some regions and the local housing market works through a relatively large number of foreclosures. But he said Illinois still should recover faster than “housing bubble states” such as California, Nevada and Florida, where the housing boom blossomed and busted more severely than in most other parts of the U.S. “Every place is better than the bubble states,” Denk said. “But those aside, Illinois will, unfortunately, recover more slowly than most other states.”

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John Hall Jr. would love for the housing boom to return. But as 2013 dawns, Hall – who helps run his family’s business, John Hall Homes in St. Charles – said he is ecstatic to return to normal. “Typically, before the boom years, say in the late 1990s until about 2003, we’d build about 10 homes a year,” Hall said. “This year, it’s looking like we’ll be really close to that for the first time in years. “And we couldn’t be happier about finally getting to be average.” Last year, after years of sliding, the housing market in and around the Tri-Cities showed signs of stabilizing with home sales increased and prices firmed. But while the news was good for sellers of existing homes, the better times were shared by those in the business of building new homes. “We’re not trying to recover the boom,” said Robert Denk, a senior economist with the National Association of Home Builders. “We’re just trying to get back to what we consider to be normal.” From 2003 to 2007, America experienced a housing boom; low interest rates and readily available loans fueled an explosion in the number of new homes built. That activity spread to Kane County, and the region added new homes by the hundreds, and developers competed for the rights to develop farmland into subdivisions. As recently as 2007, local municipal building departments recorded two dozen to four dozen new homes per community annually. But when the real estate bubble burst and the economy cratered in 2007, home-building activity locally and nationally followed, Denk said. New home-building activity quickly was slashed precipitously from the peak. But the numbers were even bad compared to what Denk called his industry’s “normal” – an av-

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Business owners urged to talk to lawmakers By NICOLE WESKERNA

nweskerna@shawmedia.com GENEVA – Doug Whitley doesn’t expect pension reform to come to Illinois anytime soon unless lawmakers get serious about making tough decisions. Whitley, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, spoke to members from the Geneva, St. Charles and Elgin chambers of commerce Thursday at a state chamber update breakfast at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva. Pension reform took up a large portion of his keynote speech about how to make Illinois a better place for business. He said the state has almost $100 billion in unfunded pension promises and is taking in only $30 billion in revenues to offset it. Whitley said early retirements, cost-of-living increases and a broader scope of pension recipients has stressed the pension system over the years. He praised lawmakers for making tough decisions a few years ago when they amended pension contributions for new pension-eligible employees. He said while those workers

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Carl Rader (left) talks with Nick Bonifas on Thursday during a multichamber breakfast at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva. were entitled to pension deals that became more lucrative throughout the years, the state simply can’t afford it. “As a taxpayer, all of us are going to be paying a lot more than that person paid [into a

pension],” he said, reminding the crowd of about 90 people that state workers don’t get Social Security. “We have the worst public employee pension system in the country by a long shot.”

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to make a difference, they need to reach out to local and statewide lawmakers. “Continue to go to fundraisers for our local officials, but consider supporting those in other parts of the state,” he said, noting that this part of the state is not the problem. He challenged employers to ask lawmakers how the Illinois business community can be prosperous and why it’s so hard to do business in Illinois. Whitley said he believes Gov. Pat Quinn is being proactive in solving the pension issue, but some of Quinn’s tactics haven’t worked. He expects the state’s deficit and unfunded spending will be just as bad in two years as it is now, which probably will be an issue in the next gubernatorial election. As far as what local chambers of commerce can do to make the state more business friendly, Whitley suggested chambers identify their roles in their respective business communities and urged chambers to get involved with public policy. “From my perspective, I want local chambers to be a part of the political process,” he said.

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Visit www.KCChronicle.com to view a letter sent from Geneva School District 304 to parents and an email sent from Colin McGroarty to school officials and parents. teers at the school for a few hours around noon every Wednesday. “It warmed my heart until they got to the end and kept going,” he said. McGroarty said immediately after saying the Pledge of Allegiance, the students went right into reciting the Mill Creek Elementary School creed, which states, “In order to develop good citizens, we believe that every person should treat others with respect, follow school and classroom rules and try their best.” Wednesday evening, Mc-

Groarty sent an email to district board members, administrators and a few parents associated with Mill Creek and also posted a social media message with concerns that the word “liberty” had been excluded from the Pledge of Allegiance. The district’s statement said the word “liberty” had not been excluded from the Pledge of Allegiance, which is recited daily in all of Geneva’s schools. McGroarty, a former Blackberry Township resident who lives in Rockford, said when he approached the faculty about the pledge, he was told kindergarteners and first-graders say a different Pledge of Allegiance. He took issue with students reciting the school’s creed after the pledge, and felt children were being “indoctrinated” by reciting words they don’t completely understand. In the email, McGroarty

wrote he has shed blood for his country “and will do so again if necessary.” He said that line wasn’t meant as a threat, and as a U.S. Army veteran, he would defend his country today if he was needed. The Kane County Sheriff’s Office was called to the school, and Lt. Pat Gengler, the spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said McGroarty had left by the time authorities arrived. He said a deputy had been assigned to the school all day as an increased security measure. “It’s definitely not normal to have a deputy assigned over all day,” he said. “The

safety and security of the kids is of utmost importance.” Gengler said the investigation is ongoing, and he was unsure whether the parent would be charged with any offenses. The school district’s statement said an increased police presence would continue Thursday and in the future. McGroarty said he isn’t seeking any type of lawsuit against the school, but he hopes to get this message across by speaking out. “If you’re going to do the pledge, you should do the pledge – not something that’s been modified,” he said.

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GENEVA – A parent disrupted the Pledge of Allegiance at Mill Creek Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon, prompting district officials to increase security measures and send a letter home to parents. According to a statement from Geneva School District 304, a parent used “language that is not typically heard in a school setting” while a kindergarten class was present in the school’s library. The statement says that the situation was resolved quickly, and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office was notified. The parent, Colin McGroarty, 41, whose children attend Mill Creek, said he was at the school earlier than usual Wednesday and saw students saying the Pledge of Allegiance. He said he volun-

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Delivered Oberweis milk, orange juice stolen from 11 Geneva homes KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE editorial@kcchronicle.com

GENEVA – Deliveries of milk bottles and orange juice were reported stolen from 11 houses Jan. 4, police said. All involved home deliveries of Oberweis products, according to police reports.

Bottles of milk, orange juice and water were reported stolen from the 700 and 1500 blocks of South Street, 1700 block of Loran Drive, 1600 block of Kummer Court, 800 block of Brigham Way, 900 block of Harbor Town Court, 1400 and 1800 blocks of Fargo Boulevard, 1400 block of Fairway Circle and 1200 and

1400 blocks of Keim Circle, police said. Customers of the home delivery take their products in an outdoor cooler. Some gallons and half-gallons of milk apparently were damaged in the theft effort, with broken bottles leaking in the coolers, according to reports.

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ST. CHARLES – Hosanna! Lutheran Church Community Care Center Food Pantry, which has been serving families in need for several years, has expanded its hours for 2013. Stocked by donations from parishioners, Scout troops, businesses and others, the pantry will be open from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays.

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eschelkopf@shawmedia.com The flu continues to spread across central and southern Kane County, but area hospitals report they can keep up with the number of cases. “Our emergency room has seen overall volumes up 30 percent in the past few weeks,” said Dr. Mark Daniels, vice president of medical affairs for Delnor Hospital in Geneva. “The staff has estimated that about 10 percent of everybody they are seeing have flulike symptoms. But most of the people who are presented to the emergency room don’t need to be hospitalized. People who are showing up at the hospital have other health problems.” Those numbers are consistent with what the Kane County Health Department is seeing. The department is reporting about 8.94 percent of hospital emergency room visits between Dec. 23 to 29 were for influenzalike illnesses. That data is the latest surveillance data available from the department. The flu is hitting earlier and harder than usual. The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that from the beginning of October through the end of December, almost 150 people were admitted to hospital intensive units throughout the state with flulike illness, compared to two

For information about how to protect yourself from the flu, visit www.kanehealth.com. ICU hospitalizations at this time last year. Illinois is not alone; forty-one states are reporting widespread geographic flu activity. There have been six flu-related deaths in the state, compared to none last year. Kane County has not reported any flu-related deaths this season and neither has DuPage County, Daniels said. “Last year was a nonevent in terms of the flu season,” he said. As a result, Daniels said people might have waited longer to get a flu vaccine this year, which could add to the severity of this flu season. But Daniels said the best defense against getting the flu is a shot, and he urged everyone to get vaccinated. Other Kane County hospitals are seeing a high amount of flu activity. “We are close to capacity ... ,” said Barb Douglas, director of emergency and trauma services at Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora. “People may have to wait longer than they typically do. It depends on the day.”

Finalists named for North Aurora Officer of the Year KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE editorial@kcchronicle.com

NORTH AURORA – The North Aurora Police Department has revealed the finalists for its 2012 Police Officer of the Year award – officers John “Jake” Kerlin and Mark Shillair. The North Aurora Lions Club will announce the winner at its annual awards banquet, which is Jan. 22 at the Gaslite Manor in Aurora. The award has been presented annually since 2005. Police supervisors provide the nominations, and the Lions Club chooses the winner. Kerlin has been instrumental in the police department’s Police And Citizens Together program. He has increased the number of citizens he interacts with through day-to-day greetings and several meetings. Kerlin began a practice of showing honor and respect to officers killed in the line of duty during the year by supplying and decorating a “memorial tree” each holiday season. The tree honors each fallen officer with a blue-ribbon,

photo, and information on how the officer was killed. It not only honors the fallen but also reminds officers to guard against complacency. He is a leader on the department’s honor guard t e a m , which just completed its first year. As a former soldier in the U.S. Army, Mark he has been Shillair instrumental with planning, coordinating and building the team, according John ‘Jake’ to a news Kerlin release. He has been a member of the North Aurora Police Department for 12 years and is currently assigned to the evening shift patrol. Shillair was nominated for his lifesaving actions during an Aug. 4 incident. Shillair was dispatched to a disturbance at 6:08 p.m. at Randall Road and Ice

Cream Drive. The caller reported that her 33-yearold son exited her vehicle and would not get back in. Shillair was the first to arrive on the scene, and he found the subject walking on the Randall Road bridge over Interstate 88. Shillair stopped his vehicle next to the subject and asked him what was going on. The subject told Shillair to “get your camera ready because I’m going to jump off the bridge.” Then the man climbed on top of the bridge sidewall facing the tollway below. Shillair was able to exit his squad car and pull the man (who was taller and nearly double the officer’s weight) off of the wall and onto the ground before he could jump. Neither the man nor Shillair was injured. The man later was taken to a hospital for a psychological evaluation. Shillair was awarded the lifesaving medal for his actions. He has been a member of the North Aurora Police Department for seven years and is assigned to the evening shift patrol.

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8OBITUARIES

Born: April 24, 1954 Died: Jan. 7, 2013; in Aurora

Joseph R. Klobertanz Born: Nov. 22, 1935; in Chicago Died: Jan. 9, 2013

ST. CHARLES – Joseph R. Klobertanz, 77, of St. Charles, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at his daughter’s home. He was born Nov. 22, 1935, in Chicago to Alex and Bernice Klobertanz. Mr. Klobertanz was a member of the St. Charles Loyal Order of the Moose. Mr. Klobertanz is survived by his children, Bobby (Renee) of Spooner, Wis., Debra (Steve) Bumgarner of St. Charles, Tammy Kauffman of Shell Lake, Wis., Jimmy (Lori) of Rice Lake, Wis., Jerry (Betty) of Seattle, Wash., and Joe (Kim) of Seattle; 15 grandchildren, Aric, Justin, Lindsay, Dustin, Rachael, Daniel, Brittany, Taylor, Loki, Odin, Cassie, Gabriel, Jacob, Hanna and Sarah; six greatgrandchildren, Angela, Ariel, Ryan, Jordan, Aiden and Avary; a brother, Richard of Las Vegas, Nev.; a sister, Rose of Melrose Park; and his special extended family, Rose, Cindy and Cheyene. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; his parents; two sons, Joseph Jr. and Ronald; a grandson, Ryan; four brothers, Ronnie, Jack, Edward and Alex; and a sister, Julie. Funeral services will be at noon on Sunday, Jan. 13, at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 East Main St. (on the corner of Routes 64 and 25), in St. Charles. Interment will be private. A visitation will be Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Transitions Hospice. To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit the funeral home’s obituary page at www.yursfuneralhomes.com. For information, call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles at 630-584-0060. Please sign the guest book at www.legacy.com/kcchronicle.

Clerk candidate off ballot, plans write-in campaign By BRENDA SCHORY bschory@shawmedia.com GENEVA – The Geneva Township Electoral Board voted Thursday to remove clerk candidate Geoffrey M. Carreiro from the April 9 consolidated election ballot. Carreiro would have been the only clerk candidate on the ballot. Clerk Barbara Olson did not file for re-election. The three-member board met at the township office and determined Carreiro did not have enough valid signatures on his nominating petitions to stay on the ballot. For nearly two hours, the board considered all 19 objections to Carreiro’s nominating petitions. Ultimately, the board denied nine, but board members sustained 10 objections to signers who were not registered to vote, did not live in Geneva Township or whose signatures did not come close to the signatures on file with the county clerk’s voter registration re-

cords. Carreiro collected 162 signatures. The board determined 10 were not valid, leaving him 152, four short of the required 156 to be on the ballot. Carreiro vowed to file as a write-in candidate. “At the end of the day, I find that it’s unfortunate that they come after people that want to get involved and pursue things and help out their own community,” said Carreiro, 25. “I’m a young person … and I just feel that a lot more people should be giving back, and that’s why I’m getting involved, to bring out the younger crowd.” Carreiro said the challenge in a write-in candidacy is having people spell his name right. Incumbent Trustee Robert Kovacs, who filed the objection to Carreiro’s nominating petitions, said he appreciated the board’s diligence and the outcome of its deliberations. “I am satisfied,” Kovacs

said. “I had the opportunity to object.” Kovacs said he did not know Carreiro and wanted him off the ballot so the trustees could interview potential clerk candidates and “select someone who will do a good job.” “I did not even come up with this idea until I saw he was the only one running,” Kovacs said. “If you are the only one running for [the office], you got the job.” The electoral board was made up of Supervisor Patrick Jaeger, Olson and attorney Timothy O’Neil. The other member of the electoral board, Trustee Richard Sharp, had a conflict of interest because he had circulated petitions for Carreiro. O’Neil was appointed in his stead. Jaeger said he would get a certified copy of the exact number of required signatures from the county clerk today before signing the order that removes Carreiro from the ballot.

experiences, exchange information and discuss the parent’s role. Information: 630-377-6165.

grief recovery program combines a video seminar, small group support and a workbook. Information: Tom Fink, 630-879-0456 or www. bataviaumc.com/griefshare.

8SUPPORT GROUPS 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

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

• 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. Coffee and doughnuts provided. Free. Registration required at 630-232-2233 or info@ fvvh.org.

Family Funeral Home, 209 South Batavia Ave. in Batavia. A private interment will be in River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia. After the visitation, a reception will be at the Batavia Moose Lodge, 1535 South Batavia Ave. in Batavia. Helen Delores Soderquist: 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 officiate the services. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Prairie Cemetery in St. Charles.

8FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS Helen E. Clayton: The visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the 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.

Joan Ann Leidig: Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 19, at a time to be announced at a later date, at the First Baptist Church of Geneva, 2300 South St., Geneva. Karl K. Smith: A celebration of Karl’s life and a time for family and friends to visit will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 12, at Moss

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AURORA – Susan Sypor Runowiecki Gross, of Aurora, passed away at home Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, after a twoyear battle with cancer. Her husband, Steve, and her son, Joe, were at her side. She was born April 24, 1954, to Stanley and Julia Sypor. Susan was the youngest of three girls being raised in Chicago. She married Roman Runowiecki, but after four years of marriage she found herself widowed with a small son. She raised her son in Bartlett while in a long-term relationship with Terry Wohl and his two children, Casey and Julie. It was while working at Chemlawn when she met Steve Gross and they were married Aug. 22, 1998. She is survived by her husband, Steve; her son, Joe (Sue) of Sycamore and his sons, Roman and Riley, and their mother, Caryn; her sisters, Carol (Bill) Olson of Michigan and Diane Sypor of Wisconsin and their families; and Steve’s parents, Jeff and Barb Gross, his two sisters, Sandy Jacobi, and daughter, Claire, and Susan (Todd) Warnke, and daughter, Marin, all from Batavia. She was also very close to her late husband’s three brothers, wives and nieces. She was a very caring and sharing person that lit up a room with her beauty and laughter. Granting her wishes, she will be remembered with a gathering of family and friends. The celebration of Susan’s life will be an open house beginning at 2 p.m. in their home in Aurora. In lieu of flowers, a donation to your favorite charity is requested by the family. Arrangements are by DuPage Cremations, Ltd. and Memorial Chapel. For information, call 630-293-5200.

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member of the County Board or elected. Lauzen pledged to add language to his proposal that would specifically require the deputy chairman be a County Board member, and repeated those assurances Thursday. However, in documents made available before Thursday’s meeting, the language had not been changed. At the same time, the Executive Committee approved the creation of a committee focused on job creation and a committee for agricultural issues and the appointment of co-chairmen on some committees. That proposal was questioned by County Board member Jesse Vazquez, D-Aurora, who had been selected in December to serve as co-chairman of the county’s Legislative Committee, alongside Maggie Auger, R-Algonquin. Vazquez questioned how committees with two chairmen could function should the chairmen disagree on an issue. Lauzen, however, brushed aside those concerns, saying he believed co-chairmen from different political parties should be “bipartisan” and “get good work done” for the county. He then announced he had withdrawn Vazquez’s nomination as co-chairman of the Legislative Committee, replacing him with County Board member Jennifer Laesch, D-Aurora. The matters will return to the full County Board for consideration Tuesday.

GENEVA – Voters in Kane County will not be given the chance in April to decide whether to pay more in taxes to fund services for county residents with developmental disabilities. Thursday, the County Board Executive Committee – a committee that consists of those chairing the county’s various committees – voted 6-4 against sending a referendum question on the matter to the full board. The committee vote effectively forces supporters to wait until the 2014 primary election. The matter was brought to the County Board by a group called Show You Care Kane, a committee of county residents and representatives of local organizations providing services to those with disabilities in Kane County. Under the measure proposed, the county would create a special property tax levy of up to 0.1 percent in Kane County to raise up to $12.8 million in new property taxes to fund local disability services. The levy could have increased property taxes by about $60 a year for the owner of a home valued at $182,000, and about $100 a year for the owner of a $300,000 home. The owner of a home val-

“We will get the necessary signatures, and get it on the ballot. And it will be despite the County Board.” Patrick Flaherty Aurora lawyer

ued at $300,000 in Kane County typically paid about $7,700 to $8,900 in property taxes in 2012, mostly to school districts, according to information posted on the website of the Kane County treasurer. Since November, Show You Care Kane had amassed about 12,000 signatures to place the question on the April ballot. But that fell about 7,000 signatures short of the required number, prompting the group to turn to the County Board to place it on the ballot. The majority of the Executive Committee, however, did not support the measure for various reasons. Some said they wished to wait for a report expected in coming weeks from the county’s Mental Health Advisory Board, which is expected to recommend changes in how the county can improve services to those dealing with mental illness, substance abuse and developmental disabilities.

Other County Board members said the referendum should wait until 2014, when voter turnout could be larger. And others said they could not vote for anything that may result in a tax increase. “I cannot put any more burden on our taxpayers,” said County Board member Barbara Wojnicki, R-Campton Hills. Others on the committee spoke in favor of the proposal, noting the County Board was not voting to raise taxes but to let voters decide whether to create the new levy. County Board member John Hoscheit, R-St. Charles, said the County Board would have the power to limit the impact on taxpayers while providing needed money to organizations that have suffered under state budget cuts. He said it was likely that the mental health board would return a report calling for more funding for these services. “But the only way we’re going to help is in the form of a levy, like this,” Hoscheit said. Patrick Flaherty, an Aurora lawyer who spoke for the group, said Show You Care Kane will return to its strategy of collecting petition signatures, bypassing the County Board. “We will get the necessary signatures, and get it on the ballot,” Flaherty said. “And it will be despite the County Board.”

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GENEVA – Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen is poised to win approval of a plan to change the structure of the County Board. Thursday, the County Board Executive Committee voted, with little discussion, to send to the full County Board a proposal to create the position of deputy chairman. The committee also sent to the board a proposal introduced by Lauzen to create two County Board committees and appoint co-chairmen on some committees. According to language in the proposal to the committee, the deputy chairman – a new office – would be appointed by Lauzen and essentially would act at the chairman’s request to marshal support for issues and positions supported by the chairman. The deputy chairman also would “take the place of the county board chairman at official ceremonies” that Lauzen cannot attend and could work with the board’s vice chairman to oversee County Board operations when the County Board chairman is not present. At an earlier County Board meeting in December, the deputy chairman proposal had prompted concern among County Board members, who noted that language in the proposal presented by Lauzen did not require the deputy chairman to be a

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Sales manager joins STC visitors bureau KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE editorial@kcchronicle.com

ST. CHARLES – The Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau has hired a new sales manager, Karen Brennan. She joined the staff Monday. “Karen’s background in convention sales is an excellent addition to our successful sales team,” Amy Egolf,

CVB executive director, said in a news release. “Her enthusiasm and fresh perspective will help us serve the bureau’s mission to attract new group business to our hotels and meeting venues.” The addition to the bureau enhances the organization’s ability to attract sports business to the area; sales manager Kimberly Coffland will focus her efforts on identifying business to fill

8LOCAL BRIEFS St. Charles library receives arts education award

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Public Library will receive an Illinois Alliance for Arts Education award recognizing the library’s contributions to arts and arts education in the category of public and community service. It will be presented during a March 14 ceremony at the governor’s mansion in Springfield. The library was nominated by Becky Blaine, a retired art teacher in St. Charles School District 303. In her nomination letter, she acknowledged the library’s many contributions to the community that involve arts and arts education. She cited the library’s classes, workshops, presentations, visiting arts and receptions.

Sugar Grove Park District to offer probate seminar

SUGAR GROVE – The Sugar Grove Park District is offering a seminar on probate and probate avoidance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Sugar Grove Township Building. The seminar introduces participants to the legal subject of probate and other legal matters after a person dies. The seminar will explain the probate court process, when that court process is necessary and what can be done to avoid that expensive and lengthy process. The presenters are Sugar

Grove attorney Bill Durrenberger and Sugar Grove financial planner Mark Durrenberger. Anyone interested in attending the seminar should call the park district at 630-466-7436, go to the park district’s website at www.sgparks.org, or visit the park district’s offices at 61 Main St.

American cultural society to hold workshop in Aurora

AURORA – The Luxembourg American Cultural Society will host a “Luxembourg Heritage & Genealogy Workshop” facilitated by Kevin Wester from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 26 at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., and the public is invited to attend the free event. To register, email admin@luxamculturalsociety.org or call 262-476-5086. For information, contact Jim Michels at 630-816-4290.

Audubon society to host winter bird watching event

ST. CHARLES – The Kane County Audubon Society will host a road birding winter bird watch at 8 a.m. Jan. 19 at the Hickory Knolls Nature Center in St. Charles. Participants should meet at the nature center to carpool; the center is located 0.2 miles west of Peck Road on Campton Hills Drive. For information, call Jerry Hope at 630-377-1444.

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the sports venues in greater St. Charles. Brennan will focus on identifying events in the association, education, religious, fraternal and corporate markets. Her responsibilities include prospecting for and qualifying of potential business suitable for the meeting amenities the greater St. Charles area boasts, providing services to ease the tasks

faced by event planners, enhancing the experience of event attendees and encouraging meeting planners to bring events back year after year. She also will represent greater St. Charles by participating in Meet in Illinois, a niche sales committee of the Illinois Council of Convention and Visitors Bureaus designed to sell the state as a meetings destination.

Brennan is a seasoned sales professional whose 10 years of experience includes her start with Bismarck Catering which previously serviced Chicago’s United Center. She also has worked as sales manager at Chicago’s Navy Pier Festival Hall. She has lived in the Fox Valley area since 2001. She and her husband, Chris, live in Geneva with their two children, Cole and Griffin.


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Keeping the country strong and free

three seconds to replace an empty clip with a full one. Proposing to ban clips that hold more bullets will provide no answer to social misfits wreaking havoc among innocence. It is already practically impossible for any citizen to own automatic weaponry of any stripe. This is rightfully the purview of only the armed forces and SWAT personnel. The NRA was once merely an organization to promote safety with firearms. When the early attempts to ban any guns among our civilian population began, it stepped up to defend our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. The writers of our Constitution were not fools, and this amendment was added to ensure no government could maintain power by force of arms. Any attempt to restrict any kind of firearm may lead to the disarming of citizens, who will then be at the mercy of their government. In our complacency we have allowed far too many laws to be enacted, purportedly for our own protection. The NRA has stepped forward as a reminder of what has kept us, as a people, strong and free. Jim Ledbetter North Aurora

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 letters@kcchronicle.com, faxed to 630-444-1641 and mailed to Letters, Kane County Chronicle, 333 N. Randall Road, Suite 2, St. Charles IL 60174.

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Intimate questionnaire precedes call to civic duty By JOHN KELLY

The Washington Post

Some people dread getting picked for jury duty. Not me. To me, getting a jury summons is like a government invitation to take a vacation, albeit one where you’re forced to spend all day in a room with strangers watching a John Grisham movie. Granted, the average trial isn’t as tightly plotted as a John Grisham movie, but then the stakes are higher than in any film. When you’re on a jury, you have someone’s actual fate in your hands. Well, one-12th of his fate. Or is it one-12th of your hands? You have someone’s fate in about two-thirds of your pinkie finger.

As a registered voter and a licensed driver, I get called for jury duty every few years and was even picked for a trial once, more than two decades ago. And then last month I got the mother of all jury summonses. A large manila envelope contained a 23-page questionnaire for what promised to be a highprofile trial in federal court in Greenbelt, Md. Every other page warned me against discussing the case with anyone. In other words, I could tell you what the case was, but then I’d have to kill you. Actually, for reasons that will become clear, I’ll tell you and I won’t kill you. Unless you try to kill me first. And even then I might just try to wound you. Or run away.

J. Tom Shaw, publisher Kathy Gresey

Where was I? Ah, yes, jury questionnaire. It asked about the typical stuff – occupation, education – but then delved so deeply into my psyche that I thought it was from eHarmony.com. For example, it asked me to list three people I admire most and three people I admire least and to explain my answers. Now if I was one of those citizens who didn’t want to be on a jury, this would have been a great place to lay the groundwork for being struck off. I would just flip my answers. I mean, is any attorney going to want a juror who admires Adolf Hitler but detests Martin Luther King Jr.? Or who hates John Lennon but loves Newt Gingrich? I guess it depends on the trial.

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I kind of resented having to explain my choices. How much time did they think I had to answer their questions? It’s not like I was filling out a college application. For why I didn’t admire Hitler I just put, “Duh.” One question did give me pause: Do you have any family commitments or responsibilities that would make serving on a jury a hardship? And, actually, I do. I contemplated writing this: “I am the main caretaker for an elderly individual who is heavily dependent upon me. He is not able to feed himself, nor can he urinate or defecate without my assistance.” That’s my black Lab, Charlie. But like I said, I wasn’t

trying to get off a jury. I was trying to get on one. (“Sorry, boss. My country needs me. See you in two weeks!”) I answered the questions honestly, sent off my responses in the prepaid envelope and waited. Recently, I read in The Washington Post that the corrections officer in Maryland involved in that suspicious jailhouse asphyxiation in 2008 had pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. That was my case. I called the court’s recorded information line and learned they didn’t need me. I like to think by standing ready to impartially ponder the evidence – even at the risk of dog liquid all over my house – I did my duty anyway.

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To the Editor: Reading several letters published in recent issues of the Kane County Chronicle, a couple of concerns have arisen in my mind. Those two concerns are the misinformation about the so-called “assault weapons” with multishot magazines, and the berating of the National Rifle Association. The assault weapons under consideration are not in the least bit what we are pressured to believe. These weapons are not automatic; no one can “hose down” a room. There are many manufacturers of semiautomatic rifles, and they all operate in the same manner. It requires a pull of the trigger for each shot, depending on an automatic reload mechanism rather than one that must be operated manually, like a bolt. Some of the assault weapons under discussion are identical in operation to these others, except some are made to look like true assault weapons, such as the much-touted AK-47. Banning a weapon because of cosmetic differences merely makes it appear that our leaders are “doing something.” As for multipleshot magazines, or clips as they are also known, this is also a fallacy. It takes perhaps


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Winter often brings outdoor enthusiasts to the St. Charles Park District’s three ice skating rinks and two sledding hills. Such areas must be groomed and readied by park district crews.

St. Charles Park District stays busy during winter Ever wonder what your park district does during the winter months? If there’s no snow, parks crews make progress for the busy spring and summer seasons with interior painting, building repairs and mechanical maintenance. From snow shovels to weed wackers to mowers to the district’s trucks and buses, all equipment must be inspected and kept in working order to ensure efficiency. Staff are checking bearings, sharpening blades and finishing necessary repairs to make sure the district is fully operational when the warm weather returns. Fences, trash/recycle containers, picnic tables, bike racks – all physical property found in and around the parks – are evaluated to determine the type of repair or maintenance required. If the white stuff is coming down, there’s the task of removing snow from St. Charles Park District’s park-

VIEWS Erika Young ing lots and sidewalks – a job that requires three-man crews to be on 24/7 duty for a week at a time. Winter also brings outdoor enthusiasts to the district’s three ice skating rinks and two sledding hills, all of which have to be groomed and readied with fun and safety in mind. Staff work in the evenings since these facilities are enjoyed all day long by sledders and skaters. What would your local parks be without blooming plants and flowers? The district’s horticulturist crew is busy each winter planning flower bed designs, ordering seeds needed for the thousands of plants that adorn park sites come spring, and growing many of these flowers in the greenhouse at the Denny Ryan Service Center

off Bolcum Road. Typically, more than 500 flats of plants are grown during the late winter and early spring months. And all of those programs and special events your family enjoys – camps, swim lessons, trips, sports classes, summer concerts, the Fourth of July celebration and more – are planned well in advance. Recreation supervisors work three to six months before the start of a program or event crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s to offer recreation opportunities that enrich your quality of life. The St. Charles Park District strives to make each park, facility and program inviting and safe for visitors of all ages and abilities. For details, visit the district’s website at www.stcparks. org.

• Erika Young is public relations and marketing manager for the St. Charles Park District.

DeKALB – Brian Basting compared the prediction of crop prices to the fortunetelling scene in “The Wizard of Oz.” In the film, Professor Marvel goes through Dorothy’s basket and falsely claims to have seen the future. Basting said this is comparable to how agencies and experts look at farming conditions and predict future prices. There is no reliable way to predict prices, he said. “We can’t predict price, but utilizing risk management can lead to a happy ending,” Basting said. Basting and Brent Kieser, a commodity research analyst and branch broker with Advance Trading, were the keynote presenters at the 2012 Northern Illinois Farm Show. The show featured presentations and exhibitions for farmers and producers in the Northern Illinois region. All around the Convocation Center at Northern Illinois University, farmers such as Gerald Klein maneuvered among exhibitions showcasing the new tools, equipment and farming techniques. Klein, a farmer from West Brooklyn, said Thursday marked his first time at the show. “It’s interesting,” Klein said. “I wanted to see what it’s like.” Klein said he does not think 2013 will be as good a year for him as 2012 was, where a prolonged drought caused prices to rise. Klein said he didn’t think prices would be as good unless

there’s another drought. Regardless of whether a farmer gets too much or too little rain, companies such as HUB International Midwest can help via weather insurance, which is an addition to crop insurance, said Kevin Allgood, the company’s senior vice president of agribusiness. “It’s a great way to protect yourself if you have a bad summer,” said Allgood, adding that crop insurance only goes so far. Allgood said they had an 80 percent payout this year, meaning 80 percent of their policyholders received money of some kind. Going forward, Allgood said he expects to see more volatile weather, but also more bio-engineered farm seed being used by food producers. “If you get the right seed, you’ll still be able to grow,” Allgood said. The conference featured 250 exhibitors from seven states. Companies such as Allgood’s are making 2012 their debut year. For Renk Seed, an agriculture company based in Sun Prairie, Wis., this is their third year, district sales manager Justin Engelking said. The company sells traditional and genetically modified seeds, which Engelking sees as the future. He said a lot of food today is modified to make them resistant to insects and herbicides. “It has to keep growing and advancing,” Engelking said of the future of farming. “With more people out there and the acreage not going up, the [crop] yield has to get better.”

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St. Charles East’s David Mason gets the rebound during the Saints’ 67-53 loss to Larkin on Thursday in Elgin.

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LARKIN 67, ST. CHARLES EAST 53

Royals race past Saints

East suffer regular-season sweep to Larkin By JAY SCHWAB

jschwab@shawmedia.com ELGIN – Larkin’s student section started an “It’s too easy!” chant after another layup for the home team during the third quarter of Thursday’s boys basketball game against St. Charles East. Unfortunately for the Saints, they were on to something. In a game the Saints pinpointed as crucial toward their Upstate Eight Conference River Division title hopes, Larkin raced past East, 67-53. The win gave the Royals a sweep of the teams’ regular-season series. Two weeks removed from losing Purdue recruit Kendall Stephens to a season-ending shoulder injury, the Saints’ season might be heading toward a critical juncture. “We’re in a regrouping stage of our season,” East coach Pat Woods said. “You lose a potential All-American player, and we’re trying to find ourselves right now. Unfortunately we’re finding ourselves in the toughest week of the season.” The Royals (15-2, 5-1 UEC River), arguably one of the state’s most improved teams, were efficient and explosive in the open floor. Their ability to create transition baskets, coupled with solid shooting in the half-court, was a lethal combination. “We like to play fast, we practice that way, and it shows in a game like this when we can get the tempo going our way,” Larkin coach Deryn Carter said. “Our guys did a great job. They do a great job of sharing the ball. They do a great job trying to find the right shot, not their shot.” East (10-6, 3-2 UEC River) was coming off a nonconference loss Tuesday in which the Saints coughed up a fourth quarter lead against Glenbard West, and the Saints’ struggles might have bled into the start of the Larkin game. The Saints missed their first eight shots from the floor and spotted the Royals a 10-0 lead. “Just a disappointing start,” Woods said. “For such a big game, to start 10-0 is frustrating.” Larkin led, 34-20, at halftime and went ahead by 16 before the 1-2 punch of senior Ben Skoog and sophomore Cole Gentry helped East close within 39-30 midway through the third quarter. Skoog, who has started most of the

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St. Charles East’s Dom Adduci pushes past Larkin’s Kendale McCullum during the Saints’ 67-53 loss Thursday in Elgin. season but did not play in the first half, scored seven of his 10 points during the third quarter and also grabbed three rebounds. “I came out like I had to prove myself, had to do anything I could to help the team,” Skoog said. But the Royals regrouped smoothly and, by the end of the third quarter, restored their 16-point advantage, 50-34. Junior guard Dom Adduci, who canned a trio of 3-pointers in the second quarter, cooled off in the second half but still led East with 17 points. Gentry added 11 for the Saints. Larkin expanded its lead to as many as 23 points, at 65-42, before the Saints made inroads in the final minutes. Senior guards Quantice Hunter (21 points) and Quentin Ruff (14 points) led the way for the Royals, who are slotted in the same postseason regional as the Saints. Larkin, which won a much more competitive game in St. Charles earlier this season, has proven a nasty matchup for the Saints the past two years.

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St. Charles East’s Joren Wilson and Brayden Royse of Larkin fight for a rebound.

TODAY 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


BOYS BASKETBALL: KAnELAnd 65, ROchELLE 62

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Kaneland boys basketball coach Four Rochelle shooters, led by senior Luke Manning, combined for nine 3-pointers in the first half. Manning scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half, including three 3-pointers. Junior Grant Prusator (17 points) had three first half baskets from beyond the arc. In the second half, Kaneland tightened its defense and limited the Hubs to eight field goals, five of which were treys. “We just guarded the arc better and turn them into players that have to drive,” Johnson said. “They did hit some big 3s down the stretch.” On the offensive side, the Knights rallied in the third quarter and reduced Rochelle’s lead to

six points, 51-45, by the end of the quarter. Senior forward Matt Limbrunner scored 12 of his game high 23 points in the quarter. He also drained the Knights’ only 3-pointer of the night. Kaneland tied the game at 51all on two John Pruett (17 points) free throws at the 6:07 mark of the final period. Dan Miller scored two of his nine points on free throws to give his team the lead for good three and half minutes in to the quarter. Rochelle re-asserted its long rang shooting to keep the game close. The Hubs sank three more 3-pointers in the period to stay within a point. A Brendan O’Rorke trey with less than a minute left pulled his team within a point, 63-62, with less than a minute to go. Junior point guard Drew David sank two free throws with 20.5 seconds left to make it 65-62. With 9.8 seconds left, Rochelle inbounded the ball in search of what would have been the team’s 15th 3-ball of the night. But Prusator’s shot from beyond the arc at the buzzer fell short to seal the win for the Knights.

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“We know we’re going to see them again in regionals, either first game or second game,” Skoog said. “They’re putting a chip on our shoulder. Next time we see them, we’ve got to put it to them.” East’s loss leaves Larkin and Geneva as the last remaining one-loss teams in UEC River play. The Vikings, who still have both meetings remaining against the Royals, were scouting Thursday’s game, and will try to keep pace with Larkin tonight when they head to Batavia.

“We’re in a regrouping stage of our season. You lose a potential All-American player, and we’re trying to find ourselves right now. Unfortunately we’re finding ourselves in the toughest week of the season.” Pat Woods

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St. charles East’s cole Gentry dribbles past Larkin’s Quentin Ruff during the Saints’ 67-53 loss to the Royals on Thursday in Elgin.

MAPLE PARK – It appeared that the Rochelle boys basketball team had found an antidote to Kaneland’s stifling defense in the first half their game Thursday night – sizzling perimeter shooting. The Hubs’ nine 3-point shots in the opening half gave them an 11-point lead at halftime. But the Knights’ defense reasserted itself in the second half as they pulled out a come-frombehind, 65-62 victory in Northern Illinois Big 12 East play. “That’s a typical game with Rochelle. We were lucky to get back into it,” said Kaneland coach Brian Johnson, whose team trailed, 40-29, at the break. “They shoot the ball really well. They want to play fast and shoot the ball. We like to slow it down a little bit more but we were unable to do that [in the first half].” In its previous two games, Kaneland (9-6, 3-1 NI Big 12 East) held opponents to 30 points each time. The Hubs (4-8, 1-3) hit the 30-point mark less than three minutes in to the second quarter.

“They shoot the ball really well. They want to play fast and shoot the ball. We like to slow it down a little bit more but we were unable to do that [in the first half]”

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St. Charles co-op gymnast Jesi Ortiz, a senior at St. Charles North, called Wednesday’s program-best 146.8 team score “just an awesome achievement. I’m so proud of the girls and so excited.”

St. Charles gymnasts progressing toward state ST. CHARLES – St. Charles co-op gymnasts arrived at Thursday’s practice without much fanfare. There was no music, no banner, just hellos to the St. Charles Gymnastics Academy staff as athletes walked from the locker room to the floor. About 18 hours earlier, the team finished its final balance beam routine in a triangular at Geneva, cementing a score that otherwise was worth crowing about. Right? There might have been more noise had these girls planned to stop at the program-best 146.8 they established Wednesday. Thing is, they want to keep churning well past a midweek victory against Geneva and the Bartlett/Streamwood/South Elgin co-op, keeping their focus on next month’s state meet. Call 146.8 encouraging and certainly special, but ultimately file it away as another progression toward what’s shaping up as a special season. “This just gives us that much more drive to want to work harder to our goal,” St. Charles North senior Jesi Ortiz said. St. Charles eclipsed its previous-best score of 146.2 set in 1998, one year after coach Amy Lill graduated from St. Charles High. The team edged a game group from Geneva, which scored a 144.5. A 160 equals perfection, but top teams

QUICK READ Kevin Druley traditionally score between the mid-140s to 150. On the heels of some inconsistency in recent years, St. Charles opened the winter strongly and has progressed from week to week. While athletes have met their share of physical challenges as Lill amps up the difficulty of routines, they also have been strong mentally. Lill was especially elated with the way no one blinked when the team drew the traditionally nerve-racking beam as its final event Wednesday. Kelly Gorniak (9.35) Cathryn Gotlund (9.3) Rachel Dugan (9.25) and Sidney Copeland (9.2) shined, much as the group has all season “We worked a lot in the summer and we were really prepared even before the season with our routines,” said Copeland, a St. Charles East junior. “In the past, we’ve still just been getting our routines before meets and now we’re prepared a month or months earlier.” St. Charles is set to host its lone home meet when Lake Park visits the St. Charles Gymnastics Academy on Monday. Before departing for Geneva this week, the team encoun-

tered one student who wasn’t aware the St. Charles high schools even shared a gymnastics team. Copeland, Ortiz and Dugan, an East freshman, said a handful of students approached them in the hallways Thursday about their feat the night before. If students still are beaming in February, the co-op likely will have reached its goal. Ortiz joined 2012 graduate Kaylee Arnold as an individual at last season’s state meet, but St. Charles is after its first team appearance since 2008. “Especially because it is my senior year, I think it would be a great goal to accomplish,” Ortiz said. “And at the rate we’re going, I mean, knock on wood, it seems like it would be an awesome achievement.” Following through: Lindsay Madej coached a handful of sports at North before leading the girls bowling program. The list included volleyball, which she played in college. While bowling was not an extensive part of her sporting background, she finds there’s one key aspect that transfers from any sport to the lanes. “If you have athleticism, it’s an easier sport to pick up. It’s mentally very frustrating, but the athletics and the mechanics of it, if you’re an athlete, it’s the same as all sports I’ve played,” Madej said. “If you have the follow-through – whether it’s

volleyball or basketball or badminton or bowling – if you follow through, that’s, you know, three-quarters of the battle.” Madej competes in an adult bowling league with her husband, Ron, a former Kane County Cougars pitcher. Back issues: Batavia anticipated hosting – and defending – a pair of premier running backs in the first two weeks of the 2013 football season. With Tommy Mister’s recent transfer from Week 2 opponent Richards to St. Rita, that total has been thrown for a loss. Mister, who has scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana and Notre Dame, would likely have loomed large on the Bulldogs’ game plan one week after Batavia renewed acquaintances with heavily-coveted Justin Jackson of Glenbard North. In the 2012 season opener, Bulldogs senior safety Chris Moran stopped Jackson – whose eight collegiate offers include Boston College, Northwestern and Purdue – on a twopoint conversion attempt with 1:02 remaining. Batavia held on for a 42-41 road victory, handing Glenbard North its lone loss until the 8A state championship game against Mount Carmel.

• Kevin Druley is a sports writer for the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5347 or kdruley@shawmedia.com.

ST. CHARLES – Senior Emily Brown rolled a matchbest 231 game and 591 series Thursday, helping the visiting St. Charles East girls bowling team remain unbeaten in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division with a 2,704-1,904 victory against Geneva. East improved to 4-0 in the conference with its win at St. Charles Bowl and is set to host St. Charles North on Tuesday at Bowling Green in West Chicago. The North Stars entered Thursday’s dual at Elgin with a 3-0 league record. Dana Brandt (581 series) and Laura Crocker (538) also had 200-plus games against Geneva. Colleen Detzler paced the Vikings with a 172 game and 419 series. Rachel Bryza (417 series) was next.

Ottawa 2,803, Kaneland 2,757: At Mardi Gras Lanes

in DeKalb, Angela Charhut paced Kaneland with a 508 series in a narrow Northern Illinois Big 12 loss. Charhut also rolled the Knights’ high game with a 224.

BOYS BOWLING East ties for UEC title: At

Streamwood Lanes, St. Charles East tied Lake Park for the UEC title after the annual Varsity Position Night, which included a 665 series from the Saints’ Brad Basic. Kyle Kallhauge (588 series) led Geneva, while Isaac Marshall’s 667 was the top series for St. Charles North. The Vikings and North Stars were eighth and ninth, respectively, in the nine-team league.

WRESTLING Batavia 64, Larkin 10: At Bat-

avia, first-period falls from Michael Doranski (106 pounds), Angel Zepeda (132) and Charlie Smorczewski (138) helped Batavia finish with a 5-1 mark in UEC River duals. St. Charles East (5-0 UEC River) can clinch the conference title with a win at Streamwood today.


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Liza Fruendt Batavia, Jr., G What she did: Although St. Charles East coach Lori Drumtra said Fruendt’s Tuesday outburst “felt like 40 [points],” Fruendt scored a mere 28 as the Bulldogs handed the Saints their first Upstate Eight Conference River Division defeat, 74-49.

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Batavia’s Hannah Frazier passes the ball Tuesday during the Bulldogs’ home game against St. Charles East.

Batavia-Geneva big as usual

Even if the Sabres and Saints – both 5-1 in conference – hold serve at North, the winner of tonight’s Geneva at Batavia game still will be in strong position in the River race. The loser might not slip so far, either. Batavia and Geneva enter play with 4-2 conference records, with the Vikings owning the current edge based on a 60-56 home win in November. The Bulldogs struggled in the closing moments that night, and are eager for a second chance on their own court, especially after handling the Saints, 74-49, at home Tuesday. “We’re really, really

Sly’s eager to see whether Kaneland can conquer its offensive inconsistencies. Here’s hoping the Knights aren’t scoring in the 50s of late simply in solidarity with this unseasonable weather. The ‘D’ seems like it will be here to stay, but the Knights have been talking about shooting and scoring more sharply for a while now.

excited. It’s something that we’ve been looking forward to, obviously, and the last one didn’t turn out how we wanted to,” Batavia junior guard Liza Fruendt said. “But this [East] win really helped us and it gave us a lot of momentum going into [today]. … We’ve got a whole different energy that’s really just clicking.”

Martinez plays royal foil

Plano coach Mario Serra is friends with former Rosary coach Dave Beebe, and their relationship factored in to the teams’ recent nonconference series. Whether the Reapers and Royals keep playing through the Jessie Wilcox era at

Rosary remains to be seen. If Plano’s Jan. 4 win marked its last appearance at the M.L. Kunold Athletic Facility for a while, the Reapers’ Clarisa Martinez definitely made a lasting impression with 11 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocked shots. A 6-3 junior center, Martinez allowed Plano to maintain its up-tempo style despite trailing for much of the first half. “We know that we can pressure because if we get beat, she’s back there and she’s going to change shots,” Serra said. “And If she gets a foul, she’ll get four blocks for every one foul, and I can live with that.” – Kevin Druley, kdruley@shawmedia.com

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ashLey Prost KaneLand, sr., F/G What she did: Prost scored a teamhigh 16 points in Tuesday’s 54-47, overtime victory against visiting Northern Illinois Big 12 East foe Rochelle, including the tying basket that forced OT.

What We Learned Last WeeK ... The Upstate Eight Conference River Division champion won’t have an unblemished league record. St. Charles East fell to 5-1 in the UEC River after losing at Batavia on Tuesday, but the Saints currently hold the tiebreaker with Streamwood (5-1 UEC River) after a head-to-head victory last month. Geneva and Batavia, who meet in B-Town tonight, also are in the title hunt.

What We’LL Learn in the WeeK ahead ... How Burlington Central fares against Rockford Christian in the teams’ second meeting this season. The Royal Lions provided the biggest threat to BC’s perfect Big Northern East record to date, falling, 37-33, in early December. Rockford Christian hosts the rematch Tuesday.

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St. Charles North hosts the top two teams in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division this weekend, prompting coach Colleen Backer to wish the North Stars their own luck against Streamwood and St. Charles East. Still, Backer knows it will take more than good fortune to top the Sabres tonight and the Saints on Saturday, and she’s plenty confident in her team’s skill, too. North is 5-5 since an 0-8 start, navigating a prolonged stretch without junior center Liz McNally (back), as underclassmen have greeted the challenge of more minutes. Sophomore guard Sam Novak has led the charge, emerging alongside senior Alex Silverman as a leader in the backcourt. “The more experience that you have, especially with a young team that doesn’t have a lot of varsity experience, your hope is to see more and more progress,” Backer said. “Obviously, with our really competitive schedule, we’re playing against a lot of talent and a lot of experience. But I think that we are handling it better as of late. We’re excited about this weekend and the second half of conference.” Backer said McNally, a 6-foot-3 junior who entered the season with back concerns, recently received promising feedback from her doctor and could return to the lineup soon. Streamwood and East have their share of effective centers, but are mostly guard-oriented.

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Hamad named new Aurora athletic director KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE editorial@kcchronicle.com

AURORA – Aurora University announced Thursday that James Hamad, currently Associate Director of Athletics for Student Development at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., has been named its new athletic director. Hamad will join the university in February. Hamad has held a number of leadership positions in Division I collegiate athletics during the past decade, in-

cluding roles at Pittsburgh and Akron, directing initiatives that improve student performance in the classroom and on the playing field. At Pepperdine, he revamped the academic support system for the athletics program, which has led to the highest graduation success rate among southern California Division I institutions, and has been part of an athletics administration that won 17 conference championships. Hamad has been involved with the National Football League-N4A Advisory Com-

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mittee, which creates degreecompletion opportunities for collegiate nongraduates who have pursued a professional sports career. He also serves on the N4A Finance Committee, which directs the reJames Hamad sources of the association. “I embrace this opportunity to work at an outstanding academic institution with a strong foundation of athletes, coaches and administrators,”

Hamad said in a news release. “Athletics is an integral part of the community at Aurora University, and I commend the outstanding work of my predecessors. I look forward to starting the next chapter of Spartan athletics.” Hamad received a bachelor’s degree from Kent State and a master’s degree from Akron. “I am very excited to have Jim join us,” Aurora University Provost Andrew Manion said in a news release. “He impressed everyone here with his combination of pro-

fessional background and NCAA experience, expertise and enthusiasm. I believe he is the ideal person to take over as the director of Aurora University athletics. I’m delighted that he has agreed to come here from Pepperdine.” Hamad succeeds Mark Walsh, who retired this summer and was granted the status of Athletic Director Emeritus. Shaun Neitzel, who has served as Interim Athletic Director since last August, has been named Dean of Student Life for the university.

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Lesson learned: Offense wins Stahl hired as AU baseball coach KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE editorial@kcchronicle.com

AURORA – Aurora University named Lane Stahl as the baseball coach Wednesday. Stahl, who served as the Spartans’ assistant baseball coach, takes over for Shaun Neitzel who resigned and was named Dean of Student Life for the university. Neitzel, who spent the past 10 seasons as the head coach of the Spartan program, had an overall record of 287-146-2. “I am pleased that Lane Stahl has agreed to take the reins of the program so that we have coaching continuity and can build on the tradition of success that Spartan Baseball has enjoyed,” Aurora Provost Andrew Manion said in a news release. “I also am grateful to coach Neitzel for his outstanding performance as coach and look forward to the positive influence he will have on all of our students in his new role.” Stahl returned to Aurora for the second time in 2010 after being away from the program for seven seasons. Stahl was an assistant coach for the Spartans from 1999-2002. In Stahl’s last three seasons as the Spartan pitching coach, the team has captured three

consecutive Northern Athletics Conference Tournament championships and appeared in three straight NCAA Division III Regionals with a 105-40 record. During those seasons, Stahl had one pitcher named a D3baseball.com All-American, five named all-region and nine pitchers named NAC All-Conference. “I would like to thank the Aurora University administration for this great opportunity. I am excited for the opportunity to continue the proud winning tradition of the Spartan baseball program. I have seen in my experience here as an assistant coach that AU has the tools and support necessary to maintain a successful program,” said Stahl in a news release. “I will strive to recruit talented and enthusiastic student athletes who fit the Spartan mold both academically and athletically.” Stahl returned to AU in 2010 after he completed his third season on the staff at East Texas Baptist University in 2009, working with Tiger pitchers as well as serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator. Before joining East Texas Baptist, Stahl spent two years as the head coach at Hendrix College.

CHICAGO – Before he embarked on a coaching search that has included more than a dozen candidates in two countries, Phil Emery outlined the Bears’ main problem. “We have had defensive excellence,” Emery said. “We have had special-teams excellence. We have not had consistency on the offensive side of the ball. “We have gone through a number of coordinators. We have searched for answers.” The next answer should be a head coach who can unshackle the Bears’ offense. As for who that coach should be, it’s tough to say without sitting in on every interview. Thirteen coaches have been linked to the Bears’ vacancy, including seven offensive coordinators, a Canadian Football League head coach, four special-teams coaches and Hall of Fame linebacker-turned-Vikings assistant Mike Singletary. Fortunately, no penalty exists for too many men on the interview list. While special-teams coaches have proved to be successful head coaches in the past (Mike Ditka in Chicago, John Harbaugh in Baltimore), the Bears need someone with a successful track record as a play-caller. That leaves eight offensiveminded coaches who have been linked to the Bears’ job

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opening, if you include former NFL assistant and current Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman. More recognizable candidates include Indianapolis’ Bruce Arians, Denver’s Mike McCoy, Houston’s Rick Dennison and Green Bay’s Tom Clements. Then again, Emery was not a big-name candidate when the Bears hired him to replace Jerry Angelo a year ago. He could hire a coach with similar under-the-radar credentials such as Tampa Bay’s Mike Sullivan or the well-traveled Trestman. Regardless, Lovie Smith’s replacement must deliver a jolt to a long-dormant offense. If the Bears want to win the Super Bowl, they first need to cross the goal line. Maybe it’s not a controversial point, but it’s one worth exploring. By his own admission, Emery is a numbers guy. He thinks that statistics can be a valuable tool to identify league trends and determine strengths and weaknesses. With that in mind, take a look at the eight teams that remain alive in the playoffs. Seven of eight remaining playoff teams finished in the top half in total offense during

the regular season. The only exception was the late-blooming Seattle Seahawks, whose offense finished one spot out of the top half at No. 17. The Bears’ offense lagged far behind at No. 28, fifth from the bottom. Hey, at least the Bears’ offense covered more ground than the Jacksonville Jaguars and, uh, the Arizona Cardinals. That has to be worth something, right? Meanwhile, all eight remaining playoff teams finished in the top half in points scored during the regular season. The Bears finished No. 16 in points scored thanks to nine defensive touchdowns, but they trailed every team remaining in the playoffs. None of this is to say that defense is irrelevant. The Denver Broncos are the favorites to win the Super Bowl because they have a stout defense to go along with a terrific offense. And, yes, the Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have dynamic quarterbacks and hard-nosed running backs, but no teams allowed fewer points than those two during the regular season. But let’s face it. A good offense has become a requirement to win big in the NFL. Emery seems to understand this reality. His next hire will tell us for sure. • Shaw Media sportswriter Tom Musick can be contacted at tmusick@shawmedia.com.


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A favorite moment in George Matthew Spoerl’s Scouting journey was a backpacking trip in the Philmont, N.M. mountains, where he reached the top of Baldy Mountain, states a news release.

Scout from St. Charles awarded highest honor KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE neighbors@kcchronicle.com

George Matthew Spoerl was recently awarded the Eagle Scout award, the highest rank achieved in Boy Scouts. He began his Scouting career in first grade in Pack 110 at St. Patrick church in St. Charles. He later crossed over to Boy Scouts and joined Troop 10 out of St. Patrick church. He transferred to a new troop (Troop 33) out of St. John Neumann Church, also in St. Charles, serving as its first senior patrol leader. Spoerl’s Eagle project was for the Air Classics Museum of Aviation in Sugar Grove. The museum chronicles the role of aviation, promoting military and civil careers with artifacts and hands-on exhibits using aircrafts, vehicles, uniforms and memorabilia dating from the 1930s to today. For his project, Spoerl connected three separate building passageways into each other; and also included painting the outside of the buildings. He organized a work force of 28 people, raised more than $1,500 in funding and materials for the project, and finished in 253 hours.

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George Matthew Spoerl recently received the Eagle Scout award, the highest rank achieved in Boy Scouts.

According to a news release, one of the highlights of Spoerl’s Scouting journey was a backpacking trip in the Philmont, N.M. mountains, where he reached the top of Baldy Mountain. He is the son of Mary Lou and Steve Spoerl. He has an older brother, Steve Spoerl Jr., and sister-in-

law, Jennifer; three older sisters and brother-in-laws; a younger sister, Jacquelyn Spoerl, and seven nieces and nephews. Spoerl is currently a junior at St. Charles East high school. He is a member of the National Honor Society, is the secretary in Key Club and also participates in Auto Club. He was a recipient of the Breakfast of Champions at school from the technology department, and is a member in Peer Leadership. He also plays tennis year-round and has been part of the varsity team since his freshman year. He ran for his school’s cross country team for two years and completed one of his bucket list goals at the end of the second season by running a marathon in Peoria. Spoerl has been an altar server at St. John Neumann church for five years and is on the Peer Ministry Team at St. Patrick church, where he attended school for nine years. He hopes to attend college and have a career in engineering. An Eagle Court of Honor will take place Friday, Jan. 11, at St. John Neumann Church.

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Rotary Club Foundation treasurer, John Kunzer, and club president Scott Piner, awarded Bruce Wittmann a $2,500 scholarship to assist with his expenses at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. A 2011 graduate of St. Charles North High School, Wittmann is majoring in bio-chemistry with hopes of becoming a medical doctor. Through fundraising efforts, the St. Charles Noon Rotary

Club is able to help support the educational goals of patrons. At St. Charles North High School, Wittmann attained a 5.8 grade point average, and ranked first in his graduating class. He was also involved in swimming and water polo, Spanish National Honors Society, the math team and peer leadership, among other activities. He volunteers while at Washington University. For more information about the St. Charles Noon Rotary Club, call Dustin Hawkins at 630-584-2255.

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John Kunzer, St. Charles Rotary Foundation treasurer (far left), and club president Scott Piner (far right) present a scholarship to Bruce Wittmann (second from right), who is standing alongside his mother, Kate Wittmann.

NEIGHBORS BRIEF Winter Walk in Fabyan Japanese Garden

GENEVA – Preservation Partners will offer a winter walk in the Fabyan Japanese Garden. Winter Walks are scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and Saturday, Jan. 26. A donation of $2 per person is requested. The garden is within the Fabyan West Forest Preserve in Geneva. For information, visit www.ppfv.org or call 630377-6424.


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University’s high school art show recognizes local talent KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE neighbors@kcchronicle.com

AURORA – The Schingoethe Art Gallery at Aurora University opened its annual high school art show Jan. 7. The art show will run through Jan. 25, with an awards ceremony and opening reception at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24. The art show highlights the work of 45 students at Aurora Christian High School, and includes drawings and photography chosen by the high school’s art instructor Grahame Wilkin, Aurora University’s professor of arts and theater Steve Lowery, and assistant professor of art and theater Libby Escobedo.

In a news release, the director of the Schingoethe Center, Meg Bero, said: “Early in the history of the art gallery, we wanted to create a space that would serve as a community gallery as well as a place that brings in cutting-edge artists. The art show is one of many ways that AU supports the arts in the Fox Valley. We give high school students a unique opportunity to exhibit in a professional gallery, and the show strengthens the university’s connections to our local secondary schools.” The art show also gives local students the opportunity to earn scholarships that can be applied to full-time enroll-

NEIGHBORS BRIEFS Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley needs volunteers

ST. CHARLES – Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley needs volunteers who can help adults read, write, understand and speak English better. There are about 50 adults waiting to learn. Free tutor training workshops are scheduled for January and February. The January workshop will meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 14 and 16. The February workshop will meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 4, 6, 11 and 13. Both sessions will meet at the St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave., St. Charles. Volunteers who complete a workshop will be matched with one adult learner and meet for one hour each week in public locations, such as local libraries. Volunteers do not need to know a second language or have a background in education to help. To register or for information about the workshop, visit www.lvfv.org.

Community foundation grants AID $10,000

AURORA – The Association for Individual Development received a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. This grant contributed to window replacement at the AID group home located on Kenilworth Road in Aurora. The house is home to five individuals with diverse disabilities. The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a philanthropic organization that administers charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit residents of Aurora, the TriCities and Kendall County. For more information on the foundation, visit www.communityfoundationfrv.org or call 630-896-7800.

ment at Aurora University. Each entry is judged by Bero and a panel of AU art faculty. Prizes are awarded for excellence in technique and creativity. The winner of Best in Show will receive a $1,500 scholarship, which will be renewable over four years at the university. Additional scholarship will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place entries. Attendees can view the collection from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 630844-7843 or email museum@ aurora.edu.

Author Patricia Rockwell to speak at North Aurora library KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE neighbors@kcchronicle.com

NORTH AURORA – Naperville author Patricia Rockwell will be a guest speaker from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Messenger Public Library, 113 Oak St., North Aurora. There will be copies of her books, including her latest title, “Murder in the Round: A Pamela Barnes Acoustic Mystery,” available. Rockwell will give insight into the world of

writing and publishing. Attendees will find out how she became the founder and publisher of Cozy Cat Press, which specializes in producing cozy (or gentle) mysteries. To register, visit the Messenger & More blog for author information and resources. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. For more information on Patricia Rockwell and Cozy Cat Press, visit cozycatpress.com.

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The Kane County Bar Association will conduct monthly “Ask A Lawyer Days” during 2013. On the second Saturday of each month, members of the public are encouraged to call 630-762-1900 between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon for a free consultation with a volunteer attorney. Last month, callers were helped with legal problems regarding issues in real estate, estates and wills, divorce, child custody, collections, bankruptcy, traffic and other topics. The next “Ask A Lawyer Day” will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12. There is a high call volume, so those trying to call are encouraged to keep trying if the phone lines are busy, as volunteers are not able to retrieve messages left on the voice mail.

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Aurora University’s annual high school art show will run through Jan. 25, with an artist’s awards ceremony and opening reception Jan. 24.

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Sport model of Honda’s Accord excels in fuel usage

A less powerful model of the 2013 Honda Accord is the Sport model. Instead of a 3.5-liter, 278-horsepower V6 engine mated to a shiftable automatic transmission in the more powerful Accords, The Sport’s powerplant is a 2.4-liter, 189-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable transmission is optional. The four-cylinder’s virtues are obvious. Instead of an asking price of close to $30,000, the sticker on the tested Sport was $23,280. During an earlier week of test driving in the V6, average fuel usage was 25.4 miles per gallon. In the Sport, after a week of use, fuel usage averaged 32.1 mpg. Two adults were aboard in highway and suburban driving situations. The V6 is a race horse but the four-cylinder Sport is no slouch. In normal driving situations, or where an emergency thrust of power is not needed, the Sport’s powerplant suffices. All the Accord models operate on regular gasoline for identical 17.2-gallon fuel tanks. Measurements, such as length, height, width, trunk size, front and rear leg room and turning circles, are the same. The V6 is about 250 pounds heavier than the fourcylinder. The V6 has a single overhead cam and the four-cylinder dual overhead cams. Brakes are discs (11-inchplus) front and rear for both models. Alloy wheels are actually larger at 18 inches in the Sport model as opposed to standard 17-inchers on the V6. Trim elements will differ, such as power (in front) leather seats for the V6 and cloth (manual in front) for the inline four. The sound system will be more versatile and glamorous (high definition, touch screen, for examples) in the V6 than the four-cylinder. Warranties will be identical, too. A choice of what to buy will depend on pocketbook size

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The Sport model of Honda’s Accord has a 2.4-liter, 189-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable transmission is optional.

REVIEWS Jerry Kuyper and family needs. Assembled at Marysville, Ohio, the Accord has a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty. Coverage on the powertrain is five years or 60,000 miles. Buyers know what they get in a Honda, whether it is a coupe, sedan, wagon, sport utility or truck. They get a safe, dependable, economical vehicle. So it is with the 2013 Accord, which has prices ranging from $21,680 for a base model with a stick transmission to $33,430 for a loaded Touring sedan. Prices of course reflect engine size, type of transmission and suspension system, tire and wheel sizes and interior trim elements. As with a 2013 Touring model tested in late December, the ride in the Sport was impeccable. Double wishbones in

front and multilinks in the rear provide the guts of the suspension system. Stabilizer bars are located front and rear. P225 tires mounted on the 18-inch alloy wheels helped keep the ride smooth. Brakes are 11.5-inch discs in front and 11.1-inch in the rear. Stopping distance with the brakes from 60 mph to zero should be in the 132 to 140 foot range. Unofficially, the 3,276-pound Sport pulled to a stop in 135 feet to 136 feet. This is the norm for a car of this weight and size of brakes controlled by single calipers. With a wheelbase of 109.3 inches, the Accord sedan has a length of 191.4 inches, width of 72.8 inches and height of 57.7 inches. Of note is the 2013 sedan trunk, which, compared to the 2012 edition, has increased by one cubic foot from 14.5 to 15.5 cubic feet. The trunk now competes, in size with competitors in the midsize, four-door, five-passenger sedan market.

The steering was responsive, but not dangerously quick, and turns were tight. A turning circle of 38.1 feet is the norm for cars in this midsize range. In terms of space, the Accord provides good legroom in front and the rear. In the front, legroom is 42.5 inches or close to that of a fullsize sedan. In the rear, it is officially 38.5 inches. The rear bench seat has a pulldown armrest with cupholders, and there is a pass-through to the trunk. Key features in this frontwheel-drive sedan are upgrade cloth seats, a sound system including AM and FM radio, compact disc player and auxiliary audio input, power front seat, power windows (express) and exterior mirrors, keyless remote entry, leather-wrapped and tilt-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, filtered air conditioning, intermittent windshield wipers, rear console climate vents, a self-dimming rearview

mirror, exterior temperature gauge and floor mats. Other niceties are two 12-volt outlets, lockable glove compartment with light, dual-zone climate control, wiper and defroster in the rear, map lights, armrests, exterior temperature gauge, clock, trip meter, tachometer, trunk carpet and light, coin box, beverage holders, sunglass holder, and lighted vanity mirrors on visors. On the exterior of the tested Sport were fog lights in front, chrome door handles and window trim and dual chrome exhaust tips. Standard safety fare includes airbags in front, on the sides in front and overhead, a fourwheel antilock braking system, stability control, brake assist and electronic distribution, seat belts and headrests for five with pretensioners in front, daytime running lamps, tire pressure monitoring system, and a latch system for child seats.


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William James (1842-1910), philosopher/psychologist; Rod Taylor (1930), actor; Jean Chretien (1934), Canadian politician; Naomi Judd (1946), singer; Mary J. Blige (1971), singer; Amanda Peet (1972), actress.

– United Feature Syndicate

HOROSCOPE By BeRNiCe BeDe OsOL

Newspaper Enterprise Association TODAY – From time to time in the year ahead, you are likely to be privy to some valuable information that won’t be available to just anybody. If you’re smart, you’ll figure out how to use it to your advantage. CAPRiCORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – A situation in which you’re involved has been inhibiting your performance, though it was initially intended otherwise. Changes ahead will give you greater authority to remedy this. AQUARiUs (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) – A secret ambition you’ve been harboring for some time can be openly, if carefully, acted upon. It’ll still pay to be very selective regarding persons to whom you make your revelations. PisCes (Feb. 20-March 20) – You are entering a cycle that bodes well for the establishment of new friendships. One particularly strong one might be with a person who was born in a distant land. ARies (March 21-April 19) – Both circumstances and chance could serve to awaken some fresh ambitions in you, as long as you can adapt quickly to unexpected circumstances. TAURUs (April 20-May 20) – Your mind is open to fresh thinking and ideas, making this a better than average day to deal with unusual situations or unfamiliar ideas. Check out new people, places or things. GeMiNi (May 21-June 20) – Be alert to the possibility of acquiring new income channels. It may require some innovative thinking as well as some optimism, but you can make it happen. CANCeR (June 21-July 22) – Improved conditions are indicated in a valued relationship that has been experiencing some ups and downs lately. Your counterpart is likely to be the one bearing the olive branch. LeO (July 23-Aug. 22) – A project you inaugurate will have good chances of acceptance by the powers that be. However, once introduced, progress could be slow, so a lot of patience may be called for. ViRGO (Aug. 23-sept. 22) – A more intense bonding could begin to develop with a currently platonic friend. Where it leads will be up to you. LiBRA (sept. 23-Oct. 23) – Much to your relief, you’ll be able to walk away from an arrangement that has been causing a lot of frustration lately. Fortunately, the dissolution will be amicable. sCORPiO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) – Important plans you formulate will have high chances of success, provided you don’t wait too long to implement them. Time is not on your side. sAGiTTARiUs (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) – Make a concerted effort to put your financial affairs in better order. If you take the time to systemize things properly, you could make or save yourself a lot of the green stuff.

Oscar nominees honor Washington themes By ANN HORNADAY The Washington Post

The Oscar ceremony on Feb. 24 may be Hollywood’s time for self-celebration. But, this year, at least, it will be Washington’s night to shine. Thursday’s Academy Award nominations announcement presented a veritable hymn to the nation’s capital, from the 12 nominations for “Lincoln,” Steven Spielberg’s chronicle of the 16th president bullying the 13th Amendment through a fractious Congress, and Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” (seven nominations) about a nervy CIA mission to rescue American officials caught in Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis, to “Zero Dark Thirty,” Kathryn Bigelow’s taut, complex portrayal of the 10-year military and intelligence effort to track down Osama bin Laden. “Lincoln,” “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty” are undeniably deserving of their nominations on aesthetic, narrative and technical grounds. Each was on my top 10 list for 2012, with “Zero Dark Thirty” taking top honors. Each tells an engrossing, superbly crafted story that plunges viewers into otherwise opaque and unknowable worlds, made distant by time, secrecy or both. But what should gratify Washington-area filmgoers most about these slices of D.C. history is that they’re not just set here, but that they so enthusiastically celebrate institutions more often mired in dysfunction and public malodor. What delicious irony that “Lincoln,” which featured a galvanizing title performance by Daniel DayLewis, should pay homage to presidential politicking and legislative sausage-making precisely at a time when, back in 21st century real life,

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The film “Lincoln” received 12 Academy Award nominations. Congress is polling lower in popularity than head lice and Nickelback. The very gamesmanship and posturing that bring modern-day citizens to despair about the system are played for affectionate chuckles in “Lincoln,” with the great man himself engaging in shrewd horse-trading for votes and enlisting colorfully scurrilous pols to make patronage deals (always preserving White House deniability). As a ticktock of how idealism and realpolitik can intersect with edifying results, “Lincoln” suggests that there’s hope for democracy even in spite of its pettier angels – or, at least, that today’s hyperpartisanship, discord and gridlock may one day be considered Oscar-worthy. Just as improbable as a feel-good movie about Congress might be a goodguy movie about the CIA in 1970s Iran – where just two decades earlier the agency helped to orchestrate the removal of the country’s democratically elected president, Mohammad Mosaddegh. That event is depicted in a smart prologue to “Argo,” which dramatizes a longclassified case wherein CIA operative Tony Mendez dreamed up a scheme to

rescue a group of American diplomats who escaped the U.S. Embassy when it was stormed by Islamic revolutionaries in 1979, but who were subsequently trapped in the home of the Canadian ambassador in Tehran. For Baby Boomers and others used to thinking of the CIA, if not as the bad guys, then at least as the not-always-very-good guys, Affleck’s alternately tense and mordantly funny adventure offers a far more flattering portrait: that unfortunate Mosaddegh business is swiftly forgotten as we watch Mendez (played by Affleck himself) meet with his colleagues at Langley, huddle with Hollywood producers to dream up a fake movie to shoot, and use cunning, creativity and impressive showbiz chops to spirit his charges out of Iran without so much as a coup d’etat. The CIA portrayed in “Zero Dark Thirty,” which Bigelow directed from a script by Mark Boal, isn’t nearly as valorized as Mendez’s crafty derring-do depicted in “Argo.” (Bizarrely, neither Affleck or Bigelow received best director nominations for executing two of 2012’s most impressive tonal and technical achievements.) After opening in New

York and Los Angeles nearly a month ago, the film finally arrives in Washington on Friday in the midst of a firestorm, with some politicians and journalists accusing it of glorifying or misrepresenting the role torture played in the hunt for bin Laden. Like “Lincoln” and “Argo,” “Zero Dark Thirty” delivers an improbable ode to process – in the CIA’s case, one that is messy as it is meticulous, often misguided and, by the film’s powerful final scene, morally unresolved. There’s no spiking the ball in “Zero Dark Thirty,” which never demonizes its protagonists but doesn’t present them as unalloyed heroes, either. Like a mirror image of the era it depicts, “Zero Dark Thirty” has been subject to multiple, often contradictory, interpretations, with some seeing it as pure propaganda and others see it as a far more ambiguous portrayal of ends, means and indeterminate outcomes. Bigelow’s faith in the sophistication of her audience is inspiring, even if, in the case of her most hysterical detractors – not to mention the Academy voters who snubbed her this year – it hasn’t always been earned. But she knows that, regardless of how many Oscars “Zero Dark Thirty” earns next month, it’s ultimately viewers who will accept or reject it – as art, entertainment or a meaningful cultural touchstone. It’s a tricky conceptual balancing act, one that Bigelow herself engages in as an artist, and one she challenges her audience to join. Like its fellow nominees, “Zero Dark Thirty” celebrates process. More than any of them, it demands that viewers be part of the process, and keep it going.


Dear Abby: I used to be close

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips that you have decided to “scale back” the wedding; therefore your wedding party will be smaller and you won’t need her after all. It’s euphemistic enough that it could be taken to mean that finances have dictated your decision, which would be face-saving for her. If she feels as you suspect she does, she may be relieved to be let off the hook. And if not, well – you don’t plan on continuing your friendship with her in any case. Dear Abby: My mother had to be placed in a nursing home a year and a half ago. It has been a difficult time in our lives. She had two small, adorable dogs that kept her company for many years. I have kept them at her home and provide daily care and love to them. I tried to find them a loving home, to no avail. I can’t bring them to my home because I’m al-

• Write Dear Abby at www. dearabby.com.

Balance exercises help to protect you from falling

Dear Doctor K: I’m 70 and regularly do cardiovascular and weight-training exercises. Now my doctor wants me to add balance exercises to my routine. Why? Dear Reader: You’ve asked a good question, and it has a simple answer: Poor balance can cause falls. Every year, one in three adults 65 or older falls at least once. Especially in older people, falls can be serious. More than 90 percent of hip fractures result from falls. Falls also often lead to fractures of the spine, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand. These injuries can undermine your independence. Hip fractures, in particular, also can increase the risk for early death. Balance is the ability to distribute your weight in a way that enables you to hold a steady position or move at will without falling. From the moment we sit or stand up as infants, gravity is always pulling us downward, tending to cause us to fall. Our ability to balance keeps this from happening – most of the time. Our daily balancing act requires multiple different body systems to be constantly working together. These include the

ASK DOCTOR K Anthony L. Komaroff central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), the vestibular system (brain and inner ear), the visual system (brain and eye) and a vast web of position-sensing nerves. Muscles and bones are pressed into service as well. Balance is like muscle strength: The more you use it, the less likely you are to lose it. Worse, it can become a vicious circle. You feel a little unsteady, so you curtail certain activities. If you’re inactive, you’re not challenging your balance systems or using your muscles. As a result, both balance and strength suffer. Simple acts, such as strolling through a grocery store or rising from a chair, become trickier. That shakes your confidence, so you become less active ... and so the vicious circle continues. Good balance, by contrast, helps prevent potentially disabling falls. It builds confidence and fosters independence. It sounds like you’re an active person. Most likely, you already

engage in some activities that help hone balance. Yoga, golf, biking and tai chi all require some degree of balance. But even people who are not already active can improve their balance through exercise or balance training. I’ve put some beginner balance-training exercises on my website, AskDoctorK.com. They are a good first step toward improving shaky balance and can be done by people of many ages and abilities, including those who are elderly or frail. As your balance improves, you can add challenges to make your balance training progressively harder. For example, try an exercise standing on one leg instead of two. Even if you are conscientious about doing regular aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises, if you feel that your balance isn’t what it used to be, talk to your doctor or to staff at the gym about learning balance exercises. They could help protect you against falling.

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

Dr. Wallace: I’m a 19-year-old girl with everything I could ever ask for. The guy I’m dating is a mature, handsome, sweet, wonderful guy who is a great Christian, and he is a terrific influence on me. This is the happiest I have been in a long time. My dilemma? He’s 17. My close friends don’t seem to have a problem with his age, but some family members and other friends think it is “gross, strange and just plain nasty.” My question is, should I consider pursuing a relationship with him, or should I let him go? Please answer quickly and help me make my decision. I’m so confused! – Nameless, Denver, Colo. Dear Nameless:

From what you say, your boyfriend is a keeper. Two years is not a significant age difference. Certainly if you were 17 and out of school, and the guy was 19, no one would utter a peep about such a minor matter. The fact that some people are making a big deal out of it when the girl is the one who is slightly older is what I would call “gross, strange and just plain nasty”! Their attitude is nothing but prejudice, and your critics should mind their own business. My advice to you is to stop being confused and continue being the happiest that you’ve been in a long time. Dr. Wallace: Eric and I have been dating for almost a year, and he is a great guy. He is super kind and has a great personality. Sometimes it’s a little too great. When we are alone, he is the perfect guy, but when other

’TWEEN 12 & 20 Robert Wallace females are around, he thinks he’s the original Romeo. He has never met a girl he won’t flirt with. It’s so obvious that sometimes I’m embarrassed for him. He smiles at all girls, and when he gets the opportunity to talk with them, he uses a “fake” voice. After the “flirting romance” ends, he returns to normal and is the great guy I’m dating. We have had many discussions about his roving eye, but he never says, “Sorry, I won’t do that again.” He says he can’t help himself and is addicted to females. So far, all he does is look. I am considered rather attractive. Some of the girls he flirts with are not. Why on earth would Eric flirt with every skirt? When we’re alone, he only has eyes for me. What is his hang-up? – Nameless, Charlotte, N.C. Dear Nameless: Eric has a self-image deficiency. When females respond to his flirtations, he gets an ego boost. Sooner or later, he’s going to grow up and stop playing these games. Since he doesn’t take your concerns seriously enough to change his behavior, this tells me it won’t be for a while. If everything about him is terrific, and flirting is his only flaw, then his eventual maturity may be worth the wait.

• Dr. Wallace welcomes questions from readers. Write him at rwallace@galesburg. net.

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friends with “Colette.” We were so close that I asked her to be a bridesmaid in my April wedding. Over the last several years of our friendship, Colette became selfish and domineering. It didn’t bother me so much before, because I felt her positive qualities outweighed the negative. However, after several recent incidents, I finally told her I was upset. She offered a cop-out response, and we have not communicated since then. That was a month ago. How do I let her know that I want to withdraw my request for her to be a bridesmaid? I don’t want to hurt her feelings, but my wedding will be a small, private affair, and her presence would be painful and disruptive to me and another bridesmaid who recently had a similar experience with her. I don’t want to act unkindly, even though I don’t plan on rekindling the friendship. – Needs Perspective in Kansas Dear Needs: Tell Colette politely that your plans have changed and

lergic to dogs. They’re accustomed to being indoors, and the elderly one can’t stand the extreme heat in our area. My problem is my brother. He knows I need a good home for Mom’s dogs, but he went out and BOUGHT another dog for his family. I was hurt and angry when he told me, but tried not to show it. I’m finding it hard to speak to my brother now. I have never had a mean bone in my body or felt this way before, but I don’t understand how he could do this. Am I wrong to feel this way?– Doggone It! Dear Doggone It!: Your feelings are understandable. However, before you let them degenerate into lasting antipathy, have a frank talk with your brother. Tell him your feelings and find out why he didn’t volunteer to take in your mother’s dogs. There is nothing to be gained by stewing in silence, and he may have had a reason.

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Is the suit friend or foe?

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson said, “He makes no friends who never made a foe.” At the bridge table, a suit can be like a friend or foe, often depending on how the suit divides between your other foe, your opponents. How is that relevant to this deal? South is in four hearts. West leads the diamond queen. Since this marks East with the ace, declarer plays low from the dummy at this trick and the next, when West continues the suit. However, East takes the third trick with his ace, then shifts to the club queen. How should South continue? South rebid two spades in case he and his partner had a better fit there than in hearts. (North could have held five spades and three hearts. To respond one spade with that hand would have been wrong, in particular if South had rebid two clubs or two diamonds. Then North’s preference to two hearts would have shown only a doubleton, and South would have misevaluated the fit.) Having lost three tricks, South needed the trumps to break 3-2. But he also had a potential spade loser. If the missing cards were friends, breaking 3-3, there would not be a problem. But if they were foe, dividing 4-2, declarer would need some luck. South drew two rounds of trumps using dummy’s queen and his ace. Then he shifted to spades, cashing his ace, crossing to the king, and leading back to his queen. If the suit had been 3-3, declarer would have drawn the last trump and claimed. Here, though, he ruffed his fourth spade on the board, led a club to his ace, removed West’s last heart, and claimed.


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PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT KANE COUNTY - GENEVA, ILLINOIS U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE TO BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK, N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR THE MLMI TRUST SERIES 2006-HE3 PLAINTIFF VS WAYNE A. GREGORY; CHRISTINE A. GREGORY; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS; DEFENDANTS 10 CH 161 756 NAVAJO DRIVE CARPENTERSVILLE, IL 60110 NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE UNDER ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE ACT ***THIS DOCUMENT IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT ON A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT 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 April 9, 2010, KANE COUNTY SHERIFF in KANE County, Illinois, will on February 14, 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: TAX NO. 03-12-127-013 COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 756 NAVAJO DRIVE CARPENTERSVILLE, IL 60110 Description of Improvements: FRAME SINGLE FAMILY WITH DETACHED 2 CAR VACANT The Judgment amount was $179,929.07. 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,

pay 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:\\service.atty-pierce.com. 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 #PA1000421 Plaintiff's attorney is not required to provide additional information other than that set forth in this notice of sale. I495966 (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, January 4, 11 & 18, 2013.)

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p 2012, KANE COUNTY SHERIFF in KANE County, Illinois, will on February 14, 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: TAX NO. 14-35-308-003 COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 3039 FOXMOOR DRIVE MONTGOMERY, IL 60538 Description of Improvements: TWO STORY SINGLE FAMILY. THREE CAR ATTACHED GARAGE. The Judgment amount was $407,600.18. 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:\\service.atty-pierce.com. 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 #PA1007539 Plaintiff's attorney is not required to provide additional information other than that set forth in this notice of sale. I495969

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT KANE COUNTY - GENEVA, ILLINOIS BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP PLAINTIFF VS BARBARA BRANN; CARLTON R. BRANN A/K/A CARLTON BRANN; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF CARLTON BRANN, IF ANY; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF BARBARA BRANN, IF ANY; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS ; DEFENDANTS 10 CH 2819 3039 FOXMOOR DRIVE MONTGOMERY, IL 60538 NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE UNDER ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE ACT ***THIS DOCUMENT IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT ON A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE*** PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a (Published in the Kane County Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale Chronicle, January 4, 11 & 18, entered by said Court in the above 2013.) entitled cause on September 14,


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Page 38 • Friday, January 11, 2013 quire pr information other than that set forth in this notice of sale. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE I496025 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT (Published in the Kane County KANE COUNTY Chronicle, January 4, 11 & 18, GENEVA, ILLINOIS 2013.) NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC PLAINTIFF VS PUBLIC NOTICE TAMECA N. REED A/K/A TAMECA IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE REED; VILLAGE OF NORTH AURO16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT RA; TANNER TRAILS HOMEOWNKANE COUNTY ERS ASSOCIATION; UNKNOWN GENEVA, ILLINOIS OWNERS AND NON RECORD WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. CLAIMANTS ; PLAINTIFF DEFENDANTS VS 12 CH 1881 KENNETH F. WELTER; VICTORIA T. 760 JORSTAD DRIVE WELTER; SUN CITY COMMUNITY NORTH AURORA, IL 60542 ASSOCIATION OF HUNTLEY, INC; NOTICE OF SALE UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON PURSUANT TO JUDGMENT OF RECORD CLAIMANTS ; FORECLOSURE UNDER ILLINOIS DEFENDANTS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE ACT 12 CH 2175 ***THIS DOCUMENT IS AN AT12872 APPLEWOOD DRIVE TEMPT TO COLLECT ON A DEBT. HUNTLEY, IL 60142 ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED NOTICE OF SALE WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE*** PUBLIC NOTICE IS HERE- PURSUANT TO JUDGMENT OF BY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judg- FORECLOSURE UNDER ILLINOIS ment of Foreclosure and Sale en- MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE ACT tered by said Court in the above en- ***THIS DOCUMENT IS AN ATtitled cause on September 12, TEMPT TO COLLECT ON A DEBT. 2012, KANE COUNTY SHERIFF in ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED KANE County, Illinois, will on WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURFebruary 14, 2013, in Room JC POSE*** PUBLIC NOTICE IS HERE100, Kane County Judicial Center, BY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judg37W777 Route 38, St. Charles, IL ment of Foreclosure and Sale en60175, at 9:00 AM, sell at public tered by said Court in the above enauction and sale to the highest bid- titled cause on September 14, der for cash, all and singular, the 2012, KANE COUNTY SHERIFF in following described real estate KANE County, Illinois, will on mentioned in said Judgment, situ- February 14, 2013, in Room JC ated in the County of KANE, State 100, Kane County Judicial Center, of Illinois, or so much thereof as 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles, IL shall be sufficient to satisfy said 60175, at 9:00 AM, sell at public auction and sale to the highest bidJudgment: TAX NO. 11-36-160-012 COM- der for cash, all and singular, the following described real estate MONLY KNOWN AS: 760 JORSTAD DRIVE NORTH AURORA, IL 60542 mentioned in said Judgment, situDescription of Improvements: TWO ated in the County of KANE, State STORY SINGLE FAMILY HOME of Illinois, or so much thereof as WITH ATTACHED GARAGE The shall be sufficient to satisfy said Judgment amount was Judgment: TAX NO. 02-05-476-003 COM$363,423.72. Sale Terms: This is an "AS IS" MONLY KNOWN AS: 12872 APsale for "CASH". The successful bid- PLEWOOD DRIVE HUNTLEY, IL der must deposit 25% down by 60142 Description of Improvecertified funds; balance, by certified ments: ONE STORY HOME WITH funds, within 24 hours. NO RE- ATTACHED GARAGE The Judgment FUNDS. The subject property is sub- amount was $266,849.30. Sale ject to general real estate taxes, Terms: This is an "AS IS" sale for special assessments or special tax- "CASH". The successful bidder must es levied against said real estate, deposit 25% down by certified water bills, etc., and is offered for funds; balance, by certified funds, sale without any representation as within 24 hours. NO REFUNDS. The to quality or quantity of title and subject property is subject to generwithout recourse to plaintiff. The al real estate taxes, special assesssale is further subject to confirma- ments or special taxes levied tion by the court. Upon payment in against said real estate, water bills, full of the bid amount, the purchas- etc., and is offered for sale without er shall receive a Certificate of Sale, any representation as to quality or which will entitle the purchaser to a quantity of title and without reDeed to the real estate after confir- course to plaintiff. The sale is further mation of the sale. The property will subject to confirmation by the NOT be open for inspection. court. Prospective bidders are admon- Upon payment in full of the bid ished to check the court file to verify amount, the purchaser shall receive all information. The successful pur- a Certificate of Sale, which will entichaser has the sole tle the purchaser to a Deed to the responsibility/expense of evicting real estate after confirmation of the any tenants or other individuals sale. The property will NOT be open presently in possession of the sub- for inspection. Prospective bidders ject premises. If this property is a are admonished to check the court condominium unit, the purchaser file to verify all information. of the unit at the foreclosure sale, The successful purchaser has the other than a mortgagee shall pay sole responsibility/expense of evictthe assessments and the legal fees ing any tenants or other individuals required by The Condominium presently in possession of the subProperty Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g) ject premises. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser (1) and (g)(4). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR of the unit at the foreclosure sale, (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE other than a mortgagee shall pay RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION the assessments and the legal fees FOR 30 DYAS AFTER ENTRY OF AN required by The Condominium ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN AC- Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g) CORDANCE WITH SECTION 15- (1) and (g)(4). 1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORT- IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE GAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For Information: Visit our website RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION at http:\\service.atty-pierce.com. FOR 30 DYAS AFTER ENTRY OF AN Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only - ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACPierce & Associates, Plaintiff's Attor- CORDANCE WITH SECTION 15neys, 1 North Dearborn, Chicago, 1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTIllinois 60602. Tel. No. (312) GAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. 372-2060. Please refer to file For Information: Visit our website http:\\service.atty-pierce.com. #PA1203840 Plaintiff's attorney is at not required to provide additional Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only Pierce & Associates, Plaintiff's Attor-

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PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT KANE COUNTY - GENEVA, ILLINOIS U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE TO BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK, N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR THE MLMI TRUST SERIES 2006-HE3 PLAINTIFF VS WAYNE A. GREGORY; CHRISTINE A. GREGORY; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS; DEFENDANTS 10 CH 161 756 NAVAJO DRIVE CARPENTERSVILLE, IL 60110 NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE UNDER ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE ACT ***THIS DOCUMENT IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT ON A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OB-

TAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT 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 April 9, 2010, KANE COUNTY SHERIFF in KANE County, Illinois, will on February 14, 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: LOT 63 IN BLOCK 25 OF THE SUBDIVISION OF OUT LOT "B" OF THE SUBDIVISION OF OUT LOT "A" OF GOLF VIEW HIGHLANDS ADDITION TO MEADOWDALE, UNIT NO. 5, BEING A SUBDIVISION OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER AND PART OF THE NORTH QUARTER OF SECTION 12, TOWNSHIP 42 NORTH, RANGE 8 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, IN THE VILLAGE OF CARPENTERSVILLE, KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS. TAX NO. 03-12-127-013 COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 756 NAVAJO DRIVE CARPENTERSVILLE, IL 60110 Description of Improvements: FRAME SINGLE FAMILY WITH DETACHED 2 CAR VACANT The Judgment amount was $179,929.07. 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:\\service.atty-pierce.com. 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 #PA1000421 Plaintiff's attorney is not required to provide additional information other than that set forth in this notice of sale. I495966 (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, January 4, 11 & 18, 2013.)

PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT KANE COUNTY - GENEVA, ILLINOIS BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME

Kane County Chronicle / kcchronicle.com LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP PLAINTIFF VS BARBARA BRANN; CARLTON R. BRANN A/K/A CARLTON BRANN; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF CARLTON BRANN, IF ANY; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF BARBARA BRANN, IF ANY; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS ; DEFENDANTS 10 CH 2819 3039 FOXMOOR DRIVE MONTGOMERY, IL 60538 NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE UNDER ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE ACT ***THIS DOCUMENT IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT ON A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT 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 14, 2012, KANE COUNTY SHERIFF in KANE County, Illinois, will on February 14, 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: LOT 0238 IN FOXMOOR UNIT 3 THAT PART OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTEROF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 38 NORTH, RANGE 7 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED SEPTEMBER 23, 2003 AND KNOWN AS DOCUMENT NUMBER 2003K176080, IN KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS. TAX NO. 14-35-308-003 COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 3039 FOXMOOR DRIVE MONTGOMERY, IL 60538 Description of Improvements: TWO STORY SINGLE FAMILY. THREE CAR ATTACHED GARAGE. The Judgment amount was $407,600.18. 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:\\service.atty-pierce.com. Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only - Pierce & Associates, Plain-

y tiff's Attorneys, 1 North Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Tel. No. (312) 372-2060. Please refer to file #PA1007539 Plaintiff's attorney is not required to provide additional information other than that set forth in this notice of sale. I495969 (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, January 4, 11 & 18, 2013.)

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT KANE COUNTY GENEVA, ILLINOIS NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC PLAINTIFF VS TAMECA N. REED A/K/A TAMECA REED; VILLAGE OF NORTH AURORA; TANNER TRAILS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS ; DEFENDANTS 12 CH 1881 760 JORSTAD DRIVE NORTH AURORA, IL 60542 NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE UNDER ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE ACT ***THIS DOCUMENT IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT ON A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT 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 12, 2012, KANE COUNTY SHERIFF in KANE County, Illinois, will on February 14, 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: LOT 244 IN TANNER TRAILS UNIT 4, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED SEPTEMBER 22, 2004 AS DOCUMENT 2004K125478, IN THE VILLAGE OF NORTH AURORA, KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS. TAX NO. 11-36-160-012 COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 760 JORSTAD DRIVE NORTH AURORA, IL 60542 Description of Improvements: TWO STORY SINGLE FAMILY HOME WITH ATTACHED GARAGE The Judgment amount was $363,423.72. Sale Terms: This is an "AS IS" sale for "CASH". The successful bidder must deposit 25% down by

posit y 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 151701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For Information: Visit our website at http:\\service.atty-pierce.com. 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 #PA1203840 Plaintiff's attorney is not required to provide additional information other than that set forth in this notice of sale. I496025 (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, January 4, 11 & 18, 2013.)

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT KANE COUNTY GENEVA, ILLINOIS WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. PLAINTIFF VS KENNETH F. WELTER; VICTORIA T. WELTER; SUN CITY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION OF HUNTLEY, INC; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS ; DEFENDANTS 12 CH 2175 12872 APPLEWOOD DRIVE HUNTLEY, IL 60142 NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO JUDGMENT OF

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Kane County Chronicle / kcchronicle.com FORECLOSURE UNDER ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE ACT ***THIS DOCUMENT IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT ON A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT 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 14, 2012, KANE COUNTY SHERIFF in KANE County, Illinois, will on February 14, 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: LOT 118 IN SECOND AMENDED PLAT OF SUBDIVISION OF DEL WEBB'S SUN CITY-HUNTLEY, ILLINOIS NEIGHBORHOOD THREE, A SUBDIVISION OF PART OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 5, TOWNSHIP 42 NORTH, RANGE 7 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, IN THE VILLAGE OF HUNTLEY, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED OCTOBER 2, 1998 IN PLAT ENVELOPE A192 B AND A193 A AND B AS DOCUMENT NO 98K089604, IN KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS. TAX NO. 02-05-476-003 COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 12872 APPLEWOOD DRIVE HUNTLEY, IL 60142 Description of Improvements: ONE STORY HOME WITH ATTACHED GARAGE The Judgment amount was $266,849.30. 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 151701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For Information: Visit our website at http:\\service.atty-pierce.com. 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 #PA1211149 Plaintiff's attorney is not required to provide additional information other than that set forth in this notice of sale. I496035 (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, January 4, 11 & 18, 2013.)

ope That Kara A Armstrong has ceased doing business under the Dated January 10, 2013 at St. above named business and has no IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE Charles, Illinois. further connection with or financial SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT interest in the above named busiKANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS /s/ Nika L. Sircher ness carried on under such an asPetitioner sumed name. STATE BANK OF ILLINOIS, an Illinois Bank Association (Published in the Kane County Dated: January 2, 2013 Plaintiff, Chronicle, January 11, 18 & 25, vs. /s/ John A. Cunningham 2013.) DAVID J. BARKOCY and DEANNA Kane County Clerk L. BARKOCY, SUNSET VIEW HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, UN(Published in the Kane County KNOWN OWNERS, AND NONChronicle, January 4, 11 & 18, PUBLIC NOTICE RECORD CLAIMANTS, 2013.) Defendants. ASSUMED NAME PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLICATION NOTICE Gen. No.13 CH 64 NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF ACTION Public Notice is hereby given SUPPLEMENTAL ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given to Defen- that on January 3, 2013 a certifidants in the above-entitled action, cate was filed in the office of the Public Notice is hereby given that UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON- County Clerk of Kane County, IlliRECORD CLAIMANTS, owners and nois, setting forth the names and on January 02, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the County parties in interest of the real estate addresses of all persons owning, Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, condescribed in the Complaint for Fore- conducting and transacting the cerning the business known as closure and Other Relief filed in the business known as M.L. ROBLE loabove cause, pursuant to the provi- cated at 41W458 Praire View UNITED DENTAL located at 2 Anderson Blvd, Geneva, IL 60134 sions of the Illinois Compiled Lane, Elburn, IL 60119. which certificate sets forth the folStatutes, Chapter 735, Act 5, Seclowing changes in the operation tions 2-206, 15-1218 and 15- Dated: January 3, 2013. thereof: 1502, that there is now pending in /s/ John A. Cunningham That Kara A Armstrong has the aforesaid Court a Complaint Kane County Clerk ceased doing business under the naming the aforesaid Defendants above named business and has no as parties therein and praying for foreclosure of a Mortgage described (Published in the Kane County further connection with or financial as follows: Mortgage dated May Chronicle, January 4, 11 & 18, interest in the above named business carried on under such an as18, 2006, and recorded with the 2013.) sumed name. Recorder of Deeds of Kane County, PUBLIC NOTICE Illinois as Document No. Dated: January 2, 2013 2006K055576 on May 23, 2006. The premises sought to be foreASSUMED NAME /s/ John A. Cunningham closed in Count I of Plaintiff¡Çs PUBLICATION NOTICE Kane County Clerk Complaint is legally described as follows: Public Notice is hereby given (Published in the Kane County Lot 60 in Sunset Views, in the that on January 2, 2013 a certifiVillage of Lily Lake, Kane County, cate was filed in the office of the Chronicle, January 4, 11 & 18, Illinois, according to the Plat there- County Clerk of Kane County, Illi- 2013.) of recorded February 3, 2004 as nois, setting forth the names and Document 2004K016122 addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the PIN: 08-08-352-005 business known as PREMIER Call to advertise Common Address: 43W775 WOODWORK AND STAIRS located 800-589-8237 North Sunset Views (Lot60), Lily at 1707 Patricia Lane, St. Charles, Lake, IL 60174 GORDON TRUCKING CDL-A IL 60174. Drivers Needed! Up to $4,000 Sign Please take notice that unless Dated: January 2, 2013. On Bonus! Dry, Reefer, OTR, Reyou file your answer or otherwise gional. Benefits, 401k, EOE, No make your appearance in said acEast Coast. Call 7 days/wk! /s/ John A. Cunningham tion in this Court by filing the same Kane County Clerk TeamGTI.com 888-653-3304 in the office of the Clerk of the CirNeed Legal Help? FREE REFERRAL cuit Court of Kane County, Illinois (Published in the Kane County Call 877-270-3855 on or before February 11, 2013, Chronicle, January 4, 11 & 18, Courtesy of the an Order of Default may be entered 2013.) Illinois State Bar Association at against you. www.IllinoisLawyerFinder.com IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I PUBLIC NOTICE have hereunto set my hand and affixed by seal of said Court this 10th ASSUMED NAME day of January, 2013. PUBLICATION NOTICE

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/s/ Thomas M. Hartwell Public Notice is hereby given CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT that on December 18, 2012 a certificate was filed in the office of the Mark Schuster #2519089 County Clerk of Kane County, IlliAttorney for Plaintiff nois, setting forth the names and Bazos, Freeman, Kramer, Schuster addresses of all persons owning, & Braithwaite, LLC conducting and transacting the 1250 Larkin Ave., #100 business known as STRIDES IN Elgin, Illinois 60123 MOTION located at 40W396 Tay(847) 742-8800 lor Caldwell Street, St. Charles, IL 60175. (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, January 11, 18 & 25, Dated: December 18, 2012. 2013.) /s/ John A. Cunningham PUBLIC NOTICE Kane County Clerk IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE (Published in the Kane County SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Chronicle, January 4, 11 & 18, KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS 2012.) 13 MR 34 NOTICE OF PUBLICATION REGARDING NAME CHANGE Public notice is hereby given that on March 26, 2013, in Courtroom No. 110, of the Kane County Courthouse, 100 South Third, Geneva, Illinois, at the hour of 9:30 A.M. or as soon thereafter as this matter may heard, a Petition will be heard in said Courtroom for the change of name of NIKA L. SIRCHER to NIKA LOUISE GENOVISE pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/21-

PUBLIC NOTICE SUPPLEMENTAL ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on January 02, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, concerning the business known as MERCURY HANDPIECE REPAIR located at 229 N Harrison St #2, Batavia, IL 60510 which certificate sets forth the following changes in the operation thereof:

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