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Alley 64 and The Beehive on Main Street are part of the St. Charles Tavern Association, which bar owners formed this past fall in response to the City Council’s pending vote to reduce their hours of operation. The closing times for the city’s bars will be at issue in 2014.




NEEDED BREAK Cougars manager Mark Johnson (left) took his first break from baseball in 20 years during the offseason. Page 14

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8LOCAL BRIEFS FVVH seeks volunteers GENEVA – Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, an organization dedicated to serving those with life-threatening illnesses

and the bereaved, is in need of volunteers in the Fox Valley area. Interested parties must contact FVVH by Jan. 9 to participate in the orientation on Jan. 16.

Bereavement care training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 8 and 15 at FVVH, at 200 Whitfield Drive, Geneva. All services are provided free of

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WHAT: A lecture, “What Do Scientists Know About The Big Bang?” by Dr. John Carlstrom, University of Chicago. Tickets cost $7. Carlstrom studies the origin and evolution of the universe. His quest to make detailed measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation, the 14 billion-year-old light from the Big Bang, has driven him to work at the coldest and driest desert on the planet, the high Antarctic plateau, where he is currently leading the 10-meter South Pole Telescope project at the National Science Foundation’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station. WHEN: 8 p.m. Feb. 7. WHERE: Ramsey Auditorium at Fermilab, which is at Pine Street and Kirk Road, Batavia. INFORMATION: Visit to order tickets.

HorsePower’s annual bowling fundraiser WHAT: HorsePower Therapeutic Riding has planned its second annual bowling fundraiser. There will be cupcake sales, silent auctions and a 50/50 raffle. Admission ticket prices

are as follows: adult bowling $25, 10 and younger bowling ticket $10, and non-bowler admission is $15. WHEN: Jan. 18. Doors open at 11 a.m., and bowling sign-in begins at 11:30 a.m. Two sets of time slots will be featured, from noon to 2 p.m. or 3 to 5 p.m. WHERE: St. Charles Bowl, 2520 W. Main St., St. Charles. INFORMATION: Tickets are available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Friday at Fox Chase Farms, 46W276 Route 38, Maple Park, at Paisano’s Pizza and Grill, 106 N. Main St., in Elburn, at Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill, 117 N. Main St. in Elburn and at National Bank and Trust Company, 930 N. Main St. in Elburn or 230 W. State St. in Sycamore. Tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

Lee Murdock’s Annual Hometown Concert WHAT: The show is part of the Kaneland Arts Initiative. It will feature the blues and roots music duo of Joe Filisko and Eric Noden. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. WHERE: Kaneland High School Auditorium, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park. INFORMATION: Tickets cost $12, and they can be purchased at the door. Visit www.

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Evening of Folk Music featuring February Sky WHAT: February Sky specializes in traditional ballads, original songs and Celtic tunes from England, Ireland and Scotland. Admission is free. WHEN: 8 to 10 p.m. Jan. 10 WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St., Geneva. INFORMATION: Visit

Wedding expo set at Hickory Knolls WHAT: The St. Charles Park District is hosting a wedding expo. Anyone planning a wedding, quinceañera, anniversary party or any type of banquet occasion is invited to attend this free event. There will be vendors from the Fox Valley area, and participants can try a variety of free product samples. WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 WHERE: Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles. INFORMATION: Visit or call 630-513-4399.

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Big plans in Campton Hills CAMPTON HILLS – Village President Patsy Smith expects 2014 will keep her busy. Campton Hills’ first village administrator is set to be hired Jan. 21, nearly a year after village trustees passed an ordinance regarding that position. Smith has said the duties of village administrator have largely fallen on her since the village was incorporated in 2007. “I plan to put a press release out, but I have to finish checking references before I make the big announcement as to who we are hiring,” Smith said in an email. Other focuses for 2014 include economic development, finalizing the codification of the village code, finalizing the personnel manual and, Smith said, doing

work supported by grants. Campton Hills received a Chicago Metropolitan Agency of Planning Local Technical Assistance grant valued at more than $100,000 to help rewrite its zoning and subdivision ordinances, she said. A Local Agency Functional Overlay federal grant will assist with repaving a portion of Campton Hills Road east of LaFox Road, she said. Finally, she said, Campton Hills received a $25,000 Cities of Service grant to help with emergency planning and training volunteers to respond in times of crisis. “That list will certainly keep me busy next year,” Smith said.

– Ashley Sloboda

CLOSER LOOK The Kane County Chronicle is looking ahead today, the irst day of 2014. We talk to village and city leaders and highlight what’s coming up in the new year. • Thursday: The year in photos • Friday: Newsmakers • Saturday: Stories of the Year • Tuesday: Notable deaths of 2013 • Today: Looking ahead to 2014 “The little store that pays you more!”

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Projects ahead in St. Charles ST. CHARLES – St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina said he’s looking forward to a development on First Street and a revitalized Charlestowne Mall in 2014. The long-awaited third phase of the First Street Redevelopment project in downtown St. Charles was granted a ninth extension in November, but the City Council assigned several benchmarks for the developers to meet by April. Rogina said he’s hopeful that the project will break ground sometime in 2014. The developer’s latest site plan features three buildings that, combined, would have 104 residential units, as well as retail space. A parking deck also would be constructed. The site is bordered by the Fox River and Illinois, First and

Main streets in downtown St. Charles. Another big issue the city will face involves the downtown bar scene. The St. Charles City Council is expected to vote this month on a proposal that would require bars to close at midnight or pay extra to stay open as late as 2 a.m. Liquor licensees would be able to apply for late-night permits. Rogina has said the idea is to curb over-serving of alcohol, though some bar owners are not in favor of such a move. Rogina said another major project he’s looking forward to is the Charlestowne Mall, which was sold in November to The Krausz Companies Inc. “The developers are certainly in the process of meeting

with prospective tenants,” he said. “Hopefully, 2014 will be the year the project goes from concept to more definitive plans.” Plans proposed by the new buyers include changing the mall’s name to The Quad St. Charles, and adding patio dining, a center court with a fireplace and comfortable seating in family-friendly areas. He said it’s also his goal to keep St. Charles’ budget in the black, as 2013 had a $1.5 million surplus. He said he also hopes to see business boom in 2014. “As the economy begins to brighten, we’re always looking for opportunities to give residents new choices,” he said.

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17/7 McHenry Statistics through 4 p.m. yesterday Belvidere 21/10 Temperatures Waukegan 18/7 20/12 High/low ....................................... 11°/-3° Normal high ......................................... 31° Rockford Crystal Lake Deerfield Record high .............................. 57° (2002) Algonquin 16/5 20/8 23/15 21/10 Normal low .......................................... 17° Hampshire Record low ............................. -14° (1967) Schaumburg 20/9 Elgin 22/14 Peak wind ........................... WSW at 9 mph 20/11 DeKalb Precipitation 20/8 Tri-Cities Chicago 24 hours through 4 p.m. yest. ........... Trace 20/8 24/18 Month to date ................................... 0.96” Normal month to date ....................... 2.20” Oak Park Year to date .................................... 35.48” 24/17 Aurora Normal year to date ........................ 37.69” Dixon 18/5

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Fox River Stages 0-50 Good; 51-100 Moderate; 101-150 Unhealthy for sensitive groups; 151-200 Unhealthy; 201-300 Very Unhealthy; 301-500 Hazardous Source: Illinois EPA

Weather History On Jan. 1, 1864, an arctic blast caused poorly clothed Civil War soldiers and their prisoners much suffering in Louisville, Ky. The temperature dropped from 47 to 19 below zero in just 21 hours.

Fld: flood stage. Prs: stage in feet at 7 a.m Tuesday. Chg: change in previous 24 hours. Station Fld Prs Chg Station Fld Prs Chg Montgomery........... 13..... 11.06..... +0.08 Algonquin................. 3....... 1.38...... -0.05 New Munster, WI .... 19....... 6.80...... -0.16 Burlington, WI ........ 11....... 6.69..... +0.07 Princeton .............. 9.5........ N.A..........N.A. Dayton ................... 12....... 5.71...... -0.26 McHenry .................. 4....... 1.27..... +0.02 Waukesha ................ 6....... 2.96...... -0.17

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The Kane County Chronicle is looking ahead today, the irst day of 2014. We talk to village and city leaders and highlight what’s coming up in the new year.

Batavia to see more development in 2014 BATAVIA – Batavia likely will see more rooftops going up next year along with other development. “It would appear that development may be the thing that is going to start to raise its presence again in Batavia, especially in housing, which has been down for quite a while,” Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said. “We’ve had a lot more conversation in the last three or four months than I think we’ve had in the last five or six years.” That includes the potential development of the former Siemens property between McKee and West Wilson streets along Van Nortwick Avenue. “There is a lot of the kicking of the tire of that,” Schielke said. Two meetings were held in 2005 with residents to get their ideas of how they would like to see the land redeveloped. During those meetings, residents stressed the need to keep the land north of McKee Street as open space. The city supports that use as a part of a position statement

for the property, which also calls for single-family homes, as well as offices and neighborhood shops, on Van Nortwick. Schielke also sees the proposed development of Mooseheart land moving forward. Aldermen in 2011 approved an annexation agreement between the city and Moose International for the proposed development of 470 acres. “It’s in their court as to when they want to start developing and selling the land,” Schielke said. Moose International officials and Oak Park-based Hudson Burnham Development Partners have unveiled concept plans for 470 acres that included such potential uses as an age-restricted residential community, an athletic/entertainment complex, a hotel and stores. Mooseheart, a private, nonprofit school for students in kindergarten through high school, sits on land owned by Moose International. The school is not part of any proposed development.

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Welcoming a ‘slew’ of new businesses Patten House, 124 S. Second St. Burns said it was named for George Patten who built it in 1857. “It goes without saying that there is accelerated interest in the redevelopment of the Mill Race Inn,” Burns said. “We understand there is a purchaser going through a due diligence stage, so we are hopeful redevelopment will be coming real soon.” Burns said officials are also hopeful for movement on the Southeast Master Plan for redevelopment opportunities on land east of Kirk Road and south of Route 38. “We have already established it as light industrial,” Burns said. “And with the economy ticking up, lots of conversations are being had about opportunities there. We believe there is going to be a lot of activity.” Geneva is also expected to see the completion of Delnor Hospital’s redesign of its entrance, campus and the finishing of the cancer care center. The city itself will market property for redevelopment purposes, such as eight acres on Lewis Road. Burns said it was purchased about 15 years

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ago for the possible expansion of its water treatment plant. Plans for that fell through when officials chose to build further west, instead. “There has been some very strong interest in development opportunities to complement the area,” Burns said. “We are hopeful that will move forward.” The anticipated sale of the Geische Shoes building will be another opportunity for adding to the downtown, Burns said. “It’s a great location. An integral part of the downtown,” he said. “I don’t anticipate that building staying vacant for long.”

– Brenda Schory

ELBURN – By the end of 2014, significant progress should be made toward the completion of the Anderson Road extension, a project that ultimately will provide a bridge to allow a crossing of the train tracks that divide the town. Village President Dave Anderson said it “would be nice” for the project to be completed by the end of the year, but he said it is more likely that it will be finished by early 2015. Progress on the bridge’s construction will be among the the 2014 highlights in Elburn. The bridge has been long discussed in the village, as there often are long lines of cars waiting on either side of Route 47 as trains make their way through the tracks just south of Elburn’s downtown area. About 105 trains per day travel through the town, according to information posted on the project on Kane County’s

website. Anderson said Union Pacific plans to add an additional line on the tracks, which he said would bring more train traffic through the village. “That makes that bridge that much more important,” Anderson said. Anderson said 2014 will be a year in which there is focus on the village’s future. He said that the eight housing permits issued in 2013 were four times more than were issued in 2012. “That means there are folks out there who have made the decision, ‘OK, it’s time to buy,’ ” Anderson said, adding that “it’s a positive for everybody.” He said there is talk of new businesses looking to open. For certain, there are plans for a Dunkin’ Donuts, which will be built along Route 47, near the Jewel store north of Prairie Valley Street.

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GENEVA – Improvements to infrastructure, transportation and business opportunities will be in the forefront of 2014 in Geneva, Mayor Kevin Burns said. “We’re looking forward to a couple of things I think will certainly improve not only the transportation but the environment,” Burns said. First is the completion of the Kautz Road/Route 38 overpass and second is the addition of a third-tier downtown commuter parking deck, Burns said. “From a business development standpoint, we will be welcoming a slew of new businesses that will add to the exciting environment that already exists in Geneva,” Burns said. One of them will be the opening of Penrose Brewing, a 14,000-square-foot microbrewery and tasting room at 509 Stevens St. near Wheeler Park. Another will be Nobele, which is expected to take over the short-lived and now shuttered Tavalino at 305 W. State St., he said. Another will be the anticipated opening of a restaurant and lounge in the historic district called The

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CLOSER LOOK The Kane County Chronicle is looking ahead today, the irst day of 2014. We talk to village and city leaders and highlight what’s coming up in the new year.

Anticipation building in Sugar Grove SUGAR GROVE – In 2014, Village President Sean Michels expects construction to begin on a 60unit, age-restricted apartment development west of Walgreens, which is off Route 47. It is among the more significant developments residents will see in the year, and Michels said residents will notice several such projects as the village continues to look to the future. Michels said the senior living apartments will “fit in well with the walkable communities that people talk about.” It will be near Walgreens and the newly opened Rush-Copley Convenient Center on Route 47, as well as across the street from the Jewel-Osco store in the village. A big topic of discussion, Michels said, will be how progress continues to be made at the Interstate 88 interchange at Route 47. The project will turn the intersection into a full interchange, meaning drivers will be able to enter and exit in both directions. Michels said that with funding

for the project in place, the focus is now on hiring an engineering firm. However, it still will be years before it’s completed. But, Michels said, it is moving forward. But in the past, he said, it’s been about financing. “We have that,” he said. “And now we’re taking solid steps. … Unfortunately, it’s a long process.” Residents likely will see the opening of a hardware store in 2014. Michels said that a planned Ace Hardware store – to be at the northwest corner of Galena Boulevard and Capitol Drive, near Jewel – should have a groundbreaking in the spring and could be opened by the fall. And a new American Heartland Bank could have its groundbreaking in the spring. Michels said the village is pursuing a hotel near the village’s McDonald’s location, which also is on Route 47. Michels said there is a concept plan that shows additional restaurants and shops to augment the hotel.

–Al Lagattolla

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EDWARD ‘JOHN’ McARDLE Born: Nov. 5, 1925; in Chicago Died: Dec. 30, 2013; in St. Charles ST. CHARLES – Edward “John” McArdle, 88, of St. Charles, passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at his home. Edward was born Nov. 5, 1925, to John and Margaret McArdle (Casey) in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. On July 4, 1953, he married Marian Baumer in Chicago. Edward was a successful real estate and hotel entrepreneur with properties in Illinois, Florida and the Virgin Islands. Edward is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marian; his two sons, David Andrew (Joyce) McArdle of Wellington, Fla., and Mark Edward (Cara Jackson) McArdle of Rockville, Md.; his daughter, Megan Mary (Art Witczak) McArdle of Oakland, Calif.; his two granddaughters, Amelia Claire McArdle and Abigail Colleen McArdle; and his one grandson, Finnian Jackson McArdle; as well as many other relatives. Edward was preceded in death by his only brother, James Joseph “Jim” McArdle. The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main St., St. Charles. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. Edward will be laid to rest at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in Geneva. Memorial donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 8430 Bryn Mawr, Suite #800, Chicago, IL 60631. To leave an online condolence or a remembrance to the family, visit the funeral home’s obituary page at For information, call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles, 630-584-0060 or like Yurs on Facebook. Please sign the guest book at


CLOSER LOOK The Kane County Chronicle is looking ahead today, the irst day of 2014. We talk to village and city leaders and highlight what’s coming up in the new year.

Construction activity likely in Maple Park MAPLE PARK – Village President Kathy Curtis believes 2014 will break a years-long streak of residential construction inactivity. While all of the village’s foreclosed homes have been bought and are occupied, Curtis said, a new home hasn’t been built in Maple Park since 2007. Village officials are encouraged that the vacant residential

lots are being purchased, Curtis said. She said there are about 100 vacant properties throughout Maple Park. “We are hoping to see new building permits pulled for them,” she said. “Even if we see one or two, it will be great for Maple Park.” Commercial land also is ready for development, but that is more of a wait-and-see situa-

tion, Curtis said. “They have it advertised nationally,” she said. “It’s just a matter of interest before they build it out.” Also in 2014, Maple Park hopes to install more playground equipment in Washington Park, Curtis said. She noted that will be dependent on securing equipment.

- Ashley Sloboda

More development on the horizon for North Aurora NORTH AURORA – More development is on the horizon for North Aurora in 2014. A hotel plans to locate along Orchard Road across from the North Aurora Auto Mall, North Aurora Village President Dale Berman said. “He [the owner] should be coming before us in the next 60 days,” Berman said. This would be the village’s second hotel. A Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant also is set to locate in a shopping center near the auto mall, Berman said. “They’re going to come to us in the next 30 days,” Berman said.

“It looks very good.” In addition, a new 604,565square-foot industrial building is set to open in June. Ground was broken in November on the I-88 Gateway Logistics Center, which will be at 1200 Orchard Gateway Blvd., near a shopping center. The building can be expanded to 1 million square feet on 25 acres next to the site. Berman also noted that a 146-unit townhome rental community is nearing completion. Naperville-based Marquette Management Inc. is managing the Randall Highlands rental

8FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS Mildred M. Streit: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main St. (corner of Routes 64 and 25), St. Charles. The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

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townhome community, along Randall Road. The community opened in April. The community features twoand three-bedroom townhomes with attached two-car garages. Marquette Management manages 21 communities in the Chicago region, including The Ponds Of Naperville and The Towers at Twin Lakes in Lisle. “They’ve started on the last building,” Berman said. “Over 50 percent of the ones that are completed are already leased, so that seems to be going quite successfully.”

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ROCKFORD – Ronald A. Honeyman, 76, of Rockford, died from surgical complications Saturday, Dec. 28, at Rockford Memorial Hospital with his family at his side. He was born Sept. 14, 1937, in Cicero, the son of Claude C. and Alice (Pouzar) Honeyman. Ron joined the U.S. Army in 1954 and retired as a sergeant major. Ron was a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient. On Feb. 19, 1972, he married his loving wife, Donna C. Torn, in St. Charles. After retiring from the army, he began a successful career as an independent insurance broker and was working for Flanders Agency. Ron was a family man and enjoyed nothing more than having them together. Whether family vacations or a weekend fishing trip, he relished every moment they were together. He was one of a kind, not just a husband, father, grandfather or agent, but also friend. Ron will be missed greatly by all that had the wonderful chance to meet him. The family thanks all of Ron’s clients who made each day special. He looked forward to each appointment as an honor, not just a job. He is survived by his adoring family: his wife, Donna of Rockford; daughters, Donna M. (Carl Troje) Honeyman of Minn., and Tina (Bill) Wendler of Stillman Valley; son, Ron (Lisa) Honeyman of Kansas; grandchildren, David (Crysta), Sonny (fiancée Pilar), Brooke, Greg. (Liz), Ramon, Zachery, Felicia and Alyson; great-grandchildren, Garion, Zoe and Sawyer; brothers, Dale (Nancy) of St. Charles and Gary of Batavia; sisters, Donna, Diane and Bonita Honeyman and Sharon (Pat) Davern, all of St. Charles; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Matthew, in 1973; his siblings, Richard, Roger, Claudia and Char; and cousin, Joe Pouzar. The visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road, Rockford. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at St. John Newman, 2900 E. Main St., St. Charles. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Express online condolences at www.

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8LOCAL BRIEFS Let the games begin in St. Charles ST. CHARLES – The Hickory Knolls Discovery Center’s third annual Winter Olympics will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the center, 3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles. It is for those ages 6 and older, who will compete in snowshoe relays and other games, then toast the “closing ceremonies” with hot chocolate. If the weather does not permit outdoor activities, program will be held indoors with ice cubes, cotton balls and marshmallows substituting for nature’s snow and ice. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. Advance registration is required at

Mormons to host informational meeting GENEVA – A “Meet the Mormons” event is set for 5 to 6 p.m. Jan. 12, at the Latter-Day Saints chapel at 429 Old Kirk Road in Geneva. Members will discuss some of their basic beliefs and share a book that has changed their lives. A light refreshment will be served.

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 18 at Fox Valley Rep/Pheasant Run Resort in the Utrillo Room in Gallery Hall (the freestanding building next to the tennis courts). Pheasant Run is at 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. For information, call 630-443-3794 or send email to More information, as the event and its lineup of artists unfolds, will be found at

‘Leading Ladies’ tickets on sale at Playhouse 38 GENEVA – Tickets are now on sale for Playhouse 38’s production of “Leading Ladies.” This comedy, written by Ken Ludwig and starring local actors, will run Feb. 13 through Feb. 16. Playhouse 38 is at 524 W. State St., Geneva. Tickets are available for performances at 8 p.m. Feb. 13, Feb. 14 and Feb. 15, and at 3 p.m. Feb. 16. Call 630-232-4542 for ticket information.

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Batavia man sentenced to prison for burglaries By ASHLEY SLOBODA ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A Batavia man will serve four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for his role in residential burglaries. Terrell Jones-Bradley, 22, on Friday pleaded guilty to residential burglary, a Class 1 felony, according to Kane County court records. Judge Karen M. Simpson accepted his plea.

Records indicate five other charges, including unlawful use of a credit card, were dropped. In addition to prison time – for which he will receive credit for 137 days served – Jones-Bradley must also pay $1,840 in fines and costs, including $770 in restitution, records show. Jones-Bradley was one of four people charged in several residential burglaries that occurred in August on Batavia’s far southeast side.

Batavia police have said the burglaries happened in the 900 to 1200 blocks of Woodland Hills Road and in the 1600 block of Wagner Road. Small electronics, such as smartphones, reportedly were taken. Two others charged in connection with the burglaries were sentenced to probation and community service. The third person charged, Curtis A. Hobbs of Aurora, is expected in court at 9 a.m. Friday.

Batavia, was charged Monday, Dec. 30, with retail theft. • Tatiana Maria Wells, 30, of the 100 block of South 17th Street, St. Charles, was charged Sunday, Dec. 29, with domestic battery. • Justin Thomas Jerwers, 19, of the 2000 block of Garfield Avenue,

Aurora, was charged Sunday, Dec. 29, with defrauding drug and alcohol screening tests. • Zachary David Anthony, 28, of the 12300 block of West Dorothy Street, Beach Park, was charged Saturday, Dec. 28, with improper lane use and driving under the influence of alcohol.

8POLICE REPORTS St. Charles • Joshua J. Miner, 28, of the 300 block of Windsor Circle, South Elgin, was arrested Sunday, Dec. 29, on a warrant. • Elizabeth Anne Bartha, 19, of the 1100 block of Lexington Lane,

Student artist event planned for February ST. CHARLES – The inaugural Charlie’s Center for the Arts – Student Artist Event will run from Feb. 14 through Feb. 16. It will encompass multiple venues throughout St. Charles that will feature the visual and performing art of student artists – kindergarten through college. Students are invited to participate in the event audition and submit visual artwork for jurying. Performing artists will receive a stipend for their performance, and visual artists’ work will be for sale, if they choose. Auditions for performing artists will take place from

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ELBURN – Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District briefly looked into putting a third fire station in the Village of Lily Lake, officials said. The district currently has two stations, one at 210 E. North St., Elburn and another at 39W950 Hughes Road, near the Mill Creek subdivision in Blackberry Township. Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan initially approached the Lily Lake Village Board in November with the idea of establishing another station at Wooley Road and Route 47. Although trustees agreed this would be a good location, Callaghan said the property did not work out after all. “ The way the property was laid out did not fit,” Callaghan said. “The property we were looking at did not pan out. Nothing is going to happen right now.” Callaghan said the district would like to put a fire station in Lily Lake to help cover response times in the northern third of the district. The district’s goal is to secure some land for a future fire station, Callaghan said. “We are just looking for a piece of property for right now,” Callaghan said. Callaghan said he did not know

whether it would be a brick and mortar station or a frame and metal structure like the one Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District established for its station in Campton Hills. A frame and metal building on a full foundation was installed in Campton Hills because it is less expensive, officials said. Lily Lake Village President Jesse Heffernan said village officials were excited at the possibility of a fire station in their community. “It would be beneficial to all the residents, the closer you are to a fire department [or] emergency-responding body” Heffernan said. “It’s just not happening in the near future.” While the village is not a broker for the fire district, Heffernan said if a developer wanted to annex, officials might be able to include land for a fire station into the annexation agreement. “We could certainly have an open conversation – if we could make it beneficial for all parties,” Heffernan said. In addition to Lily Lake, the Elburn district serves 23,000 people in Elburn, Virgil, Campton Hills, Mill Creek and five elementary schools, officials said. The district covers 75 square miles and serves major portions of Routes 64, 38 and 47, and a commuter rail line with two commuter rail stations, officials said.

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New year ushers in new laws As you wake up this morning, a number of new laws will be in effect in Illinois. Perhaps the biggest is that speaking on your cellphone will be illegal unless you are using a hands-free device. Fines for being cited for using a hand-held cellphone while driving a vehicle range from $75 to $150. You probably are aware of some of the other new laws that received a lot of exposure when they were passed, including the legalization of medical marijuana. Patients suffering from certain diseases can now use marijuana as treatment with a doctor’s permission. Other new laws that go into effect today: • Cigarette butts will be considered litter, and disposing of them by flicking them aside could get you a $50 fine. • It now will be illegal for anyone younger than 18 to use indoor tanning equipment. • The new pet lemon law will mandate a refund, replacement or reimbursement for veterinary costs from the seller if you buy a pet with an undisclosed illness. • You still can’t speed through construction zones, but if you do and workers aren’t present, your fine will not be as high. • Speaking of speed, some interstate speed limits will be increasing to 70 mph. • Seventeen-year-olds will be allowed to vote in a primary election if they will turn 18 before the general election. • School buses will be allowed to have video cameras on board to record motorists who pass buses illegally. Those videos can be shared with police. • It will be illegal to wantonly waste or destroy usable meat from game animals. • Schools will not be allowed to ask for or demand a student’s social networking password without cause. • Public school sex-education courses offered to sixth- through 12th-graders must cover abstinence and contraception.


America’s most popular pastime needs to save itself By ALBERT R. HUNT Bloomberg News The U.S., polarized politically and splintered socially, is about to experience one of its few widely shared moments – the professional football playoffs. Football reigns in America. More than a sport, it’s an integral part of the nation’s culture. Baseball, the national pastime, and basketball or golf – which have global celebrities, such as LeBron James and Tiger Woods – are dwarfed by the popularity and wealth of the National Football League. The majority of Americans say they follow the NFL; the passion intensifies as a dozen teams start the playoffs next weekend, leading up to the Feb. 2 Super Bowl. Among the most watched television programs this autumn were dozens of NFL games. It is estimated that total global viewership for the Super

Bowl may top 150 million. This is a communal experience, not just for middle-aged, beer-guzzling sports nuts. Yet even as pro football is riding higher than ever, it faces peril. The NFL, as documented in the book “League of Denial” by investigative reporters Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada and an accompanying documentary on Public Broadcasting Service’s “Frontline” series, covered up for years the impact of the game’s violence on the players. Amply documented now is the disproportionate incidence of brain injuries and dementia among former players. Four months ago, more than 6,000 former players reached a settlement with the NFL, which didn’t admit culpability. With more research – some of it funded by the league, which has stopped stonewalling – more connections may be forthcoming, and further legal action appears

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certain. It hits home with the public when a star such as quarterback Brett Favre, only 44 years old and retired just three years, says that he’s experiencing memory loss and that if he had a son he might steer him away from football, given the dangers. In dealing with the issue, the NFL has imposed tougher restrictions, reviews and penalties. Yet critics say much more needs to be done. The focus on concussions and their ramifications is overdue; less attention is paid to the pervasive use of painkillers in locker rooms, leaving some players, eager to keep their livelihood, oblivious to potentially serious injuries. The way contracts are structured encourages this. Long-term medical costs, for example, are only partially covered. “Statistically, football is as dangerous as any

industry, and occupational injuries and treatment by physicians should be held to the highest standards,” says DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association. That isn’t the case today, he notes. If changes aren’t made, warns The Washington Post’s Tom Boswell, one of the country’s top sports columnists and a lifelong pro football fan, America’s favorite entertainment may go the way of boxing, which was wildly popular a half century ago and was undone by its own myopia. In the meantime, along with scores of others, I will be glued to the television for the next month of Sundays (and a couple of Saturdays). Devoid of a hometown team, I’m eager to see if my long-shot Super Bowl pick, the San Francisco 49ers, will prevail.

• Albert R. Hunt is a Bloomberg View columnist.

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Cougars manager Mark Johnson (left), who’ll return to the dugout in 2014, went 55-80 in his Kane County debut last season.

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Johnson needed offseason break By KEVIN DRULEY Cougars manager Mark Johnson hollered at his dog to remain on the sidewalk while recently speaking by phone from his Georgia home. It would have been a stretch to tie the command to baseball – Stay in position? Don’t leave too early? – which suited Johnson just fine. “I didn’t do anything baseball-related this offseason. It was great,” Johnson said. “It was the first time in 20 years. I needed it.” The outdoorsy Johnson figures he’d have been just as laid-back even if the Cougars hadn’t slumped to a 55-80 record in 2013, the worst in franchise history. Presiding over top prospects such as Albert Almora, Pierce Johnson and Dan Vogelbach in the Cougars’ first season as a Class-A Cubs affiliate remained an energizing endeavor throughout. Equally stirring was the offseason news that Rick Renteria, who managed the Cougars in 1999 when the club was aligned with the Florida Marlins, will manage the Cubs beginning in 2014. “That’s always a motivation,” Johnson said. “You’ve just got to put your time in, just like you do when you’re a player and any other job. Do your work and keep your head down and just try to get the kids as good as you can and good things usually come about.” Although spring training and Cubs brass will be the ultimate deciding factors, it’s likely Cougars fans will see their share of Shawon Dunston Jr. – an 11th-round draft pick in 2011 – in center field in 2014. Dunston’s father and namesake was a stalwart in the Cubs’ infield for much of the 1980s and 1990s. Dunston Jr. batted .290 in 49 games as the primary leadoff hitter for Short-A Boise last season. One Boise export who is known to be descending on Fifth Third Bank Ballpark

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Cougars manager Mark Johnson saunters to the mound last August. Johnson said his urgency hadn’t changed much during a relaxing offseason in Georgia.

Brr-st pitch While the snow and frigid temperatures might make it hard to believe, opening day of the Cougars’ 24th season in Geneva is a little more than three months away. The Cougars will begin the season at Quad Cities at 7 p.m. April 3 before facing Fort Wayne in the home opener at 6:30 p.m. April 8.

is new pitching coach David Rosario, who served in that capacity with the Hawks from 2011 to 2013. Johnson managed Boise during the first two seasons of Rosario’s tenure. “Rosie’s super passionate.

He really enjoys teaching and being around the kids,” Johnson said. “He’s a super hard worker and just a true professional when it comes to player development.” Cubs officials have slapped similar praise on Johnson, and he’ll be eager to channel that vigor again before long. Until minor leaguers report to Cubs spring training around March 1, however, Johnson is happy to lay low. The Renteria hiring was about the only hot stove item he followed. “I think about [baseball] every day,” Johnson said, “but as far as keeping up with baseball and keeping up

with the news and everything, I took a break from all that and tried to recoup. After a full season like that, you need that break.” Moving on: Rosario replaces Ron Villone, who was promoted to Advanced-A Daytona in what Johnson called a “well-deserved” move. Trainer Shane Nelson was promoted to Double-A Tennessee, as Jonathan Fiero joins the Cougars from Boise. “Trainers have got a lot of responsibility, and there’s lots of communication,” Johnson said. “We have to be on the same page daily.” Tom Beyers will return as Cougars hitting coach.

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PREP SCHEDULE FRIDAY Boys basketball: Burlington Central at Harvard, 7 p.m.; Marmion at Niles Notre Dame, 7 p.m. Girls basketball: Walther Lutheran at Aurora Central Catholic, 6 p.m.; Richmond-Burton at Burlington Central, 7 p.m.; Montini at Rosary, 3 p.m. Wrestling: St. Charles North at Naperville Central Quad, 10 a.m.; Geneva at Buffalo Grove Dual, 9 a.m.; Marmion at Cheesehead Invite, (Kaukauna, Wisconsin), 5 p.m.

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January The much-anticipated rematch between the St. Charles East and St. Charles North boys basketball teams is bruising and low scoring, decided by a put-back in the final minute. Tip to the Saints – get a body on Jack Callaghan, one of the area’s most rugged rebounders and an underrated player in general. The Coffey brothers combine for 11 3-pointers in a Batavia boys basketball upset victory.

The Geneva girls basketball team wins a Class 4A sectional championship behind one of the state’s most imposing frontcourts. When you have the luxury to play Sidney Santos at a guard spot, you’ve got size to spare. St. Charles East sends a huge contingent to the wrestling state tournament and produces a pair of individual state champs.

March The Mooseheart boys basketball team advances to the 1A Final Four in Peoria, where the Ramblers rewrite the state records for shot-blocking. Geneva wins its first boys basketball regional since stoplights were installed on Randall Road, as gritty guard Chris Parrilli comes through with a clutch defensive play to seal the title.

April The St. Charles East and St. Charles North softball teams go a combined 35-3 in the month as a pair of bona fide Class 4A state championship contenders engage in a spring-long game of one-upsmanship. St. Charles North baseball’s Cory Wright and Jack Dennis hit back-to-back home runs on back-to-back days as the North Stars offense shakes off its 2013 doldrums.

Annie Waldoch and Molly Stanfa help the Vikings record five straight shutouts. Kaneland track do-it-all dynamo Kyle Carter leads the Knights to a top-three state team finish in Class 2A. St. Charles East boys tennis powerhouse Jasper Koenen celebrates the end of his successful reign as student body president by advancing to the final day of the state tournament for the second straight year.


June Batavia caps a memorable 2013-14 school year with a state berth in baseball, powered by lineup linchpins Laren Eustace and Micah Coffey. Eustace’s inside-thepark home run in the supersectional sends the Bulldogs to state in style.

July A preps-to-pros detour: Shawon Dunston, Jr., the son of former Cubs shortstop Shawon Dunston, sees his 16-game hitting streak come to an end for the Kane County Cougars. The streak ends when Dunston imitates his old man by flailing at a 1-2 slider in the dirt.

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Coach Kelly Horan and the St. Charles East softball team finished as Class 4A runners-up in 2013. Is more success on the way this spring? most hotly contested football game against one another in several seasons in a game that determines the UEC River championship. Part of me thinks Geneva snaps its skid in the rivalry in 2014, but barely a month beyond watching Batavia

September Kaneland girls volleyball’s Ellie Dunn sets an unofficial school record by forcing defenders to fight back tears in four straight matches after whistling kills that catch various parts of their faces. Duck, ladies.



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November The Geneva girls volleyball team advances to the Class 4A state championship match behind ferocious play

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August Anthony Scaccia, Evan Kurtz and Legend Smith have graduated, but St. Charles North’s Dom Sidari and Marmion’s Jordan Glasgow make it clear from the opening kick that the area still has plenty of talent at running back, as they each run for 200-plus yards on opening night.

cruise to a 6A state championship, I’m not quite ready to pick against the Bulldogs.

The Geneva boys basketball team closes the 2014 portion of its schedule 14-1 as the frontcourt of Nate Naviagato, Mike Landi and Loudon Vollbrecht overwhelm the opposition. The hottest Christmas gift around the Tri-Cities is a new And1 mixtape highlight collage of St. Charles East senior point guard Cole Gentry making defenders crumple to the floor as he crosses them over on his way to the rim. Happy New Year, and thanks for reading.


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at the net from dynamic sophomores Grace Loberg and Ally Barrett and senior Maddie Courter, reinforced by dandy defense from libero Kelsey Wicinski. In its first season under new coach Dave Beebe, Aurora Christian wins another 3A football state championship as quarterback Austin Bray has Division I recruiters panting.

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Why he was selected: Scored 36 points Friday in triple-overtime loss to Simeon; named to first-team Pontiac all-tournament team

How fun is the whole Pontiac tournament? The atmosphere, the competition, staying at a hotel – everything that goes into it. It’s honestly one of the best weekends of my life. I love Pontiac. I’ve been here the last three years, and this gets better every, single year. It’s so much

fun. It’s an awesome tournament. I love it. With this team kind of redefining its makeup this year, what’s impressed you most about the way you guys have come together? Just that, coming together as a team. That’s something we really wanted to stress over the summer. We’re all like best friends, we all love each other so much. That right there, the team chemistry and the togetherness and the unselfishness is really what defines St. Charles North basketball. If you had to pick one teammate to help you with some tricky homework, who would it be and why? Keith Hedges. Keith Hedges has helped me out with some tricky homework because he’s my best friend. He’s been my best friend since, I don’t know, fourth grade. He’s a really good student.

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to abandon its zone defense in the process. “I think the patience that our guys showed in the last two minutes of the first half set the tone for the second half,” Curry said. “It forced them to come out into a manto-man, which we’re a little more comfortable with, with the court spread.” The Saints fell behind by 10 midway through the third quarter, prompting Woods to call a timeout. Adduci hit A.J. Washington with an alley-oop pass for a dunk out of the timeout and East began to attack the basket more aggressively after that. “Coach Woods wanted us to get to the basket, attack it, get some easy layups,” Adduci said. “We knew, as a team, that our shots weren’t falling like we wanted them to be, so we wanted to get some easy layups and that also opened up our shooters on the outside.” A baseline drive by Adduci late in the third reduced the Westinghouse lead to five, but the Saints could get no closer. Cole Gentry played all 32 minutes for the Saints, scoring 11 points and reeling in six rebounds. Woods thought Washington (seven points, 15 rebounds) was perhaps the player of the game for East. Washington started out the tournament slowly, but averaged 12 points and 15 rebounds over the final three games.

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St. Charles North senior guard Alec Goetz had the crowd buzzing Friday at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament as Goetz scored 36 points to spark North throughout its triple-overtime loss against Simeon. Goetz, who was named to the all-tournament first team, added 17 points in Thursday’s opening-round win against Bloomington. Goetz, this week’s Kane County Chronicle-St. Charles Bank and Trust Athlete of the Week, spoke with sports editor Jay Schwab after the Simeon showdown. The following is an edited transcript:

HILLSIDE – For much of Tuesday’s Proviso West Holiday Tournament consolation championship game, the St. Charles East boys basketball team’s shooting percentage was barely higher than the temperature outside. Cold shooting by the Saints was responsible for their demise in a 67-57 loss to Westinghouse. East (8-6) shot just 26 percent from the field in the first half while falling behind, 27-20. The Saints shot better – 44 percent – in the second half, but were just 3 for 14 (21 percent) from 3-point range and were unable to draw closer than five points against the Warriors (9-4). “Thirty-six (percent) from two and 22 from 3 – you’re not going to win many games like that,” East coach Pat Woods said. “It’s amazing we still had a chance, probably because of their poor free throw shooting.” Westinghouse made just 7 of 20 free throws (35 percent). “We normally shoot about 65, 66 percent,” Westinghouse coach Bill Curry said. “The last three days – about 48 to 50. It’s been a real struggle for us at the line. I don’t know how many we missed today, but it had to be at least eight or nine in the fourth quarter.” The Warriors actually missed 11 free throws in the fourth quarter, which allowed East to hang around.

The Saints, however, weren’t able to capitalize on the openings left by Westinghouse, misfiring on a 3-point try that would have cut the deficit to two with just less than four minutes to play and failing to convert on a layup that would have pulled them to within five with 1:45 remaining. “It’s tough playing in a tournament like this where you have games on consecutive days,” East senior guard Dom Adduci said. “I don’t know what it was today. We were getting open looks that we wanted. … It just seemed like the basket had a lid on it today.” Adduci was the Saints’ leading scorer with 17 points His 3-pointer 55 seconds into the game gave East its only lead at 3-0. Darrell Ivy (15 points) tied the score 25 seconds later and a tip-in by Marlik Williams a minute later put the Warriors on top. Williams, a powerfully-built 6-foot-3 senior, was a force in the paint all day for Westinghouse, scoring 27 points and securing 12 rebounds. After falling behind by eight on another trey by Ivy at the start of the second quarter, the Saints battled back to tie the score at 20 with the help of some strong play from 6-5 junior forward Mick Vyzral (nine points, three rebounds, one block). But in what proved to be a key stretch, Westinghouse scored the final seven points of the half, forcing East

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North getting an ‘A’ for ‘D’ Take away a lapse against eventual tournament champion New Trier, and St. Charles North allowed an average of 49 points in its other three DundeeCrown Charger Classic games. That’s the sort of defense North Stars coach Sean Masoncup has preached since taking the reins of the program in the spring. Looks like he can scratch one item from that 2014 wish list. “It’s starting to come together,” Masoncup said. “We’re getting more pressure on the ball. I think that we’re doing a better job of denying the wings and getting better on help-side. Once we’re aggressive, we’re a much better team.” Junior guard Ashling Davern’s tenacity often is the sparkplug. “She starts it, and we feed off her energy on defense,” Masoncup said. North proved just as reactionary on offense in Monday’s Classic finale, a 63-53 win against Naperville Central that earned a 2-2 tournament split. With the Redhawks defending junior forward Nichole Davidson (22 points) with a box-and-one after halftime, Kyla Helsel (11 points) and Sam Novak (nine) eased the pressure from the backcourt. The North Stars will look to sustain their momentum when they visit Geneva in Upstate Eight Conference River Division play Jan. 10.

(Hand) check and see Entering the season, the IHSA, in conjunction with the National Federation of State High School Associations, stressed that officials whistle more contact fouls. The idea was to cut down on physical play, a maneuver that has been met with mixed reviews since it was implemented. Kaneland senior center Kelly Wallner finds the even-keeled approach has worked best in approaching the rule. If fouls can be objective as it is, what’s the use in being too opinionated either way? “Even if the refs aren’t giving you

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IN THE GROOVE NICHOLE DAVIDSON ST. CHARLES NORTH, JR., F What she did: Davidson scored 29, 25 and 22 points in North’s final three games at DundeeCrown’s Charger Classic, helping the North Stars go 2-1. “She’s been killing it lately,” North coach Sean Masoncup said. AMANDA HILTON ST. CHARLES EAST, SR., G What she did: Hilton earned all-tournament honors for the Saints at Wheaton North, including a 14-point effort in a loss to Willowbrook in Saturday’s consolation championship. Shaw Media file photo

St. Charles North girls basketball coach Sean Masoncup pointed to the team’s defensive aggressiveness as a catalyst for its 2-2 finish in Dundee-Crown’s Charger Classic.

everything, you’ve still got to play through it,” Wallner said. “It’s what basketball is.”

Chargers on their mark Aurora Central Catholic coach Mark Fitzgerald branded the Chargers’ late afternoon tipoffs at the Oswego East Christmas Tournament “a rehearsal for state.” “When we go downstate – wink, wink, nod, nod – you’ll be playing at a time like this,” he told players of the Class 3A semifinal schedule. Known for his motivational tactics throughout a career that’s seen him

help ACC ascend from perennial straggler to a recent berth in the 2A state tournament, Fitzgerald might be onto something with his matinee musings before long. “Our arrow is definitely pointed up,” he said. “The kids are getting real comfortable in playing together. For the first time, I’m seeing all the dividends and all the investments we put into the young kids this year and last year pay off.” ACC features just two seniors on its roster, and freshman center Taylor Harazin has developed quickly. – Kevin Druley

COACH SLY SEZ ... Whew. What a whirlwind of tournament games in the past week-plus. Sly knows he doesn’t need it as much as the players do, but he’s glad most teams are taking a little respite

until the second week of January. Neither Batavia nor Burlington Central should be sulking despite taking a few Ls over the holidays. B-Town and BC both have aspirations for

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WHAT WE LEARNED LAST WEEK ... Don’t forget the ‘Battlin’ before Bulldogs. Facing Huntley for seventh place Saturday afternoon in the Montini Christmas Tournament, Batavia nearly overcame a 17-point deficit in an eventual 63-55 loss to the Red Raiders, who defeated Geneva by 11 to open tourney play.

WHAT WE’LL LEARN IN THE WEEK AHEAD ... How St. Charles East fares in its home opener. In a scheduling quirk, the Saints will not play before their Superfans until Evanston visits at 6 p.m. Saturday. After that, East is slated to host seven of its last 10 regular-season games, including an Upstate Eight Conference crossover Feb. 13. The Saints played their first home game Nov. 30 last season and in 2011-12.



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HOROSCOPE By BERNICE BEDE OSOL Newspaper Enterprise Association TODAY – This year will offer numerous opportunities, but discerning which ones are right for you will be a challenge. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Seek advice from experienced individuals, and don’t be afraid to ask for favors. What you accomplish this year is entirely up to you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – Seek closure by communicating with those who have upset you. You can make positive changes if you clear the air. If you fail to sort out personal problems, your future will stall. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) – Awkwardness will ensue if you allow others to blame you. Begin this year by setting the record straight. Be strong and take a stance that reflects your own values. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) – Don’t allow others to leave you holding the bag. Avoid indulgent forms of entertainment. Instead, relax and prepare for the year to come. Put yourself first. ARIES (March 21-April 19) – Get the year off to a good start. Carefully plan how to get ahead. Make use of your talents. As soon as you get the chance, confidently share your ideas. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) – Reflect on your past, and make it your mission to avoid repeating mistakes. Treat other people as you wish to be treated. Focus on empathy. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) – Things will go smoothly today. Love is on the rise, and you will have plenty of choices. If you are already in a relationship, plan a romantic evening. If not, get out on the town. CANCER (June 21-July 22) – Don’t be afraid to lead. You will be admired for your skills if you get involved in family projects. Someone may express jealousy toward you. Ignore any negativity, and continue to offer your support. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) – Socialize with friends and relatives. Be candid with your opinions, but prepare to be accountable. If you can let go of the past, you will have an easier time moving forward. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – Deal with any issues that have been hanging over you. Reflect on past experiences to avoid getting caught in a vicious cycle. You need stability, and you can only find it by letting go. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) – Don’t be tempted by a dubious scheme. Try to start the year on the right foot. Hold out for better opportunities. Travel is likely to result in frustrating delays. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) – Overindulgence is likely to cause you problems today. Don’t lend money to friends or take on responsibilities that aren’t yours. You must take care of your own needs first. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) – Begin planning for the new year. Put your ideas on paper so that you’re ready for the future to arrive. Don’t allow personal setbacks to interfere with your goals.

Book year in review: The best books we read in 2013 By RICK HOLMES


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I rarely read tragedies solely for the fall. I’m not flipping ahead just to learn the details of that prolonged plummet, whether it comes in the form of an unfortunate death or loss of fortune. No, I read tragedies such as Thomas Hardy’s “Return of the Native” for the intriguing characters woven within – in this case, Eustacia Vye, the rebellious, imperious, melancholic goddess of Egdon Heath. Holden Caulfield, himself a born rebel, famously said he “likes that Eustacia Vye.” And so do I: mainly for her fearlessness and her ardor. One has to respect both her futile effort to escape unforgiving Egdon – as she dreams of rich cities – and her troubled romance with its returning son, Clym Yeobright. She at once tries to flee and clings to the wasteland she so abhors. This doesn’t end well. – Matt Tota

The holidays are here and winter is upon us. Maybe you’ve got a gift card burning a hole in your pocket. Maybe someone gave you a new device that takes the paper out of books. Maybe you need a good novel to take into hibernation with you. Whatever your reason, ’tis the season for reading, and we’re here to help. Continuing a year-end tradition, I’ve asked some MetroWest Daily News staff writers and local oped contributors to recall the best books they read in 2013. They don’t have to have been published in 2013 – great books don’t come with expiration dates – but they worked their magic on at least one reader this year, and may do the same for you in 2014.

• “Flight Behavior,” by Barbara Kingsolver. Every year, on All Saints Day – Nov. 1 – millions of monarch butterflies return to central Mexico. Except this year, they didn’t show up. It’s a shocking milestone in the collapse of a species. – Rick Holmes

• “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” by Neil Gaiman. Neil Gaiman is that rare writer who can display equal brilliance in children’s literature (see “Coraline” or “The Graveyard Book”) and adult fiction (see “Neverwhere” or “American Gods”). His latest novel, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” straddles these two genres with a tale about a boyhood encounter with the fantastical. The story is about a man remembering a series of incidents with some odd neighbors that occurred when he was 7 years old. The story quickly – and at under 200 pages this whole book is a quick read– gets into the otherworldly realm where Gaiman thrives. His stories, which are best described as modern fairy tales, are so engaging because they populate a fantasy world that co-exists with The Real World. – Rob Haneisen

• “Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith,” by Kathleen Norris. For all a book with such a title would be easy to suspect of proselytizing or didactic intent, just about the opposite is

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The book “American Hipster” was written by Hilary Holladay. what came across to me. Norris doesn’t defend faith or stake its turf in some argument with doubt or disbelief. Instead she openly and honestly contemplates the substance of her own faith via the language it employs, as it sounds deep within a poet’s sensibility. – Tom Driscoll

• “Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps,” by Greg Palast. Greg Palast’s 2012 book begins with the premise that election strategy over the last decade or so has as much to do with suppressing the vote count as winning over voters. The trail of documents and disenfranchisement takes Palast, a freelance investigative reporter, from Florida to Colorado to New Mexico and back in time to the Clinton presidency. The plot even crosses into the collapse of Detroit. Written almost in the manner of a detective story and with the authority of a seasoned investigator, Palast’s book weaves together a complex web of money and power in an admirably logical and articulate style. – Phil Maddocks

• “Return of the Native,” by Thomas Hardy

• “Marina and Lee: The Tormented Love and Fatal Obsession Behind Lee Harvey Oswald’s Assassination of John F. Kennedy,” by Priscilla Johnson McMillan. Fifty years after President John Kennedy’s assassination, Priscilla Johnson McMillan’s compelling account of Lee Harvey Oswald’s improbable life – and death – through the prism of his troubled marriage to his Russian wife makes sense of a senseless murder that likely changed U.S. history. – Chris Bergeron

• “American Hipster,” by Hilary Holladay. In a year that saw three movies about Jack Kerouac including “On The Road,’’ Hilary Holladay’s biography of Herbert Huncke opens a fascinating window on the hustler, jailbird and junkie whose underground life inspired the chroniclers of what came to be called the Beat Generation. An English professor at James Madison University, Holladay wrote “American Hipster: A Life of Herbert Huncke, the Times Square Hustler Who Inspired the Beat Generation.’’ It’s an intriguing saga of a petty criminal whose adventures inspired Kerouac and others whose books triggered cultural changes still reverberating today. – Chris Bergeron

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Today is an opportunity to make a fresh start Dear Abby: Welcome to 2014! It seems like the world spins faster every year. With each new year comes our chance for a new beginning. It’s an opportunity to discard destructive old habits and create healthy new ones. With that in mind, I will share my often-requested list of New Year’s resolutions that were adapted by my mother, Pauline Phillips, from the original credo of Al-Anon. Just For Today: I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once. Just For Today: I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine. Just For Today: I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those I cannot. Just For Today: I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer. Just For Today: I will make a

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I’ll not speak ill of others. Just For Today: I will refrain from improving anybody but myself. Just For Today: I will do something positive to improve my health. If I’m a smoker, I’ll quit. If I am overweight, I will eat healthfully – if only for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk. Just For Today: I will gather the courage to do what is right and take the responsibility for my own actions. And now, Dear Readers, I would like to share an item that was sent to me by I.J. Bhatia, a reader from New Delhi, India: Dear Abby: This year, no resolutions, only some guidelines. The Holy Vedas say: “Man has subjected himself to thousands of self-inflicted bondages. Wisdom comes to

a man who lives according to the true eternal laws of nature.” The prayer of St. Francis (of which there are several versions) contains a powerful message: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; “Where there is hatred, let me sow love; “Where there is injury, pardon; “Where there is doubt, faith; “Where there is despair, hope; “Where there is darkness, light; “And where there is sadness, joy. “Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; “To be understood, as to understand; “To be loved, as to love; “For it is in giving that we receive, “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, “And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” And so, Dear Readers, may this new year bring with it good health, peace and joy. – Love, Abby • Write Dear Abby at www.

Vitamin D’s protection against disease is still being studied Dear Doctor K: I had some blood work done recently and was surprised to learn that I am deficient in vitamin D. How is this possible? What can I do about it? Dear Reader: Vitamin D is an unusual vitamin. We get most vitamins from the foods we eat; our body can’t make them. Unfortunately, vitamin D isn’t found naturally in many foods. Fatty fish and milk (which is fortified with vitamin D) are the main food sources. (I’ve put a table listing other dietary sources of vitamin D on my website, Fortunately, your body can make its own vitamin D. In order to do so, your body needs sunshine – more specifically, ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. But most of us spend the vast majority of our time indoors. Even when we’re outside, we often use sunscreen because it protects us against skin cancer. But less exposure to the sun means that our bodies may be making less vitamin D than we need. What are the health benefits of vitamin D, and the health problems caused by low blood levels of vitamin D? I wish I could give you just a simple answer. Here’s the simple part: Adequate blood levels

ASK DOCTOR K Anthony L. Komaroff of vitamin D protect us against osteoporosis, a disease that increases the risk of bone fractures. Taking vitamin D supplements if your blood level of vitamin D is low can help prevent osteoporosis. Most doctors agree on that. Here’s where it gets complicated: Many studies have found that people with low blood levels of vitamin D also are at greater risk for getting high blood pressure, heart disease, various autoimmune diseases (including multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes), depression and colon cancer. So you might think that taking vitamin D supplements would protect you against these diseases, like it protects against osteoporosis. But it isn’t that simple. To prove that taking vitamin D supplements protects against these diseases requires a very large study called a randomized clinical trial. Fortunately, such a study is underway (with leadership here at Harvard Medical School). But it will be years before

the results are known. For now, here’s what most experts agree on. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin D is 600 international units (IU) for adults up to age 70, and 800 IU from age 71 on. If you’re not getting enough vitamin D from foods and modest sun exposure, consider a daily supplement to get 600 to 800 IU per day. Choose a supplement that contains the form of vitamin D called D3. Do not take more than 4,000 IU per day, as that can cause side effects. I think this is reasonable advice. However, when the results of further studies are analyzed, we may come to a different conclusion. We may discover that we need more vitamin D than these recommendations. Or it could turn out that we need to take vitamin D supplements only when our blood levels of vitamin D are low, and with the only expected health benefit being healthy bones. That’s why we do research.

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

Does corporal punishment help with school discipline? Dr. Wallace: My grandfather says that unruly students have taken over American schools. That’s why he thinks our educational system is in big trouble. My grandfather says that when he was in high school, if a male student needed to be disciplined, he was sent to the vice principal who had a wooden paddle. The student was told to bend over and to grab his ankles. The vice principal then proceeded to lay the wood to the boy’s rump. In most cases, says my grandfather, the boy didn’t go home and tell his daddy about being paddled because if he did, the daddy would have given him another swat on the rump. Do you agree with my grandfather that corporal punishment administered by school personnel would help eliminate the huge discipline problems in today’s schools? – Angel, Oakland, Calif. Dear Angel: Speaking as a former high school coach, teacher and administrator, I agree with grandfather that our schools now have a greater challenge in controlling on-campus discipline than when he was a student. There are a number of reasons why this is true. Almost every adult in the U.S. went through the education system for many years, so they believe they have become authorities on why the majority of schools need better student discipline. The first people they blame are the teachers, administrators and other school staff members. It’s a fact that all school employees need to continue to improve their methods for teaching and educating our children. No job is more important. But the major discipline problem in schools is caused by those

’TWEEN 12 & 20 Robert Wallace parents who have little or no child discipline in the home. They won’t, or can’t discipline their own children, so they expect the school to do this for them. Do I think that school personnel should use corporal punishment as a means to improve student discipline? My answer is NO! But if a parent wanted to lay the wood to a son’s rump at the school where I was a principal, I would be all for it. Dr. Wallace: Steven and I had dated for over a year, until his family moved to Maine. That’s a long way from California. When he left, he said we would stay in touch by email and telephone. But he has been gone for 10 months and, so far, all I have received from him were three very short, “Hi, How are you?” emails. I’ve tried calling him several times since he left, but now I don’t want to sit at home waiting to get a message from him. Should I email him and tell him our relationship is over or just stop contacting him altogether? – Cindy, Fresno, Calif. Dear Cindy: Ten months of minimal contact is a pretty clear message. Steve is caught up in his new life and out of yours. It’s time for you to start living your life as though you will never see him again. In other words, start dating and having fun. Don’t contact him unless you are responding to a new email from him or phone call. Vow to have a great life without him. • Email Dr. Robert Wallace at rwallace@



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• Wednesday, January 1, 2014


I hope all of my readers have a very happy and healthy New Year. Yesterday, I gave the deal for which Peter Bertheau from Sweden won the International Bridge Press Association Yeh Bros. Best Bid of the Year award. That was excellent, but I particularly admired this action by Peter Fredin, also from Sweden. The deal was originally described by Shane Blanchard of New York City. Look at the South hand and the auction. Partner’s redouble shows 10 or more points and fewer than four hearts. Doubler’s one no-trump indicates equal length in the minors. And partner’s jump to four hearts promises three-card support and opening count. What would you do now, if anything? Fredin paused to work out who had what. East would surely have bid one spade over the redouble with four, and West probably had three spades because he would have rescued via one spade with four. So North rated to have five spades. (Not six, because he would have called one spade instead of redouble.) If West had equal length in the minors, his hand’s distribution was surely 3-2-4-4. Ergo, hearts were breaking 3-2. North also had three or four diamonds, but had not doubled two diamonds for penalty. So he was probably weak there. Fredin deduced that his partner’s 12-plus points were mostly in the majors. And with both of those suits lying well, Fredin bid four no-trump, Roman Key-Card Blackwood, followed by six hearts. As you can see, this was laydown; South taking five spades, five hearts and two clubs.

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PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE PLAN COMMISSION OF THE VILLAGE OF SUGAR GROVE Petition 13-015 A PUBLIC HEARING before the Plan Commission of the Village of Sugar Grove, Kane County, Illinois, will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Municipal Center of the Village of Sugar Grove, 10 Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove, Illinois. The applicant (William P. and Marilin Biles) is requesting:

Public notice is hereby given that on March 12, 2014, in Courtroom No. 110, of the Kane County Courthouse, 100 South Third ST. CHARLES 1800 SQ FT Office/Warehouse with OH door. Street, Geneva, Illinois, at the hour 1. Variance to reduce the rear of 9:30 A.M. or as soon thereafter Near downtown, $1500/mo. yard setback from the required Call Tom or Brian 630-377-3608 as this matter may heard, a Petition 30 feet to 18 feet for a proposed will be heard in said Courtroom for addition (sunroom), pursuant to the change of name(s) of CARMEN Section 11-7-4-F-3 of the Sugar ST. CHARLES EVETTE HURD to CARMEN EVETTE Grove Zoning Ordinance. HURD PEREZ pursuant to 735 ILCS Off/Ware Space 5/21-101 et seq. 1,568sf - 19,000sf. The subject property is currently Docks/Drive-Ins Dated December 30, 2013 at zoned R-2 Single-Family Detached Aggressive Move-In Package Residential District PUD. The owner West Dundee, Illinois 630-355-8094 of the property is William P. and /s/ Carmen Hurd Marilin Biles. Petitioner Subject Property is most commonly known as: (Published in the Kane County 155 Meadows Court Chronicle, January 1, 8 & 15, Sugar Grove Township, Illinois, 2014.) Kane County, Illinois.


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All interested persons will be givQuestions about your subscription? IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF en the opportunity to be heard at We'd love to help. MARILYN E. HOMESLEY, Call 800-589-9363 the Public Hearing. Interested perDECEASED. sons may present either written or verbal comment at the Public HearCASE NO. 13 P 701 PUBLIC NOTICE ing. The Public Hearing may be CLAIM NOTICE adjourned to dates certain without IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE additional notice. NOTICE IS GIVEN of the death of SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS Marilyn E. Homesley of Kane If you have questions regarding County, Illinois. Letters of Office as this petition, you may direct them MA HILDA OHARA REYES Executor were issued to Randy L. to the Village. This petition will be Plaintiff Homesley on December 17, 2013, on file in the Community Developvs. whose attorneys are KLEIN, STODDAVY CRIS REYES DARD, BUCK & LEWIS, LLC, AttorDefendant neys at Law, 2045 Aberdeen Court, Sycamore, IL 60178. CASE NO. 13 D 1649 Claims against the estate may be PUBLICATION NOTICE filed in the Office of the Clerk of the The requisite affidavit(s) having Circuit Court at 540 South Randall been duly filed herein, NOTICE IS Road, St. Charles, IL 60174, or HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL DEFEN- with the representative, or both, DANTS IN THE ABOVE ENTITLED within six months from the date of ACTION, that said action has been issuance of Letters of Office and any commenced in said Court by the claim not filed within that period is plaintiff(s), naming you as defen- barred. Copies of a claim filed with dant(s) therein and praying the Clerk must be mailed or delivFor Judgment of Dissolution of ered to the representative and to the Marriage, and for other relief; that sum- attorney within ten days after it has mons has been issued out of this been filed. Court against you as provided by DATED: December 30, 2013 law, and, that this action is still /s/ Thomas M. Hartwell pending and undetermined in said Court. CIRCUIT CLERK OF KANE COUNTY NOW, THEREFORE, unless you ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS file your answer or otherwise make your appearance in said action in Ronald G. Klein this Court, by filing the same in the Attorney for the Estate of office of the Clerk of the Circuit Marilyn E. Homseley Court on or before January 27, 2014, AN ORDER OF DEFAULT KLEIN, STODDARD, BUCK & MAY BE ENTERED AGAINST YOU. LEWIS, LLC IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I 2045 Aberdeen Court, Suite A have hereunto set my hand and af- Sycamore, IL 60178 fixed the Seal of said Court on De- (815) 748-0380 cember 20, 2013. (Published in the Daily Chronicle, WITNESS, December 20, 2013 January 1, 8 & 15, 2014.) /s/ Thomas M. Hartwell Find. Buy. Sell. Clerk of the Circuit Court All in one place... HERE! Everyday in MA HILDA OHARA REYES Kane County Chronicle Classified 671 Yorkshire Lane


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Coffee shop headed to downtown Elburn KANELAND CONNECTION Al Lagattolla ELBURN – When Tony Cobb would drive his daughters to the Elburn Forest Preserve, he said he would take note of a building that had housed a bakery shop in Elburn’s downtown area as he turned on North Street to go toward the preserve’s parking area. Eventually, the Elburn resident decided to take a closer look, understanding that the building was for sale. He said he noticed that it looked nice inside and “everything was

already there” at the shop, which had been the home of Made From Scratch. Cobb, who owns Riverview Banquets in Batavia, is poised to open a coffee shop in the downtown location at 2 S. Main St., Elburn. The shop, which Cobb said will be called the Corner Grind, should be open by May 1, though he said the opening could be done in April. “We’re not in a position where we have to open right away,” said Cobb, who noted that his place would have a different kind of style. He said there will be new flooring and a new theme. Cobb said the Corner Grind will feature specialty coffees, as well as baked items for

breakfast and specialty sandwiches for lunch. Cobb, who called himself a “coffee-holic,” said his family owns a large roasting company based in California, and he will introduce the beans at the store. Plus, he said, the Corner Grind will fill a need in Elburn. “It’ll be a place to hang out in Elburn,” said Cobb, who noted that he had lived in Elburn for 14 years and “there’s really no place to go downtown for a cup of coffee.” Cobb called it a great location “by the train, right in the center of town.” A large “sold” sign now hangs at the location, featuring the name of Kevin Geary from Advanced Realty Con-

sultants. Geary, also a Sugar Grove village trustee, said he had taken the listing in July. He said there was interest, but many were looking to rent. He said Cobb bought the building, which includes three commercial spaces and two residential spaces. Cobb’s existing business, Riverview Banquets, is at 1117 N. Washington Ave. in Batavia. Its website describes the business as “a full-service banquet facility,” located “on the scenic Fox River in Batavia.”

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Avenue J Studios to offer theater opportunities By ASHLEY SLOBODA ELBURN – As a mother of children interested in the performing arts, Jennifer Madziarczyk knows how few options there are for kids to perform in western Kane County. The Sugar Grove resident said her kids have traveled to such cities as Naperville, St. Charles and DeKalb to perform. That, however, is about to change. Monday, Madziarczyk is opening Avenue J Studios in

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the Elburn Community Center, 525 N. Main St., Elburn. Through classes and musical productions, Avenue J Studios aims to give children a chance to participate in every area of theater, including acting, makeup and set design, Madziarczyk said. “They can do it all,” she said. Madziarczyk – who did theater as a kid and has received “on-the-job training” by volunteering with theater groups – said the performing arts are a good way for children to learn to be comfortable on stage and to speak in front of

On the Web Visit for information about Avenue J Studios, which is set to open Monday in Elburn. people. “It’s really all about building the children’s self-esteem,” she said. Avenue J Studios will offer classes in nine-week sessions in such areas as drama, improv, costuming, puppetry and playwriting. Children as young as 3 can enroll, though some classes are limited to

certain ages. Although classes start Monday, Avenue J Studios held auditions for its first musical theater production – “Once Upon a Leprechaun” – last weekend. About 24 kids between first and 12th grade signed up to be in it, Madziarczyk said, describing that as a good response, especially since Avenue J Studios hadn’t yet opened for classes. Madziarczyk said the community seems supportive of Avenue J Studios. “We’ve had a fabulous response,” Madziarczyk said. “A lot of other groups want to

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John Stewart hosted its 7th annual spelling bee on December 11. Of the 30 John Stewart students who participated, three spellers were awarded top medals: Ella Uplegger 3rd place, Olivia Hacke 2nd place and Will Gresser 1st place. Will Gresser will be representing John Stewart Elementary at the Kane County Spelling Bee in February. The 30 students who participated in the school-wide spelling bee qualified based on a written spelling test given in late November. The top ten spellers from third, fourth and fifth grades competed on the stage in the John Stewart gym in front of a crowd of parents, teachers, and students. As Fran Eggleston, the Kaneland School District’s special education director, pronounced each word, the students came to the microphone to take their turn at spelling – an experience that became more and more nerve-wracking for the audience as the words became increasingly difficult. The top 10 spellers from the John Stewart Bee will represent their school at the Kaneland School District Spelling Bee on January 16 at 6:30 in the Kaneland High School auditorium.

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Having a new home at an old address can be a better idea than many people realize. You just have to decide how many and what kind of changes may be best for your home and family. A first decision is whether to remodel your home or to rebuild on the old site. There are a few things to consider that can help you decide: • First, is the old house worth saving or will you be investing tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars you’ll never be able to recoup? According to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, Americans spend $125 million a year on home renovation projects. • How much do you have to invest? If it’s a major remodel, it’s important to look at the housing market. Is it strong? Are there few houses on the

market? If so, your home may sell quickly and make up the initial investment easily. If the housing market is weak, however, your home may linger on the market for months, even years, and ultimately sell at a loss. • Next, consider the condition of your home. If it has good wiring and heating and a sound foundation and tight building envelope, these factors strongly favor a remodel. If there is extensive mold, dry rot, asbestos, pest, water or other damage, tearing down and rebuilding may be a better investment. • Also, how green is your residence or home? Older homes tend to be inefficient. They may have little to no insulation, single-pane leaking windows, old inefficient appliances and poor ventilation.

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black and various warm shades of brown in between. Though there are many pluses to hardwood, there are some minuses to consider when deciding whether it’s right for you. Bear in mind, all hardwood is not the same; quality and pricing are big factors. Depending on the species, some hardwood floors can take a great deal of wear and tear and still look good. Others, though beautiful at first, show the signs of wear very quickly. In any case, you have to clean and care for it properly. This includes not using ammonia cleaners, oil soaps or a wet mop; using a professional hardwood floor cleaner to remove scuffs and scratches; and cleaning spills immediately. For these reasons, hardwood might not be the best fit for every home. • In some cases, laminate is a great alternative. Fortunately, for people who really like the look of wood, there’s an excellent-and much less expensive-alternative: laminate flooring. Through highly detailed

Anyone can have beautiful, functional floors-once you review your options. For example, you may have your heart set on hardwood, but laminate may be a better option given your lifestyle. Alternatively, you may admire tile floors, but you might be a lot happier with luxury vinyl tile (LVT). In order to make the right decision, consider three key factors-budget, wearability and maintenance. • Hardwood floors are a great choice under the right conditions. Nothing compares to the natural beauty, color, intricate graining and depth of shine of a hardwood floor. Not only easy on the eye, hardwood floors tend to be warm underfoot too. Quality hardwood flooring is a big investment but will last a long time and add real value to your home. Hardwood is timely and timeless and completely authentic, and it comes in many colors, from nearly white to practically

digitized photography, laminate floors of today duplicate hardwood with tremendous realism that allows for a lower initial cost. What’s more, an inner cork subfloor on some laminate products helps tone down the noise and echoing attributes associated with laminates of yesterday. Unlike hardwood, a laminate floor will not fade. Pets can also be a problem for hardwood flooring. Laminate, on the other hand, offers a durable wear surface that is highly stain, scratch and moisture resistant. Because of its durability, hygienic nature and ease of installation and maintenance, laminate floors have become a low-cost alternative to hardwood, stone and tile. • Is your heart set on stone? Natural stone and porcelain tiles are another popular way to pave your floors. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors, glazed or unglazed, and can be used plain, decorated or as part of a mosaic. Along with its beauty, natural

stone flooring will likely increase your home’s resale value, and it only improves with age. Stone is also popular because every piece of stone is unique so no two floors are alike. Natural stone varies in hardness as no stone floor has a perfectly smooth surface. There is always a possibility that small chips or pits may show up and be more evident in certain kinds of lighting. It’s a good idea to match the flooring with the kind of activities that will be taking place, as soft, porous stone flooring is probably inappropriate for a high-traffic area. • Is tile the right fit for your family? A properly installed ceramic tile floor will outperform and outlast nearly any other. Glazed ceramic tile and porcelain resist stains, odors and dirt and can be cleaned easily. Environmentally friendly, ceramic tile is manufactured using natural materials and does not retain odors, allergens or bacteria. It also does not burn or emit toxic fumes. It can, however, be expensive

and difficult to install, and some people find tile cold underfoot. • Vinyl floors offer many perks. Luxury vinyl tile, which falls in the “resilient” flooring category, may be a flooring you should consider-especially if you’re concerned about pets and kids. Luxury vinyl tile flooring is a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms, as well, because it’s “no wax” and easy to keep clean. It’s durable, affordable, water resistant, easy to install and doesn’t fade or stain. LVT flooring comes in many colors, textures and patterns and can imitate wood grain, tile, even marble. Since it also comes in sheets, planks and tiles, there’s lots of room for self-expression. A talented installer can use contrasting sheet vinyl for large patterns. Tiles can be arranged any way you want, from checkerboard to stripes to diagonals. Plus, LVT are flexible and soft to walk on. They have a cushy “give” underfoot.

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Walking Dis to High School! $625,000 9 Car Garage! Exquisite home in Rivers Edge on 3/4 acre lot! Volume ceilings! Iron spindle staircase! 2 fireplaces! Cherry, granite & stainless kitchen! Turret sun room! 2 laundries! Heated garage!

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$335,000 Impeccable Townhouse

Ideally located to Randall corridor & walking distance to elementary school! Peaceful screen porch & deck! Large oversized kitchen for the largest of families! Finished daylight basement with full bath!


$500,000 St Charles Schools!

Rare ranch on 2 private wooded acres backing to nursery & forest preserve across! Finished walkout! In ground heated pool & 2 hot tubs! Whole house generator! Got toys!







$314,900 Amazing Potential

$375,000 Culdesac Acre Plus!

$254,900 Full Walkout!

Ranch home on 2 plus acres zoned for horses but yet only a minute to the Randall corridor! Perfect open floor plan has huge rooms! Gigantic vaulted kitchen! Oversized great room w/stone fireplaceFull basement! 2 car heated garage!



Wonderfully maintained & updated! Sophisticated decor! Hardwood floors! Newer maple granite kitchen! Big family room that opens to screen porch! All newer baths! Finished basement! 3 Car!


$175,000 Finished Basement!

Situated on a nice size corner lot in the highly desirable downtown Pottawatomie district, this property is an investors dream! Updated exterior siding, windows & boiler! This one will not last!

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3000 sf set on an approx 1/2 acre peaceful wooded culdesac lot! Volume ceilings! 3 fireplaces! SS Appliances! 3 season sun porch! Vaulted master! Wet bar! 2nd kitchen!


$209,900 Location Location!

Full front porch elevation adds appealing curb appeal to this Mill Creek row home! Spacious deck & covered patio for two outdoor living areas! Walk to town center! Close to Metra!

$359,000 All Brick! Walkout!






Wide vista views! Big deck, firepit & shed! Extra large family rm has wall of built ins & bay! Maple peninsula kitchen! Finished basement has bar, rough in bath & 5th bed/office!







Enjoy expansive views! No neighbors behind! All new carpet! Gleaming hardwood floors! Dramatic vaulted family rm! Big granite island kitchen! Awesome back yard! Pella windows!



Luxury townhome walking distance to golf clubhouse that just breathes sophisticated! Hardwood on entire 1st floor! Custom millwork! Plantation shutters! 3 season porch! Wow!


$475,000 Finished Eng. Basement!

Executive brick beauty in desirable Thornwood community! Volume ceilings! Hardwood floors! Dramatic 2 story family room! Stone fireplace! Community pool/ sportscore! CH ST.


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$125,000 Walk to School & Metra!

Unbelievable price for this totally updated 3 bed ranch just a few blocks to downtown Geneva on a huge lot! Hardwood floors! Vaulted family room! 2 car garage! Won’t Last!


Quiet tree lined street brings you to this updated newly painted bungalow! Walking distance to high school, metra & downtown! Original restored millwork! Shady back yard patio & deck! Awesome 3 season front porch!

• REBUILD Continued from page 3 Modern materials allow for much more energy-efficient heating and cooling. In fact, owners of older homes spend $750 million more than owners of new homes on repairs and upkeep. If it’s time to rebuild, you may consider building a green home. A new home can have modern multipane windows that cut down on heating bills thanks to their high level of efficiency. In addition, radiant floor heating is a much more efficient and green option than forced-air heat, which is stan-

dard in older homes. Rebuilding allows for easy integration of green features. That can lead to the house being certified as a green home through such national programs as Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED). This program looks at water efficiency, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, energy and atmosphere and sustainable sites. Since green homes use building materials that strive to be toxin-free, there will be fewer issues with internal environmental air quality, including mold and mildew, which can be a problem in older homes with ventilation issues.

“Not only is a green-built home healthier and more efficient,” explains Blu Homes CEO Bill Haney, “it usually means monthly bills will be significantly smaller.” On average, the annual utility costs for a home built 50 years ago at 2,500 square feet is $5,176. Compare that with a new green home, whose operation costs average $3,383-and that’s before add-ons like solar. On average, new homes save 3,449 KWH per year as compared to old homes. • Finally, there’s also the cost of maintenance to consider when it comes to an older home. On average, a 50-year-old home – and 29 percent of U.S. homes are 40 to 70 years old –

of 2,500 square feet costs $19,000 in maintenance per year, whereas newly built homes require no maintenance and even offer extended warranties. Once the decision to rebuild is made, the next question is often where to find a builder. For many, the answer is Blu Homes, because of its quality design, fixed price, green features and quick build time. All the company’s homes come out of the factory LEED Silver certifiable and with additions, such as solar, can be upgraded to LEED Gold, Platinum or Net Zero status. You can find more facts and ideas at and 1-888-228-8081.

Real Estate Transfers Batavia

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This stunning custom home has AMAZING WATER VIEWS from most windows! Super HIGH-END finishes and details through-out including 4 fireplaces, curved staircase, Brazilian cherry floors, beautiful builtins, extensive moldings and coffered ceilings! Sonos sound system, TO-DIE-FOR kitchen, spacious room sizes and FABULOUS walk-out with theater, bar, etc..Pergola

A PROMINENT lot nestled in The Sanctuary of Woods of Fox Glen is the idyllic setting for this ONE-OF-A-KIND. Custom built by Havlicek with 10,000 square feet and the allure of a genteel, yet sophisticated Southern Estate. In fact, it’s design and features compare to a Ritz Carlton with its high-end quality craftsmanship and timeless, understated elegance. Wide-plank Walnut flooring, arched doorways, 6 fireplace’s, Viking, honed granite and more!

Remodeled to perfection and designed with first class distinction! Volume ceilings, hardwood floors through-out 1st and 2nd floors, 5 fireplaces, custom built-ins, elaborate millwork, front and back stairs. Gourmet kitchen with glazed cabinets, granite and high-end appliances. Entire home has been freshly painted. Finished walk out basement, bar, theater room, 7k carpet allowance.




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One of THE most beautiful lots in Woods of Fox Glen! Extraordinary views of the golf course, pond and wooded vistas. Almost 10,000 square feet of living space in this spectacular home. Gourmet kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances, two-story family room with wet bar, floor-to-ceiling fireplace and views! Wood paneled study with fireplace, finished walk-out lower level, sauna, huge deck, and pool!

French Provincial Estate located in the Prestigious Woods of Fox Glen! Custom Built by Havlicek featuring Extensive Millwork, Grand Foyer with Sweeping Staircase, Volume Ceilings, Gourmet Kitchen, 1st floor Master-Suite with His and Hers Luxury Baths! Soaring Beamed two-story Family Room with fireplace and Wet Bar, Screen Porch and Florida Room, too! Lower Level features 2nd Kitchen, Exercise, Family Room and Bedroom!

Fabulous 7000 square foot home~built to impress! Circular drive, Porte-cochere, gas lamps, fabulous 3 tiered terrace and fireplace are just the beginning of this amazing home! Enormous Master with stone cast fireplace, triple tray lighted ceiling, huge master bath with marble double sinks. Handscraped wood and flagstone floors. Incredible gourmet kitchen, custom wrought iron throughout, 2nd floor media room! 10+!!






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116 S Barton Trl: Sold on or before 120613 by Kane County Sheriff to Bayview Loan Servicing Llc; $100,000.00 303 Olson Dr: Sold on or


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• TRANSFERS Continued from page 5 440 Maple Ave: Sold on or before 120913 by Kane County Sheriff to Ih3 Property Illinois Lp; $157,500.00


0N479 Dooley Dr: Sold on or before 120913 by Michael A Pyszka to Ih3 Property Illinois Lp; $253,000.00 0N495 Ford Dr: Sold on or before 120913 by Harmon Trust to Shodeen Homes Llc; $61,500.00 0N597 Fieldstone Ln: Sold on or before 120613 by James G Migliore to Grant Jacobsen & Amanda Jacobsen; $310,000.00 15 Simpson St: Sold on or before 120913 by Deutsche Bank Natl Trt Co Ttee to Michael Johnston; $92,000.00 18 Woodlawn St: Sold on or before 120913 by Pauline Howell Estate to Thomas Sparacino; $124,500.00 196 Abbey Ln: Sold on or before 120613 by Charles R Curtis to Eric A Harbach & Melissa A Harbach; $346,000.00 420 Cannon Dr: Sold on or before 120613 by Debbra E Barron to Brian D Tompkinson & Suanne M Tompkinson; $267,500.00

North Aurora

109 E State St: Sold on or before 121113 by Demetrius Johnson Ii to Jessica Quintana; $120,000.00

209 W Arrowhead St: Sold on or before 120913 by Melrose Holdings 10 Llc to Oscar Ochoa & David Valadez; $80,000.00 300 Cottonwood Dr: Sold on or before 121113 by Tonie E Ewoldt to Robert K Appell & Jayne E Appell; $162,000.00 62 S Walnut Dr: Sold on or before 121113 by Marilyn A Rotermund to Russell W Barrett & Joy L Barrett; $171,500.00 644 Dewig Ct: Sold on or before 121013 by John S Venhuizen to William Ford & Bernice Ford; $277,500.00

St. Charles

1011 Gerby Course: Sold on or before 120613 by Patricia F Patrick to Gina M Patrick; $190,000.00 1231 S 11th St: Sold on or before 120613 by Rockenbach Trust to Robert T Sawka & Alisa A Sawka; $265,000.00 1406 Red Fox Ct: Sold on or before 120913 by Marc A Donati to Vincent A Ireland Iii; $412,000.00 1465 S Tyler Rd: Sold on or before 121113 by Marc A Bossert to Michael R Raht & Lindsay S Rath; $280,000.00 1502 Winners Cup Cir: Sold on or before 121013 by Stephen S Sowinski to Brian Charles & Ann L Charles; $439,500.00 2984 Langston Cir: Sold on or before 121113 by Daniel G Visel to Krysten L Berg-



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dahl; $176,500.00 3081 Renard Ln: Sold on or before 121113 by Joseph H Vazquez to Itasca Bank & Trust Co Trustee; $220,000.00 35 Horne St: Sold on or before 121113 by Sehring Trust to Flesch Trust; $450,000.00 35555 Stern Ave: Sold on or before 121013 by Lla Development Llc to Jungle Kings Llc; $1,525,000.00 38W318 Clubhouse Dr: Sold on or before 121013 by James M See Sr to Lawrence A Green; $940,000.00 39W259 Hilltop Dr: Sold on or before 120913 by Shawn Ennis to Aaron Schmidt & Emily Schmidt; $405,000.00 3N350 Glad Dr: Sold on or before 120613 by James J Flanigan to Dariusz Sury & Beata Sury; $269,000.00 42W546 State Route 64: Sold on or before 120913 by Ridgestone Bank to Stephen R Thuer; $218,000.00 517 S 14th St: Sold on or before 120913 by Joseph C Ligler to Douglas W Kouri & Stephanie C Kouri; $227,000.00 6N422 Foley Ln: Sold on or before 121013 by John

R Wainright to Michael J Nitka & Stephanie D Nitka; $290,000.00 915 Ash St: Sold on or before 121113 by Sandra L Moreland to Jeffrey Otterby & Jennifer A Fellowes; $237,500.00

South Elgin

11 Andover Ct: Sold on or before 121013 by Bryan J Majure to Rebecca L Nelson & Cynthia Nelson; $124,000.00 15 Stratford Ct: Sold on or before 121013 by Bryon M Lawrence to Carl Metzke & Rebecca Metzke; $265,000.00 2275 Brookwood Dr: Sold on or before 120913 by William Speaker Iii to Timothy Everly & Rebecca Everly; $405,000.00 325 Robin Glen Ln: Sold on or before 121013 by Debra F Ratcliff to Myriam Forsuk; $184,000.00 361 Ann St: Sold on or before 121113 by 361 Ann Llc to Usb 7318 Chicago Title Land Tr; $315,000.00 570 Dean Dr: Sold on or before 121013 by Fannie Mae to Jeff Hinkle-

man & Lori A Hinkleman; $75,000.00 652 E Thornwood Dr: Sold on or before 120913 by Ronald E Roetman to Jeffrey L Carpenter & Frances Strong; $359,000.00 702 Lake Ridge Dr: Sold on or before 120613 by Michael Fessenden to Jeffrey D Ybarra & Patricia A Ybarra; $417,000.00

Sugar Grove

115 Joy St: Sold on or before 121013 by Julie L Archambault to Robert Hohenberger; $215,000.00 157 Edgewater Ln: Sold on or before 121113 by Jpmc Specialty Mortgage Llc to Julio Rucker & Marbella Rucker; $200,000.00 1935 Fays Ln: Sold on or before 120613 by Fannie Mae to Vanessa V Ortiz & Steven J Ortiz; $175,000.00 301 Yolane Dr: Sold on or before 121113 by Federal Home Loan Mtg Corp to Maddie Lehman; $155,000.00 612 Hickory: Sold on or before 121013 by Groff Trust to Glenn L Kisner & Susan L Kisner; $380,000.00

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Great investment! 1st flr. commercial office space on corner lot w/new air & roof. 2nd floor 3BR/1BA rental apt. has new windows & appliances. 10 minutes to I-88 and Rt. 47. Includes lot west of bldg.



4BR/2BA tri-level sited on large cul-de-sac lot, mature landscaping, patio, deck, super location. Home has newer roof and concrete driveway. Room sizes are generous. Great for the family and entertaining!


Exceptional 5BR/5.5BA 2-story, super location, finished bmt, custom details in & out, hwd, granite, millwork, screened porch, gourmet kit, master suite w/exc rm & office, 1st flr guest suite, mudroom, everything!

St. Charles


4BR/2.5BA two-story, 2-car garage, peaceful cul-de-sac location, backs to open space, over half-acre lot. Fam rm w/vaulted clg, fpl, large eat-in kit w/cherry cabs & pantry, 6-panel doors. Roof & furnace new in 2011.



Cute 2BR/1BA ranch, .30-acre, perfect starter home! Patio, public utilities, frame siding, 2-car det. garage, full bmt, crown molding. Why rent? Start building equity now! Walk to parks, shopping, dining, schools!


Vintage 5BR/3BA home on 1.3 acres in quiet LaFox! New foundation, new 2-car garage, all new mechanicals! Original period molding, pocket doors, built-in china cabinet. Horses allowed, plenty of room for the family!

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Dwyer Homes proposed construction on one of the last remaining lots in desirable Thornwood subdivision. Huge corner lot, also available to purchase just lot and bring your own builder and plans. Exceptional value!

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Exquisite 5BR/5BA brick & cedar home in Oak Glen! Neutral decor, custom millwork, gourmet kitchen, sunroom, playroom, 1st floor master. Loft & office on 2nd flr. Finished bsmt. Paver patio, fenced yard w/pool & more!



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Great homesite available in desirable Silver Glen Estates! 1.29 acres on this large corner lot. Community well and sewer. Don’t pass up this great investment!

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40W160 Campton Crossing Drive, St. Charles IL 60175



Luxury 5BR/5.1BA Mill Creek home w/over 6000+ sq ft! Finished walkout bsmt, vaulted ceilings, amazing inside & out. 1st floor master, 5 car garage, Trex deck, paver patio, upgrades around every corner.


Bottom line... We sell more homes!

• Thursday, January 2, 2014



5.27-acre wooded estate, horse country! Corner lot, pro-ldscp, fenced. Contemporary w/ open flrpln, soaring clgs, 2 fpls, views from every window! Sunrm, encl porch, deck, patio, large rm sizes, great for entertaining!

Maple Park



5BR/5BA, 5800 SF finished living space, almost one-half acre in Fox Mill. 1st flr master w/spa & dressing area, formal LR & DR, hwd floors, expansive fam rm w/fpl, gourmet kitchen, upgrades throughout. Stunning!

West Chicago

Inviting 3BR/1.2BA brick & vinyl tri-level on cul-de-sac lot backing to park! Huge living room, formal dining room, enclosed porch. Master w/private bath, 2-car detached garage & so much more. True bargain here!

St. Charles

Spacious 4BR/2BA cedar bi-level on quiet culde-sac! Large corner lot w/fenced backyard. Huge family room w/fireplace, roomy kitchen w/breakfast bar, dining room, sunroom w/ private balcony, 2-car garage & more!

Awesome investment potential awaits you! Charming two flat close to downtown. 1st floor unit w/fresh paint, updated bath & new kitchen flooring. Newer windows, roof, furnace & AC. 1-car garage, stamped concrete patio & more!



Corner lot in great subdivision in Maple Park. Public utilities to site. 6 miles from I-88 access, 15 min. to colleges, university, shopping, health & wellness facilities, entertainment, dining. Bring your builder or use ours.

Great value for one of several lots we can show you! I-88 access, university, colleges, shopping, health & wellness facilities, entertainment all nearby. Public utilities to site. Bring your build or use ours.

4BR/3BA split-level, finished basement, custom millwork, dead-end street, pro ldscp, deck, granite, marble, 6-panel doors, Corian & stainless in kitchen, cedar-lined closets, excellent neighborhood, loved & cared for!


REAL ESTATE WEEKLY | Kane County Chronicle /

• 441 Homes Sold YTD • #1 Team in the Fox Valley • #2 RE/MAX Team in Illinois

Kane County Chronicle / • Thursday, January 2, 2014



Want to see our home YYOUR featured on this page? Call Alex & Vicky Rullo at (630) 513-1771

SUPER SPACIOUS! A lovely custom stone & cedar home built with quality throughout! Situated on a gorgeous wooded cul-de-sac lot, this home has many wonderful features including a brick walkway, stone entry with arched window and a 2-story foyer. Dramatic vaulted living room with floor to ceiling windows, a fireplace & glass French doors. Large kitchen has hardwood flooring, tons of cabinetry, a Corian island & window surround dinette leading to an 18x10 screened-in porch! A full wall of River Stone with a fireplace highlight the family room; awesome 18x10 4-season sunroom has ceramic tiling, builtins, a full wall recessed greenhouse window and a glass door opening to a private deck. Tray ceiling master with walk-in closet and vaulted 16x13 luxury bath with step up whirlpool, separate shower & skylight. 2 additional bedrooms have hardwoods. Huge finished basement has a 4th bedroom, mirrored exercise room & 23x17 recreation room. A great floor plan – Perfect for entertaining! 3-car garage, newer roof, HVAC …. A Lot of House!

St. Charles

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