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Students take part in Hour of Code St. Peter School seventh-graders (left to right) Emma Kosla, Anna Crowell and Emma Spitzig are tutored in how to write computer code at the Geneva school. The Hour of Code is an international effort during Computer Science Education Week.

By BRENDA SCHORY GENEVA – Brady Wanshek listened to instructions on headphones and began to write lines of computer code. If you didn’t know better, you’d think the 11-year-old sixth-grader from Elburn was playing a computer game where a red Angry Bird turns an unhappy pig to dust. But Brady was learning how to write computer code in a program developed by MIT to teach even young children a computer programming language, said Marcia Feltes, computer teacher and technology coordinator at St. Peter Catholic School in Geneva. “The goal is to get the Angry Bird to move through the maze so that he gets to the pig,” Feltes said. The computer code tells the Angry Bird to move forward, turn left or right and move forward again to get to the pig. In all, Brady wrote nine lines of code. He said the exercise had opened up a whole new world for him, and he was going to go home and write some more code. “I actually really like writing code, and I learned that not many schools get to do that,” Brady said. St. Peter students from fourth to eighth grade all par-

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ticipated in the Hour of Code program, promoted during Computer Science Education Week, Feltes said. The Hour of Code is hosted by the nonprofit, dedicated to promoting computer-science education by making it more available in schools and to younger students. In addition to St. Peter, other local schools participating were St. Charles East and North high schools and the Fox Valley Career Center. The website reported more than 9 million students all over the world had written nearly 300 million lines of code. Feltes said nearly 170

countries and more than 33,000 classrooms were participating. “There’s not enough programmers to fill the need,” Feltes said. “It’s up to the schools to get the kids interested. If we don’t introduce it to them as young children – like they want to be a doctor or a lawyer or a fireman. If they don’t want to be a computer programmer, we’re not going to have any.” Isabelle Koester, 11, of Geneva, also worked on getting the red Angry Bird to chase the green pig on the maze. And like Brady, she wrote the code to make the bird move. “It’s kind of interesting because you get to program

computers,” Isabelle said. Tim Hoying of Geneva, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at St. Peter, skipped the first and most basic code-writing instructions, he said, because he already knew how. Tim ran an after school computer club for fourth- and fifth-graders for six weeks. “I taught them real basic programming,” Tim said. “I hope to do another one with older kids after break.” Tim said he comes by his affinity naturally, as his father has a master’s degree in computer science and said he might also consider it as a career. “It would be really cool to program robots,” Tim said.

Runners to raise money for Batavia pantry By ERIC SCHELKOPF BATAVIA – Don’t be surprised to see a group of people running through downtown Batavia on Sunday morning festively dressed in Santa hats and other holiday outfits. The Underground Polar Express Run will be at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Peg Bond Center, located near the Batavia Riverwalk, Houston Street and North Island Avenue. Those who participate in the 3.1-mile course are raising money for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry. This is the first year of the event.

“It’s kind of a grassroots thing we are doing,” said organizer Karen Willuweit of Batavia. “It’s almost like a flash mob run.” Participants pay a $10 fee, with all of the proceeds going to the food pantry. Those who participate can either run or walk. “We thought this would be a great time to make sure that everybody has something to eat this holiday season,” Willuweit said. Fifty people have registered so far, she said, and people can register at 11 a.m. the day of the event. Participants will receive Santa hats to wear, and the best dressed costume will receive a prize.

“We’re all going to be looking silly wearing Santa hats,” Willuweit said. Participants also are urged to bring nonperishable food items for the food pantry. The pantry is in need of food items such as cereal, baby food, Ramen noodles and beef stew, along with sugar, dish soap and paper towels. The Underground Polar Express Run will end at Pal Joey’s, located on North River Street in Batavia near the Fox River. Participants will receive a free drink ticket and glass at Pal Joey’s. Willuweit said she hopes the run becomes a holiday tradition.

“I’m hoping that next year we can make it bigger and make it an actual race with the city,” she said. For information, visit www. undergroundpolarexpressrun. com.

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‘Festival of Carols!’ on Sunday in North Aurora WHAT: “Festival of Carols!” Refreshments will be available. WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday WHERE: Union Congregational Church, 405 W. State St., North Aurora INFORMATION: Call the church office at 630897-0013.

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LEFT: Pianist Diana Schmück of The Orion Ensemble works with members of the St. Charles East High School chamber orchestra string quartet, including Monika Stoskute and Will Kennedy. The Orion Ensemble has partnered with the school as part of “Janet’s Stage.” ABOVE: Becky Drennan practices with the St. Charles East High School chamber orchestra string quartet and musicians from The Orion Ensemble.

Music that matters Efforts help expose students to chamber music By NICOLE WESKERNA

How to donate When a member of The Orion Ensemble approached St. Charles East High School orchestra director Ben Oswalt about having his students participate in a pilot music program, he said he couldn’t turn down the opportunity. Oswalt’s sophomore, junior and senior music students have been participating in the pilot program dubbed “Janet’s Stage” since the beginning of the school year. Through the program, members of The Orion Ensemble – what clarinetist and ensemble executive director Kathryn Pirtle says is one of the top chamber music groups in the country – works with high school students at St. Charles East, Batavia High School and Geneva High School. Although still in its early phases, Oswalt said Janet’s Stage so far has been well received. “I think any local director will tell you that when you have opportunities to collaborate with a very high-level musical group or any professional group, that can always be a real plus for students,” Oswalt said. “[The Orion En-

To donate to the Janet’s Stage initiative, which helps make chamber music more accessible to students at St. Charles East, Batavia and Geneva high schools – with the help of members from The Orion Ensemble – visit www., email info@ or call 630-6289591. semble] obviously wants to share their love of chamber music.” Pirtle said members of The Orion Ensemble, which – in addition to Pirtle – is made up of violinist Florentina Ramniceanu, pianist Diana Schmück and cellist Judy Ston, decided to create Janet’s Stage because they felt chamber music wasn’t very accessible to younger musicians in the Fox Valley area. The collaboration is named after former ensemble board chair Janet Safanda, who died last year. “We have started to extend our reach to young people in a really big way by developing this educational outreach program,” Pirtle said of the yearlong initiative. “ ...

The Fox Valley area is a bit under-served for chamber music, so we are there in a capacity that nobody else is providing.” Oswalt said he felt Pirtle’s observation about the lack of accessibility to chamber music in the Fox Valley area was spot on. He said students have some opportunities to experience that type of music, but they aren’t as prevalent as they once were. “If you ask my kids, ‘do you listen to chamber music outside of class?’ Most are going to say no,” he said. “This has been a jump-start to reinitiate kids into that, and I think the best way to learn is to do it in small groups. ... To have a professional step out and say it’s important, it’s going to make a difference in a young musician’s life.” Pirtle explained that chamber music consists of a small group of musicians who generally play without a conductor. She said students who study chamber music learn the skill of working together as a group without someone telling them every note they’re playing. Chamber

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• MUSIC Continued from page 4 music students also develop skills that are formative in artistic development, in general, she added. “Chamber music is wonderful because you’re responsible for your own part and you have to learn your own part really well,” she said. In addition to working with students about once a month, the group also offers free tickets for students to any of The Orion Ensemble’s shows. The year may culminate with joint concerts between students and The Orion Ensemble this spring, but that’s still tentative. Pirtle said The Orion Ensemble plays varying styles of music, including jazz, contemporary, ballet, pieces with narration and even funk. “There’s just as much variety in chamber music as there is in any other kind of music,” she said. “You can cross all boundaries of style.” At Geneva High School, orchestra director Julie Lawrence said all of her students are involved in chamber music, whether it’s a quintet or a quartet. After seeing The Orion Ensemble in concert, Lawrence said she was amazed with the quality of the group’s music. “My kids don’t even realize what they’re working with here and what these women have done,” she said. “They are superb performers. This is a big deal.” Janet’s Stage works with schools free of charge thanks to the $22,000 donated toward the initiative, Pirtle said. She said she hopes to raise enough money by the end of this year to continue the program next year. “We’re hoping the community will reach out and support this,” she said. “The community has embraced us, but we would love for more people in the community to hear what we’re doing and to know the difference we’re making in the tapestry of the Fox Valley, and that we’re giving students a unique experience.”

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Members of St. Charles East High School chamber orchestra string quartet work with musicians from The Orion Ensemble. Pictured are (clockwise, from top right) Monika Stoskute, Orion violinist Florentina Ramniceanu, Becky Drennan, Brandon Villanueva, Orion pianist Diana Schmück and Will Kennedy.

ELGIN – “The Greatest Gift” is the title of the Christmas musical to be presented by the adult and junior choirs of the Northwest Bible Baptist Church of Elgin at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at 9N889 Nesler Road, Elgin. The Christmas celebration of specially arranged choral music and original drama will be held in the auditorium of the church. The performance is free, and everyone is welcome to attend. For information, call 847-6956222 or visit www.nwbbc. com.

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Died: Dec. 6, 2013; in Leesburg, Fla. On Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, Dave Gust, 73, formerly of St. Charles, Geneva, Galena and Batavia, passed away in Leesburg, Fla. Anyone who’d met him will attest that he valued honesty, hard work, integrity and – above all – a sense of humor. Dave is survived by his wife, Kathy; their two sons, Gary of Columbus, Ohio, and Dan of Jessup, Md., and their children. He also is survived by countless friends whose lives he touched with generosity, caring and many, many laughs. Please sign the guest book at

JEANNE C. NAGEL GENEVA – Jeanne C. Nagel, age 96, a longtime resident of Geneva, passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Pineview Care Center in St. Charles. She was born May 4, 1917, in Elgin, the daughter of Guy and Evelyn (Lester) Coon. Jeanne was born and raised in Elgin. She worked for Cetron Electric for more than 20 years and was a member of Geneva Lutheran Church. Jeanne was a kind and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and had a love for life. She will be missed by all

those whose lives she touched. She is survived by her son Jack (Sharon) Adams of Bakersfield, Calif.; daughter Janet (Mark) Johnson of Geneva; grandchildren Kathryn (Chris) Lippelt of Yorkville, Matthew and Alyssa Johnson, both of Geneva, and Don (Kathy) Adams of Aurora; and great-grandchildren Amanda and Jillian Adams and Alex Lippelt. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Otto, who passed away in 2006; her parents; brother, Lester, who died in infancy; and cousins Jerry Seyller, Vera Yarbrough, Edna Haines and Glenn Seyller. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38), Geneva. Pastor Trudy Stoffel will officiate. The visitation will be from 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, until the service at Malone Funeral Home. Burial will follow the service at Garfield Cemetery in Campton Township. In lieu of flowers, memorials to CNS Home Health and Hospice Cadence Health Foundation, 0S050 Winfield Road, Suite 200, Winfield, IL 60190 would be appreciated. For information, call 630-2328233 or visit Please sign the guest book at

Service to honor lives of loved ones during the holiday season By NICOLE WESKERNA ST. CHARLES – Moss-Norris Funeral Home is preparing for its annual Service of Remembrance – an afternoon dedicated to commemorating a loved one who has recently died. Bryan Moss, owner of Moss Funeral Homes in St. Charles and Batavia, said he started the annual service six or seven years ago to help support those who might be spending their first Christmas without a loved one. “It’s before Christmas, and it’s a hard time already,” he said. “Most people are going through their first Christmas without them, so we decided to bring everyone

together for a service. We all have something in common there – you lost a loved one this year or maybe last year, and you’re still grieving.” The Rev. Michael Rasicci from Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia will speak at the service, which includes a short presentation about grief and the holidays, as well as live instrumental music. Moss said they make glass angel ornaments etched with the name, birth date and date of death of each family’s loved one who passed. The ornaments hang on a tree, and as each name is called off, families come to the front to receive their ornament and light a candle in remembrance. “It was just amazing after

the first service we had how many people that didn’t know each other stood around and talked to each other afterward,” Moss said. “I thought, wow, this is something that has been lost in our profession.” The funeral home reaches out to families that have used the funeral home’s services in the last year, inviting them to remember a loved one Saturday. However, the service is open to anyone in the community who wants to participate, as long as they RSVP to the funeral home by calling 630-879-7900 or emailing The service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Moss-Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third St., St. Charles.

a Cookie Walk from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday. Cookies will be sold for $6.50 a pound, with all proceeds going

to support youth mission projects. For information, call Susan Palmer at 630-879-7060.

8LOCAL BRIEF Cookie Walk planned BATAVIA – Youth from Batavia Methodist Church, 8 N. Batavia Ave, Batavia, will host

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8FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS Samuel J. Difazzio: The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Entombment will be in Assumption Cemetery in Winfield. Joyce R. Hoelscher: A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Calvary Episcopal Church, 222 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. Gary G. McFarlane: The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1145 N. Fifth Ave., St. Charles, with the Rev. Mark Larson officiating. Interment will be private Saturday at Union Cemetery in St. Charles. The visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 12, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main St. (at the corner of Routes 64 and 25),

St. Charles. Jeanne C. Nagel: Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Malone Funeral Home 324 E. State St. (Route 38) Geneva, with Pastor Trudy Stoffel officiating. The visitation will be from 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, until the service at Malone Funeral Home. Burial will follow the service in Garfield Cemetery in Campton Township. Helen M. Taff: The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 801 Oak St., North Aurora, with the Rev. Jack Heraty officiating. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva. The visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 W. State St., Geneva.

Annual Service of Remembrance MOSS FAMILY FUNERAL HOME & MOSS-NORRIS FUNERAL HOME This is open to everyone in our communities. Please RSVP at (630) 879-7900 or to let us know if you and your family would like to attend our service to remember the life of your loved one.

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TCF to close 37 branches; 5 located in Kane County By BRENDA SCHORY In a cost-cutting consolidation move, 37 of the TCF Bank branches located in Chicago-area and Northwest Indiana Jewel-Osco stores will be closed by the end of March, TCF National Bank announced Wednesday. The consolidation will affect five Kane County locations: 119 Randall Road, Batavia; 652 Kirk Road, St. Charles; 465 N. Route 47, Sugar Grove; 800 N. Main St., Elburn; and 375 Randall Road, South Elgin. TCF Bank spokesman Mark Goldman said there was no “average” number of employees per branch bank, but the consolidation will affect approximately 200 employees. “It is our focus and intent to retain as many as possible

at TCF,” Goldman said. “We are working with them and encouraging them to apply for other positions.” TCF is based in Wayzata, Minn., and is closing its downtown Minneapolis branch as well, the company announced in a statement. TCF has partnered with Jewel-Osco stores for the past 16 years, officials said. TCF will remain the primary banking partner for Jewel, as it will be keeping 118 of its branch locations, Goldman said. In all, the bank currently has 199 branch locations in Illinois and Indiana. “We have one of the largest bank footprints of any bank in the Chicago area,” Goldman said. The decision to consolidate the branches was based on a comprehensive review of the TCF branch network

to see where branches could be consolidated and resources could be deployed in other products and services, Goldman said. TCF plans to add 52 ATMs at train stations in Chicago, he said. “Another factor is the nature of how our customers bank is evolving,” Goldman said. “As more have the capability to do online and mobile banking through smartphone banking, the amount of foot traffic has decreased.” TCF now offers mobile and Android applications for customers to use, so they see less need to go into a branch to do banking, he said. A spokeswoman for Jewel did not return a voice mail message or an email requesting comment on the closures and whether the grocery company plans to have another bank step in after TCF leaves.

get to and from treatments through its Road to Recovery program. A training session is set for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the

American Cancer Society office, 143 First St., Batavia. Call 630879-9009 and select option 3 for information.

8LOCAL BRIEF American Cancer Society seeks volunteer drivers BATAVIA – The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteer drivers to help cancer patients

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determine what our levy is,” Konny said. “The purpose of levying more than what we collect is to make sure we are capturing enough, primarily from new property that comes on the tax rolls. There is not a lot of new property coming on the rolls. We feel a 1-percent increase … will levy to our full authority under the tax cap.” The college district covers 360-square miles over five counties and 33 municipalities, including St. Charles. Its equalized assessed valuation is $10.6 billion. Of that, $60 million is from new construction, Konny said. The slight increase to taxpayers reflects what a cost-effective value Elgin Community College is, Konny said. “Any community college offers such exceptional value to residents, as well as a great education,” Konny said. “I personally am the product of a community college. That is where I started.”

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ELGIN – The Elgin Community College District 509 Board this week approved a $55.5 million levy for 2013, a 1 percent increase compared to last year’s request of $55 million, officials said. The increase will raise property taxes on a house valued at $250,000 by $21, said Sharon Konny, the college’s treasurer. Taxing bodies in Illinois make their levy requests to the county based on what they need and the equalized assessed value of property within the district. The board acted to accept the levy in a 6-0 vote with one absent after a levy hearing. The college could have levied a maximum of 1.7 percent, the consumer price index, but Konny said levying to the max was not necessary. “We have a calculation we go through that helps us

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8LOCAL BRIEFS Foundation announces student-directed project ST. CHARLES – Self-Esteem for Life Foundation announced it will have a student-directed project, open to high school and college students. Students will build leadership skills and their resumes. This also is an opportunity for actors to learn about the casting process, and explore other careers in the theater world. Student directors should submit projects by email to Projects can include original works (10-minute time limit) or previously published scenes from plays, musicals, TV or film. The deadline is Dec. 20. Accepted projects will be announced via email by Dec. 26. A submission form is available on the website. Student actor auditions will be

from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 12 and 13. Auditions, rehearsals and performances will be at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Email for an audition appointment. Video auditions will be accepted, with a deadline of 8 p.m. Jan. 13. For information, visit www., or email info@ or call Tracy at 630-234-9506.

Bird walk set Dec. 28 SOUTH ELGIN – A bird walk is set for 8 a.m. Dec. 28 at SEBA Park, 50 W. State St., South Elgin. Participants can meet in the parking lot at the end of the entrance. For information, call Jane McMillan at 847-622-3216.

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Ex-inmate files lawsuit against Kane’s sheriff By ASHLEY SLOBODA A man incarcerated in the Kane County Jail last year is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 from Sheriff Pat Perez on claims that he was denied medication, according to a complaint filed this month. Wexford Health Services Randy Inc., which pro- Brattin vides medical services to jail inmates, also is named as a defendant. According to the lawsuit, Randy Brattin was treated for depression, anxiety and seizures before his incarceration at the Kane County Jail on Nov. 30, 2012. He was reportedly prescribed and required to take medications for those conditions. The complaint asserts the sheriff had a policy or practice of prohibiting those in custody from bringing medications or having medications brought to

them in jail. Instead, the complaint states, those medications were inventoried, and the sheriff’s own medical or pharmacy staff supplied the same or equivalent medication to inmates. Brattin didn’t receive the medication he requested to bring inside the jail or any other medication to treat depression, anxiety or seizures, the complaint alleges. Further, the document states, neither his physician nor family was contacted about his medical needs. According to the complaint, Brattin suffered from severe depression, a panic attack and on Dec. 6, 2012, attempted suicide. He also incurred medical and hospital expenses and noneconomical damages – such as humiliation and emotional distress – as a result of the injuries, the document states. The case is next expected in court at 9 a.m. Feb. 20. Lt. Pat Gengler, spokesman for the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, said Perez does not comment on pending litigation.

8LOCAL BRIEFS Santa stops by STC ST. CHARLES – Santa Claus is coming to Hickory Knolls Discovery Center on Saturday, at 3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles. He will bring his team of sled dogs. Watch Santa arrive, pulled by his huskies at 8:45 a.m., then spend time helping him get ready.

Write a letter to Santa, make an ornament and have your picture taken with Santa. Festivities will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The fee is $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents per child with adult. Ages 1 and younger are free. Breakfast snacks are included. Advance registration is required at

Spaghetti dinner set ELBURN – The next Elburn Lions Club free spaghetti dinner is set from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 500 S. Filmore St., Elburn. The event is free. Donations are accepted for Elburn Lions Charities. For information, visit www.

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AN OUTSIDE CHANCE Because myopia (nearsightedness) is much more common now than it was four decades ago, researchers have tried to find possible reasons. Among the most plausible findings came from an analysis of eight carefully selected studies on the association between time spent outdoors and myopia among children and adolescents. After analyzing the behavior and degree of nearsightedness among more than 10,400 youngsters, researchers concluded that the chance of being nearsighted fell by approximately two percent for each additional hour spent outdoors per week. Playing outdoors allows children to focus on distant objects rather than playing with iPads, watching TV, playing video games, and doing near work, which may also play a role in nearsightedness development. P.S. It is important for their academic and physical development to have children’s eyes tested regularly. Refractive errors are easily correctable.

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S T . C H A R L E S T O W NSHIP – A missing Aurora Township man accused of sexually assaulting a relative was convicted Wednesday after a trial in which he was absent. A Kane County jury convicted Enrique Ruiz, 85, of two counts Enrique Ruiz of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, all felonies. The trial proceeded without him. Ruiz faces a prison sentence of 15 to 67 years. On multiple occasions between June 4, 2004, and Nov. 30, 2010, Ruiz committed an act of sexual penetration with the victim, a relative who was younger than age 13 at the time, prosecutors said. Ruiz also placed his hand over the victim’s sex organ.

The victim disclosed the assaults to a school counselor, who notified authorities. Ruiz was charged in June. He was released after posting $2,500 bail to meet a $25,000 bond, but was reported missing by his family Nov. 24. Ruiz told family members he was going for a walk in Oakhurst Forest Preserve, left home and never returned. During the trial, Ruiz’s wife testified that Ruiz’s Mexican passport was missing and that the family owns a house in Mexico City. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, prosecutors said, and anyone with information of Ruiz’s whereabouts should call 911. Circuit Judge James Hallock set Ruiz’s next court appearance for Feb. 13.

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OPINIONS LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The war on Christmas To the Editor: The war on Christmas has taken many forms. The one that interests me is the name game. What should the 12 days of Christmas now be identified as? Praying over this dilemma, reality set in. “Merry Christmas” obviously is the natural base for Christians. “Season’s Greetings” is a form that Jewish people and Islamists could be comfortable with, if offended by “Christmas.” “Happy Holidays” already is an I.D. used by atheists, a recognition they have worked at achieving for years. Language is a great determiner in society as to who you are, what you believe. Christians have not fared well in this realm. They have little experience and less spunk in social duals. This will work well for me, and – not being shy – I shall utilize my discovery openly. Joan Solms Aurora

The pixelated personality of the present On most Saturdays, I like to save the galaxy from the sentient race of death machines known as the Reapers. With my rugged chin cut from pure white marble and abs that any lucky lady wouldn’t mind washing clothes on, I cruise around the nebula searching for inter-planetary cases of injustice. Of course, life as a commander does get boring from time to time, so I switch it up. If I’m feeling risky, I ride the streets in my supercharged Mustang GT. From drag races to circuits, I reign supreme as the king of midnight racing. But, alas, even the street lamps lose their luster after a while. On Sundays, I lead a more controversial lifestyle. As the head of a massive under-

ground smuggling ring, I take care to provide the best merchandise/service to the highest bidder – so long as no one crosses me. By now, one can assume that I’m not all of these personas. Though I’m handsome, fast-paced and dangerous, I don’t fly spaceships, rule at racing or run the mob. In a less fantastic manner, my weekends resemble me, dressed in battle-worn Abercrombie & Fitch pajama pants, meandering down the stairs to sit atop my couch like a glob of sexy molasses and play Xbox. Thanks to the advances of technology, teens and fellow couch globs can now experience the most exotic venues of the world right from the amiable confines of their per-

MARMION’S MANLY MAN Kurt Zepeda sonal La-Z-Boy recliner. But for all their mystical adventures and opportunities that they offer, video games bear a negative image nowadays. Some critics say that the virtual world of video games fills malleable minds with less than decent ideas – ideas such as jumping off skyscrapers without a parachute or training; driving over the speed limit on sidewalks in a metropolitan area; or prowling the corrupted streets as a crime fighter with self-taught karate. Though these notions may seem dangerous or even a bit

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deranged, one has to admit that they do come off as awesome. I mean, who wouldn’t want to live in a place where half of the population believes they possess psychic powers? I say, let people live out their oddest fantasies – sales of colorful spandex outerwear would skyrocket; emergency room doctors would get a lot more experience with I-thought-I-could-make-thatjump cases; and young adults would live in their parent’s basements for an extended period of time. For all the rejection in people’s lives, video games offer a break from the negative banality. Say petite Joe Schmo wants to try out the life of a pro football player. He should spend the $60 for

the game and get some finger workouts going. Who knows, maybe he’ll win the Super Duper Imaginary Bowl. If Joe feels like he can take it to the next level and handle those 300-pound behemoths in real life, go Joe. Let’s just hope his insurance covers stupidity. For some, there’s no reality like computer-generated reality. Well, until reality butts back in.

• Kurt Zepeda is a St. Charles resident and a senior at Marmion Academy in Aurora. He enjoys running, writing and the occasional confection. His column runs every other Thursday in the Kane County Chronicle. Contact him at editorial@

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. First Amendment, U.S. Bill of Rights

8LOCAL BRIEFS MAPLE PARK – HorsePower Therapeutic Riding has scheduled a bowling fundraising event for Jan. 18 at HorsePower, which is at Fox Chase Farms, 46W276 Route 38, Maple Park. As part of that event, a 50/50 raffle will be sponsored by the Elburn Police Department Chapter of the Illinois Council of Police. Tickets are available for purchase at Fox Chase Farms, Paisano’s Pizza and Grill, 106 N. Main St., Elburn and Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill, 117 N. Main St., Elburn.

Auxiliary plans boater education classes

Mozart Journey series continues Jan. 25 ST. CHARLES – In January, the St. Charles Singers and Metropolis Chamber Orchestra will be joined by Anima, the internationally recognized, Glen Ellyn-based youth choral organization, for “Mozart for the Masses,” the eighth installment in the St. Charles Singers’ Mozart Journey series. Mozart for the Masses will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1010 W. Webster Ave., Chicago; and at 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at Baker Memorial church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles. For information, visit www. Tickets are $40 for general adult admission, $30 for seniors 65 and older and $10 for students. For information, call 630-5135272.

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GENEVA – The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary has planned boater education classes at Gander Mountain, 2100 S. Randall Road, Geneva. Flotilla 41-7 9WR of St. Charles will have the classes Feb. 2, March 1 and March 30. The class is eight hours in length consisting of classroom instruction, reviews, stories, videos and final exam covering federal, state and local boating laws; required safety equipment; safe boating; basic navigation; boating problems; moving and storage of boats. Upon completion of the class students are awarded a certificate of completion and

wallet card. The certificate of completion is accepted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources under the Illinois Boat Registration and Safety Act of 1978, which requires those 18 and younger to carry to operate a personal watercraft or a motorboat on any public body of water in Illinois. For information or to register for a class, visit http://store.

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Kane County to draft resolution on gateway project By ASHLEY SLOBODA GENEVA – Kane County Board member Barb Wojnicki offered Wednesday to work with staff in developing a resolution that would address concerns about ComEd’s proposed Grand Prairie Gateway project. Plans for the project include the installation of new high-voltage power lines between the utility company’s existing substations near the towns of Wayne and Byron. It is intended to create a more efficient flow of energy and relieve congestion for Kane, DeKalb, DuPage and Ogle counties. Wednesday, residents living near the proposed route in Elgin told the Kane County Development Committee they are concerned about the effects the power lines could have on their property values and health. Mary Ochsenschlager of Sugar Grove also expressed

concerns about the route the power lines could take near Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve. Wojnicki, R-Campton Hills, proposed the county draft a resolution about the project. In addition to including concerns about the effect on property values and public health, the document should encourage underground power lines in certain areas, she said. She said she would like copies of the resolution sent to ComEd and the Illinois Commerce Commission, which is considering the proposed project. ComEd spokeswoman Sylvia Rogowski said residents can submit feedback on the proposal to the ICC at www. The case number is 13-0657. The utility company anticipates to have a ruling by July, Rogowski said. Visit for information about the project.


December Events Join Us at Heritage Woods of Batavia! Tree Lighting & Silent Auction for United Way Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 pm with music by the Batavia High School Madrigals

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SUGAR GROVE – Director Andrea LaFranzo and Kaneland Youth Orchestra will present a holiday performance at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the cafetorium at Kaneland Harter Middle School, which is at 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. The group is accepting registration for spring 2014, starting Saturday, through the Sugar Grove Park District. The string ensemble is for sixth- through eighth-graders. The prep strings will be for fourth- or fifth-graders, with third-graders allowed with the director’s approval. For information, visit www. For information on instrument rentals, visit www.austinsviolin-

Jakubowski returns to Batavia to discuss career BATAVIA – Guest speaker Kevin Jakubowski is returning home to Batavia for the holidays to discuss his career as a film and television writer in Los Angeles. “Write What You Know: Stories from a Batavia Screenwriter” will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave, Batavia. Jakubowski’s recently published book, “8-Bit Christmas,” will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture. The lecture is free; however, registration is required at www. or 630879-1393.

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By ERIC SCHELKOPF BATAVIA – Kane County prosecutors expect that a trial will get underway next year for a Batavia woman charged in the stabbing death of a Chicago man. Latoya Baines, 26, a Batavia Apartments resident, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the April 30, 2012, stabbing death

of Chicago resident Gerald J. Jackson, 25. Police said the stabbing was the result of a domestic dispute. Prosecutors on Wednesday said they expect her trial to begin in the first half of 2014. Her next court hearing is set for Dec. 20, and she remains in the Kane County Jail on a $750,000 bond. Baines has been in custody for 590 days. Police responding to the incident found two females, one

of them Baines, struggling with each other at the bottom of the stairwell. Officers said they later found three knives in the hallway where the females had been struggling. “Evidence in this case points to [Baines] being in possession of three knives before the stabbing of Jackson, and being in possession of one knife at the time that Jackson was stabbed,” according to court records.

After conducting a field investigation, police said they were able to determine that the incident occurred as a result of a domestic dispute between the victim and Baines. In addition, a trial is expected to start in February for a Chicago woman charged in a stabbing at Batavia Apartments in August 2012. Cyrenthia D. Williams was charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm

and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, each a felony. Police found a 26-year-old Aurora woman who said she had been stabbed with a knife in a domestic dispute. She was taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva with nonlife-threatening injuries. Her jury trial is set to start Feb. 18. Williams, who was 18 at the time of the stabbing, is no longer in custody after posting $1,000 bail.

By NICOLE WESKERNA ST. CHARLES – Amateurs and experts alike can test their skills at breaking boards using tae kwon do techniques this Saturday while raising money for victims of a typhoon that recently struck the Philippines. Bill Cho’s United Tae Kwon Do Center in St. Charles will host a kick-athon this weekend in hopes of helping the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit in early November. Lisa Jo Adair, enrollment director at Bill Cho’s, said many of the tae kwon do center’s students or their families have been affected by the typhoon, which is why they wanted to help out.

“We have several families that are immigrants from the Philippines and still have family or close friends in areas that were hardest hit,” she said. “We have a lot of personal connections with the families that are here, and we’re wanting to do something to help them.” Adair said the family members of one of the students lost their business when their entire chicken farm was wiped out. “Our [fundraising] goal is endless at this point,” she said. “We’re just trying to make a big impact and get as much as we can.” Bill Cho’s United Tae Kwon Do Center is partnering with an organization called Gawad Kalinga USA, also known as GKUSA. Adair

said “gawad kalinga” means “give care” in Filipino. During the kick-a-thon, anyone can purchase boards for $2 each and can attempt to break them with their hands or feet, Adair said. She said they’re using beginner boards, so even small children can participate. In addition to the kick-a-thon, several items will be raffled off, including skybox seats to a Kane County Cougars game and a spa package worth $180. “It’s going to be just a fun, family-friendly event,” she said. The kick-a-thon is open to the public and will go from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bill Cho’s United Tae Kwon Do Center, 2000 W. Main St., St. Charles.

children. Performances are on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22, and reservations are suggested, as this show usually sells out. Visit to buy tickets, or call the box office at 630-5878521. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

with leaves in their yard can still have them picked up for free through Dec. 28. Advanced Disposal will collect leaves in paper yard waste bags that are left on the curb on scheduled garbage collection days. Refuse stickers are not required. The paper bags should be filled only with leaves. No grass or other yard waste can be mixed in. Call the Public Works Department at 630-2321501 for information.

8LOCAL BRIEFS Steel Beam to present annual holiday show ST. CHARLES – Steel Beam Children’s Theatre, 111 W. Main St. in downtown St. Charles, presents its annual holiday show, “Sing Along with Santa.” It features a short, interactive musical play, followed by visits with Santa. Marge Uhlarik-Boller of Elgin directs this year’s play “Elves on Strike,” written by her and Kate Quan of Wheaton. There will be audience participation and goodies for the

Leaf collection ends GENEVA – The city of Geneva’s curbside vacuum leaf collection program has ended for the season, but residents




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BATAVIA – The Batavia Access Toy Drive Committee is seeking donations of unwrapped new toys, books, games, sports equipment, puzzles, hats, scarves and mittens for children ages 1 month to 16 years. Donation sites are the Batavia fire stations and the Batavia Public Library. Cash, gift cards and checks made out to “Batavia Access Toy Drive” should be delivered to the Batavia police station. Deadline for donations is Friday. Email bataviaaccesstoys@

Santa Paws Workshop planned for Saturday SOUTH ELGIN – A Santa Paws Workshop For Kids event is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Anderson Animal Shelter, 1000 S. LaFox St., South Elgin. The cost is $50 for the four-hour event with shelter animals, with games, crafts and a pizza party. Registration is underway. For information or to register, contact Christin Meyer at or 847-697-2880, ext. 51.

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Owner brings Spanish roots to St. Charles restaurant By NICOLE WESKERNA ST. CHARLES – John Borras was raised in Venezuela, but his parents tuned his palate to Spanish cuisine because that was their heritage. Borras opened Macarena Tapas in St. Charles last month, a sit-down restaurant that offers a menu of Spanish dishes, and according to the menu, some were inspired by his mother and grandmother. “My dad and mom brought me up eating really good food,” he said. “My parents never took me to a fast food restaurant in their life.” Borras is part owner of a Macarena Tapas in Naperville, which opened in 2007. He owns the new St. Charles location and runs it with the help of his operations manager, Alex Ayala. Borras’ parents moved from Spain to Venezuela in the 1960s, and they brought their Spanish recipes with them, which have inspired the restaurant’s menu. Many of the dishes at Macarena Tapas are meant to be shared, although there are some entrees available. He emphasized that Spanish food is much different than Mexican food and said the two shouldn’t be confused. “Not too many people know about Spain. In 1905 or 1908, they were a big Spanish army empire. It also is a big mecca for food,” he said. “A lot of Chicago chefs are from that background. We have a lot to offer.” Borras, the owner and chef, offers the “ensalade de espinacas como le gusta a mi madre,” one of the classic cold tapas on the menu. Translated to English, it means, “spinach salad just the way my mom likes it.” The spinach salad is served with pear, avocado, peaches, dried cranberries, walnuts and bleu cheese

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Among the dishes at Macarena Tapas, a new Spanish restaurant that opened in St. Charles last month, are dates wrapped in bacon splashed with honey.

About Marcena Tapas For more information about Macarena Tapas, 1890 W. Main St., St. Charles, call 630-945-3458 or visit the restaurant’s Facebook page at Reservations are not required, but are recommended. Nicole Weskerna -

Dishes at Macarena Tapas in St. Charles include scallops wrapped in bacon over a chunky avocado sauce with roasted coconut and chipotle aioli (left), pork medallions wrapped in bacon, topped with romesco sauce and roasted sliced almonds (center) and dates wrapped in bacon splashed with honey (right).

with a mixed-berry vinaigrette. Another one of the more popular cold tapas dishes on the menu includes the tortilla de patatas “just like my grandmother made it.” The dish is a Spanish potato and onion omelet. The menu also features classic hot tapas. Those include a spicy potato dish served in a hotsweet tomato sauce topped with chipotle and jalapeno aioli and

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Among the dishes at Macarena Tapas, a new restaurant in St. Charles that serves Spanish cuisine, are the scallops wrapped in bacon over a chunky avocado sauce with roasted coconut and chipotle aioli. fresh white cheese. Hot tapas also include crab cakes topped with spicy Asian

coleslaw and finished with pimenton, otherwise known as paprika and aioli sauce. Borras also

serves up beef tenderloin medallions over toasted bread with sun-dried tomato, topped with piquillo pepper and manchego cheese. Another hot tapas dish on the menu includes a pork belly crusted with sweet mixed nuts. Borras said he put a lot of thought into the name of the restaurant, Macarena Tapas, which was inspired by the song, “Macarena.” He said the artists, Los del Rio, composed the song while in Venezuela. “The song came from the same area I’m from,” Borras said. Borras has a degree from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago and a degree from Le Cordon Blue College of Culinary Arts in Chicago. He also completed cooking training in Italy and Spain.



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Road, St. Charles COST/INFO: Santa Claus will visit Hickory Knolls Discovery Center with his team of sled dogs. Attendees can watch Santa arrive with his huskies at 8:45 a.m. The fee is $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents per child with an adult. Children younger than 1 year old will be admitted for free. Advance registration is required at

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WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and Dec. 21; and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 WHERE: Playhouse 38, 524 W. State St., Geneva COST/INFO: Playhouse 38 will present “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.” Tickets cost $14, and they can be purchased at the Sunset Community Center, 710 Western Ave., Geneva. For information, call 630232-4542 or visit



Dec. 15 WHERE: Aurora University’s Crimi Auditorium, 407 S. Calumet, Aurora COST/INFO: The Fox Valley Orchestra will present “Christmas Fan-

tasia” concerts under the direction of Dr. Colin Holman and guest choral master Jon Warfel. The Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus will join the orchestra for an array of holiday music. Complimentary valet parking will be available at both concerts. Tickets cost $13 for adults and $11 for students and seniors. Advanced tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at www. or by calling 630-891-2526. Photo provided


Saturday, Dec. 14 WHERE: Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, 34W002 Cherry Lane, Geneva COST/INFO: The Kane County Cougars will host a Christmas holiday event inside the upper-deck level at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. The event is free, but there is a cost of $5 a child to participate in the ornament and cookie-decorating activities. Fans are asked to bring a gently used winter coat or outerwear item. For information, visit or call 630-2328811.

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Book aims to change behavior after holidays By DOUG OLESON Wherever they went, Geneva resident Karen Tomko and her neighbor Laurie Heine kept hearing the same thing. “We’d hear moms commiserating about how the holidays are so great because you can hold that over their kids’ heads to keep them good,” Tomko said. “Then, the day after Christmas, [everything] breaks loose. We really felt there was some need to help parents with their kids after the holidays.” What the women did was write a children’s book, “Rodney the Repo Reindeer, a Cautionary Tale to be Shared After Christmas.” “There are a ton of books out there for Christmas, but not for one after that,” Tomko said with a laugh. “Dec. 26 is tough.” Essentially, the book is about a brother and a sister who wake up one morning to find all their toys gone. They are experiencing shock and awe until their mother explains that the toys were taken away because of their bad behavior. She then shows them a package that came for them, containing a magical jar of snow with Rodney the Repo Reindeer who explains how they can get their toys back – by being good. Tomko said it took about a year and a half to write the book, which was the first for both women. “It was a blast,” she said. Even more enjoyable, she said, was seeing the book illustrated. Once the manuscript was accepted, an illustrator was assigned to the project

Teen musicians play at a fundraiser for the Stax Music Academy in Memphis, Tenn. The event took place recently weekend at Napa Café and included dinner, wine and live music.

If you go Co-authors Karen Tomko and Laurie Heine, both of Geneva, will have a book signing for “Rodney the Repo Reindeer, a Cautionary Tale to be Shared After Christmas” from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the DeKalb Barnes and Noble, 2439 Sycamore Road, DeKalb.

“There are a ton of books out there for Christmas, but not for one after that. Dec. 26 is tough.” Karen Tomko Co-author

who communicated with them by phone and other means. “It was kind of fun watching him come to life,” Tomko said, adding that the women never met the illustrator face to face. Along with the book comes a poster of Rodney, which can be hung up in a child’s room. It’s red on one side as a reminder to kids that something is going to be repossessed if they don’t behave. It’s green on the other to show they’ll get the toys back if they’re good. The 20-page book, which is aimed for children ages 3 through 10, costs $9.99. It was published last year. “We would love to write a prequel,” Tomko said. “A lot of people would love to know where Rodney came from.” Maybe if adults are good, they’ll do just that.

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Food and wine for good cause MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Rusty Prudhon took a commitment to local ingredients to a new stratosphere. For the second straight year, the managing partner at the Napa Cafe engineered the Heart Full of Soul, an epic soul music spectacle and winemaker dinner at his east Memphis restaurant to benefit the Stax Music Academy. While fresh, local ingredients are the impetus behind recent culinary trends, Prudhon furthered the approach with the finest student musicians in the area. A spectacular five-course meal was seamlessly intertwined with a plethora of talented, teen musicians and wines from Sleight of Hand, crafted by Washington winemaker Trey Busch, who was in attendance for the recent gala event.

Winemaker spotlight Song after song played. Soul music. The soul classics filled the air of Prudhon’s office as he searched for a moment of inspiration. The Stax Museum of American Soul pays homage to the finest singers and songwriters of all time. Otis Redding, The Staple Singers and Isaac Hayes are just a few of many immortalized by the museum, and Prudhon has come to know their songs well. Their songs and the opportunity to further the aspiring careers of tomorrow’s musicians through the Stax Music Academy drive Prudhon. “It all starts with the mu-

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sic,” Prudhon said. “I listen to as much music from Stax as possible. I look for songs that would be a good fit with the food ... if there’s a theme in the music that we can pair with a dish. It’s the opportunity to look for anything that will strike a creative spark.” The Soulsville students relished the chance to perform. With soaring voices that filled the restaurant, slick instrumental interpretation and expertly flowing dance moves, I marveled that they were just high school students rather than seasoned professionals. A song precluded each course and the students matched the show-stopping quality of the food and wine. They danced in the aisles with the patrons – myself included – and showed that their future is limitless. “We want it to be a multi-sensory event,” Prudhon said. “It’s a challenge to pull all the logistics together because there is so much to focus on – the music, food and wine. Our goal is to create an event where everything works well together and people are entertained.”

What to buy Sleight of Hand Cellars, “The Magician,” Evergreen Vineyard, Riesling, Columbia Valley 2011 – this wine was perfectly paired with steamed

mussels, “ambrosia” broth and an apple and fennel salad. Crisp green apples and a pleasant mouthful are “The Magician’s” highlights. The acidity helps balance the residual sugar. It was a great way to start the meal. Sleight of Hand Cellars, “The Illusionist,” Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 2012 – The nose of this wine is pure cabernet. It has notes of dark fruit, cassis and cigar wrapper. I kept revisiting the nose because it was eloquent, complex and a beautiful prelude to an incredibly well-balanced wine where fruit, oak, tannins and acidity are all in ideal harmony. A stellar cabernet interpretation.

Wine 101 Last year, the Heart of Soul dinner and silent auction raised $13,084 for the Stax Music Academy. This year, a portion of the proceeds from the Heart of Soul Syrah and Chardonnay, which will serve as the house wine at the Napa Cafe and be sold by four local wine stores, should up the donation. “Both nights were a huge success,” Prudhon said. “They were everything we wanted them to be. This was our second year, and our goal is to get a little bit bigger every year.”

• James Nokes writes a bi-weekly wine column for the Shaw Media. He’s been tasting, touring and collecting in the wine world for several years. Contact him at

Former Geneva standout Lauren Wicinski is preparing for possibly her biggest volleyball match in her career with the Michigan State volleyball team, writes Dennis D. Jacobs. PAGE 25


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St. Charles North bowlers huddle Wednesday before the North Stars’ meet against Oswego at St. Charles Bowl.

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The Aurora Christian boys basketball team made a lurry of late 3-pointers but could not defeat Timothy Christian in nonconference action. PAGE 26

The Geneva wrestling team enjoys cozy conines of Mack Olson Gymnasium, and got off to a strong start there in last week’s win against Batavia. That and more in this week’s edition. PAGE 30



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T. CHARLES – Crashing pins, clanging ball returns and flashy arcade sound effects all conspire to make noise an essential bowling backdrop. At some houses, even extravagant carpeting seems to scream during the walk from the shoe rental station to the assigned lane. St. Charles North boys bowlers don’t doubt things can get loud at St. Charles Bowl or elsewhere, but they also aren’t ones to raise their voices through the din. Senior leadership, as defined by Isaac Marshall, happens subtly. Players-only meetings near the snack bar need not apply. “To me, it’s just about getting the whole team together and making sure nobody is being upset, trying to get them excited to be here,” Marshall said. “Maybe giving some advice on their shot and making sure that they’re listening and

Log on to for a video of Isaac Marshall and Nate Ioriatti discussing the St. Charles North bowling team, as well as a photo gallery from Chronicle photojournalist Sandy Bressner. just following directions from coach.” In the handful of years since North, St. Charles East and Geneva made like their brethren to the bowling-loving west and added the sport to the extracurricular slate, the North Stars boys have earned their share of accomplishments. Marshall rolled a perfect 300 game at Rockford’s Don Carter Lanes at a tournament in January. In 2011-12, the North Stars advanced to the second day of the 24-team state tournament behind a senior-heavy group. After stumbling during the state series last season as a

young team trying to find its way, North enters the winter with a quiet confidence. Marshall and four-year teammate Bailey Sebastian are the elder statesmen of a core group that includes Zac Cook, Nate Ioriatti, Alex Kummet, Steven Leitner, Alex Mundt and Nate Slinker. Like most teenagers, the North Stars veer off task from time to time, but don’t usually stray for long. Marshall and Ioriatti, Marshall’s assistant captain, need only point to a season-opening sweep of Bartlett to get North revved up again. “A lot of the guys on the team, pretty much everybody knows what they’re doing for the most part,” said Ioriatti, a junior. “So the main goal is to just make sure that everybody’s focused and in the zone and we’re bowling as best as we can, because everybody here’s got the potential to bowl 280.” Short of tacking a flourescent-colored ad to the St.

Charles Bowl bulletin board, coach Jeff Fett still wouldn’t mind a bigger rah-rah guy on his side. Fett said it’s “really obvious” among bowler interactions when things are going well, but added the North Stars “tend to shut down a little bit” during adversity. Maybe that’s by design. “It’s not like we’ve got one standout guy and then four that are holding that one guy back,” Ioriatti said. “Everybody’s at the same level, so that keeps a really nice, even team aspect to this sport that’s usually generally judged pretty individually.” The IHSA added a regional component to the state series this season, decreasing the number of sectionals statewide but increasing from two to six the number of teams who advance from them. More wiggle room figures to bode well for bowlers with a tendency to grow tight. As Fett hopes the North Stars will learn, there’s no harm in opening up a bit.

TODAY Girls basketball: Batavia at Waubonsie Valley, 7:15 p.m.; St. Charles North at Larkin, 7:15 p.m.; IMSA at Aurora Central Catholic, 6 p.m.; Wheaton Academy at Immaculate Conception, 7:30 p.m. Wrestling: Leyden at St. Charles East, 7 p.m.; Marengo, Rock Falls, Genoa-Kingston at Burlington Central, 6 p.m.; Wheaton Academy at Guerin, 5:30 p.m.; DeKalb at Kaneland, 5:30 p.m. Boys swimming: Bartlett at St. Charles East, 4:30 p.m. Boys bowling: St. Charles East at Larkin, 4 p.m. Girls bowling: Lake Park at Geneva, 4 p.m.; St. Charles East at Metea Valley, 4 p.m.; St. Charles North at East Aurora, 4 p.m. Boys swimming: Waubonsie Valley at St. Charles North, 5 p.m. FRIDAY Boys basketball: Batavia at Waubonsie Valley, 7:15 p.m.; St. Charles East at Geneva, 7:15 p.m.; St. Charles North at Larkin, 7:15 p.m.; Walther Lutheran at Marmion, 7:30 p.m.; Rochelle at Kaneland, 7 p.m. Girls basketball: St. Charles East at Geneva, 5:45 p.m.; Guerin Prep at Aurora Central Catholic, 7:30 p.m.; Genoa-Kingston at Burlington Central, 7:15 p.m. Wrestling: Waubonsie Valley at Batavia, 5:30 p.m.; Geneva at St. Charles East, 7 p.m.; Larkin at St. Charles North, 5:30 p.m.; Marmion at Ironman Tournament, (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio), 1 p.m.; Wheaton Academy at Plano Invite, 5:30 p.m. Girls gymnastics: Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles North at DeKalb Invite, 6 p.m.

prepare for the big match you have,” Wicinski said. “It’s just a balancing act.” Wicinski did a good job focusing on matches over the weekend. The 6-foot-1 outside hitter had 16 kills in Michigan State’s 3-0 sweep of Ohio, as well as nine digs and four aces. On Sunday, she hammered home 16 kills and came up with 17 digs as the Spartans downed Kentucky in four games. The victory over the Wildcats on their home court put Michigan State in the Sweet 16, which is shaping up to be virtually a Big Ten Conference tournament. “It’s just a brutal conference,” Wicinski said. “That’s kind of showing right now. We’re one of seven Big Ten teams still left in the tournament.” Another Big Ten team still left is No. 1-ranked Penn State (30-2), which the Spartans (23-11) will face Friday for the third time this year. “We’re just going to have to go in there and be aggressive.

ON CAMPUS Dennis D. Jacobs They’re big players, but so are we,” Wicinski says. “We just have nothing to lose. That’s basically our motto. … We’re going to go out there and play the best we can play and leave it all out there.” Wicinski said Michigan State handed the Nittany Lions their only conference loss. “I think we’re probably the one team they didn’t want to see in the tournament,” she said. The Spartans defeated Penn State in five games at State College in September. The Nittany Lions returned the favor by sweeping three games in East Lansing in early November. “They came in with a lot of anger,” Wicinski said, recalling that second match. “We weren’t ready for it. We tried to weather the storm a little

bit. We weren’t fully prepared like we should have been.” Michigan State’s victory at Penn State was part of a fast start to the season for the Spartans. They won 17 of their first 18 matches. The home loss to Penn State was part of a skid that saw Michigan State drop five of six league matches. One constant for the Spartans has been the play of Wicinski, who transfered there after playing her first two years at Northern Illinois. Her 2,408 career kills rank her 13th in the NCAA all-time records book. That sort of production almost certainly will attract the attention of a European pro team. Wicinski said volleyball is a major sport in countries like Germany, Italy and Russia. “It’s really big all over there,” she says. “It’s kind of been my dream all along to go tour the country and what a great way to do it – playing volleyball.” Any European club making an investment in Wicinski can be assured they will be getting

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not only a talented athlete, but a person of good character. Wicinski is one of 10 finalists in her sport for the Senior Class Award, the nation’s premier award for NCAA student-athletes competing in their final season. “It’s an honor to be recognized at all,” Wicinski said. “It’s a great list to be on. I’m just honored that Michigan State felt I should be on that list. It’s awesome.” The award recognizes students for their achievements in the community and in the classroom, as well as in competition. Once fall finals are over, Wicinski can focus all her energy on the competition this weekend. “I know I don’t want my volleyball career to end,” she said. “I can’t let go of volleyball.” • Dennis D. Jacobs writes the weekly On Campus column for the Kane County Chronicle. To send him a column idea on local athletes competing in college, email him at

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Lauren Wicinski is spending this week preparing for possibly the biggest volleyball match of her career in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division I national tournament. She’s also spending this week taking final exams for the fall semester at Michigan State. Is it difficult trying to do both? “Oh, yeah. It’s definitely stressful,” the Geneva graduate and Michigan State senior said. “You’re on the road. We left Wednesday for the tournament [first round]. I missed my Thursday and Friday classes, and that’s hard before finals week.” Wicinski and her teammates traveled to Lexington, Ky., for the first round of the tournament. They wound up with a little extra time to think about both finals and their opening match against Ohio when bad weather forced its postponement from Friday to Saturday. “You’re at the hotel. You have to do homework and also

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Eagles’ big surge not quite enough By JAY SCHWAB AURORA – A flurry of late 3-pointers wasn’t enough for the Aurora Christian boys basketball team to compensate for what went down in the paint most of the night. Timothy Christian big man Connor VanderBrug shredded the Eagles on the interior for 29 points and 11 rebounds, powering the visiting Trojans to a 72-67 nonconference win Wednesday that tightened considerably in the closing minutes. “The big guy really hurt us,” Eagles coach Pat McNamara said. “He did a great job. We concentrated on denying him in the post and doubling down, and he’s just a really great player. I told our guys before the game a couple days ago that he’d probably be the best big guy we’d see during the regular season, and he was.”

Timothy Christian led by as many as 15 points late in the third quarter, 50-35. But the Eagles closed to within 50-41 by the end of the quarter on a buzzer-beating fast break layup by junior Wes Wolfe, and the Eagles continued to make inroads in the final quarter. A u r o r a Christian was cold from the Johnathan perimeter Harrell much of the night but heated up in time to make a game of it, with sophomore R.D. Lutze canning three of his four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. His final 3-pointer from the corner brought the Eagles within 69-67 with 28 seconds to play. Lutze made his return after missing two games with an injury to his lip that required stitches. “We did a good job looking

for him down the stretch,” McNamara said. “R.D.’s got an inside game, he’s got an outside game. Against a zone, we finally moved the ball a little bit better down the stretch there.” After closing to within two, Aurora Christian fouled Trojans guard Kahli Valrie, who made both free throws to make it 71-67 with 22.9 seconds to play. Lutze missed a 3-point try at the other end, and the Eagles (3-2) ran out of time to complete their comeback bid. Timothy Christian (3-2) controlled the first half, after which the Trojans led, 33-22. Aurora Christian was beaten to loose balls and on the glass to compound their difficulties guarding the 6-foot-6 VanderBrug and Valrie (22 points). “We just didn’t play with much intensity, and that was a surprise because we lost against [St. Edward], and usually if you’re a good team, you

“We just didn’t play with much intensity, and that was a surprise because we lost against [St. Edward], and usually if you’re a good team, you come out and you’re angry because you lost and you come out and you get after it.” Pat McNamara, Aurora Christian boys basketball coach come out and you’re angry because you lost and you come out and you get after it,” McNamara said. “We really didn’t get after it in the first half. Second half, much better, but that’s not going to cut it.” Trojans coach Jack LeGrand called VanderBrug – a three-year varsity player – “a hidden gem.” The 29 points tied the senior’s career high. “He’s a load,” LeGrand said. “He’s a pretty good player.” LeGrand credited the Eagles for their spirited rally, which was spearheaded by high-motor, ball-hawking senior guard

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Johnathan Harrell. Harrell led the Eagles with 21 points. “I think they wore us down a little bit,” LeGrand said. “We weren’t really deep today, and I think our guys got a little tired, and then they started hitting them. [Lutze] really got going.” Lutze (16 points) and Wolfe (13) joined Harrell in double figures for Aurora Christian. Junior Zach Singer chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds. The Eagles open Suburban Christian Conference play Saturday against St. Francis.


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Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch scores a third-quarter touchdown Nov. 26 against Western Michigan in DeKalb. The Huskies won, 33-14. I’ve got to see what this spring [brings], but there’s something there,” Kill told the Daily Chronicle in the spring of 2010. “Our defensive staff will tell you that. I’m excited about watching him play. It’s easy to do it as a freshman and he didn’t get tons of reps, but the reps he got, he can make some plays.” Lynch, who started the 2010 season behind Harnish and DeMarcus Grady on the depth chart, was used because the staff thought he was too athletic not to be on the field. It was also an opportunity to


Brown big for ACS again KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE PALOS HEIGHTS – Aurora Christian sophomore forward Natasha Brown averaged nearly 14 rebounds last girls basketball season while scoring about four points a game. So far this season, both figures have been on the upswing. Brown had 10 points and 18 rebounds in Wednesday’s 45-33 victory at Chicago Christian, helping the Eagles improve to 6-3 and 2-0 in the Suburban Christian Conference Gold. “Natasha hit the ground running from last year, no doubt about it,” Eagles coach Jerry Tokars said. “She’s not only rebounding, but she’s converting those as we’re working with her to develop an offensive game.”

Alyssa Andersen paced ACS with 18 points.

WRESTLING Cary-Grove 36, Kaneland 24: At Crystal Lake, Kaneland was unable to close the gap after falling behind, 30-0, after six matches. The Knights’ winners included Justin Diddell (285 pounds), Austin Kedzie (106) and Adam Mish (113), who scored successive falls.

GIRLS BOWLING Streator 2,526, Kaneland 2,178: At Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb, Christie Crews rolled a 418 series to pace Kaneland in the Northern Illinois Big 12 match, while Dominique Lee followed with a 414. Crews’ 176 in the first game was the Knights’ top individual game.

give Harnish a break here and there. He had his first carries of his Huskies career against Akron on Oct. 2, 2010, recording just one yard on two carries. But a week later against Buffalo, Lynch had 96 rushing yards on two carries, including a 90-yard touchdown scamper, the first of a career that has produced 98 total touchdowns with one game remaining. Lynch was a nice complement to Harnish that season, running 31 times for 362 yards. “My initial thought was,

stuck in a reserve role for two seasons. Eventually, Lynch got his chance to shine for the Huskies in the Bowl against Arkansas State in Jan. 2012. Harnish was sidelined with an ankle injury during the second quarter, and Lynch took the reins for a short period, leading NIU on a 78-yard, go-ahead touchdown drive. Lynch showed off his arm, going 4 of 4 through the air for 64 yards. The touchdown drive, which gave the Huskies a 14-13 advantage, culminated in a 3-yard touchdown run by Lynch and the Huskies would go on to win, 38-20. It was a sign of things to come when Harnish moved on to the NFL and Lynch was named the starter by Dave Doeren before spring practice in 2012. “It was really beneficial,” Lynch said of his playing experience of 2010 and 2011. “Overall the experience, and getting thrown in live situations, that really helped me. Really had some experience going into the next year and I really knew what to expect.”

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Northern Illinois’ coaching staff had to get Jordan Lynch on the field. Some way, somehow. Former coach Jerry Kill and his assistants saw the athleticism Lynch provided. They knew he’d be able to help them in 2010, when Lynch was a redshirt freshman after sitting out in 2009. The problem was, the Huskies already had junior Chandler Harnish under center, and he was no slouch by any means. But the coaching staff figured why not put Lynch on the field and give Harnish a break? Lynch, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented Saturday in New York City, had only one FBS offer to play quarterback, and it was with the Huskies. If it didn’t work out, Lynch had the opportunity to move to safety. However, Jerry Kill was not ready to make that decision three years ago. “I think he could be special. There’s something there.

tremendous runner, physical,” said Jim Zebrowski, who was Lynch’s position coach in 2010 and has been on Kill’s staff at Minnesota the past three seasons. “What he’s doing now, you knew he could. You never knew to what extreme, he’s off the charts right now.” In 2011, Harnish was still the starter for NIU and won the Vern Smith Leadership Award as the Mid-American Conference MVP, an honor Lynch himself has earned the past two seasons. Lynch would spell Harnish at times once again, finishing the year with 45 carries for 246 yards and three touchdowns. He was also 15 of 20 passing for 166 yards and a touchdown. The Huskies, blessed with multiple options, had a good situation with Lynch and Harnish, who’s currently on the Indianapolis Colts practice squad. Zebrowski’s initial observations of Lynch were how competitive he was, and how much he enjoyed playing football, which showed even when Lynch, who obviously had the talent to be the starter, was

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Are the Browns the cupcake the Bears need? Hub Arkush

With the Bears desperately needing to close out the season with three more wins to keep their hopes of winning the NFC North and a trip to the playoffs alive, the Cleveland Browns would appear to be exactly the cupcake the doctor ordered. After all, the Browns are 4-9, mired in a four-game losing streak, and stuck in last place in the AFC North. Ah, but looks can be deceiving. The Bears have faced three other lastplace teams this season in the Vikings, Redskins and Rams, and their record is 1-3 against them, with a loss to each. While the Browns record is weak, they do own victories over the Bengals and Ravens, and they actually had a 26-14 lead last week in New England with only two minutes remaining before the Patri-

ots made a miraculous comeback with the help of some questionable officiating. This is a team the Bears absolutely cannot afford to look past if they don’t want to risk all the ground they just made with Monday night’s win over the Cowboys. The good news for the Bears is the Browns’ greatest struggles are in the area of the Bears’ greatest challenge. While the Bears are still dead last in the NFL against the run, the Browns are only 28th in the NFL in rushing and 27th in average gain a run. That is in large part because their early season trade of Trent Richardson to the Colts, which may have netted them an extra first-round draft choice in the 2014 draft, but left them with the aged Willis McGahee, who is averaging only 2.7 yards a carry, and youngsters Chris Ogbonnaya and Fozzy Whittaker. Cleveland is better throwing the football, ranking 10th in passing yardage, but they’re only 28th in average gain a pass and are 18th in interceptions and sacks allowed.

Part of the problem is the inability to keep quarterbacks healthy. Brian Hoyer had won the starting job before tearing up a knee and going down for the year, and former Bears’ quarterback Jason Campbell was playing very well with an 88.0 passer rating before battling a concussion for several weeks. Campbell did make it back last week to throw for 391 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions at New England, the bulk of it going to Josh Gordon. Gordon is enjoying an All-Pro type season with 71 receptions, 1,400 yards and eight touchdowns. He will pose the biggest challenge for the Bears’ defense, Tim Jennings and Zack Bowman in particular. Tight end Jordan Cameron also is extremely dangerous. He’s caught 72 passes for 825 yards and seven touchdowns on the year. For all their prowess in the passing game, the Browns still average only 19.8 points a game, good for 27th in the league is scoring. The Browns’ defense has been ex-

cellent most of the season in keeping opposing offenses off the field, ranking seventh in total defense, fourth against the run and second in average yards a rushing play. They are eighth against the pass, and third in average yards per pass play. Big plays are the Browns defense’s Achilles heel, as the unit is only 24th in interceptions, 14th in sacks and 19th in points allowed. Paul Kruger and rookie first-round draft pick Barkevious Mingo are their best pass rushers. D’Qwell Jackson is the club’s leading tackler from the inside linebacker spot, and Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin do a really nice job up front at nose tackle and the five techniques, respectively, in the Browns’ base 3-4 defense. If the Bears’ offense plays like it did against the Cowboys, it’ll be an extremely tough out for Cleveland. But if the Bears can’t pressure Campbell in the pocket, he, Gordon and Cameron will give the Bears another shootout like all the other last-place clubs they’ve faced.

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Avoid,” but this will be an opportunity for their offense to produce. To their credit, the Falcons haven’t given up, and the Washington defense is terrible. Solid plays: Steven Jackson, Tony Gonzalez Worth a look: Matt Ryan, Roddy White Last resort: Harry Douglas Avoid: Atlanta defense Browns (vs. Bears), Sunday noon We all know by now that the Bears have a historically bad run defense. The Browns, however, have no rushing attack. Something has to give.


As usual, it will be the Bears defense. Must starts: Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron Solid plays: Chris Ogbonnaya Worth a look: Jason Campbell, Billy Cundiff Last resort: Greg Little Avoid: Cleveland defense Eagles (at Vikings), noon Sunday Chip Kelly has all but ditched the gadget offense, and the Eagles are rolling. There is no reason to think that roll will stop against a sieve-like defense in Minnesota. Must starts: LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson Solid plays: Nick Foles, Riley Cooper Worth a look: Alex Henery, Philly defense Last resort: Brent Celek, Zach Ertz

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ning, Demaryius Thomas, Knowshon Moreno, Matt Prater Solid plays: Eric Decker, Julius Thomas Worth a look: Montee Ball, Denver defense Avoid: Wes Welker (concussion) Chargers (at Broncos), 7:25 p.m. Thursday Yes, only three teams give up more passing yards than Denver. They are ranked No. 7 against the run, however. The stats are a bit misleading: Denver is usually ahead, which forces other teams to pass. Solid plays: Philip Rivers, Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates, Ryan Mathews Worth a look: Nick Novak Avoid: Eddie Royal, San Diego defense Falcons (vs. Redskins), noon Sunday Most of this season, you’d be more likely to find Atlanta listed under “Matchups to


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‘Pack the Mack’ redux Understanding why Geneva wrestlers prefer locking horns in the Mack Olson Gymasium instead of the school’s more cavernous main gym is as elementary as rhyme time. “Definitely in there, it’s a lot more secluded because the stands are so big. Here, it’s definitely packed I mean, it’s ‘Pack the Mack,’ ” Vikings senior 220-pounder Jake Andersen said. “We’re in, and the crowd’s involved, and it’s awesome. I love it.” Geneva edged Batavia, 29-24, on Dec. 5 in its first of three Mack Olson duals this season. The Vikings wrestled Larkin in the contest gym last month because of a conflict with its fellow Mack Olson tenant, the girls gymnastics team, and also hosts the Newbill Invitational in the contest gym each January. Fans stayed invested throughout the night as the Bulldogs remained in the hunt. The match was moved ahead one day to avoid a conflict with Friday’s Batavia-Geneva girls/boys basketball doubleheader. “We had big support. I really liked all that,” Andersen said. “I’ve got to give it to all my classmates for coming out. It’s really awesome that they show their support for us.” Batavia started four freshmen in the dual and split the matches, with Seth Winkle (120) and Joe Posledni (126) winning by decision. “This is probably the biggest dual meet they’ve been a part of so far. I think there’s nerves there,” Bulldogs coach Scott Bayer

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IN THE GROOVE QUINN DOHERTY ST. CHARLES EAST, JR., 120 POUNDS What he did: Doherty swept his three matches at Saturday’s Wheaton Warrenville South mega dual on the heels of a Friday victory against Larkin. “He’s doing a heck of a job for us,” Saints coach Jason Potter said. “He’s improved a bunch.”

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Geneva’s Jake Andersen (top), shown competing at 285 pounds in last season’s Batavia dual, earned a key victory at 220 last week to clinch the Vikings’ win against the Bulldogs.

said. “It’s very easy to give an opponent too much credit when you don’t have a lot of experience, you know. That’s a function of age and confidence, and we’ll get there.”

Ironman time here for Marmion Marmion coach Ryan Cumbee mirrors his athletes’ enthusiasm about this weekend’s Walsh Ironman tournament in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, perhaps because

it’s been more than 15 years in the making. A 1999 Providence graduate, Cumbee and the Celtics never traveled to the traditionally daunting event just north of Akron. “I’m jealous that I didn’t get to compete at that level when I was high school,” Cumbee said. “I wish we had the opportunity that these kids get, to compare themselves to the best competition in the country.” Teams from 15 states – in-

cluding Colorado, Delaware, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia – are part of a premier field. Along with Marmion, Montini and Oak Park-River Forest will represent Illinois. “It’s the greatest tournament in the country at the high school level,” Cumbee said. Marmion finished eighth last season, with 12 wrestlers advancing to the second day of competition. – Kevin Druley,

COACH SLY SEZ ... Some folks think wrestling is certiiable, but think twice about saying that to an athlete who’s striving to get certiied at his weight. It happens every fall, but the recent helter skelter schedule of the ive Batavia starters who jumped from a football championship celebration

to the mat room within a couple of days last week illustrates wrestlers’ dedication over and again. • You can respond at sly.

ALEX BUDSISZ WHEATON ACADEMY, SR., 152 POUNDS What he did: Literally rolled to an invidual title at Saturday’s Rockford East tournament. Budsisz collected three falls in as many matches, becoming the first Wheaton Academy wrestler to earn a tournament championship.

WHAT WE LEARNED LAST WEEK ... Kaneland could get used to “The Convo.” Hosting Sycamore on Dec. 5 at Northern Illinois’ Convocation Center ahead of a Huskies dual, the Knights edged the Spartans, 33-29, for their irst victory in the series since 2006. Key victories included Matthew Redman’s 3-2 decision at 126 pounds and Austin Parks’ tech fall at 160.

WHAT WE’LL LEARN IN THE WEEK AHEAD ... How Marmion fares at the Walsh Ironman tournament Friday and Saturday. In preseason, Cadets coach Ryan Cumbee compared his team’s highly competitive schedule to a thoroughbred running the Kentucky Derby every week. In Ohio, one of Kentucky’s border states, Marmion inds its latest proving ground.



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HOROSCOPE By BERNICE BEDE OSOL Newspaper Enterprise Association TODAY – Gear up and get ready for action, which could include speaking up as well. Look at change as a new beginning. Take on whatever you are given with gusto and determination. This can be an eye-opening year, chock-full of satisfaction and opportunity. Good fortune is within reach. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) – Success is looking for you, so make yourself available. Participation will be your road to victory. Voice your opinion, roll up your sleeves and put in a good day’s work, and you will be rewarded. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – Stay focused on what needs to be done. Your competitive nature will lead you in the right direction. Don’t be thrown off your game just because someone makes an unexpected move. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) – You are heading onward and upward. Investments will bring big returns. Don’t let anyone stifle your intentions or enthusiasm. Set your plans in motion and don’t look back. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) – Shopping or taking part in festive events will ease your stress and help you reflect. Take care of financial matters that need to be dealt with before the year’s end. ARIES (March 21-April 19) – Pick up skills, knowledge and information that can help you get ahead. Don’t let a change at home cost you too much. Stick to a set budget and try to manage your stress. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) – Express your feelings. Don’t hesitate to bring up issues that have been bothering you. Spend quality time with the people you enjoy the most. Romance will improve your life, if you’re ready for it. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) – Ask questions if you aren’t sure what to do. Someone is likely to withhold important information that you need to make a decision. A last-minute change will help you get back on course. CANCER (June 21-July 22) – A little give and take will be called for, today, but don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Keep it simple and to the point, and offer as much in return as you receive. Strive for equality in all that you do. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) – A change of environment will do you good. Gravitate toward people and places that are unfamiliar and have something unique to offer. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – Get out and strut your stuff. You’ll attract attention and interest in what you have to offer. Personal improvements will turn out well, and romance is on the rise. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) – Keep life simple and limit your spending. Focus on emotional situations that need to be dealt with before you make a life-changing move. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) – Explore your options today. Personal encounters will lead to shared ideas and the possibility of a partnership. Love and romance are highlighted, and travel plans should be made.

New Neil Young release rekindles memories of an iconic music club By DAVE MCKENNA Special to The Washington Post Devotees of the Everything Used to Be Better school will love Neil Young’s sorta-new record. On Tuesday the rock legend released the latest in his archival concert series, “Live at the Cellar Door.” The recordings are drawn from a six-show solo stand at the nightclub in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood in late November and early December of 1970. Alone onstage and switching between acoustic guitar and grand piano, the young Young’s folk-rock brilliance shines throughout a 45-minute set of faithful-to-the-original-recording renditions of many of his classics, including “Tell Me Why,” “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “After the Gold Rush” and “Old Man.” The then-25-year-old also played unplugged versions of “Cinnamon Girl” and “Down by the River,” as he makes the latter easily the most beautiful song about a psycho’s gun-murder of a girlfriend ever put to wax. The Cellar Door recordings find the audience so reverent and rapt that staffers at the club obviously had no problems enforcing its famous “No talking!” rule during his stay. Another highlight of this incredible period piece of a record is that it calls attention to the venue where it was made. Plainly, there will never be another Cellar Door. This was a tiny place (legal capacity under 200) where music was king, tickets for major acts averaged $3 and six-show stands such as Young’s were considered

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After playing at Washington’s Cellar Door, Neil Young started performing “The Needle and the Damage Done,” which starts with the line, “I caught you knockin’ at my cellar door.” brief stays. “There’s no happier feeling than being in a room when everybody loves the music,” says Cellar Door founder Jack Boyle, “and we sure had that with Neil Young.” Boyle got that happy feeling quite a bit at his club. The Youngstown, Ohio, native, who first came to Washington to attend Georgetown University, founded the Cellar Door in the early 1960s using what he describes as one night of poker winnings. (“About $1,100,” Boyle once said.) He sold the place after just two years and left the country to run bars in Europe, but he got homesick for the United States and bought the Cellar Door back from Charles Lawrence Fichman in the fall of 1970. Fichman had established the club as a casual hangout

for hard-core folkies, where “hootenannies” were a staple in which amateur local musicians traded licks with nationally known pickers. The casual atmosphere ultimately got to Fichman: Upon selling back to Boyle, Fichman told The Washington Post that a chief reason he rid himself of the club was because “pot had cut into the drinking” revenues. Boyle, who was a military vet before he became a club owner, wasn’t about to run a house of ill repute. He instituted a $2 food minimum, which he says more than made up for any hemp-related hemorrhaging of profits. And he was not going to let the talent treat his room as a party palace: “I will not supply dope or broads for anyone in the world,” he told an interviewer in 1975. In the Cellar Door’s case,

size mattered. After strolling over to the Georgetown campus for a post-midnight interview with WGTB DJ John Zambetti, Young, who had played the Baltimore Civic Center a few months earlier as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s first tour, gave a rave review to the club. “Small clubs are groovy!” Young told Zambetti. For folks used to today’s bigger music halls, the coziness of the Cellar Door must be hard to grasp. “It was so intimate, I’m not even sure how all these bands got on that stage,” recalls Nils Lofgren, now best-known for his long stay as a guitarist with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band,. “You could see and hear every little thing everyone did. ... It was just completely real and very visceral and powerful.”

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Common sense, courtesy keep bicyclists safe Dear Abby: As the education director of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, I work hard to encourage safe and courteous cycling for everyday transportation in Northern California. There are a number of points I would like to address to “Caring Reader, Sacramento, Calif.” (Sept. 13). “Caring” described seeing bicyclists run stop signs, not wear protective gear, texting/talking on cellphones, and suggested a greater enforcement of the law. Rolling through stop signs is just as illegal as it is while driving a vehicle, except in Idaho where cyclists may treat stop signs as yields. I encourage all cyclists and drivers to come to a complete stop at signs and signals, even when turning right. Talking or texting on a cellphone while biking isn’t currently illegal in the state of California. I feel that using cellphones while biking is an unsafe practice, and I encourage cyclists (or drivers) to pull over before making or taking a call. You said in your response that people who cycle at night should

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips avoid wearing dark clothes to increase their visibility, but clothes color alone has been shown to have little or no effect on visibility in dark conditions. During lowlight times of day like dawn or dusk, wearing bright or fluorescent clothes is a good strategy, but at night bicyclists should rely on lights and reflectors to be seen. The law in California stipulates that bicyclists must have a white headlight, a red rear reflector and yellow or white reflectors on their wheels or spokes as well as on their pedals, shoes or ankles. I also recommend adding a red rear light, and additional lights and reflectors at the front, rear and sides of the bike, or on one’s clothing or helmet. Abby, thanks for your attention to these issues. – Robert

your expertise with my readers. Dear Abby: Last year, my 40-year-old stepson, “Rod,” gave his father a beautiful robe for Christmas. The problem is, we had given the robe to Rod for Christmas several years ago. I didn’t say anything at the time, but, I recognized it because [I] had bought it for him. Should I have said anything? Or was I right to have played dumb (which is what I did)? Rod has “saved” other presents we have given him and regifted them to us years later. This man has a high-paying job and isn’t hurting for money. I think what he’s doing is insulting. I have suggested not exchanging gifts, but he ignores me. What can I do about this in the future? – “Recy-

clee” In The South

Dear “Recyclee”: Rod may have forgotten that he got the robe from you. You can be offended, or you can turn it into a joke. For this Christmas, give him the robe back.

Prinz, Oakland, Calif.

Dear Mr. Prinz: You’re welcome. And thank you for kindly sharing

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‘Placebo effect’ can stimulate natural healing Dear Doctor K: In previous columns you’ve mentioned something called the “placebo effect.” Can you explain what that means? Dear Reader: We used to think the placebo effect was imaginary. Today, I think the evidence indicates otherwise: It’s an example of our remarkable powers of self-healing. A placebo is a pill or other treatment that is inactive. It may look identical to a real drug, but it doesn’t really have the drug in it. It’s also called a “sugar pill,” although the inactive substances in it don’t include table sugar. Researchers use placebos in clinical studies. They compare the results for a group of people who got an active treatment with the results for a group of people who got the placebo treatment. Typically, neither the people in the study nor their doctors know if they are taking the real medicine or the placebo until after the study is ended. This is how researchers can tell how well a treatment worked. Even when people taking the real drug do better than the people taking the placebo, something interesting often happens: The people taking the placebo

ASK DOCTOR K Anthony L. Komaroff sometimes report that they also feel better since they started taking it. For many years, most of us in the medical profession assumed such people were just imagining that they were feeling better. After all, the placebo pill contained no active substance that could affect the chemistry of the body. We called it the “placebo effect.” What’s behind that effect? When real medicines work, they often do so by supplying a chemical that is missing in the body. However, they also sometimes stimulate natural healing powers. Take pain, for instance. Like all symptoms, pain is experienced in the brain. It also can be treated by the brain. Endorphins are brain chemicals that are naturally released when a person experiences pain, reducing its intensity. There is growing evidence that when a placebo leads to pain relief, it is because taking the placebo stimulates the

production of endorphins. It’s not just pain. In Parkinson’s disease, for example, a deficiency of a natural brain chemical makes it difficult for a person to move in a coordinated way. A pill that supplies that deficient chemical can improve the condition. One study showed that when people with Parkinson’s disease took a placebo pill (instead of the real pill), their brains responded by naturally making more of the missing chemical. That’s why they improved. It was not their imagination. It was natural healing that was stimulated by their belief in the pill. Belief surely plays an important role. Studies show that people are more likely to respond to a placebo when they are told it is powerful or that it is expensive. People who believe in acupuncture are more likely to feel better following real acupuncture and during sham acupuncture. Studies like these have opened our eyes to what the placebo effect really is.

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Fantasy is fun, but obsession is not Dr. Wallace: I fantasize a lot about being Justin Bieber’s girlfriend, and sometimes I have dreams about him. My older brother thinks I have a serious mental problem, but I’m sure I don’t. I know I will never be Justin’s girl, but it is still fun to fantasize. That’s where anything is possible. My brother says guys never fantasize. It’s just for mushy teen-age girls who can’t get a date. What do you think? – Nameless, Milwaukee, Wis.

Nameless: Your brother is wrong. Romantic fantasizing is not only normal, but psychologically healthy, according to sociologist Alice Kellogg. “Dreaming about a romance with a famous rock star can help you figure out just what characteristics you’re really looking for in a young man,” she says. “A celebrity’s image is more charged with glamour and excitement than the boy next door’s image,” Kellogg explains, “but the actual traits that make a star attractive are traits that can be found in the real people you do know. The star may be an unattainable fantasy, but the personality traits he represents are very real.” A psychological expert agrees that a healthy crush can pay off – if you are able to transfer those feelings of respect and excitement to someone who is actually available. Dr. Lawrence Balter, professor of educational psychology at New York University, says that celebrity crushes are an excellent way to uncover and express feelings, though he cautions: “Keep in mind that it’s a person you’re not really, truly intimately involved with. It’s like going to a

’TWEEN 12 & 20 Robert Wallace movie, a special place for fantasy.” Balter stresses that celebrity crushes, kept in perspective, are an important part of growing up. “Everybody gets them – and not just in the teen years,” the psychologist states. It’s easy to tell if a fantasy is getting out of hand. If it causes you to start losing your appetite, avoid going to parties, or even stop spending time with your friends – that is to say, if it becomes more important than your connection to the world in which you actually live – then a reality check is in order. But you seem to be on safe ground. Your Justin Bieber fantasy is fun, not an obsession. From the very beginning, people have had idols they look up to. First, it’s usually your parents, then your teachers, then sports heroes, or singers or celebrities. Examining why you feel the way you do is simply a healthy way for anyone to recognize hidden goals and desires. New York psychotherapist Elizabeth Williams notes that girls don’t have a monopoly in the crush department by a long shot. “Boys get crushes, too,” She emphasizes. Most teen-age boys usually think they’re not supposed to be romantic – they think they’re supposed to be into sports, cars, or computers – but they do have crushes and they do fantasize. And this includes your brother! • Email Dr. Robert Wallace at rwallace@



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Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, a 16th-century French essayist and courtier, said, “He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.” That applies to some stage productions. If a playwright needs the actors to shout for effect, it is usually not well-written. A bridge player needs to be careful when his trump suit is weak. He must try to maintain command of the play. This deal highlights one common technique. West leads the diamond jack against four hearts. How should South continue after he takes the first trick with his queen? South opens one no-trump, 15-17 points in the modern style. North, upgrading because he has two aces (which are worth nearer nine points than eight), uses Stayman, then invites game in hearts. South is in the middle of his range, but also upgrades because he has two aces and two kings. If trumps are 4-1, South is probably going down. But if they are 3-2, he seems to have only three losers: two hearts and one diamond. However, now count winners. There are six outside hearts, so declarer needs to take four trump tricks: the ace and three ruffs. With this distribution, though, if South immediately plays on clubs, East overruffs the third round and the contract fails. The right line is to duck a round of trumps. Suppose East wins and returns a diamond. Declarer wins with his ace, plays a heart to dummy’s ace, and proceeds with the black-suit crossruff. West gets his trump winner whenever he likes.

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Real Estate Transfers Batavia

105 N Daniels Dr: Sold on or before 110813 by Steve Hartmann to Sadia Ahmad & Salman Ahmad; $365,000.00 1124 Maple Ln: Sold on or before 111513 by Pascal A Fontaine to Euene S Carroccia & Kirsten L Carroccia; $237,000.00 1300 Cherry Dr: Sold on or before 111313 by Eric Hakala to Aracely Franco & Mayra Y Franco; $189,000.00 1343 Pine St: Sold on or before 110813 by Scott L Radke to Bobby D Sims & Janice Gosser; $266,000.00 1611 Schiedler Dr: Sold on or before 111513 by Francesca Losurdo to Keith R Halsall Jr & Amy L Halsall; $268,000.00 202 Adams St: Sold on or before 111213 by Federal National Mortgage Assn to Andrew Greenhagen & Sarah Greenhagen; $300,000.00 204 Trentt Dr 204: Sold on or before 111813 by Chang G Lee to Janet Owens; $222,500.00

221 Elm St: Sold on or before 110813 by Joe Khouri to Steve Marckel & Candace Marckel; $132,000.00 2543 Kane Ln: Sold on or before 110813 by Lawrence Lewis to Jay A Meisinger & Katherine A Meisinger; $517,500.00 2801 W Wilson St: Sold on or before 111513 by Nile J Limbaugh to Ronald R Zoltek & Barbara Zoltek; $535,000.00 303 Olson Dr: Sold on or before 111213 by Jay A Shump to American International Relocat ; $283,000.00 363 Mill St: Sold on or before 111213 by Mill 363 Pathfinder Holdings to Martin Farm Holding Llc No 7 ; $110,000.00 417 Laurel St: Sold on or before 111413 by Federal Home Loan Mtg Corp to Ih3 Property Illinois Lp ; $155,000.00 422 N Washington Ave: Sold on or before 111313 by Kendall Partners Ltd to Steven Schwarz; $171,000.00 455 Chestnut St: Sold on or

before 110813 by Hud to George Sloan & Louis Sloan; $0.00 565 Republic Rd: Sold on or before 111313 by Andrew J Haynes to Jeffery M Duewell; $260,000.00 617 Fox Trail Dr: Sold on or before 111213 by Eric D Allen to Kevin S Gasiorowski & Cristine E Gasiorowski; $660,000.00 764 Twin Elms Ln: Sold on or before 110813 by Jon E Danielsen to Mukesh R Patel; $632,500.00 965 Breton Ct: Sold on or before 111513 by Janice A Heron to Tabitha Couturier; $208,500.00


0N530 Schneider Rd: Sold on or before 111413 by Splittgerber Trust to Donald R Young Jr & Beth E Young; $240,000.00 118 W Reader St: Sold on or before 111813 by Derrel W Owens to Christopher M Bowling & Carolyn E Bowling; $185,000.00

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1313 Dodson Ave: Sold on or before 111413 by Hudson T Harrison to Old Oak Homes Inc ; $26,000.00 222 N 3rd St: Sold on or before 111213 by Chad A Johnson to Gary Pack & Catherine Pack; $150,000.00 3N655 Oakmont Dr: Sold on or before 111313 by Bank Of America Na to Daniel Damico; $830,000.00 502 Conley Dr: Sold on or before 111313 by Moore Trust to Richard A Hampton; $160,000.00 758 Tiller St: Sold on or before 111813 by Kane County Sheriff to Ah4r I Il Llc ; $121,000.00 830 Conley Ct: Sold on or before 111413 by Fannie Mae to Matthew G Wilson & Candice R Wilson; $0.00


0N002 Alexander Dr: Sold on or before 111513 by Shoden Homes Llc to Chris-

topher J Berry & Amy Berry; $924,000.00 0N329 Eldon Dr S: Sold on or before 111513 by Shodeen Homes Llc to Slr Consulting & Property Mgmt ; $267,500.00 100 N River Ln 309: Sold on or before 111213 by Ramey Trust to Anita K Faust; $305,000.00 102 S 6th St: Sold on or before 111813 by James F Dorion to James Lonero & Haley Lonero; $483,500.00 123 Simpson St: Sold on or before 110813 by Schleicher Trust to Marlon Palmer & Susanna Palmer; $155,000.00 132 Syril Dr: Sold on or before 111413 by Kane County Trustee to Rocky A Boling & Angela Boling; $0.00 2076 South St: Sold on or before 111413 by Frank M Gaudio to Matthew F Reynolds & Jessica J Reynolds; $290,000.00

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SUGAR GROVE $229,000 ST. CHARLES $219,900 ST. CHARLES $359,000 ST. CHARLES $479,000 NORTH AURORA $265,000 ELGIN $314,900 5-CAR GARAGE! END UNIT TOWNHOME! OFFICE/RETAIL OPPORTUNITY! TRUE IN-LAW ARRANGEMENT! IMMACULATE 2,500 SQ FT... ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITY! Spacious tri-level w/2-car attached & 3-car 29x23 detached insulated garage… Liv rm w/hwd floor & cozy fp… Kitch w/SS appls… Huge fam rm, den, all bdrms w/wood laminate flooring… Close to I-88 & downtown Elburn & Sugar Grove… 3/4 acre wooded lot!!




Prime location with lots of privacy!! Light bright home w/versatile 2-sty great rm w/fp & walls of windows… Spacious eat-in kitch opens to private patio… Den, full bsmt, custom wood blinds & millwork… Convenient East side location, move-in condition!!



3,300 sq ft on Randall Road - Traffic count is 50,000!! Great visibility for your retail business or office!! Large store front windows and lots of parking!!


Special Ranch w/open floor plan, volume ceils, granite kitch, quality finished bsmt - Private entrance opens to separate wing w/2nd kitch, full bth & 2 bdrms!! Perfect for home office too!!

Colonial on a beautiful private lot! Den, lots of hwd floors, 2-sty entry… Spacious kitch w/walk-out dinette that opens to upper deck… Huge fam rm w/fp & full wall bay window… Master bdrm w/whirlpool bth & huge wic! Great neighborhood & location close to schools & I-88!!





Enjoy this 2,700 sq ft home w/1st floor mbdrm, dramatic volume ceils, beautiful granite kitch + too many amenities to list! Special lot w/gazebo that overlooks preserved wetlands!! Sellers paid $448,000 in 2007 - Their loss is your gain!! N!






ELGIN $325,000 GENEVA $159,000 ELBURN $210,000 ST. CHARLES $289,000 GENEVA $309,900 ST. CHARLES $875,000 55+ COMMUNITY! PERFECT LOCATION! CUSTOM CAPE COD... PRISTINE! SOUGHT AFTER... TWO 1st FLOOR MASTER... With fitness center, tennis, indoor & outdoor pools, trails… Spacious 2,700 sq ft Ranch in perfect condition! Great rm, huge kitch w/blt-in ovens, mbdrm w/whirlpool bth… 3 bdrms, den, dining rm, 4-season sunrm… Hwds, bay windows, brick paved patio… You will love it!!

Immaculate townhome close to downtown Geneva & Geneva Commons mall! 9 ft ceils, granite kitch & bths… Spacious liv rm, mbdrm w/vaulted ceil… 2-1/2 bths, 2-car garage… Totally updated & movein condition!!

on a private wooded lot! Great floor plan w/Ranchlike living w/1st floor mbdrm… Dramatic vaulted liv rm w/17 ft ceil… Spacious eat-in kitch… 2nd floor features 2 huge bdrms… 3 bths! Nicely finished bsmt too!!

2-sty in great location - Walk to water park & more! Open floor plan, den, hwds on most of 1st floor… Rare walk-out bsmt! Fam rm w/stone fp… Kitch w/SS appls & maple cabs… Mbdrm w/vault ceil… Upper deck, expansive brick paved patio… Move-in condition!!

subdivision - Walk to grade school & parks - Minutes from train & downtown! Fabulous Colonial!! Kitch w/maple cabs, vaulted fam rm w/fp... Spacious bdrms… Expansive deck, private wooded yard… Finished bsmt!! Excellent condition too!!

bedrooms! Dramatic 4,900 sq ft home in St. Charles’ most prestigious neighborhood! Volume ceils, new kitch w/custom cabs… True in-law arrangement… This unique & very functional floor plan offers many exciting possibilities!!


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Highly visible 4400 sq ft commercial building for sale in western Kane County, 7 miles west of Rt. 47. Insulated steel bldg, 2.63 acres, 15 ft. ceiling, 12 ft. overhead doors on each end, blacktop drive/parking. 815-756-2557

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Lot 1 Barlow Drive 1 Garden Hill Lane, Unit 1 $195,000 St. Charles $245,000 St. Charles Last available lot in Barlow Woods Subdivision. Great opportunity to build your custom dream home on this 2 acre wooded lot in the country, just west of St. Charles. Gorgeous mature trees creates a private setting. Convenient access to shopping, entertainment, and close to LaFox and Elburn Metro Train Station. 2.03 acres.


Investment Property! Located in the historic downtown Geneva. Walk to shops, restaurants and close to Metra. Three units rented. Tow one bedroom units + the full basement which is also rented as a one bedroom. Excellent tenant / rental history. All month to month. Plenty of parking spaces along with two car garage with heated office in back.

Courtyard entrance to 2/3 bedroom RanchTownhome with center atrium. Living room has wood burning fireplace that looks out onto the private patio which includes a 6’ high brick fence. 3rd bedroom is currently being used as an office. Master bath has private shower and plenty of closet space. This end unit is very quiet and private with mature trees surrounding the property.

Office Space for Rent 303 East Main Street, St. Charles High-end office space available downtown St. Charles. 1 Private office and 2 cubicles fully furnished. Small kitchen, reception area and conferenceroomisalsoavailable.Plentyofparking. Real Estate Agent Owned.

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• TRANSFERS Continued from page 2


2235 Wildflower Ct: Sold on or before 111313 by Lynch Trust to James F Dorion & Kimberly Dorion; $655,000.00 2523 Highland Rd: Sold on or before 111213 by Zarr Trust to William R Evitt & Bonnie L Evitt; $314,000.00 2692 Stone Cir 107: Sold on or before 111813 by Charles P Salvatori to Stark Trust ; $209,500.00 3245 Husking Peg Ln: Sold on or before 111513 by Federal National Mortgage Assn to Todd Cobler & Jane Cobler; $289,000.00 34 N Bennett St: Sold on or before 111413 by 34 Bennett Street Llc to James T Dorn & Elizabeth M Dorn; $500,000.00 38W479 Mcquire Pl: Sold on or before 111213 by Shodeen Trust to Shodeen Homes Llc ; $100,000.00





AWESOME RETREAT! Custom built beauty situated on over an acre acre. Two story family room w/brick fireplace and volume ceiling. Gourmet kitchen features Granite countertops, all appliances, and breatkfast bar. New neutral carpeting. Fabulous finished basement with wet bar and recreation room. Master suite includes private luxury bath and huge walk-in closet. Updated CA/Furnace. Car enthusiasts dream - 5 car heated garage. Enjoy the wood deck and professional landscaping.


Sugar Grove

CUSTOM HOME ON INCREDIBLE WOODED LOT LOT. Private cul-de-sac location. Updated kitchen with granite and SS appliances. First floor master suite w/French doors to private deck and huge master bath. Volume ceilings, large family room w/beamed ceiling. Loads of windows overlooking breathtaking yard. Screened porch and partially finished basement.


EXQUISITE HOME w/open floor plan architecture & design. 4 bdrm., 3 baths boast hardwood floors, soaring 2 sty. family rm. w/floor to ceiling fireplace. Eat-in kitchen w/granite countertops, SS appls. & hardwood flooring. 1st. fl den as well as bedroom with full bath. Lux. master suite w/huge walk-in closet. Brick paver patio & lush landscaping. Fenced yard & 3 car garage. Perfect area & great schools.



St. Charles



St. Charles

TWO BUILDINGS ON A SINGLE PARCEL. 3200 square foot 2-story frame building with a front street level business unit and rear unit plus street level residential unit and 2 upper residential units. Second building is a newer brick office building with a large reception area, 3 offices, bathroom on main level. Private on-site parking. Ideal location.

SHOWS LIKE A MODEL. Many upgrades can be found in this lovely 4 bdr with loft, 2.1 bath home. Ceramic tile flooring featured in two story foyer with open staircase. Large eat-in kitchen offers SS appliances, ceramic tile flooring, double door pantry. Formal living and dining areas. Master suite with vaulted ceiling, soaking tub and double bowl vanity. All appliances included. Brick paver patio with fenced yard on premium lot that overlooks pond. Bike trail, walking distance to grade school.


OWN A PIECE OF LOCAL HISTORY. HISTORY This property is formerly St. Patrick’s Church, built in 1851. Extensive renovation and restoration has taken place. First floor has main dining room, bar/lounge. Great loft area and lower level with bar and lounge. Present tenant has 3+3+3+ year lease. Building only for sale. Occupancy description is restaurant, bar and lounge. Fantastic location in the heart of downtown St. Charles.

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Walking Dis to High School! $629,900 Burlington Schools! 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!



$525,000 9 Car Garage!

Considering building? Why when you can have this better than new! Front & back staircases! Brazilian cherry floors! Custom kitchen! 5 bed! 5 bath! All the extras! Too much to list







$314,900 Amazing Potential



$475,000 Finished Walkout!

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



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


$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! CH ST.

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$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!


$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!

$375,000 Private Garden Retreat!


$182,500 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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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!





$439,900 Finished Eng. Basement!

Quality craftsmanship throughout this 3800 sf executive home situated on a peaceful country acre! First floor master! 1st floor guest suite w/bath! Inlaw? Awesome sun room!






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! GO ICA



$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!








Unbeatable homesite on Fox River in front of bike path! 1.3 wooded acres with river views. Close to Geneva. Build your dream home with Sjodin Custom Homes or bring your own builder!

Classic 2-story with all the right touches, fenced, ldscpd lot, 3-car gar, dramatic 2-story foyer, custom millwork, open flrpln, SS appls in kit w/granite, luxury master suite, neutral dÈcor. Expert craftsmanship!

Beautiful home in every season! 4BR/2.1BA Colonial nestled on half-acre cul-de-sac lot! Peaceful secluded location backing to Big Woods park. Total private setting w/paver patio & sunroom!


St. Charles




Unique 4BR/3.5BA 2-story, wooded 1+ac., fenced, ingrd pool, spa, sauna, amenities & upgrades galore. Circular drive, 3-car heated garage, deck. Fpl in sunken LR & in master suite, wet bars, gourmet kitchen and much more!

Maple Park





Brick & cedar in-town story w/3BR/1BA, finished walkout bsmt. Updated kitchen w/ Corian counters & maple cabinetry. Den, enclosed porch, updated bathroom. Walk to downtown, shopping, river & 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.

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!

New business zoning, this legal, nonconforming two flat ready for the right investor to convert to higher yielding office or retail. Double lot in heart of downtown Geneva. 2,737 sq feet, updated electric, new roof & HVAC.

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St. Charles


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!


Over 3000SF living space, 4BR/3.5BA, skylights, fenced yard, tiered deck, ext. speakers, gourmet eat-in kit. w/granite island, built-ins, finished basement, 2-story foyer, large fam. room w/fpl. - must see!


3BR/2.5BA 2-sty on 2.41 wooded acs, privacy, tiered deck w/spa, sun room, sunken family room, formal DR, master suite w/fpl, sitting room, finished bmt w/rec rm, workshop, wine cellar, mudroom, more!




2BR/1BA pre-Civil War 2-story near Wheeler Park, patio, enclosed porch, pond w/waterfall, family rm, LR, formal DR, hwd floors, detached 2-car garage, large corner lot, lovely landscaping. Location! Geneva schools!



St. Charles


5BR/3.5BA John Hall custom executive estate on 1.5 lush acres in Three Lakes. Exquisite architectural features, upgrades throughout, finished lookout bmt. Craftsmanship & luxury at the right price!

St Charles


Quality built 4BR/3.1BA new construction in Silver Glen Meadows. 1.25-acre lot, gourmet kitchen w/granite & stainless, 1st floor den. Master w/His & Her walk-in closets, luxury bath. Lookout bsmt w/rough-in for 3/4 bath.

Maple Park


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!

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.

St Charles

Sugar Grove


Quality rehabbed 3BR/2.1BA brick & cedar ranch home in the Davis school area. New roof, windows, electrical & plumbing. Bamboo flooring throughout, gourmet kitchen w/granite & stainless. Fenced yard w/deck & more!


5BR/4.5BA, exceptional custom 2-story, office, mudrm, 1st flr master, 1st flr ldry, rec rm, exercise rm, loft, sitting rm, hwd flrs, custom millwork, kitchen w/sunny eating area, formal DR, LR w/fpl, patio, firepit, hot tub!



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


Spacious 3,500+ sq ft 4BR/3.1BA Fox Mill 2-story on lovely lot! Paver patio, screened porch, 3-car garage & walkout bsmt. Vaulted clgs, formal living & dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, den & master w/luxury bath!



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!



Popular Bristol model, 4BR/2.5BA, 2-story, 2nd flr balcony off master, kit w/granite, stainless, 1st flr laundry, gracious patio, open floorplan, generous room sizes, neutral dÈcor, great location, move-in ready!



3BR/2BA brk ranch, .8-ac. wooded/ldscpd, 3-season porch, deck, shed. New carpet, BAs redone, master BA heated flrs, Corian in kit., fin bmt w/fam rm, bar, wrkshp w/bench, over 2400 SF fin. liv. area, move-in ready.



Stunning 4BR/3.5BA 2-story on 1.6 acs, mature pro-ldscp, open flrpln, kit w/stainless, granite, fin bmt w/exc rm, rec rm, bar, BR4&BA (c/b inlaw/guest suite). Ingrd pool, patio, bonus rm over 3-car garage c/b BR5.

St Charles


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!



Exquisite 5BR/5BA custom home in excellent location, backs to nature preserve, Fin. bmt. w/ rec rm, office, wet bar, full BA, BR5, storage. Gourmet kit, luxury master suite w/fpl, 2-sty fam. rm., 1st flr ldry, den. Must see!

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St Charles


ATTENTION INVESTORS! Vintage building in perfect downtown location adjacent to city parking lot! Former salon & resale boutique w/ one bedroom apartment upstairs. Perfect for owner/occupied business opportunity!

Maple Park


Beautiful 6-stall barn, 12x14 stalls w/individual fans, dutch doors, heated Nelson auto waterers, washrack w/h&c water, so much more. Room to build home &/or indoor arena. Pressure treated fencing. 16+ acres!

St Charles


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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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.


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5BR/3BA, .6-acs, 2 patios, tiered deck, abv-grd pool w/deck, priv. fencing, cul-de-sac, 2-car gar., walk-out bmt w/huge fam. rm., sunroom, large LR & DR, master w/wic. St. Charles schools!


Great Buy! Build your dream home on this mature wooded lot in a very sought after subdivision. You won’t be able to find a better lot in this area at this price!

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Gorgeous home on the east side! Walk to schools and shopping! Custom built by John Henry with views of the 14th green of Royal Fox! This stunning home features hardwood floors and extensive oversized moldings. First floor study. Family room with fireplace and custom built ins. Large luxurious master suite with his/her closets! Huge kitchen with incredible Autumn Woods cabinetry, island and double ovens. New paint and new carpeting!!

This UNIQUE Georgian has endless possibilities...currently used as 2 duplexes by original owners...each with their own living room with fireplaces, dining room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, baths and full basements! Impeccably maintained with stainless steel appliances, solid surface counters and new Allure Traffic Master Flooring in basement! Approximately 4300square feet of quality construction, hardwood floors thru-out, elaborate moldings and custom cabinetry. A hidden Gem!!

Truly Move In Ready~Bright and Open floor plan with custom cabinetry, 2 story foyer, double staircase and hardwood floors. Cooks kitchen with loads of cabinets, stainless steel appliances, double ovens, breakfast bar and island! Fabulous family room with 2 story fireplace! Master suite with luxurious spa like bath and huge walk in closet. Full finished basement with fireplace and full bath. Beautiful and private fenced yard with deck, paver patio and perennial gardens! WOW!!

Over 5000 square feet of living space! Gorgeous kitchen with granite, NEW stainless steel appliances, island and breakfast bar! Wonderful sun room. 1st floor office with French doors and wainscotting. Huge family room with fireplace. Lovely Master suite with private oversized sitting room. Master bedroom bath with whirlpool. Full finished basement with full bath! Incredible yard features large patio, gazebo, mature trees and stunning perennial garden!





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Wooded with stunning views of the Wetlands! Incredible spacious cooks kitchen with granite, planning desk and island. Gorgeous family room with fireplace and beamed ceiling. Totally updated master bath, double sinks and soaking tub. 4 spacious bedrooms, 4 full baths, skylights and vaulted ceilings! Fantastic finished lower level with wet bar and sauna! Professionally landscaped yard and pond!

2.5 acres of exquisite, park-like wooded surroundings! Nature abounds and views are plentiful of Ferson Creek (nature’s water feature)! This newer, exceptionally maintained home has exceptional mill work, hardwood floors, 2-story family room with floor-to-ceiling fireplace, hearth room with fireplace and walls of windows! Gourmet kitchen with furniture inspired cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite and pantry! Luxury master.

Tucked away on a private dead-end street this Gorgeous all brick Georgian home awaits. Fabulous Foyer with marble floors, crystal chandelier and double staircase. Amazing Kitchen with tons of cabinets. First floor full bath! Hardwood floors and extensive mill work throughout. Butler’s pantry. Den features French doors and box beamed ceiling. Full finished English basement with wet bar and fireplace!

Instant access to walking/biking trails along the Fox River! This super high end home has it all with over 4000 square feet of living space! Vaulted ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, 3 fireplaces, butler’s pantry, office and a study. Incredible huge kitchen with fireplace and granite counter tops! Finished walk out basement with exercise room and recreation room. New carpeting! Plus a new roof!!








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St Charles $6,250,000 Stone 5 br, 6+2 ba home on 11+ acres. Quality kit, dramatic spaces, 5 fplcs, indoor racquetball/sport court, golf simulator, screening rm & full fin walkout. Pool & more. Meg Cleavenger/Greg Bradley 847-277-2259

St Charles $1,388,000 5 br, 5+2 ba French Provincial w/grand foyer, sweeping staircase, vol ceil, gour kit, 1st-flr master w/his/hers baths. 2-story fam rm w/fplc. Fin LL. FL rm & scrn porch. Debora McKay 630-587-4672

St Charles $1,249,000 Amazing design 6 br, 5 ba home w/designer touches & attention-to-detail thruout. 3 fplc, gour kit /island, built-in pool/spa, pergola w/outdoor fplc. Full bsmt w/bar. Linda Weber 630-779-6606

St Charles $1,225,000 Prairie Lakes 5 br, 4.5 ba home w/water views from most windows! 4 fplc’s, curved staircase, Braz cherry flrs, mldgs & coffer ceil. To-die-for kit. Fab walkout w/theater. Debora McKay 630-587-4672

St Charles $620,000 4 br, 4 ba home w/2-sty foyer & fam rm. Detail trim. 2-story fplc in fam rm. Island kit w/granite & ss appl. Lux master w/ sitting rm, lrg ba & walk-in. Den w/ba. Fin bst. Linda Mahaney 630-587-4724

St Charles $614,900 5 br, 4.5 ba New England Cape Cod. Beaut lndscp & full fin walkout bsmt w/ba. Cook’s kit w/huge island. Attic w/ba rough-in. 1st-flr ofc/den/br w/ba. 3+-car gar. Patio. Jodi Sagil 630-334-2763

St Charles $529,000 4 br, 4 ba home in Hunt Club! Wooded w/views of wetlands! Lrg kit w/granite & island. Fam rm w/fplc & beamed ceil. Updated master ba. Skylights & vaul ceil. Prof fin LL. Debora McKay 630-587-4672

St Charles $510,000 Fab 4 br, 3.5 ba 5000+ sq ft home on 1.25 acres! Granite kit w/new ss appl. Sun rm. 1st-flr ofc. Huge fam rm w/fplc. Mstr w/sitting rm & whrlpl ba. Full fin bsmt & more. Debora McKay 630-587-4672


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Batavia $499,000 4 br, 4.5 ba home w/open flr plan, 2-story foyer, dbl staircase & hdwd flrs. Cook’s w/ss appl. Fam rm w/fplc. Master w/spa-like ba & huge walk-in. Full fin bsmt w/fplc. Debora McKay 630-587-4672

2113 Bridle Ct, St Charles $495,000 5 br, 4 ba builder’s model home w/open flr plan, eat-in kit, pantry, sep din rm w/tray ceil, 1st-flr laundry & den. Fin bsmt w/br & ba. Updated master w/ba & sitting rm. Jim Trudeau 630-561-8212

St Charles $420,000 5 br, 3 b brick ranch on 1+-ac. Gour eat-in kit w/ss appl, vaul ceil, skylights, hdwd flr & maple cabs. Open flr plan. Fam rm w/fplc. Huge liv & din rm. Fin bsmt & more. Greg Bach 630-292-6762

St Charles $419,900 4 br, 3.5 ba home in Fox Mill! Frml liv & din rms. Crwn mldg, trim details & transoms. Fab kit w/beaut cabs. Fam rm w/ fplc. 3-car garage. New carpet/paint! Fin LL & more. Debora McKay 630-587-4672

Batavia $394,000 4 br, 2.5 ba home w/2-story foyer. Open floor plan. Lrg eatin granite kit. Sun rm & fam rm. Refin hdwd. Master w/ sitting area, walk-in closet & jet tub. Full fin bsmt. Carla Tsoris 630-337-5440

Wayne $379,000 Horse lover’s 3 br, 3 ba home on 5 ac. Beaut island kit w/ hdwd flrs, fam rm w/fplc, htd 2-story solarium w/skylights. 1st-frl den & ba. 50 x 25 ft 2nd gar w/loft & more. Freda Cieslicki 630-334-6545

Geneva $375,000 4 br, 3.5 ba home on lrg lot. New crpt. Vaul fam rm w/skylights & fplc. Big island granite kit. Hdwd flrs. 1st-flr den. Huge master w/spa ba. Fin Eng bsmt. New windows. Stephanie Doherty 630-643-3602

Elburn $373,500 4 br, 2.5 ba home w/2-story foyer. Crown mldg & cust millwrk. Wd flrs & wbfp. Beaut kit w/ss GE appl & granite. Tray ceil master w/jetted tub & walk-in closet. 4-car gar. Jodi Sagil 630-334-2763

St Charles $350,000 Updated 4 br, 2.5 ba home w/hdwd flrs. Newer granite kit w/42” mpl cabs & ss appl. Huge fam rm w/fplc. Newer baths. Huge master w/spa ba. Fin bsmt. Scrn porch. 3-car gar. Stephanie Doherty 630-643-3602

Geneva $339,000 4 br, 2.5 ba ranch w/full fin bsmt on tree-lined street! Gour cherry & granite eat-in kit. Fam rm w/fplc. Master w/ba walk-in closet. Hdwd flrs, newer windows & remod ba. Barbara Jones 630-669-9148

Elburn $329,000 4 br, 3 ba Havlicek home on lrg wooded lot. Remod kit w/ new cabs & light fixt, ss appl & walk-in pantry. Hdwd flrs, 2nd-flr lndry, 3-car gar, full fin bsmt & new deck. Amy Andreas 630-542-5173

St Charles $290,000 5 br, 3.5 ba home near Otter’s Cove, water park, walking paths & more. Bright opne flr plan w/lrg eat-in kit. Walkout bsmt w/ba, rec rm & br. Vaul master w/Jacuzzi ba. Suzy Macino 630-854-8828

Geneva $289,500 2 br, 2.5 ba Village home in golf course community. 2 masters w/priv baths. Hdwd. Lrg gour island kit w/pantry. Closets w/organizers. Brick front & porch. Paver patio. Susan Kotsy 630-587-4620

DeKalb $146,700 Great 2 br, 2 bath .5-duplex w/Hugh-ceil thruout & 2-car gar. Kit w/all appl & nice-size eating area. Din rm. Liv rm w/gas fplc. Hdwd flrs. Master w/ba & walk-in closet. Suzi Warner 630-587-4690

Batavia $134,900 Expanded 3 br, 1.5 ba w/huge rear deck. Upgraded kit, flrs, drs & more. Huge bkyd w/shed, side drive prkg + bonues rm. Designer tile & fixt. Great schools. Tree-lined st. William Martin 773-451-1200

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St Charles $499,000 4 br, 3.5 ba E side home w/views of 14th green of Royal Fox! Hdwd flrs & over-sized mldgs. 1st-flr study. Fam rm w/fplc. Lux mstr w/2 closets! Huge kit. New paint/crpt. Debora McKay 630-587-4672

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$364,900 Batavia

3S033 Deerpath Rd. On 2.5 acres in Deerpath Road Estates! Updates incl windows, furnace, air & roof! 4br, 2.5ba, crown molding on main level, kit has hardwood flr & opens to fam rm w/ fpl, rec rm in walkout bsmt. MLS ID 08442292 Dawn Stippich 630-232-6900


Nicole Ortiz



South Elgin

$74,900 St Charles

474 South Dr. Bank owned 3br 2ba home on 338x100 lot in unincorporated area needs a lot of work, St Charles Schools, low taxes. MLS ID 08379368 Sherri Nugent


$287,800 Geneva

$309,900 St Charles

1715 Forest Ridge Rd. Approx. 2000 sq ft home in Hunters Fields on east side near parks & schools. 3br, 2.5 baths, liv & din rms, fam rm w/fpl opens to patio. Office or rec rm in fin bsmt. MLS ID 08490511 Donna McQuade 630-232-6900

$159,900 Elburn



Julie Fabrizius

Shirley Guercio


$49,900 Geneva

491 S Belmont Ave 6. 2nd flr 2 bedroom condo near Elgin Community College & I-20. MLS ID 08489486 Melissa Mobile




746 Westfield Course. Over 2100 sq ft home in Geneva East. Walk out bsmt has 5th br, 12x23 rec rm & full 3rd bath. Wood laminate thru main flr. Incl 1 year home warranty! MLS ID 08464824 Donna McQuade 630-232-6900

$199,500 South Elgin


527 Ford St. Bank owned 2 unit near town & train is great investment, as low as 5% down, 2br in each apartment, 2 car gar, lge yard. MLS ID 08423633

84 Ione Dr B. Bank owned townhouse in Fox Hollow, as low as 5% down, 2br incl 23x15 master, 2ba, new appliances, 26x12 liv rm, ceramic flr in kit, bsmt. MLS ID 08472217

Shirley Guercio

Shirley Guercio

$249,000 St Charles

3717 King Charles Ln 3717. Kingswood townhouse, 1,811 sq ft, 3br incl vaulted 17x14 master w/bath, 2 story liv rm w/corner fpl, hardwood flrs in main flr study & kit/din combo w/maple cabinets & bay window. Bsmt. MLS ID 08476514 Kathleen Nolan 630-232-6900

Shirley Guercio

208 E Nebraska St. Bank owned, as low as 5% down, needs some work, 3br, 1st flr den, enclosed porch, bsmt, fenced yard. MLS ID 08447604

$274,900 Geneva

454 Cannon Dr. Fisher Farms duplex, 2,708 sq ft, updated carpeting, 4br (luxury master opens to private porch), 3ba, 2 story fam rm w/fpl, 1st flr den, 42 inch cabinets, Corian counters & island in kit. MLS ID 08443250 Cynthia Welsch 630-232-6900


43W114 Whirlaway Dr. Bank owned on 1 acre in Cheval De Salle, as low as 5% down, 2,259 sq ft, new flooring incl hardwood in kit, 4br, 2.5ba, fam rm fpl, fin bsmt. MLS ID 08489381

136 S First St. 2 unit on 3 lots (1 is buildable) near town, both 1br apartments (1 is currently rented), bsmt w/laundry facility, new roof in 2002. MLS ID 08493390

$284,995 Elgin

310 Copper Springs Ln. On almost half acre in Copper Springs! 3br incl 24x17 master w/whirlpool, 1st flr den, hardwood flrs in kit, breakfast rm & din rm. Vaulted fam rm w/fpl & skylites, bsmt. MLS ID 08342714 Pam Murray 630-232-6900

$564,900 Elburn

41W975 High Point Ct. Brick ranch on 2+ acres, master suite has loft sitting rm, vaulted fam rm w/fpl & wall of windows, walk out bsmt w/2nd kit, rec rm, 4th bath, 5th & 6th bedrooms. Inground pool, 3+ car gar. MLS ID 08353754 Cindy Heckelsberg 630-896-3100

$174,900 Elburn

231 Walker Dr. Bank owned townhouse backs to pond in Prairie Valley North, as low as 5% down, Kaneland Schools, 2,143 sq ft, new carpet, open kit-din-liv rm arrangement w/fpl, bsmt. MLS ID 08468873 Shirley Guercio 630-236-6500

$379,900 Elgin

587 Windett Ln. Bank owned overlooking pond in Fisher Farms, 2,685 sq ft, 2 story fam rm w/ fpl flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows, kit has island, 42 inch maple cabinets & hardwood flr. 1st flr 4th bedroom. MLS ID 08499267 Pam Murray 630-232-6900

$629,900 Campton Hills

40W366 Edna St. Vincent Milay St. In Fox Mill, approx 6,000 sq ft incl fin bsmt, winding staircase to 4br incl 28x22 luxury master, Brazilian hardwood flrs on main level, 2 story stone fpl in fam rm, community pool & clubhouse. MLS ID 08499208 Jonathan Nutt 630-232-6900

$239,900 Elburn

381 Comstock Dr. In Shadow Hill backing to conservation area, 3,546 sq ft, 22x17 master suite, loft, hardwood in kit & fam rm w/fpl, fin walkout bsmt w/2 rec rms, 3rd bath & possible 5th bedroom. Extensive paver patio. MLS ID 08486163 Pam Murray 630-232-6900

$299,900 Geneva

529 Linden Ct 7. End-unit brick townhouse near town & Metra, 1,837 sq ft, crown molding & hardwood flr in liv/din combo w/fpl, 19x14 master suite, den, rec rm & 3rdbr in fin bsmt. Warranty for owner occupant. MLS ID 08419740 Erin & Jerry Hill 630-236-6500


2N276 Beith Rd. Raised ranch on 1.31 acres, 6 bedrooms (3 on each level), 3.5 baths, 2 fpl - related living potential. 3 car attached garage. Incl 1 yr warranty for owner occupant. MLS ID 08463890 Erin & Jerry Hill 630-236-6500

$569,000 Elgin

40W960 Chippewa Pass. 5 acres in Oak Ridge Farm, 3,471 sq ft, hardwood in most rms, 5br incl main flr master, 3.5ba, 2 story fam rm w/ stone fpl, heated gar, 5 stall barn/stable, outdoor riding arena & fenced pasture. MLS ID 08478919 Darlene Kearney 630-232-6900


Kara Norman

$299,500 Elburn

43W842 Main St. On 2.28 acres! Needs TLC, 4br, 2.5ba, 2 story 14x22 liv rm w/fpl, island in kit, 13x18 fam rm, formal din, bsmt, 2 car attached & detached garages. MLS ID 08486682

$169,900 Campton Hills

1094 First St 1094. Brick ranch duplex, no assoc fee! 2br (master has bath & walk-in closet), 18x14 liv/din combo, 3-season rm, main flr laundry, full bsmt. MLS ID 08412101


$235,000 St Charles



37W375 Emerald Ct. Bank owned on 1.25 acre corner lot, as low as 5% down, 1,900+ sq ft, new carpet, updated kit, 3br, 1.5ba, 27x18 liv rm w/stone fpl, bsmt. MLS ID 08410391

304 S 13th Ave. Bank owned home on 55x165 corner lot, new carpet, kit & heating system! 3br, bsmt, enclosed porch, 2.5 car gar. Home Warranty for owner occupant. MLS ID 08494738

Shirley Guercio

Meghan Bailey