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Dr. Jennie Christakos (right) administers a Leptospirosis vaccination to 5-year-old black Lab mix, Ellie, as veterinary technician Penny Ventura assists at the Valley Animal Hospital in Geneva.




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School district chooses new superintendent By ERIC SCHELKOPF The West Aurora School Board on Monday approved the appointment of Jeffrey W. Craig as the new superintendent to replace Jim Rydland, who is retiring at the end of this school year. Craig has been serving this past year as superintendent of Interstate 35 Community School District in Truro, Iowa, near Des Moines. Before that, he was a principal for 11 years at three large high Jeffrey W. schools – OsweCraig go East, Rich East in Park Forest and Central in Davenport, Iowa. Under his leadership, both math and reading scores increased on the Prairie State Achievement Exams, according to a news release from the West Aurora School District. With a focus on ACT and Advanced Placement performance, a significant increase was achieved in the overall ACT averages and the

Advanced Placement enrollments. “Dr. Craig brings with him an outstanding background as a strong and dynamic leader who has demonstrated his commitment to improve student learning in a number of diverse environments,” West Aurora School Board President Neal Ormond said. “The board is delighted that Dr. Craig has chosen to join the District 129 team. He has earned an impressive reputation for being visible and accessible to the communities he has served, as well as being an inspiring, positive advocate for students and staff alike.” Craig said he is looking forward to being part of West Aurora School District. “Joining the District 129 team provides an opportunity to work with trusted colleagues, build and develop a leadership team, while continuing to improve upon the great work with students, staff and community partners,” Craig said. Craig will begin his fulltime responsibilities as superintendent July 1, but he will start the orientation and transition process immediately.

Cougars tickets to go on sale GENEVA – Single-game tickets for the 2014 Kane County Cougars season will go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday. At that time, fans can purchase tickets in person at the Cougars’ box office at 34W002 Cherry Lane, Geneva, online at www. or by phone at 630-232-8811. Group outings, season tickets and ticket packages starting at 10 games will be on sale. Opening Night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark is set for 6:30 p.m. April 8.

Re-enactment at Charlestowne 18 ST. CHARLES – In conjunction with the release of “The Monuments Men” on Friday, and Saturday, the Charlestowne 18 at 3740 E. Main St., St. Charles, will transform itself into historic World War II Germany. The WWII Historical Re-enactment Society of Illinois/ Indiana will perform in a fully decorated lobby from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Re-enactors dressed as U.S. soldiers, captured German soldiers and civilians of the period will stage interrogations similar to those in the film, and engage with patrons.


Call 630-587-3300 for information on the re-enactments, or to order advanced tickets of “The Monuments Men” screening.

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TriCity Family Services’ Trivia Night planned BATAVIA – TriCity Family Services’ Trivia Night is set to start at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Batavia Moose Lodge, 1535 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. Teams of six to eight people (maximum 10) battle other teams to see who has the greatest knowledge of all things trivial. Each team has its own table and will answer trivia questions together. The evening also is highlighted by additional games and a 50/50 raffle. The event is BYOF (bring your own food), and attendees are encouraged to bring food for their table to share, as well as a creative team name and theme. The Batavia Moose provides a cash bar. No outside alcohol is permitted. Register online at www.tricityfamilyservices. org, or call 630-232-1070. The cost to attend is $10 a person, and all proceeds benefit TriCity Family Services. Space is limited, and registration in advance is required.

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CONTACT US Janesville, Wis., resident Shelly Kakouris, 47, was at the Military History Fest in St. Charles when she answered 12 questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.

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Learn from the experts set at Hickory Knolls WHAT: The Hickory Knolls Discovery Center will welcome birder and naturalist Joel Greenberg, who will present “Echoes of Their Wings: Life of the Passenger Pigeon.” The program is open to adults age 18 and older, and it costs $15. Greenberg will present the story of the now-extinct passenger pigeon. WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 5 WHERE: Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles INFORMATION: Visit

Knight of Performances dinner fundraiser set WHAT: The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters will have the second annual Knight of Performances dinner. Student musicians and performers from both Kaneland middle and high schools will be on hand to provide entertainment for the afternoon, including students who are either performing a vocal or instrumental solo or ensemble, KHMS Mid-Knight Special, KHMS Jazz Band, KHS Jazz Combos and cast members from this spring’s KHS musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m. March 2 WHERE: Kaneland Harter Middle School,

1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove INFORMATION: Contact Denise Blaszynski at 630-365-5272 or send an email to

Kiwanis of Campton Hills set to meet at The Lodge WHAT: Kiwanis members will invite the residents of Campton Hills to join them and to learn more about local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops. There will be guest speakers from both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. There will be a brief induction ceremony for two new club members. WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13 WHERE: The Lodge Bar and Grill, 41W379 Route 64, St. Charles

Elburn Boys Scouts plan pancake breakfast WHAT: Elburn Boy Scout Troop 7 has planned an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. It will include pancakes, sausage links from Ream’s Elburn Market, juice and coffee. The cost is $5 for those ages 4 and older. It is free for those younger than 4. WHEN: 7 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday WHERE: Elburn American Legion Hall, 112 N. Main St., Elburn


Mr. Steve Fun Show set at Elburn library WHAT: Mr. Steve’s act includes audience participation songs, magic and balloon creations. WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday WHERE: Town and Country Public Library, 320 E. North St., Elburn INFORMATION: Visit

Bowling Against Bullying headed to Parkside Lanes WHAT: P.E.A.K. for Kids, which stands for promoting enrichment and kindness, will have a fundraising event, Bowling Against Bullying. The organization is putting on the event with the Kindness Campaign, in partnership with the N.E.H. Foundation. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Parkside Lanes, 34W185 Montgomery Road, Aurora INFORMATION: Visit www.peakforkids. org/fundraising/ bowling-against-bullying.

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Where did you grow up? North Prairie, Wis. Pets? A cat named Cleo Who would play you in the movie of your life? Lucille Ball First job? Baby-sitting As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher. I teach sixth grade. A book you’d recommend? “There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom” by Louis Sachar Do you play an instrument? Harp and dulcimer, but not well. Favorite charity? Project 16:49. That is how many hours and minutes a homeless teen has nowhere to go after school. What game show would you be on? “Super Sloppy Double Dare” Favorite local restaurant? Portillo’s in St. Charles What is an interesting factoid about yourself? Richard Dreyfuss was the keynote speaker at an event like this in Wisconsin. Why are you at a military history fest? To represent the Bristol Renaissance Faire. My husband and I and two friends own the Bristol Faire.

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Waubonsee offering free tax return prep By ERIC SCHELKOPF Once again, Waubonsee Community College and a team of volunteers will be helping low and moderate income residents with their income tax returns. The free sessions started Jan. 29 and will continue through April 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at WCC’s downtown Aurora campus, 18 S. River St. The site will be closed during spring break March 19 and March 22. This is the sixth year

Know more For information about Waubonsee Community College’s free income tax return preparation sessions, call 630-466-7900 or go to

that certified public account George Sterling, who also is an adjunct instructor at WCC’s Sugar Grove and Aurora campuses, will be providing assistance. He and his wife, Therese, manage the WCC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site. Sterling said he enjoys

helping other people. WCC partners with the Center for Economic Progress to sponsor the assistance sessions for eligible members of the community. Those eligible for the program include families with annual incomes of $50,000 or less, and individuals with annual incomes of less than $25,000. “Last year, a woman we helped had a real nice refund check coming,” Sterling said. “She was crying and said, ‘You just saved my house.’ It doesn’t get any better than that.” Sterling and a team of 75

Batavia aldermen to vote on Walgreens financial proposal By ERIC SCHELKOPF BATAVIA – A proposal to give Batavia Enterprises $1.14 million in financial assistance to help in the construction of a new Walgreens store in downtown Batavia is moving forward. Batavia aldermen are set to discuss the proposal at their Joint Committee of the Whole meeting Feb. 11, and vote on the proposal Feb. 17. Batavia Enterprises Vice President Austin Dempsey said he is hopeful the deal will be approved. “I’ve learned to be guardedly optimistic,” he said. Under the proposal, Batavia Enterprises would receive $450,000 from the city as the project moves forward, and

another $693,000 that would be paid out over 12 years if the project generates enough TIF increment to cover it, Dempsey said. The project is in a tax increment financing district. Once a municipality creates a TIF, its property assessment is frozen, and new or increased taxes generated by improvements are used to pay for improvements or other development incentives. “The project has to generate enough cost and increment to cover it,” Dempsey said. Total project costs for the new Walgreens store are estimated to reach about $6 million, which includes a 10 percent contingency of $520,250. Because the property has poor soil, the new building would have to be built on concrete

caissons or piers, which is estimated to cost $275,000. In addition, a large storm drain line runs through the city-owned portion of the property. The line acts as an overflow route from the southern tip of Depot Pond to a point in the Fox River just north of the city of Batavia’s Emergency Services and Disaster Agency garage. Dempsey said the line needs to be moved at a cost of $300,000. Batavia Enterprises wants to move Walgreens from its current location at 138 W. Wilson St. in the Batavia Plaza into a 14,500-square-foot building with a drive-thru just east of East China Inn in the same shopping center. Batavia Enterprises owns Batavia Plaza.

titled “A Pruning Primer for Small Trees and Shrubs.” Refreshments will be served. Visit www.pottagardenclub. org for information.

from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. Teens are invited to make a Valentine’s Day card. There is no fee, but registration is required. For information, visit www.

8LOCAL BRIEFS Garden club to kick off 86th year with meeting ST. CHARLES – The Pottawatomie Garden Club of St. Charles will begin its 86th year with a meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 24 at PNC Bank, 2800 E. Main St., St. Charles. Horticulturist Karla Lynch of Geneva will present a program

Valentine’s workshop set for Thursday BATAVIA – A “Valentine’s Card Workshop” will be offered

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volunteers provide the tax preparation assistance. Last year, they helped almost 800 people with their taxes and look to help the same number this year. “We actually have a few volunteers who started out as clients,” Sterling said. “They saw the benefits and are now in a position to help others.” He noted that a majority of people they are helping are living “not even paycheck to paycheck.” “We are saving them tax preparation fees and some of those predatory tax anticipation loans,” Sterling said. They also help set up a

bank account for those clients who don’t already have one so their refund check can be safely deposited into their account. Those seeking tax return preparation assistance at the VITA sessions should bring a copy of last year’s tax return, if they have one; W-2 and 1099 forms from all employment in 2013; Social Security cards for all family members; and photo identification. The free income tax return preparation is done on a firstcome, first-serve basis and the site closes when capacity is reached.

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Few snow Mostly sunny Partly sunny and Cloudy with light Some light snow Mostly sunny showers early; and bitterly cold a little warmer snow likely early; colder and bitterly cold windy and colder

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16/-10 McHenry Statistics through 4 p.m. yesterday Belvidere 20/-7 Temperatures Waukegan 17/-10 20/-5 High/low ......................................... 23°/0° Normal high ......................................... 32° Rockford Crystal Lake Deerfield Record high .............................. 54° (1992) Algonquin 16/-11 19/-8 21/-6 20/-7 Normal low .......................................... 17° Hampshire Record low ............................. -22° (1996) Schaumburg 19/-8 Elgin 21/-7 Peak wind .......................... ENE at 12 mph 20/-9 DeKalb Precipitation 19/-8 Tri-Cities Chicago 24 hours through 4 p.m. yest. ........... Trace 19/-8 22/-6 Month to date ................................... 0.14” Normal month to date ....................... 0.18” Oak Park Year to date ...................................... 1.99” 23/-6 Aurora Normal year to date .......................... 1.86” Dixon 16/-11

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

Weather History On Feb. 5, 1961, more than 22.5 inches of snow fell in Newark, N.J. Snow at Gardenerville, N.Y., piled up 61 inches deep by the storm’s end.

Fld: flood stage. Prs: stage in feet at 7 a.m Tuesday. Chg: change in previous 24 hours. Station Fld Prs Chg Station Fld Prs Chg Montgomery........... 13..... 11.82..... +0.06 Algonquin................. 3....... 1.43...... -0.01 New Munster, WI .... 19....... 7.12...... -0.01 Burlington, WI ........ 11....... 7.38....... none Princeton .............. 9.5........ N.A..........N.A. Dayton ................... 12....... 6.50...... -0.16 McHenry .................. 4....... 1.61...... -0.01 Waukesha ................ 6....... 2.86..... +0.05

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Kaneland tackles tough subject in ‘Laramie’ By AL LAGATTOLLA MAPLE PARK – Kaneland High School sophomore Andriy McFarlin said he felt exhausted at school Friday and wasn’t really looking forward to his task that night, as the stage manager for “The Laramie Project” at the school’s black box theater. “The Laramie Project” deals with a heavy topic, focusing on reaction to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was found beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in Laramie, Wyo. The two men charged in the murder are serving life sentences. But McFarlin, as part of a discussion forum after the performance, said an incident that happened hours earlier during the school day provided him all the motivation he needed. He said a student made anti-gay remarks at McFarlin, who is president of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. McFarlin said it reminded him of the important work on the play. “This is the best thing I’ve done in my school so far,” he said. The Kaneland Arts Initiative billed it as the first performance at the more intimate black box theater. There were three dates for the show, with Friday’s performance delayed a week because of weather concerns. About 150 total watched the three shows. The performances were demanding for the actors, with each character playing several roles, some of them rolling right into the next character seconds after delivering the lines as the previous character. The cast wore all black, as if at a funeral, and the story is told as a series of interviews and scenes, moving from one right into the next. The cast included a blend of student and adult actors. The performances were presented by the KAI, in partnership with the Kindness Campaign, an organization that has formed

in the Kaneland area to combat bullying with a positive message. Leigh Ann Reusche, one of the founders of the Kindness Campaign, was in attendance. The play’s message is not so much about bullying as it as about hate and acceptance, as those profiled talked about their feelings toward Shepard and provided insight into how residents in Laramie viewed the situation. In the post-performance discussion, actors and audience members expressed frustration that more people didn’t watch the performances. Diane McFarlin thought that was a good point, and she was heaviliy involved in the show. She is Kaneland High School’s assistant principal and was the show’s director. She is Andriy’s mother and is married to school board member Peter Lopatin, who played several characters in the play. “We’re beginning the journey together,” Diane McFarlin said, adding that “we had 150 wonderful people see the production.” She said her colleagues were invited, and many didn’t attend. But she said she understood, and noted that, at times, Reusche and Renee Dee of the Kindness Campaign have had difficulty even spreading their message. “They’re just talking kindness, and sometimes they get the door closed on them,” Diane McFarlin said. For instance, Reusche said some who attend a Kindness Campaign event might question why groups such as the Gay-Straight Alliance are on board. Lopatin said it would be “really easy to think about who is not here ... but we are grateful for the people who are here.” Douglas Orlyk, another onw of the adults in the performance, said he felt for Andriy McFarlin, saying it’s “really easy to say to Andriy that it will be better.” But he also had what he thought would be a more impactful answer – “how about you and I make it better.”

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The cast of “The Laramie Project” is pictured. Front row: Douglas Orlyk (from left) and Caitrin Mills. Middle row: Rebecca Hof, Pamela Gianakakos, Sabrina Massa, Laszlo Reed, Peter Lopatin and Trisha Mills. Far back: Justin Schaller, Ben Mitchinson and Patrick Murphy.

“They’re just talking kindness, and sometimes they get the door closed on them.” Diane McFarlin, Kaneland High School assistant principal, show’s director


LEFT: Kindergarteners Sophia Balara (left) and Reese Thomas cheer during relay races Tuesday.

St. Patrick students’ spirit on display Youths celebrate community, faith during Catholic Schools Week By CHARLES MENCHACA ST. CHARLES – Students at St. Patrick Catholic School on Tuesday continued their spirit week with some running, jumping and cheering. A group of randomly chosen students participated in relays in front of all their peers in the school gym. The relays incorporated dressing up in various articles of clothing, shooting baskets and even running alongside their teachers. The students’ cheers and claps were fitting for this year’s Catholic Schools Week theme, which is “Enthusi-

astic Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Services.” National Catholic Schools Week is held every year to celebrate Catholic education in the U.S. Most Catholic parishes observed the week between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1, but St. Patrick decided to hold events this week. The relay assembly gave students the opportunity to share a fun activity with their teachers and also the

larger community, St. Patrick School Principal Joseph Battisto said. “We always want them to have spirit, academic and social aspects,” Battisto said of the school’s 530 students. “They’ll always remember to keep that proper balance in their life.” Kristin Dohner was one student who embraced the social aspect of the event. She secured a win for her sixthgrade team by running and slipping into a sleeping bag meant to represent the end of a student’s day, and the end of the relay. Many students screamed with excitement and stomped their feet in the

bleachers during Dohner’s win. “It was fun and nervewracking – I didn’t want to lose,” said Dohner, 12. This was Dohner’s third time participating in a relay in front of the school. It was eighth-grader Patrick Griffin’s second time, and he started it off by making a basket from half court during his Tuesday relay. Griffin, 14, said he also enjoyed Monday’s assembly at the school, but for a different reason. The students were inspired by performances from Misericordia, an organization that offers services and

care to residents with developmental disabilities. Students Monday presented the group with a check for just over $4,000 collected from a fundraiser. Although Tuesday’s relay focused on older students, the parents that attended got to spend time with their younger ones. Parent Dina O’Sullivan sat close to her daughter, Sofia, during the assembly. O’Sullivan said she appreciates being invited to the school events and volunteers there whenever she can. “With St. Pat’s, it’s like once you come here, you become one big family,” O’Sullivan said.

Make Sense of the Mayhem,” is set from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 22 at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles.

Isie Brindley and Alice Miller, from Resolution Focused Consultants Inc., will host a half-day retreat exploring the feminine mystique and the challenge of

balancing spiritual needs with the demands of family and community. Register online at www. or call

630-232-0921. This retreat is open to all women. Scholarships are available.

On the Web To view a photo list from this event, visit

8LOCAL BRIEF Church plans event Feb. 22 in St. Charles ST. CHARLES – An event, “Through the Looking Glass: Helping Recovering Women

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TOP LEFT: St. Patrick School teacher Jill Bolin competes in a relay against eighth-graders Tuesday as part of Catholic Schools Week.

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ABOVE: St. Patrick School seventh-grader Ally Tippett tries to get a Ping Pong ball to land in a glass of water as classmate Aidan Reynolds looks on during a relay Tuesday, which was part of Catholic Schools Week at the St. Charles school.

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McMahon says Kane County should offer competitive pay for assistant state’s attorneys By ASHLEY SLOBODA ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said his office has made “significant progress” in making his assistant prosecutors’ salaries more competitive. But, he told reporters Tuesday during his monthly media meeting, “We haven’t closed the gap entirely.” The starting salary for assistant state’s attorneys last year increased from about $40,000 to $50,000, McMahon said.

He said he expects it will be between $50,000 and $55,000 this year. McMahon said it is important for Kane County to offer competitive salaries that allow assistant state’s attorneys to repay their loans and cover their living expenses while they pursue a job they are passionate about. He wouldn’t want to lose an employee solely because of money, he said. Also Tuesday, McMahon shared highlights from his office’s annual report, which included the number of calls

to the felony hotline. In 2013, the felony hotline received 2,446 calls for review, which was down from 2,781 calls in 2012 and 2,839 calls in 2011. The bulk of the calls – about 75 percent – came from five agencies: the Aurora Police Department (815), the Elgin Police Department (531), the Kane County Sheriff’s Office (178), the Carpentersville Police Department (168) and the St. Charles Police Department (143), according to the report. McMahon also announced that the Election

Complaint Line, 630-2085328, will be available from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 18 for the primary election. The hotline should be used to report illegal election activity, such as electioneering, illegally placed campaign signs and denial of voting rights at any of the county’s 228 voting precincts. It should not be used for election questions, such as polling times and locations. That information is available through the Kane County Clerk’s Election Help Line at 630-232-5990.

identify obstacles that may be affecting your ability to find and create the relationship you want. The cost is $30 for 25-minute sessions. On Sunday, there will be “Downton Abbey artisan jewelry show,” featuring Rita Kay Designs. It is a special trunk show featuring pieces inspired by the women of Downton Abbey. Peaceful Parlour will

serve tea and healthy treats throughout the afternoon. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, there will be intuitive readings and healing sessions with psychic medium Diana Kushenbach. The cost is $25 for 15-minute sessions. On Saturday, March 22, there will be “Animal Communication sessions” with Denise Norberg-Johnson. Bring a

photo (or pet) and questions. The cost is $25 for 15-minute sessions. On April 12, there will be Crystal singing bowls and oneness blessing with Yolanda Lozano. The event is from 7 to 9 p.m. and will cost $20. For information, visit www. – Kane County Chronicle

8LOCAL BRIEF Peaceful Parlour to host several events GENEVA – Peaceful Parlour will host several events at its location at 212 S. Third St., Geneva. On Sunday, there will be “Love is in the Air, Feng Shui for Romance and Relationships.” Meet with licensed Feng Shui practitioner, Bill Schwingel of Feng Shui 24, to

8OBITUARIES ROBERT A. FULLER Born: April 29, 1938; Guelph, Ontario Died: Feb. 3, 2014; in Geneva CRYSTAL LAKE – Robert A. Fuller, 75, of Crystal Lake and formerly of Geneva, passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Delnor Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born April 20, 1938, in Guelph, Ontario, the son of Harold and Myrtle (Bennett) Fuller. Robert received a degree in mechanical engineering from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, and an MBA from University of Chicago. He worked in heavy equipment manufacturing and was president of White Farm Equipment in Oak Brook. Robert translated his work into a hobby, which he greatly enjoyed, restoring antique MG cars. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew him.

Robert is survived by his wife, Gail (Hayes); children, Beth (Bill) Jones, Susan (Jack) Paustian and Jay (Cathy) all of Geneva; grandchildren, Joshua and Madelyn Jones, Mallory, Stewart and Haley Stoffregen and Michael and Matthew Fuller; brother, Peter Fuller of Canada; and many dear nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral service for Robert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38), Geneva, the Rev. William Beckmann, of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Batavia, officiating. Interment will be at Belsyde Cemetery Fergus, Ontario. The visitation will be from 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, until the time of the service at Malone Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials to

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, 17 N. State St., #650 Chicago, IL 60602 or Alzheimer’s Association 225 North Michigan Ave., Ste 1700 Chicago, IL 60601 will be appreciated. For information, call 630-2328233 or visit Please sign the guest book at

KAREN L. KRAUS Born: Jan. 14, 1955; in Portland, Ore. Died: Jan. 23, 2014; in St. Charles ST. CHARLES – Karen L. Kraus, 59, of St. Charles, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 23,

2014, at Autumn Leaves of St. Charles. She was born Jan. 14, 1955, in Portland, Ore., the daughter of Stanley and Marjorie (nee Iverson) Baldwin. She was united in marriage to David Kraus on Sept. 14, 1974, in Glendale Heights. She is survived by her beloved husband, David of St. Charles; her children, Joshua (Paula) Kraus of Aurora, Bridgette (Nicholas) Steele of Marengo and Benjamin (Aimee) Kraus of Sycamore; her grandchildren, Bryden, Nate, Ben, Elijah, Joseph, Emma and Abigail; her parents, Stanley and Marjorie Baldwin of Milwaukie, Ore.; her siblings, Kathy Desllets of Meadview, Ariz., Krystal (Bill) Brown of Bend, Steve Baldwin of Eugene, Ore., and Greg (Candy) Baldwin of Milwaukie, Ore.; and several nieces and nephews. The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Moss-Nor-

ris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third St. (three blocks west of the river and one block south of Route 64) in St. Charles. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Christ Community Church, 37W100 Bolcum Road, in St. Charles. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL 60631, www. For information, call the Moss-Norris Funeral Home in St. Charles at 630-584-2000 or visit Please sign the guest book at

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Francis “Frank” William Carlborg: A service will be held in his memory at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Creek Bend Nature Center at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., west of St. Charles. Bettye Frunzar: Private interment will be in River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia. A celebration of life will be Friday, June 13, at a location yet to be determined. Condolences to the family and memories shared may be forwarded to Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506. For information, call 630897-9291. Jerry P. Perrone: A celebration of life visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38), Geneva. Carrie E. Petrie: A celebration of her life will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Elburn American Legion Post 630, 112 N. Main St., Elburn. Arrangements are being handled through the care of Conley Funeral Home in Elburn.

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LEFT: Laura Chramer of Alabama sits inside an igloo she made in January while visiting her grandparents, Reyn and Helen Chramer, just south of St. Charles North High School. TOP: Logan Connon, 13, stands next to an igloo he built recently with his dad, Sean, at their house in Batavia.

As snow piles up, igloos popping up By ERIC SCHELKOPF Given all the snow the Tri-Cities area has received this winter, perhaps it is not surprising that igloos have been popping up. An igloo was built in January near St. Charles, and another igloo was built last weekend in Batavia. Last month, Laura and Elisabeth Chramer, who live in Alabama, fashioned a igloo that is more than 6 feet tall in

the backyard of their grandparents’ home at 35W814 Bluff Drive, just south of St. Charles North High School. “I always wanted to make an igloo,” said Laura Chramer, who visits her grandparents once a year. “We were going to make the most out of the snow we were presented with.” After spending hours rolling large snowballs and putting them together, their igloo took shape. And as she found out by stepping inside it, it’s

functional, as well. “It was warm enough,” she said. “We went out with some hot chocolate and sat inside. It shielded us from the wind pretty well.” Her grandfather, Reyn Chramer, is proud of their efforts. “They did a good job,” he said. “It’s quite a bit larger than you would expect. We’re hoping all the snow we got will keep it a little longer.” Laura Chramer got a surprise last week when Ala-

bama received a rare 2-inch snowfall. “We didn’t have enough to make anything,” she said. “It made for good sledding.” Logan Connon, 13, is proud of the igloo that he built last weekend with his dad, Sean, at their house at 1131 North Ave. in Batavia. To make it more comfortable, they put a couple of lawn chairs in the igloo along with a portable heater. The igloo is impressive in size, boasting a 9-foot diame-

mately 45 minutes and will be led by Craig Collins, assistant superintendent-human resources in District 304. To register for one of the information sessions, contact Jan Waller at 630-463-3050. Candidates for a substitute teaching position who do not possess an Illinois teaching license must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. In addition, candidates must complete an online application, undergo a physical examination and tuberculin skin test and submit to a criminal background check. The online application can be accessed at www.geneva304.


for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice. Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online through 10:59 p.m. April 30, as well as provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process. Details are available at http:// and at gov. For information, call Amber Johnson in Hultgren’s Washington, D.C., office at 202-2252976.

8LOCAL BRIEFS D-304 seeks substitute teacher, assistant GENEVA – Geneva School District 304 is seeking qualified individuals who are interested in serving as a substitute classroom teacher and or substitute special education assistant at all levels – preschool, elementary, middle school and high school – in the school district. Individuals who are interested in serving as a substitute in District 304 are invited to a substitute teacher fair on Feb. 15 at t227 N. Fourth St., Geneva. Information sessions will be held at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sessions will last approxi-

Hultgren announces first STEM competition U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, has announced the start of the first Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the “House Student App Challenge,” also known as the “House App Contest,” for high school students from the 14th District. The competition is designed to encourage their participation in STEM education fields, allowing students to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,”

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ter. “We sat in there for a few minutes Sunday,” Logan said. “It’s pretty warm, and it’s pretty quiet. The walls are pretty thick. It was well worth the effort.” They caught the attention of people driving by as they were making it, and they said it is the talk of their neighborhood. “A lot of people driving by honked as we were making it,” Sean Connon said. “Neighbors have taken photos of it.”

8LOCAL BRIEFS BATAVIA – A family storytime event, “Love Your Family,” is set for 7 p.m. Monday at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. This special storytime celebrates the love among family members. Parents, children, grandparents, and other family members are invited for stories, songs, games and refreshments. There is no charge. Registration is required. Call 630-879-1393, ext. 500, to register.

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‘Leading Ladies’ extended through Feb. 23 GENEVA – Playhouse 38’s production of “Leading Ladies” has been extended through Feb. 23. This comedy, written by Ken Ludwig, starring local actors, follows two down-on-their luck actors in rural Pennsylvania who find themselves performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Amish Country Moose Lodge circuit. The $14 tickets are available for 8 p.m. performances from Feb. 13 through Feb. 15, Feb. 21, and Feb. 22, as well as 3 p.m. matinee performances on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23. Playhouse 38 is at 524 W. State St., Geneva. Call 630-232-4542 for ticket information.

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Elgin library hosting education presentation ELGIN – From 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, parents are invited to learn about the role they play in helping students prepare for higher education. The priority of school work, financial aid and cultural perceptions of education will be topics of discussion. Time will be dedicated to questions from the audience, as well. The presenter is Dianha Ortega-Ehreth, executive director of the Youth Leadership Academy, a nonprofit organization serving students in the community who wish to gain access to a college education. The event will be held in the Elgin Room and is sponsored by School District U-46, Renz Center, Youth Leadership Academy and the library. For information, call 847-7423545, ext. 264.

By ASHLEY SLOBODA ST. CHARLES – As a sixth-grader, Brenna Paul hasn’t had much interaction with her school’s namesake, John Wredling. But, the 11-year-old said, she’s heard a lot about him. “He means something really big,” Brenna said. She and other members of the Wredling Middle School student council are planning a birthday celebration for the World War II veteran. The assembly is an annual event at the St. Charles school, but this year’s hurrah is particularly special because

Wredling will turn 100. “We’re just honored to be able to celebrate with him,” said Katie Swenson, 14. Set for next month, Wredling’s birthday celebration will feature traditional elements, including performances by the band, orchestra and choir; the singing of “Happy Birthday;” and cake for all – as well as a few surprises. Annie Leppin – a language arts teacher and student council adviser – said Wredling’s birthday celebration is a unifying event the students can take pride in. Student council members Tuesday acknowledged

that it’s unique to have their school namesake still be alive and engaged in their school. Wredling, who served as school superintendent from 1968 to 1972, continues to greet the middle school students on the first day of school and participates in Veterans Day events. “It’s really cool he’s still involved,” 14-year-old Anna Wright said. “It shows how much he cares for Wredling and the students.” Leppin described him as a celebrity within the Wredling community. “He’s a great role model for all of us,” said Megan Smith, 13.

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GENEVA – From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, “Making Change Your Friend,” a class on life skills, will be taught by Leslie Sann at the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, 442 Williamsburg Ave. in Geneva. Sann is a healer, licensed counselor, educator and coach. For information, visit www. Call 630-262-1111 to reserve a place. TTY for the hearing impaired is available at 630208-4399.

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Local Animal Tracks to have 2 sessions Feb. 15 CAMPTON HILLS – A program, Local Animal Tracks, is set for two sessions for Feb. 15, at Corron Farm, 7N761 Corron Road, Campton Hills. Sessions run from 8 to 9 p.m. for ages 10 and older, and then from 10 to 11 a.m. for families with children younger than 10. Participants will hike through Corron Farm, looking for animal tracks and signs. RSVP at 630387-1016 or via email at The program is presented by Campton Township Open Space and led by guest naturalist Brock Moran. – Kane County Chronicle

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A DOSE OF PREVENTION Vets say vaccinations can help dogs avoid leptospirosis By BRENDA SCHORY When dog owners take their pets for annual vaccines, some include a shot to protect against leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that can make dogs fatally ill and can be transferred to humans, veterinarians say. The Leptospirosa bacterium is shed in the urine of infected wildlife, including skunks, oppossums, rats, coyotes and raccoons. When dogs are infected, they may develop a fever, muscle weakness, vomiting and lethargy, often leading to death by kidney or liver failure, veterinarians said. Local vets say they recommend the vaccine depending on the dog and its lifestyle. “We see the occasional case,” said vet Craig Zabel of the Sugar Grove Animal Hospital. “Not every dog needs it, and it’s difficult to establish which dogs really need a vaccine and which don’t.” “Out on the farm – no question,” Zabel said. “If your dog is strictly in your backyard and there’s no wild animals running through the yard, you might not need it.” The bacterium must be wet for the disease to spread to a dog, he said. “When [the urine] dries, [the bacteria] dies. It cannot live in a dry environment,” Zabel said. “But if a dog eats an infected mouse, and the urine gets into a dog’s mouth, he can get it.” Vet Jennie Christakos at Valley Animal Hospital in Geneva said she assesses the risk before recommending the vaccine. “If I have a dog owner with a Chihuahua that does not go outside much, maybe 2 feet into the yard – maybe not,” Christakos said. “If I have a dog that hangs out in a backyard with lots of wildlife, that goes to dog parks, walks around in the river – then I will recommend vaccinating them.”

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KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE ST. CHARLES – An unattended open burning was blamed in a fire Tuesday afternoon that caused $30,000 damage to a garage and a vehicle at 900 Jackson Ave., St. Charles, according to a news release issued by the St. Charles Fire Department. No injuries were reported. According to the release, the fire department responded to a report of the garage

fire at 4:07 p.m. Firefighters arrived at 4:12 p.m. and found heavy fire on the exterior of a garage that had been converted into a single-unit apartment building, according to the release. Firefighters were able to stop the fire before it extended to the inside of the structure, the release stated, and the fire was put out in about 15 minutes. One of the two occupants of the apartment was in the

building at the time of the fire, but she was able to leave without injury and call 911, the release stated. Firefighters remained on the scene until 5:37 p.m., completing operations and conducting the investigation. The Geneva and Batavia fire departments assisted St. Charles, and the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District provided coverage while St. Charles units were at the fire.

Steal Beam to hold auditions for Feb. 13 ST. CHARLES – Steel Beam Children’s Theatre will hold auditions for its next children’s show, a musical, “Tiny Thumbelina,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the theater,111W. Main St. in downtown St. Charles. Students ages 9 to 16 are invited to audition. Director and choreographer JZ Zaeske seeks a large cast of actors and singers. Those auditioning should prepare a song to be sung a capella, and readings will be from the script. No appointments are necessary. Actors will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Rehearsals will be from 10 a.m.

13 to 3 p.m. Saturdays starting March 1. Tuition if cast is $295, with scholarships available to families in need. Contact Lori Holm with questions at 630-8877269, or at LoriHolm1@gmail. com.Visit for information about the theater.

Audubon plans event BATAVIA – Kane County Audubon has planned an event for 8 a.m. Saturday at Quarry Park, 400 S. Water St., Batavia. The group will be looking for waterfowl, eagles, and others. For information, call Rhonda Nelson at 630479-1384.

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Vaccine given in two doses, four weeks apart for first time, given as yearly booster • PREVENTION Continued from page 12 neighborhood spreading it all over the place.” Romie Michael of Aurora had her toy poodle, Dash, vaccinated for leptospirosis at the Sugar Grove Animal Hospital. “We live close to Sugar Grove, and we see wild animals all over – coyotes, raccoons, possums, foxes and squirrels,” Michael said. “We live next to a tree line, which is why we see a lot more animals. I have read up on it, and this is something that is recommended. I feel better, absolutely, that Dash has had this vaccine.” The veterinarians added that treating the infection is extremely hard on the dog and is more expensive than vaccinating. The vaccine is given in two doses four weeks apart for the first time, then as part of a yearly booster. “If we see animals come in for fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea – that is what is so hard about diagnosing it,” Christakos said, as other diseases have these same symptoms. Christakos said she would begin treatment on a dog with these symptoms, using

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People can get leptospirosis from their dogs – called zoonotic transmission – or the same way dogs get it, by exposure to contaminated water or wet soil or from the urine, blood or tissue of an infected animal, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Illinois has about one human case reported per year. Human symptoms are similar to a dog’s. The treatment is similar with antibiotics and IV fluids, possibly renal dialysis, but death is rare, according to the health department.

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‘Dentist with a Heart’ program underway KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE The Fox River Valley Dental Society has planned a program, “Dentist with a Heart,” in which local dentists will provide free services for those who are in need. Free services include cleaning, fillings, X-rays, extractions and diagnostic services. The services are limited to those older than 3, and an adult must accompany anyone younger than 18. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Phone calls or appointments usually will not be taken, though there are some exceptions. For information, visit Upcoming sessions include: • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today: Lynn and Edmond Lipskis and Krysta Lilland, 516 E. Main St., St. Charles. • 8 a.m. to noon today: Elizabeth Sacrey and Scott Cap-

per, 328 N. Anderson Blvd., Geneva. • 8 a.m. to noon Friday: Timothy Skidmore, 9W250 Herrington Blvd., Geneva. • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday: Rose Vivrito, by appointment only, 2210 Dean St., St. Charles. • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday: Melissa Jentz-Cote, 2631 Williamsburg Ave., Geneva. • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb 12: Robert Davidson, 708 N. Main St., Elburn. • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 13: Tricia Crosby and Martin Kolinski, 525 Tyler Road, St. Charles. • 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 13: John Koechley, 420 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. • 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14: John Mason and Denise Kissell, 2035 Foxfield Drive, St. Charles. • 7 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 20: Stephen Lavrisa, 2631 Williamsburg Ave., Geneva. • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 28: Keven Arnold, by appointment only, 2020 Dean St., St. Charles.

8LOCAL BRIEFS District 302 seeks to add members to committees MAPLE PARK – Kaneland Community School District 302 seeks to add members to its Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Finance Advisory Committee and the Kaneland Foundation. The mission of the CAC is to improve Kaneland schools by advising the administration and Board of Education regarding educational and other issues facing the district. The Kaneland Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has contributed for decades to the educational needs of Kaneland students. Selection committees will seek representation from the various attendance areas within the Kaneland community. For information, contact Beth Sterkel for an application at the Kaneland District office at 630365-5111, ext. 109, or via email

Sugar Grove seeks new development director By BRENDA SCHORY SUGAR GROVE – When the village’s previous community development director, Rich Young, told officials he was leaving for another job, Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger tabbed Walter Magdziarz to serve as an interim director. “I started making phone calls, looking for who was qualified and who was available,” Eichelberger said. “Walter has been around for 20 years in the community development field.” Eichelberger said Magdziarz was a qualified fit in the interim while officials seek Young’s replacement. Magdziarz started Dec. 1 under contract at $60 an hour, he said. The contract

allows the village to end it at any time, or for Magdziarz to do so, if he gets an opportunity elsewhere, he said. “Rich’s last day was the end of December so there was some overlap to get some transition time and get Walter up to speed,” Eichelberger said. “Walter will be given consideration for the job.” The village has received 50 applications, Eichelberger said. “Right now, we’re not interviewing – 50 applications is a lot to go through,” Eichelberger said. “This is not something you want to rush. Ideally, we’re looking at probably March or April as a target date, but it could take a little longer.” Young came to the village in February 2008, and his sal-

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Literacy group seeks volunteer tutors ST. CHARLES – Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley is seeking volunteers to help teach English to adults who are waiting to learn. A four-session tutor training workshop will be offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 11, 13, 18 and 20, at the St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave., St. Charles. Volunteers do not need to know a second language or have a teaching background to be effective. Volunteer tutors teach for one hour each week at a time and public location that is convenient. To register, visit or call Peg Coker at 630-584-4428.

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ary when he left was $103,459. The anticipated starting salary range is $82,243 to $93,122, according to the village’s recruitment profile for the position. The top of the salary range is $104,000. The community development director’s duties include acting as a liaison to developers and others regarding proposed development; coordinating the village’s involvement in long-term economic development programs; working with the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and the Sugar Grove Economic Development Corporation to attract new business and retaining and expanding existing ones; and coordinating annexation, subdivision and redevelopment negotiations and agreements.

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Sensible fixes that will make voting easier THE WASHINGTON POST Government has got to make voting easier. The first thing politicians can do is stop trying to make it harder. GOP lawmakers should end efforts to limit access to the ballot box with restrictive and unnecessary voter identification laws, for example. Then they should fix the things the government was already doing wrong. That’s where a report President Barack Obama commissioned after the 2012 presidential election comes in. The commission included Obama’s top campaign lawyer – and that of Mitt Romney, his 2012 rival. The

result could easily have been a collection of useless platitudes. Instead, the bipartisan panel offered a set of serious changes that could, if state and local election officials took them up, make a big difference. About 16 million voters have either invalid or significantly inaccurate voter registration information on file. Online voter registration would encourage more people to sign up, simplify the process of switching registrations after a move, and make it a lot easier for states to compare voting rolls. More accurate registration data would directly reduce complications – and lines – on

Election Day. We favor an even simpler solution – automatic, universal voter registration – but online registration would be a helpful step. Another key recommendation is establishing or expanding early voting options. There has been a bit of partisan heat over this issue, but there shouldn’t be. Early voting is an obvious way to reduce wait times on Election Day and ensure that people with restrictive schedules can exercise their right to vote. Alternatives to voting in person on Election Day also include open absentee voting policies, though early in-per-

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son voting is more secure. A lot of voting machines around the country are reaching the end of their lives. Instead of replacing purpose-made Rube Goldberg voting apparatuses with more of the same, local officials should find a way to use cheaper, generic hardware that people already are familiar with – tablets, for example – and focus on getting the right software for them. One impediment to doing that is that the federal government hasn’t updated its voting technology standards in years, in part because the federal Election Assistance Commission is bereft of members. It’s time for the

president and the Senate to fix that. The commission doesn’t have an answer for every problem. The root cause of so many is the bizarre way elections are run in the United States, with 8,000 jurisdictions administering their own voting systems, relying on polling place volunteers and obtaining too little guidance from the federal government. It should be little surprise that Election Day experiences are inconsistent across states. But barring more ambitious voting reform, the country’s leaders should embrace the sensible fixes the panel recommends.

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To the Editor: Hundreds of supporters enjoyed bowling, pizza, a silent auction, face painting, cupcakes and an exciting 50/50 raffle at the second annual HorsePower Therapeutic Riding Big Bowling Fundraiser. The gathering of the HorsePower community was as much fun as it was highly beneficial to the continuing operations of our equine therapy program. In every way, HP shined Jan. 18. It was a day to celebrate friendships, award our students with a trophy ceremony and raise funds to further our mission. Together, we far exceeded our goal, raising over $22,000! Our lucky first-place 50/50 raffle winner, Roger Fronek, won $4,675! The biggest winner of the day was HorsePower in the support generated for the program through the outpouring of generous donations.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, our dream to “turn no student away for inability to pay” is secure. HorsePower serves approximately 35 adults and children with physical, cognitive, developmental and emotional disabilities through therapeutic riding and carriage driving programs. We could not accomplish our mission without your strong financial support and the dedication of over 80 community volunteers who teach, lead horses, sidewalk and assist in support and administrative functions. Special thanks to Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith and the Illinois Council of Police for sponsoring our 50/50 raffle, and to St. Charles Bowl for hosting the event. Eric Kroehnert ensured the success of the raffle, selling the most raffle tickets – 187! Jenn Brown coordinated an amazing silent auction. Cheri Gilson created a beautiful calendar that was well

McHenry County Board OKs Randall plan By KEVIN P. CRAVER WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board approved up to $15.9 million for the design phase of the Randall Road widening project, over the objections of opponents who allege the fix is in for a controversial continuous-flow intersection opposed by Lake in the Hills. In three separate votes early Tuesday afternoon, the County Board granted a $9.1 million contract to TranSystems to design the project,

8POLICE REPORTS Elburn • A house in the 400 block of Maple Avenue, Elburn, was reportedly damaged by up to nine paintball pellets Monday, Jan. 27. • An Elburn Public Works employee reported Thursday, Jan. 23, that a vending machine at the Metra warming station, 422 Railroad Ave., Elburn, was damaged. Authorities were unable to determine if any money or products were removed. • An abandoned vehicle was towed Thursday, Jan. 9, from the 500 block of Holbrook Street, Elburn. It had reportedly been unmoved and abandoned for two months and got numerous parking violation tickets. The car became a public nuisance and public safety hazard because of the accumulated snow. • Gregory D. Armstrong, 42, of Eagle, Neb., was charged Sunday, Dec. 29, with disorderly conduct for his behavior on a Metra train.

ous-flow intersection, as Algonquin Village President John Schmitt called it. The project, which the DOT’s latest five-year highway improvement plan prices at $115 million, will widen a 3.5-mile stretch of the congested shopping corridor to six lanes from its start at Ackman Road south to the Kane County line and add dual left-turn lanes and exclusive right-turn lanes at major signal intersections. A controversial option would turn Randall Road at Algonquin Road into a con-

tinuous-flow intersection, requiring two more sets of lights to start left-turning vehicles several hundred feet before the main intersection. Schmitt before the debate implored board members not to let the undecided status of the continuous-flow intersection hold up what he called much-needed capacity improvements. He said that business owners have told him they will consider moving over the next decade if the congestion problem is not solved. “Please allow the process

to continue ... we need Randall Road to continue to function,” Schmitt said. Seven County Board members voted against all three resolutions. Opposition was led by the five-member bloc that traditionally votes against large spending packages: Donna Kurtz, R-Crystal Lake, Michael Walkup, R-Crystal Lake, John Hammerand, R-Wonder Lake, Ersel Schuster, R-Woodstock, and Diane Evertsen, R-Harvard. They were joined by members Yvonne Barnes, R-Cary, and Michele Aavang, R-Woodstock.

sion of marijuana, driving too fast for conditions, driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.08 percent after his vehicle ended up in a ditch along Fairway Drive near Lookout Lane in St. Charles Township. His passenger, Jamar V. Bills, 32, of the 1300 block of West Highland Avenue, Elgin, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. • An unattached garage was reported burglarized Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the 2S300 block of Meadow Drive, Batavia. Video games and a money clip with $60 were reported stolen. • Doris T. Donovan, 54, of the 6N300 block of Dunham Road, Wayne, was charged Wednesday, Jan. 29, with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.08 percent, illegal transportation of alcohol and improper lane use.

driving without a license and using a cellphone while driving. He also was arrested on a DuPage County warrant for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence. • Rocio Herrera, 28, of the 600 block of St. Charles Street, Elgin, was arrested Saturday, Feb. 1, on a Rockford warrant. • Lisa M. Jackson, 50, of the 400 block of Littleton Trail, Elgin, was charged Sunday, Feb. 2, with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol content of more

than 0.08 percent, driving with a suspended license, driving without insurance and improper lane use. Her vehicle reportedly got stuck in the snow at Route 38 and Peck Road.

Jan. 2, from a residential garage in the 700 block of Carriage Hill Lane, Sugar Grove. • A residence in the 200 block of South Gordon Road, Sugar Grove, was reportedly burglarized Saturday, Jan. 4. The offender reportedly ransacked the residence and other buildings on the property, taking a TV, coins and other items. • Stephanie Konen, 26, of the 6900 block of Campos Avenue, Jber, Alaska, was charged Wednesday, Jan. 1, with domestic battery after a fight on Fays Lane.

St. Charles • Thomas Francis Schultz, 18, of the 34W800 block of North James Drive, St. Charles, was charged Thursday, Jan. 30, with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding. • Jermal Purdis, 27, of the 1600 block of Indiana Street, St. Charles, was charged Sunday, Jan. 26, with public drunkenness. • Henry Jan Meyer, 43, of the 800 block of Summer Moon Road, San Marcos, Calif., was charged Thursday, Jan. 30, with driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding. • Jamie Omar Correa, 33, of the 100 block of Blair Street, West Chicago, was charged Saturday, Feb. 1, with

Sugar Grove • Change was reported stolen Friday, Jan. 3, from a vehicle inside a residential garage in the 1900 block of Fays Lane, Sugar Grove. The garage had reportedly been open, and the vehicles inside were unlocked. • A pressure washer valued at $250 was reported stolen Thursday,

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Kane County Sheriff’s Office • Tracy A. Parla, 22, of the 7N000 block of Roosevelt Avenue, St. Charles, was charged Sunday, Jan. 19, with two counts of domestic battery after reportedly hitting a man in the face with a cooking pan. • Jeffrey A. Anderson, 58, of the 2N600 block of Landrose Lane, Maple Park, was charged Friday, Jan. 24, with leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence of alcohol, following too closely, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failure to report an accident to police after an accident on Route 38 west of Saddlewood Drive in Maple Park. • Brian S. Rafael, 31, of the 600 block of Alice Place, Elgin, was charged Friday, Jan. 24, with posses-

a $1.75 million contract to Mathewson Right of Way Co. to obtain the needed land and $5 million with which to buy it. The funds mostly come from the county and state motor fuel tax, with some coming from the sales tax paid to fund the Regional Transportation Authority. The votes came after a presentation by the McHenry County Division of Transportation and almost 90 minutes of sometimes contentious debate about the scope of the project, and the “elephant in the room” of the continu-

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Kaneland senior Dylan Nauert will be joining teammate Gary Koehring on the St. Cloud State football team next season, writes sports editor Jay Schwab. PAGE 21


Kaneland freshman Riley Vanik (right) spars with teammate Austin Parks during practice Monday in Maple Park.

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The Marmion boys basketball team claims an 80-56 victory over Montini behind Michael Sheehan’s 21 points on the Cadets’ senior night. PAGE 20

The Mooseheart boys basketball team wins its 17th straight game behind a stingy 1-3-1 zone defense, knocking off Alden-Hebron. PAGE 20



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Underclassmen develop for Kaneland wrestling

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By KEVIN DRULEY MAPLE PARK – Kaneland freshman 126-pound wrestler Matthew Redman took little time to answer questions about his strong debut season to date. Unlike some underclassmen, brevity was not the issue. Confidence wasn’t, either. “I’ve wrestled a lot, so it’s not really a big transition,” Redman said. “The only difference is everybody’s a lot stronger Austin Parks now.” Redman and classmate Riley Vanik (145) already have assured themselves of spots on the famed “20-win wall” in the Riley Vanik Knights’ mat room. Their development alongside a few fellow freshmen bodes well as Kaneland approaches Saturday’s IHSA Class 2A Belvidere Regional. “We’re all wrestling well,” coach Monty Jahns said, “and this is the time of the season where you need to do that.” On Friday, 132-pounder Hayden Patterson sounded the latest warning bell on behalf of Knights’ ninth-graders, winning, 11-2, in the final bout of the night to key a 37-32 victory at Batavia. The week before, Redman (fourth) and Vanik (sixth) placed at the Northern Illinois Big 12 meet at Sterling, where freshmen Jacob Shearer (120) and Luke Eggenberger (132) also were starters. Sophomore Austin Parks, a 24-match winner at 160, likes what he sees out of the group, especially after going through the same growing pains himself last season. “It helps alot knowing that

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Kaneland freshman Matthew Redman (right) spars with a teammate during practice Monday in Maple Park.

“Starting younger and letting them get these varsity looks, it’s going to carry them to their senior year. Their senior year is going to be really, really amazing.” Justin Diddell Kaneland senior 285-pound wrestler it’s not just one young guy,” Parks said. “Everyone is working well together, moving up with everyone.” Many Kaneland wrestlers get their start at the Knights Wrestling Club at any early age. After that, some, like Redman, augment that training with offseason work with regional clubs such as Naperville-based Overtime or Izzy Style in Schaumburg. Mental training comes independently, and often gets sharper with age. For instance, here’s Redman on his approach: “You’ve

just got to go out there thinking that you’ve got to wrestle and no matter who shows up, it’s another day and you’ve got to get through it.” And now Parks: “Last year, it’s just, ‘You know what, just try and get through it.’ This year, I want to be the best, so I’m trying to improve every match.” While he’s also eager to chart the Knights’ growth as an Indiana State football recruit, senior 285-pounder Justin Diddell also hopes a few freshmen can advance with him to next week’s sectional.

And, ideally, beyond. Diddell hasn’t been shy about trumpeting the importance of strength training throughout the season. The Knights work out before two practices each week, then head to the mat room. Diddell is pushing teammates to install more early-morning workouts into their regimen, even if it’s just a few minutes. “Starting younger and letting them get these varsity looks, it’s going to carry them to their senior year,” Diddell said. “Their senior year is going to be really, really amazing.” Jahns, who plans to retire at season’s end, recently classified the Knights as a better dual team than tournament team. If all goes according to plan, his replacement will oversee a group that’s successful on both fronts, and not afraid to talk about it.

PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Girls basketball: Aurora Christian at Mooseheart, 7 p.m. Girls bowling: Kaneland at Lisle, 4 p.m. THURSDAY Girls basketball: Batavia at St. Charles North, 7:15 p.m.; Geneva at Elgin, 7:15 p.m.; Kaneland at Morris, 7 p.m. Boys wrestling: Mooseheart at Wheaton Academy, 4:30 p.m. FRIDAY Boys basketball: St. Charles North at Batavia, 7:15 p.m.; Streamwood at Geneva, 7:15 p.m.; Marmion at Glenbard South, 7 p.m.; Kaneland at Rochelle, 7 p.m. Girls basketball: Rosary at Aurora Central Catholic, 7 p.m.; Burlington Central at North Boone, 7 p.m.; Chicago Christian at St. Francis, 7 p.m.; Aurora Christian at Wheaton Academy, 7:30 p.m.


Loebel’s long-term status ‘question mark’ Geneva senior guard

Rockets pointing East

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Junior guard Katie Claussner and St. Charles East lost to Batavia when the teams played in St. Charles last month, but the Saints turned the tables Saturday in Batavia.

Michaela Loebel returned to the lineup for Friday’s senior night game against Streamwood, her first action since suffering a knee injury Dec. 13 against St. Charles East. Loebel, who missed most of her junior season with a torn ACL, started the game and played about eight minutes over a few waves. Whether she’ll be able to

provide a spark in the postseason, however, still is up in the air. Vikings coach Sarah Meadows said that while doctors have not restricted Loebel from competing, it’s still a “day-to-day trial” amid ongoing dialogue with her physical therapist. “She feels really good. She doesn’t have pain, she doesn’t have swelling,”

Burlington Central stretched its Big Northern Conference East winning streak to 21 games with Monday’s comfortable victory at Genoa-Kingston. Among the Rockets’ eight conference wins this season, a 35-34 home victory against Rockford Christian remains the closest call. BC had the ball with the score tied at 34 when Sam Pryor corralled the rebound of a possible go-ahead shot in the closing seconds. Rockford Christian fouled Pryor just as time expired, sending her to the free throw line. She delivered the win moments later. “It was a fortunate bounce for us,” Central coach Mark Smith said. Central hosted Marengo for its senior night Tuesday, an event that figured to go a little shorter than others in the region. Reserve guard Kathleen Ratzek is the Rockets’ lone senior, but shares an important characteristic with 2013 Central graduate Camille Dela Cruz, who helped fuse a young team together for a Class 3A supersectional run last season. “When things start going wrong,” junior forward Alison Colby said, “you could always look to both of them. That’s how they’re similar.”

COACH SLY SEZ ... The sting of losing on senior night can fester for Batavia hosts a UEC crossover next week, then a while depending on the stakes and circumstanc- plays host to a 4A regional the week after. es. The memories don’t have to end on a sour note. Luckily for Batavia’s Erin Bayram and Liza Fruendt, Saturday’s loss to St. Charles East wasn’t the • You can respond at last the ’Dogs will see of their home digs. sly.

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Insider A closer look at prep girls basketball

IN THE GROOVE KATIE CLAUSSNER ST. CHARLES EAST, JR., G What she did: Helped steer Saturday’s 53-48 road upset of Batavia with 22 points. “Katie’s really playing well,” Saints coach Lori Drumtra said. MIA MAZZA ST. FRANCIS, FR., G What she did: Mazza scored 12 of her game-high 17 points in the second half and played solid defense in the Spartans’ 1-2-2 zone, keying Saturday’s 50-47 win against Aurora Christian.

WHAT WE LEARNED LAST WEEK ... We’ll see Glenbard South later. St. Charles North will not reschedule its Jan. 28 nonconference home game against the Raiders, which was to be the Raiders’ fourth appearance against a Chronicle-area team this season. A former member of the since-dissolved Western Sun Conference that included Batavia, Geneva and Kaneland, Glenbard South opened the season with a 58-47 loss at Batavia before defeating Wheaton Academy by 21 in December and St. Francis by 31 last month.

WHAT WE’LL LEARN IN THE WEEK AHEAD ... Which teams inish where in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division race. While Batavia suffered a hiccup in Saturday’s loss to St. Charles East, the Bulldogs can become the irst River champ not named Geneva by winning road games at St. Charles North (Thursday) and Streamwood (Saturday). Geneva would need Batavia to lose another conference game, then win out to force a tie. Neuqua Valley took the Valley Division title with Monday’s wild win at South Elgin, and will visit the River winner in the UEC championship crossover Feb. 14. All other crossovers will be played at River sites Feb. 13.

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St. Charles North coach Sean Masoncup texted St. Charles East counterpart Lori Drumtra on Saturday with a succinct message: “I told her they tore a page from the North Star book,” Masoncup said. Masoncup had just learned of East’s 53-48 upset win at Upstate Eight Conference River Division-leading Batavia, which absorbed its first league loss as the Saints played pesky box-and-one defense against Bulldogs star Liza Fruendt. Late last month, North executed something very similar at Batavia in a close loss, with Ashling Davern preceding Saints guards MacKenzie Meadows and Kelly Rinker in the role of Fruendt’s shadow. Fruendt, a Missouri State recruit, still has averaged 20.5 points in her past two games against St. Charles schools. The opposition’s edge under the boards in both contests, however, has been an equalizer. North, above .500 for the first time this season, figures to cite the first Batavia game as a boost for whatever happens during the stretch run and Class 4A postseason. The team enters Thursday’s rematch with the Bulldogs with wins in five of its past seven games. “We’re trying to build. The girls are buying in and I think we’re flying on all cylinders going into playoff time,” Masoncup said.

Meadows said. “It’s honestly just a big question mark.” Loebel has not practiced but wants to attempt drills.


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Mooseheart rolling as schedule picks up steam By VINNIE DUBER MOOSEHEART – The dunks are pretty cool. Mooseheart’s boys basketball team has so many sky-scraping, high-flying dunkers that it’s easy to get caught up in the offense. And when the points come so fast and frequently that the scoreboard seems to change faster than the game clock, it’s really easy to get caught up in the offense. But Mooseheart’s defensive exploits had just as much to do with Tuesday night’s 89-44 Northeastern Athletic Conference win against Alden-Hebron as the highlight-reel offensive plays did. “I thought we played really, really hard on defense, and I think that was kind of the name of the game,” Mooseheart coach Ron Ahrens said. “And if we can play that hard against our next opponents, we’re going to be in pretty good shape. I’ve been saying all year our defense is going to set up our offense, and I think that’s exactly what happened tonight.” The Red Ramblers (18-2, 9-0 NEAC) have an obvious size advantage, and that’s putting it mildly. Their frontcourt more closely resembles an NBA team than a high school team, with small forward Mangisto Deng coming in at 6-foot-7, Makur Puou at 6-foot-10 and Akim Nyang a formidable 7-1. But that height is only one part of Mooseheart’s defensive puzzle. Aggressiveness is key, and the Ramblers swarmed Alden-Hebron throughout the night at every turn, no matter how large the lead grew. You’d need an entire basketball team’s fingers and toes to try and count up how many steals Mooseheart had Tuesday. And that’s all by design. “We run the 1-3-1 [zone]. We kind of go by the guy who runs our point out there, Hameed Odunewu, and he is so long out on top that it’s really hard for guards when he comes down,” Ahrens said. “And then you meet the wave after that.

If you get past Hameed, we put our 7-foot-1 guy at the freethrow line, and then if you get past him, you meet the 6-foot-10 guy. There’s three waves there that are really long, and that’s tough to do. And then if you notice, our wings are pretty quick. With Freddy Okito and Mangisto Deng, our wings are nice defenders as, well. “That’s why we run it, the 1-3-1.” Between the eye-popping point totals – Puou led the way with 26, Odunewu had 19 and Deng added 12 – and the suffocating defense, it was another rout for Mooseheart, which has won 17 straight. But the quality of opponent picks up soon, including a Feb. 16 game against highly-touted recruit Cliff Alexander and top-ranked Curie at Northside Prep. On Saturday, Mooseheart takes on Bartonville Limestone as part of Batavia’s Night of Hoops. The Ramblers’ play on both ends of the floor has Ahrens excited for those upcoming tests. “We’re getting into the time of year where we’re going to be playing some great competition,” Ahrens said. “I kind of like that. We played tough games in the middle, then it hasn’t been. It’s not like we aren’t playing quality opponents, but it hasn’t been what I thought it might be in the middle of the season. And then we’re going to play some tough teams at the end of the year, which gets us ready for the tournament. I really like that.”

‘Fired up’ Cadets roll past Broncos By DENNIS D. JACOBS

“Coach just told us to have energy. It’s a big night for the seniors. Our teammates have supported us throughout the year. They wanted us to have a great night. We just wanted to pick up a win. ... We just kept the pedal to the metal.” AURORA – Marmion stepped on the gas at the start of Tuesday night’s Suburban Christian Conference crossover boys basketball game with visiting Montini and the Cadets barely tapped the brakes the rest of the way in an 80-56 victory. It was senior night at Alumni Hall, and senior guard Michael Sheehan got things rolling for Marmion by drilling a pair of 3-pointers in the first two minutes. “Coach just told us to have energy,” Sheehan said. “It’s a big night for the seniors. Our teammates have supported us throughout the year. They wanted us to have a great night. We just wanted to pick up a win. … We just kept the pedal to the metal.” Sheehan led all scorers with 21 points. He connected on five shots from beyond the arc. “My teammates really got good screens,” Sheehan said. “They really set up my shots. The ball went in the hole, luckily. Coach says put the orange ball in the orange thing, so that’s what I did.” Other Cadets also were pretty successful at getting the ball through the orange thing, including 6-foot-5 ju-

Michael Sheehan, Marmion senior guard nior forward Jake Esp, who scored 19 points, and junior guard Jordan Glasgow, who added 13. Senior Danny Bicknell finished with nine points to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds. “Danny’s a horse,” Marmion coach Ryan Paradise said. “He’s barely six feet, but he’s got more heart than anybody I think I’ve ever coached. … The teams we’ve been playing lately – Wheaton Academy is huge, St. Francis is physical, Montini is physical. And all I have to say to Danny is, ‘Who’s going to be the first to 10 rebounds?’ ” Marmion (11-11) scored 19 of the game’s first 22 points, but the Broncos (7-11) clawed their way back into the contest in the second quarter, cutting the gap to five on a basket by Tom McGillicuddy (12 points) at 3:20 before halftime. “They came out fired up,” Montini coach Brian Opoka said of the Cadets. “It was

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senior night. They had a lot of enthusiasm. The gym was rocking. Kudos to their players. … We had to work for everything we got. We got great looks. They didn’t fall.” Marmion led, 41-29, at halftime and came out hot again in the third quarter, scoring the first seven points of the half to open up a commanding lead. “We were focused and we executed really well tonight,” Paradise said. “Offensively, I think we’re really in sync with what we should be looking for and where we’re getting our shots.” Senior Tyler Maryanski scored seven points for the Cadets, who will try to finally get above .500 Friday night at Glenbard South after starting the season 0-6. “Coach just said we’re at the top of the mountain,” Sheehan said. “We’re playing the best basketball we have all season, so I expect us to keep doing that.”


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CLAIRE GINSBERG Geneva • Freshman • Girls gymnastics Why Ginsberg was selected: Scored a school-record 38.05 in the all-around at Thursday’s UEC meet

What was going right for you at conference? We’ve been working really hard lately, and just everything came together at once. Hit a lot of our routines, as a team and as an individual. And we ended up

winning, which was the goal. How is the morale around the team, knowing you are doing well and hosting a regional? Well, the goal is to win the regional, I think, then make it to sectionals and hopefully state. … We have to keep our heads on straight and go in with confidence and hopefully, we’ll come out on top. Lately, the results faxes have said ‘Claire Rose’ instead of ‘Claire.’ Do you go by ‘Claire Rose’ now? No. Basically everyone I know calls me “Claire,” but there’s two Claires on the team [senior Claire Scatterday is the other]. As soon as I came here, coach Kim (Hostman) started calling me “Claire Rose” [after Ginsberg’s middle name], so now she likes to refer to me as that.

PREP ZONE Jay Schwab Nauert, who anticipates a redshirt season. Nauert had given St. Cloud serious consideration since a visit last summer but had more to decide on than which school to attend; he also had to decide on his college sport of choice. In addition to being a slick, slot receiver in football, the Sugar Grove resident is also an excellent track and field athlete. He anchored Kaneland’s Class 2A second-place state 4x400 relay team last year and also excels in hurdles events. Nauert said he’s not ruling out trying to compete in both at some point in college but he’s going to start by focusing on football. “Football has the team aspect and getting to be almost like a family with everyone on the team,” Nauert said. “It’s a cool feeling. It’s a oncein-a lifetime thing.” Nauert plans to study public relations, saying “I’m

kind of a people-pleaser.” In addition to St. Cloud’s football prowess – the Huskies advanced to the D-II quarterfinals last year – he also was sold on the campus. “Everything was really nice, not beat up or anything,” Nauert said. “It was a really nice, new, modern campus.” Nauert will carry on a family tradition of competing collegiately. His late father, Daniel Nauert, played college baseball at downstate Monmouth. Nauert said his father – who died in 2012 – “always told me I had a special ability when it came to athletics. Going [to St. Cloud], I know he’d be very proud of me.” Nauert’s mother, Dawn, is a teacher and steered Nauert through the academic side of the recruiting process. “It’s going to be awesome getting to take the step from this level to the college level, and hopefully make everyone in my family proud,” Nauert said.

• Jay Schwab is sports editor at the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5382 or jschwab@

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Geneva freshman girls gymnast Claire Ginsberg continued her surge onto the scene at Thursday’s Upstate Eight Conference meet at Neuqua Valley, scoring a team-record 38.05 in the all-around. Her landmark effort helped Geneva to a program-best team score of 149.15 en route to the conference title. Ginsberg, the Kane County Chronicle-St. Charles Bank & Trust Athlete of the Week, caught up with Chronicle sports reporter Kevin Druley as the Vikings prepare to host a regional this week. Here’s an edited transcript of their conversation:

Kaneland senior Dylan Nauert called St. Cloud State football assistant coach Mitchell Kleinschrodt on Saturday night to offer his verbal commitment, and Nauert said Kleinschrodt “just went nuts. It was awesome.” By now, Dylan Nauert Nauert is growing accustomed to Cloud-Nine reactions related to his choice of school. He reGary Koehring ceived similar feedback from Kaneland football teammate and best friend Gary Koehring, who had earlier committed to the Division II power in central Minnesota. Nauert, a receiver, and Koehring, a linebacker, sat next to each other on bus rides to away games throughout their accomplished Kaneland careers. “[Koehring] was so pumped. He was very excited we get to room together for the next five years,” said

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KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE DeKALB – Another strong scoring effort from seniors John Pruett and Tyler Carlson wasn’t enough for the Kaneland boys basketball team Tuesday in a 76-70 loss at Northern Illinois Big 12 East rival DeKalb. Pruett (23 points) and Carlson (19) accounted for more than half the Knights’ points, but the Barbs’ 8 for 12 effort from long range add- Tyler Carlson ed up, too. “John and Ty did their usual again to try to keep us in the game,” Knights coach Brian Johnson said. “You John Pruett score 70 points, you’d like to think you can win, but it just didn’t go our way.” Kaneland (10-7, 2-3 NI Big 12 East) also got 15 points from Cole Carlson. The Knights trailed by four at halftime, but found themselves down by as many as 14 in the second half. “Kind of scratched our way back in, but they shot really well and our defense was pret-

ty poor,” Johnson said.

Marian Central 64, Aurora Central Catholic 58: At Aurora, ACC suffered a narrow Suburban Christian Conference home loss.

Aurora Christian 64, Guerin 47: At Aurora, 12-8 ACS earned an SCC win behind R.D. Lutze (15 points) and Johnathan Harrell (nine assists).

Wheaton Academy 64, Immaculate Conception 53: At West Chicago, Wheaton Academy secured an SCC win behind a balanced attack that included 16 points from Gordon Behr and 13 from Jake Lindstedt.

GIRLS BASKETBALL Batavia 71, Elgin 28: At Elgin, Batavia rebounded from Saturday’s home loss to St. Charles East to remain in control in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division race. Liza Fruendt (21 points), Hannah Frazier (17) and Erin Bayram (12) finished in double figures for the Bulldogs (17-7, 9-1 UEC River). Nine Batavia players scored.


Burlington Central 63, Marengo 19: At Burlington, Sam Pryor (12 points), Rebecca Gerke (11) and Kayla Ross (11) helped Central stay unbeaten in Big Northern Conference East play.

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Special to The Washington Post Like many “Saturday Night Live” veterans, Will Forte came up through improv group the Groundlings, where his classmates included Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig. But his initial gigs were on the writing side – first as a staffer on the short-lived “Jenny McCarthy Show” and then on the “Late Show With David Letterman” and “That ’70s Show.” And those experiences inform Forte’s acting. “If I were doing somebody else’s sketch, in my head I’d be thinking about if they were happy with this. I would be very tentative,” Forte recalls. He admits that “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels noticed this reservation and almost didn’t bring him back to the cast after his second season. “The stuff I would write on my own, I would always do 100 percent, but he knew I was tentative with the other stuff.” One of those characters was MacGruber, an outsized send-up of MacGyver and ’80s nostalgia. When Forte left “SNL” in 2010, it was on the heels of a “MacGruber” movie spinoff written with “SNL” friends John Solomon and Jorma Taccone and co-starring Rudolph and Wiig. “We made exactly the movie we wanted to make,” Forte says. This made the critical and commercial failure of it harder to process despite the slow crawl it’s now making toward cult status. “We’re going to write a sequel at some point, but I don’t know if anyone will let us make it.” Forte, 43, has a disarming humbleness about him. When asked about his recent turn to dramatic roles, he offered: “It’s hard enough getting comedy acting jobs – it’s not like I’m the go-to guy for comedy roles – so I didn’t think it was anywhere in the realm of possibility.” That realm opened up when Oscar-nominated short-film director Steph Green approached him about appearing in her feature debut, “Run and Jump,” which received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last year and is available on video on demand. “I don’t know why Steph Green thought of me for it, but we have the same agent. It’s a small-budget movie, and I guess she just had an inkling that I’d be right for the role. I thought the script was really cool and what the heck, I get to go to Ireland. It seemed like an interesting thing to try.

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Saturday Night Live veteran Will Forte has been starring in more dramatic roles, such as the short-film “Run and Jump” and director Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska.” I thought if I suck at this, it’ll just stay over there in Ireland.” He remembers calling friends during the first week of filming to voice mounting regrets and suspicions that he was out of his depth. “I was very self-conscious about how I was doing and hadn’t any of my major scenes yet, but I was so nervous.” Once they started to film those scenes, he began to get used to the vulnerability. “Like with ‘Nebraska,’ it’s much closer to who I am in real life,” Forte explains of his character, Ted Fielding, a brilliant American doctor who moves in with a family to observe the young husband, who has just suffered a rare stroke that has drastically altered his personality. Despite his sensitivity, Fielding is quite clueless in identifying his own emotions. “Everyone seems to be like this,” Forte relates. “You’re so good at giving advice when somebody goes through a breakup. You have all the answers. But when you go through your own breakup, you can’t take any of your own advice. It’s so much easier to look from the outside in.” Those who remember Forte parading on screen in “MacGruber” completely naked – while “holding” a strategically placed stick of celery – might find it hard to believe the actor could be susceptible to shyness.

“You do things in comedy that seem like they would be embarrassing, but it’s nowhere near as trying to seem realistically emotionally open in front of a camera,” he says. “It’s really terrifying.” Once he got over those reservations, he was eager to jump back in when Alexander Payne (one of Forte’s favorite directors) was looking for a lead for “Nebraska.” “I was always such a fan of his because the stuff I would do in comedy was big and absurd most of the time and watching his stuff, it all comes from such a grounded place. I always had a real intense respect for that.” He wasn’t expecting to get the part, but he did. “Alexander Payne is the master. It was such a great experience. I will never forget it,” he gushes while remembering his initial fear about never even having taken an acting class when his co-star was Hollywood icon Bruce Dern. “Here’s this legend who’s worked with these amazing people – John Wayne, Jack Nicholson, et cetera. I just thought – Is he going to be comparing me with these guys?” Dern and Forte spent a lot of time in the pickup truck in which their father and son characters drive to Nebraska to claim a fake sweepstakes prize that the father has pinned his hopes to – not just to buy a new truck, as he often claims, but to regain the respect of his son who has his own reasons for wanting an excuse to leave town. “It’s hard to put a label on it because it has really funny parts, but I wouldn’t call it a comedy,” Forte says of “Nebraska.” Indeed, there is a melancholic cloud that hangs over the film’s wide-stretching landscapes. Forte’s next project brings him back to writing, but it’s walking the same fine line between comedy and drama. He’s developing a series, “The Last Man on Earth,” for Fox that imagines a virus that has wiped out the entire world, leaving just one man, who discovers miraculously that a woman’s survived, too. “The answer to his prayers, another person. They can restart the population, but the only problem is they hate each other. They don’t get along, so they’re forced to try to figure that out,” Forte says with a sly smile.

• “Run and Jump” is unrated and available for download on iTunes. “Nebraska” is rated R for some profanity.

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Woman on the rebound wants back in ex’s court Dear Abby: After a two-year relationship ended, I got pregnant on the rebound. I called my ex and told him I was having a baby with another man because I wanted to hurt him. Apparently it worked – at least that’s what his best friend told me. Now that a few months have passed, I ran into him and all those loving feelings I had for him came rushing back. Should I tell him? The father of this baby is a good-for-nothing deadbeat. He wants to be father-of-the-year without helping me financially. What should I do about my feelings for my ex, and what should I do about the father of my baby? – Can’t Decide In New Jersey Dear Can’t Decide: It is time for you to grow up and accept responsibility for the situation you’re in right now. Your behavior has been immature and irresponsible. The child you’re carrying is going to need someone who can provide for him or her financially and emotionally. Because you have feelings for

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips your ex, contact him and let him know, but don’t count on him wanting to reconcile. Then you should also contact a lawyer about ensuring that “Babydaddy” lives up to his financial responsibilities. Dear Abby: Recently my mother and I got into an argument on a four-hour road trip. She didn’t like my opinions or my answers, so she kicked my 17-year-old daughter and me out of her vehicle and abandoned us in an unsafe neighborhood two hours from our home. She has done it twice before, and I have yet to hear an apology from her for dumping us on the curb. Luckily, my son was able to come and retrieve us. Most people would have cut her off the first time she pulled this stunt, but I’m a “three-strikes-you’re-out” kind of person. I have given my mother

many opportunities to apologize for her behavior, but she refuses to acknowledge her own wrongdoing. I have decided this is the last time this will happen to me. I no longer speak to her and won’t allow my daughter to go anywhere with her for fear she will be dumped somewhere unsafe. My other kids – ages 21 and 22 – say I should get over it. Was cutting her off a reasonable response? – Thumbin’ For A Ride Dear Thumbin’: Your mother appears to have a short fuse and poor judgment. Is cutting her off a reasonable response? I think so. Dumping someone in an unsafe neighborhood could get the person killed, something we see all too often in the media. If you ever decide to relent, however, and go anywhere with her, make sure you are the one behind the wheel because it’s clear Mama can’t be trusted when she’s in the driver’s seat. • Write Dear Abby at www.

Prolonged fatigue can accompany mononucleosis Dear Doctor K: What is mononucleosis, and why is it called the “kissing disease”? Dear Reader: Mononucleosis, or “mono,” is an illness caused by several viruses, primarily the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Mono was nicknamed the “kissing disease” because EBV commonly is transmitted during kissing. The virus lives in different parts of the body, including the throat. The virus can leave throat cells and enter the saliva. Most viruses that infect us enter our body, maybe cause temporary illness, and then get killed by the immune system. EBV is different. It is a member of the herpesvirus family, a cousin to the virus that causes cold sores and genital sores. Once any member of the herpesvirus family infects you, it remains in your body for the rest of your life. The immune system can suppress it, but cannot eliminate it. In the United States, most people get infected with EBV when they are teenagers or young adults. When a person is first infected with EBV, the virus does not always cause mononucleosis. Sometimes EBV causes only a mild illness or no illness at all. When EBV does cause mono, the first symptoms typically include fever, headaches, muscle aches

ASK DOCTOR K Anthony L. Komaroff and unusual fatigue. The fatigue may be overwhelming, compelling a person to sleep for 12 to 16 hours at a stretch. These symptoms are quickly followed by sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, joint aches, loss of appetite, a red rash (usually on the chest), abdominal pain and an enlarged spleen. The spleen is a small organ near the stomach. In rare cases, an enlarged spleen can rupture, causing life-threatening internal bleeding. It is important to protect the spleen from rupture. A person who develops mono should avoid strenuous activities, especially contact sports, for at least four weeks. They should wait even longer if their doctor finds their spleen is still enlarged. Symptoms usually are most intense during the first two to four weeks of the illness. But some symptoms, especially fatigue, can last for several months or longer. A study published in 2006, organized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that 11

percent of people with new EBV infections leading to mono developed chronic fatigue syndrome and remained ill a year or more after the initial infection. There is no medical cure for mononucleosis. Most treatment focuses on making the person more comfortable. Recovery usually calls for getting plenty of rest and fluids and treating symptoms. Cold drinks, frozen desserts and gargling with salt water can help to relieve minor sore throat pain. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help fight fever and body aches. Prednisone can shrink extremely swollen tonsils. This disease is most contagious during its acute stage, when the affected person still has a fever. The patient does not need to be kept isolated from others, but he or she should avoid kissing others while feeling ill. Also avoid sharing food, drinks or eating utensils during the first few weeks of the illness. So, the “kissing disease” is real. But kissing is rarely a danger to your health.

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

Girl’s ‘best’ friend avoids her at school Dr. Wallace: My best friend and I have known each other for more than six years, and for the past four years have been best friends. About halfway through the school year, she started hanging around a very popular crowd. When she’s around the popular crowd, she never acknowledges our friendship. In fact, it’s like I don’t even exist. But when we’re at home, it’s like old times. My mom suggests that I should tell my best friend goodbye and find some new friends. What do you think? I really like her. – Hannah, Tacoma, Wash. Dear Hannah: As long as you still like her, I see no reason not to do things with her away from school. But recognize that your relationship has changed. She’s a friend, but no longer your best friend and secret sharer. Take Mom’s advice and make some new friends. If you are active and involved with people, you’ll find a new best friend, I’m sure. Dr. Wallace: I’m 17 and was born with a deep-purple “strawberry” birthmark on my neck and a small section of my left cheek. I am really interested in having it removed by laser surgery because I’m very self-conscious about its presence, and it has definitely hindered my social growth. I’d like to have the surgery sometime soon so I can start being the “new me.” My parents and grandparents kept telling me I’ll get used to my birthmark, but I’ve had it for 17 years and I don’t think I’ll ever adjust to it. Do you have any letters lying around from teens who

’TWEEN 12 & 20 Robert Wallace have had laser surgery to remove a strawberry birthmark? If so, please print a few for me so my parents can judge for themselves. Also, is this an expensive procedure? If I decide to have it, my grandparents said they would pay for it. – Nameless, Anaheim, Calif. Dear Nameless: I checked my files and could only find one letter, written a few years ago, regarding laser surgery for strawberry birthmark removal. I’m sure it will strengthen your desire to have yours removed. But before you make this decision, you and your parents should talk with several surgeons who perform this type of surgery and get their recommendations. Your family doctor can put you in touch with competent laser surgeons. The following letter from Jenny should give you hope that soon you will have the same happy ending. Dr. Wallace: I was born with a strawberry birthmark on my face and neck. Last year I researched laser surgery, liked what I discovered and decided to have the treatment. It was the best decision I ever made. I needed four treatments. The treatments were painless and they took about 15 minutes each. I returned every six weeks for a treatment, and when I finished, the result was amazing. It sure worked for me. – Jenny, Lakeland, Fla. • Email Dr. Robert Wallace at rwallace@



BRIDGE by Phillip Alder

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In “The Merchant of Venice,” William Shakespeare wrote, “At the length, the truth will out.” Whenever you play bridge, dwell at length on your long suits because, in truth, they will usually generate extra tricks. Some players are too wedded to high-card points and forget to add value for a long suit. When I watched this deal being played, I liked South’s oneno-trump response. His hand was so soft, with defensive, not offensive, values. (He thought about passing, but no one would do that today.) Then North surprised me by raising to two no-trump. Yes, he had only 17 high-card points, but he should have added two points for his six-card suit and jumped to three no-trump. True, if West had been psychic and led a diamond, the contract would probably have gone down two. But he understandably chose a spade, selecting the 10, showing zero or two higher honors by partnership agreement. South won with his queen and played a club to dummy’s queen. East should have ducked this, which would have perhaps tempted South into an indiscretion. (He might have, for example, played a heart to his queen. Then West could have won and returned to a heart.) However, East won the trick and shifted to a low heart. West won with his ace and returned a heart. In the fullness of time, declarer took nine tricks. It would have been much better play for South to have led his club jack at trick two, so he could have stayed in his hand to repeat the club finesse if it were winning (or, here, East ducked).

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RECORDED NOVEMBER 22, 2005 AS DOCUMENT 2005K140427, AND ANY AMENDMENTS SUBSEQUENT THERETO IN KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS. COMMON ADDRESS: 102 Town Center Blvd., Gilberts, Illinois 60136 P.I.N.: 02-24-125-054 and which said mortgage was signed by HENRY R. ECKER, II, SERENA R. ECKER, mortgagors, to Bank of America, N.A., as Mortgagee, and recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Kane County as Document No. 2012K032934; and for such other relief prayed; that summons was duly issued out of the Circuit Court of Kane County against you as provided by law, and that the said suit is now pending. NOW THEREFORE, UNLESS YOU, the said above defendants, file your answer to the Complaint in said suit or otherwise make your appearance therein, in the Office of the Clerk of this Court in Kane County at 540 South Randall Rd., St. Charles, IL 60174 on or before February 21, 2014, default may be entered against you at any time after that day and a judgment entered in accordance with the prayer of said complaint. Circuit Clerk Johnson, Blumberg, & Associates, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1125 Chicago, Illinois 60606 Ph. 312-541-9710 Fax 312-541-9711 JB&A # IL 13 7880 I584703 (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, January 22, 29 & February 5, 2014.)



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NOTICE OF PUBLICATION REGARDING NAME CHANGE Public notice is hereby given that on April 2, 2014, in Courtroom No. 110, of the Kane County Courthouse, 100 South Third Street, Geneva, Illinois, at the hour of 9:30 A.M. or as soon thereafter as this matter may heard, a Petition will be heard in said Courtroom for the change of name(s) of SWAPNIL ANIL MANE to NATASHA MANE pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/21-101 et seq. Dated January 22, 2014 at Elgin, Illinois.

p p tractor shall consist of the submission of the completed Contract Documents and supplemental addendums as received from the Owner. The bid shall be made on the BID PROPOSAL and BID SCHEDULE FORMS provided as part of these Bidding Documents and shall be accompanied by a bid guarantee in the form of a Certified or Cashier's Check from a responsible solvent bank or Bid Bond made payable to the City of Batavia in the amount of five percent (5%) of the bid amount. The amount of the bid guarantee shall be forfeited to the Owner if the Bidder neglects or refuses to enter into a Contract after the bid has been accepted.

/s/ Swapnil Mane 6. The Owner reserves the right to Petitioner require the low Bidder to file proof, within seven (7) calendar days of (Published in the Kane County the bid opening, of the Contractor's Chronicle, February 5, 12 & 19, ability to finance and execute the 2014.) project. This proof shall include, but not be limited to, a financial statement, a list of equipment owned by PUBLIC NOTICE Bidder, and a backlog of jobs under a Contract. The Project will be IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE awarded once the qualified low SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Bidder furnishes satisfactory evidence that they have the ability, KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS sufficient capital, facilities, and plant to enable the Contractor to 13 MR 962 prosecute the work successfully and NOTICE OF PUBLICATION promptly, and to complete the work REGARDING NAME CHANGE within the time specified in the ConPublic notice is hereby given that tract Documents. on April 1, 2014, in Courtroom No. 110, of the Kane County 7. The Contractor shall provide a Courthouse, 100 South Third written statement as part of the Bid Street, Geneva, Illinois, at the hour submittal of verifying their ability to commence work on the project of 9:30 A.M. or as soon thereafter within the time specified in the Conas this matter may heard, a Petition tract Documents. will be heard in said Courtroom for the change of name(s) of LINDA 8. The Owner intends to accept ELEANOR NASH to LINDA the lowest responsible bid and the ELEANOR FERGUSON-NASH pur- Owner reserves the right to reject suant to 735 ILCS 5/21-101 et any and all bids, offers, or proposseq. als submitted, or to advertise for new bids. The Owner reserves the Dated January 14, 2014 at right to defer the acceptance of any Sugar Grove, Illinois. bid and the award of a Contract for a period not exceeding sixty (60) /s/ Linda Nash days after the date of opening the Petitioner bids.

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS January 30, 2014 Lowell D. Tosch Executive Director Community Contacts Inc. 100 S. Hawthorne St. Elgin, IL 60123 (847-697-8800) On or about February 11, 2014 (AT LEAST ONE DAY AFTER THE END OF THE COMMENT PERIOD) the Community Contacts, Inc. will request THE Illinois Housing Development Authority to submit a request to the HUD Regional Office, 77 West Jackson St., Chicago, IL to authorize the release of HOME Investment Partnership funds under Title (II) of the (National Affordable Housing Act) of 19(90), as amended, to undertake a project known as (Community Contacts, Inc., Single Family Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program, HO50845, for the purpose rehabilitation assistance for the benefit of low- and very low-income buyers of single family dwellings in DeKalb and Kendall Counties, Illinois. $330,000 has been set aside for this moderate rehabilitation, and program related administrative expenses. The activities proposed ARE CATEGORICALLY EXCLUDED UNDER HUD REGULATIONS AT 24 CFR PART 58 FROM NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT REQUIREMENTS An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at ABC Services, 909 East Rexford, Centralia, IL 62801 and may be examined or copied weekdays (9:00) A.M. to (4:00) P.M. CONDITIONS

The current Environmental Re(Published in the Kane County 9. The successful Bidder to Chronicle, January 29, February 5 whom the Contract shall be award- view Record represents the first of a & 12, 2014.) ed shall sign the Contract and fur- two-tiered review. The Environnish the required Certificates of Insurance, within five (5) calendar PUBLIC NOTICE days after the Contract has been awarded. Failure to do so shall INVITATION TO BID make the Contract null and void. for the Brush Collection Services 10. Bidders are advised of the following requirements of this con1. NOTICE is hereby given that tract: 1) 5% Bid Security with subthe City Council of the City of mittal of bid; 2) applicable OSHA Batavia, Illinois (hereinafter called and EPA requirements. the "Owner") will receive proposals at the Batavia Public Works Office, 11. Bid package (Instructions to 200 North Raddant Road, Batavia, Bidders, Contract Documents, Illinois 60510-2292, until 10:00 Plans, Specifications and Special o'clock A.M. local time on Tuesday, Provisions) for use by prospective February 25, 2014 for the Brush Bidders and interested suppliers Collection Services (hereinafter may be obtained from the Batavia called the "Project"). Proposals will Public Works Office, 200 North be opened at 10:05 AM local time. Raddant Road, Batavia, Illinois 60510-2292. 2. This is a cash project. Dated this 5th day of February, 3. The work for which bids are to 2014. be received generally and briefly City of Batavia consists of the following: Scott Haines Street Superintendent Brush Collection Services throughout the City of Batavia to (Published in the Kane County Approximately 7,500 Single-family Chronicle, February 5, 2014.) Residents. 4. All work shall be in accordance with the specifications as set forth in the Contract Documents, plans, and other State and Local regulations as applicable. 5. The proposal from the Con-

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mental Review identifies which statutes will be reviewed and what steps taken to complete the review for each specific site. PUBLIC COMMENTS

appr lease of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to the HUD Community Planning and Development Director at 77 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Homeownership Department, Illinois Housing Development Authority, Suite 700, 401 N. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60611. All comments received by February 11, 2014 will be considered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority prior to submission of a request for release of funds to the De- (Published in the Kane County partment of Housing and Urban Chronicle, February 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 11, 2014.) Development. RELEASE OF FUNDS The Illinois Housing Development Authority certifies to HUD that Lowell D. Tosch in HIS capacity as Executive Director consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD's acceptance of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and allows Community Contacts, Inc. to use Program funds.



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Cell tower lease moves closer to Elburn ELBURN – Plans are moving forward for an AT&T cell tower lease in Elburn, an arrangement that would provide the village more than $2,200 a month, as well as a $7,000 startup fee. The equipment would be installed at the well 5 site, located at 814 S. Anderson Road in the Blackberry Creek area. Trustees discussed the plan Monday night at the village’s Committee of the Whole meeting that followed the Village Board meeting. Board members agreed to put it on the agenda for the next board meeting. The plan calls for AT&T to place its equipment atop the water tower. In addition to the $7,000 startup fee, the village would receive $3,000 for engineering review and attorney fees. The monthly rent will begin at $2,250, with an annual increase of 3 percent. The plan calls for a fiveyear lease, with an automatic

KANELAND CONNECTION Al Lagattolla renewal for four additional five-year periods. Meanwhile, plans for maintenance at another water tower, on the north end of town, will be placed on the consent agenda for the next Village Board meeting. The Prairie Valley North tower is in need of exterior and interior painting, new railings and electrical improvements, as well as other updates, said John Nevenhoven, the village’s public works director. The plan calls for trustees to approve $49,592 for the work to be done by Sugar Grove-based Engineering Enterprises Inc. The engineers’ estimate for the tower maintenance, including the painting, will be $238,920. Nevenhoven said lots of

preparation work would need to be done, but ultimately the plan is that “it’s not only going to look pretty on the outside, but on the inside, too, where it counts.” “We’re due on this,” Village President Dave Anderson said. Also at the meeting, the village discussed adding affordable housing so it could be in compliance with the Illinois Housing Development Authority. Elburn’s affordable housing share is 9.7 percent, and it must be 10 percent. Village Administrator Erin Willrett said that means the village would need five additional units of affordable housing. Willrett recommended the village move forward with such a plan, although she said the housing authority doesn’t have the ability to enforce the rules. Trustee Bill Grabarek

said he supports affordable housing. Affordable housing refers to units affordable by those whose income is below the median household income, and Grabarek said it is based on a formula. He said the concept might concern some residents, but he said it’s needed, especially for those who “are just starting out,” or those who are older. He said the village’s comprehensive land-use plan emphasizes the need for affordable housing. According to the village’s plan, “the best opportunity to create additional affordable housing would be in a future parcel where there were multiple styles of housing available,” meaning mixeduse, multifamily and single-family.

Accuracy is important to the Kane County Chronicle, and we want to correct mistakes promptly. Please call errors to our attention by phone, 630-845-5355; email,

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8LOCAL BRIEFS District 302 conducting parent survey MAPLE PARK – In February, Kaneland School District 302 will be conducting the district’s first parent satisfaction survey. Between Thursday and Feb. 18, parents will be asked to complete a satisfaction survey to help identify school strengths and areas for improvement. The survey was designed to provide a comprehensive as-

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Elburn Scholarship Fund to award grants ELBURN – The Elburn Scholarship Fund will award grants for studies at the college level. Eligibility for an Elburn scholarships is limited to Kaneland High School alumni and members of Kaneland’s current senior class who will attend a local community college or one of the state universities in

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Kaneland Education in Action Learn about Kaneland Harter Middle School Video Production Class in today’s paper. Turn to the inside back page for details.


Education in Action Harter Middle School News Crew

le School d id M r e rt a H d Kanelan Students s s la C n o ti c u d Video Pro

A small group of students at Harter Middle School are learning to be news reporters by delivering school news to their peers. The HMS Video Production class involves 7th and 8th grade students and is taught by Rachel Ramos. The group uses the daily online announcements to write, record, edit and air a daily “news” show. Show segments are created to appeal to the HMS students and include athletic achievements, upcoming events, and community activities. The lunch menu and birthdays are also highlighted. The students also have the opportunity to interview visiting authors and create spotlight videos. In the spring, the students undertake their biggest project of the year in producing the fifth grade orientation video. This video contains information for fifth grade students and parents giving an overview of the building layout, activities, and other important information.

The number of students involved in the Video Production class is relatively small but has doubled in the past 4 years. Students are selected for the class through a combination of expressed interest, teacher recommendation and performance. Students are asked to participate for a full year beginning the spring semester in 7th grade and the fall semester in 8th grade. This extended length of time helps the group grow into a well-functioning team. It also gives the students many opportunities to develop their skills and camera presence. Thanks to the Video Production class, these students are engaged in 21st Century learning daily focusing on the ability to create, collaborate, communicate, and to use critical thinking skills to produce a news show that prepares them for possible avenues in college and a future career.

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The experiences students have during this class often spark an interest in news and journalism. For many students, it is the first time that journalism and communication are interesting. It also gives students the experience of being real leaders in the school, as they are looked up to and given a “celebrity” status by the younger students.

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Kane County Chronicle / • Wednesday, February 5, 2014


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SAVE YOUR LIFE! TELLYOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS Get colon cancer screening. Beatable, Treatable, Preventable in most situations. S. from Geneva. “I am glad I had my colonoscopy done at the American Colonoscopy and Endoscopy center. I had some polyps removed and that will likely prevent a cancer. The facility was wonderful and it saved me money.”

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