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By TONY SCOTT tscott@kendallcountynow.com Two Yorkville aldermen said this week they would not be running for re-election this spring. Larry Kot, representing Ward 2, and Diane Teeling, representing Ward 4, said Tuesday they will not be running for another term in the April 4 municipal election. However, Alderman Joel Frieders, representing Ward 3, and Alderman Ken Koch, representing Ward 1, will be running for new terms, they announced. Candidates for municipal offices can start filing candidacy petitions for the spring election Dec. 12 to 19, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections. Four of the city’s eight aldermen are up for election next spring. The other four aldermen, along with Mayor Gary Golinski, are up for election in 2019. Koch said he is running for a second full term on the council. Koch, who previously had served on the city’s park board, was appointed to his seat in August 2012 after then-Alderman George Gilson moved out of state for work. He then won a full term on the council in April 2013. “I think a lot of good has been accomplished for our city and would like to see some future opportunities reach achievement,” Koch said. Kot said Tuesday that he would not run for another term, and would be resigning effective at the end of this month. Kot has served 14 years in non-

consecutive terms on the City Council, from 1997 to 2005, and from 2011 to the present. He served under three Yorkville mayors – Bob Johnson, Art Prochaska and Golinski. Kot was appointed to the seat in 2011 to serve the remaining term of Golinski, who had represented that ward, after he was elected mayor. Kot then was elected to a full four-year term in 2013. He also served four years as a village trustee in Tinley Park from 1983 to 1987. “I think it’s time to Larry Kot move on and do something else,” Kot said. “It’s a decision I’ve made talking to my family, (his wife) Diane and everybody here. It’s a long time I’ve been in office, and there are othDiane er things I want to do. I Teeling want to spend more time with my family, I want to do more traveling. It’s just a good time for me.” Golinski must appoint a replacement to fill the remainder of Kot’s term, which ends April 30, within 60 days of Kot’s resignation, according to state statutes. Former alderman Arden Joe Plocher also confirmed that he is running for alderman in Ward 2, which Kot currently represents. Plocher served as alderman from 2007 to 2011, when he was defeated for re-election by current Ward 2 Alderman Jackie Milschewski. Milschewski was elected to a second

term in 2015 and is up for re-election in 2019. Frieders said he decided to run for a second term even though he had previously stated he would serve only one term on the council. He said he still is concerned about the streets in his subdivision not being finished due to ongoing litigation with the developer, and feels he can still contribute as an alderman. “My intentions are as clear as possible: do good by my wife and kids, do good by my neighbors, read the packets, try not to suck, and when I don’t understand something, I ask. Repeatedly,” he said Monday. Teeling said Tuesday she will not be running for another term. Teeling has served two terms as alderman, first elected in 2009 and again in 2013. Teeling said she is planning on remaining in Kendall County but may be moving out of Yorkville in the next couple years. Teeling counted among her accomplishments advocating for the bike and pedestrian trail on Kennedy Road. She teamed up with Lynn Dubajic, the city’s economic development consultant, on the effort that turned into the Push for the Path movement to raise funds for the city’s portion that, with a state grant, will pay for the trail. Teeling also touted her support for eliminating the health insurance for elected officials, and supporting the elimination of the senior citizen garbage subsidy, except for those who qualify for the low-income Circuit Breakers program, as two other accomplishments from her time in office.

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ON THE COVER The Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville was completed in 1998, with an addition in 2010. The second floor is currently unused, and County Board member Robert “H.D.” Davidson has suggested moving the county offices there to address security concerns voiced by the county clerk and county treasurer. See story on page 3. Photo by Tony Scott - tscott@kendallcountynow.com

By TONY SCOTT tscott@kendallcountynow.com The Kendall County Board approved a $64.8 million budget in a split vote at a special meeting Tuesday evening. Board Chairman John Shaw and board members Judy Gilmour, Lynn Cullick, Matthew Prochaska, Scott Gryder and John Purcell voted in favor of the budget, while board members Jeff Wehrli and Robert “H.D.” Davidson voted against it. The budget approved by the board includes expenses of $64,798,435, and revenues of $64,261,876. Prior to the vote, Wehrli voiced frustration with the board’s finance com-

mittee and its chairman, Purcell, about the amount of information available to the public on the budget before it was approved. He also said little discussion was had about the Health Department having to reduce its expenses by $225,000 to help balance the county’s budget. “The way this has been done is a mockery of transparency,” Wehrli said. “You guys have decided amongst yourselves what’s gonna happen and you’ve put it down on paper, and unless people go and look at it and find it, it’s not discussed. And I find that pretty sad. It’s not the way Kendall County should be run.” Purcell responded that he appreci-

ated Wehrli’s concerns, but that the issues were discussed at the committee of the whole meeting in November, finance committee meetings, and with the Health Department. Wehrli said he didn’t think “you ever brought it up at a board meeting.” According to information from County Administrator Jeff Wilkins, the estimated property tax rate for the county’s portion of a resident’s tax bill is expected to be reduced, from 79 cents to 74.9 cents per $100 of EAV for taxes to be paid next year. He estimated that the owner of a $100,000 home would save $13.76 on their property tax bill next year, provided that the assessment stays the same.


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County Board member suggests moving offices to courthouse By TONY SCOTT

tscott@kendallcountynow.com A Kendall County Board member recently proposed moving all of the offices in the County Office Building in Yorkville to the county courthouse, also in Yorkville. The proposal by board member Robert “H.D.” Davidson was sparked by a request from County Clerk Debbie Gillette and County Treasurer Jill Ferko for security measures for their offices. The measure was discussed at the board’s Nov. 10 committee of the whole meeting. Davidson, chairman of the county’s Facilities Management Committee, said the two elected officials requested more security following some incidents that made them “a little uncomfortable.” “I guess a gentleman made a comment and has gotten everybody excited,” he said. The measures include new security glass and countertops for the offices, totaling up to $25,000, according to Davidson. “[The committee’s] recommendation basically is to put a glass shield across their counters, change the counters,” he said. Davidson said the committee is looking at other scenarios, such as locking the building down and hiring security personnel, which he said was “very expensive.” Davidson said he and board member Judy Gilmour, another member of the facilities committee, “visited with” Judge Tim McCann and talked about “maybe even going over to the courthouse, where we already got the security, everything’s there.” “We got five courtrooms we haven’t used for five years, and [the presiding judge] is saying it’s gonna be another 10 before we need a courtroom, and we’re probably only gonna use two,” he

said. “And maybe consider moving this whole building over there to the courthouse, where everybody’s got security and selling this building. Because this building was built with no security in it.” The County Office Building was completed in 1975. The current courthouse was completed in 1998, and was added onto in 2010. Davidson said the glass and counter additions would be shortterm solutions and that the long-term solution could be discussed at a future date. Robert “It’ll be the safest “H.D.” scenario we could come Davidson up with in a timely fashion right now,” he said. “Then come back later with some more recommendations or which way the board would like to go.” Board Chairman John Shaw asked if Davidson had met with McCann about moving into the courthouse. “Has he offered the remaining courtrooms that are there? What are you talking about?” Shaw said. Davidson said he was referring to the second floor of the courthouse, which is currently a “shell” that is not finished except for an elevator that goes up to the floor. “Who’s gonna move up there? Everybody that’s in this building?” Shaw asked, referring to the County Office Building. “Could be,” Davidson responded. “We may wanna try and move the whole building over there. I don’t know. That’s up to the new board.” Shaw asked if McCann suggested the move. “Not yet,” Davidson responded. “But he said we could move up there for now.” Davidson said there are a “lot of things up there that could happen.”

Shaw said he’d “like to hear that from Judge McCann” and that he’s “had a totally different conversation with the judge.” Davidson said that there is “nothing that isn’t possible to happen.” Gilmour said she and Davidson “just walked through the upstairs.” “The judge was with us and a couple other judges tagged along,” she said. “It’s all a concept,” Davidson said. Jim Smiley, the county’s facilities director, said another option was explored that would allow workers in the current office to “buzz” people in the office and have other security measures. Board member Jeff Wehrli said both elected officials, the treasurer and the clerk, have told the board that they need “something other than the glass” in terms of security measures. Wehrli said another idea suggested was to lock the south entrance of the building, with the ability to lock down a part of the building. However, Davidson said such a measure would not increase security. “How does that make the building secure?” Davidson said. “You got everyone coming through one entrance only. That don’t secure the building, and this building ain’t secure whatsoever, no matter what.” Sheriff Dwight Baird said the county could consider X-ray machines or metal detectors at the entrances, but that having one way in and one way out of the building is probably the “simplest and the cheapest” method of securing the building. “It would cost so much money to fortify this building that you probably could maybe just build another building somewhere else, to retrofit a lot of that stuff,” he said. “I’m exaggerating a little bit, but it would be a pretty good cost to fortify this building.” It was estimated that the cost of X-ray machines, security guards and adding the glass to counters was

$101,197. However, County Administrator Jeff Wilkins said that price tag did not include the cost of staff, just equipment. “You’re basically putting a person downstairs, so that could be probably in the $50,000 to $60,000 range,” he said. “It could be a little more if you added the pension cost, too.” Baird said he would suggest that the security officer be either part-time or hireback, rather than full-time. Board member Dan Koukol said he was under the impression that the clerk and treasurer did not want the glass installed, but preferred other means of security. Wehrli said when it was discussed, the officials said the glass wouldn’t “do us any good,” but that there weren’t cost figures available at the time for the extra security measures. “I don’t think they would turn down that [glass], because that at least would keep somebody from jumping over [the counter] or making physical contact,” he said. “I don’t think they would say they don’t want it. They just wanted more, and we didn’t have the numbers for them.” McCann said he’s told board members that the courthouse has “lots of empty space” on the second floor and “ample parking to accommodate their needs.” “What we do not have on the second floor of the building is plumbing,” he said. “So the cost to go upstairs to put in plumbing is going to be staggering. What I have expressed to them is, if they wanted to put some offices upstairs I probably would welcome that because then they could take on the responsibility of putting in plumbing.” The only restriction would be that the plumbing would have to be installed to accommodate future courtrooms, McCann said.

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Is participation in AACVB worth the cost? The Yorkville City Council recently voted 7-1 to participate in a special municipal marketing pilot program offered by the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (AACVB). As approved by the city, the AACVB will use approximately 40 percent or $28,000 of the city’s approximate $70,000 bureau membership fee to develop the marketing program for the city. The remaining $42,000 of the city’s membership fee will be “dedicated to regional destination marketing, group sales of the AACVB service area, operational support of the organization and the benefits of destination membership.” The city uses revenues from its hotel-motel tax to cover its cost for membership in the AACVB. Under state law, municipalities are to use the proceeds

from the hotel-motel tax only to promote tourism and conventions in their communities. We are pleased that the city and the AACVB are trying something new to promote Yorkville as a destination for visitors through the bureau, but remain skeptical over the rate of return the city has been receiving on its sizable annual investment in the Aurora-based AACVB. For example, anyone who clicked on the AACVB’s website at www.enjoyaurora.com Nov. 22 were greeted to a headline on the agency’s home page that read “Welcome to the Aurora Area” and could find Yorkville listed along with the nine other Fox Valley area communities that are bureau members. Those who clicked on “Yorkville” were then linked directly to the city’s website. The bureau’s homepage did include a list-

ing of upcoming events in area communities but, for example, the list did not include the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department’s upcoming breakfast with Santa event set for this Saturday, Dec. 3. A year from now when AACVB officials again approach the mayor and city council about continuing their membership in the bureau we hope that city officials have some hard questions for bureau representatives concerning the city’s rate of return on its $70,000 annual investment in the bureau. As Yorkville continues to funnel its hotel-motel tax revenues up to Aurora, how much is actually coming back to the city each year in the form of increased tourism-related business activity? And, can that business activity be quantifiably linked to the city’s participation in the AACVB?

Shoppers serious after pre-holiday shopping season ends REFLECTIONS Roger Matile Although we’ve hardly put old Tom Turkey’s leftovers in the freezer until we’re no longer tired of them, it’s already the Christmas shopping season – the real one. If you only pay attention to advertisements, you would believe that shoppers were invading stores to buy gifts starting before Halloween, but that’s just the pre-holiday shopping season. Now shoppers are getting deadly serious. As a sort of mental gymnastics to get you ready for this year’s battle with other shoppers for Jedi Master Light Sabers, All-Day Elmo, and other electronic, action, reaction or inaction figures for which your children are begging (whatever happened to Rainbow Brite or G.I. Joe, or Red Ryder lever-action carbines?), I thought I’d let you in on a few facts I encountered while opening all the junk mail the mail carrier shovels into the mailbox out in front of the Matile Manse here in downtown Troy each and every day she shows up: Did you know that Thomas A. Edison had a collection of 5,000 birds? I didn’t think so. You might think, from its name, that December ought to be the 10th month. But thanks to those pesky ancient Romans, two months were added to the calendar pushing December to the 12th month instead of the 10th, where it had been happy for centuries. New England observes Dec. 21, the date the Pilgrims landed, as Forefathers’ Day. The first official day of winter this year falls on Dec. 21, the winter solstice. As light as air, you say? The Earth’s atmosphere weighs 5,700,000,000,000,000 tons and gravity causes it to exert a pressure of nearly 15 pounds per square inch. When you’re cooking those rum balls and brandy fruitcakes this month, remember that one

title: “Krakatoa, East of Java.” Krakatoa is WEST of Java. Back to getting rid of pagan calendar days: Did you know that New Year’s Day had its origin in Roman times when sacrifices were offered to Janus, the two-faced Roman god who looked back on the past and forward to the future? Looks like January has to go the way of May. Holly, narcissus and poinsettia are the flowers for the month of December. Thank the British Army for the name of the White House. After the Brits burned Washington, D.C.’s public buildings while visiting during the War of 1812, the smoke-stained walls were painted white, giving rise to the name. They’ve been whitewashing things in D.C. ever since. On Dec. 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi and the boys achieved the first controlled atomic chain reaction in a building under the stands at the University of Chicago’s Stagg Field. Just how bright were our Founding Fathers? John Adams, our second president, entered Harvard College at the age of 16. Oh, for the good old Photo provided days! Speaking of John Adams, his was the first Thomas Edison (center) in 1929 with Henry Ford (left) and Harvey Firestone. Though Edison is remembered as per- presidential family to live in the then-uncompleted haps our nation’s greatest inventor, he also maintained a White House. The oldest known ball game is polo, which, collection of over 5,000 birds. though believed to be of Tibetan origin, was first recorded in Persia in 525 B.C. All members of the tablespoon is equal to three teaspoons, not the Oswego Polo and Yacht Club are required to memother way around. orize that fact. For all those bent on removing pagan holidays Andre the Giant was pretty good-sized, as was and terms from our everyday life: The month of William “The Refrigerator” Perry, but they are far May is named after Maia, the goddess of the growth from the biggest men ever to participate in profesof plants. May (and Maia) clearly have to go. sional sports. William J. Cobb of Macon, Georgia Think your kids were loud at the last family (near where Perry was from – they grow ’em big in gathering? When the volcano Krakatoa blew its Georgia) worked as a professional wrestler in 1962. top in the Dutch East Indies in 1883, the sound was The 802-pound blob was known professionally as heard in Bangkok, Thailand, 3,000 miles away. An Happy Humphrey. interesting note: When a low-grade disaster movie was made about the Krakatoa explosion some years ago, its box office take wasn’t helped by its See REFLECTIONS, page 5


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In case you’ve been wondering, the only recorded case of a go-kart being driven around the world was a jaunt of 23,300 miles in 1961. Must have gotten a bit damp there in the mid-Atlantic, don’t you think? Wrestling, that noble endeavor, is the oldest recorded sport. Wrestling is recorded on murals in Ben Hasan, Egypt, dated 3,000 B.C. Thinking of changing careers? Jean Lafitte, the famous Louisiana pirate, owned a blacksmith shop before making a rewarding career change to buccaneering.

by implying that the Russians were influencing our elections. The fact is it was Hillary who hit the reset button with Russia and we see how well that worked as Putin began supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Does anyone think that Putin is in favor of having persons like retired Gen. Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor and retired Marine generals who are being considered for Department of Defense that President-elect Trump is appointing? Without a doubt, Putin knew that Trump would put America first. There are people who need to think logically instead of following an political ideology. Leland H. Hoffer Oswego

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To the Editor: There is a shadow group of people who will be greatly affected by President-elect Trump and the Republican Party’s decision to eliminate Obamacare. The 2009 depression pushed many older workers into under or unemployment which cut off their health care. They were too young for Medicare and if they took low-paying jobs, they didn’t qualify for Medicaid. So they had Obamacare, with all its warts, but it was coverage for the older and sicker portions of America. According to Social Security, the average worker usually takes early retirement as soon as it’s available. That means many retirees are 62 years old and are too young to claim Medicare. Their option is Obamacare. Many must feel comfortable enough to make this decision. This helps the younger workers who Ed Washak can take over these jobs that people are Yorkville

Thinking of changing careers? Jean Lafitte, the famous Louisiana pirate, owned a blacksmith shop before making a rewarding career change to buccaneering. Here’s an idea from ancient Rome that might mean something this New Year’s Eve: Ancient Romans believed drinking from cups carved of amethyst would keep them sober. I’m sure the price of such a cup would be sobering indeed. King Charles II first made it legal for women to appear on stage in England in 1662. If you ever entertain a group of bishops, you should be aware that

retiring from. If the yet as decided on new health care program that Trump and his party is considering, but with details that are not available, then many people will continue to work after 62 and deny younger employees the opportunity to advance into those positions. The other rumbling dealing with health care is the long-awaited Ryan plan on creating vouchers for Medicare. Today you sign up for Medicare, pick from different portions and pay your portion and the government pays for the entire part A portion of Medicare. But if the government wants to cap their health care costs for seniors then they send you, the Medicare recipient, a check that you use to go find the best plan possible. Currently there are few choices for seniors to choose from, so competition is not containing the costs. And just like the government control of minimum wage, the voucher will not keep up with the continuous cost of living so that voucher will pay for less and less care over time. As long as there are profits to be made in the collecting and paying of health care premiums, then costs will only increase unless the government wants to regulate the health care industry and stop lobbyists from using health care industry money to influence legislators. Pretty sure people will not be happy when the control the federal government had over costs is eliminated by handing out vouchers and letting consumers be at the mercy of insurance companies. Be careful what you wish for, it might not turn out how you expected. 

in the aggregate, they’re known as a bench, as in a bench of bishops. There exist about 80 types of edible vegetables growing in the Andes Mountains, including the cherimoya, a fruit prized by the Incas. Before you eat one, though, remember what happened to the Incas. Think kids are getting married young these days? In 1900, the legal age for marriage in nearly half the states in the Union was 14 for males

and 12 for females. Also, in 1880, 1 million children between the ages of 10 and 15 were part of the labor force. Finally, this week’s quiz question: How were electric blankets first used? The first electric blankets were used in 1921 to keep tuberculosis patients warm, who, as part of the cure they then used, slept outside in the fresh air. That’s a good story, but as the great Dr. Samuel Johnson once noted: “Seldom any splendid story is wholly true.”

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Longtime Yorkville resident celebrates 98th birthday KENDALL COUNTY RECORD Helen Olsen of Yorkville celebrated her 98th birthday Nov. 12. She moved to Yorkville in 1954 with six children in tow: JoAnn, Robert, Howard, Daniel, Susan and Rebecca. Olsen has always been grateful to the residents of this city for the love and support given her as she raised her family on her own. For 20 years she and her children lived in the apartment above what is now The Law Office Pub and Music Hall at the northeast corner of Bridge Street (Route 47) and Van Emmon Road. According to her family, many happy memories were made during those rough years, all due to Olsen’s persistence, perseverance, ingenuity, and her Finnish “sisu”, which means determination and grit. She made the best of her situation, and was always thankful to God for the smallest of blessings. Olsen’s children offered these memories of their mother and growing up in Yorkville which they shared recently with the Record. JoAnn: “Being the eldest sibling and self-appointed keeper of the crew, I felt comfort knowing so many adults were near. Bretthauer’s grocery store and Haggerty’s department store were safe havens to me. Elsa Marshall from the Kendall County Record checked on

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Pictured (from left) are Danny Olsen (deceased), Howard Olsen, Susan Brown, Helen Olsen, JoAnn Casner, Becky Parish and Robert Olsen. mother when mother wasn’t feeling well. Our junior high teacher, Corky Olson, and his wife stayed with us once when mother needed surgery. Bessie Lough was always a breath of fresh air with her smiling and comforting enthusiasm. Our landlady never raised the rent in 20 years. And a walk up the hill to the Dairy Castle provided sweet

therapy.” Robert: “When our family moved to Yorkville in 1954, we three boys, Danny, Howard and Robert, were six, seven and eight years old. We were the new kids on the block, and had to be tested by the local boys. After Scotty, Nick and Butch beat us up, we went home and complained to mother. She took an

old laundry bag, stuffed it with newspapers, and hung it under the outside stairway. We boys were given wise motherly counsel to practice. We only practiced on that punching bag for two days, because Scotty, Butch and Nick became our friends for many years. “Danny passed away on Nov. 25, 2011, and was laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery with a military salute He shared in his siblings’ adventures on the Fox River and in the wooded areas around Yorkville. His brothers and sisters said they were a little jealous of Danny when he came home and bragged about getting to ride with Al Spera in the Yorkville police car making its early evening rounds. He and Howard competed fiercely in Little League, and in 1960 experienced a trip to Wrigley Field and saw Don Cardwell throw a no-hitter.” Howard: “Moving to Yorkville on the corner of Bridge and Van Emmon was like moving into an 80-year-old new home. What an adventure. We had a river all our own. A dam. A bridge over the Fox River, connected to islands in the middle, providing the Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn lifestyle that young kids only dreamed of. A railroad crossing

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Helen Olsen we walked to school. Walking across the bridge and seeing the Fox River each day was quite a nature study in itself. As we walked through the park to school, we passed the Steinwart home on the corner. The family owned a milk company. Mother couldn’t afford milk for us six kids at the time, so the Steinwarts agreed to allow Mother to pay 56 cents a week toward the bill. At Christmastime, they surprised Mother with an envelope filled with the money they had collected from her that entire year. Our first Christmas in Yorkville was really special, as someone left each of us Christmas presents wrapped and placed at our door. We didn’t find out until much later that it was the Steinwarts who had left them. “The best part of growing up in Yorkville was, and still is, the love and acceptance that came from a community who cared about a mother and her six kids. Thank you, mother! Thank you, Yorkville! Thank you, God!” Helen Olsen has lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Ron and Becky Parish, for many years. Her 98 years can be attributed in a large part to their loving and meticulous care. The honor shown her by her children... AND...the Cubs winning the World Series add to the contentment in her soul.

Annamarie Jedziniak is a candidate for the 2017 Student of the Year scholarship award. She plans to attend Northwestern University as a Pre-Med student. A total of 25 YHS seniors, selected by a panel of faculty members and a junior Student Council representative, will be recognized throughout the school year in the Record. Seniors applied for consideration through the high school guidance office. Co-Sponsored by First National Bank and the Kendall County Record, the $4,000 Student of the Year Scholarship will provide $1,000 each year for four years to the college of the recipient’s choice. The 2017 Student of the Year will be announced in May. A panel of community leaders will choose the finalists and the winner based on their transcripts, applications and an interview. Nomination and the final selection will be based on scholastic achievement, involvement in school and community, leadership and responsibility, ambition and citizenship. Financial need is not a consideration. Honors and Activities With hopes of becoming a physician, Annamarie took it upon herself to create the YHS Medical Club during her sophomore year. Her goal was to get others thinking about careers in medical professions. As the club’s President, she has done just that. But, in helping others, Annamarie said she has also helped herself. Once terrified of public speaking, the club has helped her grown accustom to the task. It has also made her a self-reliant leader, she said. Annamarie said this club, in addition to the more than half-dozen other activities she participates in, have helped mold her into a future pre-med student. “Medical club has prepared me the most for my hope in becoming a doctor because I was able to learn more about the field and the process of becoming a medical student in college through guest speakers,” she said. “Being in so many (other) activities helped me understand how to time manage better which has prepared me for dealing with multiple college classes in the future.” The task hasn’t always been easy. Between both her parents working before and after school, and looking after her siblings, Annamarie had to find time and rides to participate in the Spanish Club, Rho Kappa Honor Society, National Honor Society, the Principal’s Advisory and to work as a tutor in the writing center. She was also part of the Math Team, Art Club and Book Club throughout her entire high school career. In addition to all of this, Annamarie has volunteered at several libraries over the last six years, spent time helping others at the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and taken nine AP classes.

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and a couple of spurs made business exciting downtown. We thrived in the middle of the action. Methodist Hill was blocked off for sledding in the winters, and the trip down the hill could take one halfway across the frozen river. The Yorkville National Bank was clearly visible from our perch across Van Emmon Street, and we were constantly reminded of the flashing time and temperature clock. Old Doc Loomis was a director of the bank and I worked for him for many years. He took care of our dog, Spooky, and gave me the key to his office in the rear of the bank and allowed me to invite family and friends to watch his black and white TV for Cubs games.” Susan: “Becky and I were mother’s ‘babies.’ Oftentimes, the two of us were left alone as mother worked and our older brothers and sister couldn’t always be with us. One of mother’s concerns was our safety in the event of a tornado. Once again, the downtown residents and Elsworth Windett extended a hand informing mother that if her two little girls needed a safe place to ride out a storm, we were welcome to join them in the basement of Dickson’s Insurance building. Mother specifically instructed us to keep an eye on the sky and listen to the radio for tornado warnings. If a warning was announced, Becky and I were to leave the northeast kitchen window open a crack, grab our dog, Spooky, and BlueBoy the parakeet, and head for Dickson’s basement. We did as were told and even rehearsed our routine. Thank you, Yorkville, for providing shelter for two little sisters and their pets.” Becky: “Growing up in Yorkville, we sensed a community responsibility to look after our family with a caring, watchful eye. Not having a car, telephone or TV, we walked where we needed to go and spent quality time outdoors. Chief Frank Martyn was always there at the railroad crossing to ensure that my sister, Susan, and I made it safely across the highway as

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Newark Middle School Student Jocelyn Peshia was awarded second place at the local level for this year’s VFW Patriot’s Pen Contest sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1486 and its Auxiliary of Sandwich. Winners received cash prizes from VFW Post 1486 and the Auxiliary. The Patriot’s Pen contest is the Veterans of Foreign Wars scholarship program for grades 6 to 8, with the national winners receiving prizes upward to the first place prize of $5,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. This year the students were required to write a 300to 400-word essay on the theme “The America I Believe In.” Local entries were judged by members of the Post and Auxiliary, and the winner advances to the District level. Pictured (from left) are VFW Auxiliary Secretary Mary Murphy, Peshia and VFW Project Chairman Stefan Skopek.

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YORKVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY YOUTH PROGRAMS instruction. Literacy Centers are designed to give children ample opportunity to practice the very important skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Saturday, Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m. to noon: Join us for our monthly PLARN program. We will create PLARN mats for the homeless. No experience is needed. Take time to give back. Presented by Jessica Faedtke. Register at the Youth Service desk. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2:30 to 3 p.m.: Panera Story Time. The Yorkville Librarians will be at the Yorkville Panera presenting story time. The Yorkville Panera will provide registered children with milk and cookies. All ages are welcome to attend. Register at the Y.P.L. Youth Service desk. Monday through Friday, Dec. 19-23: Make and Take Crafts. Each day this week, we will offer a different craft to make. You can give it as a gift or keep it for yourself. Stop by and create. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 10:30 to 11 a.m.: Lapsit. Ages birth to 18 months. Parents sing, clap, and bounce to nursery rhymes and songs with your baby. The last 10 minutes of the program will be play time. Register at the Youth Service desk. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 1 to 3 p.m.: Game Day. Ages 8 and older. Grab a friend and come to the library. We will have LEGOs, Wii, and several board games and card games available to play. Register at the Youth Service desk.

Continued from page 3 McCann said when officials looked at the cost of building two courtrooms on the second floor around four years ago, it was estimated at $4 million. “So, I don’t know how much of that it would cost them to go upstairs, but it would be a good chunk of that,” he said. McCann said there has always been the possibility of adding on to the courthouse to the west. “If you do that, our building is secure, so if their concern is having building security, we have that,” he said. “We don’t have it after hours, so there would be a cost to staff it after hours if they were having evening meetings. “If they wanted to have daytime meetings there, the impact on us would be fairly minimal.” McCann said he would welcome the county “biting the bullet” and building on the second floor. “To go upstairs is going to be extremely expensive for whoever does it, and if they want to be the first ones to bite the bullet I would probably be fine with that,” he said. “I just don’t know if that’s feasible for what they want to do.”

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Polar Express. We will read the Polar Express while the kids enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. The kids will then write letters to Santa and deliver them to him. Register at the Youth Service desk and pay the fee. Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Santa Friday, Dec. 2, 10:30 to 11 a.m.: Drop In will visit the library. Stop by to see Santa. Story Time. Stop by to hear wonderful books Don’t forget your camera. read by a volunteer from the Yorkville Jr. Monday, Dec. 12, 10:30 to 11 a.m.: Morning Women’s Club. Read. (Ages 4-5) This program consists of Tuesday, Dec. 6, and Monday, Dec. 19, 10:30 reading stories along with a fun related craft to 11 a.m.: LEGO Duplo. Ages 2 and older with and snack. Children must be able to work a parent. This LEGO club is for the younger set independently. Register and pay nominal fee with a parent. We provide the LEGOs. Children at the Youth Service desk. provide the creativity. Please register. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 10:30 to 11 a.m.: Dance Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2:30 to 3 p.m.: Panera Party. We’re having a dance party. Children Story Time. The Yorkville Librarians will be will move and shake to age appropriate music. at the Yorkville Panera presenting story time. Presented by Theron Garcia. Register at the The Yorkville Panera will provide registered Youth Service desk. children with milk and cookies. All ages are Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1 to 1:30 p.m.: Afternoon welcome to attend, please register at the Read. (Ages 4-5) This program consists of Y.P.L. Youth Service desk. reading stories along with a fun related craft Thursday, Dec. 8, 10:30 to 11 a.m.: Tots and and snack. Children must be able to work Toddlers. Parents, bring your little ones to independently. Register and pay nominal fee listen to stories, rhymes and a complete a at the Youth Service desk. craft. Please register and pay $1.00 (YPL card Wednesday, Dec. 14, 10:30 to 11 a.m.: Tots holders) at the Youth Service desk. and Toddlers. Parents, bring your little ones Thursday, Dec. 8, 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.: Beginto listen to stories, rhymes and a complete a ning Readers. Give your child a head start in craft. Register and pay $1 (YPL card holders) reading with this new program. We will focus at the Youth Service desk. on phonics through reading and writing. Ages Friday, Dec. 16, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Lit5-6. eracy Centers. Ages 3-6. Stop by any time Saturday, Dec. 10, 10:30 to 11 a.m. or 11:30 between 10:30 and 2 to experience a parent a.m. to noon: Polar Express. All Aboard the guided opportunity for hands on literacy

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Yorkville High School and the Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce are hosting a Career Connection Business Owner Breakfast to kick off the school’s newly­ approved Field Experience program. The breakfast is Dec. 15 from 8 to 9 a.m. in the library at the high school, 797 Game Farm Road in Yorkville. The Field Experience program is a school-to-career partnership opportunity aimed to match select junior and senior students with businesses in their field of interest as part of the student’s semester course offerings. If interested in attending, RSVP to Me­ lissa Wojowski by Dec. 9 at mwojowski@ y115.org.

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Suicide Prevention Services is hosting the Santas for SPS 2016 event this Satur­ day, Dec. 3, from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants dress up as Santa and run, walk, dance and shuffle. Cost is $25 Participants gather at the Yorkville Bowl parking lot at 9 a.m. Saturday, where they will receive a Santa coat and hat with built-in beard; one size fits most. The destination is Foxy’s Ice Cream Shoppe for cocoa and cookies, heading back to the bowling alley afterwards. Register at spsamerica.org. SPS offers depression screening, counseling, sup­ port groups, a 24-hour hotline, prevention training, crisis intervention and more.

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YORKVILLE PARKS AND RECREATION PROGRAMS • Continued from page 10 Letters to Santa: Santa is checking his list and wants to hear from you this holiday season. Send your letter (include age and gen­ der) to Santa. Santa will then read your letter and send a response by Dec. 23. All letters should be addressed to: Santa c/o Yorkville Recreation Department, 201 W. Hydraulic Ave.,

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Substitute teachers at Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 will soon be receiving a pay increase. Recognizing that substitute teachers in surrounding districts are receiving higher rates than in Yorkville, and acknowledging the fact that finding and retaining substitute teachers continues to be difficult, the Board of Education agreed to provide substitute teachers with a pay raise. New substitutes currently receive $95 daily but they’ll receive a $20 raise and now be paid $115. The decision was approved during the Nov. 21 Board of Education meeting. “One of the things that’s been happening to us, and it’s been a problem for at least the last three years, is being able to fill these positions,” said Dr. Nick Baughman, chief academic officer for the district. “We started looking at the surrounding districts to see if our costs were in line since we have not done anything recently.” What the board learned was that Yorkville’s substitutes were the lowest paid along with Oswego and slightly lower than the $100 provided by

Plainfield and Plano, as well as Valley View, Joliet, Troy and Kaneland, which ranged from $105 to $115. An adjustment to the long-term rate for substitute teachers was also approved and will adjust from $150 to $165. “We started off at $95 but after 10 days that always accelerated to $150,” Baughman said. “I would like that to go to $165 and make it retroactive. Part of the reason is for the district to make sure we have subs in place who are going to stay here so we’re paying a lower rate until we have a commitment.” According to a recent study by Illinois Report Card, which is the state’s official source for information about public schools in Illinois, nearly one in four teachers misses 10 or more days of school a year. With absences so prevalent, there’s an even greater demand for substitute teachers at Yorkville and other nearby school districts. In other matters, the 2016 tentative tax levy was approved. The district is expected to receive a little more than $800,000 in new revenue for the general operating funds as a result of the tax levy. The overall increase in taxes is estimated at a little more than $2 million or 3.55 percent more than the 2015 tax year.

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Aggravated domestic battery Yorkville police arrested Edward Rodriquez, 51, of the 100 block of East Washington Street, Yorkville, at 11:33 p.m. on Nov. 22 for aggravated domestic battery.

Sunday after police responded to a call at a business in the 1400 block of North Bridge Street. During the investigation it was learned that a bottle of liquor had been stolen, police said.

Arrested on suspended license Yorkville police arrested Kenny M. King, 26, of the 500 block of West Kendall Drive, Yorkville, Friday night for driving while license suspended, following police responding to a call of a fight in progress at a home in the 2700 block of Goldenrod Drive. The victim and other persons present were uncooperative with police about what had taken place, police said. King’s vehicle was stopped after leaving the scene, and he was arrested, police said.

No driver’s license Yorkville police arrested Florencio R. Bonilla, 26, of the 900 block of West Route 34, Plano, for having no valid license Sunday night after officers stopped him for speeding.

Drivers cited following accident Yorkville police ticketed two drivers following an accident at the intersection of Route 47 and River Road Friday afternoon. Police ticketed Ross Lucas, 54, of the 11000 block of Fox Road, Yorkville, for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and Jacob Snow, 18, of the 3000 block of Tamaira Street, Plano, for operating an uninsured vehicle.

Cited following accident Yorkville police cited Terrance D. Underwood, 37, of the 600 block of Lincoln Station Drive, Oswego, for operating an uninsured vehicle Monday evening after police said his vehicle traveling eastbound on Route 71 east of Wing Road drove off the north side of the highway, into the ditch and struck a tree, police said. Underwood was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries, police said. Failure to reduce speed Police cited a 16-year-old juvenile from Yorkville for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident Nov. 23 following an accident near the intersection of Route 34 and Cannonball Trail.

DUI Yorkville police arrested Cory J. Tarrance, 18, of the 1000 block of Glenview Drive, Earlville, for driving un- Damaged mailbox der the influence Friday after finding him passed out in Yorkville police said a homeowner on the 600 block his vehicle in the 1400 block of Chestnut Lane. of Freemont Street reported their mailbox was damaged by an unknown vehicle traveling southbound Retail theft on Freemont Street on Nov. 24 at around 11 p.m. No Yorkville police arrested Jacob Reis of the 5000 suspect of vehicle information at this time. Damage to block of Orchard, McHenry, for retail theft at 1:07 a.m. the mailbox estimated at $75, police said.

Sheridan man killed in accident near Newark

A Sheridan man was killed Saturday in a three-vehicle accident on Route 71 near Newark. The Illinois State Police said Philip Suman, 62, of Sheridan was traveling eastbound on Route 71 just east of Newark Road at around 2:49 p.m. Saturday when his vehicle, a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country minivan, crossed into oncoming traffic “for unknown reasons.” Suman’s vehicle struck the left sides of two semi-trucks traveling westbound on Route 71, police said. The Kendall County Coroner pronounced Suman dead on the scene, State Police said. The Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit is investigating the crash.

Driver not cited as garbage semi-truck tips over

Yorkville police said the driver of a semi-truck full of garbage that tipped over on northbound Route 47 at Galena Road on Nov. 23 was not ticketed in the crash. Deputy Chief Larry Hilt said the truck was headed eastbound on Galena and attempted to turn northbound on Route 47 when it got too close to the ditch and tipped at around 8 a.m. Vehicles from Groot Waste Management were on the scene of the crash Nov. 23.

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KENDALL COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORTS vehicle driven by Janet Lopez, 32, of the 20th block of Spring Garden Drive. Police said after he crashed his vehicle into Lopez’s vehicle, Alvarez attempted to get into Lopez’s vehicle by using the driver’s side door. Police said Alvarez was arrested on charges of reckless conduct, reckless driving, following too close, providing false information for a crash report and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Lopez has been charged with driving on a revoked license Brake line cut and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, An estimated $20 in damage resulted when according to police. someone cut the brake line on a vehicle that was parked in front of a residence in the 100 Forgery, theft reported block of Heathgate Road in Boulder Hill Nov. The county sheriff’s office is investigating 26, according to the county sheriff’s office. a forgery and theft case that occurred at a bar in the 300 block of Church Street in Fox Arrest two in hit-and-run domestic Township Nov. 27. Police said someone paid County sheriff’s deputies arrested two for merchandise with a fake $20 bill. Boulder Hill residents while responding to a report of a hit-and-run crash in the area Domestic arrest of 42 Hampton Road in Boulder Hill Nov. 25 County sheriff’s police arrested Andrew at 7:18 p.m. Police said the two suspects in L. Ruch, 27, of the 2700 block of North 45th the incident became involved in a domestic Road, Sandwich, on a charge of domestic dispute while driving separate vehicles. battery at a residence in the 0-100 block of Police said one of the suspects, Alejandro Willow Springs Lane in Little Rock Township Cristobal Alvarez, 30, of the 60th block Nov. 25 at 12:07 a.m. Police said Ruch bit a of Paddock Road, drove his vehicle into a female victim multiple times.

Vehicle left idling stolen A Boulder Hill resident told county sheriff’s deputies that her 2010 gray Ford Fusion was stolen from outside her residence Nov. 23 at 10:10 a.m. Police said the victim started the vehicle to warm it up and then went back into her residence. When she returned, the vehicle was gone, according to police. Police said they believe the person who stole the car was riding a white and light blue Mongoose mountain bike found in the front yard of the residence. Police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact them. Warrant arrest County sheriff’s deputies arrested Justin Mikel, 25, of the 100 block of Hartway Drive, Montgomery, after stopping his vehicle for a traffic violation in the 1600 block of Route 25 in Oswego Township Nov. 26 a 1:02 a.m. Police said Mikel was wanted on an Aurora police warrant. Cannabis arrest County sheriff’s deputies arrested Robert John Lewis, 20, of the 400 block of State Street, Ottawa, after stopping his vehicle for a speeding violation Nov. 26 at 9:28 p.m. on Route 71 at Newark Road in Big Grove Town-

ship. Police said Lewis was found to be in possession of 15 grams of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. He was charged with possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. DUI arrest on Fernwood County sheriff’s deputies arrested Jose Fernando Munoz, 24, of the 2000 block of Clarridge Lane, Montgomery, in the 0-100 block of Fernwood Road Nov. 24 at 1:05 a.m. Police said they were summoned to the area on a report of a hit-and-run crash. Upon arrival, police said they found a vehicle registered to Munoz had struck a parked, unoccupied vehicle. Police said they were able to locate Munoz, who had left the scene on foot. Police said Munoz was charged with driving under the influence and hit and run. Check fraud reported A resident of Sonora Road in Boulder Hill told county sheriff’s deputies Nov. 18 that someone cashed one of her checks without her permission June 1. Police said the check totaled in excess of $500. Traffic violations Reana L. Bennett, 29, of the 500 block of Powers Court, Yorkville, driving without a valid license.

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Boulder Hill arrest County sheriff’s deputies arrested Nora Kathleen Thomas, 57, of the 600 block of South River Street, Aurora, on Tealwood Road near Sonora Road in Boulder Hill Nov. 26 at 4:21 p.m. on charges of simple battery and being intoxicated in the roadway. Police said they were summoned to the scene on a report of an intoxicated person in the roadway. While they were investigating, police said, Thomas struck a deputy.

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BOYS BASKETBALL

Yorkville Judo Club wins three gold medals

Parkview Christian HS off to 3-3 start KENDALL COUNTY RECORD

The Parkview Christian boys basketball team tipped off its fourth season with a 3-3 start after capturing third place in the Families of Faith Tournament in Channahon. The Falcons return four seniors from last year’s 17-10 team that finished second in the Illinois Christian Conference and second in the conference tournament. They include Austin West, Jared Hagan, Jack Swenson and Jeremy Osika. West averaged 13 points per game and Swenson and Osika each about 4 ppg, with Hagan being a solid play maker and ball handler for Parkview Christian. All four players return for their fourth varsity seasons, continuously improving after a four-win season as freshmen, 13 wins as sophomores and 17 as juniors. “Top newcomers for this year are junior Josiah Finnestad, who made the All-Tournament team at Channahon, senior Cooper Thyne and promising sophomores Jake Angelo, Stephen Brennwald and Jared Mathre,” coach Don Davidson said. Alex Hope, Conner Chiappetta and Fulton Archbold complete the roster. Parkview Christian is a fully accredited and approved member of the Illinois High School Association, and will enter its first Class 1A postseason this winter.

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The Yorkville Judo Club entered 13 players in the Minooka-Yorkville Halloween Tournament and won three gold, eight silver and five bronze medals. Pictured (front row) are Sam Sleezer, Noah Smart, Nola Tellone, Ethan Eckardt, Ian Kiilsgaard, (back row) Adam Eckardt, Josh Smart, Rick Undesser lV, Ian Bello and Ryan Lambert. Winning gold for Yorkville were Adam Eckardt, Nate Perez and David Brinzo. Silver medals went to Ben Smart, Ian Bello, Ian Kiilsgaard, Josh Smart, Rick Undesser lV, and Rick Undesser lV in the Sr. Advanced 130-170 division, Ryan Lambert and Sam Sleezer. Winning bronze medals were David Brinzo, Josh Smart, Ethan Eckardt, Nate Perez and Nola Tellone. Also entering the tournament was Noah Smart. Yorkville will travel to Wisconsin to compete in the Santa Shiai in December.

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In the 132-pound weight class, Yorkville’s Joe Roberts has control of Lockport’s Brendan Ramsey during the nonconference match Nov. 22 at Lockport Township High School.

By CURT HERRON cherron@shawmedia.com The season opener definitely turned out to be a stroll down memory lane for Yorkville’s new head wrestling coach, Jake Oster. On Nov. 22, the former Foxes assistant coached his initial dual meet against his alma mater, Lockport, which also happens to be coached by his older brother, Josh, who he assisted at one time. Jake Oster ended a 32-year title drought for the Porters when he won state in 2004. Four of the brothers rank in the top-10 in career wins at the school and younger brothers Jameson and Shayne also won titles, making the Osters one of the few families in state history to have three brothers win championships. Jameson also made his debut as a Porter assistant. But while the two brothers enjoyed facing one another in the nonconference meet in Lockport, Jake Oster also knew all too well what he was up against since his brother has led his program to three state trips in five years and won trophies the last two years. Nationally-ranked Lockport was missing some key performers from a year ago but still had more than enough in reserve to capture a 44-19 victory over the youthful Foxes. “Lockport has a good team and we started the year off with our hardest competition that we’re going to see all year,” Jake Oster said. “I don’t think that I was here for a dual meet since I coached here five years ago. But overall, It was nice coming back and getting

to compete against my brother and his team. They’ll be tough to handle for anyone in the state. “We saw some good things and some things that we’re going to have to work on. We have a lot of young guys, with eight freshmen or sophomores starting today with only two seniors in the lineup. Before the meet, I told the guys that all I wanted to see was them to go out and compete hard and wrestle and we did a good job of that. What I like about this group is that they listen and work hard. They’re young and talented so it will only get better from here.” The Foxes lost the first four matches to fall behind 19-0 before splitting the next 10 matches. Ryan Morris (285) ended things with a fall while Tyler Toney (145) won a major decision. Joe Roberts (132), Nick Stemmet (170) and Brandon Lee (220) all won narrow decisions while Julian Vasquez (120) and Brady Fisher (195) both dropped close matches. Yorkville (0-2) followed the season opener with a 54-9 loss to Lincoln-Way West on Nov. 23. Zack Katula won a 6-0 decision at 152 over Jake Price, and at 170, Stemmet won a 5-3 decision while Brady Fisher won a 5-0 decision over Robert Noga at 195. Last weekend, Yorkville entered the Barrington Invite and finished 14th overall with 92.5 points. Five Foxes finished in the top eight. Lee finished fourth at 220, Stemmet placed fifth at 170. Morris was sixth at 285. Fisher finished seventh at 195 and Roberts placed eighth at 132. Yorkville will travel to DeKalb on Dec. 1 to open the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference season.

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Yorkville opens with win in Oster brothers clash

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BOYS BASKETBALL

Foxes post 2-2 start after Ottawa tournament By KRISTIN SHARP ksharp@kendallcountynow.com

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Continued from page 20 of the game came with 5:08 on the second quarter clock to cut West Aurora’s lead, 12-11. The Blackhawks converted at the free throw line to stay ahead, 1714, but lost the lead on a combination of shots by Audrey Macciomei and Daffenberg in the third. “We knew it was going to be a phys-

ical game and we knew it was going to come down to heart and who wants it more. In the end, they dug deep,” Wentsis said. Yorkville will now look to carry the momentum from West Aurora to its home opener on Thursday as the Foxes kick off the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference season against Kaneland. On Saturday, Yorkville will host Plano in a 6 p.m. doubleheader with the varsity boys’ game to follow.

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I. A public hearing to approve a proposed property tax levy increase for Newark Community Consolidated Grade School District #66 for 2016 will be held on December 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Newark Grade School, 503 Chicago Road, Newark, Illinois. Any person desiring to appear at the public hearing and present testimony to the taxing district may contact Dr. Diane Cepela, Superintendent, 503 Chicago Road, Newark, IL 815-695-5143. II. The corporate and special purpose property taxes extended or abated for 2015 were $1,632,075.23 The proposed corporate and special purpose property taxes to be levied for 2016 are $2,402,859.00. This represents a 47.23% increase over the previous year. III. The property taxes extended for debt service and public building commission leases for 2015 were $149,968.16. The estimated property taxes to be levied for debt service and public building commission leases for 2016 are $150,000.00. This represents a 0.02% increase over the previous year. IV. The total property taxes extended or abated for 2015 were $1,782,043.39.

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The Yorkville boys basketball team battled its way into the championship game of the Dean Riley Shootin’ The Rock Thanksgiving Tournament in Ottawa before taking a runner-up finish last Saturday. “We had an opportunity to play in the championship game and saw some stuff that we need to build on for the future,” Yorkville coach Mike Dunn said. The Foxes (2-2) went 2-1 in pool play earlier in the week with wins over defending tournament champion Metamora (34-31), but took a 35-26 loss to Pontiac on Nov. 22 to even its record. On Nov. 25, Yorkville faced Streator in the final game of pool play and notched a 49-44 win to advance to the title game. Logan Habada led the Foxes in scoring with 13 points while Nick Owen’s added 11 points and Jake Eberhart scored nine. “Metamora hasn’t lost in the tour-

nament in four years, and holding them to 31 points was outstanding for us,” Dunn said. “The backbone of our program is defense, so I thought our kids really did a good job with that and get the win.” On Saturday, Yorkville met Marengo in the title game and fought back from a sluggish start, turning a 12-5 deficit into a 19-17 score at halftime. Marengo responded with a 20-point effort in the third quarter to extend its lead and held on for a 53-44 victory. Logan Habada led the Foxes in scoring with 10 points while Nick Owens and Jake Eberhart each added nine. Yorkville will now play a four-game stretch on its home court, beginning with Kaneland on Friday in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference opener at 7 p.m. The Foxes host Plano on Saturday before welcoming Geneseo and Waubonsie Valley. “We’re very excited to finally be playing at home in December. I think last year we only had one game at home in December,” Dunn said. “We’re looking forward to it. Kaneland has a nice ball club and it’s a good rivalry, and same with Plano.”

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SPORTS GIRLS BASKETBALL: YORKVILLE 46, WEST AURORA 39

PROVIDING THE SPARK

Lindsay Harrison’s fourth-quarter baskets help seal win for Foxes By KRISTIN SHARP ksharp@kendallcountynow.com

At times, Tuesday’s non-conference game between West Aurora and visiting Yorkville was difficult to watch. Yorkville committed five turnovers in its first five possessions and West Aurora made one field goal in the second quarter but held a 13-12 halftime lead over the Foxes. Finally, Yorkville junior Lindsay Harrison provided the spark in the fourth quarter as she hit two big baskets to put Yorkville ahead, 30-29 – and lift the “We knew it was spell. Yorkville never going to be a physical cold trailed, claiming a 46-39 victory to improve to 4-1 on game and we knew the season. it was going to come “You could tell that everyone was tense and updown to heart and tight because nothing was who wants it more.” falling,” Yorkville coach Kim Wentsis said. “LindKim Wentsis say was able to get two of Yorkville basketball coach those buckets for us and you could see everyone on the court realize, ‘OK. We can score again.’ We remembered how to play basketball.” Yorkville went on a 7-0 run after Harrison (10 points) put the Foxes ahead, with baskets from Natalie Malinowski, Katie Nolan (9 points) and Lauren Daffenberg (10 points) lifting Yorkville to a 39-29 lead. Daffenberg, who was held to two points through the first three quarters, hit a three-pointer and a jumper with 1:57 remaining to maintain Yorkville’s hold on the game. “Part of it is we’ve gone 11 days without a game. We did different things at practice to get the energy up, but you can’t match the intensity of a game. Katie Nolan is just coming back from sickness,” Wentsis said. “We just got out of a rhythm, and it took us a while to find it.” Travel violations, offensive charge calls and free throw violations littered the first half as both teams struggled to find any rhythm. Nolan’s first field goal

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Yorkville’s Lindsay Harrison (32) makes a jump shot over West Aurora’s Keyani Pryor (40) during a varsity girls basketball game Monday at West Aurora High School.

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