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Public works director chosen Will continue current duties as city’s water reclamation director By LYLE R. ROLFE Darrin Boyer, the city of Plano’s longtime water reclamation department director, received an additional title and job at Monday’s City Council meeting. Mayor Bob Hausler announced that he was appointing Boyer to the position of director of public works to replace John McGinnis, who retired from the city last month. Boyer said he applied for the job when he learned it was available. He said did not know how many people had applied. Boyer will now hold both positions, but will not be city engineer, a position McGinnis also held. An engineering degree is necessary to do this work. Boyer’s salary for doing both jobs will be $99,995, Hausler said. The mayor’s appointment was approved by the city council in a unanimous ballot. Boyer said he is aware that his new job will mean being called out at all hours of the day and night. However, he said he is already accustomed to working late hours because it happens often in the water reclamation department even though the usual hours are supposed to be 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. “During the past three weeks, I was called out 10 times. The last time was at three in the morning,” he said. His wife, Kris, also has become accustomed to the middle-of-the-night calls, he said. Much of his new job won’t be new to Boyer. He said he was director of public works in the nearby village of Sugar Grove before coming to Plano 27 years ago to take a job as an operator in the water reclamation department. “I took the original job in the water reclamation depart-


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If you see an increase on your 2016 tax bill, payable in 2017, it most likely will not be for the city of Plano. According to Mayor Bob Hausler, the levy will be lower than last year – 18 cents lower. The proposed levy, on the agenda at Monday’s Committee of the Whole, was referred to the full council for vote at the next regular meeting, so there

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 -

ment because it was a way of protecting the environment,” he said. With the two positions now combined, Boyer will have about 15 employees working for him, compared to only three in the water reclamation department. He said he probably will be making changes in the job and the way things are done to make the new job easier. What does the future look like? Boyer said he plans to keep his present two positions until retirement. He and his wife have two children. For relaxation during his off-time, he works with stained glass. Boyer said he did not inherit McGinnis’ bright red pickup truck with the job because he already has his own red truck from the water reclamation position.

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Darrin Boyer (left) was appointed by Plano Mayor Bob Hausler to serve as the city’s director of public works during Monday’s city council meeting. The council approved the appointment.

was little discussion at this time. The total levy collected in 2016 for taxes paid in 2015 was $1,850,286.18. The proposed 2017 levy for taxes paid this year (2016), is $1,850,286 – 18 cents less than last year. Hausler noted that some residents may see an increase or decrease in the city portion of their bill, but it won’t be caused by the city’s levy. There are many things that can cause changes in taxes, he noted. According to the proposed levy,

property owners will be taxed at the rate of 0.8975 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. Only one fund will be taxed at the maximum allowed. It is the Parks Fund, which will be taxed at 7.5 cents per $100 of assessed value. The total equalized assessed value of taxable property in the city is listed at $145,420,625, according to the proposed levy. This is an increase of about $23 million over last year’s total equalized assessed value of $121,481,783.

Plano’s Rockin’ Christmas to take place Friday, Saturday PLANO RECORD Area residents of all ages are invited to downtown Plano this Friday and Saturday to enjoy the city’s Rockin’ Christmas program. Organized by the Plano Chamber of Commerce, the two-day holiday celebration will open at 5 p.m. Friday with

a parade downtown. The parade, featuring Santa Claus, will start at the United Methodist Church parking lot, proceed down James Street to Main Street, and end at the Railroad Depot at about 5:30 p.m. Following the parade, children will be able to visit with Santa from 5:30

to 8 p.m. at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St., and will receive a small Christmas-related gift. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera. From 5:30 to 6 p.m., members of the Emily G. Johns School band will perform at the train depot.




County Board member suggests moving offices to courthouse

By TONY SCOTT 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

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The Kendall County Office Building on Fox Street in Yorkville currently houses, among other departments, the county clerk’s and county treasurer’s office. Both have asked for security measures to be added. 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 Robert we’re probably “H.D.” only gonna use Davidson 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 short-term solutions and that the long-term solution could be discussed at a future date. “It’ll be the safest scenario we could come 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 remain-

ing 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 re-

sponded. “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.”

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To the Editor: This past week those of us who watch The News Hour and/or Washington Week with Gwen Ifill on PBS saw a remarkable tribute. As you read this it will be more than a week since Gwen died. When The News Hour brought friends and colleagues of Gwen together to remember her, it felt like they were sitting in our living room telling stories about a member of our own family; that’s what Gwen was about – bringing people into her family. By all accounts, Gwen was a consummate pro in the news business and winner of many awards; yet with her wonderful smile and her demeanor Joyce and I felt that we were a part of her family. In this day of sharp division in our political life, to feel such a relationship and, through television, to share it with so many gives rise to optimism and hope. I pray you find that same life-affirming relationship.

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Need to think logically

To the Editor: The United States experienced a second revolution on Nov. 8. The first revolution was the revolt against being under the monarchy of King George. This second revolt separates the United States from being dominated by either Clinton or Bush families at least for the present time. Even more importantly, middle Americans and working class families said “No” to the prospect of a continuation toward socialism that has been the agenda during the past seven years and would have accelerated under Hillary. Thankfully now the appointments to the Supreme

Submit letters Letters must be no longer than 400 words and must be accompanied by the writer’s full name, address and home phone number. Only the author’s name and city of residence will be printed. We reserve the right to edit all letters for brevity and fairness. Send letters to letters@kendallcountynow. com or Record Newspapers, 109 W. Veterans Parkway, Yorkville, IL 60560.

Court will be persons that will rule based on the Constitution and not on what some foreign law or what some religion or social group thinks is right. It’s unbelievable that there are protests to the election when nothing indicates there was fraud or abnormalities in the results that elected Donald Trump. In fact if there were any votes that could be disputed it is the estimated three to four million noncitizens who voted and the majority of those votes certainly were for Hillary, which if subtracted makes Trump also the popular vote victor. There were no protests either time when Obama was elected so it shows that the liberals are the real intolerant even though they have previously espoused that conservatives were intolerant. The protests also indicate that many of the protesters do not work and contribute to the economy because they protest during the daytime working hours. It has now been reported that some of the protesters are being paid by a subsidiary of Planned Parenthood who receives taxpayer money. Hopefully, President-elect Trump will bring jobs back to the country so that these protesters will have jobs and not be continuing to live on welfare

or be employed by organizations that attempt to influence the elections and our government. What is really amusing is the ruse that the Democratic Party attempted 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.

able enough to make this decision. This helps the younger workers who can take over these jobs that people are 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 Leland H. Hoffer seniors to choose from, so competition is Oswego not containing the costs. And just like the government control of minimum wage, Waiting for the details the voucher will not keep up with the To the Editor: There is a shadow group of people who continuous cost of living so that voucher will be greatly affected by President-elect will pay for less and less care over time. As long as there are profits to be made Trump and the Republican Party’s deciin the collecting and paying of health care sion to eliminate Obamacare. The 2009 premiums, then costs will only increase depression pushed many older workers unless the government wants to reguinto under or unemployment which cut late the health care industry and stop off their health care. They were too young lobbyists from using health care industry for Medicare and if they took low-paying money to influence legislators. Pretty jobs, they didn’t qualify for Medicaid. So sure people will not be happy when the they had Obamacare, with all its warts, control the federal government had but it was coverage for the older and over costs is eliminated by handing out sicker portions of America. vouchers and letting consumers be at the According to Social Security, the average worker usually takes early retirement mercy of insurance companies. Be careful what you wish for, it might not turn out as soon as it’s available. That means how you expected.  many retirees are 62 years old and are too young to claim Medicare. Their option Ed Washak Yorkville is Obamacare. Many must feel comfort-




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Continued from page 3 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.

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 tablespoon is equal to three teaspoons, not the other way around. For all those bent on removing pagan holidays and terms from our everyday life: The month of May is named after Maia, the goddess of the growth of plants. May (and Maia) clearly have to go. Think your kids were loud at the last family gathering? When the volcano Krakatoa blew its top in the Dutch East Indies in 1883, the sound was heard in Bangkok, Thailand, 3,000 miles away. An 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 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 pub-

lic 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 days! Speaking of John Adams, his was the first presidential family to live in the then-uncompleted White House. The oldest known ball game is polo, which, though believed to be of Tibetan origin, was first recorded in Persia in 525 B.C. All members of the Oswego Polo and Yacht Club are required to memorize that fact. Andre the Giant was pretty goodsized, as was William “The Refrigerator” Perry, but they are far from the biggest men ever to participate in professional sports. William J. Cobb of Macon, Georgia (near where Perry was from – they grow ’em big in Georgia) worked as a professional wrestler in 1962. The 802-pound blob was known professionally as Happy Humphrey. 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?

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“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. 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.”


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 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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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


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Library asked to help in plan to use vacant building By LYLE R. ROLFE Work is continuing by the Plano City Council to have a vacant building at 9 N. Hugh St. turned over to the Plano Historical Society for its use. City Council members voted at a recent meeting to proceed with purchasing the building on a recommendation by the council at an earlier Committee of the Whole meeting. Monday night, the City Council, at a Committee of the Whole meeting, voted to ask the Plano Community Library to endorse the idea to have taxes they are owed from the property be forfeited. The idea had been presented to Plano Community Library Board members about a month ago and they supported it, according to Tom Karpas, Plano Building, Planning and Zoning director, who said he met with the board. School board members also voted unanimously to participate after Karpas spoke to them about the idea.   Mayor Bob Hausler told council members at the earlier meeting that he would like them to consider approving a proposed intergovernmental agreement that he is presenting to all taxing bodies who have not received their tax payments or penalties over the past several years from this property. The council concurred with the idea, but Alderman Bob Jones voted against it. He also voted Monday night against the request which had been approved by the Library Board. Jones said no one knows how much work the building really needs or what the cost might be. He also noted that no one knows whether there might be asbestos in the building, which could add to the cost of making it usable. Hausler said the proposal will be presented to the other taxing bodies who also are owed taxes from the property. He is hoping all of them will adopt

the agreement to forfeit their taxes and penalties so the building can be made available to the Plano Historical Society. He noted that the city’s only cost would be about $4,000, the portion of the total tax bill that would come to the city. If all taxing bodies cooperate, the city would remain owner of the building, which sits on a 31-by-32-foot lot. Hausler said he talked to the county, the second largest taxpayer on the list, and officials there said they were waiting to see what the school district would do. Karpas said the city is asking that the taxing bodies rebate their share of the $40,000 owed in back taxes and penalties back to the city so that in the end the money that they would have received in taxes would be rebated. Karpas said the vacant building has been in a state of deterioration and disrepair for several years. He recalled that at one time a dentist office had been in the building. The mayor said it’s not likely anyone could afford to pay the taxes and then invest money in making the building usable for a new business. “The renovation and rehabilitation work could be done by the museum officials. They do have a bit of money, but the majority of the work will be in the form of in-kind donations of either labor, materials or both,” Karpas said. He said the building needs interior work such as painting, repairing of drywall and similar cosmetic repairs. A new heating system also will be needed, he added. The city would hold title to the building because it is buying back the taxes. It would then lease the property to the Historical Society for $1 a year. The city would be responsible for some maintenance such as any repairs to the roof, siding and similar items, Karpas said.

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County OKs $64.8M budget in split vote Estimated property tax rate expected to drop, saving about $13 per year for a $100,000 home the board’s finance committee and its chairman, Purcell, about the amount of information available to the public on the budget before it was approved. The Kendall County Board approved a $64.8 mil- He also said little discussion was had about the lion budget in a split vote at a special meeting Tues- Health Department having to reduce its expenses by day evening. $225,000 to help balance the county’s budget. Board Chairman John Shaw and board members “The way this has been done is a mockery of Judy Gilmour, Lynn Cullick, Matthew Prochaska, transparency,” Wehrli said. “You guys have decided Scott Gryder and John Purcell voted in favor of the amongst yourselves what’s gonna happen and you’ve budget, while board members Jeff Wehrli and Robert put it down on paper, and unless people go and look “H.D.” Davidson voted against it. at it and find it, it’s not discussed. And I find that The budget approved by the board includes ex- pretty sad. It’s not the way Kendall County should penses of $64,798,435, and revenues of $64,261,876. be run.” Prior to the vote, Wehrli voiced frustration with Purcell responded that he appreciated 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.

Newark company staffer one of five finalists for Operator of the Year SHAW MEDIA Ken Funk, operator for CHS Elburn in Newark, has been named one of the five finalists for AGCO’s 11th annual Operator of the Year award, which recognizes hard-working applicators across the country. At the end of the month, Funk and his wife will attend the 2016 Agricultural Retailers Association Conference

& Expo in Orlando, Florida, where the 11th Annual Operator of the Year winner will be announced. Funk has been with CHS Elburn for nine years, with 36 years of experience as an operator. Last crop season, he sprayed 35,000 acres. He goes above and beyond for every customer to exceed expectations, and has been known to go out on his days off with his backpack sprayer to spray along

areas that he could not get to in his machine. When Funk is not at work, he is very active in his church, serving twice a month as an usher and greeter. He is involved in the church’s ground crew, taking care of the lawn fertilizing and spraying, as well as trimming the church’s hedges and trees. The Operator of the Year program is open to all ag retailers and custom applicators in the U.S., regardless of the

machine brands in their application fleets. A panel of judges from AGCO will evaluate nominees based on their performance – both on and off the field – including criteria such as skill, dedication and customer service as well as community involvement. For more information about the Operator of the Year award, visit overview.html.

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Santa will be at Festival of Trees on Saturday and Sunday Sunbeam Masonic Lodge 428 from Plano has arranged for Santa to be at the Sandwich Park District “Festival of Trees” this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 4. For the last two years, the lodge has been able to convince Santa to take a break from his busy holiday schedule to visit with the children (and some adults) at the Festival of Trees. Santa has had so much fun meeting the kids that he has again made time to

visit this year. He will be at the festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The festival will be at the Timber Creek Inn and Suites on Route 34 in Sandwich. The event is sponsored by the Sandwich Park District. Sunbeam Lodge 428 meets at 5½ E. Main St. in Plano at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month for dinner. For more information about Sunbeam Lodge, email sunbeamlodge428@


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Performances to start Friday at opera house PLANO RECORD

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Pictured are several members of “A Christmas Chaos” rehearsing. The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, with additional shows at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 4, at the Sandwich Opera House. Indian Valley Theatre will accept donations at the door for the Franklin Mall Project.

Cinema 7 to show ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ for free PLANO RECORD Families are invited to enjoy a free screening of the holiday film “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Movie” at the Cinema 7 Theatre at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The theater is located at 101 Duvick Ave. (at Route 34) in Sandwich. Rudolph will be on hand to greet everyone and cameras are welcome. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Movie” is an animated retelling of the timeless story of the young reindeer who was born with a shiny red nose and ridiculed by all of the other reindeers. But when a serious storm and fog on

Christmas Eve threatens his mission, Santa turns to Rudolph to light the way. Rudolph goes from zero to hero and saves Christmas. The film features the voices of John Goodman, Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds and Whoopi Goldberg. Classic Cinemas, based in Downers Grove, is a family-owned company operated by Willis, Shirley and Chris Johnson. Established in 1978, Classic Cinemas operates 111 screens at 14 locations across northern Illinois. Every auditorium is equipped with digital projection and sound technology to ensure the best presentation possible. For more information on Classic Cinemas, visit

BRIEFS Madrigal performances set for Dec. 3, 4 at Plano High School

the Christmas season with the madrigal singers, actors and instrumentalists. Intermission will include wassail, coffee The Plano High School Music and and desserts. Theatre departments will present their Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, annual madrigal performances after $7 for adults and free for children 6 Thanksgiving break. Approximately 60 and younger. Tickets are available at students will participate in this year’s the door. Contact event. Madrigal performances will be at 6 p.m. or 630-552-3178, ext. 7546, for more information. Saturday, Dec. 3, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, – Plano Record Dec. 4, in the PHS auditorium. Celebrate

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Indian Valley Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Chaos” opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, with additional shows at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased online at, at the Sandwich Opera House box office or at the door. IVT will be accepting donations at the door of nonperishable food and personal items that will be given to the annual local Franklin Mall Project. A Red Care Box will be available in the Opera House lobby for donations during all performances. The Franklin Mall Christmas Project is administered by the

Sandwich Lions Club and collects items to be distributed to families who are having a hard time within the Sandwich school system. These care boxes will be packed at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Sandwich Fire Station and distributed on Dec. 17.  “A Christmas Chaos” is a humorous family play within a serious play, directed by Christine Johnson and Tom Merkel and written by Michael Wehrlij, with rights by Heuer Publishing. Join Indian Valley Theatre as they present this hilarious backstage comedy that pokes fun at the classic novel, “A Christmas Carol” and laugh as you witness everything that can go wrong with a theatrical production. For more information, email or call IVT at 888-365-8889. Indian Valley Theatre is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation and development of the performing arts in the Fox Valley area. Visit IVT online at


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District 115 Board also approves tentative tax levy By CHRIS WALKER Substitute teachers at Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 will soon be receiving an increase in pay. 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 recently 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

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At 6 p.m., Mayor Bob Hausler will pull the switch to light the traditional downtown Christmas tree. Following the lighting, this year’s recipient of the traditional Ross Greiter Memorial Spirit Award will be announced. Following the award presentation, downtown businesses will be open for parents who want to get an early start on their Christmas shopping. The depot will be open until midnight for residents to drop off nonper-

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 per 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. The board also determined that students enrolled in driver’s education would receive a financial credit for overpaid course fees. In August, the board approved an application for the current year to be able to raise driver’s education fees up to $450. A decision on that is pending but has not yet been approved by the General Assembly. Yorkville had charged students $315 this fall, but agreed to reduce it to $250 for the first semester of the 201617 school year. Adjustments would be made retroactively for those enrolled in the program this fall and fees collected in excess of $250 would be refunded. ishable food items for the food boxes volunteers will be distributing to less fortunate families in town on Sunday. Monetary donations will also be accepted, and will be used to purchase perishable foods such as turkeys, hams, milk and butter. Checks should be made out to the Rockin’ Christmas Fund and dropped off at City Hall. From 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, the mayor will be on hand at the depot to have coffee with residents and visitors. At 7 p.m. Saturday at Home Town Lanes, Rockin’ Bowl will be held, with the proceeds going to the Rockin’ Christmas fund. The event is open to everyone.


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SANDWICH – There are only a few days left to donate nonperishable groceries and personal items for the Franklin Mall Christmas Project in Sandwich. The sharing effort started by the late Frankie and Peg Mall about 60 years ago is now administered by the Sandwich Lions Club. Many more nonperishables are needed before Wednesday, Dec. 14, when everything is gathered and sorted at the Sandwich Fire Station. Karen Spangler, committee chair of the grocery boxes, said more than 250 households will share in the collections. It is hoped that enough contributions come in to give two boxes to families of six or more. She said there are many households of more than six and several with 10 individuals. Suggestions for donations include peanut butter, dry pastas, cereals, boxed dinners, pancake mixes, dried beans and canned goods. Even items such as wrapped or boxed hand soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste

are appreciated. They can be placed in the red tubs near the doorways of more than 20 locations in Sandwich, including Art’s Food Market, Dollar General, all of the banks, several churches, and both the Sandwich and Somonauk Public Libraries. The boxes will be packed starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 and delivered on the morning of Dec. 17, all by volunteers. Financial contributions are also needed because the grocery boxes also contain a gift certificate for food at Art’s Food Market. Everything collected is used for the Franklin Mall Christmas Project; there are no administrative fees. Persons can send checks made out to the Franklin Mall Christmas Project to the Sandwich Lions Club, P.O. Box 32, Sandwich, IL 60548, or to 1st National Bank, Attn: Deb Krafft, 100 W. Church St., Sandwich, IL 60548. For more information or referrals for the grocery boxes, call Karen Spangler at 815-786-2189, Christmas Cheer Basket Chairman Kyle Wallis at 815786-8789, Lion President Ed Carter at 630-552-1345, or Michele “Mickey” Farley at 815-786-8086.

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Firewood website helps buyers avoid troubles Offers tips on choosing type of wood, making sure amount is correct SHAW MEDIA You see the ads in the newspaper, along roadsides and just about everywhere else at this time of year: FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Knowing where your firewood comes from can keep you from making some costly mistakes, according to Duane Friend, a University of Illinois Extension educator in environmental and energy stewardship. Friend is the co-author of University of Illinois Extension’s new “Firewood in Illinois” website, firewood. Friend offers a few tips for people who are in the market for firewood: Ask the seller where the wood came from and what kind of wood it is. Oak, hickory and ash are some of the best firewood. All woods produce the same amount of heat per pound of weight, but some woods are denser than others. The denser woods provide more heat by volume. Find out how long the wood has been seasoned (allowed to dry). Firewood should be seasoned for six to nine months prior to burning to remove moisture that sacrifices energy and produces smoke. Small cracks in the ends of the wood pieces are a sign that the wood has been seasoned. Be sure the length of the wood pieces will fit your fireplace or stove. Check the diameter of the logs. Splitting larger-diameter pieces may be necessary, and many homeowners do not have the tools they would need to split larger pieces of wood. When storing firewood, keep the pile covered and off the ground and avoid direct contact with buildings. Friend noted that it is easier to start a fire with some types of wood than others, and some woods produce more sparks than others. For example, Osage orange wood creates many

sparks as it burns, so it may not be the best choice for use in a home fireplace. The website includes a chart that shows which woods ignite more readily and which ones tend to produce a lot of sparks. Dave Shiley, local food systems and small farms educator with U of I Extension, helped co-author the firewood website. “It is not always easy for people to tell how much wood they are actually buying or selling,” said Shiley. Most firewood is sold by the cord, but Shiley says few people know exactly what that means. A standard cord contains 128 cubic feet of wood, but buyers may be getting closer to 80 to 90 cubic feet due to the space between pieces. “Both buyers and sellers sometimes use the words ‘rick’ or ‘facecord’ interchangeably with ‘cord.’ Sometimes we find that people who buy a rick or a facecord don’t actually get a full cord of wood.” Some buyers – and even some sellers – find it difficult to visualize how much wood is in a cord. Shiley said the website includes information that firewood sellers will find useful, too. A standard-size pickup truck with wood randomly thrown into the top of the bed will equal about one-third of a cord, Shiley said. If the wood is neatly stacked, the amount of wood will be closer to half of a cord. Buyers can determine the volume by multiplying the wood pile’s length by width by height. “But that only gives you an accurate measure if the wood is neatly stacked without a lot of excess space between pieces,” Shiley said. “That doesn’t necessarily mean people should avoid buying a truckload of locally sourced wood that isn’t neatly stacked. They just need to understand what they’re buying.” For more information on University of Illinois Extension programs in Kendall County, visit web.extension. University of Illinois Extension provides educational programs and research-based information to help Illinois residents improve their quality of life, develop skills and solve problems.

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SHAW MEDIA An Oswego resident, James P. Vartiak, 28, of the 0-30th block of Chippewa Drive, has been sentenced to six years in state prison by Judge Timothy McCann for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, according to Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis. The incidents that led to Vartiak’s arrest occurred in January and February of this year when he delivered heroin and other controlled substances to an individual working with the Kendall Coun-

ty Cooperative Police Assistance Team. Vartiak delivered controlled substances, including heroin, on three separate occasions, Weis said.   Weis noted that Vartiak was on parole for another drug delivery offense when he was arrested. Vartiak received an eight-year prison sentence but requested and completed impact incarceration (boot camp) with IDOC. Weis commented, “Mr. Vartiak requested he be placed in a facility with the Department of Corrections to deal with his substance abuse issues. While he has

requested and received treatment on prior occasions, Vartiak continues to sell drugs to those within our community. Hopefully, this sentence, with treatment, will help Mr. Vartiak become a productive member of society upon his release.” Vartiak will be required to serve two years of mandatory supervised release after he serves his six-year prison sentence. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Frank Gorup. Vartiak was represented by attorney Christopher Russelburg, who served as conflict counsel in this case.    

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dall County Jail in Yorkville since April, and agreed to the six-year sentence in early November, Weis said. Buck will be required to serve two years of mandatory supervised release after he serves his prison sentence, Weis said. He has a history of prior drug-related felony offenses, which have included several sentences in state prison, Weis said. Assistant State’s Attorney Frank S. Gorup prosecuted the case and the Kendall County public defender represented Buck, Weis said.  

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.

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A Kendall County judge has sentenced an Aurora man to six years in state prison for delivering cocaine to an undercover police officer. State’s Attorney Eric Weis announced Wednesday that Taurean Buck, 33, of the 1000 block of North Ohio Street in Aurora, was sentenced by Judge Timothy McCann to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. Buck was arrested in April for delivering cocaine to an undercover officer

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He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 5 in case SHAW MEDIA ST. CHARLES – Four Illinois Youth Center-St. Charles guards have been indicted for encouraging juvenile detainees to attack other detainees as a form of discipline, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. Johan O. Asiata, Michael M. Klimek, Andre L. McFarland and Elliott J. Short were indicted on multiple counts Nov. Johan O. 22 by a Kane County Asiata grand jury. An arrest warrant for each was issued immediately, the release stated. Klimek resides in Yorkville. According to the Kendall County government website, Andre L. Klimek has been a dep- McFarland uty coroner since 2009. Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon alleges that the guards, led by Klimek, encouraged certain juvenile residents to physically attack other juvenile residents, facilitated the attacks and stood idly by during the attacks. The offenses took place in January 2016, and the indictments state that each of the defendants was acting in his official capacity when he engaged in the alleged acts, which took place at the facility – which is public property, according to the release. All were employed as juvenile justice specialists at the time of the alleged offenses, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. Asiata, 30, of the 26200 block of South Rachel Drive, Channahon, is charged with five counts of official misconduct, two counts of aggravated battery and one count of unlawful restraint. He was taken into custody Nov. 23 by Illinois State Police and was released from the Kane County Jail on Nov. 24 after posting $5,000 bond, the release stated.

Klimek, 40, of the 100 block of Tuma Road, Yorkville, is charged with 53 counts of official misconduct, 18 counts of aggravated battery, three counts of unlawful restraint, one count of mob action and one count of theft. He was taken into custody Nov. 22 by Illinois State Police and was released Nov. 23 from the Kane County jail after posting $7,500 bond, the release stated. McFarland, 31, of the 4500 block of Hitching Michael M. Post Trail, Rockford, Klimek is charged with eight counts of official misconduct and one count of aggravated battery. He was taken into custody Nov. 22 by Illinois State Police and was released Saturday from Elliott J. the Kane County jail afShort ter posting $3,000 bond. Short, 34, of the 1900 block of Oak Street, St. Charles, is charged with four counts of official misconduct and two counts of aggravated battery. He was taken into custody Nov. 22 by Illinois State Police and was released Nov. 23 from the Kane County jail after posting $5,000 bond, the release stated. The charges allege 10 victims – for incidents alleged to have taken place Jan. 9 to 13 and Jan. 28, the release stated, noting that the allegations were reported to the Illinois Department of Corrections in late January. The Illinois State Police handled the investigation, and the defendants were placed on administrative leave. If convicted of the most serious offense, each of the defendants faces a sentence of probation – or two to five years in prison, the release stated. McFarland was set to appear in court at 9 a.m. Nov. 30; Klimek is set to appear in court at 9 a.m. Dec. 5; Short at 9 a.m. Dec. 7; and Asiata at 9 a.m. Dec. 8. All will appear in Room 217 of the Kane County Judicial Center.

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KENDALL COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORTS Boulder Hill arrest County sheriff’s deputies arrested Nora More online Kathleen Thomas, 57, of the 600 block of South River Street, Aurora, on Tealwood Road Get more news on crime in Kendall near Sonora Road in Boulder Hill Nov. 26 at County at 4:21 p.m. on charges of simple battery and news/crime-and-courts. being intoxicated in the roadway. Police said they were summoned to the scene on a report of an intoxicated person in the roadway. the vehicle to warm it up and then went back into her residence. When she returned, While they were investigating, police said, the vehicle was gone, according to police. Thomas struck a deputy. Police said they believe the person who stole the car was riding a white and light blue Brake line cut An estimated $20 in damage resulted when Mongoose mountain bike found in the front someone cut the brake line on a vehicle that yard of the residence. Police ask anyone with was parked in front of a residence in the 100 information on the incident to contact them. block of Heathgate Road in Boulder Hill Nov. Forgery, theft reported 26, according to the county sheriff’s office. The county sheriff’s office is investigating a forgery and theft case that occurred at a Arrest two in hit-and-run domestic bar in the 300 block of Church Street in Fox County sheriff’s deputies arrested two Township Nov. 27. Police said someone paid Boulder Hill residents while responding to a report of a hit-and-run crash in the area of 42 for merchandise with a fake $20 bill. Hampton Road in Boulder Hill Nov. 25 at 7:18 p.m. Police said the two suspects in the inci- Domestic arrest County sheriff’s police arrested Andrew dent became involved in a domestic dispute L. Ruch, 27, of the 2700 block of North 45th while driving separate vehicles. Road, Sandwich, on a charge of domestic Police said one of the suspects, Alejandro battery at a residence in the 0-100 block of Cristobal Alvarez, 30, of the 60th block Willow Springs Lane in Little Rock Township of Paddock Road, drove his vehicle into a vehicle driven by Janet Lopez, 32, of the 20th Nov. 25 at 12:07 a.m. Police said Ruch bit a block of Spring Garden Drive. Police said after female victim multiple times. he crashed his vehicle into Lopez’s vehicle, Alvarez attempted to get into Lopez’s vehicle Warrant arrest County sheriff’s deputies arrested Justin by using the driver’s side door. Police said Mikel, 25, of the 100 block of Hartway Drive, Alvarez was arrested on charges of reckless conduct, reckless driving, following too close, Montgomery, after stopping his vehicle for providing false information for a crash report a traffic violation in the 1600 block of Route and failure to reduce speed to avoid an acci- 25 in Oswego Township Nov. 26 a 1:02 a.m. dent. Lopez has been charged with driving on Police said Mikel was wanted on an Aurora a revoked license and operating an uninsured police warrant. motor vehicle, according to police. DUI arrest on Fernwood Vehicle left idling stolen County sheriff’s deputies arrested Jose A Boulder Hill resident told county sheriff’s Fernando Munoz, 24, of the 2000 block of deputies that her 2010 gray Ford Fusion was Clarridge Lane, Montgomery, in the 0-100 stolen from outside her residence Nov. 23 block of Fernwood Road Nov. 24 at 1:05 a.m. at 10:10 a.m. Police said the victim started 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. 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 Township. 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. 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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PLANO POLICE REPORTS Warrant arrest Plano police arrested Jimmy R. Sanders, 33, of the 100 block of Colonial Parkway, Yorkville, while responding to a report of a fight in progress in the 10-20 block of West John Street Nov. 26 at 11:17 p.m. Police said Sanders was involved in the altercation, but was arrested on a LaSalle County warrant for failure to appear in court on a prior charge of resisting an officer. Police said Sanders posted bond and was released pending a court appearance in LaSalle County. Three hurt in crash Plano police reported that three people were transported with minor injuries to an area hospital following a three-vehicle crash on Route 34 at Mitchell Drive Nov. 23 at 3:15 p.m. Police said charges are pending.

Domestic arrest Plano police arrested Dayna C. Stewart, 26, of the 200 block of North Hugh Street, Plano, at her residence Nov. 23 at 9:41 a.m. on a charge of domestic battery. Police said Stewart was transported to the Kendall County Jail in Yorkville pending a bond call. Warrant arrest Plano police arrested Kelly Zeffield, 31, of the 200 block of East Abe Street, Plano, at her residence Nov. 23 at 7:25 p.m. on an outstanding Kendall County warrant. Police said Zeffield was wanted on a prior disorderly conduct charge under the hate crime statute, a class 4 felony. Police said she was transported to the Kendall County Jail in Yorkville, where her bond was set at $5,000.

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SPORTS BRIEFS Plano High School has announced its Class of 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame selections. The following will be inducted: • Athletes: Bobby Olsen (Class of 1992, football/wrestling), Cara Cooper (Class of 2003, volleyball/basketball/track), Mark Mendoza (Class of 2003, football/wrestling) and Haley Secor (Class of 2007, volleyball/basketball/softball). • Teams: 2001-02 Girls Basketball, coached by Jim Green; 2006 state champion football team, coached by Jim Green. • Coach: Jim Green (football). • Administrator: Bill Woody.

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Seniors focus on college plans, returning players begin off-season prep By KRISTIN SHARP The Plano football team ended its season sooner than the Reapers anticipated, but returning players are already beginning off-season preparations while seniors are making college plans. Plano closed out the 2016 season with a 7-3 overall record and its sixth consecutive playoff appearance before the year ended with a first-round loss to Manteno. “I feel like I’m still in football mode. Our guys already wanted to get into the weight room so we’ve been working towards next year already,” Plano coach Brad Kunz said. “That’s one thing that’s kept me from feeling too much closure. This is a really important group for me; a lot of these guys were three-year starters. I’m not sure how next year is going to feel without them. “We have some guys that are getting a lot of interest and it’s still a process,” Kunz added. “We have schools coming in every day to talk to our players and had four in once at the same time. That’s one of our biggest priorities is finding a place for these kids to play in college if they want to.” Plano opened the year with a 1-3 start after losses to Johnsburg (13-1) and Herscher (11-1), but won its next six games to build momentum towards the playoffs. “I feel like we started to peak at the right time. Obviously the last game against Manteno didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to, but I still felt like we were improving,” Kunz said. “There were a lot of things going in the right direction despite the outcome of that game.” Israel Adeoti led Plano with 1,117 total yards of offense, making 35 catches for 745 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Jay Winter led the ground attack with 925 yards rushing on 119 carries and finished with 1,063 total yards of offense with 10 touchdowns. Quarterback Tyler Ward proved his versatility under center, with 1,787 yards passing on 102 completions for 20 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also had an additional 419 yards rushing on 65 carries and scored six more TDs for Plano. Ward was one of eight players selected to the Interstate Eight

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ABOVE: Plano running back Michael Marshall (42) looks for an opening during a 4A varsity football playoff game against Manteno at Plano High School on Oct. 28. BELOW: Plano running back Jay Winter (43) tries to get around Manteno defensive back Sean Schmidt (17) during the playoff game against Manteno. Marshall and Winter, both seniors, received All-Conference honors for 2016. All-Conference team, and was also an All-State Honorable Mention selection by the Champaign News-Gazette. Defensively, Carlos Martinez led with 123 tackles, Levi Campbell and Michael Marshall made 69 each while Marshall (4) and Johnny Menke (4) led in sacks. Campbell also had three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Senior offensive lineman Ethan Kee joined Ward on the All-Conference list, and Kee also received an All-State Honorable Mention nod by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association. Adeoti, Winter, Campbell, Martinez, Marshall and Nick Dahlke also received All-Conference honors. Noah Parris, Elijah Maisonet and Johnny Menke were All-Conference Honorable Mention. Graduation hits Plano hard, with just two returning starters back for the

2017, which opens Aug. 25 with a home game against Class 4A state runner-up Johnsburg. “We definitely are excited about our next group of guys coming up,” Kunz said. “They’re very motivated and they’re very hungry.” On Tuesday, Plano held its annual team banquet. Mauricio Perez received the Newcomer of the Year. Marshall received the Hardest Hitter Pound for Pound award, and Aaron Walsh received the Nick Schiradelly Lifetime Improvement Award. Parris received the Tommy Community Service Award, sponsored by Tommy’s Gift. Ward received Top GPA, Kee was Offensive Lineman of the Year and Martinez received the Reaper Up Leadership Award. The Carl Ferguson Attitude of a Champion Award went to Johnny Nevarez.

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