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The Elburn Herald has been serving the Kaneland communities since 1908. To reach our editor, Keith Beebe, email, or call (630) 365-6446, ext. 105. To reach our owner/publisher, Ryan Wells, email, or call (630) 365-6446, ext. 107.

Maple Park reappoints Peerboom, Aldridge

MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Village Board on Tuesday voted 4-0 to reappoint existing Village Clerk Liz Peerboom to another term, from May 1, 2014, to April 30, 2015.

Village Attorney Kevin Buick swore in Peerboom during the meeting. The board then voted in favor of reappointing Cheryl Aldridge as Deputy Clerk for the village of Maple Park.

Thank you from the Kaneland Arts Initiative

by Maria Dripps-Paulson
Executive director, Kaneland Arts Initiative
The Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) will conclude its 2013-14 season with the fifth annual summer theatre production, “Once Upon A Mattress.” Throughout the year, KAI has been pleased to present the Magic of Garry Carson, the Fox Valley Concert Band Halloween Concert, Lee Murdock’s Annual Hometown Concert, “The Laramie Project,” the 14th Annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival, the Cavern Beat, and Dreams Dance Studio Recital. In addition to the amazing performances, KAI was thrilled to provide the second annual KAI Artist in Residence program, the private music lesson program, and the third annual KAI Fine Arts Scholarship.
The Kaneland Arts Initiative opportunities are made possible by grants from the Dunham Fund and the Kaneland Foundation. Parent teacher organizations from Harter Middle School and John Stewart Elementary School donated funds, as well as over 100 individual arts patrons. KAI would also like to extend a huge thank you to the following local businesses whose donations have led to the successful KAI 2013-2014 season:
• Premiere Sponsors ($1,000 and up)—Elburn Herald, Midwest Window and Supply, Open Range Southwest Grill
• Masterpiece Sponsors ($500-$999)—Elburn Chiropractic and Acupuncture, Ross Electric, Inc., Vons Electric, Inc., Waubonsee Community College
• Visionary Sponsors ($250-$499)—Engineering Enterprises, Inc.; Michael J. Greenan, CPA; Harry F. Krauspe, D.D.S.; Maple Park American Legion Post 312; National Bank and Trust; Ottosen, Britz, Kelly, Cooper, Gilbert and DiNolfo, Ltd.; Weiland Excavating, Inc.
• Portfolio Sponsors ($100-$249)—Behm Plumbing, Builders Asphalt, LLC, Conley Outreach Community Services, Cortland Animal Hospital, Hair Directors, Hampton Inn and Suites Aurora, P & M Sewer & Water, Inc., Peg’s on Main, Sally Jane Photography, SignFX, T & A Contractors, Inc., Village Bible Church
• KCFAF Friend ($1-$99)—Amazing Grace Antiques, Franklin’s Frames and Art
You are all invited to attend “Once Upon A Mattress,” presented July 11-13 and July 18-20 in the Kaneland High School auditorium. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7 p.m., and Sunday performances will begin at 2 p.m. The show is appropriate for all ages and runs 2 hours long, including one 15-minute intermission.
Tickets are currently on sale on the Kaneland School District webstore, The prices are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students, and $25 for the popular Family Ticket. The Family Ticket admits all family members currently living in one household for the singular price of $25. As always, preschoolers can attend for free. Seating is reserved. Groups interested in seeing the show should call (630) 365-5100, ext. 180, for group-rate pricing. For more information, visit the KAI website,

Editor’s note
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Helen Landis

Helen Eloise (Cordell) Landis, 99, of Venice, Fla., passed peacefully from her earthly life to life eternal on Monday, June 23, 2014. She was born Dec. 19, 1914, at home on a farm in Littleton, Ill., the daughter of Collen Francis and Ara Gladys (Snowden) Cordell.

Her early childhood years were spent living and helping her family on a farm near Industry, Ill. In later childhood years, the family moved to a farm near Macomb, Ill. She commuted each day to school, and graduated from Macomb High School in 1932.

Feeling very lucky to have a job during the depression, she worked at the J.J. Newberry “Dime” store on the Macomb City Square. She later worked at the Macomb Maid-Rite, just off the town square. It was on this same town square, at the Roof Garden Ballroom, where she met her soon-to-be husband, Robert Clair Landis. They were married on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1935, in Springfield.

Helen and “Bob” made their first home in Adair, Ill., for six years. She worked as a homemaker and mother, he as a teacher at the local high school. In 1941, the family moved to Kaneville, where they made their home for the next 60 years. The young family put down deep roots in this “small town” Midwest community. Helen’s family and home, her church and community, were her life’s work.

She loved being around people. She always tried to be kind and polite, “such a nice lady.” She lived her philosophy of life to “just do what you have to do,” do what is right and remember to count your blessings.

In addition to caring for her family, she was one of several “moms” to watch over many of the neighborhood children as they played throughout the small town. She was very active in the Kaneville United Methodist Church. She taught Sunday School, served on the parsonage committee, was an active participant in LaKelvine Club, and later served as church treasurer for 10 years. She also served many years as a volunteer at Geneva Community Hospital.

Traveling was one of her favorite pastimes. Her most exciting and memorable trip was to England with her husband and their then-pastor and his wife. Two separate family “road trips” in the late 1940s provided great adventure and many fun stories. Family vacation trips to Wisconsin with several other Kaneville families were treasured times and led to a circle of close friends.

In later years, their summer cottage at Knights Templar Club on Duck Lake in Summit Lake, Wis., also offered opportunities for memorable times with both old and new friends. In 1960, Helen and Bob took their first vacation trip to Florida in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. This special trip led to more Florida vacations. In 1983, they became official Florida snowbirds when they purchased a small home in Japanese Gardens, Venice. There, they created another circle of treasured friends. Even several of their northern friends were nearby neighbors.

In 2001, Florida became their permanent home when they moved into an assisted living facility in Venice. Helen was an avid bridge player and loved to play cards. In later years, reading and solving crossword puzzles occupied much of her time.

Helen is survived by one daughter, Mary (Donald) Capes of Englewood, Fla.; one son, Richard Landis (Paula) of Fairport, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Bradley (Amy) Roggow of Mountain Ranch, Calif., Ann Roggow (Doug) Scott of West Des Moines, Iowa, Laura Capes (Marlon) Terry of Austin, Texas, Rebecca Landis (Scott) Burgeson of Henrietta, N.Y., and Ryan Landis of Ithaca, N.Y.; and seven great-grandchildren, Matthew Roggow, Amanda Roggow, Megann Roggow, Madison Scott, Abigail Scott, Grayson Terry and Oscar Burgeson. She is also survived by one niece, Ann Cordell of Gainesville, Fla.; and one nephew, John Cordell of Iowa City, Iowa.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 70 years, Robert Clair Landis (2006); two brothers, Howard Cordell and Gerald Cordell (in infancy); her daughter, Marsha Lynn (Tom) Toner (2013); a grandson, Robert Charles Capes (1987); and an extended lifetime of dear friends and neighbors.

Visitation and services will take place on Thursday, July 3, at the Kaneville United Methodist Church. Visitation will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m., followed by a service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery, Main Street Road, Kaneville.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit the Kaneville United Methodist Church. Checks may be made to the church and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.

Arrangements by Farley Funeral Home, Venice (, and Conley Funeral Home, Elburn (

Elburn Idol accepting applications

ELBURN—The Elburn Days Community Stage is currently accepting applications for the Elburn Idol singing competition. The contest is open to anyone age 9 and older.

There are four different age groups: Junior (9-12), Teen (13-15), Senior (16-18) and Adult (19 and up). Each age division will have a winner that receives a $50 cash prize and an invitation to sing on the Main Stage later that weekend.

An application and instructions can be found at Questions can be sent to

Elburn Days booths available

ELBURN—There are still vendor booths available on the Elburn Community Congregational Church parking lot (north side of the church) for Elburn Days, Aug. 15, 16 and 17.

The church during the festival will host an indoor rummage sale, crafts for sale and a sloppy Joe lunch.

Booths are 10 feet by 10 feet. All spaces are asphalt. Canopies may be used, but must not hang over the allotted space, and cannot be grounded to the asphalt. No electrical outlets are available. All vendors are responsible for providing everything they need for their display. The hours for the outdoor venue are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Booth spaces are $30 per day, or $75 If the space is rented all three days. Non-profit organizations may rent a booth for $25 per day or $60 for all three days.

Spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All renters must fill out an application and pre-pay for their space. Once your application is submitted and your payment is received in full, your space will be reserved. All applications and checks must be received by Friday, Aug. 1. No refunds unless the day of rental is rained out.

For more information or to receive an application, contact Karen Diesel at (630) 308-5397.

Letter: Thank you for continued blood drive support

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Elburn blood drive on June 26 was shut down early for the safety of all participants. We apologize for the inconvenience to those affected. For those who were unable to get the gift card premium, call Kay Swift at (630) 365-6088 to arrange the receipt of your card.

We sincerely thank all who were able to donate or who planned to give at another site when we stopped taking donations in Elburn. If anyone needs to discuss this issue further, call Kay or Heartland representative Sheri Ranaford at (630) 723-2550.

Again, thank you for your continued support of the blood donor program for the Elburn area. The next drive will be on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the American Legion hall, 2 to 6:30 p.m. Have an enjoyable summer.

Kay Swift
Blood drive coordinator, Elburn Post 630 American Legion Auxiliary


Elburn business not compliant with state requirements

ELBURN—During a recent compliance visit to a massage business in town, Elburn police found that the business’ personnel did not have the proper licensing from the state in order to offer massages at the site.

According to Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith, a license from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations is required in order to perform massages.

Elburn Building Commissioner Tom Brennan said he accompanied a police officer to the Asian Spa Massage business at 151 E. Route 38, Suite E, on May 27, and found the business to be in compliance with Elburn zoning laws.

However, according to Smith, the police made a subsequent visit to the business on May 28 to inform them that they may not offer massages until they possess the appropriate state licensing.

Smith said that the department has had “plenty of complaints” and “several inquiries” over the past several months regarding the business.

According to Smith, the police can’t tell the business that it has to close, only that it can’t offer massages.

Although there is an illuminated open sign on the business, Smith said when the police conduct their regular rounds, there is either no one there or the doors have been locked.

Smith said the building owner came into the department several weeks ago to find out more about what the business needed in order to operate legally.

Anita Allen

Anita Allen, 79, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, June 24, at Wynscape Health and Rehabilitation Center in Wheaton, Ill.

She was born Feb. 18, 1935, in Farmersville, Ill., the daughter of J. Harold and Alice (Norvell) Kirk. She attended Atwater Grade School, and Lake School, a rural one-room school house near Farmersville. She graduated from Farmersville High School in 1952 and from Illinois State Normal University in 1956. After college, Anita found her life’s calling and became a teacher. She taught in the public schools of Kane and DeKalb counties until she retired around 1993.

In 1960, Anita found love and married Tracy Johnson, a farmer who sadly succumbed to a lengthy illness in September of 1966. In the early 1970s, while teaching at Plano High School, she met and fell in love again, with Merle C. Allen. They were married on June 15, 1975, at Plano Bible Church. They made their new life together on the family farm, where they shared wedded bliss for the next 33 years.

Anita spent much of her time in her prized flower garden. Her hobbies included sewing, gardening, studying and identifying the many different species of birds attracted to the garden with bird feeders, organizing and directing hand bell choirs and, in general, lending a helping hand, wherever it was needed. Anita was active in church music, where she enjoyed playing the piano and singing. She and her late husband enjoyed singing for the residents of the local senior citizen centers on Sunday afternoons.

Anita leaves three brothers, Roy (Ronda), Robert (Kim) and Clyde (Sophie) Kirk; several nieces and nephews; and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Tracy Johnson; second husband, Merle Allen; her parents, J. Harold and Alice Kirk; and her sister, Carolyn Martin.

A memorial has been established in Anita’s name to benefit the Paws Animal Shelter of DeKalb. Checks may be made to the “Paws Animal Shelter of Dekalb” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Visitation was held Monday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce, Elburn. A funeral to celebrate her life was held Tuesday at DeKalb Foursquare Church, 210 Grove St., DeKalb. Interment was held at East Pierce Cemetery, DeKalb.

Letter: Thank you from Elburn Fire Protection District

The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District would like to extend a special thank you to Mike Clesen of L&M Greenhouses for his generous donation of flowering plants. We are very grateful for the flowers and the opportunity to make our grounds more beautiful for all to enjoy. Your thoughtfulness is sincerely appreciated.

Kelly Callaghan
Elburn and Countryside
Fire Protection District

Corn Boil vendor booths available

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Corn Boil announced there are still vendor booths available for the festival, which takes place July 25-27. Booths are 10×10 feet.

Corn Boil representatives reserves the right to place vendors wherever they deem appropriate, in the best interest of the Corn Boil. However, requests to be placed on asphalt or lawn can be made.

All spaces are outdoors. Canopies may be used but they must be contained within the allotted space and cannot be grounded into the asphalt or concrete. Each vendor is responsible for providing all of their equipment and supplies for their display.

Business booths are $275. Crafter Booths are available at $150. Independent home party consultant booths are available at $150, after July 15, booths are $170 and accepted as space allows. Non-for-profit booths are available at $85.

Contact Audrey at (630) 363-2113, call the Sugar Grove Events Line at (630) 466-5166, or visit for information.

Exchange students seeking host families in Elburn

ELBURN—Visiting students ages 15-18 from around the world, including Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand, are seeking host families in and around Elburn for the 2014-15 academic school year. Host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year.

Host families (traditional families, singles, empty nesters, etc.) serve as mentors and a home base for their student. Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host’s daily routines and traditions just like any other family member. Hosting an international student is a great way to explore a new culture and promote a sense of lifelong learning and adventure.

“Every year, Illinois plays host to hundreds of talented, top-of-their-class students with the lifelong dream of studying in America,” said Joseph Bissell, iE-USA’s regional director. “Our state’s hospitality and prominent focus on academic enrichment makes it an ideal environment to develop cultural exchange and promote international diplomacy on a local level.”

iE-USA, the sponsoring program, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and understanding through intercultural and academic exchange. iE-USA is certified by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel and strictly adheres to all U.S. Department of State Student Exchange Program regulations and guidelines.

Exchange student participants undergo an extensive application and orientation process in their home country prior to being accepted into iE-USA’s program. Each student is responsible for his/her own spending money and full health insurance coverage.

To learn more about how to make the dream come true for an international high school exchange student, contact Illinois representative Emily Rolin at or (269) 625-4662. Host families may review prospective student profiles online at Families interested in hosting this year must apply by Friday, Aug. 15.

Stephen J. Koenig

Stephen J. Koenig, 64, of Rhinelander, Wis., died June 22, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born Oct. 20, 1949, in Maple Park to Edward and Frances (Neisendorf) Koenig.

Steve was raised in Maple Park and attended schools there. Steve then started college at University of Wisconsin-Platteville, which was interrupted by his service in the U.S. Army.

Steve served in Vietnam, and upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Platteville, where he completed his bachelors degree. He then went to work for the Job Service in Rhinelander and was with them for over 25 years.

He married Billie Bissonnette on May 31, 1990, and together they enjoyed golfing and many evenings fishing.

Steve is survived by his wife, Billie; two step-children, Shawn Oelrich of Rhinelander, and Joy Johnson of Canada; six grandchildren; three sisters, Julie (Scott) Eyster of Rochelle, Ill., Patricia (Michael) Pomatto of Batavia, and Susan (Randy) Ekstrom of Elburn; his brother, Rodney (Jacque) Koenig of Maple Park; nieces, nephews, other family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

At Steve’s request, there will be no funeral services. You may leave your private condolences for the Koenig family at The Carlson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for the Koenig family.

Letter: Church to host Elburn Days lot vendors

The Community Congregational Church is making a fun change for Elburn Days. We are happy to announce that after several years we are bringing back having our parking lot filled with all types of vendors. The church is also having our usual indoor rummage sale, along with our own craft table and famous sloppy Joe lunch.

We will be open Thursday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, contact Karen Diesel at (630) 308-5397.

Karen Diesel

Editorial: Hit the links this Friday in Sugar Grove

Looking for an alternative to your usual Friday afternoon plans? Consider donning your best golf attire and heading over to Bliss Creek Golf Course for the Sugar Grove 2014 Community Golf Outing.

Hosted by the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry, this year’s golf outing will kickoff at 11 a.m. on June 27 with a nice buffet lunch, followed by a shotgun start at approximately 12:15 p.m. The event is open to the public, and is intended to bring together Sugar Grove residents and local civic and business leaders for a day of golf, fellowship and friendly competition, with the goal of raising funds for the Chamber Scholarship program and various chamber projects. So even if your short game needs a lot of work (or is flat-out terrible), at least you’ll be able to enjoy an afternoon of golf with friends. Better yet, you’ll be supporting the village of Sugar Grove. That’s pretty much the equivalent of shooting under par, as far as we’re concerned.

Not familiar with Bliss Creek Golf Course? You should be! It offers beautiful, tree-lined fairways, well-placed water hazards and a challenging 18 holes of golf that can most often be played in less than four hours.

For more information about the Sugar Grove 2014 Community Golf Outing, or the Chamber of Commerce Scholarships, contact Chamber Executive Director Shari Baum at (630) 466-7895 or visit the chamber website at And don’t forget to go easy on your pitching wedge.

Kaneville Skeeters Ellie Peck hits a line drive to center field during a game against the Sugar Grove Tigers Monday at the Kaneville West Softball Field. 
Photo by Mary Paulson

Photos: youth baseball and softball

Photos from various community sporting events

Good weekend

The Kaneland 9U Travel Baseball team finished second at the 2014 Oswego Cobra Summer Classic Tournament, held June 20-22. The team includes coaches Bryan Miller (back row, from left), John Robinson, Jeff Violett, Jim Van Horn and Jim Wituk, and players Elliott Kovacs (middle row, from left), Collin Miller, Johnny Spallasso, Parker Violett, Patrick Collins, Lane Robinson (front row, from left), Alex Panico, Luke Wituk, Jake Gagne and Troyer Carlson. Santino Grano was not pictured. Tryouts for the 2015 season begin in July.

Photo submitted by Jim Wituk to

Kaneland Youth Soccer fall registration through July 7

ELBURN—The Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization (KYSO) is taking registrations for its fall recreational soccer season through July 7 at For registration related questions, contact Mo Gannon at (630) 463-9001, ext. 707, or by email at

The fall recreational season includes eight games running from Sept. 6 through Oct. 18. All games and practices are held at the KYSO fields next to Kaneland High School in Maple Park. Games are played on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and noon. Each team typically practices one evening per week.

Registration is open to boys and girls ages 3 through 17 and special needs players through the TOPSoccer program.

Three- and 4-year-olds play in the Little Knights program. This introduction to soccer program includes eight, one hour skills and games sessions on Saturday mornings. Little Knights is $50 and includes a soccer jersey.

The recreational program for ages 5 through 17 is $110 through July 7. Recreational soccer includes a full uniform including jersey, shorts, socks, volunteer coaches supported by college level players, trainers and certified referees. After July 7, the normal registration rate of $145 is in place. Discounts are available for multiple player families.

KYSO also provides a TOPSoccer program for players with special needs. TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a national soccer program created to train young people with disabilities in a caring coaching environment. The program is generally carried out by volunteers at the local level, with financial support from US Youth Soccer and local youth soccer organization such as KYSO. TOPSoccer is offered free to registered players.

KYSO features small sided games, balanced teams and college level trainers to support player development and provide coach support.

Player assessments for all age groups will be conducted in early August and teams formed immediately after assessments. Practices begin the week of Aug. 18.

KYSO provides Big Rock, Elburn, Hinckley, Kaneville, Maple Park, Sugar Grove, and Virgil youth with recreational soccer opportunities. KYSO has approximately 50 recreational soccer teams for boys and girls ages 4 through 17. KYSO recreational program teaches soccer through the use of smaller teams and fields, maximizing participation by all. The program also allows young players to learn and enjoy soccer in a positive and fun environment, usually in their own community with the same children with whom they go to school.

For the player who is primarily interested in fun, fitness and friendship; KYSO provides a healthy activity through its recreational and small sided games program. This program emphasizes fun and de-emphasizes winning at all costs. Every child is guaranteed playing time (three quarters minimum) and the game is taught in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.

Registration for 2014 fall fastpitch youth softball starts July 1

WASCO—Wasco Girls Fastpitch Softball League (WGFSL) registration for the 2014 fall ball season starts July 1. WGFSL is a recreational softball league open to all area girls from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Games are played on Saturdays and Sundays at fields in northwest St. Charles.

Practices start in early August with games starting Aug. 23 and conclude with the Susan G. Komen tournaments mid-October.

WGFSL also offers fall ball training camps., but space is limited.

Players may download a registration form, or register online after July 1 at There are no “out-of-district” fees. WGFSL is celebrating its 26th year.

Milford A. Austin

Milford A. Austin, 88, of Kaneville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family at Autumn Leaves of St. Charles, where he had recently made his home.

He was born Jan. 7, 1926, in Independence, Wis., the son of Helmer and Julia (Wik) Austin.

Milford grew up in the Independence area and attended local schools. He worked hard on his schooling but even harder before and after classes on the family farm. He toiled in the fields from sun-up to sundown before hearing the call of his country.

Milford enlisted into the United States Army on July 27, 1947. He faithfully served his country while alongside his brothers in arms as a staff sergeant and medic in Korea. Upon his honorable discharge on July 27, 1953, Milford returned to civilian life.

Milford was lucky in love when he found Norma Ellingson. They were united in marriage on April 15, 1953, in Whitehall, Wis., sharing their love for the next 57 years.

They began their life together in Wisconsin for a time before moving to St. Charles to continue raising their family that would eventually include four children. In 1990, they moved once more to Kaneville. After Norma’s passing in 2010, Milford made a home in Southern Illinois before moving back north.

Although his roots were in farming, after coming back from overseas Milford found work in the manufacturing sector. He worked as an upholsterer for Howell Company in St. Charles for many years. After it closed its doors, Milford found odd jobs here and there, but was content to fade into retirement with a satisfied smile on his face.

Milford loved his garden, especially when it was overflowing with flowers and vegetables. Milford would take the family back north to Wisconsin during the summer, where he would indulge in his love for fishing. He also like to play cards and was Cribbage family champion for many years. His family was his No. 1 priority, and he was never happier than when he was surrounded by his children, and most especially his grandchildren. He never missed a game or school function as they were growing up, and spent hours helping them practice in the backyard.

He is survived by three children, Linda (Larry) Hudgens of Grant Park, Ill., Mitch (Karen) Austin of Hoffman, Texas, and Stephanie (Mike) Ritz of DeKalb; seven grandchildren, Travis Hudgens, Rebecca (Jeff) Boatman, Lori (J.C.) David, Teri Johnson, Stephanie (Dan) Freeman, Dustin Ritz and Desiree Ritz; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth (Lyman) Swaim of Batavia; many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Norma; son, Jeff Austin; twin daughters, Ruth and Rose, who died in infancy; and five siblings, Vivian McKinney, Waldo, Howard, Merle and Floyd Austin.

Visitation, with a service to celebrate his life, was held on Saturday at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. Interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Milford’s name. Checks may be made to the “Milford Austin Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Hildegard Schulze

Hildegard Schulze, 100, of Plato Center, Ill., formerly of Bensenville, Ill., passed away peacefully Friday, June 20. Gone from our sight but never our hearts, she will be greatly missed.

Hildegard was born July 2, 1913, in O’Hare Field, Leyden Township Ill., the daughter of Anna (Schultz) and Emil Schoppe.

She grew up on the family farm in Leyden Township, where she attended the local one-room school until the eighth grade. Hildegard was not only a student but a “janitor,” as well, when she got to school early and started the furnace. Work on the farm began at an early age. By 9 years old, Hildegard was driving the horse and buggy, helping with the milking and plowing with a team of horses. She was even driving a truck while just a young girl. Later, she also worked at Dahl’s Drug Store to help support her family.

Hildegard found the love of her life in 1934 when she met Reinhardt Schulze at a church service. Their friendship grew to love and they were married on Sept. 2, 1934, at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bensenville. The wedding meal was prepared using the chickens she raised, with her home-canned peaches as dessert.

After their marriage, they moved into the Schulze family farm at the corner of Devon and York road in Elk Grove Village, Ill. Hildegard and Reinhardt were blessed with four beautiful daughters: Ruth, Betty, Sherilyn and Susan. Hildegard did any job that needed to be done on the family farm. Whether it meant bailing the hay for the winter or coming over every Saturday to help butcher the chickens, she was the one you could always count on. But her most important job was being a mother. She loved her daughters and raised them the right way. In later years, she still helped on her daughter’s farm, driving the truck for the pumpkin field.

After Reinhardt passed away in 1965, Hildegard and the girls moved to Roselle, Ill., and then to Elgin, Ill., for a time. In 1986 they settled on Plato Road, where she spent the rest of her years.

Hildegard was a devout member of St. Johns United Church of Christ in Bensenville, and in later years she was a proud member of the Country Evangelical Covenant Church, Lily Lake.

A favorite pastime of Hildegard’s was gardening; she loved to grow Gladiolus, which she would sell at the local vegetable stands. She even put her daughters to work as gladioli salesladies.

She was well renowned for her cooking and baking and made special breads and coffee cakes each and every Saturday for others to enjoy. Everyone would hurry to the table to get their hands on her famous apple cinnamon coffee cake. She was not one for recipes; rather, she cooked and baked by taste and feel. Many tried unsuccessfully to replicate her creations, but no one could.

She loved the company of others, passing time chatting with friends and family. Hildegard enjoyed planning and hosting family reunions. She hosted too many to count over the years. Hildegard was always moving and willing to lend a hand to someone else, including wallpapering or painting for her family. Hildegard always put others before herself. She told her pastor only two weeks ago that she wanted to get better so she could get back to helping people. Her work is done now; she can finally rest.

Hildegard is survived by her two daughters, Betty (Lynn) Landmeier and Sherilyn (Terry) Sorensen; nine grandchildren, Deborah (Chuck) Quick, Laura Landmeier, Tim (Rebecca) Landmeier, Edward Landmeier, Rebecca (Tim) Cosman, Duane (Shawn) Rickert, Darrell Rickert, Kari (Dennis) Vanek and Patrice (William) White; 21 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Reinhardt Schulze; her infant daughter, Ruth; her daughter, Susan Schulze; and sisters, Evelyn Schulze and Ruth Haberstich.

Visitation was held Tuesday, with a funeral service following visitation, at Country Evangelical Covenant Church, 43W510 McDonald Road, Elgin. Interment was held Wednesday at Mt. Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst, Ill.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Journey Care Hospice and Country Evangelical Covenant Church: Checks may be made to the “Journey Care Hospice” or “Country Evangelical Covenant Church” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Geneva man killed in Sugar Grove collision

SUGAR GROVE—A Geneva man died on June 12 as a result of injuries sustained from a two-vehicle collision in Sugar Grove.

According to a press release from Sugar Grove Police Chief Pat Rollins, Michael Buffington, 64, was traveling eastbound on I-88 in his Ford Taurus shortly after 9 p.m. and exited onto the Route 47 ramp. Initial indications are that Buffington didn’t stop at the stop sign located at the top of the ramp, and crossed over the roadway, turning left to head northbound on Route 47. Buffington’s driver-side door was then struck by a Chevy Trailblazer heading southbound on Route 47.

Buffington, who was Geneva’s electric superintendent at the time of the incident, was pronounced dead at the scene. The three occupants in the Trailblazer, a Sugar Grove woman, 46, and her two sons, 14 and 12, were transported to Delnor-Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Sugar Grove Police Department initiated a Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team (KCART) activation to assist with the investigation. The crash remains under investigation by Sugar Grove Police.

Two injured in dirt bike, ATV collision

MAPLE PARK—Kane County Sheriff Deputies on Tuesday afternoon responded to a report of a collision between a dirt bike and an ATV on Read Road, near the village of Lily Lake.

A preliminary investigation indicates that three males, all in their mid-teens, were riding off-road vehicles in the roadway. One of the subjects, riding a dirt bike, appeared to have stopped suddenly for an unknown reason and was struck from behind by a subject riding an ATV. The ATV came to rest on one of the males involved in the collision.

The third subject was not involved in the collision, but stopped to render aid.

The two males involved in the collision suffered head injuries and were airlifted out. There is no confirmation on whether they were wearing helmets. One of the injured was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill.; the other a hospital in Rockford.

Sugar Grove aggregation program yields savings

SUGAR GROVE—In 2011, voters approved a referendum allowing the village of Sugar Grove to bid for a provider for electricity village wide. This program of bidding for electric service is referred to as a “municipal aggregation,” or simply an aggregation program.

Sugar Grove’s aggregation program savings, based on actual usage, was over $1 million with an average saving of $428 per household.

The village’s current energy supplier is Verde, and the current rate through August 2014 is 5.4982 per kwh (ComEd is 5.74). The village recently went out to bid, and once again, Verde was the lowest bidder. Electricity supply charges have risen across the board. Although there is a per kwh savings, unfortunately, electric bills will be increasing. The good news is that through the summer months the rates with Verde will not increase. The charge that will begin with the September 2014 billing will be 7.31 per kwh (ComEd will be at 7.596).

You have the right to choose your electricity supplier, be it Verde, ComEd, or another provider. You have the right to switch suppliers monthly; however, you should always be aware of any termination fees. If you are a Verde customer, as part of the village’s aggregation agreement, there is no termination fee. Additionally, if you switch to ComEd as your supplier, you will not be able to switch again for a period of 12 billing periods. ComEd remains the billing party and will continue to service all transmission lines.

You will receive a letter from Verde informing you that Verde is Sugar Grove’s municipal aggregation electric supplier. The letter will give you the option to opt out of the program, should you choose to do so. Upon receipt of the letter, if you wish to have Verde as the electric supplier, you need do nothing. ComEd will also send you another letter about a month later advising you that you are being switched should you opt-out. This is standard procedure and is set by state statutes to protect you as a homeowner and consumer.

Take note that even though Sugar Grove has an aggregation program, this does not prevent others companies from contacting you with information about their electric supply program. As stated earlier, you always have the right to choose who you want to supply your electricity. The village urges you to always read all paperwork thoroughly when making a choice, whether it be for a change in utility services or a contract for home improvements. If you have any questions regarding the program, feel free to call (630) 466-4507 or email

Hultgren supports Illinois’ community banks with legislation

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has co-sponsored several pieces of legislation that would ease Dodd-Frank’s regulatory burden on community banks, a lifeline of credit for Illinois farmers and rural communities.

Hultgren is a member of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises.

“Community banks and credit unions are an essential lifeline to credit for small banks, farmers, and rural communities,” Hultgren said. “Too often, Washington bureaucrats force these institutions, which did not cause the recent financial crisis, into a one-size-fits all model of lending. We must change that, and promote a relationship lending model, where community banks extend credit not solely through the lens of credit scores and history, but making decisions informed by the knowledge they have from working on the ground in their communities.”

Hultgren sponsored the following bills:
• Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act (H.R. 2673) amends the Truth in Lending Act to define as a “qualified mortgage”—a category which exempts financial institutions from otherwise complying with costly regulations—a residential mortgage loan made by a creditor so long as the loan appears on the balance sheet of such creditor.
• Mortgage Choice Act of 2013 (H.R. 3211) provides regulatory relief to community banks and credit unions by modifying the definition of “points and fees” for the purposes of determining defining a qualified mortgage.
• Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2014 (H.R. 4521) provides regulatory relief to community banks and credit unions by exempting banks with assets below $10 billion from escrow requirements for loans held in portfolio, and amending the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act to increase the “small servicer” exception threshold to 20,000 annual loans (up from 5,000).
• Financial Institutions Examination Fairness and Reform Act (H.R. 1553) improves the consistency and clarity of the federal examination process for financial institutions, reducing compliance costs for community banks.
• Community Lending Enhancement and Regulatory Relief Act of 2013, or CLEAR Relief Act (H.R. 1750), provides various pieces of targeted regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions.
• Municipal Advisor Oversight Improvement Act of 2013 (H.R. 797) provides targeted regulatory relief to municipal advisors that advise state and local governments on financial matters.

Kostelny to not proceed with re-count procedure

KANE COUNTY—John Countryman, the attorney for Judge Marmarie Kostelny, recently announced that Kostelny has decided not to proceed further with the re-count procedures in a race to win a Kane County circuit judgeship in sub-circuit No. 3.

Countryman said that Illinois law provides for a discovery recount of 25 percent of the precincts in an election where a candidate for one office comes within 95 percent of the vote of the other candidate.

Kostelny had requested that discovery recount, which by the law cannot change the certified results.

The Illinois State Board of Elections on April 18 certified the results showing Donald (DJ) Tegeler the winner by seven votes. The discovery recount showed slight changes in outcomes and questionable ballots in a few precincts. However, Countryman went on to say that in order to proceed to a full and complete recount, “We need to allege that we have sufficient evidence that the outcome would be changed by a complete recount. After a careful review of all of the factors, even though we found differences in the counts that were reported both for and against Judge Kostelny we have determined that those differences are not sufficient to likely warrant a full recount.”

In addition to other considerations, Judge Kostelny asked Countryman not to proceed any further in order to avoid taxpayer expense in conducting a full recount of all the votes.

“In my experience, there will always be some minor discrepancies and oversights in the process of conducting elections,” said Countryman, a former chairman of the Illinois State Board of Elections. “Most elections are not this close, so this discovery review does not occur. However, generally good and dedicated people are working as election judges, and we believe that they are basically honest. Even though there might have been oversights on their part, we do not believe here they would change the ultimate result.

“Judge Kostelny made clear to me that she wishes to extend her appreciation to her supporters and the voters for both candidates for their support and patience during this process.”


Cummins’ victory lane continues through summer

ELBURN—For the city of Buffalo, NY, it’ll be nice to have a bonafide winner in its midst. The football thing hasn’t worked out.

Enter Kaneland Harter Middle School athlete Mabel Cummins, soon to enter eighth grade.

Already one of the elite bowling talents in her age group, the busy Cummins heads to the United States Bowling Congress Youth Open Championships on Saturday-Sunday, July 12-13, followed by the USBC Junior Gold Championships Friday, July 18, in Buffalo, NY.

All she did was win the Girl’s U-12 division at the 2014 Illinois Pepsi Youth Bowling Championships in Bloomington, Ill., to qualify for the Gold gathering, which comes with paid entry and travel stipend.

Working five to six games a day, five to six days a week with accomplished professionals and the support of her family, Cummins is learning to deal with the pressure, and is able to plow through, like when she averaged a 201 score through 12 games in Bloomington and at a recent pro-am gathering in Tampa, Fla.

“They made cuts at State, and I made out of the top of all of those,” Cummins said. “I was number one. It’s a lot more games we’re bowling and a different format, which I like. I did want to win, I admit that. I told myself ‘you’re going to go out there and do the best you can.'”

She’s even had a little fun in the past year of competition.

“When we go to tournaments, we go to fun places. We’re going to go see Niagara Falls,” Cummins said. “We go to different attractions like Busch Gardens in Florida. That was pretty cool.”

‘We typically go to museums or amusement parks,” father Ray said. “Things that she’s never seen. That’s the biggest attraction to team USA.”

The Team USA Junior Developmental squad, which represents the United States at international competitions, is a consistent, strike-fueled repertoire away, short of their being an Olympic opportunity.

“That’s her next goal,” Ray said. “That team travels around the world on behalf of America like an Olympic team would. They get to see things like the Great Wall of China and the Eiffel Tower.”

With a year of hefty competition behind her, Cummins’ game feels different, and better to boot.

“I feel my physical game has improved, and I have a lot more speed. My mental game has also improved,” Cummins said.

The Buffalo gathering includes 2,000 bowlers across seven bowling centers, and Cummins aims to stand out.

“I’ve never bowled at Junior Gold before. It’s my first time. I’d like to get used to the lane and figure out the bowling pattern.”

“Kids show up used to where they bowl, and are overwhelmed. These are PBA-caliber conditions, and they fall hard,” Ray said.

Whether its Buffalo or at the July BPAA Women’s All-Stars Pro-Am in Rockford, Ill., Cummins has had more time this past year to have more confidence in her game.

That’s good news for her, bad news for the unfortunate pins in her wake.

“I’ve already qualified for Junior Gold, and I made most of my spares at the PEPSI,” Cummins said. “If you tell yourself, ‘don’t do this’ somewhere around there, you’ll do it because you’re focusing so hard,” Cummins said.

Kathleen ‘Kathy’ Hawbaker

Kathleen “Kathy” Hawbaker, 72, longtime resident of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Gone from our sight, but never our hearts, she will be missed greatly.

Kathy was born Nov. 14, 1941, in Currie, Minn., the daughter of Lewis and Anne (Ruppert) Shults. She attended local schools and grew up in Watertown, S.D.

Love found Kathy early and she was united in marriage to Larry Kruthoff, and together they began a journey that would take them through a number of states; wherever they lived was “home”. They began a family that would grow to six children by the time they came to make their home in Elburn.

She began working at Richardson Electronics in 1971 and continued there for the next 35 years until health issues brought her retirement in 2006. She was a devoted employee and loved by all who worked with her.

Larry passed away in March of 1978, leaving Kathy with a family at home. Necessity brought her to work a part-time job waiting tables at Gino’s Riverside Tap in Batavia. She was working one night when she met Norm Hawbaker. He came in with a friend and caught Kathy’s eye, and later her heart. Six months later, Kathy and Norm were united in marriage on Nov. 12, 1978, in Wayne, Ill. After a few months in St. Charles, they made their home on Smith Road in rural Elburn.

Norm and Kathy blended their families together, and when they were all gathered around the table, there were 10 brothers and sisters.

One of the favorite family activities was taking the camper and the “Hawk” out for a “little time away” at a campground; both fun and memories were made. Through the years, there were countless trips to countless campgrounds. She was known far and wide for the biscuits and gravy that she made for not only her family, but for all who came. Camping and trips often included the grandkids, who will treasure those memories for all of their lives. A special memory involved something that Kathy did as they left each campsite: when everything was done and they were ready to head down the road, Kathy would throw a penny over her shoulder towards the fire pit. In 2008, as health issues made traveling difficult, the book was closed on that part of their lives. But the memories that were written there will be imprinted on the hearts of her family forever.

She and Norm always had a number of “rescued” dogs who were “part of the family.” Even when she could no longer have a dog of her own, she carried treats in the basket of her walker to share with four-legged friends she met along the way.

She and Norm enjoyed going to the VFW Club in Batavia, where they shared time with friends. Then, in November of 2010, Kathy’s soulmate, Norm, passed away. And by the beginning of 2011, she moved to make home at The Meadows in Elburn. The Meadows brought a whole new group of friends, and it didn’t take long before many came to sit in the area outside her room. “She was the glue that held the group together.”

Kathy enjoyed her hobby of gambling, and on her 70th birthday her family held a party at The Meadows and presented her with a “tree of scratch tickets”—70 of them. It was there that she met her honorary “brother,” Paul—true friends that called each other “bro” and “sis.”

In the last years, Kathy could no longer cook her meals. True to the devotion of family, meals were prepared by her daughter and delivered faithfully by her grandson, Zack, each day. Where love grows, no task is too difficult.

She is survived by 10 children, Cindy Sowinski, Doris (Tim) Klomhaus, Terry (Dave) Lamb, Clarence (Ida) Kruthoff, Karl (Sally) Kruthoff, Larry (Lupe) Kruthoff, Juliet (Dick) Stewart, Cindy Hawbaker, Sandy (Anthony) Dinnocenzio and Jeff (Terri) Hawbaker; 32 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Orville Shults, Jerry (Marge) Shults and Lewis (Rose) Shults; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and a community of friends that were as close as family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Anne Shults; her first husband, Larry Kruthoff; her second husband, Norm Hawbaker; a son-in-law, Steve Sowinski; one grandson, Charles Burnett Hawbaker; five siblings, Clarence Shults, MaryAnne Barnes, Bernice Mondloch, Louise Whitten and one brother in infancy.

The family held a celebration of life for Kathy on Monday at Elburn Lions Park.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Kathy’s name. Checks may be made to the “Kathleen Hawbaker Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119, or directly to H.E.L.P., P.O. Box 972, St. Charles, IL 60174. Tributes may also be forwarded to Box 66 or on the web at

Dennis Long

Dennis Long, 71, of Kaneville, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital due to complications following surgery.

He was born Oct. 17, 1942, in Aurora, the son of Ervin and Marjorie (Larson) Long.

Denny grew up on the family farm in Kaneville and attended local schools. He was part of the second class to graduate from Kaneland High School, in 1960.

Denny was a farmer all his life, an occupation he truly loved. Denny was also the Kaneville Township Highway Commissioner for 32 years.

Denny was united in marriage to Susan W. Long on June 22, 1968, in Hinckley. They began their new life back on the farm in Kaneville, where they welcomed three children, Sarah, Laura and Debby.

Denny was a was a life-long member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, Township Officials of Illinois, Kane County Highway Commissioners’ Association, Northern Illinois Highway Commissioners’ Association, Loyal Order of the Moose, Aurora Lodge No. 400 and Kane County Farm Bureau.

Denny is survived by his wife of 45 years, Susan; three children, Sarah Long Dunlop and her two children, Allison Dunlop and Alyssa Ekstrom, Laura Rudow and Debby Long. Denny was also survived by three siblings, Rick (Peggy) Long, Pat (Dave) Sigmund and Bill (Pam) Long; one brother-in-law, Toby (Barb) Watne; along with many nieces, nephews, a large extended family and a countryside of neighbors and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Marjorie; brother-in-law, Richard Watne; and son-in-law, James Dunlop III.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Kaneville United Methodist Church. A funeral service to celebrate his life will take place at the church on Thursday, June 19, at 10 a.m. Rev. Avani-Cosset Christian, pastor of the church, will officiate, with interment to follow at Kaneville Cemetery. For more information, contact Conley Funeral Home at (630) 365-6414 or visit

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Dennis’ name. Checks may be made to the “Dennis Long Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Darlene Meloun

Darlene Meloun, 60, of Elburn, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 14, 1954, in Aurora, the daughter of Norman and Margaret (Erickson) Ekstrom. She was united in marriage to Joeshayne Meloun.

She is survived by her husband, Joeshayne; three children, Valerie (Mark Chellberg) Meloun of Oak Brook Terrace, Ill.; Kari (Josh Schaddelee) Meloun of Cortland and Christa (Mike) Curran, of Cortland; four grandchildren, Ellie Crockett, David Curran, Lily Meloun and Claire Schaddelee; three step-grandchildren, Ashley, Alyssa and Adison Curran; three sisters, Priscilla (Robert) Reiseck, Eileen (Jerry) Coble and Mildred Ekstrom; two brothers, Jack (Helen) Ekstrom and Jim (Mary) Ekstrom; and a sister-in-law, Dawn Meloun.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 23, at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave. Batavia. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 24, at Lord of Life Church, 40W605 Route 38, Elburn.

For additional information contact, Moss Family Funeral Home at (630) 879-7900 or

Marie Williams

Gertrude Marie ‘Corky’ Williams

Gertrude Marie “Corky” Williams, 84, of Yorkville, passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at her home, surrounded by the love of her family, who helped ease her pain as she slipped from this life to the next.

She was born the youngest of 10 on May 4, 1930, in Aurora, the daughter of John and Anastasia (Kuachula) Fiefer.

Marie was born and raised in Aurora, Ill. and attended Domier Grade School. She graduated with the class of 1947 from East Aurora High School.

Marie met Robert (Bob) F. Williams Sr. at the Pike Amusement Park in Long Beach, Calif., and they were united in marriage on March 2, 1951. They spent the next 56 years building a family and making memories together until his passing on July 15, 2007. She was employed for many years at DeKane Equipment in St. Charles. Marie was a longtime member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Yorkville.

She was the backbone of her ever-growing family, the life of every gathering, and never met a stranger who didn’t quickly become a friend. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

She now leaves one daughter and two sons, Patricia Petrancosta, Robert Williams Jr. and Don Williams; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She now joins her parents; all of her siblings; her husband, Robert Sr.; one son, Gary; and one great-grandson, Emory, who preceded her in death.

Private visitation and funeral services were held Friday, with Father Matt Lamoureux, MIC, officiating. Interment followed at St. Patrick Cemetery in Bristol, Ill.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, or donations of time or money be made to the charitable organization of your choice.


Dunkin’ Donuts Elburn location breaks ground

ELBURN—Dunkin’ Donuts broke ground in late May for its new restaurant and drive-thru location on the Jewel-Osco property in Elburn. Although the restaurant was initially set to open sometime this spring, discussions between Dunkin’ Donuts and the Jewel-Osco held up construction until now.

The plan, submitted by Dunkin’ Donuts to the village of Elburn in November, showed the location of the restaurant in front of the Jewel-Osco, in the lot at the corner of Prairie Street and Route 47, with the main entrance off of Prairie Street. However, according to Elburn Building Commissioner Tom Brennan, Elburn Jewel-Osco instead wanted the entrance at the north-south street between Prairie Street and the National Bank and Trust. Brennan said there will also be a second entrance at the north end of the property that will line up with an aisle in the Jewel-Osco parking lot.

Calls to Elburn Jewel-Osco were not returned as of press time.

Architect Diane Duncan of Gleason Architects, who represented Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Vishal Vagahani at village meetings, said the discussions regarding the final location for the entrance were recently resolved, and Dunkin’ Donuts is currently moving forward with construction. She said construction should take about four months, with the store opening likely to take place in September.

Vagahani operates four other Dunkin’ Donuts locations, including a store on Route 59 in West Chicago.