Category Archives: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Don’t forget the judges on election day

On Tuesday, March 20, voters will have a chance to cast their ballot in the Illinois primary for national, state and local offices.

Often overlooked among the many candidates are the men and women running for judge. That is unfortunate because judges make critical decisions on a daily basis that directly affect the lives and liberties of all of us. Learning about the qualifications of judicial candidates, and voting for those who are most qualified, will help ensure that we have a quality judiciary. Bar association ratings and newspaper endorsements are two ways voters can become better informed about the candidates’ qualifications.

The Illinois State Bar Association conducts evaluations and polls to let voters know how the candidates’ peers in the profession view their qualifications for office. Chief among these qualifications are legal ability, impartiality, and integrity. These ratings are readily available to the public at www.isba.org/YouBeTheJudge.

We encourage voters to download our ratings and take them into the voting booth. They will provide an invaluable guide and help ensure that we select the most qualified men and women as judges.

John G. Locallo
President
Illinois State Bar Association

Letter: Lauzen for Kane County Board Chairman

When I was mayor of Geneva from 1997 to 2001 and throughout Chris Lauzen’s tenure as state senator, he was helpful to our city, as well as neighboring cities in his jurisdiction.

When we needed assistance to cut through the myriad of issues that often beleaguered our progress as a city, Senator Lauzen always added his expertise and wealth of knowledge.

The cities throughout Kane County need to work diligently with the County Board, especially the chairman. Based upon his experience, I believe Chris Lauzen is the most qualified candidate to handle the responsibilities of Chairman of the Kane County Board. He has my utmost respect as an honest and capable leader.

Thomas Coughlin
Former Geneva mayor

Letter: Rickert endorses Wallet for auditor

It is my pleasure to be able to endorse Laura C. Wallett for the position of Kane County Auditor in the Republican Primary Election.

Laura operates her own accounting practice, providing services to many local businesses in Elgin, South Elgin and the Tri-Cities.

She has 22 years of accounting experience, a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, and is currently completing her MBA. Her stellar credentials have qualified her to sit for the CPA exam.

Laura brings a wealth of professional experience and knowledge to the office, and I have known her to be a trustworthy and well-regarded fiscal conservative. She has also volunteered her skills and leadership abilities to benefit many community organizations.

It is encouraging to see her positive, enthusiastic and energetic campaign and her commitment to use her expertise in public office. It takes skill and an eye for detail to be a successful Auditor. Laura Wallett is well qualified for the job.

David J. Rickert, CPA
Kane County Treasurer

Letter: Thanks for supporting Kaneland wrestling program

On behalf of the Kaneland wrestling team and their families, we’d like to extend our appreciation to our community members that made donations in support of Kaneland’s annual Knight of Fun fundraiser.

Special thanks goes out to American Tree and Turf Lawn Care, Bootlegger’s, Calamity Jane’s, Emily Kay Salon, Fireside Grille, Graham’s Fine Chocolate and Ice Cream (Geneva), Hayden’s Athletic, Jazzercise, Kirhofer’s Sports, Massage Envy (Geneva), Nails by Marianne (Geneva), Ream’s Elburn Market, Schmidt’s Towne Tap, Steven’s Silk Screeening and Embroidery, The Sugar Grove Animal Hospital, Wiltse’s Greenhouse, Bob MacCaffrey, Monty & Matt Jahns, and the family of Mike and Lisa Thielk. The fundraiser was a great success.

Cindy Rogers
Kaneland Knights wrestling parent

Letter: Terry Hunt for Kane County Auditor on March 20

After participating and attending many political election events throughout this election season, I have come to respect Terry Hunt for his goals, his work ethic and his unconditional respect for others.

Terry Hunt has the best combination of education along with experience and has demonstrated commitment to service as our Kane County Auditor. With Terry’s accounting degree and proven record of success as a financial professional for 37 years, including being a local, small business owner, I believe he is meant to be our auditing watchdog. Terry’s unbiased commitment to service in our county has been something we, as taxpayers, deserve and expect from our auditor.

I agree with our current Kane County Auditor Bill Keck saying that Terry Hunt will serve us well as Kane County Auditor. Please consider joining me as I vote for Terry Hunt on Tuesday, March 20.

Melisa Taylor
Sugar Grove
Kane County Board Member
District 5

Letter: A variety of endorsements

As voters work more and more to pay their ever increasing mortgages and taxes, they have less time to carefully review the credentials and platforms of the candidates. This is where the Kane County Conservative Coalition can help.

Established in 2002, we have been active at the grassroots in causes ranging from pro-life, to gun owner rights, to rooting out corruption in government.

Kane County Conservative Coalition’s mission is to support men and women who best represent fiscal and social conservative values. Here are our 2012 Endorsements:

Chris Lauzen for Kane County Board Chairman—Illinois’ leading fighter against waste, fraud and abuse in the state Senate now wants to be the taxpayer watchdog for the county who freezes or lowers our county property tax burden.

Tom Hartwell for Kane County Circuit Clerk—Attorney and MBA, knows the court system and has the technology and business acumen to run the office in the most cost effective way.

Dr.Bob Tiballi for Kane County Coroner— Shouldn’t the coroner be a doctor? Highly regarded medical investigator with a specialty in infectious diseases and pediatrics. His successful medical practice handles much more money and more employees than the Kane Coroner’s office.

Terry Hunt for Kane County Auditor—37 years accounting experience, 14 years as a Chief Financial Officer for a large company, and longtime farm owner. Big supporter of open government and transparency initiatives.

Cliff Surges for Senate District 33—Pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-gun owner rights candidate. Business background in insurance industry. Opposes Karen McConnaughay’s brand of insider politics.

And for President—Rick Santorum … www.ricksantorum.com and www.santorumillinois.com.
For County Board—District 2, Sal Abbate; District 10, Susan Starrett; District 16, Robert Sauceda; District 22, Doug Scheflow.

Jon Zahm
Kane County Conservative Coalition
Batavia

Letter: In support of Bob Tiballi

As a laboratory professional and Kane County registered voter, I write to wholeheartedly endorse Dr. Bob Tiballi for Kane County Coroner. Bob is the only doctor running for this office and is eminently qualified for this position.

Throughout his career as a physician, Dr. Tiballi has treated his patients with the utmost care and sincerity. Bob is a committed Republican but treats all his patients respectfully and without regard to political affiliation. He has held senior leadership positions at multiple hospitals and has a proven track record of being a successful manager and business owner. He is a staunch fiscal conservative and will not waste a dime of taxpayer resources. It is time for Kane County to elect a doctor as their coroner; the right person for that role is Dr. Bob Tiballi. I urge you to vote for Bob Tiballi.

Joan Thompson
St. Charles

Letter: Here we go again

When in my early 20s, in the early 1970s, while living in California, I experienced gas rationing and a huge spike in price. It was caused by the Middle East oil embargo. Based on my license plate number, I could only buy gas on certain days and no gas on Sundays. At the time, I drove an old VW bug, which got 30 mpg, so I did get pretty good mileage. That experience impressed upon me the sensible idea to always drive the highest mileage vehicle I could.

So, here we are, 39 or so years later—many gas price spikes later—and every time it happens we still act surprised, complain, get angry and talk about drilling more. Drilling more really won’t help that much because we consume far more then we can drill.

The world market has changed. The demand for gas has increased in China and India. We also have the instability in the Middle East and Wall Street speculation to blame. However, I believe that the real fault for being in this situation again lies with us. We never make a serious sustained committed effort to change our dependence on oil, foreign or domestic.

We complain and blame the current political office holders. There’s no doubt our politicians deserve a good share of the blame, but we the American people always demand the fast, easy answers and they always give it to us.

In our history we have examples of pulling together and doing big things. Have we become a country of such spoiled brats that we can’t suck it up and do the hard work to change the paradigm? We always talk about the future for our kids; well, let’s do it for them. Let’s work for 21st century energy answers instead of clinging to the 19th century answers.

Carol Green
Elburn

Letter: In support of a new tax for Elburn police pension purposes

On March 20, voters will be asked to approve a new tax to fund the pensions of village of Elburn police officers. I am writing this in support of passing the referendum.

Currently, all full-time employees of the village, including members of the Police Department, receive retirement benefits from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). IMRF is funded, in part, by the village, but the employees also contribute from their own salaries.

Illinois state law requires villages to establish a separate pension fund for the police department once the population exceeds 5,000. From the recently released 2010 census results, we learned that the population of Elburn has exceeded 5,000 residents. Now, the village of Elburn must establish a new police pension fund. Funding of the new police pension will continue to come from the salaries of the police officers, as well as from the village of Elburn.

To meet this new financial obligation, the village has two options: (i) divert funds from existing programs, or (ii) request a new tax levy. Diverting funds from existing programs could lower the quality of services we need to maintain a strong village. Levying a new tax provides the village with the financial resources required to maintain the level of public services we need, while meeting the new pension obligation now required by state law.

Not to be lost in the shuffle is the fact that when the new police pension fund is created, the police officers will no longer be part of IMRF, so the IMRF portion of the tax bill will go down.

On March 20, please join me in support our village in its effort to balance the budget, and vote “yes” for the new police pension fund tax levy.

David M. Broz
Elburn

Letter: Chris Lauzen cares about his constituents

As a state Senator, Chris Lauzen has demonstrated what we most need in an elected official—he responds to and represents his constituents.

On an issue I care very much about—the proposed Prairie Parkway—Sen. Lauzen has been a longtime passionate opponent of this $1 billion project with its resulting loss of farmland, accelerating sprawl, and environmental damage. He personally returns my telephone calls and follows up on questions and issues. Voters across the district have had similar experiences on questions and interests important to them.

This is what we respect and expect in a legislator. And this is just what we need in our chairman of the Kane County Board. Vote for Chris Lauzen. He listens, he cares, and he responds.

Jan Strasma
Maple Park

Letter: To my fellow voters

I am writing in support of Karin Herwick for the office of Circuit Clerk of Kane County.

Karen has been a faithful and interested person in the Circuit Clerk’s Office for 20 years.

She is running against two lawyers. Is this what we want for Kane County, another lawyer? It seems no matter where you turn— county, state or federal government—we have another lawyer trying to tell us what to do. Please, not here again.

We need Karin’s experience, administrative business sense and good old common sense in this office.

Please cast your vote of Karin Herwick.
Nadine Flint
Kaneville

Letter: Endorsement for Kevin Burns

I am writing to endorse Kevin Burns for Kane County Board chairman.

As a former alderman who served close to 10 years and had the privilege of serving with Kevin, both as a fellow alderman and then when he became mayor, I know from experience that this is the right decision for Kane County. Mayor Burns was never a cookie-cutter politician. He understands that we serve for the greater good, yet we must hear from everyone. We look at all sides of an issue and then we can reach conclusion. He is not afraid to make the tough “not so popular” decisions. I watched him break a few tie votes in city hall while others were intimidated by a couple of angry citizens. He voted what he believed to be right.

I have seen Kevin vehemently defend himself and city staff, as a good leader should. I want a board chairman that will assemble a staff that he can defend and weed out those that he cannot. I’ve read an article that other former alderman speak of being “taken to the woodshed” publicly. I want a board chairman willing to take other elected officials to task. Let them know they can’t be condescending to staff or to him, and they better be prepared. It’s time that people stop expecting their hands to be held.

The city of Geneva continually cuts the budget creatively without cutting services. We have a great staff, a great group of elected officials and a great mayor. Let’s make him county board chairman and help Kane County continue to move forward in a positive direction through teamwork and with people who truly care about the citizens of this great county.

Bob Piper
Former Geneva alderman
Second and third wards

Letter: In support of Corinne Pierog

I wish to call your attention to Corinne Pierog and her extensive preparation and readiness to head to Springfield as our 25th District Senator. She has fresh ideas to bring to the table for solving our state’s serious problems, with a commitment to job growth, community development, and education for a 21st century workforce.

She can be entrusted with wise budgeting of scarce Illinois tax dollars, promoting policies that reinvest in new and sustainable job training opportunities and key education, supporting small business and inspiring entrepreneurship, and ridding the despondency that prevails in so many our state’s downtown communities, as well as spirits. I am enthusiastic in my support for Corinne Pierog, and encourage you to give her candidacy your serious consideration and back it up with your vote.

Take a closer look at ElectCorinnePierog.com. She is capable, positive, smart, hard-working and ready to represent us.

Cheryl Krauspe
Elburn

Letter: Thanks to everyone who participated in Five-O-Tattoo grand opening

As Ambassador for the Elburn Chamber of Commerce, thanks to everyone who participated in the grand opening/ribbon cutting event on Friday, March 2, for Five-O-Tattoo located in Elburn. A special thanks goes to Elburn Village President Dave Anderson, who assisted Steve Winterstein, his wife, Stacy, and their two sons, Hunter and Jakob, with the scissors.

From my perspective, a welcome from the village president means a lot to a new business, and we are pleased that Dave could take time from his busy schedule to participate. A big thanks, too, to all the other business owners that showed up to wish the newcomer congratulations. I did not know much about tattooing and I learned a lot. The Elburn Chamber wants to see any new business be successful and encourage anyone contemplating a tattoo to check out this Elburn business. Steve and Stacy are very friendly and, I’m sure, will welcome your inquiries.

Jack Hansen
Elburn Chamber of Commerce

Letter: Valente inconsiderate of KSB meeting attendees, disrespectful to expertise of Kaneland administration

On Monday, Feb. 13, I attended the Kaneland Board of Education (BoE) meeting, with the agenda item of interest for me being the proposed areas of cuts to meet the 2012-13 school year budget.

During the meeting, there was an extensive presentation by Erika Schlichter, director of Educational Services 6-12, regarding the Response to Intervention (RTI) program as it relates to development and implementation in the high school, with an overview of data from the Harter Middle School.

As Ms. Schlichter attempted to move through her presentation, she was interrupted by board member Tony Valente repeatedly with extremely pointed questions about information that was not part of the presentation, taking the presentation off track and requiring those in attendance no choice but to sit quietly and wait for his pontifications to conclude. While the questions Mr. Valente asked are justifiable and deserving of a response, taking such a blatant approach is inconsiderate of those in attendance and disrespectful to the expertise of the Kaneland administration.

On an aside, having children in the Kaneland schools and seeing firsthand the RTI program come to fruition, along with networking among other districts, it is clear that the implementation of the RTI program in this district is far above many other districts. Anyone questioning the accolades Kaneland has received for their implementation of the RTI program is encouraged to perform some due diligence to ease their concerns.

While Kaneland faces harsh budgetary times, all time and money needs to be spent wisely. It seems that if Mr. Valente, like the other members on the BoE, could strive for a more unified approach and cohesive communications with the Kaneland administration, the ability to make the most of the district’s time and money would then be at the forefront for everyone involved.

Susan Hazen
Elburn

Letter: Last two ‘snow events’ a waste of fuel and wear and tear on city vehicles

Regarding snow removal, the last two “snow events” we had—each of which produced a fraction of an inch—the city decided to unleash our snow plows, complete with salt spreading, when the weather forecast called for temperatures in the 40s later in the day.

I realize that we pay the city employees whether they’re “plowing slush” or playing solitaire back at the shop, but what a waste of fuel and wear and tear on city vehicles that results from this ridiculous waste of Elburn taxpayers money.

Joe Cacic
Elburn

Letter: Support for Karin Herwick Candidate for Kane County Circuit Clerk

I would like the residents of Kane County to consider Karin Herwick for Circuit Clerk. Karin grew up in Sugar Grove with her parents, Gary and Kathi Wilson, and is a graduate of Kaneland High School and Aurora University. She is the only candidate with the knowledge and actual experience to analyze current business practices and effectively transition them into new business solutions to support the public.

Currently Karin is Chief Deputy Clerk and has extensive knowledge and understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the Circuit Clerk office. Of all the announced candidates for this position, Karin is the only one with the administrative knowledge and experience of how the Circuit Clerk’s office actually operates.

The past 20 years Karin has been employed at the Kane County Circuit Clerk’s office. She started as Family Division Supervisor, and due to her dedication to service and compassion for the customer, was promoted to customer service manager. She has held the position of chief deputy clerk for the past seven years and is expected to know all the procedures of the clerk’s office.

Karin lives in North Aurora with her husband, Scott, and their son. She has great ideas as to what works and what could be more efficient in the Circuit Clerk’s office. I would like you to meet Karin on Sunday, Feb. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at my home, 108 Cross St. in Sugar Grove.

Karen McCannon
Sugar Grove

Letter: In support of Chris Lauzen

As a lifelong resident of Kane County and a member of the Kane County Board, I have an admittedly biased opinion that Kane County is a great place to live, work and raise a family.

I am also proud of our county and local government’s ability to maintain our high quality of life in Kane County. To that end, I am wholeheartedly endorsing Chris Lauzen for Kane County Board Chairman.

Chris is a model father, husband and citizen. As a longtime member of the state Senate, Chris’s reputation for returning all calls and doggedly following up on his constituents’ issues is well known. He is a CPA and a Harvard MBA, which will serve us well, overseeing a $230 million budget and 1,300 employees.

Chris puts his constituents’ needs well above party politics and has vowed, along with other reform candidates, to eliminate the cloud unethical campaign contributions has cast over county government.

It is important to note that Chris’ opponent has stated that he plans on hiring a full-time county administrator. This would be a new six-figure salary position with full benefits. Kane County taxpayers must ask themselves, why vote for a candidate that is planning on hiring someone else to do the job?

Please consider voting for Chris Lauzen for Kane County Board Chairman and supporting his longtime vow to “Work hard, stay honest, and use common sense.”

Drew Frasz
Elburn
Kane County Board member
District 26

Letter: In response to ‘My family was needlessly scared’

Last week a letter was posted in the Elburn Herald from Jennifer Hall.

She stated that she was terrified when city workers came to her home at 10 p.m. and knocked on her door. Mrs. Hall was concerned for the safety of her family, and no one can blame her for that. However, posting a letter in a public forum stating the time your husband leaves for work, the fact that you are alone with your children, and the ages of your children is not the best way to protect yourself. The only thing needed is your address, and that is just a quick Internet search away.

Mrs. Hall did the right thing by calling 911, and it is understandable that she was afraid, but hiding from possible intruders and not turning on lights or yelling through your door would only affirm that no one was home.

I am sure the family that was experiencing the sewer back-up was appreciative that the city was there within an hour and a half. Mrs. Hall couldn’t understand why the city did not call her before the workers showed up at her door (probably wearing either a reflective vest or uniform). I am guessing that they did not have her number. Looking at a map of the sewer lines wouldn’t give them her phone number. Perhaps this could be a topic of discussion for the city staff and a protocol can be put in place to advise the police if there is a public works emergency.

In this situation, the city workers must be commended. I am glad that they are dependable and would leave their own families at night to respond to a resident’s complaint of a sewer back-up. The situation may have been avoided if the city workers had the opportunity to identify themselves or if their vehicle was close by. I have to assume they were trying to get the problem taken care of as soon as possible and did not realize that anyone was home or awake at the Hall residence.

Shevon Ramirez
Elburn

Letter: My family was needlessly scared

Not sure if this is considered “news,” but I thought I would share in hopes that it doesn’t ever have to happen to anyone else.

Recently, in early February, my husband left for his overnight shift as an air traffic controller at 9:30 p.m.

I was left home with my three kids, ages 5, 6 and 7. At 10 p.m. my door bell rang and my dogs began to bark. I looked through the peep hole and saw a man I did not recognize standing outside my door. My first instinct was to not answer because I am a woman, it’s late at night, I do not know the man and I am at home with my sleeping children. The man continued ringing my bell, and I could hear my storm door handle being opened and him talking to someone else. I stayed where I was and could hear the man talking with someone else outside of my house.

After several attempts of ringing the doorbell, the man then walked through my front yard. Looking out the peep hole again, I did not see any vehicles at or in front of my house. Next thing I know, my dogs are barking at my back window and I see two men walking around my back yard with flashlights. Scared doesn’t even begin to describe the emotion I was feeling. I dialed 911 and explained to the operator what was going on. I asked her if there was an emergency in my area and these were possible police or fire trying to tell me something. She told me she did not have any emergencies at the moment and advised me to stay on the phone with her while an officer was dispatched to my house. I was informed that the officer was driving up and down my street, the street behind me and checking out my back yard. I was told to make sure all of my doors were locked and to stay on the line until the police officer came to my door.

After 10 minutes or so, I hung up with 911 when the police officer came to my door. He was smiling and told me not to worry because “it was just the village of Elburn on an emergency call.” As he was telling me this, I saw someone come from my back yard to my front yard and into the street in front of my neighbor’s house and turn on the yellow lights of the Public Works truck.

The next morning, I placed a call to the non-emergency line of the police department, and they transferred me to the village administrator. I was told that an emergency for a sewer backing up was called in at 8:30 p.m. that night and the access to the sewage line was behind my house. I told her I was terrified that someone was breaking into my house and my children were woken up to barking dogs and their mommy on the phone with 911.

How could the village have let this happen? How is it that an emergency was phoned in at 8:30 p.m. and between then and 10 p.m., no one called me. I will not open my door to anyone when it is late, dark, and I am in the house with my children.

Had the village of Elburn called my house, they could have saved me and my children a night of being terrified. If they new enough about my property to know that a line ran behind my back yard, then surely they knew enough to have a phone number. I still maintain that no woman should open her door to a stranger, and am appalled how the city handled this situation. Hopefully in the future, no one has to go through this.

Jennifer Hall
Elburn

Letter: Who is wasteful?

The Hinckley Lions Club has held their annual auction for 38 years. During that time, funds have been raised through those efforts that have allowed the club to make donations to Lions International to assist the blind, programs for the blind and research for blindness and diabetes.

Funds have been raised so that locally the Hinckley Lions Club has been able to put money into the community for scholarships, eye glasses, youth sports programs, senior citizen activities, reading and drug programs at the local schools and for donations to those families hit with personal tragedies. Funds have been raised so that the Hinckley Lions Club could participate with other area Lions Clubs to hold a summer fishing day for individuals with handicaps and for a day of skiing for the blind.

This annual auction brings hundreds, and in some years, thousands of people to our community where they made purchases at local gas stations, bars, grocery store and restaurants adding to our local sales tax base.

Over the years, this annual event has been made possible not only with the help of some very dedicated Lions members, but through the cooperation and help of an entire community. The patience the members of the community have shown with an increase in traffic and, in some years mud, the cooperation of the local churches providing the concessions (raising funds for their own use), and local government for their help, understanding and use of equipment.

Unfortunately, after 38 years tragedy has befallen this great event. A local resident has taken it upon himself to consider the use of the local government-owned equipment a wasteful use of taxpayer money and has insisted that such equipment not be used to make this another successful event.

It is heartbreaking to think that I am now living in a community that has citizens among us that have no understanding of the meaning of friendly, helpful or community. If only such an individual could have spent as much time helping to make this event a success as they spent in destroying the community spirit that has made this event so successful over the years, maybe he would find understanding of the words volunteer, kindness and pulling together.

I truly feel sorry for an individual with such hate in their heart they cannot see the overall benefit of such a community event.

Dave Maroo
Hinckley

Letter: Supporting Lauzen for KC Board chairman

This letter is in support of Chris Lauzen, running for Kane County Board Chairman. In my 20-plus years as a community activist/campaign coordinator, Chris Lauzen has stood for one thing above all others: representing the constituents who voted him to serve them in office and look after their needs.

My family has known Chris and his family going back to my Grandpa, Lou Sr., and he is a public servant, not a politician. The difference between the two is quite simple. A public servant is one who speaks for the voters/constituents that elected them; a politician is in office for his own personal monetary/patronage gains and his business cronies (lobbyists and special interests) that will rob your government for two to four years—the length of their term.

Chris’ opponents yak about how he doesn’t go along to get along, but people, that is the fundamental reason ol’ USA governmental bodies, from federal to state to city governments, are bankrupt, 90 percent politicians and 10 percent public servants. Wow, not what we were promised/taught in civics class in high school, eh?

Chris knows how to bring together people, as evidence of his recruitment of North Kane County ally, Sen. Steve Rauschenberger—another “plain speaker” when it comes to attempting to wrest the evil out of our political system.

If the above hasn’t convinced you enough yet to support Chris and vote for him for Kane County Board chairman in the upcoming primary and general election in the fall, just take a look at his resounding vote totals of past Senate elections. Land slides. That should tell you something. He delivers for his voters.

Mike “Leo” Leonardi
Aurora

Letter: In support of Hartwell for Circuit Court clerk

Like many Kane County residents, I have supported both Republicans and Democrats throughout the years. Indeed, I make it a point to support individuals over parties, integrity over ideology. And that is what brings me to Tom Hartwell, candidate for clerk of the Circuit Court.

Although Tom is conservative and I am not, I nonetheless had an occasion to work with him some years ago on a County Board project, which had nothing to do with party politics. The underlying issue proved to be contentious (albeit inexplicably so), and more than a few of his colleagues turned tail and ran. Hartwell did not.

At a time when no one was looking, he wasn’t running for anything and it would have been easier to bail out. He kept his word. To me, that is essential, especially in public service. I don’t care if we agree or disagree, I just need to believe what you tell me, and that you will tell me the same thing tomorrow.

We need more of Hartwell’s honor and candor in government, and I hope voters who have the opportunity to vote for him will do so. He is who we say we want to represent us, and this is our chance to prove it.

Kay Catlin
St. Charles

Letter: To the residents of Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks subdivisions in Sugar Grove

The Rob Roy Drainage District No. 2 has submitted a signed IGA (intergovernmental agreement) between the village and the district. In keeping with our intentions of moving the project forward as we have all along, we accepted the VSG revisions to the several submissions we have authorized, and it is our sincere hope that the Village Board of Trustees will move forward with this important project for the betterment of the community.

Michael J. Fagel
Sugar Grove

Letter: Blood drive in Sugar Grove

The date has been set. Your donation of blood is urgently needed. Please plan on donating the “gift of life” on Monday, March 5. There is a shortage of every blood type, especially O-Negative.

The Sugar Grove Firefighters Auxiliary, along with the Sugar Grove Fire Department, will hold the blood drive at the Sugar Grove Fire Department, located at 25 Municipal Drive. You may donate from 3 to 7:30 p.m.

We encourage appointments, but walk-ins are welcome. Please call Joy at (630) 466-7190 or Kathy at (630) 466-4634 for information or to make an appointment.

We thank you and appreciate your urgently needed blood donation.

Joy Rubo
Blood drive coordinator
Sugar Grove Firefighters Auxiliary

Letter: HMS food donation project

Eighth-grade students at Kaneland Harter Middle School are participating in a food donation service project to support the Northern Illinois Food Bank from now to March 1.

During the two-week project, students will learn about hunger in the local area and the purpose of the Northern Illinois Food Bank, which supports various food pantries in the Kaneland area. Hunger is an issue not commonly discussed, and many don’t believe it is an issue. However, according to the Northern Illinois Food Bank website, one in eight Illinois residents received emergency assistance from the food bank or a partnering agency last year, and in any given week, approximately 61,600 different individuals receive assistance.

To help meet the needs and deal with the issue of hunger, students and their families will be encouraged to donate items that will be collected through their homeroom teachers. Each homeroom has a theme in order to collect as many different products that are in need at the food bank. Some homerooms are collecting paper products or baby items such as diapers, while others are collecting canned vegetables or boxed meals.

At the end of the service project, the items will be delivered to the food bank by teachers. In addition, students will have the opportunity in the spring to volunteer as a group at the food bank.

The Kaneland community is welcome to join the eighth-grade students and teachers in this service project. Participation may include food items or monetary donations. Items can be dropped off at Harter Middle School, and monetary donations may be made through a web link accessible from the school’s website, www.kaneland.org/kms.

Participation in the donation collection for the Northern Illinois Food Bank is encouraged, from now through March 1, at Kaneland Harter Middle School.

Pattie Pattermann, Eighth-grade teacher
Kaneland Harter Middle School

Letter: A thank you to past and present members of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District

Jim Feece standing with the plaque he received from the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District for his many years of service as a trustee.
Photo by John DiDonna

I, James Roy Feece, wish to thank (the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District) for your support and appreciation over the 37 years as trustee and friend.

The devotion and brotherhood of each and every one of you—past and present. My life has been blessed to have worked and enjoyed the fellowship over the years from all of you. You are all very special people.

I would like to encourage every young man and woman interested in the fire and E.M.S. to follow their dream.

I will always feel honored to have been part of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District (brotherhood).

James Roy Feece
Elburn

Letter: In support of Kevin Burns

I have known Kevin Burns for more than 30 years—since he was in high school. I know his family and his character. I have seen how he reacts to both success and adversity.

I have watched him build a sterling and prolonged record of community service—most recently in his nearly 11 years as Geneva’s second-longest-serving mayor.

In that office, he has been consistently successful in bringing together people of divergent viewpoints to craft a consensus for the betterment of the community. Through gentle prodding, leavened often with humor and always with kindness and decency, Mayor Burns has, time and again, patiently guided disagreeing partisans into working in concert.

That is leadership, and it is what we sorely need in the office of Chairman of the Kane County Board. I believe Kevin Burns possesses it in greater measure than his opponent, and so I urge you to vote for him on March 20.

Kurt Wehrmeister
Geneva

Letter: In support of Christine Johnson

On March 20, 2012, the residents of Illinois have some important choices to make regarding the officials that shape our government.

Illinois has been tarnished by corruption, financial problems, high unemployment, high taxes, deficit spending and misplaced priorities. We desperately need leadership in Springfield that can make a difference and establish some common sense approaches to major problems. In the race for the 35th Illinois Senate District, Republican Christine Johnson is the leader we need in Springfield. Incumbent Senator Christine Johnson has a strong record as a leader in our community, from her experience as the DeKalb County Treasurer to her involvement in various community organizations and her commitment to conservative principles. Senator Christine Johnson will support less government, lower taxes, family values, and bring integrity to Springfield.

It is important to remember that the Democratic-led Illinois legislature and the Democratic Governor Patrick Quinn raised income taxes on individuals by 66 percent, continued spending, and in 2015, if given the chance, will extend the increased income tax. At the same time, we are no better off regarding deficit spending, unemployment and unfunded pensions. It is important to note that this tax increase passed by only 1 vote in the Illinois Senate and only 3 votes in the Illinois House. The tax increase was passed by the smallest of margins, along party lines, and proves that every vote counts. We need fiscal leadership that will take control of Illinois’ finances and make the tough decisions to control spending, not increase our income taxes by 66 percent.

Christine Johnson is the fiscal leader we need in the Illinois Senate. Please join the many supporters of Republican Senator Christine Johnson for the 35th Illinois Senate District on March 20.

If you can’t wait to vote for Republican Senator Christine Johnson, you can vote early starting Feb. 9 through March 15.

Vote early for Republican Senator Christine Johnson, 35th Illinois Senate District.

See you at the polls …
Suzanne Fahnestock
Maple Park

Letter: Republican voters faced with a decision

Republican voters will be faced with a decision in the primary election to select a new Kane County Board chairman candidate. The choices are Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns and State Senator Chris Lauzen.

The current County Board chairman, Karen McConnaughay, has decided to run for the new 33rd State Senate seat. This is a loss for Kane County but good for the people of Illinois. McConnaughay has demonstrated strong leadership with conservative fiscal responsibility that has placed the county in an excellent financial position.

The candidates have chosen different campaign strategies. Mr. Lauzen has decided to attack Karen McConnaughay’s character and reputation. He has accused her of pay-to-play politics, and when asked to prove it, he offered no evidence. During two separate debates with Burns (his opponent), Lauzen has turned his attention away from the priorities facing the county and has chosen a position of hostility and false accusations against Karen McConnaughay.

Mayor Burns has decided to demonstrate his track record of bi-partisan support and the skills to run a city with a multi-million dollar budget. Burns understands the necessity of smaller government and believes in the elimination of unnecessary regulations. Under Burns’ leadership, Geneva has reduced its spending significantly.

We don’t need divisive unproven rhetoric from any candidate; we do need well-reasoned thoughtful actions from someone who knows the issues at home in Kane County. I believe Kevin Burns has the experience, commitment and integrity to keep us on the road of success for the future of Kane County.

Mark Wissing
Republican Chairman
Geneva Township

Letter: Seeking Kaneland graduates

I am a teacher at Kaneland High School, and one of the projects I have my students participate in is writing a five-year letter.

The students write a letter about themselves, their families, their goals and their present thoughts of their lives. I take the letters, put them away for five years and mail them back to the students to show them how much they have changed and developed.

I mailed off the letters for the seventh time this past November. Unfortunately, I have received some letters back. I wonder if anyone knows where these people moved, so I can forward these letters on to them.

The names of the students that I am looking for are Jessica Snow, Ronnie Smith, Lindsay Kahl, Alejandro Herrera, Dan Henderson, Ceiarc Flowers, Alex Barron, Judith Chavez and Cindy Martinez.

If any of these people would still like their five-year letter or know where these people are, they can contact Judy W. Fabrizius at Kaneland High School at jfabrizi@kaneland.org or (630) 365-5100, ext. 340.

Judy W. Fabrizius
Kaneland High School

Letter: Too late to complain about increasing highway tolls

During the next few weeks, newspaper editors and talk show hosts will be inundated with protests for having to pay the new high toll/tax to use Illinois’ highways.

I say “too bad!” These same complainers have had many opportunities to do something about this unfair toll/tax, but could not find the time to get off their fat behinds and do something. Now they’re crying.

Arrogant Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur has said that she is not worried; ultimately drivers that try alternate routes will come back. Time will tell. For me I’m doing the alternate route and leaving the paying of this unfair toll/tax to the “Wall Street—1 percent.” I could not afford to use these roads even when they were half the price.

I have heard that Taxpayers United of America (TUA) is the only known group today working aggressively toward getting rid of the Illinois Tollway Authority, ending this unfair toll/tax and 60 years of corruption. Remember that in the 1950s, when Illinois state legislators were selling us on a tollway system, they promised that the toll authority would be gone by now and that the highways would be toll free. As soon as I get this letter written I’m contacting the TUA to see how I can help.

Russell Johnson
Sugar Grove