Category Archives: Letters to the Editor

Letter: September 11, 2010 … 9 years later

What does it mean to us … as a community, as a nation?

Do you recall where you were when the news of the attacks on America started to seize the airwaves?

What did you feel when you learned that the lives of thousands of people were extinguished by the heinous acts of terrorism, or, war on our society?

Sadly, many of us were frozen in our tracks as we saw replay after replay of those horrific events that unfolded before our very eyes.

The thoughts of “what’s next” continued to take over our daily thoughts.

Many people displayed American flags, drove with their headlights on, held vigils to make us one community, one nation, standing together, shoulder to shoulder to fight this enemy that we may have not seen before … or heard of.

Where are we today, in 2010? Do we remember?

Do we realize that we are still in a fight to protect those very freedoms still yet today?

My deployment to the World Trade Center Attacks in 2001 changed me dramatically from who or what I was on Sept. 10, 2001 … or did it?

I served the World Trade Center Task force for over 100 days, deployed by the U.S. Department of Justice to the FDNY (Fire Department New York). The unit I was in has now transitioned over to the newly formed (in 2003) Department of Homeland Security.

The sights, the people, the folks I worked with are now indelibly implanted in my mind on a daily basis, and changed the focus of my work for the America I serve.

I grew up here in the Fox Valley; this is my home, and I have been all over the world in the last several years.

As my deployments to the Mideast over the last 36 months have shown, there is no place like home.

Do we remember the higher state of security back in 2001 and 2002?The countless hours our police, fire, emergency medical personnel, our emergency management, our public health teams have prepared for to protect us, the citizens in the event of another event?

All of that training has propelled us into a higher state of readiness for all risks—all hazards, be it natural or man made events.

The Fox Valley is not unique; we have villages, township’s, cities and counties that have all enhanced their planning over the years.

But we need your help too.

As you have heard the public officials telling people to be prepared, we ask that you do the same as well.

Food, medicine, clothing, flashlights, records, etc. all need to be readied for the “Next Event.”

It could be a fire, flood, tornado, ice storm or man-made event that would overtax the public safety and service agencies.

Be prepared, make a plan, and get ready.

Take the responsibility for your own safety in your hands, and be prepared to help others. Take a first aid and CPR class; get your emergency supplies ready. We have friends, family and neighbors who have special needs; be prepared to help care for them as well.

We can not do this alone. Let’s help each other as we did in 2001 and 2002.

It’s the way of one nation, one community, one team, one fight.

Michael J. Fagel
Sugar Grove

Letter: Bill Foster and energy policy

Congressman Bill Foster touts his experience as a businessman and a scientist. Unfortunately, he seems to have forgotten his background when it comes to his energy policy.

As a businessman, he should know the best solutions are derived from those closest to the problem and not from some distant bureaucracy. As a scientist, he should know that the controversial “global warming” findings are far from settled and require further research. But as a politician, he embraces big government programs that have stalled the current economic recovery.

His campaign website calls for a mandatory, worldwide pricing mechanism for CO2 and greenhouse gasses, including a cap-and-trade system for the U.S.

Congressman Foster does not explain how this pricing mechanism would work, nor what differentiates this scheme from the one he voted against. Whether such a system would actually lead to a reduction of green house gas emissions is uncertain. What is certain is that any such system would increase the burden of government regulation in the economy, increase the cost of manufacturing for all companies and increase the amount of uncertainty businesses would have to face when making hiring decisions.

If enacted, these job and economic growth killing ideas would stifle the economy, leaving millions of more Americans out of work. While every American values the environment and the need to preserve it for future generations, Congressman Foster seems to value the uncertain science of global warming over the real needs of out-of-work Americans today.

Instead of the heavy handed, top-down system that Bill Foster supports, Randy Hultgren believes that creating incentives for newer, clean energy technologies will harness the spirit of American ingenuity and lead to new industries, which will create both jobs and markets for tomorrow’s energy resources. Support Randy Hultgren on Nov. 2.

Kent Alcott

Letter: Lions say thank you to Elburn Days sponsors

The Elburn Lions Club would like to thank the following Elburn Days sponsors for their generous donation of services and contributions: A-1 Concrete Leveling & Foundation Repair, American Bank & Trust Co, Aurora Tri State, Bob Jass Chevrolet, Bob Jo Cycle Co., Bob’s Repair & Golf Cart Sales, Collision Centers of America, Computer Network Management, LLC, Country Automotive, Inc., Daily Herald, Delnor Hospital, Dr. Harry Krauspe, DDS, Drs. Horton & Vranas, DDS, Elburn Coop & Blackberry Station, Elburn Herald, Elburn Radiator & Repair, Engineering Enterprises, Inc., Eyes on Elburn, Ltd., Fifth Third Bank, Fleck & Uhlich, Ltd., G. Snow & Sons, Geneva Construction Co., Hobby Town USA, Hodges Westside Truck Center Inc, Hogan Walker, LLC, Hughes Creek Golf Club, Inboden’s Meats, Ltd., J & R Herra Plumbing & Heating, Joe Dieter & Sons, Inc., Kane County Chronicle, Knuckleheads Tavern, LaFarge North America, Leyden Electric, Inc., M & M Dance, Mediacom Communications Corp., Metrolift, Inc., Midwest Window & Supply, Old Second Bank, Paisano’s Pizza & Grill, Photocraft, Inc., Rempe-Sharpe & Assoc., Inc., Ross Electric, Inc., S & K Masonry, Inc., S & P Builders, Inc., Schenk Custom Builders, Schmidt’s Towne Tap, SH & D General Trucking, Inc., Skinner Amusements, Inc., St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club, Terry’s Lawn Service, The Care of Trees, The Morse Group, The Tech Shop, Inc., Tri County Coins & Collectibles, U.S. Specialty Packaging, Unilock Chicago, United Visual, Inc., Valley West Sandblasting & Painting, Inc., and WSPY FM 107.1.

With the generous support of people like you, we will be able to continue serving our community as well as assist in providing services worldwide.

Thank you again for your continual support of the Elburn Lions Club.

Pam Hall, Steve Hall, Cheryl Lee, Al Lee,
Allison Durham, Dennis Schenk,
Nancy Wilkison
Elburn Days 2010 Sponsorship Committee

Letter: Celebrating 5 years of LivingWell Cancer Resource Center

September is the fifth anniversary of the opening of the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, and I would like to recognize our community of supporters who have made our tremendous growth possible.

In five short years, LivingWell has provided over 30 programs and services to 8,217 cancer patients, cancer survivors, caregivers and family members facing cancer. All of our programs and services, including cancer education and nutrition; individual and family counseling, support groups; and wellness activities including yoga and massage therapy, are all provided free of charge to our participants.

Our ability to provide free services to everyone coming through our doors would not be possible without the incredible generosity of this very giving community. I would like to extend a special thank you to the Delnor Health System, who recognized the need for a community-based cancer resource center several years ago. We are also grateful to the thousands of community members and dozens of service organizations and foundations who support our mission.

The statistics are frightening: half of all men and one-third of all women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Giant strides are being made through research and better treatment outcomes, but more needs to be done.

Last month, the American College of Surgeons put forth New Standards of Care for Cancer, which specifically addresses the psychosocial needs of cancer patients. Just as the Institute of Medicine’s findings helped bring credibility to our programs back in 2007, these groundbreaking standards serve as validation for the mission and programs of LivingWell Cancer Resource Center. These newly proposed standards also reflect the changing landscape of cancer care, which now embraces the kind of care LivingWell was founded to provide.

Programs offered at our center have clearly shown to have significant impact. Participants of our programs have been shown to experience:
• Reduced distress
• Improved mental health and quality of life
• Decreased tension and anxiety
• Decreased depression
• Decreased helplessness and hopelessness
• Decreased preoccupation with health issues
• Increased self-confidence in coping with cancer
• Better compliance with medical treatment regimens

We have been humbled by tremendously positive feedback by our participants and through referrals from oncologists representing 19 hospitals and 26 oncology practices. Annual participant growth has exceeded 25 percent each year. We are now providing support care in seven hospitals and four oncology practices in Kane and DuPage counties.

On behalf of the board and staff of LivingWell, please know how much I appreciate your support of the hundreds of cancer patients and their families who have learned that they can count on LivingWell to make their journey with cancer a little bit easier.

Nancy Vance
Executive Director
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center

Letter: Kaneland High School test results an embarrassment

Is this the tipping point on why I should move to better school districts just a few miles east of here? I’ve asked my wife and myself this question several times.

It’s an embarrassment that Kaneland High School test scores resemble those of an inner city school with uninvolved parents, administrators and community leaders. Admit it. That’s what this looks like.

People’s impressions are that this is no longer a high achievement school district just west of Chicago, where students thrive in the nurturing pastoral settings of Kane County. We are now an area that appears to be riddled with uninvolved school leaders and administrators not willing to lead and make compelling decisions.

Where is the administration’s response to these test scores? I expected a more exigent reaction with a detailed, specific plan of action the moment these scores were released to the public. Instead, the next School Board meeting is not until Sept. 13. Then they will think about it, mull it over and get back to us when they get around to it—too late and too lackadaisical.

Maybe I won’t move to Geneva. Maybe I’ll stay and fight. Maybe I’ll run for School Board this spring.

Ted Koch
Sugar Grove

Letter: Kane County lawyers deserve better

Criminal defense lawyers practicing primarily in Kane County—but who also defend clients throughout the Chicago area—have the bittersweet pleasure of running into former Kane County assistant state’s attorneys and public defenders now working for other counties.

Although it is always good to see a friendly face when you’re not on your “home court,” those faces shouldn’t be there. They should still be practicing in Kane County. To confuse matters more, to a person, these lawyers took either demotions, or at best, considered their professional movement lateral.

Why, you ask, would a lawyer take a demotion to work as a prosecutor or public defender in another county? The answer is simple: money.

For a long time, Kane County assistant state’s attorneys and public defenders have seen their salaries lag well behind those of their peers in surrounding counties. Despite this gap, these lawyers would remain in Kane County as a result of a professional quality of life that is second to none, and due to the ability of lawyers to participate in the prosecution and defense of the types of crimes that only Cook County, with its much longer “dues-paying period,” can match. Although these reasons for staying still exist, the salary gap has grown far too large.

Starting salaries for prosecutors and public defenders in Chicago-area counties, except Will County, run anywhere from 26 percent to 33 percent higher than Kane county. Will County is the closest to Kane in the curmudgeon category—the pay in Will County is only 14 percent higher. Salaries of more experienced Kane County government lawyers lag similarly. When you consider that, on average, law school graduates have incurred debts ranging from $90,000 to $150,000, it is no wonder that Kane County is experiencing such a legal brain drain.

I personally know and work with most of the prosecutors and public defenders in Kane County. They are an incredibly dedicated and talented bunch of lawyers. They deserve better.

Gary V. Johnson
Former Kane County State’s Attorney
St. Charles

Letter: What if it was your child being deployed?

If it was your son or daughter who was being deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq, what would be your opinion of these wars?

I recognize that I’m no foreign policy or military strategy expert, but I can see how bravely parents of deployed troops silently bear their pain and fear. I watch how intensely parents pray for the safety of their children and their comrades at church each Sunday—almost holding their breath until they return home. At the local grocery store, you see mothers staring at the cereal displays lost in their private thoughts. When I ask how their military son or daughter is doing, they answer with nervous pride, and we both avoid that deeper emotion that’s like adding one more drop of water to a glass full to the brim before it overflows.

These fellow citizens—mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, even sons and daughters—deserve sound and focused leadership of their families’ courage and sacrifice.

I understand the mission “to kill terrorists before they kill us” as a legitimate narrowly focused self-defensive military and political objective. I don’t understand nation-building when some other family gets their child killed or mangled to advance any State Department mission—not building schools, not educating foreign women, not paving their roads while ours buckle, not providing humanitarian relief in countries where they shoot our soldiers delivering aid, etc. Back when leaders led from the front and spilled their noble blood among the blood of their regular troops, you can imagine that the missions were brutally focused and the rules of engagement practical.

Armies destroy, should be used rarely, and violence is only legitimate in the cause of self-defense. Something or someone else can build other people’s nations.

Speaking of those at the top of our political, social and financial ranks, what has happened to the concept of “To those whom much is given, much is expected”? Where are the Bush’s, Obama’s, Oberweis’, Gates’, and Hastert’s? Is it proper that their fame, fortunes and power are protected by other families’ children’s lives? Ah … those invincible during peace but invisible during war.

Say what you will about Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Joe Wilson, the person who shouted “Liar” during the State of the Union Speech, but they have multiple sons serving and deployed. And, please do not cheapen their heroism by snickering, “Well, you know, that’s the only job they can get …”

War most certainly feeds some of the rich, while it buries many of the poor and the patriotic. Our most liberal president since FDR has submitted the largest defense spending budget in U.S. history at approximately $700 billion for this year alone. The entire U.S. national debt accumulated from 1791 until 1977 (186 years) was $699 billion. Lockheed Martin, Northup Grumman, Raytheon, General Dynamics and Boeing defense allocations have grown from a total of $61 billion in 2000 to $156 billion in 2007 (a 155 percent increase), and their collective profits have grown to $13.5 billion. Of course, we can defeat the Taliban and al-Qaeda, but it’s a question of how much of our strength we are willing to commit and what is the most effective way to protect ourselves from twisted fanatics who see glory in killing innocent men, women and children.

Whom do cowardly bullies beat up on children’s playgrounds? It’s certainly not the strong kid in the class, but rather the troubled child who wipes his nose with the back of his sleeve. Are vicious terrorists who kill to make their political point any less rational in selecting their victims? It is an unfortunate reality of human nature that we can only achieve peace and security through military and financial strength. While some in America fatten up on steady diets of sliders, Big Macs, and MTV, enjoying security they have not paid for, there are others, “betters,” who harden and tighten themselves through incredible physical exertion and the core values of duty, honor and country.

But, just as the kid who plays unmolested on the school playground is strong, he neither looks for nor starts fights. He knows his strength is meant to protect himself, not to hurt others. Prudent American foreign military policy has been based on self-restraint and self-defense, all the way back to General George Washington’s caution to avoid “entangling alliances,” whether these involve traditionally aggressive nations or more modern, self-centered multinational financial corporations and cartels.

We are borrowing money by the billions from totalitarian Chinese Communists to fuel a tsunami of cash that intensifies corruption, fuels resentment and more hostility among the civilian population towards us, and props up an unreliable, antithetical central government in Afghanistan, while the Chinese capitalize on massive raw material developments (northeastern multi-billion dollar copper mines) with no security responsibilities. America fights, China profits.

There are 60 countries where al-Qaeda is operating cells. We will have to align our forward defense strategy to cover their offense, or it will be like the “pound-the-gopher head” game over at Luigi’s, but with life-and-death consequences.

Chris Lauzen
State Senator, 25th District

Letter: Another example of the police state we live in

We live in a police state, and it is getting worse. George W. Bush has sent this nation down two very bad paths.

a) We go kick the bee’s nest. We anger all kinds of people in the Middle East. We kiss up to Israel, and let them behave belligerently with impunity. We have killed millions of people in Iraq. We have made so many enemies we couldn’t begin to count them. Worse, we have flooded the region and our enemies with cash. The New York Times and Washington Post reliably inform us that the Pakistani government is funding the Taliban. … The notion of winning the war which has cost us trillions of dollars is inescapably impossible, our daily actions are making things worse not better. This loose change (billions) will fund our enemies so they have real weapons, not rocks and words. Sooner or later it will all come back to haunt us.

b) In response to the rapidly increasing number and capacity of new enemies, we are turning our own nation into a police state. Worse, we are being ignorantly reactive instead of proactive. Nothing we are doing will increase our security while it has profoundly curtailed our civil liberties.

The nation lives in fear. It should fear itself. We are crumbling under the weight of our mismanagement.

Jeff MacKenzie

Letter: Path connections

In reference to your Aug. 19 article regarding Sugar Grove’s plan for bicycle path connections, I must say I find this extremely confusing.

Why bother? Having lived in Maple Park for over 20 years now, I find it extremely disturbing that any more money would be spent on bike paths that cyclists seem to prefer not to use.

I have never encountered so many bikes traveling on rural 55 mph roads as I have in the last three to four years. This is dangerous, to say the least, as there is no paved shoulder for safe travel on these roads.

I am also certain that these cyclists cannot maintain a minimum of 45 mph for any length of time no matter how fit they are. It is impossible to tell when they are going to swerve or hit an obstacle when traveling these roads. They seem to think the rules of the road do not apply to them as they frequently travel two or three across. Having done a little research, I found the following information on Illinois Secretary of State’s Rules of the Road:
“The maximum speed limit in Illinois for all vehicles is 65 mph on rural interstate tollways, freeways and some four-lane highways, except where otherwise posted. The maximum speed limit on most other highways is 55 mph. You may drive at the maximum allowable speed only under safe conditions. For safety purposes, a minimum speed limit may be posted along certain roadways. When minimum limits are not posted, drivers should not drive so much slower than the maximum limit that they interfere with the normal movement of traffic.”

These bikes definitely do not adhere to these regulations and in fact do interfere with normal movement of traffic. Another interesting fact is:
“A person may not operate a neighborhood or low-speed vehicle on a street, road or highway without obtaining liability insurance.”

With all the bike paths currently available, I do not understand how riding a bicycle on rural roads and highways is even conceivable. Here’s an idea, why can’t these cyclists be allowed to ride on the tollway if distance training is the objective? I would think that would be much safer for all involved, as there are already larger paved shoulders on the tollways, which could more than support bicycle traffic.

If in fact this is where the cyclists prefer to travel. I think they should be required to purchase license plates and insurance like any other moving vehicle traveling these roads. Or better yet, stay on the designated bike paths. Is it just me or have any other citizens in the area that have had bad experiences with this?

Faith Gonzales
Maple Park

Letter: Community blood drive set for Sept. 13

It’s time to donate your blood. Someone needs you. Please mark your calendars for Monday, Sept. 13.

There is a need for every blood type, with an immediate shortage of B-negative and O-negative.

The Sugar Grove Firefighters Auxiliary, along with the Sugar Grove Fire Department, will hold their blood drive at the Sugar Grove Fire Department, located at 25 Municipal Drive. Donation times are 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 to make your appointment or for information.

Your donation is deeply appreciated. Thank you for answering someone’s need.
Joy Rubo
Blood drive coordinator
Sugar Grove Firefighters Auxiliary

Letter: Now is the time to enroll in Illinois high-risk health insurance pool

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created in each state a federally funded health insurance program known as a “high risk pool.” In Illinois, this program is called the Illinois Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (IPXP).

IPXP requires an enrollee to pay a premium and will be operated with $196 million in federal funds. Enrollment will proceed in the order by which completed applications are received. It is estimated that 4,000 to 6,000 Illinois residents will be eligible for coverage. Enrollment began at 10 a.m. on Aug. 20, so for those interested in the program, now is the time to act.

The Departments of Insurance and Public Health will supervise the program, and Health Alliance Medical Plans in Urbana will administer the program. All claims and administrative expenses will be handled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Benefits for enrollees will include primary and specialty care, hospital care, and prescription drugs. 

To be eligible for IPXP coverage, an applicant must satisfy the conditions set forth in the Affordable Care Act:
• Uninsured for at least six (6) months;
• Have a pre-existing condition; and,
• Be a lawful resident of the United States.

For more information about IPXP and the application, visit or call 1-877-210-9167 (voice) or 1-877-883-8551 (TTY) or call my office at (630) 264-2334.

Applications will be accepted online and in person at Department of Insurance offices in Springfield or Chicago. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions or would like more information.

Chris Lauzen
State Sen., 25th District

Letter: Two major parties demonstrate little difference

Mr. Russell is partially correct in his letter, published on Thursday, Aug. 19, regarding Congressman Foster. We can’t afford another term for Mr. Foster. But, would voting for Republican Randy Hultgren end the piles of debt of the last 40 years?

It has made little difference which of the two major parties has been in control. 1998 to 2001 are the only years since 1970 that we have not had a U.S. budget deficit. Those years happen to coincide with Ross Perot bringing the deficit to the public’s attention during his presidential campaigns.

Most of us, who are old enough, remember his graphs and charts that brought the issue to the people. It seems like the only time the Republicans or Democrats accomplish anything or take the needs of the citizens seriously is when they feel their jobs are threatened. Maybe this is why the two parties, in Illinois, continue to pass more and more restrictive election laws to keep other parties from challenging them.

Unfortunately, for the Republican and Democrat parties, the Green Party became a recognized party after the 2006 election.The Democrat Party played every trick in the book to keep Rich Whitney and the Green Party off of the ballot. Currently, the Republican Party is doing everything they can to keep the Libertarians off of the ballot.

Fortunately for Illinois voters, the Green candidates not only retained their ballot line, Whitney received enough votes to make the party a recognized party.

The Green Party not only has candidates for all statewide races, the 14th Congressional District voters have Dan Kairis, the Green candidate. Kairis is the only candidate who has outlined clear energy and trade policies to generate millions of American jobs. Check out his website at

The voters in the 14th District can send a message to both the other two parties that 40 years of their failed policies is enough. Vote for Kairis and the other Green candidates so our children won’t have to face the failures of the Republicans and Democrats for another 40 years.

Jeffrey Walsma

Letter: Thank you

The 2010 Elburn Days Parade Committee want to take this opportunity and say thank you to all of you that assisted us in making the parade a fun and memorable one, especially for our Honorable Grand Marshal, Bruce Conley and his family.

Father Paddock, your anti-rain dance has worked again, however, you sure know how to give a scare to a nervous parade chairman.

Finally, I am rather sure that there will not be anyone suggest that we discontinue the Elburn Days Parade again.

Thank you again.
Mike Stoffa

Letter: 14th District cannot afford Bill Foster

Does Rep. Bill Foster think we should believe his flurry of government paid advertisements (three in the last two weeks) touting his fiscal responsibility?

He has voted with Nancy Pelosi 93 percent of the time. Foster not only threw our tax dollars at big banks and auto companies, but paid for iPods for people as part of a study he supported in his position on the Budget and Oversight Committee.

His vote for the failed $800 billion stimulus resulted in over $70,000 to study how monkeys react on cocaine, and nearly $1 million to study exotic ants. And let’s not even get started on the health care bill, which is looking worse and worse with each passing day.

With unemployment well above the promised 8 percent ceiling if the stimulus passed (it’s currently 10.4 percent in Illinois), the 14th District cannot afford Bill Foster to use our tax dollars with callous disregard.

Rep. Foster and the Democratic leaders in Washington have done nothing to produce jobs in our country, and there are even calls for a second stimulus by high-ranking members of Congress. With that type of recklessness occurring, Bill Foster is clearly part of the problem and not the solution.

The people of the 14th District need to vote for Randy Hultgren to go to Washington and put an end to the piles of debt already left in the wake of these last two years.

Brian J. Russell

Letter: Field of Dreams Horse Rescue and Adoption needs your help

Field of Dreams Horse Rescue and Adoption, (, a local non-profit 501 © (3) tax exempt, all-volunteer horse rescue organization in rural St. Charles, needs your help.

On Saturday, Sept. 18, we will be hosting the Mane Event—A Horse’s Tale, our 4th annual silent and live auction dinner fundraiser at the Q Center, 1405 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles, but in order to be successful, we need gift certificates, monetary donations, or gift items to be auctioned, and paid ads, by Aug. 20.

For information, call Pat at (847) 931-4033, or e-mail her at

This year we expect to have 200 people in attendance at our auction, and our goal is to raise in excess of $50,000 for the future goals of FODHRA. A donation from you, your business or organization will help us accomplish that goal.

If it’s possible for you to donate an item to our auction, we will include your organization or company name in our catalog, and your literature at our event in appreciation of your support.

While we fund a portion of our yearly costs through adoption fees, mini-fundraisers, yearly memberships and horse sponsorships, most of the expenses are left unaccounted for. It is for those funds that we hold our annual auction, The Mane Event.

FODHRA is the only recognized horse rescue in Kane County. We provide a safe haven for abused and neglected horses, as well as horses coming from loving homes whose owners can no longer care for them.

We have a group of dedicated volunteers who come to help care for our special guests on a daily basis. They brush horses, clean stalls, do barn repairs or whatever else is asked of them. No board member or volunteer takes a salary. Our effort is truly one of dedication and love.

To learn more, visit us at our website,

Lorrie Marsiglio
St. Charles

Letter: Kaneville pioneer family artifacts come home

In the spring of 1843, having just given birth to her eighth child, Jemima Seavey Benton, husband Gilbert, and children left New York to establish new lives in what would become known as Kaneville, Illinois.

They packed into their covered wagon only those items necessary for survival on this native prairie which, following the Blackhawk Indian Wars, had just been deemed safe for settlement.

Just this summer, thanks to the generous donation of several of Jemima and Gilbert’s more than 600 descendants, some of those cherished necessities have found their way back to the historic Benton family home, which has been restored by the Kaneville Historical Society.

These items, which include Jemima’s spinning wheel, rocking chair, Bible, and blanket, can be viewed during an open house to be held Sunday, Aug. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. as part of the Kaneville Fest activities. This house and the Minor home, both on Lovell Street, will be open to the public.

Everyone, especially Benton family descendants, are invited to come and share in the unfolding story of these pioneer settlers.

Jeanette Wampach

Letter: A lot of thanks go into our celebration

Our building : 20 years in the making, six years in the planning, two years in the building, now one year in, and worthy of celebration.

It is hard to remember the old place. As a reminder, we were good with books and answers, and plenty bad on space and computers. This place has met the demands of our dreaming … we have seen a great increase in library use to fill where we were short in the old place. Imagine University of Illinois Extension classes, Lifelong Learning classes, early voting, business and room fee income. All only here. Computer use, free wifi, classes—thank you Anthony Rich, may the memory of Janice Katherine live on in our center as a fitting legacy of learning.

At the old place, people happened in to one another and felt rushed to move on—there was no space to visit. Here, people make dates and attend regular gatherings, they sit and visit, study, work and play.

The parking lot has six times the space, and it is often filled. Yet the building rarely feels crowed. It absorbs the users off to their own corners. It is a pleasure working in a place that commands such awe from a first-time visitor, it is an ever changing space—even repeat customers recognize things fresh on a visit.

This year in, has shown us, as will the years to come, that we are not without new challenges. Our ability to meet increasing demands for service, the desire to have more hours, more programs, more books must be measured against the resources available to us.

To this end, thank you to the Library Board, volunteers, fellow library staff and Library Friends. Together, we have experienced strong personal and community displays of strength and resiliency. I trust that the next year brings us more support and great results.

Another purpose of this gathering is to recognize, as we did at our benefactor night last year, the contribution of a few special individuals. The Library Friends have a special program for this, but first I must recognize Pat Graceffa for her tireless effort in managing, as a volunteer, the business of the Friends counter in The Book Nook Cafe. She is always looking for volunteers. When others cannot, she is here. In her role as Library Friends president, she has established an award to recognize Friends and volunteers that have given in efforts well and above.

This year, we recognize Mari Johnson for her efforts in spreading good news of the library and Library Friends activities. She is always there to help. She has invested hours in hauling books for the books sales, assisting in the setup and managing of those sales. Especially key this past year, Mari was a key player in developing, putting in long hours for setting up and hosting the Holiday Designer Show Case. Looking ahead, her work is not done—the next showcase is November 2011. Mari, Thank you.

Also being recognized this year is Don Meisinger. Don also is part of the used book sale effort, hauling books for the books sales, assisting in the setup and managing of those sales. The hours put into the sale set up is amazing, especially at Corn Boil, but Don is always there and always as I see it, in a good mood. He is a steady volunteer at the Library Friends counter. And our regular oil can man—helping keep our book carts running as quietly as possible. Thank you, Don.

Our last recognition for this year is a bittersweet one as she is not in attendance, having moved from our state. We miss her contributions, as over the years she was key to the Library Friends with work on essay contests, raffles and corporate support. Tina Cella helped to shape the Friends from a club into an organization. Thank you Tina.

Pat promised you all a great announcement to follow on the heals of “we own the statue at the fireplace.” In truth, part ruse to bring our recipients here, but true as it is also to state our efforts for the year to come, which involve working to raise funds to keep our programming and collection vital and active.

One step is our BYKI language programs to be instituted soon, as take home flash drives, paid for by the Friends, as well as online classes for home and our lab. This will help us all learn, in a variety of languages, to say a phrase we hope to repeat—acknowledging your support during this new year: Thank you, merci be coup, gracias, Bitte … I hope to learn many more ways to say thank you.

Thank you, Library Friends, for making this and so much more possible here in our library.

Beverly Holmes Hughes
Director, Sugar Grove Public Library

Letter: Thank you for the fireworks

I would like to say thank you to those who have provided fireworks once a year for 12 out of the last 13 years.

Thank you, Elburn Chamber of Commerce, for taking on the responsibility of raising funds to pay for a $10,000-plus display when everyone still thinks that the village of Elburn handles this and their taxes pay for it. Thank you for the times my children and their spouses were dazzled by an impressive fireworks display on a memorable family evening at no cost to us. Thank you.

Thank you, Leslie Flint of the Elburn Herald. I know the hundreds of hours you have spent over the last five or so years in arranging for fireworks, sound stages, bands, vendors, volleyball and bags tournaments, port-a-potties, parking workers, trash pick-up and park clean-up when there was absolutely nothing in it for you.

Thank you, Bill Brauer (and Luke Goucher in the past) of American Bank and Trust, president of the chamber, not only for the hours put in on the committee for Day in the Park in arranging police protection for the crowds, Fire Department permits and insurance for the event, but also the golf outing and the oversight of all the committees.

Thank you, Joe Huml of Old Second Bank, for calling through dozens of chamber members to sell advertising to help fund the event. Thank you, all you who helped set up, advertise and sell pork chop dinner tickets to cover the cost of the event. Thank you, Karen Park of Old Second for working with your husband to set up the day with help from the Lions. And thank you, chamber, for covering the $4,000 shortfall due to the rain so that we in Elburn could still have this event.

And thank you for being willing to make the difficult decision to have the fireworks on that touch-and-go evening. People had come out; some paid for parking. The decision was a hard one, and I didn’t have to make it. Your willingness to do something nice for Kaneland residents when there was no return for you—not even getting credit for doing all that work—did not go unnoticed entirely. Thank you.

Pastor Gary Augustine

Letter: Thank you for downtown donations

I would like to thank, on behalf of the village of Maple Park, the Romp in the Park Committee for the beautiful concrete planters donated to the village’s downtown area.

Claudia Tremaine, Helen Olsen and Kathy Koslowski every year put in long hours to set up the 5K Run/2-Mile Walk during the Maple Park Fun Fest. Their efforts over the years have put into place concrete picnic benches, waste receptacles and other items to help make Maple Park a nice place to live.

Thank you, ladies.

Pat Lunardon
Village trustee
Maple Park

Letter: Accurate assessments include all sales

One of the most frustrating and legitimate complaints that constituents share with me is “How can my property taxes increase, or even stay the same, when the value of my property has dramatically decreased?”

One of the reasons for this abnormality is that foreclosures and short sales are not included by law by assessors in a region’s allocation of the local tax burden. This is obviously an inaccurate reflection of property value, especially in the most devastated areas.

I sponsored SB3334, which passed the Senate and House without a single “No” vote against it, and the governor signed it into law. This law requires local assessors to include short sales and foreclosures in their comparables to come to a more fair, complete, and lower property valuation.

I appreciate the Illinois Realtor Association’s legislative help in getting this correction made.

Before we go out to celebrate, we should keep in mind that it is the spending levy issued by local taxing agencies that, in total, determine the amount of our property tax bills. Until state, federal and local governments spend less, we the taxpayers will pay more.

Senator Chris Lauzen
IL—25, Aurora

Letter: Thank you for supporting the Herra benefit

Wow, where do we even begin. The benefit at Lions Park on June 19 was absolutely amazing.

We will be forever grateful to those who planned and organized the benefit, those who donated items for the raffles and auctions, and to all that worked the benefit.

Thanks to all who came out to the benefit; we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. As hard as we tried to get around and talk to everyone, we missed some of you and apologize for that.

To those who missed the benefit but have sent us cards with your thoughts, prayers and/or donations, we thank you. Everyone’s thoughtfulness means more to us than you will ever know.

We are so very fortunate to have the support of such wonderful family and friends.

Carol’s transplant process should begin within the next two to three weeks. Thank you all who have made this difficult time manageable.

Steve, Carol, Jordan,
Megan and Shannon Herra

Letter: Thankful for Bill Foster

As the country continues to rebound from its recent economic struggles, I am thankful for the hard work and independent record of Bill Foster.

As a successful small businessman, Bill has real-world experience creating jobs and balancing a budget. He knows what it takes to grow a small business and can draw on this background to help create jobs here in the 14th District. His background and dedication to service prove his commitment to this district and the people he represents.

He is working hard to find real solutions and refuses to play the usual political games of false promises and constant pandering.

During his short time in office, Bill has already demonstrated his commitment to job creation through his efforts to protect Fermilab and develop a new health information tech center at NIU. He is creating jobs right here in the district and standing up for the jobs already here.

When someone new to politics shows that kind of passion and success, he gets my attention and has earned my vote. This is a great country, and we need leaders who are dedicated to the people they serve, not entrenched political interests. Bill Foster isn’t interested in the same old political games, just the plain old idea of working hard to represent his constituents.

We need to support Bill Foster and his continued efforts to create good jobs right here in the 14th District and keep America moving forward down the path of economic recovery.

Ronald L. Bedard

Letter: Frustrated with Elburn’s fireworks

I am writing this … because I am very frustrated regarding the fireworks display this evening (Sunday).

As I am sure you are aware, it has been raining (downpouring at times) this evening. My family and I continually monitored the weather.

Around 8 p.m., after checking the website for information and discussing with neighbors the likelihood of the fireworks happening, we decided that they would not happen. We sent our children to bed at 8:30 and 9 p.m.

A few minutes after 9 p.m., we hear the booms. I look out the window to discover that in fact, the fireworks display was on. I was furious. We never would have thought that after hours of rain and lightning in the sky, the fireworks display would go on. Not only was I upset that the fireworks were on, but they were a half hour earlier than stated.

Would it really have been that big of a deal to postpone them for a day? I think people would have appreciated a drier, more enjoyable night. The decision to have the fireworks tonight was very disappointing and extremely aggravating. I certainly hope that more people step forward to voice their opinion on the very poor decision that was made tonight.

Cheryl Wykle

Letter: Thanks for attending the Sugar Grove bike parade

I would like to thank all the moms, dads and children that came out to the Sugar Grove July Fourth Bike Parade; without you there wouldn’t be a parade.

We had a 2-week-old baby join us, an 80-year-old lady with a red floppy hat, a woman in a wheelchair, and a parrot on the shoulder of a rider, along with lots of bikes, skateboards, scooters and wagons. What a parade this year.

Also, I would like to thank Matt McCannon, Bob Beetham and Dave Smith from the American Legion for being our color guard. What an awesome job these three guys did. It was so great to see spectators stand and put their hand over their heart to respect our flag and our nation.

The Sugar Grove Police Department and Sugar Grove Fire Department always add to the parade. They make our small-town parade seem much bigger and a lot more important. The Fire Department provides some noise and lights to add to the excitement. Of course, the Police Department ensures our safety along our route. Every year, they have generously given their time and equipment to join the parade on this holiday. Special thanks go to Wayne Parson of the Fire Department and Brad Sauer of the Police Department.

We all can’t forget to thank the Sugar Grove Park District for providing freeze pops after the parade. The weather was hot, but the freeze pops were so cool. Thanks to Barb Larson and Brian of the Park District.

Now I want to extend a special thanks to my clown friends, Mr. Mumbles, Tiny T and Calico Rose, for the fun way they add to each and every day. Last year in July, I was in the hospital and then spent an extended time in rehab. But my clown friends made sure that Sugar Grove had a bike parade. This year, I was back on my “clown Victoria” golf cart and enjoyed every minute of the parade along with my friends.

Hope to see you all on Sunday at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil on July 25.

JoJo the Clown
Karen McCannon
Sugar Grove

Letter: Sugar Grove Library in danger

The Sugar Grove Library is in danger from actions taken by its Board of Trustees. The board has failed to properly understand funding. It has further undertaken unjustifiable actions against the library staff and set a course that will likely result in a far less useful community asset.

First, despite requests from the public to delay their controversial actions for further community input and an analysis of the less draconian options that were presented, the board went forward with budget action that is both incorrect and unconscionable. The board took these actions on a questionable, irregular meeting day at an irregular time inconvenient for the public to comment and observe.

The strength of any library is its staff and services. However, the board chose to cut both pay and hours of its professional employees in exchange for more items on the shelves. A request was made to put this choice before the library patrons, to ascertain if the users—the taxpayers—preferred a few more materials to the outstanding services currently provided. A request was made to try to find a middle ground. The board ignored the options and took financial action against its employees.

Second, the board actions amount to punishing the staff for the board’s own decision. The board determined to build the new library without having a parallel referendum passed by the community to increase the funding to operate it. Continued referendums have also failed.

It is the board’s responsibility to determine why the public will not vote the funds and to present future election day requests in a manner that will be accepted. Making the library less useful and more stressed is certainly counterproductive to gaining community support. The board has demonstrated an inability to listen to the community it was elected to serve—both long term regarding funding referendums and short term regarding how it operates.

Third, the board continues to talk of a financial crisis, yet just decided to increase materials purchased by 330 percent. This action—the reason for cutting staff pay—is certainly excessive. Recently, the library received a donation to the identified primary target group, children, of 800 books. Interlibrary loan accommodates, within a few days, patron requests for materials Sugar Grove does not have. Several bequeaths are directed at material purchases.

The board action to drastically further increase material at the expense of the staff is unjustified. Once again, this board has interjected itself improperly into operations. Board members are not professional librarians, yet they continue to micromanage and over-ride the experience, knowledge and recommendations of the staff.

Fourth, the board has failed to properly manage the library funds. A Special Reserve Fund (SRF) is maintained for capital expenses and cannot be used for operating expenses or the purchase of books. Coupled with the proceeds of the sale of the old building, the reserve funds are more than sufficient for a brand new building containing new equipment. There is no immediate financial crisis, certainly nothing pending that justifies sacrificing community services and staff. Unnecessary hoarding of money while the library deteriorates from within is a certain means to bring on future crisis.

Fifth, the board has voted an incorrect transfer of funds. The library incurred unforeseen additional costs in implementing the new building. These were one-time expenses. For example, two buildings briefly had to be maintained and additional hardware was needed. These expenses were properly the responsibility of either the SRF or the proceeds from the sale of the old building and should have been taken or reimbursed from them. Instead, the board chose to use operating funds (library materials, utilities, payroll). They then sought fiscal year solvency through reimbursement of these capital expenses from another fund (the Rich Fund) that allows material purchases. It is ironic that the board stated they wanted an increase in materials and yet robbed a fund created for that purpose.

Sixth, there is a troubling perception that some board members do not seem to separate their personal feelings from their elected responsibilities. Something seems to be influencing an attitude of retribution. Cuts in staff pay and hours was the “nuclear option” among several reasonable, less drastic choices. If board members cannot elevate above personal distractions, they should reflect on the justification of their continued service.

The next board meeting is Thursday, July 8, at 7 p.m. The meetings begin with a public comment session. Although this board does not seem inclined to listen to the public, I encourage all residents to attend and participate. The community should take an interest in what has been done to its library and where those actions may likely lead.

Douglas Hartman,
Past President
Sugar Grove Public Library
Board of Trustees

Letter: Sugar Grove storm damage removal information

This past week has brought many rounds of severe weather to the area. As the summer season progresses, there is always the possibility of additional storms.

In the event of threatening weather, the most important thing to do is seek shelter immediately and to stay informed. When there is a storm watch or warning issued, listen to the radio, TV or a weather alert radio. If you haven’t yet done so, you are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED®, Kane County’s emergency alert system. For more information on how to sign up for CodeRED®, please visit

Luckily, Sugar Grove was not hit hard by the recent storms; however, there was some damage that occurred. Whenever a storm causes damage, the Public Works crews will clear streets of debris. After the passing of the storm, the Public Works crews will then return to remove storm damage debris. Due to a decrease in staffing levels, the cleanup process could take several days and will be performed during regular working hours, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Public Works crews cannot come on private property to retrieve or remove any debris, and debris from private property will not be picked up by the village. Private property debris will be picked up by Waste Management as part of the regular refuse/landscape waste pickup.

When cleaning up storm damage, please follow the guidelines for yard waste pickup. The guidelines are: all limbs must be bundled in lengths of no more than four feet long and weigh no more than 50 pounds and be tied with biodegradable string or twine. Smaller landscape debris should be placed in a yard waste bag. If an entire tree has been uprooted or branches are damaged but still attached, a professional tree service will need to be contacted for disposal.
For additional information, call the Sugar Grove Public Works Department at (630) 466-7508 or email

Cynthia L. Galbreath
Village Clerk/Administrative Assistant
Village of Sugar Grove

Letter: Privatizing tollway not the answer

Gov. Quinn’s announcement of teaming up with Indiana to build a new toll/tax highway in Illinois is unconscionable.

With the approval of our state legislature, they and the governor were not thinking of the well-being of citizens of Illinois, only the easiest way out for themselves. Paying a toll/tax is the least efficient way to pay for roads, and by passing the operating responsibility on to a private profit-making company it is not good government and is inexcusable.

With a profit-making company, it will be easier to hide the corruption that they will be sure to have, corruption similar to what we have been seeing for almost 60 years. Even if there were to be no corruption, the toll/tax for Illinois citizens to use this new highway will have to be double or even higher than what we are paying now for the existing tollway roads. After all, we are talking about a profit-first organization, an organization not caring about Illinois citizens—just how much money they can make.

We need to tell our legislators to rescind the bill that gave Gov. Quinn the go-ahead to team up with Indiana and pay for this new highway by increasing the fuel tax by a few cents at the fuel pump. While we are at it, let’s increase the fuel tax right now and make our existing tollway roads freeways as promised by their legislative colleagues during the 1950s.

Close down the Downers Grove toll authority headquarters, saving millions of dollars, and pass on the road management to I-DOT; they can do a much better job at a much lower cost for Illinois citizens.

Russell Johnson
Sugar Grove

Letter: Thanks to Jeannette at The Art Room

We want to publicly thank Ms. Jeannette Rehmel, art instructor to The Art Room, for all of the time and effort that she has put into the current art show on display at the Sugar Grove Library. Our son is only one of the many, many students she guides in art techniques and styles; over 15 adult and student artists have their work on display to showcase their efforts. Miss Jeannette has dedicated herself to nurturing Adam’s interests in painting and sculpture, but also encourages him to try new medium.

While he takes weekly lessons with her, she also offers weekend workshops, summer classes, and themed sessions for both children and adults.

Feel free to contact her at (630) 365-2247 to talk to her about her summer workshops, get some artistic inspiration and ask to see her first-place painting! Jeannette is the winner of this year’s Kaneland Fine Arts Festival Juried Art Show! Supporting local artists while exploring creativity is a great thing. The classes our son takes from Jeannette does this, and we are very appreciative of all that she does! Thank you Miss Jeannette!

Mark and Jenny Wold

Letter: Thank you from Kaneville Baseball/Softball

A big thank you goes out to all who helped make this year’s Kaneville Baseball/Softball Cookout a great success.

We especially want to thank Rob and Myra Ottoson, Nick Turk, Nick Garifalis, Keith and Cindy Koester, Dawn Schleifer, Mary Scholl, Kristin Davidson, Angie Bateman, Nancy Steers and Steve Bill. We also want to thank Ream’s Elburn Market for loaning us their grill.

We had a great response from our team players and the community. We all do this for our kids and the future of Kaneville Baseball/Softball.

Dick and Annette Theobald

Letter: New project launched to “Light Up the Library”

This summer, the Kaneville Public Library has embarked on a project to improve the lighting in the the library’s main reading room and stacks. While the library had upgraded the general lighting in the building several years ago,  it has become obvious that there were still some poorly lit areas that needed attention.

To solve this problem, the library is planning to install a series of at least 18 bookcase lights around the building, and is seeking community support for the project. A sponsor can help by buying a light for a tax deductible donation of $15. So far, eight have been pledged, so the project is well under way.

For more information or to make a donation in support of this project, contact Ray Christiansen at the library or telephone (630) 557-2441.

Ray Christiansen,
Library director, Kaneville Public Library

Letter: Broken meter leads to SG headache

This letter is about a high water bill we received recently from the village of Sugar Grove. Sugar Grove is our primary residence, but we have spent the past four winters in Florida.

Before leaving for Florida each year, we always turn off the water supply to our Sugar Grove residence at the valve located just ahead of the village’s water meter. This is just for safety in case a water leak should ever occur while we are away. With the water supply turned off, we have always understood the village’s need to continue billing us for its water, sewer line maintenance and garbage collection services, the basic minimum charges of which amounted to nearly $35 each month for us this past winter.

When we returned home from Florida on April 22, we turned our water supply back on, and the following day we discovered the water meter was leaking. The leaking water meter was replaced by the village on April 28, 2010.

Early in May, we received a month utility bill for $127.92 from the village, indicating we had used 17,000 gallons of water for the period from March 17, 2010, to April 15, 2010. That period of time was before we got back home and while our water supply was turned off. In fact, no one was even at our Sugar Grove residence. We reluctantly paid that bill but we did protest about $94 of the bill, because of it being associated with a strangely false (and impossible) 17,000 gallons of water usage.

The old water meter was subsequently tested by the village and found to be inoperative. I was finally advised that the meter would not register any water volume passing through it.

Discussions with village utility billing personnel and the finance director, as well as a detailed letter to the village administrator and finance director, have been of no avail in terms of getting any billing adjustment for our account.

These are the “professional” answers I got from Sugar Grove, despite the village’s records showing zero or minimal water usage for our account this past winter before the metering problem happened. The village’s finance director believes we used the 17,000 gallons of water because it was registered by the meter, and despite the meter having been subsequently removed, tested and found to be inoperative. In talking with Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, which had billed us for sewage treatment based on the same 17,000 gallons of water usage, they immediately offered to reduce their charges to be more in line with our historical water account history.

I know that no water would ever pass through the village’s water meter while we had the water supply shut off, a fact which Sugar Grove’s finance director just does not want to believe. It is a sad state of affairs when a local governmental official will believe a broken water meter before even trying to believe a human being. Only two retired people reside at our Sugar Grove residence, and even if we had been home, we would never be able to use nearly 570 gallons per day or 17,000 gallons of water in a month. After a nearly 35-year work career with a local regulated public utility, I know that meters can be faulty and over register, for reasons that often cannot be explained. In those cases, some ordinary common sense should be used when billing a customer.

Finally, I am even more disgusted about this matter now that I have also learned a nearby neighbor experienced the same excessive water meter registration problem with a Sugar Grove water meter. In that case, credit adjustments were allowed because a village employee witnessed continuous registration by the meter, even while the water supply valve ahead of the meter was shut off.

Maybe Sugar Grove just needs an extra $94 and took it from us.

Lyle V. Johnson
Sugar Grove

Letter: LivingWell 5th Annual Bridge Walk a success

As you are probably aware, LivingWell Cancer Resource Center is a nonprofit organization that provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: newly diagnosed patients, cancer survivors, caregivers, children, loved ones and the bereaved. Simply, we are here to help all of those involved in a cancer diagnosis by providing a wide range of programs, free of charge, which are complementary to medical services. In order to do so, we must rely on the graciousness of volunteers and donors who help support us in our endeavors.

This graciousness was exemplified by the community on Saturday, May 15, at the 5th Annual Bridge Walk. Under a clear and crisp blue sky, 129 teams registered for the event—1,500 walkers in total—raising over $240,000 in support of LivingWell: the largest total raised to date.

In order to provide the highest caliber of programming, it takes an army of volunteers and a lot of fundraising. LivingWell would like to thank everyone who participated in and supported the 5th Annual Bridge Walk, including the over 30 corporate sponsors and 100-plus volunteers.

The morning included a special rendition of “We are the Champions” by singer Leslie Hunt to commemorate the 10-Step Celebration Walk. We broke so many records this year, including dollars raised and number of teams formed. “Kathy’s Circle,” headed by Glenn Harks, raised over $16,000; and “Linda’s Lions,” led by Carianne Paustian, was the largest team with 80 walkers. Additionally, nine local schools participated, with the top school fundraiser being St. Charles East High School, raising $11,010, and Wasco Elementary school’s “Wasco Wolves,” raising $5,206.

LivingWell would like to thank the following corporate sponsors for their generous support:
Aldi, Inc; Batavia Rotary Club; Cancer Care & Hematology Specialists; Cocoon; Colonial Ice Cream, Inc.; Delnor Cancer Care Center; Dickens, Mason, & Kissell D.D.S.; Dr. Brian Vence; EFS Foundation; First Choice Bank; Francissen Landscape Group, Inc.; Gerald Nissan Subaru of North Aurora; Gordon Flesch Company; Hansen-Furnas Foundation, Inc.; Kane County Farm Bureau; Kluth Family Foundation/CouponCabin; Lean Advantage; Montgomery Brothers; Mothers Club of Geneva; Niche Restaurant; Prose Orthodontics; Provena Mercy Medical Center; Rush-Copley Medical Center; Shodeen Family Foundation; Starbucks; Todd S. Hewell, III, M.D.; and Tradewinds Heating & Air Conditioning.

The staff and board members of LivingWell are tremendously grateful for all of the support shown by our community. The Bridge Walk day is a personal tribute to all who are battling a cancer diagnosis. Additionally, it creates awareness of the disease and raises funds to support the extensive array of programming and services at LivingWell. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the day such a success.

Nancy Vance
Executive Director
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center