Category Archives: Editorial/Opinion

Letter: Letter to Congressman Foster

I have watched the continuing debate over health care. In my view, the overarching issue is access to health care for the uninsured. I would suggest three simple solutions:

One, find a method and the means to pay for insurance for this group inside our existing structure.

Two, reform the tort laws that add to the overall cost of health care.

Three, change the law to let individuals buy high-deductible coverage with health savings accounts to facilitate and encourage improved individual choice on health matters.

I am sorry, but the current proposals, to the extent they can be comprehended, are a mess.

If you exercise poor judgement on this matter and vote for this proposal, I will vote against you in the next election, I will contribute to your opponent in the next election and I will work actively against you in the next election. Regardless of the opponent, I will continue to do so until you are defeated and removed from office.

Donald P. Danner

Letter: Tollways need to go

With the latest corruption coming out of Downers Grove there could not be a more opportune time for Gov. Quinn and our legislators to support legislation that would get rid of Illinois’ biggest embarrassment—the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.

Our past governors and state legislators have not kept the word of their 1950s colleagues when they said that once the financial bonds were paid off the roads would become freeways. From day one we have not seen anything but corruption come out of the toll authority Taj Mahal headquarters in Downers Grove. A few headliners included shady land deals where the director went to jail; employees were caught stealing tollbooth coins and motorist fines; a consultant was paid $100,000 to study if their top executives were underpaid; raises of 10 to 95 percent were given for 40 top executives while Illinois citizens are losing their jobs and the country’s economy is going to pot. There was even a time when the executive director used the toll authority’s helicopter to go see his girlfriend, and in 2006 over $40 million of tollbooth collections was fed to the state treasury to be used for non-road expenditures. The list goes on and on and on.

A toll/tax is the least efficient way to pay for roads. Paying a toll/tax is unfair to the citizens living in the northern part of our state. While northern citizens are being double taxed to use their highways, tax money that they pay at the fuel pump is being used to pay for highways in mid and southern Illinois.

Another public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 9. I ask you for what? How many public hearings do we have to have about toll authority corruption before our legislators take their heads out of the sand? This public hearing, as were the others, is nothing more than window dressing. They already know that the toll authority breeds corruption and they should know by now that the only way to correct the problem is to get rid of the source—the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. We don’t need or want this embarrassment for Illinois.

There is a new website with a “Get rid of the tolls” petition for Illinois drivers to let their legislators know that it is time for the toll authority to go—along with their unfair toll/tax:
Russell Johnson
Sugar Grove

Letter: Frustrated with Foster

I became quite frustrated with Congressman Bill Foster and his staff when I attended his “Neighborhood Office Hours” at the DeKalb Public Library on Aug. 11. Though I realize the staff was in DeKalb to assist local residents with federal benefits such as Social Security and Medicare, the congressman was nowhere to be found!

With healthcare reform, the struggling economy, and other hot-button issues at the forefront, I would have expected him to be there to hear concerns and answer any questions constituents may have. Yet those of us that attended the meeting to discuss federal legislation were left to express our concerns with a sheet of paper. Supposedly, it will reach Foster’s eyes.

In addition, his Regional Outreach Coordinator couldn’t tell me the last time Foster was in the DeKalb and Sycamore area for a meeting with the public. The staff member, however, did explain Foster will be hosting a tele-town hall discussion in the coming weeks. Judging by the number of people that showed up at the “Neighborhood Office Hours” to question him on pressing topics, I can see why Foster would want to hide behind a phone and be selective about the few constituents among thousands who will be allowed to speak during the conversation.

Clearly the 14th Congressional District deserves a representative that is forthcoming about his stance on issues which affect the country and doesn’t send his staff to give vague answers to important questions. In short, we deserve someone that doesn’t hide out when issues get heated.

Tara Shane

Editorial: Have a ‘totally rad’ Elburn Days weekend

Get out your hair spray and acid-washed jeans, the 1980s’-themes Elburn Days festival is upon us.

The theme of the entire event is “Celebrating 80 Years of Family Fun in the Community,” but we all know that the place to be when it kicks off is along Route 47 in Elburn for the annual parade. This year, the parade theme is “Celebrating 80 Years of Fun, 80’s Style.”

Following the parade is a full weekend of fun events and opportunities to get out and meet your follow community members. Read through either of our Elburn Days special sections, and it becomes clear that there is more than enough to entertain people of all ages and interests.

Community events like Elburn Days, Sugar Grove’s Corn Boil, and the upcoming, new Kaneville Fest set for the following week, are examples of opportunities to connect with your community—whether that is to strengthen bonds that already exist, reconnect with those you may have lost touch with, or create new friendships.

The strength of a community lies in its people and their relationships with each other. It is these relationships that help turn a place where people live into their hometown, and it is a strong hometown that gives people security and improves their quality of life.

Knowing that a neighbor will be there when you find yourself facing a difficult time (and you know this because you would be there for them), knowing the people you see around town by name, knowing the people behind the organizations trying to help out others in need—these are what some may call “little things,” but it is these “little things” that can make all the difference in someone’s daily life.

In general, times may be hard, finances are tight, stress may be on the rise, but more and more, people are finding out that it is the strength of their communities that make those difficulties easier to handle.

With that in mind, we hope to see you at Elburn Days, at Kaneville Fest, and at as many of the other smaller community events that occur throughout the year. You may find that they are just what you need.

Letter: Thanks to AJ from Rosatis

Recently, my husband and I ordered from Rosatis, which we have done for a number of years. Not only was our order delivered quickly, but about five minutes after we sat down to eat the doorbell rang again and AJ (the owner) was at our door with a blank check, which I had inadvertently torn off when I wrote a check for our food. He could have called and asked me to come and pick it up, but he drove over and personally delivered it. There has been some negative publicity about Elburn lately on these pages, and I thought it only fitting that someone who possesses both honesty and integrity should be recognized. Thanks AJ, and continued success to you!
Patricia and Richard Romke

Letter: Lauzen releases constituent survey results

In early May, I sent a survey to my constituents, both Democrats and Republicans, to get their final advice before we voted on many issues in June and early July. More than 4,000 citizens in our area replied!

My assistant and I have made the conscious decision to save the state postage expense and to report the most interesting 12 findings through this channel of a letter to the local editor.

1. “What do you believe the state’s legislative top priority should be?” (asked to check one box only):
46.5% Budget
16.5% Jobs
14.0% Ethics
5.6% Health care
5.4% Education

2. “Do you favor (Gov. Pat Quinn’s) 50% increase in the income tax rates?”
72% No (3,071 replies)
17% Yes (745 replies)
11% Undecided (459 replies)

3. “In order to pay for a road and infrastructure construction plan, which do you prefer?”
56% Cut services (2,391 replies)
24% New gambling (1,024 replies)
15% Tax hike (628 replies)
5% Undecided (232 replies)

4. “On a scale of 1-10 (important), indicate how strongly you believe each factor has contributed to there being the same level of academic achievement over time despite increased funding?”
Lack of focus on basic, demanding curriculum (7.5 index level)
Social problems at home (7.1 index level)
Apathetic parents (7.5 index level)
Teacher’s Union influence (6.9 index level)
Ineffective expensive administration (8.2 index level)

5. “Do you believe that shifting funding for public education from local property taxes to higher state taxes will improve student academic achievement?”
73% No (3,117 replies)
12% Yes (491 replies)
15% Undecided (655 replies)

6. Should medical marijuana be legalized?
47.5% Yes (2,030 replies)
37.9% No (1,619 replies)
14.6% Undecided (624 replies)

7. “Do you support the State of Illinois requiring/providing state-run health care for all Illinois, even those who have private insurance now?”
71% No (3,050 replies)
14% Yes (606 replies)
15% Undecided (618 replies)

8. “Should voters in Republican primaries be allowed to vote for the equivalent of the board of directors for the Illinois Republican party?”
59% Yes (2,516 replies)
10% No (413 replies)
31% Undecided (1,345 replies)

9. “Should homosexual marriage be legalized?”
75% No (3,185 replies)
17% Yes (723 replies)
9% Undecided (366 replies) (note-slight rounding error)

10. “Should homosexual civil unions be legalized?”
46% No (1,983 replies)
41% Yes (1,740 replies)
13% Undecided (550 replies)

11. “On a scale of 1-10 (important), how important to you is someone’s Democrat or Republican affiliation?”
4.95 Index Level (4,187 replies)

12. “Should it be illegal for any family member of a legislator to function as a lobbyist?”
83% Yes (3,560 replies)
9% No (400 replies)
7% Undecided (316 replies) (note-slight rounding error)

I personally read each one of your responses and am deeply grateful for the time you took to guide me to serve you better.

Christopher J. Lauzen
Illinois State Senator

Letter: Elburn unfairly criticized

This is in regards to a Letter to the Editor titled “Please return money lost at Elburn Jewel,” that was run on Aug. 6, 2009. In that letter, a Campton Hills woman had left a blue bank bag full of checks and $3,400 in the Jewel on Aug. 4. The money she explained, was for treatment for her dog who had lymphoma. She was looking to get her money back, and rightfully so, pleading with the person who took it to return it to any bank in Elburn without prosecution. First, I hope her dog gets well. Second, I hope she gets her money back, because it was wrong for someone to take the money, period.

However, what she said in her letter was disturbing to me. She said, “I thought a little town like Elburn still had very honest and proud residents, but I was very wrong and hurt by this little town.” So, I get this from that statement—She feels that there are no honest and proud residents in Elburn currently, and that our little town hurt her and that it absolutely had to be someone from Elburn. So there are no dishonest people in Campton Hills or St. Charles? Ugh. There are unfortunately bad people everywhere. And let me get this straight, no one from anywhere else but Elburn shops at that Jewel-Osco, right? That’s funny because she was from Campton Hills shopping there. And now the general residents of Elburn are dishonest and not proud? Well, I still hope she still gets her money back, and I really do hope her dog gets treatment and gets well (I have dogs myself) but I hope she really thinks about what she said. Lumping a whole community as dishonest, especially the community I love, does not sit well with me. I think it was a pretty ignorant statement and, well, I am very sorry we didn’t live up to your expectations—it could have happened anywhere, even Campton Hills, believe or not.

Melissa Mullany

Letter: Calling all youth in the Elburn area

The Elburn Lions are looking for help with cleanup during Elburn Days.

Cleanup consists of distributing and maintaining receptacles during two-hour shifts. Gloves and safety vests will be provided. You can sign up for multiple shifts. Pay is $5/hour for under the age of 16, and $7/hour for 16 and up.

We have various shifts available. They are limited—first come, first serve!

If you are between the age of 12-18 who would like to earn some money for Elburn Days, please contact Uwe Rotter at (630) 408-8969. Leave a message with your phone number if you get the answering machine.

Friday Aug. 21
8-9 a.m. – Distribution
7-9 p.m. – Cleanup shift
Saturday Aug. 22
6 a.m. – General park cleanup
12-2 p.m. – Cleanup shift
2-4 p.m. – Cleanup shift
4-6 p.m. – Cleanup shift
6-8 p.m. – Cleanup shift
8-9:30 p.m. – Cleanup shift
Sunday Aug. 23
6 a.m. – General park cleanup
12-2 p.m. – Cleanup shift
2-4 p.m. – Cleanup shift
4-6 p.m. – Cleanup shift
6-8 p.m. – Cleanup shift
8-9:30 p.m. – Cleanup shift
Monday Aug. 24
8 a.m. – General park cleanup
Uwe Rotter
Elburn Lions Club

Editorial—Community in the face of personal crisis: You can help

The weeks leading up to the start of school are hectic for any family. Supplies, clothes, registration forms, books, etc., have to be purchased, organized and ready to go by the start of school.

It can be enough for anyone to feel a bit overwhelmed; and we are sure there plenty of Kaneland-area families feeling that way right now, as the district gears up for the 2009-10 school year.

Now, take all of that progress amidst the chaos and throw it out the window. Imagine not only having to start that process over, but start everything—literally everything—over.

No home, no possessions, no warning.

That is precisely what happened to the Lawrence family Aug. 5 when their town home in Sugar Grove caught fire, leaving the family homeless just weeks before the family’s two children were set to start the year at Kaneland High School.

According to Sugar Grove Fire Chief Marty Kunkel, it took firefighters an hour to get the fire under control, and the family’s home was a complete loss.

Thankfully, the Lawrence family can take solace in the fact that they live in the Kaneland community. In fact, according to Elburn Herald reporter Susan O’Neill’s story, the community has already begun to step up and help out.

If you have lived or worked in our Kaneland communities for any length of time, you will know that these types of tragic circumstances fortunately happen infrequently. Yet, when they do, community members have a tendency to come together and help out. It is but one more example of the difference between a place where people live and their hometown.

While the community involvement that has occurred thus far is no doubt appreciated, the family remains without a home and in need. The Sugar Grove Castle Bank has established the Lawrence Family Benefit Fund account for donations. Deposits will be accepted at the Castle Bank at 36 E. Galena Boulevard, Sugar Grove or any Castle Bank branch. Gift cards for local department stores that will allow the family to purchase clothes and other needed items may be dropped off at the bank, as well.

Letter: Sugar Grove Farmers Market ‘Dog Days of Summer’ event Aug. 15

This Saturday, Aug. 15, the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market is hosting Dog Days of Summer, a special event sponsored by Millie’s Pet Sitting & More, LLC, that is dedicated to Man’s Best Friend.

This will be a very special market with a photo contest for the peppiest dog, the laziest dog, the best-dressed dog, and the cutest puppy picture, as well as a stupid pet trick contest. The stupid pet trick contest will be held at 10 a.m.

Owners may sign up for the contests by completing the Entry Form available on the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry web site at or at the information tent at Farmers Market before 9:45 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Photo entries will be displayed at the information tent. Visitors to the market will be encouraged to vote for their favorite photos as they enter the Market, so it’s a good idea for entrants in the photo contest to submit their entries beforehand, or first thing Saturday morning!

In addition to the contests, several specialty vendors and organizations involved with dogs will be present at Dog Days. They include Midwest Greyhound Adoption, Sugar Grove Animal Hospital, Bil Jac Dog Food, Barkaholics, Kilogi Dog Treats, and more.

Any dog-related business or organization interested in participating should contact Pat Graceffa at (630) 466-1014 as soon as possible.

The Sugar Grove Farmers Market is held in the parking lot of the Sugar Grove Municipal Building, Rt. 30 and Municipal Drive every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon through September.

Tina Cella
Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce

Letter: Disappointed in Fisherman’s Inn

We are frequent patrons of the Fisherman’s Inn in Elburn and I just want to let it be known that we were turned away on a recent Saturday evening for dinner for two because they wanted to seat tables of four or more instead.

I called ahead for reservations because we had to drive from Downers Grove to get there and was told over the phone that we did not need a reservation, we could just walk in and be seated they were not busy.

When we arrived, multiple reservations had been taken for tables of four or five in the party, so we were told to sit in the bar for 30 minutes and maybe—just maybe—they would find room later in the evening for us, but that it was not certain that a table would become available at all that evening.

I stated that we had tried to make a reservation and were told that it wasn’t necessary, that we drove a great distance and that we could clearly see empty tables directly ahead of us. “Sorry” was the reply, and out the door we went.

I have spent many lovely dinners at the Fisherman’s Inn and was dearly saddened by the hostess and managers handling of the situation (Just an FYI, we went to the Mill Race Inn located in Geneva and had a very nice meal). One would think in this economy a restaurant would be grateful someone took the time to drive a long distance to be a loyal patron.

Someone should be aware that the staff at the Fisherman’s Inn isn’t good for Elburn business. Thank you for listening,
Julie Chatton
Downers Grove, Ill.

Letter: Special thanks from Elburn American Legion

The Elburn American Legion wishes to express our gratitude for the voluntary labor and masonry skills that were given for repairs to our Main Street building. Two back-breaking days of hard work and extraordinary masonry skills were donated. Our thanks go to the owners of Big Red Masonry, Inc. and Patzer Masonry. Skilled labor was also provided by Kurt Bettcher, Danny Van Whye and Andy Padilla.

Giving so much of themselves to honor the veterans of our post is appreciated beyond words.

Wiley Overley
Elburn American Legion Post 630

Editorial: Libraries far more than just a place to check out books

A public goal nearly five years in the making will be officially realized on Saturday, Aug. 8, when the new Sugar Grove Public Library building, opens at 9 a.m.

In November 2004, the community voted in support of an $8 million building bond project for a new library facility, and construction began in May 2008.

Officials representing the library and the village of Sugar Grove have a full morning of events planned, concluding at 1 p.m.

Following the welcome message by the day’s master of ceremonies, Perry Clark, at 9 a.m., the morning will be packed with food, children’s activities ranging from face painting to story time to coloring activities, sit-downs with authors, demonstrations and tours, and more.

Libraries are far more than places to merely check out books, they can serve as a vital community center, strengthening the connections of those who share a hometown. The town came together to support, with their vote and tax dollars, to have a larger building with more potential for materials and programming offerings. Without the passage of the operating funds referendum, much of that potential cannot be realized, but until then, the new library building will still provide a much improved experience and opportunity for those in the Sugar Grove Public Library District.

Just a few things the library offers include:
• Youth Services
There are a variety of collections and offerings for families. Materials specific to parenting, and youth and children’s audio, movies, items for toddlers, picture books, etc. A family room enables patrons to move around and not feel cramped or have to sit in one spot perfectly quiet.

Early education programs feature story times, music programs and other activities for children of all ages.

The TeenZone is a dedicated space that allows for web-surfing, chatting, texting, games and more.

• The Book Nook Cafe
This area offers coffee and other beverages, as well as a variety of food. Another part of the area is dedicated as a gift shop provided by the Library Friends group.

• Reader Services and Ask Me Desk
There are a variety of reader services and offerings available for patrons. There are many areas for study, including a quiet reading room and an all-season porch, outdoor patio and small-group meeting room.

Home delivery is available for cardholders restricted from travel due to health reasons.

Proctor Exams are offered for those involved in long-distance learning programs and professions that provide independent studies relying on proctored and certified exams.

• Volunteerism
Volunteers of age 14 and older can offer their assistance to the library, either as a one-time service or on an ongoing basis. According to the library, the move to the new building will provide the opportunity for volunteer greeters and tour guides. This volunteer service will require keeping a schedule, making a time commitment, and training.

• Technology Center
The library features a computer lab with 17 computers, as well as classes and tutorials provided by staff.

• Community Services
The library has large meeting rooms, study rooms, WiFi access, as well as a variety of other services.

This is just an overview of what the library offers, and it is clear that there is far more to it than just checking out that new novel.

To help visualize this description, we urge you to visit the open house on Saturday; and if you can’t make it then, make sure you see the new library building soon at 125 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove.

Letter: Please return money lost at Elburn Jewel

On the night of Aug. 4, a blue bank bag was left at the Jewel-Osco in Elburn. In it was cash totaling $3,400, as well as check books for personal and business accounts.

Why so much cash?

My dog, Jak, was diagnosed with lymphoma in June, and the money was for his treatment. He is a lively 7-year-old mixed breed with a heart of gold; and his medical expenses are racking up.

I thought a little town like Elburn still had very honest and proud residents, but I was very wrong and hurt by this little town. I know times are tough right now for everyone, but to steal money?

Please return the cash and contents without prosecution, to any bank in Elburn.

Kristin Damolaris and Jak
Campton Hills

Letter: Thanks for support at SG Corn Boil

Kettley Realtors of Sugar Grove would like to thank all the people that stopped by our booth at the 2009 Corn Boil. We had a great turn out and would like to thank everyone that stopped by to say “Hi” and sign up for the raffle prizes.

The winners are:
• $100 gift card—Donna Burton
Donated by Irv Ochsenschlager, attorney; Herbert and Eckburg, attorneys; Linda Leask, attorney. These attorney’s also donated all the kid’s raffle prizes.

• Digital Picture Frame—John Kupar
Donated by Jeff and Linda Koehling, First Centennial Mortgage.

• Girl’s bike—Keasy (last name not available as of press time)
Donated by Sam Jones, Americal Home Inspections.

• Boy’s Bike—Tim Rosko
Donated by David Ward, Quality Assurance Home Inspections.

Thank you to all.
Lori Moore
Kettley Realtors
Sugar Grove

Letter: Thanks for attending our barbecue

Thanks to all who made Sunday’s barbecue at Lions Park a great success. Those attending met and heard Illinois State senators Chris Lauzen and Kirk Dillard, state Rep. Kay Hatcher, and judges Ann Jorgensen, Mary Schostok, Karen Simpson and Kevin Busch.

We had a star-studded assembly of candidates as well: Governor candidates Kirk Dillard, Adam Adrzejewski and Dan Proft, captured audience attention with bold, no-nonsense speeches. Also speaking were candidates for Illinois 14th Rep. District Jeff Danklefsen, Ethan Hastert and Mark Vargas, U.S. Senate candidates Bill Lee and John Arrington, and judicial candidates Robert “Bob” Pilmer and Donald “DJ” Tegeler.

Appellate Court Justice Ann Jorgenson’s speech was a civics lesson concerning how Appellate Court decisions create legal precedent, thus becoming law. A good dinner and an entertaining and informative evening was had by all.

Special thanks to host and master of ceremonies T.R. Smith, and to Elburn Lions Club for the success of this event.

Dennis C. Ryan
Western Kane County Republicans

Letter: Having a garage sale? Be careful of counterfeits

Please be wary, it’s garage and yard sale time.

I want everyone out there to be aware of counterfeit bills. Yes, they are out there and they’re good looking ones, too.

I went to my bank to deposit the money from my sale only to find out some were counterfeit. I was in shock.

Garage sales and yard sales are to find bargains and treasures; boy did someone get a bargain.

Please purchase a “counterfeit pen” before your sale. My teller says they are sold at office supply stores.

I’m out the money, but I just want to save others from the same. It doesn’t matter the amount lost, it’s the principle.

Chris Hochsprung

Letter: Legislature needs to face up to its fiscal responsibilities

The recently passed budget sent to Gov. Quinn has the potential for being a disaster for the residents of south Kane County who have mental illness, developmental disabilities or substance abuse disorders. For cuts of 14 percent to be considered to a community service system that already ranks 51st in the country is unfathomable. Do these residents rank so low on the priority list for state legislators? Are we saying that, as a state, we are incapable of caring for our most vulnerable citizens? Should we be advising these neighbors to move to Wisconsin or Ohio? I’d really like answers to these questions.

The budget passed by the legislators is totally inadequate to serve the residents of Illinois. Borrowing money is not the answer. Putting off paying your bills is not the answer. It is outrageous that the state’s vendors, many of them not-for-profits who have to borrow money to meet payroll, are floating $3 billion of the state’s debt. One time fund transfers are not the answer. Cuts to human services are not the answer. The entire DHS budget is only one third of the state’s deficit. You do not need to be an accountant to figure out that more revenue is necessary.

What is needed is a legislature that is willing to face up to its fiscal responsibilities to adequately fund public services, regardless of the political consequences. The passing of this totally inadequate budget, the consequences of which aren’t even known yet, is far from the best work done in Springfield in recent months.

The families of the thousands of residents in south Kane County rely on these services to live “normal” lives. They will remember this summer of 2009 as the “Lost Summer.” The summer they lost services. The summer they lost their independence. The summer they had to change their lives because the state legislature couldn’t agree on a fair budget. The summer their loved one lost measurable quality of life. This Lost Summer will be remembered vividly by these families and their friends when primary elections roll around this winter. Memories of their summer will last a long time.

Jerry J. Murphy, Executive Director
Mental Health &
Mental Retardation Services, Inc.

Editorial: Newspapers’ job not to serve as PR firm

We received some interesting feedback due to a story published on page 8A of the July 23 edition of the Elburn Herald, “Code change allows liquor license for space village president owns.”

What made it interesting was that for some, the feedback demonstrated a lack of understanding of the purpose of a community newspaper and the facts relative to this situation, or a perception of some of those involved that we have a bias that led us to write the story in the first place.

We feel that it is important for our readers to understand not only why we do what we do, but to understand how our community journalism mission applies to this specific situation.

First, our job as a community newspaper is to report what happens in our community. It can consist of stories that may be heart warming or heart wrenching. It may be an edition full of arrests and crime, or of fundraisers and examples of residents helping each other. We are not here to make anyone look good or look bad, it is the situation itself that determines that.

If those involved in the situation reported in both the July 23 and July 30 editions feel that the act of reporting what happened is inherently biased, then you do not understand the purpose of a community newspaper. We are not here to be the village’s, or anyone’s, public relations firm; and we are not here to make anyone or any group look good or bad. We are here to let our readers know what is happening in their communities

The average reader could conclude that the officials involved tried their best to avoid a conflict of interest and acted in a manner to remain beyond reproach. Likewise, the average reader could also conclude that officials used their positions for personal gain; that the building would not have sold when it did if it were not for the influence inherent in officials’ positions. The fact that the average reader could read the same set of facts and reach different conclusions means there is the existence of gray area in this situation.

One of the individuals providing feedback argued that if one were to remove the names and titles of those involved, the same result would occur, that everything would have happened in the same way and in the same timeframe as happened in this situation.

While that may arguably be true, it is also irrelevant to our coverage.

It is irrelevant because stating what, how and when something happened does not change the what, how or when something happens.

It is not the act of reporting that created a possible negative perception of what occurred, it is the event or situation being reported on.

If you do not want a negative perception to occur, you should act in a manner that does not allow for a gray area to exist.

Letter: Current Kane County Government fails western townships

The July 23 Elburn Herald carried two letters detailing problems within this county’s government.

It is to the great credit of the Herald, as a local, independent paper, that these letters were printed. Too often the regional newspapers will not print such statements for fear of losing “access” to government officials.

Though both letters dealt with different topics, they identify some long-standing problems which affect all Kane County residents, but are of special concern to residents of the 10 townships of western Kane County. I believe these problems come directly from the lopsided structure of the County Board itself.

The Kane County Board has 26 members, plus its Chairman Karen McConnaughy. Of this total of 27, 25 represent the six Fox River townships, but only two members are allotted to represent 10 western townships, the largest portion of Kane County’s land area. Because of this imbalance, our interests and problems are not understood by Board members representing the “river towns” of eastern Kane County.

KCSO President Dennis Carroll well states that cutting Kane Sheriff’s Deputy staffing will have an impact on police operations, but the greatest impact will be felt in the 10 western townships. The urban communities located along the Fox River have their own municipal police agencies, but much of western Kane County—mostly rural—must depend on Sheriff’s deputies for accident and crime investigation, traffic control and patrol security. The Sheriff’s Department also has numerous court and civil duties, and its manpower is already stretched thin. I believe this is not understood (or is ignored) by those 25 urban County Board members who will not experience the delays in police response in rural areas that will be caused by planned cuts in Sheriff’s deputy staffing.

Another letter, from Circuit Court Clerk Deborah Seyller, details additional problems confronting Kane County’s justice system if further budget cuts are imposed. Her office is the nerve center of our court system—processing court orders, warrants, summons and trial records—all of which are duties mandated by law, and required to be performed in an accurate and timely manner. In short, budget cuts in the Court clerk’s office also affect the ability of the Sheriff’s Department to perform its duties, and of the courts to operate efficiently.

Ms. McConnaughy, County Board Chairman, states that “arrogance” prevents elected county department heads from making additional budget cuts, but has displayed her own arrogance by summoning them to a public meeting to explain why they haven’t made the cuts, as directed by her Board. As elected officials, they have accepted the responsibilities of their offices as defined by Illinois law. They have become knowledgeable experts in the duties and responsibilities of those offices. Yet, they are labeled “arrogant” for holding on to the funds and staffs necessary to perform their state-mandated duties. So, with these facts, I leave it to you to decide where true “arrogance” exists in Kane County government.

Kane County’s 10 western townships have a huge interest in the policies of our County Board. Unfortunately for us, the imbalance of the Board’s membership favors the Fox River communities, leaving us over-taxed, over-regulated, under-served and under-represented. One of the few strong voices we have comes from the Western Kane County Republican Organization which represents GOP voters in nine of the 10 western Kane townships. The organization has delivered the majority of Republican votes in recent County elections, and can choose to support, or not support, candidates for elective office.

If any improvement is made in this county’s government, it is the duty to both political parties to select “good government” candidates to get the job done. The election season is upon us. Candidate ballot petitions will soon be available. This is your county government. You pay for it. Work to correct it.
Dennis C. Ryan

Editorial: Kaneville adds community festival to summer calendar

We are glad to see residents in the village of Kaneville planning for a community festival for the end of this summer.

According to Elburn Herald reporter Susan O’Neill’s story on page 1A, Kaneville Fest will run from Friday through Sunday, Aug. 27-29, and include a variety of activities ranging from a used book sale at the library on Friday to a softball game on Sunday.

These are the kinds of events that bring communities together, that help turn people who happen to live next to each other into true neighbors.

Kaneville has long had a history of viewing itself as a distinct community, even before the legal designation of being a “village” was made in 2007. In our communications with many then-unincorporated Kaneville Township people, they often referred to themselves as residents of the village of Kaneville.

So, their decision to incorporate merely added a legal designation and official boundary to an area within which the residents already felt that sense of belonging to the community.

Therefore, it is no surprise that the community is now coming together to celebrate that identity. We hope to see residents of Kaneville, as well as residents of the broader Kaneland community, at the event to show their support and celebrate community.

Letter: What we need in this area is jobs

I believe in America. I believe we can overcome almost anything, if we’re given an even playing field. I was a Republican for all but the last nine years of my life. Now I’m a Democrat. Nine years ago America voted in a team to the White House who took out our fair playing field, and tipped it to the Communist Chinese.

They put in incentives for businesses to invest money and jobs to lower the prices of goods sold here. The Communist Chinese have subsidized the manufacturing of all goods. All while the other countries in the world put tariffs in place, we did not. The tariffs put a tax on the Communist Chinese product that forces its price to be even with the lowest price for the same product made in the European Common Market or the South American Market Association. If there are no comparable products made, then the Communist Chinese are allowed to sell at whatever the market will bear. They do.

The Communist Chinese have a plan. If they eliminate all the manufacturing ability of a product, they will multiply the price to whatever they can still sell it at. That means when we have lost our ability to produce a product, they will multiply the price to sell it at whatever they can. Do you know what percentage of bullets that we are currently forced to buy from the Communist Chinese? I believe in the right to bear arms. I refuse to buy ammunition that states “made in China.”

The second thing that happened to change my mind about the Grand Old Party’s new administration was its dependence on the rich oil ministers to dictate policy here. We went to two wars, with no plans but to fight. These wars were fields filled with reservists, national guardsmen and active duty personnel dying for an oil industry filled with tribesmen seeking to conquer each other. We were whipsawed into wondering who were the good guys. Sunni-Shia-Kurds? All the while the administration was signing non-competitive contracts with their backers. Hundreds of billions of our taxpayers’ money spent with contractors in the war zone. Using contractors instead of our own troops led to a weakened American armed force. This further caused the war to seem like the lawless wild west.

Do you know that Haliburton cannot account for over $18 billion of our taxpayers money? How do you lose that much money? While this is going on, we’re going bankrupt—but, rich oil ministers saw the price of their oil triple. Remember $1.25/gallon gas? That was just before the last administration.

So I believe in a fair playing field—jobs for Americans; and no more corruption.

With that in mind, I am giving consideration to running for the Illinois House seat in the 50th District. I have brought 200 jobs to Aurora. I will continue to try to bring jobs to my district. I will fight against corruption. And I will probably be the poorest state congressperson you have ever had, because the lobbyists don’t fund an honest politician.

I have supported, and been supported, by my friend and cohort in manufacturing, the honorable Congressman Bill Foster. I also claim my friendship, support and respect for my fellow reservist, the honorable Congresswomen Linda Chapa LaVia. I also supported and worked to get re-elected my fellow survivor, the honorable Mayor Tom Weisner. With their support and the support of my family and friends, I hope to become the first majority party state representative from this district. I feel with the input from each and every one of my constituents, and the support of the majority party, I can bring jobs to the district, and will not let corruption in.

Ed Nendick
Aurora, Ill.

Letter: So many people “looking out for us”

We are so fortunate to have so many people looking out for our best interests these days.

Ethan Hastert has decided we need a change. He wants to fill the seat his dad walked away from, forcing us to pay for a special election after he decided to not honor his commitment.

Bill Foster has been a refreshing change. He actually takes the time to listen to his constituents and so far, he seems thoughtful and committed. Dennis Hastert didn’t listen to anyone when he conspired with the pharmaceutical companies to force taxpayers to pay premium non-negotiable drug prices for Medicare recipients and covered up the real cost to taxpayers and his colleagues when he twisted arms to ram the bill through Congress.

Kay Hatcher has saved us all from a tax increase. We wouldn’t want to fund any of the state’s responsibilities or debt. Let’s balance the budget on the backs of the poor and disabled even though this won’t make a dent. We would all prefer to pay unlimited property taxes to fund the schools so the state doesn’t have to carry this burden. All the people about to be laid off because of unfunded state programs shouldn’t be a burden on any of the struggling taxpayers. Thank you so much Kay.

And Chris Lauzen—thanks for the “bridge” budget. Why bother to do the job right the first time when you can come up with a mediocre partial solution that really doesn’t solve anything? When you, Kay, and the rest of the do-nothing politicos are called back for yet another special session because you won’t do your jobs, I hope you’ll all fondly remember the folks you have all shafted when you get your extra check. I hope you are all at the front of the line when the state is paying its bills, because I’d hate to think that someone who really needs or deserves the money might actually get it.

Last of all, I’d like to thank Pastor Augustine and Dr. Kim for warning us about the satanic event held at the Elburn Community Center. “A Day With Your Angels” certainly sounds like a scary event. I guess it didn’t occur to either of you that if people were really concerned, they might just—uh—stay home. Occult practitioners might rob people of their time and savings, but I’ve seen churches do the same. I hope the human sacrifices were kept to a minimum at this event. We certainly wouldn’t want to attract the attention of the national media.

Robert B. Morgan

Letter: Union warns Kane County citizens of the impact of Sheriff’s Deputy staffing cuts

The Kane County Board is scheduled to permanently jeopardize the Sheriff’s Office’s ability to provide sufficient police services to the citizens of Kane County, especially those living in unincorporated areas, by reducing the number of sworn deputies that provide essential and required police services.

The Sheriff’s Office current staffing level set by the County Board is 96 sworn deputies to carry out the law enforcement and other legal requirements of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office has been operating well below that number for several months to meet budget restrictions imposed by the County Board and compounded by an increase in deputies out of service due to injuries. The County Board’s desire to further cut Sheriff’s Deputy staffing doesn’t take these issues into consideration. Staffing studies have shown consistently that the Sheriff’s staffing level should be 112 sworn deputies, 25 short of what the County Board is proposing to cut.

The voluntary reduction in staff by the Sheriff from 96 to 90 deputies has placed a significant burden on the deputies policing this county by reducing the number of deputies patrolling and responding to calls for service, increasing response times to calls for service and causing deputies to have to travel farther and faster to get to emergency calls at an increased risk to themselves and others on the roadways.

The citizens of Kane County, especially those in unincorporated areas who rely upon the Sheriff’s Office for their primary police service, are paying more in taxes and getting less service in return. Sadly, the County Board may also be placing citizen’s lives at risk by reducing the number of available deputies to respond to emergency calls for help.

The Policeman’s Benevolent Labor Committee—Kane County Sheriff’s Office (PBLC KCSO) recognizes the seriousness of the economic times and has been enduring the reduction of staff to 90 which has been difficult at best.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently awaiting the results of a federal grant for the retention and hiring of up to eight deputies. Recipients of that grant are expected to be notified in September of this year. An award of any number of additional deputies would provide much needed relief to the staffing and budget issues for the Sheriff’s law enforcement.

In the event that the County Board continues its plan to reduce the number of sworn deputies to a maximum of 87 from 96, and the Sheriff’s Office receives the federal grant for eight deputies, then it appears that it is the County Board’s intention to take the federal money for retaining and hiring new officers but to do neither? This would not be the intention of the federal government and would not be ethical and certainly not responsible to the citizens of Kane County.

The County Board’s insistence to exacerbate the problems at the Sheriff’s Office by further reducing the Sheriff’s sworn staffing is essentially a layoff of police officers. If we are in financial dire straits in this county, then we must examine the fiscal actions of this County Board and their failure to act in a timely and responsible manner to a crisis that they admittedly had early warning signs of.

The PBLC has made recommendations to the Sheriff and Board members on ways to save county dollars and not jeopardizing public safety. The Sheriff has proposed other funding sources and cost-cutting measures to the County Board in lieu of layoffs but the County Board has not acted upon the recommendations. The PBLC KCSO questions why it is only Kane County of all the other metropolitan counties that is in such a position that they would entertain reducing police officers, instead of other available budget cuts, program changes and potential revenue sources such as the RTA sales tax allocation that could support Sheriff’s operations and staffing rather than hindering them.

The PBLC KCSO warns the County Board, and all of the citizens of Kane County, especially the 70,000 or more people living in unincorporated areas, that the Sheriff’s Office cannot sufficiently provide police services with a staffing level of 25 deputies less than it should have. We implore the citizens of Kane County to contact their County Board members and demand that alternatives to jeopardizing public safety be acted upon.

Dennis Carroll
PBLC KCSO Union President

Letter: Lazarus house is here to help those in need

The staff at Lazarus House was very saddened by the recent death of someone known to us who lived down the street from Lazarus House. In situations such as this, we are sometimes asked why we didn’t help. Lazarus House is here to help all our neighbors in need, but we are unable to help those who will not seek or accept appropriate help.

I’m writing this letter as an appeal to anyone who is making choices today that aren’t in their best interest. There are three ways these life choices usually end: jail, death, or clean and sober. Of those three, it would seem that the last choice, the choice of being clean and sober, is the only one that gives folks the good life they deserve. If you need help, or if you know someone who does, please reach out today. Call Lazarus House at (630) 587-2144 if you need to know where you can go for help. We answer our phone 24/7 and we really want to help. It’s important for everyone to understand that help is available for everyone, regardless of their financial status.

Recent events make it clear that no one is immune to death if their lifestyle choices are not healthy. If you or someone you know has a problem with drugs or alcohol, reach out for help today; tomorrow may be too late.

Darlene Marcusson
Executive Director
Lazarus House

Letter: County cuts hinder mandated services

I recognize that Kane County is experiencing significant drops in revenue. At the same time, I have had concerns on delivering services mandated by law. Every individual County Board member received my concerns.

Asking for counsel was portrayed as a desire to sue the County.

Rather, it was an attempt to have a serious discussion with the board as my efforts to do so without representation have not resulted in meaningful discussions.

County government should be open and transparent, and those in charge of budget appropriation decisions should talk to those in charge of performing the county’s business. With regard to the proposed budget cuts, there were no budget hearings and no budget process involving the officials, appointed or elected. My concern is that there has been no consideration of what services are mandated by law and what services in the county are discretionary, and whether a 5.5 percent cut was appropriate for any given office in light of the type of service being performed.

The board announced that development revenue was down over 80 percent; it would therefore seem to be a logical conclusion that there would be a workload reduction in that entire segment of services in a correlating percentage. In contrast, the workload for the court system and the Circuit Clerk’s office, among other departments, has risen in response to the current economic situation, with increased demand for services. It does not seem to be a good business decision to dictate an equal cut across all offices and departments when non-mandated service demands are down and mandated services are up.

Transparency demonstrates confidence that one is governing fairly. My office’s transactions are open to the county. Even though I have no requirement to submit a line-item budget, I choose to do so for all five budgets.

There are no discretionary programs in my office; county funds are for mandated services. As an elected official I have statutory duties that have time mandates for performance imposed by either Illinois statutes or the Illinois Supreme Court. Every action taken by my office affects the lives or livelihood of our customer citizens.

For example, a disposition on a criminal case affects the criminal history records used by law enforcement nationwide or for job verifications. A time delay could potentially allow a criminal to obtain a prohibited position, such as with a school, or affect the severity of charges that should be filed upon a later arrest. A delay in correcting an error could keep a person from getting a job. A traffic ticket not reported to the Secretary of State could allow a driver that should be suspended to continue to drive, putting others at risk. A delay in correcting a ticket reported inaccurately could cause a suspension of a driver’s license or cause increased insurance costs.

The Circuit Clerk’s Office is central to the judicial system and critical to the workings of public safety. Our entry of filings, sentencing, process papers (warrants, summons, attachments), and so on is relied upon by Court Services, the Judiciary, and the State’s Attorney to perform their own duties; delays in my office will increase costs throughout the judicial system. Arresting agencies rely on our records, rely on our ability to get the warrants and warrant recalls to them. Daily research requests with short deadlines are received from Homeland Security, FBI, Immigration, Department of Corrections and others. Accuracy is critical. Timeliness is mandated.

In 2006, the County Board spent thousands of dollars on a consultant to compile the revenue sources and match them to the services performed. Called the Service Inventory Matrix, the survey included identifying which services were mandated, and while it failed to identify which fund covered the mandated services, it would have been a good place to have started budget hearings.

For the 2009 budget year (starting Dec. 1, 2008) there was an across-the-board budget cut of 1.5 percent from the amount funded in the previous 2008 fiscal year budget. That 1.5-percent budget cut was actually a 16.88-percent cut for our office in order to meet union contractual obligations. As a result we experienced a reduction in staff by eight people. For the mid-year cut of 5.5 percent, we cut another 3.5 percent, including dropping two more people, which is the maximum reduction that I believe we are capable of providing.

Staff was at 108 people when I took office in 1996. Thirteen years later, with caseloads that have grown significantly, we are now at 112, only 82 of which are funded by the county’s general fund. The mid-year figures for court cases filed overall is up 17 percent from June of last year, and we have dropped 8 percent of our staff in an effort to meet the county’s budget cuts.

There is an assumption that the county funds the entire budget of the Clerk’s Office. In fact, there are four other funds, called Special Funds, which are funded by user fees and reduce the burden on the county. The funds are established by law for a special purpose, and expenditures are limited to the purpose for which the funds were established. For the expenditures to be for personnel, the staff must be performing functions established under the specified purpose.

Another example is the assumption that my office receives funding from the county to cover the projects that help bring technology to the courts. Instead, those projects are funded from the Court Automation and the Document Storage funds. The resulting financial savings from these projects can show direct benefits in costs to the county’s General Fund as there is then need for less staff to perform mandated services despite increased workloads. We continue to work toward implementing more technology that will have the same results.

The board’s stated top goal is to “reduce balances in special funds.” In working with the board this year and in previous years, I have pushed the limits of what is qualified to be funded by the Special Funds to the point of vulnerability.

There are non-mandated services and expenditures currently being made by the county. Even though these discretionary expenditures may be desirable for various reasons, the county’s financial situation may require the county to cut those optional or discretionary costs by more than 5.5 percent in order to make sure statutorily required services in other offices are continued.

I look forward to a constructive dialog with representatives of the county in order to reach a solution that achieves both the delivery of legally mandated services and lowers the county’s overall costs.

Deborah Seyller
Kane County Circuit Court Clerk

Letter: Open letter to Reps and Senators

Please, please, please do not vote for this health-care bill. Vote against it. Multiple times if necessary.

The American people are extremely tired of the taxes we already pay, and the stupid waste of our taxes. If our taxes were used for good and right purposes there would be plenty for all to have health care. There would be enough money for all programs that are good and just.

The American people are extremely tired of the giveaway programs to those who insist on not working, but feel it’s okay to collect money from those who do.

The American people are extremely tired of our taxes being used to give those who do nothing “free” cars. Research for smelly pigs. In fact, we are extremely tired of bailouts of any kind, pork of any kind, printing money when the country is already in much too much debt. The American people are extremely tired of those we vote for being more interested in the power and greed than in what is good for America and the American people.

We are extremely tired of the huge salaries and perks awarded to all of you, and those in the White House.

The American people are extremely tired of those who have life terms in their jobs. We want only two terms for each and all. Even that is too much for some in important positions.

Representatives and Senators—get back to basics. Tell us the truth. Do what you promise. Give us reasons to admire and respect you rather than wish we had not voted for you. Give yourselves the same reasons to admire and respect yourselves.

Americans, please copy this and send to your Reps and Senators if you do not have to compose your own letter. Do it now. This should have been done before the first bailout. Do it now. So something for this wonderful America. Do it now. Do it for yourselves.

Jacquelyn Dibble

Letter: Here we go again

On June 26, 2009, the House of Representatives passed HR-2454: American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (also known as the Waxman-Markey Energy Bill, or the Cap and Trade Bill, or the Global Warming Bill, or whatever you wish to call it).

This bill will dramatically raise taxes on oil, gasoline and electricity. It will also prevent us from selling our homes unless we comply with Federal Energy standards on appliances and windows to ensure that our old homes are energy efficient.

As a small business owner, the extra taxes this bill will bring at a time when we are hurting could be devastating to my business.

This was yet another 1,200-page bill that no one had time to read. It passed by only seven votes. Eight of those votes were cast by Republicans. Only one Republican was from Illinois—Mark Kirk.

Mark Kirk is from the US 10th Congressional District in Lake County. Though he is not my congressman, he has recently started to ask me via e-mail for campaign contributors. That is very odd. I suspect he is planning a run for the Senate in 2010.

In Illinois, we have a history of trying to choose between two candidates from two political parties who think the same on most issues. I for one am very tired of this. I would like a discernable choice for the U.S. Senate in November 2010. How about you?

Dick Hourigan
Rochelle, Ill.

Letter: Help make suicide prevention a national priority

Approximately every 16 minutes, a suicide occurs in the United States.

This number has increased since 2003, when it was every 18 minutes. One in two teens will attempt suicide. An attempt of suicide is made every minute of every day.

Those statistics are terrifying to me as a teen, and my mom as a parent.

That is why I prepared to participate in the “Out of the Darkness” walk. This walk is to make suicide prevention a national priority.

Along the 20-mile walk that started at dusk and ended at dawn, I raised money. The funds I raise will further the mission of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

AFSP is the leading nonprofit organization essentially dedicated to understanding and restraining suicide through research and education. It also reached out to people with mood disorder and those strongly impacted by suicide.

Although I hardly knew him, Andie Christoffel’s suicide really upsets me. It pains me to know that he could still be with us now. This might not be the last suicide I have to deal with in my life, but I am praying it is. I wanted to do this walk to show people with thoughts of suicide that it is not the only way out.

My mom did the walk with me. Please consider helping us raise awareness of this tragedy so others can be spared the pain of suicide. Please visit and type in Riley or Michelle Phillips as participant name, and any donation you can make can help prevent another’s family or friends from experiencing this sort of loss.

We thank you for your time in reading this and your support in our efforts.

Riley Phillips

Editorial: Corvette show is a vehicle for hunger relief

Car enthusiasts, those interested in helping create a hunger-free northern Illinois, or those just interested in a nice day in the country are invited to the fourth annual Country Car Show at 2 S. Green Road, Elburn, on Saturday, July 18 (rain date is Sunday, July 19).

The event, featuring more than 30 sponsors, is put on by the Fox Valley Corvette Club in cooperation with the Miller Family and will benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB), a nonprofit organization working to create a hunger-free northern Illinois.

The show features cars of all makes, models and years, including works in progress. First, second and third prizes will be awarded in 30 classes. To show your car, just pay a $15 registration fee on the day of the show. Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by public voting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and awards beginning at 3 p.m.

The event ends when participants and members of the public decide they’ve had enough viewing of cars, spending time with each other, and eating picnic-style. For information, and updates, visit or call at (630) 715-9062.

The 2008 show raised $9,000 for the NIFB on a rain day, and organizers hope this year will surpass that number.

NIFB obtains donated food and financial support from a variety of sources, ranging from businesses to community groups and individuals. Food is distributed to its 13-county region through a network of 520 nonprofit food pantries, shelters and other assistance locations.

According to the NIFB website,, it distributed 22 million pounds of food in fiscal year 2007, the latest year for which statistics are available. Even more striking are the results of its Hunger in America 2006 study, which found that:
• 33 percent of those served by NIFB are children, and 7 percent are between 0 and 5 years of age.
• 38 percent of households served include at least one employed adult.
• More than a third have to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heat.

Times are tough; there’s no discounting that. But chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re not choosing between food and heat.

So, if you’re into cars or just want to have a picnic in the country surrounded by car enthusiasts and people who want to raise funds for those falling through the economic cracks, plan on spending July 18 at the Country Car Show in rural Elburn.

Letter: Remembering Dorothy James at the sale

Thank you to all of our neighbors for their patience with the extra traffic during our marathon yard sale on First and Nebraska streets. We missed having Dorothy James with us this time. She always enjoyed sitting on the porch or in a shady part of the lawn greeting friends and neighbors. It was more about the friendly conversations than the sale of her merchandise. She loved a good sale, but she lived for the kind word and hugs she got from the many people she knew in and around Elburn. She will be greatly missed as a friend and neighbor.

Could the nice young woman from Elburn who agreed to purchase a glass front oak cabinet at our sale come back and pay for it? I’m sure it was an oversight. Aaron and Shane loaded it into the truck, securing it to prevent damage in transport, and then no one remembered to collect the money. Unfortunately, this cabinet belonged to a friend of ours, so the $55 is owed to him. Please contact us at (630) 365-2014.

Jim and Debbie Wilhelmi