Lady Knights have steady showing at Holmes Invite

by Mike Slodki
This past Saturday, Geneva was crowned the overall winner of the 32nd Holmes Invitational for the second straight season thanks to a 147.75 point output.

West Aurora came in second with a 123.5 point day. Rosary of Aurora finished third with 59.5 points, followed by fourth-place Rockton Hononegah at 52. The Lady Knights finished fifth overall in the 16-team invite with a total of 48.5 points, tied with Lockport. Oswego East finished sixth with 40 points. Western Sun Conference rivals Sycamore (22) and DeKalb (21) finished 12th and 13th, respectively.

Tuesday had the Lady Knights appear at a Western Sun Conference clash in Rochelle along with Batavia. Kaneland finished third with 43 points, compared to Batavia’s 73 and Rochelle’s 63.

The Lady Knights had plenty of representation in the final heats on Saturday, improving their standings. University of Northern Iowa-bound senior Lindsay Gierke took the 100 meter dash event with a final time of 12.84 seconds, edging Geneva’s Sammi Hill by .17 seconds. Gierke finished third in the 200m dash finals at 26.30 seconds, behind Hononegah’s Ana Armitage (25.95) and Geneva’s Erica Miller (25.93).

Lisa Roberson finished a solid fifth in the 800m run with a final time of 2:27.33. The 4×100 relay foursome of Gierke, Sydney Bilotta, Jordyn Lawrence and Arianna Espino finished sixth in 52.99 seconds. The 4×400 squad of Bilotta, Gierke, Lawrence and Roberson finished third at 4:19.15.

Roberson, Andie Strang, Kris Bowen and Kelly Evers put in a third-place result in the 4x800m event with a time of 10:04.40. Junior Sara Wallace took sixth place in the pole vault with a eight-foot vault in the final. The discus had a strong Kaneland flourish as Lauren Whittaker finished second with a final throw of 96 feet-6 inches, and Katie Weiss finished sixth at 91-1.

With the throwing ranks of Kaneland showing big numbers in the early outset of the season, the discus troops were encouraged by Saturday’s showing.

“You can kind of tell how the day will go by how you feel right then, and I thought my last throw was better,” Whittaker said.

Main keys were coaching and preparation.

“(Pat) Sheetz encourages us the whole time, and he’s a great coach,” Weiss said. “It’s been great because we use what he says and we see what the other throwers on the team do and feed off of that.”

In Rochelle, Gierke was up to more of her old tricks and ran to a first in the 100m high hurdles (15.45).

Gierke also won the 300m low hurdles at 47.87 seconds. Strang was crowned the winner of the 1600m run at 5:40.69.

Pole vaulter Jordan Pinkston won the event at 9 feet, six inches.

The Lady Knights look to impress at Jenni’s ABC Invite at Kaneland on Saturday, April 18, at 10 a.m. They’ll also travel to Glenbard South on Tuesday, April 21.

Lindsay Gierke makes quick work of the 200m dash field in her first victorious heat at the Jill Holmes Invitational on Saturday at Kaneland. Photo by John DiDonna

3/16 Soccer Notes

by Mike Slodki
Blackhawk down
A recent standing tradition for the Lady Knights crew is its April stop at West Aurora High School for the Blackhawk tournament.

Now in its fourth year of participating in the invite, Kaneland is 2-1 as of presstime. In 2008, the Lady Knights finished 2-2 in the four matchups-an improvement over the 1-3 finish of 2007.

The Lady Knights took the tournament in 2006 with a 2-0-2 finish.

Net-work
With the infusion of personnel like sophomore Emily Heimerdinger a year ago, Kaneland’s offense has given itself a fighting chance.

The Lady Knights have outscored the competition by a 14-8 count after five matches.

A year ago, Kaneland had just five goals through four contests, while giving up 10.

Battling Burlington
When the Lady Knights get back to the non-tournament swing of things, they’ll be facing the host Burlington Central Rockets on Saturday.

A member of the Big Northern East Conference, the Rockets are finding it difficult to match the good fortune of last year’s 12-8-1 finish. Currently at 1-5 on the season, BC is led by players like goalkeeper Kirby McMahon and forward Emma Bruderle.

Soccer (3-2) finding good fortune at West Aurora stop

Braving chilly temperatures and unforgiving defenses, Kaneland is doing well for itself in the opening chapters of the 2009 season.

Lady Knights soccer (3-2) opened the annual West Aurora Tournament with a bang as it handed Plano a 5-0 loss on Thursday, April 9.

The Lady Knights improved to 2-1 thanks to a prolific shoot attack. Emily Heimerdinger scored four goals while Bridget Crosby added one. Paige Rogers contributed with an assist.

KHS led 1-0 after the first 40 minutes of play.

KHS then suffered a tough 4-3 loss on Saturday to the host Blackhawks in a game that featured West Aurora coming back from a 3-0 deficit at halftime.

Crosby, Heimerdinger and Colleen Gebauer scored the goals, with Sarah Goodrich supplying an assist.

Continuing the Blackhawks escapade on Tuesday, Kaneland served up a 2-1 defeat to the Streamwood Sabres.

Crosby and Gebauer each scored for KHS while Heimerdinger had an assist.

The Lady Knights looked to end the tournament on a winning note vs. Western Sun Conference-mate Rochelle on Wednesday. A win would put the Lady Knights at 3-1 at West Aurora, their best finish.

Meanwhile, the JV team improved to 3-0 with a 5-0 shutout of Lake Park on Tuesday.

The Lady Knights travel to Burlington Central on Saturday, April 18, and host DeKalb on Tuesday, April 21.

Photo: Junior Thalia Garcia gets one of Kaneland’s many shots on goal in a 5-0 win over Plano last Thursday at the West Aurora Tournament. Kaneland spent almost the entire game on the attack against a second-year Plano squad. Photo by Ben Draper

Knights have field day with a three-game win streak

by Mike Slodki
After falling behind 11-0 last Wednesday and narrowly missing a comeback win vs. Geneva, Kaneland just decided to do away with the dramatics through their next three contests.

Thursday saw Kaneland comeback at Geneva after its 12-9 loss with a 7-5 win over the rival Vikings.

Saturday saw the Knights sweep a double-header with opponent to the north Marengo, 9-0 and 10-3.

When the dust settled on the active week, Kaneland was 8-3 with a 1-2 record in Western Sun Conference play.

Falling behind 11-0 in the third inning, the Knights scored single runs in the third and fourth before coming alive with a five-run fifth. With runners at second and third, Jay Levita laced a two-run double. A fielder’s choice then brought another runner home, and Aaron Lamp hit an RBI single to close the deficit.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Joe Gura hit a two-run double to close it to 11-9, but Geneva held on and added another run.

“We did a nice job of bringing guys to the plate on the comeback, but we can’t start a ballgame in a hole like that,” KHS coach Brian Aversa said. “We limited the strikeouts, and we were seeing the ball well when we scored the runs.”

On Thursday, Mike Pritchard hit a two-run blast with Joe Gura getting the win in relief (1-1).

Saturday had Dave Dudzinski go six innings with six strikeouts for the win. Dudzinski is now 1-0. Lamp went the distance in game two while fanning 14.

In lower class play, Sam Komel tossed a five-inning no-hitter for the sophomores, 14-1.

Lady Knights softball secures wins over three schools

A busy week for Lady Knights softball left the varsity roster in pretty good shape through 10 contests.

Softball (6-4, 2-1 Western Sun Conference) took care of Hoffman Estates by a final of 1-0 on Wednesday, April 8, thanks to a sixth-inning single by Brianna Hurst. Delani Vest continued her impressive start and nabbed her third win in a row to go along with 10 strikeouts of the host Hawks.

The sophomores defeated Hoffman Estates by a 13-3 score in five innings. The freshmen team also took a five- inning victory by a 12-1 final. Sarah McGinnis earned the win on the mound.

On Thursday, the Lady Knights came back from a 3-0 deficit against the host Geneva Lady Vikings only to fall 4-3 in eight innings.

Mallory Huml took the loss and fanned three batters. Jessica Lubic went 2-for-4 in the losing effort.

The sophomores fell to the Vikings by a 4-2 final despite 10 K’s by pitcher Katy Dudzinski.

On Saturday, under sunny skies, the Lady Knights suffered a sweep at the hands of the visiting Indians, 7-1 and 2-0.

Delani Vest was tagged with her first loss, but struck out five. Sara Rose’s double accounted for one of the two KHS hits. The Lady Knights were also plagued by six errors in the field.

In game two, Marengo scored a single run in the sixth and seventh to get the win. Kaneland struggled at the plate again with just three hits, including a double by Jordan Herra (2-for-3). Kristen Stralka went 1-for-3.

Tuesday saw the Lady Knights get another strong outing from pitching and offense in a 9-4 handling of the WSC rival DeKalb Barbs.

Delani Vest improved to 4-1 and struck out seven. Lubic went 2-for-2 with 2 RBI, and Rilee Vest went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. The offensive highlight was a seven-run third inning.

The varsity team heads to Yorkville on Thursday, April 16, to tackle the Lady Foxes and travels to Des Plaines for a Maine West doubleheader.

KHS boys track off to quick outdoor start

by Mike Slodki
Coach Eric Baron’s boys track team is performing about as well as expected.
Luckily for the black-and-white clad Knights, that’s pretty good.

This past Saturday, the Knights traveled to East Moline United Township High School for the United Township Kiwanis Invite and managed a fifth-place finish (149.5 points), with the host school taking the top prize at 292 points.

The Knights also traveled to Batavia High School on a blustery Tuesday to clash with the Bulldogs and fellow Western Sun Conference school Rochelle.

With A, B, and C heats for all the events, Kaneland saw success near the Quad Cities. Matt Reusche took second place in the 1600 meter run “B” with a time of 4 minutes, 44.8 seconds. Logan Markuson was first in the 300m hurdles “A” at 39.9 seconds. Teammate Taylor Andrews was second in the “C” heat with a time of 42.1 seconds.

The 4x100m relay foursome finished third at 44.72 seconds, while the 4x400m relay team also took third at 3:31.6. The field events featured athletes like Nick Sinon finishing second in the high jump “A” with a six-foot jump. Markuson took third in pole vault “A” with a 13-foot vault. Jemmar Parenas finished first in the “C” vault at 10 feet.

On Tuesday, Kaneland finished second behind Batavia with 76.5 points thanks to seven firsts.

“Our kids have come to compete against the best kids in the conference,” Baron said. “I’m really happy with all of them-the first conference meet of the season-and we look good.”

Photo: 2009 Boys track and field team. Courtesy of kaneland.org

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS 4/16-4/23

THURSDAY, APRIL 16
BASEBALL:
V/FRESHMEN B VS. GLENBARD SOUTH, 4:30 P.M.
S/F AT GLENBARD SOUTH, 4:30 P.M.
FRESHMEN B AT. PLANO, 4:30 P.M.
SOFTBALL:
V AT YORKVILLE, 4:30 P.M.
S/F VS. YORKVILLE, 4:30 P.M.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
BASEBALL:
V VS. FENTON, 10 A.M.
S/F AT FENTON,10 A.M.
FRESHMEN B VS. HAMPSHIRE, 10 A.M.
SOCCER:
V/JV AT BURLINGTON CENTRAL, 10 A.M.
SOFTBALL:
V/S AT MAINE WEST, 11 A.M.
F VS. MAINE WEST, 11 A.M.
BOYS TRACK:
V/JV AT OTTAWA INVITE, TBA.
GIRLS TRACK:
V – JENNI’S ABC INVITE, 10 A.M.
TUESDAY, APRIL 21
BASEBALL:
V VS. ROCHELLE, 4:30 P.M.
S/F AT ROCHELLE, 4:30 P.M.
FRESHMEN B VS. PLANO, 4:30 P.M.
SOFTBALL:
V VS. SYCAMORE, 4:30 P.M.
S/F AT SYCAMORE, 4:30 P.M.
SOCCER:
V/JV VS. DEKALB, 4:30 P.M.
F AT DEKALB, 4:30 P.M.
BOYS TRACK:
V/JV VS. GLENBARD SOUTH, 4:30 P.M.
GIRLS TRACK:
V/JV AT GLENBARD SOUTH, 4:30 P.M.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22
BASEBALL:
V AT ROCHELLE, 4:30 P.M.
S/F VS. ROCHELLE, 4:30 P.M.
THURSDAY, APRIL 23
BASEBALL:
V VS. ROCHELLE, 4:30 P.M.
S/F AT ROCHELLE, 4:30 P.M.
FRESHMEN B AT GLENBARD WEST, 4:30 P.M.
SOCCER:
V VS. INDIAN CREEK, 4:30 P.M.
SOFTBALL:
V AT ROCHELLE, 4:30 P.M.
S/F VS. ROCHELLE, 4:30 P.M.

Kaneland musical instrument donation drive

The Kaneland Musical Instrument Donation Drive will be from April 19 to May 1. Drop-off locations are at Kaneland Elementary Schools between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A qualified instrument technician will appraise the instruments and donation letters will be provided for the assessed value. Low student rental fees will cover repair and maintenance of the instruments. Eligibility to rent will be determined through confidential free and reduced lunch program criteria. Only brass of woodwind instruments will be accepted (no percussion or electronic instruments).

For more information, contact Suzanne Satterfield at (630) 365-8170, ext. 246 or suzanne.satterfield@kaneland.org.

Waubonsee to host campus tours

Individuals interested in enrolling at Waubonsee Community College are invited to attend an “Experience Waubonsee” session to tour the campus, meet faculty and staff, and get a taste of college life.

“Experience Waubonsee” will be held Tuesday, April 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the college’s Sugar Grove campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

For more information or to RSVP, visit www.waubonsee.edu/experience or call the Admissions Department at (630) 466-7900, ext. 5756.

Youth Football Cheerleading

The next registration date for Kaneland Youth Football and Cheerleading will be on Saturday, April 18 at Kaneland High School Cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Information: Flag Football: Ages 5 – 6, Cost $50; Football: Ages 7 – 12, Cost $200; Cheerleading: Ages 6 – 13, Cost $150.

An additional $25 volunteer fee per family will be collected at registration. For further information, contact Cyndi Regnier at (815) 827-3033.

Kaneville Lunch Bunch

The Kaneville Lunch Bunch will meet Tuesday, April 21, at noon in the village room of the community center. The menu includes lasagna, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert for $5. All area persons are welcome. Call Food for Thought at (630) 557-2220 by Saturday for reservations.

KHS offers talent show

KHS offers talent show
Kaneland High School will stage its eighth annual talent show Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. There will be student singers, dancers, bands and much more. Admission is $5 each.

Rainforest comes to town

The Kaneland John Shields School in Sugar Grove will be transformed into a tropical rain forest on Thursday, April 23.

Touring under the name “Live on Stage, The Rain Forest,” the show will make attendees think they are right in the middle of the tropical rain forest with the sights and sounds of the Amazon region.

This comedy animal show will perform at 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and will be available at the door.

Kaneland invites chorus members of past, present

Past members of the KHS chorus are invited to perform with the current chorus at the conclusion of the Kaneland 50th Anniversary Convocation in the high school auditorium on Saturday, April 18, at 7 p.m. The past and present members will join in the singing of “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.”

The high school chorus and band will perform with alumna Christine Heath (1991), a nationally and internationally recognized soprano who performs both musical theater and opera.

Lions host Bingo night

The Elburn Lions Club hosts a Bingo night every Friday night at the clubhouse. The doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m., with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. Thirteen regular games are offered as well as three progressive and one split the pot raffles.

Food and drink are available for purchase. Proceeds go towards Campaign SightFirst II, a worldwide Lions fundraising campaign to fight preventable and reversible blindness.

Call (630) 365-6315 for more information.

Kaneland High School hosts 50th celebration

The Kaneland community and alumni will host the Kaneland High School 50th Celebration Convocation and Post-performance Gathering on Saturday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Kaneland High School auditorium. The post-performance gathering is at Lion’s Park at 9 p.m. Admission is free.

The celebration features comedian and public speaker John Powers, a musical review with artist Christine Marie Heath (Kaneland 1991 alumna) and the KHS Choir and Band.

Tours will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The post-performance gathering will have complimentary appetizers/sandwiches and a cash bar.

Go to the Fine Arts Festival link at Kaneland.org for more information.

Legions hosts fish, smelt fry

The Sugar Grove American Legion will host its annual community fish and smelt fries.

The final fish fry will be on Friday, May 8. The final smelt fry will be on Saturday, April 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the legion hall, 65 First St., Sugar Grove. (630) 466-4747.

Carry-outs are available.

Town and Country Public Library events

National Library Week Celebration set for April 13 -19
The 5th annual Dewey Dash 5k run and 1-mile walk will be held on Sunday, April 19. This year’s Dewey Dash will be dedicated to the memory of Kim Urquizu. Proceeds will be used to fund computers in the public computer room. Events start at 8:30 a.m.

The 5k course is USATF certified. Runners may register at the library. Online registration is also available through the library’s website at www.elburn.lib.il.us. Race day registration is available from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Plant fundraiser
The Friends of the Town and Country Public Library annual plant fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 8, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 9. Geraniums, gerbera daisies and tuberous begonias will be available for a donation of $3.75 each, or three for $11.

The plant sale will be indoors at the library. Pre-orders of flowers can be made at the library or by calling Joan Hansen at (630) 365-9217.

The Friends are also holding a Gardener’s “Green Thumb” raffle through May 9. The deluxe garden cart on display was donated by Vicki McGuire of Elburn. Additional gardener’s items donated by the Friends include a combo pack of garden tools, large planter pots, rainbow straw hat, garden pad for potting plants indoors/outdoors, garden note cards, selected gardening books and much more.

Tickets are $1 each, or six for $5. The drawing will be held May 9 at noon at the library.

Winnie The Pooh returns
Everyone’s favorite honey lover, Winnie the Pooh, will be at the library on Monday, April 27, at 3 p.m. In partnership with Barnes & Noble of Geneva, Pooh Bear returns to the library for stories and a visit with the children.

As at previous book character visits, there will be time after the program for the kids to hug Winnie the Pooh and for Moms and Dads to take pictures. Please register your child for this program.
Donations for pets and wildlife during National Library Week.

The library will take donations from patrons for Anderson Animal Shelter and Fox Valley Wildlife Center. Everyone who donates at least one item will receive a National Library Week book bag, a Watson chocolate candy bar, a $5 Petco coupon, and have his or her name entered in a drawing (one chance per person) for one of three $10 gift cards from Petco.

Town & Country Public Library
320 E. North St., Elburn
(630) 365-2244

Elburn village notes

Village stores comply with tobacco sales law
As part of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission “Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here” tobacco control grant, the Elburn Police Department conducted a tobacco-sales law compliance check Feb. 24.

One 16-year-old underage decoy agent, working with the Elburn Police Department and following Illinois Liquor Commission guidelines, went to all five licensed tobacco retail establishments in the village to attempt to buy tobacco products.

No violations were reported during the business checks.

Businesses checked and found in compliance were Elburn Mobile, 213 S. Main St.; Elburn Liquors, 319 S. Main St.; Valley Liquors; 151 E. Route 38; B. P. Amoco, 940 N, Main St.; and Jewel Osco, 800 N. Main St.

Among results of past tobacco-sales compliance checks in Elburn include 20 percent compliance in July 2005, 43 percent compliance in November 2005, and 100 percent compliance during business checks between February 2006 and November 2008, with the exception of 86 percent compliance in November 2007.

Additional Tobacco Compliance checks will occur in the future as part of the requirements of the “Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here” Tobacco Grant.

Library may continue using garage for storage
Elburn trustees on March 23 agreed to allow the Elburn Town and Country Public Library to use a building at 351 E. Shannon Street for another year. The building, which the library uses for storage, is a former residential garage on a lot the library owns. The village extended the temporary use permit the library obtained in 2008, required because the lot does not have a principal-use building. The library tore down a house on the property last June.

John Stewart PTN sponsors spring, summer clothing, toy sale

Kaneland John Stewart’s Parent Teacher Network will sponsor a Spring and Summer Clothing and Toy Sale scheduled for Friday, April 16, from 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 17, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Certain items will be offered at half price from 11 a.m. to noon. The sale will feature gently used spring and summer clothing, as well as toys and other items. Admission is free. Strollers are welcome. Proceeds from the sale will benefit all students of Kaneland John Stewart Elementary.

Kaneland John Stewart is located at 817 Prairie Valley Street in Elburn. If you are interested in selling items on consignment, or would like information, call Michelle Klecka at (630) 365-1518 or Laura Molitor at (630) 365-9221. Donations are welcome.

Author pays visit to KMS

Kaneland Middle School Library announced that Eric Berlin, author of “The Puzzling World of Winston Breen,” will visit KMS on Thursday, April 16.

One team from each grade level earned the opportunity to participate in an interactive assembly with Eric Berlin during the school day. The school also arranged for all KMS families to be able to visit Eric and purchase copies of his newest book, “The Potato Chip Puzzles,” set to be released on April 16. The family event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

For information, call Mary Miller, LRC Assistant at (630) 365-3005 ext. 257 or mary.miller@kaneland.org.

Memorial Day Committee seeks public’s help

The Kaneville Memorial Day Committee would like to know of any Kaneville veterans that have passed away in the past year (not necessarily buried in Kaneville) or anyone from Kaneville that is currently serving in the military. Please contact Leanne Gramley at (630) 557-2530 with any information.

The Kaneville Memorial Day Committee is holding its organizational meeting on Thursday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the David Werdin Community Center. Interested community members are invited.

Certifiably special

Catherine and Brad Gorenz completed certifications with their golden retrievers, Cas and Macey, at the Elburn & Countryside Community Center. The Therapy Dogs International and Canine Good Citizen prep class was taught by certified CGC Evaluator and president of Fox Valley Dog Training Club, Terri Byerly. Catherine and Brad are fifth-graders at Kaneland John Stewart in Elburn. Both students also attend obedience classes taught by Byerly and show their dogs in 4-H at the Kane County Fair.

Catherine and Brad plan to take their certified pets to Reading with Rover programs at local libraries and retirement and nursing homes.
Courtesy Photo

Serving the unemployed

by Gwen Allen
So you’ve lost your job, and you’re standing in the unemployment office, feeling helpless and humbled by your journey. Though most people will only go through the doors, file for unemployment and leave empty handed, some will discover the office has other services to help.

The Kane County Department of Employment and Education (KCDEE) is one service often overlooked.

Dee Reinhardt, marketing coordinator for KCDEE, said the organization provides the community with a framework for workforce preparation and employment systems.

“We are here to meet the needs of both businesses and job seekers,” Reinhardt said.

Through multi-level services, the KCDEE walks job seekers and businesses through a process of evaluating their needs and implementing a plan of action.

Implemented as part of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 through the Department of Labor, the KDCEE, a federally funded program that is a partner to the Illinois Department of Unemployment, serves Dekalb, Kane and Kendall counties.

On a basic level, the center provides access to free workshops, computers, the Internet, phones and printers available for any job seeker. If a greater need is assessed and the job seeker qualifies, additional services are available.

“Our job centers are open to anyone and have staff available to help them search job sites and to set up e-mail addresses,” Reinhardt said. “If eligible, (some) can go through a career assessment, exploration and vocational training for free.”

Should the job seeker qualify for the paid assisted vocational training, they are encouraged to choose a “growth trade,” she said.

“We try to prepare them so that they won’t have to come back,” Reinhardt said. “Right now these (fields) are medical, manufacturing, warehousing and transportation. With the president’s recent initiatives these may change to include green jobs; we just aren’t sure yet.”

Deborah Banker, KCDEE’s assistant director of workforce operations, said although any unemployed person could benefit from her organization, some candidates are ideally suited for the counseling and training resources.

“These include service individuals who are affected by company closures due to no fault of their own,” Banker said. “Also, individuals who need to update their skills, or anyone who has been laid off. We also get notifications when a company is about to close and in that case we go to the employees to try and help.”

She said the organization also works to prevent employment problems by addressing the youth.

“We help students with whatever needs they have so that they can become a productive worker,” Banker said. “We do this through job exploration and skill training with a focus on students who are out of high school who need to transition into the work world.”

On the other end of the spectrum, she said the KDCEE works with businesses to alleviate further job loss.

“Businesses have to qualify, but they are generally small to medium size,” Banker said. “For example, we helped one company that had employees who couldn’t read their blueprints and so they weren’t making the product to specification. So we had a specialist go and retrain their employees. Our goal with businesses is to help them maintain the workforce through additional training.”

For more information call (630) 966-1435 or visit www.kcdee.org.

Services for businesses
• Labor market information
• Wage rates
• Projected labor demand
• Affirmative action data
• Region and industry
specific data
• State and federal mandates
• Outplacement services
• Company closures
• Employment advising
• Unemployment insurance
• Access to qualified applicants
• Small business
development center
• Federal bonding
• Wage subsidies for
training on the job
• Connection to recent
graduates of training
programs relevant to
your business needs
• Tax credits, incentives and
other employer
assistance programs

Local Locations
• Administrative Office
1 Smoketree Business Park, Suite A
North Aurora, IL 60542
Phone: (630) 966-1435
Fax: (630) 966-1172
www.kcdee.org/administration.html
• Elgin Center
30 DuPage Court
Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: (847) 888-7900
Fax: (847) 888-4145
www.kcdee.org/elgin.html
• DeKalb Center
1701 E. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 756-4893
Fax: (815) 756-1051
www.kcdee.org/dekalb.html

Services for job seekers
• Career counseling and exploration
• Job search strategies and
reference materials
• Career skills improvement workshops
• Education and job-training guidance
• Personalized career plans
• Career interest and skills testing
• Placement services, Employment
advising and referrals
• Labor market information including
current wage rates
• Information on occupations of tomorrow
• Affirmative action data
• Region and industry specific data
• State and Federal mandates
• Unemployment insurance services
• Illinois Skills Match and other Internet
job listings
• Referrals to partner organizations

Resident named Wisconsin Road Team member

Gary Konen of Sugar Grove has been named to 2009 Wisconsin’s Road Team.

Konen is employed by Wal Mart Stores, Inc. in Beaver Dam, Wis. He has been a professional truck driver for more than 30 years and was a member of the 2008 Wisconsin Road Team. He has been active as a trainer in his company and as a judge for the ATA National Driving Championships.

As a Wisconsin Road Team member, Konen will talk to civic organizations, high school driver’s education classes, truck driving groups, safety forums and media people about highway safety and the trucking industry’s importance to Wisconsin’s economy.

WCC students participate in government simulation

Recently, Waubonsee Community College student Lindsay Facer of Sugar Grove experienced what it is like to run the state’s government in the 31st annual Model Illinois Government (MIG) Simulation in Springfield.

Nearly 300 students from 18 Illinois colleges and universities participated in the legislative simulation in late February and early March, filling the roles of legislators, lobbyists, journalists, attorneys, budget analysts and more.