Sugar Groveâ€”Waubonsee Community College invited two former members of congress to share their experiences with students, faculty and staff on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 27 and 28.
The visits by David Minge, (D-Minn., 1992-2000) and Ed Derwinski (R-Ill., 1959-1983) are part of a program called Congress on Campus.
In addition to participating in panel discussions about current political topics, Minge and Derwinski will also meet with the collegeâ€™s Student Senate and Model Illinois Government participants to talk about careers in public service. They will also visit American history and government classes.
The Congress to Campus Program was founded in 1976 by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (USAFMC) with the goal of introducing members of college communities to individuals with firsthand knowledge of representative democracy and a life dedicated to public service.
Kane Countyâ€”The Kane County Health Department received a shipment of 17,500 doses of the H1N1 vaccine this week, clearing the way for the department to open its first community clinics Monday, Oct. 26.
The shipment included 8,000 doses of the nasal spray and 9,500 of the injections, making both types available to those who want them.
â€œThis shipment represents about a third of our total order, and it is a good start to our vaccination campaign,â€ said Paul Kuehnert, executive director. â€œWe are focusing on the priority groups initially as we go forward with our clinics.â€
Kane County residents who fall into one or more of the following priority groups will be eligible to receive H1N1 shots at these community clinics. The five target groups for the H1N1 vaccine are:
â€¢Â pregnant women
â€¢Â people who live with or provide care for infants aged less than 6 months
â€¢Â health-care and emergency medical services people
â€¢Â people age 6 months to 24 years
â€¢Â people age 25 to 64 years who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications
The Health Department will make the vaccine available free of charge at the community clinics. No appointment or doctorâ€™s note is necessary to receive the vaccine.
Nearly 200 private providers in Kane Countyâ€”doctorâ€™s offices, clinics and pharmaciesâ€”also have submitted orders for the H1N1 vaccine, which will make it available to residents at multiple locations throughout the county.
The public clinics will be on three successive Mondays from 4 to 9 p.m.:
â€¢ East Aurora High School,
500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora
â€¢ St. Charles North High School,
255 Red Gate Road, St. Charles
â€¢ Larkin High School,
1475 Larkin Ave., Elgin
â€¢ Dundee Crown High School,
1500 Kings Road, Carpentersville
â€¢ Central High School,
44W625 Plato Road, Burlington
â€¢ Illinois Math and Science Academy,
1500 W. Sullivan Road, Aurora
â€¢ Hampshire High School,
1600 Big Timber Road, Hampshire
between North Aurora and Batavia
The third site is to be determined.
The Health Department also is planning to open two Saturday clinics, on Nov. 21 and Dec. 5, at a location yet to be determined.
After the demand for vaccine for these target groups has been met, the Health Department and local providers will begin vaccinating everyone from ages 25 through 64. Current studies indicate the risk for infection among persons 65 or older is less than the risk for younger age groups. Therefore, as vaccine supply and demand for vaccine among younger age groups is being met, programs and providers should offer vaccination to people over 65.
CDC recommends that children 9 and younger receive two doses of 2009 H1N1 vaccine, which should be separated by one month. Infants younger than 6 months are too young to get the 2009 H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines. The Health Department recommends that you contact your physician if you have any questions about whether you or a member of your family should receive the vaccine.
The Health Departmentâ€™s website, www.kanehealth.com, is updated regularly with the latest information on H1N1. Residents can call the departmentâ€™s question line at (630) 208-3315.
Kathryn Sondelski, left, of Sugar Grove, was among Aurora University student nurses providing free health screenings to visitors to the VNA of Fox Valley’s senior health fair Oct. 2. Sondelski, a senior nursing major, screened fair visitors’ blood-sugar levels. Other collegians gave blood pressure and bone-density tests and provided wellness information. Courtesy Photo
Going on the road to Western Sun Conference rival Yorkville, in ironically, the final Western Sun Conference game for either school, Kaneland has a chance for a sixth win, the most in a regular season for the Knights since the 2006 run.
Yorkville at 3-5 and coached by Jim Still, looks to get revenge for a 34-0 win by the Knights on Oct. 24, 2008. That win got Kaneland in the playoff door at 5-4. Kaneland nabbed three interceptions, and Blake Serpa, Ryley
Bailey and Hayden Johnson all found the end zone.
Last year’s game took place in monsoon-like conditions, leaving the Sept. 18 win over Sycamore as the last one with close-to-ideal conditions. The 37 degree temps at night vs. Geneva last week was tempered by clear conditions and minimal wind. Weather.com calls for a 70 percent chance of rain and a low of 39 degrees for Friday night’s tilt in Yorkville, with rain present throughout the earlier part of the day.
The Knights need to amp up the running game if possible on Friday, after having gained only 10 yards on 15 carries against Geneva. The Knights have rushed for 167 yards on 58 attempts over the last three contests for an average of 2.8 yards per rush.
Athletes wear pink socks to support breast cancer awareness by Susan O’Neill
ELBURNâ€”Donna Robertson was at a recent Aurora Superstars football game waiting for the game to begin when her sister-in-law said to her, â€œIsn’t that Tanner out there, wearing pink socks?â€
The Elburn resident looked up and saw her 12-year-old son, one of the football team members, walk on the field with a flash of hot pink above his football cleats.
â€œAurora Superstar Tanner Robertson is wearing pink socks today for his mom, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month,â€ she heard the announcer say. [quote]
â€œI just started crying,â€ she said.
Donna was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. She is now considered a survivor, having made it through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
This spring, her 74-year-old mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Donna said she is doing well, and has one more chemotherapy treatment to go. Donna is certain her mom will be a survivor, as well.
Tanner and his dad Mike read in the Elburn Herald about how Kaneland High School athletic staff secretary Linda Kelley bought pink socks and encouraged the Kaneland sports teams to wear them during October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Kelley said she had gotten the idea from the members of the Chicago Bears football team, who have been supporting breast cancer awareness by wearing pink shoes and other items of clothing on the field.
â€œI thought, ‘If the Bears can do it, we can do it,’â€ she said.
Kelley kept ordering socks and selling out of them until the supplier ran out after sending her more than 400 pairs. Beginning with the volleyball team’s Volley for a Cure event, during which the players wore pink T-shirts, players from every fall athletic team, as well as the band members, cheerleaders, poms and rowdies, have worn pink socks to their games the past couple of weeks.
During Pink Football Night on Friday, Kelley said she saw students in pink hair spray, pink-painted faces, pink shorts and tights, as well as the infamous pink socks.
â€œIt really took off,â€ Kelley said.
Mike asked Tanner if he would like to wear the socks during his Aurora Superstars Oct. 10 game, in honor of his mom and grandmother.
â€œAbsolutely,â€ was Tanner’s response.
When Tanner’s teammates saw his socks, they all wanted to join in. At last Saturday’s game, every member of the Elburn Lions team came onto the football field wearing the pink socks.
Mike said that anytime he sees a pink button, a sticker, or anything else that tells him other people care, it lifts his spirits and puts a bounce in his step.
â€œIt does make a difference to the people who have to endure this,â€ he said.
He is proud of his son, for the support he has shown his mom and his grandmother, as well as all of the other team members who participated.
â€œWhen I was 11 or 12, you’d have to hold me down to put pink socks on me,â€ he said. â€œHere’s a team that wants to wear them. When I saw them all out there on the field on Saturday, it was overwhelming.â€
Tanner said that when his mom was first diagnosed, he tried to help her out by being more helpful around the house and not arguing with her. He said he wore the socks not only for his mom and his grandmother, but for everyone else who has been affected by breast cancer. He said it made him feel good that the rest of his team members joined in.
â€œThey all cared,â€ he said.
Mike said that although for him and his family, the idea of cancer is always there, they would rather do something about it than let it get them down.
â€œI tell Tanner, ‘People are not judged by the things they face in life, but by how they handle them,’â€ he said.
When Donna regained her strength after her treatment, she joined Kaneville resident and breast cancer survivor Mary Niceley last August in the Susan G. Komen 60-mile breast cancer awareness walk. Altogether, they raised more than $10,000.
â€œIf they find a cure for breast cancer, the rest will follow,â€ she said. â€œThere will be a cure someday; that’s why we do this.â€
Top photo: Aurora Superstar player Tanner Robertson (24) of Elburn, whose mom and grandmother both have had breast cancer, inspired his teammates to wear pink socks for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Photo by Susan Oâ€™Neill
by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVEâ€”The Village Board on Tuesday approved a short-term reduction in developer fees in an attempt to encourage residential growth within the village. The package includes a $5,000 reduction in impact fees and the elimination of transition fees.
The reductions would be in effect for up to 35 homes. To be eligible, a building permit must be applied and paid for by Oct. 29, 2010, and a certificate of occupancy must be issued and paid for by Oct. 31, 2011. In addition, the village will grant a deferral of the payment of some fees from the time of building permit issuance to the time of certificate of occupancy issuance.
Village officials said they see this as a stimulus package at the municipal level.
Sugar Grove Development Director Rich Young said the total number of buildable lots in Sugar Grove is in the 400 range. A single building permit was issued this year within the village.
Impact fees vary by development and by the size of the home, with fees ranging from $3,500 to $16,000.
Transition fees, which are collected on behalf of the village, School District, Park District, Library District and Township, were initiated in Sugar Grove due to the volume of growth taking place several years ago. The idea was to fill in the gap between when a new household began utilizing services and when taxes from that home reached the taxing bodies providing the services.
The amount of the transition fees also vary by development, size and price of home, from $200 to $5,800.
Trustee Kevin Geary said that, in the worst case scenario, nothing happens, and in the best case scenario, it stimulates the local building economy, creating some needed revenues for the village.
Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said the village has communicated with the other taxing bodies that may be affected by the program. He said the Sugar Grove Township and Library Boards and the Fire District staff have all expressed their support. He added that the Kaneland School District and the Sugar Grove Park District have not provided any formal input. (See related story)
â€œWe did cap it at 35 homes, and we did not do it carte blanche,â€ Eichelberger said in defense of the reductions.
He said the village will still collect impact fees and land cash for the schools.
â€œThere will be no decrease to these,â€ he said. â€œIf this helps developers and builders survive, it ends up being a huge benefit to the community.â€
by Susan O’Neill
KANELANDâ€”Although the Kaneland School District has not provided formal feedback to Sugar Grove regarding its temporary developer fee reductions, Superintendent Charlie McCormick said his preference would be to get all of the municipalities together to discuss the idea of development fees in general.
â€œSome people are concerned about the implications of the reductions,â€ he said.
According to McCormick, the 35 homes involved in the decrease in fees are not covered by the 2007 intergovernmental agreement among municipalities in the Kaneland School District.
The agreement on a formula for transition fee amounts was to apply to subdivision annexation agreements entered into subsequent to the agreement. The agreement was to be in place for three years, ending in December 2010.
He downplayed any affect the temporary reduction might have on the schools, adding that the time period is limited to one year, and only applies to 35 homes.
â€œI don’t see this having a significant financial impact on the schools,â€ he said. â€œThere is a very, very low probability that any of these homes will get built.â€
McCormick said he will set a time for the municipalities to get together for a discussion on these and other issues sometime in November.
by Susan O’Neill
KANELANDâ€”Based on events last school year that led to the departure of former high school coach and physical education teacher Dennis Hansen, Kaneland School District administrators changed the district’s policies and procedures regarding harassment and equal educational opportunities.
Hansen’s suspension and a subsequent investigation were the result of complaints made by parents, current students and graduates regarding Hansen’s inappropriate behavior toward students.
According to Kaneland Superintendent Charlie McCormick, the investigation brought to light a range of policy, procedure, climate and culture issues that needed to be addressed with teachers, students and parents.
â€œThe current technology has outstripped our ethics,â€ McCormick said at the time.
The changes focus on relationships with students, what is and is not appropriate, and how new technology plays a role. They also strengthen the complaint procedures available to students and clarify expectations of the staff whose responsibility it is to resolve the complaints.
The modified policy requires those with knowledge of possible situations of harassment to take immediate steps to investigate the conduct and take appropriate action.
The district also added to each school’s handbook a statement assuring freedom from discrimination and harassment, as well as equal access to programs and services.
McCormick said the administration addressed the faculty of every building regarding student-staff relationships and electronic communications.
Athletics Director Leigh Jaffke also addressed these issues in meetings with her staff, and the administration asked The Krier student newspaper for its help in publicizing related issues.
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”For Stephanie Kleba of Elburn, balancing her roles as a working mother of two and a children’s musical producer has been challenging but well worth it, she said.
â€œIt’s been a juggling act,â€ Kleba said.
In early September, Kleba became the producer of the Children’s Theatre of Elgin’s production of â€œThe Music Man Jr.â€
For the past month and a half, she has been at rehearsals in Elgin four nights a week, after working during the day as a music therapist at Delnor-Community Hospital.
As the musical’s producer, Kleba said she is basically in charge of the show, which features 76 child actors including her daughter, Madison, 11. Kleba not only has taken care of its business sideâ€”hiring a director and a choreographer, and monitoring the budgetâ€”she also has been responsible for keeping order during practices and will continue being the behind-the-scenes monitor at performances this weekend.
With the showâ€™s large cast of children, that is no easy task, but Kleba is just the person for the job, said production director Jen Prise.
Prise said even though Kleba sometimes has to be the â€œbad guyâ€ when the young actors become too rowdy backstage, they like and respect her.
â€œI have never heard her raise her voice, but when she speaks, the kids stop whatever they’re doing and listen,â€ Prise said.
Kleba said she could not have taken on the producer role without the support she has received from her husband and her parents, who traveled from Ohio to stay with the family part of the time.
A member of the theater’s board of directors, Kleba said producing a show periodically is part of that position. Although the additional responsibility has made her life more hectic, it has been personally rewarding, she said.
â€œThe kids make it worth it; when I see how they develop, and how the experience boosts their self esteem,â€ Kleba said. â€œThey are amazingâ€”what they conquer and accomplish.â€
‘The Music Man Jr.’ Oct. 22-24
The Children’s Theatre of Elgin production of â€œThe Music Man, Jr.â€ will feature dozens of young actors, including two 11-year-olds from Elburn, Tracy Suppes and Madison Kleba.
The musical will be performed Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 22-24, at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, downtown Elgin.
This school adaptation of the 1959 hit musical, â€œThe Music Man,â€ includes most of the original songs, such as â€œ76 Trombones,â€ â€œGoodnight My Someone,â€ “Good Night, Ladies,” â€œGary, Indiana,” and “Til There Was You.”
Performances will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.
â€œThe Music Man, Jr.â€ is directed by Jen Prise of Elgin and produced by Stephanie Kleba of Elburn.
Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. For tickets, contact the Hemmens Box Office at 847-931-5900. For more information, go to www.cteelgin.com.
Photo: Tracy Suppes and Madison Kleba, both 11, of Elburn, are among the 76 cast members in the Children’s Theatre of Elgin’s ‘The Music Man, Jr.,’ produced by Stephanie Kleba (center), also of Elburn. Courtesy Photo
by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVEâ€”Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels has collected 760 of the 1,000 signatures he needs to make a run for the 25th District State Senate seat, currently held by Chris Lauzen (R). Michels said he will decide whether or not to run after the filing date of Oct. 26.
For now, he is still â€œtesting the waters,â€ he said.
He said the process of collecting signatures has been humbling, approaching people at train stations and in front of the Jewel-Osco Food Store, as well as going door-to-door.
â€œIt’s a huge district,â€ he said.
He said the idea to run came about after Sugar Grove’s recent dealings with Springfield regarding road construction and maintenance dollars. He said that state Rep. Kay Hatcher (R-50) was instrumental in obtaining the money to fix Route 56 prior to the Solheim Cup event in Sugar Grove.
Michels, a Republican, said that, on the other hand, Sugar Grove has not been able to get very far with its requests for a full interchange at Interstate 88 and Route 47, or with the widening of Route 47.
â€œTim Schmitz and Kay Hatcher have done the lion’s share for the area,â€ Michels said. â€œBut we need a voice on the Senate side.â€
According to Michels, Lauzen has not been able to accomplish a great deal for the region in terms of funding for roads during the time he has been in office. Michels said that with so much regional traffic coming through the Fox Valley area, more money is needed to maintain the roads.
â€œWe deserve our fair share of state funds to build and maintain the necessary infrastructure,â€ he said. â€œAfter 17 years, maybe it’s time for a change.â€
Lauzen, who recently announced his intent to run for re-election, said that when Michels criticizes him, he should have something to back it up. Lauzen said that the 25th District has received a record $193 million in infrastructure funding, the most of any district outside of the Chicago area.
â€œHe hasn’t fully researched his position,â€ Lauzen said.
Lauzen also pointed to his opposition to the Prairie Parkway and his support instead of the Route 47-Plus Plan, as another way that he supports funding the local roads.
â€œFor every dollar spent on the Prairie Parkway, that’s another dollar you can’t spend on the current highways,â€ he said.
Lauzen said he welcomes the competition, and said it will sharpen his game during the election process. However, he said that it is too bad Michels feels he has to define himself by what is wrong with someone else.
â€œThat’s what is unappealing about politics these days,â€ he said.
Michels said he has not given a lot of thought as of yet about what he might do about his current office of Village President of Sugar Grove, if he were elected to the Senate seat.
â€œThere is a lot of work to be done before I would have to think about that,â€ he said.
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARKâ€”Maple Park’s financial consultant warned the Maple Park Village Board that the village faces a financial crunch because of limited property taxes for 2009.
Under the state’s property tax cap law, the village may increase property taxes this year by just one tenth of one percent, the same as the 2008 Consumer Price Index (CPI).
â€œThat’s a serious revenue concern for Maple Park, since property taxes are the village’s prime source of revenue,â€ said David Jepson CPA, of Financial Advisory Services, during Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.
In addition, Jepson expects Maple Park’s state-income tax revenue to be $19,000 less for 2009, and that motor-fuel tax will drop significantly, based on estimates from the Illinois Municipal League.
A further revenue decline will result from less sales tax generated in the village. Jepson said sales tax for the village was $26,800 for May through October 2009, compared to $35,710 for the same period in 2008.
â€œUnfortunately, when you put all those things together, it does not look very good for revenue for Maple Park,â€ Jepson said.
Because of that financial forecast, Jepson recommended that Maple Park officials look closely at ways to cut village expenses in the next fiscal budget and find other sources of revenue.
Village President Kathy Curtis said that when the Village Board developed the last annual budget, it was very conservative.
â€œThere were no employee raises for fiscal 2009-10, and we have drastically cut our engineering and lawyer expenses,â€ Curtis said.
The village also has been applying for grant and stimulus monies, Curtis said.
State law limits property tax increases for non-home-rule municipalities to the CPI amount for the previous year, or 5 percent, whichever is lower, plus new-property taxes. Maple Park did not have any new-property growth for 2009, village officials said.
Company is village’s only option by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”A village survey indicated many residents are unhappy with their cable service from Mediacom. Village officials said they plan to renew the company’s franchise contract, however, because they have no other option.
Village officials would like other cable providers to seek the franchise, but so far, none have.
â€œWe would welcome any other company to come in â€¦ there is really not another choice,â€ Planning Commissioner Paul Molitor said.
It is too expensive for other companies to start up cable service in the village, Assistant Village Administrator David Morrison said.
For the past 10 years, Mediacom has provided cable service under its contract with Elburn, which expires next year.
In recent years, some residents have chosen to obtain cable through a satellite dish rather than from Mediacom. Chapman said about 45 percent of Elburn households currently are Mediacom subscribers.
Along with establishing a new franchise contract, the village is revising its cable ordinance. The new ordinance will require the village cable provider to offer service throughout Elburn, including less populated areas.
Mediacom currently does not provide service to some areas of the village, including Blackberry Creek.
â€œThose residents have had no choice. They had to get satellite,â€ village cable consultant Stu Chapman said.
The new ordinance also will require the cable provider to offer community and educational access channels.
In addition, the ordinance will allow the village to fine its cable provider if the company does not meet customer service standards stated in the contract.
Any company providing cable service in Elburn must be franchised by the state or the village.
AT&T has the state franchise for providing cable, but does not offer cable service in Elburn.
Under a new law designed to boost competition in the industry, AT&T may offer cable and Internet service to any community, without requiring the municipality’s approval.
By Susan O’Neill
KANELANDâ€”Proud parents, teachers and principals filled the Kaneland High School library on Oct. 13 to honor students who received high scores on recent standardized tests, including the Illinois State Achievement Test (ISAT), WorkKeys and the American College Test (ACT).
Fifteen students who received a 2009 ACT composite score of 30 or higher were presented with a certificate and public acknowledgement of their accomplishments. Those who received the highest scores in specific subject area tests, including math, science, English and writing, were recognized as well.
Three kindergarten through eighth-grade students attained perfect scores on portions of the 2009 ISAT, 32 Kaneland High School students attained perfect scores on the WorkKeys Applied Math portion of the PSAE, and 13 high school students attained perfect scores on the WorkKeys reading for information portion of the PSAE.
Interim high school principal Greg Fantozzi congratulated the students. He also thanked the parents for their continued interest and participation in their children’s education.
â€œThis is no small achievement,â€ he said.
Students with 2009 ACT composite scores of 30 or higher
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”Elburn village officials on Monday turned down a developer’s request to annex property for a residential subdivision south of the village.
â€œThe property is too far from the village to be considered for an annexation agreement at this time,â€ Assistant Village Administrator David Morrison said.
Naperville-based Oliver-Hoffman recently requested that the Village Board review the conceptual plan for the development proposed for a 400-acre site east of Green Road and south of Main Street between Elburn and Sugar Grove.
The plan includes 163 large single-family-home lots, horse stables and pastures, and an equestrian trail.
During Monday’s Village Board meeting, village officials suggested that the developers seek approval from Kane County for their proposal instead.
Without an annexation to a municipality, the developer must obtain approval from Kane County for the subdivision.
However, trustee Ken Anderson said the property is designated as agricultural in the Kane County land use plan.
by Martha Quetsch
The village of Elburn will pay a consultant $6,000 to create an updated employee handbook.
The Village Board decided on Monday to hire Aurora-based consulting firm Sikich to create the handbook, which will incorporate new workplace legislation. After creating the new handbook, Sikich will train village department supervisors about how to use it properly and know how to proceed when an employee has a workplace concern.
Employee compensation, compensation time, sexual harassment and drug testing are among issues that will be addressed in the new handbook.
by Martha Quetsch
Drug screens will be required of all new hires before they officially can be employed by the village of Maple Park if the Village Board approves a new policy with that requirement.
During the Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, trustee Debra Armstrong outlined the proposed drug testing policy.
The policy also will prohibit all staff members from consuming alcohol or illegal drugs during the work day, or drugs that would impair them in any way, and from having a blood alcohol level of more than .02 percent when they arrive at work.
In addition, under the policy, the village could require an immediate drug and alcohol screening of an employee they believe is under the influence during work hours.
The Village Board will decide at a future meeting whether to adopt the policy.
by Susan O’Neill
KANEVILLEâ€”From the beginning, Kaneville residents have said that they wanted to have control over their own destiny. Completion of the comprehensive plan brings them one step closer to that goal.
Now that the Kaneville comprehensive plan has been approved, the next step will be to negotiate boundary and land-use agreements with neighboring communities.
Kaneville’s decision to incorporate was mainly driven by Sugar Grove’s 2005 land use plan, which included residential development up to about three-quarters of a mile south of the intersection of Harter and Main Street roads in the heart of Kaneville. Because Kaneville was not an officially incorporated village, it did not have a legal standing to negotiate boundaries with its neighbors.
The 2006 incorporation gave village officials the legal right to negotiate boundary agreements with Sugar Grove and its other neighbors. However, a comprehensive land-use plan that clearly defines its planning areas and uses was essential as a starting point for those discussions.
Feedback from residents during a village open house to discuss the comprehensive plan reinforced citizens’ initial desire to move forward with boundary agreements.
The extraterritorial jurisdictions of the villages of Kaneville and Sugar Grove currently overlap. In addition, planning and extraterritorial jurisdictions of Big Rock, Elburn, Virgil and Maple Park are also very close to, or overlap, land that Kaneville has identified as desirable to include in its planning area.
â€œWe tried to stay within Kaneville Township,â€ Planning Commission Chair Joe White said.
In addition to boundaries, village officials are interested in establishing a â€œno-buildâ€ zone that would maintain an agricultural and open-space landscape between Kaneville and its neighboring communities.
Kaneville’s incorporation also allows village officials to become active participants in the planning for the Prairie Parkway, which is planned for land to the east of the village’s current boundaries. They want to be involved in the design decisions for landscaping, lighting and possible bridges involved in the planning and construction of the highway.
by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Groveâ€”The village of Sugar Grove on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Benchmark Bank for its failure to release money from a letter of credit it holds for Hannaford Farm, LLC.
According to Sugar Grove attorney Steve Andersson, the bank should receive a summons within a week or two. After it receives the summons, it has 30 days within which to respond.
â€œWe’re in a lawsuit, and we’re pursuing it vigorously,â€ Andersson said.
The letter of credit represents money set aside to pay for public improvements within the Hannaford Farm development should the developer default on its obligations. Improvements include the final grading of streets and completion of sidewalks, among others, and will cost a total of $2.2 million to complete.
The development was originally proposed for 142 single-family homes on 122 acres of land off of Merrill Road, west of the Lakes of Bliss Woods subdivision. As of the end of last year, there were 24 lots owned by individual owners.
The Village Board declared Hannaford Farm, LLC in default of its obligations at its Oct. 6 meeting.
â€œIt’s disappointing,â€ Andersson said. â€œThey’ve chosen to ignore a call on money they’ve held.â€
Benchmark Bank President John Medernach on Wednesday said that the bank has been involved in ongoing conversations with village officials, and that he hopes the situation will soon be resolved.
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”Kaneland Blackberry Elementary School officials recently asked the village of Elburn to post two more crossing guards near the school to ensure students’ safety.
â€œThe possible new positions came from a discussion of the pedestrian and traffic flow that we have seen develop since we have opened and attempting to be proactive in providing safe routes to and from school,â€ Blackberry Principal Kyle Kyhns said.
Elburn Public Safety Committee members on Oct. 13 asked village Police Chief Steve Smith whether the need is critical. Smith said the school’s request has merit.
â€œIf you sit by the grade school during the morning, you’d see how crazy things can get,â€ Smith said.
Currently, only one crossing guard is posted near the school, at the intersection of Patriot Parkway and South Anderson Road.
Smith said many children cross South Anderson before they get to Patriot, which poses safety hazards because of the high traffic from people going to work or dropping off their children.
It would be more logical and convenient for students who live east of South Anderson or south of Patriot to cross instead at Griffith Avenue, Smith said.
If the village agrees to add the two new guards, one would be posted at that intersection and another at Patriot Parkway and Liberty Avenue.
The Police Department would train the new crossing guards in basic vehicle and pedestrian traffic direction, and provide each with a hand-held stop sign and vest.
The village also supplies a crossing guard near John Stewart Elementary School.
The village splits the cost for the existing guards at the schools with Kaneland. For the two guards, the total cost is approximately $10,400. They work for 169 days annually and each recieve $36.96 per day.
Being a journalist in these times, it can become easy to get lost in all the negativity. Businesses are struggling financially, local government entities are struggling financially, and in the background there is an overriding fear and/or worry about the futureâ€”the future of journalism as an industry, future of individual media outlets, future of our media outlet, and so on.
It becomes easy to fall into a rutâ€”to fall into a mode similar to what a marathon runner must feel somewhere in the middle of the courseâ€”where you just put your head down and try to gut your way through the miles or through the editions.
And then something happens that makes you realize that you get to write about people like Linda Kelley, Tanner Robertson and his family, and the students at Kaneland High School.
Last week, Tannerâ€™s dad, Mike, visited the Elburn Herald office and told us a story about how his family reacted after reading an editorial about KHS staffer Linda Kelleyâ€™s efforts to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research at the high school (read reporter Susan Oâ€™Neillâ€™s story on page 1A). The story did not come easily; Mike was visibly emotional at times during his telling of how his 12-year-old son, Tanner, searching for a way to not feel helpless while watching his mother and grandmother both suffer from breast cancer, read about the KHS pink sock project. He read about how all KHS athletes and groups intended to wear pink socks during upcoming events; and as a member of a local youth football team, he decided on a way to not feel so helpless.
Without an organized, group effort surrounding him, 12-year-old Tanner Robertson walked on the field the following Saturday clad in pink socks.
The PA announcer stated what he was doing and why, and the following game, Tannerâ€™s entire team strode onto the field in the pink socks.
And thus, Linda Kelleyâ€™s initial effort, which inspired a group of Kaneland High School students, passed beyond the walls of KHS and into the hearts of people who have no direct connection to the school.
To play even a tiny role in helping form a connection between Kelleyâ€™s efforts and Tannerâ€™s response is humbling, to put it mildly. To witness how one personâ€™s effort to do something positive snowballs through the community like this, that is why we do what we do; and that is an inspiration to us.
It is people like Linda Kelley and the more-than-400 community members who received the pink socks from her that remind us why we do what we do. It is the numerous times when community members come together and inspire each other, and therefore inspire us, that helps us take a step back and realize what it is that is important, and what it is that makes our Kaneland communities unique.
In other words, youâ€”your stories, your challenges, struggles and successesâ€”are why we do what we do.
by Mike Slodki
It was almost a charmed State trip for Kanelandâ€™s Hayley Guyton.
A team captain and a three-time State goer, Guyton was tied at the end of regulation play with a score of 145, but bogeyed on the par four playoff hole.
Meanwhile, Conantâ€™s Kris Yoo won her second straight Class 2A State championship at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale, Ill.
Guytonâ€™s journey to the elite grouping marks the best finish for a KHS golfer in history.
â€œI think I accomplished a lot by getting all the way to second,â€ Guyton said. â€œI think Iâ€™ve improved a lot since freshman year.â€
Guytonâ€™s 2007 State trip saw her finish in 68th place, while last yearâ€™s excursion had her finish 42nd.
The most encouraging aspect of Guytonâ€™s game, according to the junior, was something that she originally had thought of as a weaknes.
â€œMy putting got really good down there. Usually Iâ€™m not that great at putting. All the girls were really good that were golfing with me,â€ Guyton said.
The junior was one over par after 18 holes of action. Ember Schuldt of Sterling was in third place at three over. Homewood-Flossmoor won the team title.
With the golf season now concluded, Kaneland golf sees the departure of seniors Andrew Eberle, J.C. Gillett, Jon Hedrick, Tyler Hochsprung, Hayden Senese and Kyle Straughn.
Photo: Lady Knight junior Hayley Guyton did coach Mark Meyerâ€™s roster proud with a second-place medalist showing in Carbondale, Ill. at the girls golf Class 2A State final. Conantâ€™s Kris Yoo out-performed Guyton in a playoff. Photo by Mike Slodki
by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARKâ€”What might have been a thrilling win for Kaneland High School football on Friday night is now just “what might have been.â€
A Michael Santacaterina 2-yard touchdown run in overtime at Peterson Field gave the Vikings a 27-24 win and closed the book on the Kaneland-Geneva football rivalry.
Kaneland moves onto the Northern Illinois Big 12 conference, while Geneva saunters on to the Upstate Eight in 2010. Geneva all but wraps up the WSC championship at 7-1 with a 5-1 conference record, and KHS falls to 5-3 with a 4-2 WSC tally.
For Kaneland, it was the first overtime game since beating Sterling in a still-talked about quarterfinal playoff game, 52-45 on Nov. 11, 2006.
Kaneland was 10 minutes and 22 seconds away from a victory after a 14-yard touchdown strike to Ryley Bailey gave the Knights a 21-14 lead, but Geneva calmly tied the game on a six-yard Santacaterina touchdown run with 7:33 to go in regulation to set up overtime.
KHS outgained Geneva by a total of 276-233, but saw the running game hit a snag with just 10 yards on 15 carries.
â€œWe were just trying to go with the plays that had been successful,â€ KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. â€œWe needed to punch it in and didnâ€™t do it.â€
QB Joe Camaliere was 20-for-41 for 236 yards and three touchdowns, with Bailey gathering 175 yards on 13 catches. Teammate Taylor Andrews snagged three balls for 55 yards.
â€œThereâ€™s a lot of good things we can take from this game. That was a very good football team we went to overtime with,â€ Fedderly said.
Geneva’s Santacaerina had a productive night with 129 yards on 22 carries with four touchdowns.
The first score of the game came when Geneva concluded an eight-play, 55-yard drive on Santacaterina’s eight-yard TD run with 2:32 remaining in the first quarter.
After Kaneland’s first three drives ended in punts, the Knights got on the board with a 32-yard TD pass to Andrews on a 3rd-and-19 play. The somersaulting catch with 6:13 remaining in the half deadlocked the contest at 7 going into the half.
In the third quarter, Santacaterina capped an 11-play, 62-yard drive to open the half with a two-yard score to make it 14-7 with 8:39 to go.
Kaneland tied it on the ensuing drive thanks to an Andrews TD catch from the 11 with 5:43 left in the frame, setting up the final quarter’s action.
The Knights’ overtime attempt had Bailey catching a four-yard pass on first down but not able to come down with a second down pass.
A third-down throw to Tyler Callaghan was incomplete, setting up a 23-yard field goal by Chad Swieca for a 24-21 KHS lead.
Needing to hold the Vikings to a field goal or less, Geneva fed Santacaterina the ball on first down to the two, where he punched it in on second down to end the contest.
Now, Kaneland must defeat Yorkville on the road on Friday, Oct. 23 for a more secure playoff standing.
The sophomores lost to Geneva in earlier Friday action 22-8, and the freshmen lost to Geneva 52-7 on Monday.
Play of the Knight:
Joe Camaliere did everything short of taking the ball for himself on Friday.
Check that, he did, and it was at an important juncture in the game.
Facing a swarm of Geneva defenders on a third-and-20 from the Knight 40, Camaliere found holes thanks to blockers and picked up 29 yards for a first down. The drive continued, leading to a Ryley Bailey TD catch.
Photo: Knight WR Taylor Andrews caught two TDâ€™s during Fridayâ€™s 27-24 overtime loss to Geneva. The Knights try to get their sixth win of 2009 at Yorkville on Friday, Oct. 23. Photo by Ryan Wells
by Mike Slodki
Nothing was going to stop Antioch on Tuesday during the IHSA Class 2A regional in Maple Park.
Not even the host.
Kaneland gave up four goals in the first half to the Sequoits enroute to a 6-0 season-ending defeat.
Going into the postseason, KHS was the 13th seed compared to Antiochâ€™s fourth seed. Kaneland finishes 2009 at 7-14-1 and 2-5 in the final Western Sun Conference season.
â€œWe had a really hard time finding the right lineup this season,â€ KHS coach Scott Parillo said. â€œBut we were just young, so weâ€™re going to have those bumps and bruises along the way. This is a learning experience for them, and it showed today.â€
The final output provides a drop from last seasonâ€™s end, which had the Knights finish 10-10-3 and make it to the Kaneland Regional title match against Oswego.
On Oct. 14, the Knights lost a 7-0 affair with host Oswego East during Senior Day for the Wolves.
Oswego East scored four goals in the first 40- minutes before adding three in the second half.
With the loss, KHS soccer says goodbye to Kevin Szatkowski, Joe Garlinsky, Genaro Garcia, Carlos Hufschlag, Marcos Dorado and Jake Tickle.
by Mike Slodki
Kanelandâ€™s volleyball squad rocked the pink for Volley for the Cure night, but found no solution for a winning formula against the formidable Geneva Lady Vikings.
Thursday saw Kaneland lose 25-11, 25-15. The Lady Knights then went to the Sherrard Invite, where they prevailed last season, and finished fourth out of 12 teams.
With the loss to Geneva, a 4-1 record in Sherrard, and a three-game win over Yorkville on Tuesday, the Lady Knights find themselves at 13-14 with a 6-7 record in Western Sun Conference play.
The win total matches last yearâ€™s 13-win total, with two more days of competition left in the regular season.
Against Geneva, Jessica Lubic had nine assists and Katy Dudzinski had five kills.
The Lady Vikings went out to a 17-4 lead in the first game and a 22-10 lead before closing it out.
In game two, a 14-3 lead for Geneva closed somewhat to 20-10 before the Lady Vikings sealed it.
Despite the loss against a tough Geneva program, KHS coach Todd Weimer found the positive going into the final homestretch of the season.
â€œKaty Dudzinski and Meredith Ament really stepped up tonight,â€ Weimer said. â€œWeâ€™re in a tough regional. DeKalb, Hampshire, Sycamore and Burlington Central. The top programs in one regional. Itâ€™s a difficult one, and whoever wins that will go down to state.â€
Meanwhile, KHS handed Morrison a 21-10, 21-10 defeat, beat Mercer County 21-10, 21-12, lost to host Sherrard 21-16, 14-21, 15-10, beat Illini West 25-14, 25-23 and beat Ridgewood 25-16, 25-17.
Abby VanDerHeyden had 12 kills, four aces and 27 digs throughout the tourney, while Lubich added 79 assists and 21 aces.
Against Yorkville, Kaneland won 21-15, 25-19, 25-9 thanks to Dudzinskiâ€™s six kills and six aces, along with VanDerHeydenâ€™s 10 digs.
KHS hosts SpikeFest on Saturday, Oct. 24 before regionals against DeKalb in Hampshire on Tuesday, Oct. 27.
It was the final Western Sun Conference meet, and the Lady Knights cross country roster did themselves proud.
With a fourth-place finish, the Lady Knights’ 131 point total tied Glenbard South, but due to sixth runner Shaela Collins (42nd) outpacing GSâ€™s Teresa Witort (46th), KHS got the nod.
Geneva (22), Yorkville (71) and Batavia (76) took the top three.
Finishing in the lower third were Sycamore (133), DeKalb (169) and Rochelle (178).
The effort in the event at Kishwaukee Junior College on Saturday put KHS in decent shape for a prime showing at IHSA Class 2A Regionals hosted by Aurora Central Catholic High School on Saturday.
While Kelly Whitley of Geneva took the crown for the varsity race with a time of 18 minutes, 16 seconds, Andie Strang of Kaneland put herself in the WSC all-conference group with a time of 19:37, good for 13th place.
Freshman Abby Dodis continued her rise at 20:20 (24th place). Teammate Lisa Roberson ran her final WSC race and took 29th at 20:34.
Kelly Evers, running her second WSC race, gave a 31st place effort, at 20:42.
The following reports were obtained from local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
â€¢ A resident of the 900 block of Patriot Parkway in Elburn reported trespassers at his home at 11:12 p.m. on Oct. 18. Police responded to his panic alarm. The resident said he heard the doorknob rattle and two people scuffle in his garage. The subjects were not at the scene when police arrived. The door of the vehicle in the garage was found open.
â€¢ Seth I. Meers, 23, of the 1900 block of Sheffield Lane in Geneva, was arrested at 2:20 a.m. Oct. 17 for driving without a license. Police stopped him for speeding on Route 38 at Pouley Road in Elburn.
â€¢ Dustin A. Perry, 34, of the 300 block of North Fourth Street in Geneva, was arrested at 11:48 p.m. Oct. 19 for marijuana possession and for driving without a license. He also had two outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court on previous charges of driving without a license. Police stopped him on Route 38 at Pouley Road in Elburn for not having a rear license plate light.
â€¢ Edgar Monroy, 21, of the 3300 block of Cloudcroft Circle in Montgomery, was arrested at 1:44 a.m. Oct. 18 for driving without a valid license. Police stopped him as he was southbound on Route 47 at North Street in Elburn, for not having a front license plate.
â€¢ Mario Obregon, 60, of the 500 block of E. Galena Boulevard, was charged with not having a valid driver’s license and driving under the influence at 1:14 a.m. on Oct. 2. Obregon was southbound on Municipal Drive from Galena Boulevard, Sugar Grove.
â€¢ Charles D. Kahl, 19, of the 46W500 block of Lovell, Kaneville, was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol at 8 a.m. on Oct. 4. He was parked in the driveway at a home in the 200 block of Hampton Drive, Sugar Grove.
â€¢ Someone scratched the paint the entire length of a two sides of a vehicle, possibly when it was parked in a driveway in the 500 block of Mallard Lane, Sugar Grove, between Oct. 8 and Oct. 9. The cost of the damage is estimated at $2,000.
â€¢ Someone made a fraudulent charge from the checking account of a resident of the 700 block of Wild Ginger Drive, Sugar Grove, in the amount of $566.95. The charge took place at 3:14 p.m. on Oct. 9.
â€¢ Erdem S. Hacioglu, 29, of the 600 block of Pine Street, Sugar Grove, was charged with speeding, driving under the influence and blood level content of more than .08 at 1:07 p.m. on Oct. 10. Hacioglu was westbound on Galena Boulevard west of Route 56.
â€¢ Someone drove a vehicle in an area on around a green at the Bliss Creek Golf Course between Oct. 10 and Oct. 11. The total damage was estimated at between $10,000 and $20,000.
â€¢ Liedgrin McGee, 28, of the 1300 block of Brandywine Circle, Batavia, was charged with driving on a revoked license and having tinted side windows at 5:54 p.m. on Oct. 12.
â€¢ Monica E. Cantu, 21, of the 1100 block of Bryant Street, Aurora, was charged with speeding at 57 mph in a 40 mph zone. She was driving southbound on Bliss Road south of KaDeKa Road. While stopped, she was found to have a warrant for her arrest for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence.
Elburnâ€”The Blackberry Township Board of Trustees honored the 20 years of dedicated service that Al Bergquist gave with a tree planting and dedication of a granite stone marker in front of the township offices.
Bergquist served the township as highway commissioner, from 1977 to 1997, the time of his retirement. He continued to plow for the township for years after he retired.
Bergquist passed away on Aug. 29, 2009, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was laid to rest in a family lot in Blackberry Township Cemetery in Elburn. He is survived by his wife, Joan, and four children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, as well as three siblings.
The Blackberry Township Board of Trustees Supervisor David Richmond, Town Clerk Lisa Hodge and Highway Commissioner Rod Feece dedicated the maple tree and engraved granite stone on Sept. 28. Trustee James Feece represented the board.
Photo: Pictured at the dedication are Jim Feece, Rod Feece, Joan Bergquist, David Richmond and Lisa Hodge. Courtesy Photo
Anthony and Julie (Bisztriczky) Crabb of Maple Park proudly announce the birth of their son, Matthew Anthony.
He was born Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.
He was welcomed home by siblings Megan, 11, Jonathan, 7, and Madelyn, 4. Grandparents are Joseph and Elizabeth Bisztriczky of Elburn, Terry and Joan Murphy of Keyser, W. Va, and Tony Crabb of Asheville, N.C.