Rochelle beats KHS bowling

Tuesday afternoon spelled more Western Sun Conference action for the Lady Knight bowlers, but it resulted in a loss in Rochelle.

With the slim 2,346-2,242 loss at T-Bird Lanes in Rochelle, Kaneland fell to 3-6 and 1-5 in WSC action.

Holly Thomas once again gave her squad a fighting chance with a 503 series, followed by Jessie McHenry with a 432 series and Amy Kuryliw with a 429 series.

High games were bowled by Thomas at 180 and 173, while Molly Lambert added a game of 169. McHenry bowled a 168.

The JV lineup lost a 1,944-1,546 meeting with the Lady Hubs.

Megan Scott bowled a 314 series, while Angela Charhut bowled a 306.

Up ahead for the Lady Knights is a conference clash with DeKalb at Mardi Gras Lanes on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Holly Thomas file photo

Joseph ‘Joe’ F. Bisztriczky

Joseph “Joe” F. Bisztriczky, 75, of Elburn, passed away at Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, Ill., on Jan. 12, 2010, following complications from a stroke he suffered on Dec. 24, 2009.

He was born on Nov. 26, 1934, in Gyomro, Hungary, the son of Joseph and Julia (Hutwagner) Bisztriczky.

Joe grew up in Gyomro and attended local schools. At that time, children were only required to attend school for eight years, but Joe continued his secondary education into the 12th year in what we would now call “Pre-Med.” Due to family hardships, he was unable to finish his studies, which frustrated him greatly. Instead of giving up, he completed an apprenticeship as a loom fixer in the textiles industry.

It was this change in vocation that gave Joe the opportunity to meet the love of his life, Elizabeth Ivan, who also worked in the textile industry in her hometown of Szentgotthard. They were united in marriage on Sept. 18, 1954.

Two years later, Joe and Elizabeth escaped under gunfire during a revolution against the suffocating Communist rule in November of 1956 and lived in a refugee camp in Austria until their immigration to Canada on April 22, 1957.

It was in Lindsay, Ontario, that they were blessed with a son, Joseph, named in honor of his father and grandfather. In December 1965, the now-growing family settled in Reedsburg, Wis., where they welcomed a daughter, Julie. Because of the limited job opportunities in the textile industry, the family moved where Joe could find work. Over the years, they made their home in Baraboo, Wis., where their second daughter, Jeanne, made their family complete in September 1968.

Eventually the family moved to Millington, Ill., for a time and then to Plano, to be closer to Joe’s mother, who also escaped Hungary in 1956. In 1992, after the children were grown, Joe and Elizabeth moved to Oswego. Seven years later they made their final home in Elburn, where they continued to make memories, which now included many grandchildren.

Joe was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn for many years.

Joe was happiest outdoors fishing, hunting, tending to his fruit trees or just taking long hikes and taking in all Mother Nature had to offer. His dedication to his craft of looming in the textile industry helped him construct his own loom where rugs, placemats, table runners and more were born from his imagination.

Joe also had a passion for history and life in the Wild Wild West. His musical tastes rarely strayed from Pavarotti, and in his spare time you couldn’t find a better opponent across the chessboard.

Nothing made Joe happier than being with his family, reading to his grandchildren and telling stories of his childhood. His memory will live on in the hearts of his family, in the stories of his youth and in the pieces of wisdom given over the years, including the saying, “What you learn is something that no one can ever take away from you.”

He now leaves his loving wife, Elizabeth; three children, Joseph Bisztriczky of Elburn, Julie (Tony) Crabb of Maple Park, and Jeanne Bisztriczky and her husband Robert Steller of Lake In The Hills, Ill.; five grandchildren, Megan Crabb, Jonathan Crabb, Madelyn Crabb, Zachary Steller and Matthew Crabb; two step-grandchildren, Rachael Steller and Alexander Steller; one sister, Ilona Bukovits of Mende, Hungary; many nieces, nephews; and an extended family in Hungary.

He now joins his parents and two grandsons, Daniel and Benjamin Crabb, who both died in infancy.

Visitation was from 10 to 11 a.m., with a memorial mass to celebrate his life following at 11 a.m., at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, on Monday, Jan. 18. Interment followed at St. Gall Cemetery, Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities, including the Arbor Day Foundation. Checks may be made to the “Joseph F. Bisztriczky Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Letter: Chris Lauzen is a good man

I met Senator Chris Lauzen and his family several years ago. As my state senator, he is very responsive and personally returns my telephone calls.

But more importantly, Chris Lauzen is a man of outstanding character. No matter how much our society and people change, the eternal verities never change. They are such things as truth, honesty, integrity, character and loyalty. This man lives the eternal verities.

Please vote to re-elect Chris Lauzen to be our Illinois State Senator. He is a good man.

Joe Newton
Huntley, Ill.

Letter: Reflecting on the Kaneland ‘winter break’

The Christmas season has come and gone. We have rung in a New Year, and many of us have forgotten our glorious two-week break and are back in school mode. But one thing sticks out in my head, and that is the Friday before break.

First of all, we are no longer allowed to call it “Christmas Break;” it must be referred to as “Winter Break.” Alright, no big deal.

But then, this year, we read “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.” Christmas music was ringing through the hallways during some passing periods. Carolers were going down the hallway sing Christmas carols—stress on the Christmas.

I understand if the administration doesn’t want us to refer to the much-needed two-week break from school as Christmas break. Because during the Christmas season, Christmas is not the only holiday being observed. There’s Kwanzaa and Hanukkah as well.

All I’m saying is, if we can’t call it Christmas break, why are we able to go gallivanting around the hallways reading Christmas stories, or singing Christmas songs?

Kourtni Bingley
Sophomore
Kaneland High School

Letter: The father-son relationship in Sugar Grove deserves more scrutiny

Sean Michels is the village president of Sugar Grove. Engineering Enterprises Inc. (EEI) is a very large vendor to the village of Sugar Grove—to the tune of more than $8 million over a decade. Engineering Enterprises is owned by Sean Michels’ father .

EEI holds the key to building permits, and access to construction all over the village.

That is a very strategic position with substantial influence over private projects.

The work being performed here is largely “consulting,” not bricks and mortar type stuff, thousands of dollars to review a building permit.

This work and the payments are non competitive bid work.

A conflict of interest is formed when a party either has or has the potential perception of having positioned oneself in a position to influence decisions of their employer (the village of Sugar Grove) for “their” benefit. “Their” benefit certainly need not be constrained to direct benefit, a family relationship to the beneficiary is certainly enough to qualify.

In fact, let me paint you a picture of how one might interpret this.

Very rich men buy up land and make a deal with the village in the form of an annexation agreement.

The terms of the annexation agreement discount the permit cost to the developers, costing existing taxpayers many tens of millions of dollars.

By law and agreement, the village administration controls the deals, but also every step of compliance and permitting.

Influence is partitioned and transferred by the third party review of EEI; thus EEI exercises a considerable influence on the developers.

Those same developers may well have done business directly with Engineering Enterprises, in which case they are making direct payments to the oversight process in a form which is not subject to public examination and review.

Whether or not the developers have paid additional sums of money directly to EEI is irrelevant to the question of whether or not a conflict of interest occurred, but it is relevant to the extent to which the breach of moral trust has gone. It has already been irrefutably established that the family of the village administration has directly benefited by payments of vast sums of money from the organization with whom its members control.

Now building has slowed to a crawl. Sean Michels now seeks to become state Senator. OK, we have seen how he operates at the local level. Now he would “move up” to the next stage of political progression.

What benefits would be served to the “very rich men” who prospered by their local affiliation with the family; and how might the family, in its new-found position, organize itself? The moral pattern of behavior having already been established at the local level, an ordinary citizen still paying for the unfunded liabilities of the last deal (several thousand dollars per year per homeowner) might have a reasonable concern.

Conflict of interest is a nice term. It almost sounds like it could be an oversight or a trivial infraction, while in fact it is the only evidence the public will ever get to a massive fraud of this kind. If a man walks into a bank with a gun, the crime is clear.

If the family of a powerful politician is in the position to bag vast sums of money from the organization its members control, that position alone is a crime. Actually doing it—selling influence or somehow profiting from the position of conflict—is another crime.

The “potential of fraud” is all we can prove, because measuring “intent and influence” is impossible. “The potential for fraud” is the anatomy of political corruption. This is my personal opinion, not a legal opinion, but I don’t see how the public is going to get any closer to finding a smoking gun.

This is when my children say, “Mom said it was OK.” I expect Sugar Grove will say it was OK too. Both responses share the same twist on truth, first it can’t be OK, and second, when mom gets in the picture, the children have not been entirely forthcoming in their interpretation of the facts. Mom was not fully in the loop, the whole story was never told, no understanding was reached. I attempted to contact Mr. Michels and the city to discuss this, with no reply.

Jeff L. MacKenzie
Maple Park

Letter: In support of Barb Wojnicki, Jim Mitchell

As a member of the Kane County Board, I am writing to voice my support for two fellow board members who are up for re-election in the Feb. 2 Republican Primary.

Both of these board member’s districts abut my District 26, and I work with them on many issues.

Barb Wojnicki, District 15 (Campton Hills), and Jim Mitchell, District 9 (North Aurora), are both seasoned members of the board who work hard for their constituents and put in a tremendous amount of time in doing so. Both are independent of outside influence and are not afraid to take a stand on an issue.

I encourage voters to support them both for re-election.

Andrew Frasz, Elburn
Kane County Board—District 26

Letter: Keep an honest man in Springfield, vote for Chris Lauzen

On Feb. 2, voters have a rare opportunity to keep an honest man in Springfield. Illinois Senator Chris Lauzen (R-25th) is running for re-election.

Chris has always placed his constituents’ interests over his own. He has a proven track record. He will not sell us out to special interests. Nor will he lie to us—even when the truth hurts—to curry favor. And I can personally attest to his responsiveness to voters. He has promptly and personally responded each time I have contacted his office.

Unlike many others who falsely proclaim themselves to be “reformers” (remember Blagojevich’s campaign promises?), Chris Lauzen’s indisputable voting record demonstrates his genuine commitment to containing taxes, reducing spending and protecting the rights of Illinois consumers.

Examples abound. Long ago, Chris floated the “radical” notion that our state budget should use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to truthfully disclose the state’s financial condition. Two years ago, he voted against legislation that would further enrich wealthy liquor distributors at the expense of consumers.

And during all his time in public office, Chris has refused to compromise his integrity in the face of political pressure and threats from the power-brokers in his own party organization—the same ones who run the Chicago-Springfield “political combine” and have driven the state nearly into bankruptcy.

Our best investment for the future is to keep Senator Lauzen working for us in Springfield.

Al Buchanan
Elburn

Letter: In support of Sean Michels

I look at an elected official as a business development officer for a company. If the elected official brings money back, is visible in the community and works with others, that official should be re-elected.

However, if an elected official cannot produce a list of any significant accomplishments in 17 years, has not become a part of the leadership in his own party and does not work with local officials, I believe we should elect someone else.

That’s why I am not voting for Mr. Lauzen. He lists no significant accomplishments on his campaign material. What has he been doing for 17 years?

I will vote, and ask you to vote, for Sean Michels, state Senator.

Joel and Lisa Eaves
Sugar Grove

Letter: Court system needs experience, compassion of Robert Janes

As a life-long dog owner, I am always outraged when I read in the paper or hear on the news of someone abusing a dog. I am even more appalled when I find out the offender receives only a slap on the hand as punishment.

Judge Robert Janes, who is running for the 16th Circuit, is not a judge who takes this type of behavior lightly. A few years ago when a case of this nature was brought before him, he sentenced the offender to jail. Not a fine. Not probation—but actual jail time.

This ruling shows that Judge Janes has compassion for all living things. His ruling ensured that a lawbreaker was punished and hopefully will teach others that this type of behavior is wrong.

Please vote for Judge Robert Janes on Feb. 2. Both his experience and his compassion are needed in our court system.

Debbie Draus
Geneva

Letter: Vote for John Dalton, an honest man

Imagine that you’re in court, and the judge has just thrown out your case on a technicality. Afterward, in the hallway, you notice the lawyer who argued against your case chatting and laughing with the judge

“Old friends,” someone says, passing by.

John G. Dalton is a friend of mine. He’s running for the Democratic nomination for Kane County Resident Judge. He’s promised me that, if I ever come before him in court, he will excuse himself from the case. All I have to gain by endorsing him is an honest judge. That’s good enough for me.

John won’t take campaign contributions from lawyers, so neither your lawyer nor the lawyer arguing against your case will ever have that edge.

Don’t you want an honest judge on the bench? Then join me in voting for John G. Dalton for Kane County Resident Judge.

Frank Imhoff
Elgin, Ill.

Letter: David Rickert has served with distinction

As County Auditor, my office works closely with the County Treasurer in the county’s bill payment process. David Rickert, CPA, has served with distinction as County Treasurer since 1998.

His accomplishments are many and include:
• Consistent operation of his office under budget
• Established an investment bond fund that yielded over $400,000 during the first year of operation
• Reduced the risk of check fraud by implementing positive pay check disbursement
• Facilitated property tax payments by installing a 24-hour drive-up drop box and implementing a credit card/e-check online payment system
• Assisted with transparency in the property tax cycle by participation in the development of property tax guide and tax exemption information.

David Rickert has been honored by his peers as Illinois Zone IV County Treasurer of the Year. I have known Mr. Rickert to be an ethical professional and deserving of another term in office. Please join me in support of David Rickert as Treasurer in the Republican Primary on Feb. 2.

William F. Keck, CPA
Sugar Grove
Kane County Auditor

Letter: David Rickert has combination of necessary abilities

The Feb. 2 election day is fast approaching and I want to urge the electorate to make every effort to vote. My endorsement for the position of Kane County Treasurer is for David J. Rickert.

He has a unique combination of ability in finance, accounting and computers that is a real asset for our county.

Dave’s hard work and dedication have earned him my vote for re-election and I respectfully ask you to consider him highly when you cast your ballot.

John Barsanti
St. Charles
Kane County State’s Attorney

Letter: Kay Hatcher is most qualified for state Rep.

As the mayor of Montgomery, I join the mayors and village presidents of Batavia, Big Rock, Campton Hills, Elburn, Geneva, Maple Park, Millbrook, Minooka, Newark, North Aurora, Plano, Sandwich, Sugar Grove, Virgil and Yorkville supporting state Rep. Kay Hatcher.

I have had the opportunity to work with Kay as a business professional, community volunteer, local elected official and state representative.

As a spokesperson for Illinois Bell and Senior Services, she consistently proved her word is her bond. As an elected official, Kay has always spoken her mind and worked diligently for her constituents.

Kay has grown with the Fox Valley. As elected officials, we all have learned that difficult decisions must be made with the facts you have at the time. When decisions work well, she gives others the credit. When decisions prove other measures should be taken, she’s the first to shoulder the responsibility. That’s the real definition of a leader.

Kay Hatcher is, by far, the most qualified candidate to represent the interests of our communities in Springfield. She brings an experienced and needed voice of calm to the chaos that exists there today. There’s a reason she was named Legislator of the Year. She values results over rhetoric.

I’ll be voting to re-elect state Rep. Kay Hatcher Feb. 2. Please join me.

Marilyn Michelini
Mayor
Village of Montgomery

Letter: Sean Michels will make a difference

I was excited to hear that Sean Michels, candidate for state senator, is supported by my village president, Dave Anderson.

I found out that Sean has the support of a number of mayors: Jeff Schielke of Batavia, Kevin Burns of Geneva, Don DeWitte of St. Charles, Marilyn Michelini of Montgomery, Debbie Washburn of Virgil, and Valerie Burd of Yorkville.

Sean also has the support of retired state Rep. Patricia Reid Lindner, retired County Board Chairman John Church and retired Illinois Supreme Court Justice John Nickels. They are all tired of the same old talk and no action. Each of them want a state senator that will be a voice for our area.

Vote for Sean Michels for state senator, he will work with elected officials to make a difference in the area.

Chuck Liss
Elburn

Letter: D. J. Tegeler will make an excellent Circuit Court Judge

I am writing this letter on behalf of my boss, D.J. Tegeler. During the time I have known and worked with Mr. Tegeler, I believe he would be an excellent Circuit Judge in Kane County.

As an employee for Mr. Tegeler, I have seen the passion he puts into his work, whether he be at court on trial or at the office reviewing his client’s files. He is able to view any case with an open mind and be able to give a fair and just trial for anyone that walks through his courtroom door.

Again, it is my opinion that Mr. Tegeler would make an excellent Circuit Judge of Kane County.
Amber Steinke
Sycamore, Ill.

Letter: Keith Wheeler is the new type of leader we need

Recently I heard mentioned by Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels and 50th District State Rep. Kay Hatcher that they were instrumental in acquiring funds for the infrastructure leading into Sugar Grove hosting the professional women’s golf tournament, the Solheim Cup.

Don’t tell me that the only reason we got our roads repaired was because a major golf event came to the area. All of us taxpayers living in the western part of Kane County have had to drive on horrendously pot-holed roads for 20 years, and now all of a sudden they are fixed just in time for this event.

I am looking for new leadership to represent the average Joe Taxpayer. I am convinced that Keith Wheeler is that leader for those of us who live in the 50th District.

He is a successful small-business owner who knows how to make tough financial decisions. He has traditional values and common sense, which we rarely see in politicians. He is the right leader and the time to put him to work for us is now. I wholeheartedly endorse Keith Wheeler to be my next State Representative in the 50th District.

R.F. Winckler
Big Rock

Letter: D.J. Tegeler is a true professional

My name is Elsa Reinke, I am a resident in Geneva. I must say I have never written a letter taking a political position. However, I feel strongly compelled to do so at this time.

I am voting and supporting D.J. Tegeler in his race for Circuit Judge. I am writing this letter in hopes that this will reach the many wonderful people of Kane County who may not know Mr. Tegeler.

Mr. Tegeler is an outstanding attorney and has represented all branches of my family, from nephews, nieces, sister, brother-in-law, and of course myself, as well as my children. I have known many attorneys in my career and life, and Mr. Tegeler is one of a kind.

We have turned to Mr. Tegeler for our legal needs for more than 10 years. Mr. Tegeler goes above and beyond his duty as an attorney, and is a true professional. He is extremely honest and forthright in all he does. Mr. Tegeler gives his all to anyone who knows him. Mr. Tegeler’s legal knowledge goes well beyond my comprehension; he is well versed in all areas and has represented us in traffic court, divorce court and criminal court.

My entire family has always recommended Mr. Tegeler to anyone in need of a fair, honest, intelligent, well-liked attorney who knows the law and his business.

Elsa Reinke
Geneva

Letter: Chris Lauzen should return to the State Senate

In this hectic election year, Illinois Republicans within the 25th Senate District have the opportunity to re-elect Senator Chris Lauzen, based on his leadership on a number of issues.

The property tax assessment two-year rollback and freeze is one. It is similar to the well-regarded California Proposition 13.

Chris Lauzen has had certain problems with the rest of the Republican legislators. When you have certain standards that you refuse to compromise on, even if the consensus wants it, there is an understandable problem.

I would call it a way leadership is being practiced. Horse trading with the other side for short-term gains may be OK, but using the strength of heading up your own party successfully in the legislature is another name for practicing leadership. Lauzen has led the successful 5-percent pay cut for politicians legislation. This program is desirable because it needs to be shown that the General Assembly can lead by example on the need for spending cuts.

Some in the legislature resisted this, but it takes gutsy leadership to get it passed.

He is just the kind of person that we want to return to the State Senate. The 25th Senate District team of state legislators rank fourth out of all senate districts in the 2009 Road Fund Report. Please give Chris your vote in the Feb. 2 primary. We want him back.

Chuck Barr Jr.
St. Charles

Letter: Do your homework before election day

If you are voting in the Republican primary this year, you’d better do your homework. We have six candidates each for (federal) senator and lieutenant governor, and seven candidates for governor. Your local district may have other hotly contested races. If you simply walk into the booth with no preparation, you’ll probably have no idea who to vote for in the state’s most important contests.

If you live in Kane County, go to www.kanecountyelections.org, and get an advance copy of your ballot (elsewhere you can get a list of candidates from www.evoter.com. Then find all these candidates’ websites and do your homework. It will take you a few hours, but it will be worth it to know what you’re doing when you vote.

David Ziffer
Batavia

Letter: Dave Rickert has earned your vote

As an elected official at Kane County, I have personally worked with Dave Rickert and witnessed the many improvements he has made to the Treasurer’s Office.

Automating many of the office functions has increased efficiency, and the taxpayers can be proud of the work that has been done with the investments. He is a Certified Public Accountant committed to serving the citizens, and I encourage you to vote for Dave Rickert for Kane County Treasurer on Feb. 2.

Sandy Wegman
Elgin, Ill.
Kane County Recorder of Deeds

Letter: Kay Hatcher keeps her promises

I am 96 years old and have lived most of my life in the Fox Valley. I have heard a lot of promises from a lot of political candidates over the years. I’d like to tell you about someone I know who keeps her promises—state Representative Kay Hatcher. She is a woman I trust and am supporting for re-election.

I am a fiscal conservative. I know that Kay is concerned about our taxes, and voted against the 50 percent tax increase. She’s part of the Illinois Budget Reform Taskforce, going through our state’s spending line by line to create a more responsible state.

I am a retired teacher. Kay’s commitment to learning has gained her the endorsement of education leaders in the 50th District.

I am a senior citizen. I have seen firsthand Kay’s life-long dedication to our senior citizens and her devotion to our issues. She is serving on the Illinois Aging Committee to protect our rights, and sponsored legislation to help make us safer.

I am a Republican. I have seen the positive effects of Kay’s leadership as state president of the Illinois Federation of Republican Women and as a Lincoln Fellow. I believe, as most people do, that decisions that create a balanced, healthier community are best made with men and women working side by side.

I am a voter. Please join me Feb. 2 in voting for someone who puts our best interests at heart—state Representative Kay Hatcher.

Identa Austin
Aurora

Letter: When is enough money enough?

When the voters sent Dennis Hastert to Washington to represent us, he had an approximate net worth of $350,000. When he quit Congress with less than six months left in his term to take a very lucrative lobbyist position—costing the taxpayers of this district hundreds of thousands of dollars for a special election—his net worth was in the millions.

This vast accumulation of wealth while in Congress was partially derived from such things as taking money from crooked lobbyists like Jack Abramoff and creating special projects like the Prairie Parkway, from which he and his friends have all made millions of dollars.

He now wants his son, Ethan Hastert, to follow in his footsteps and represent the district in the same manner. Ethan Hastert has already admitted at a Kendall County Republican Central Committee meeting that, if elected, he plans on taking money from lobbyists. It is also no secret that, if elected, he plans on getting the Prairie Parkway project going again so that the Hasterts and their friends can make millions of dollars more.

A bypass around cities such as Yorkville could be accomplished like Aurora did with by-pass Route 30, which diverted truck traffic, and in this case, could save the taxpayers almost a billion dollars, not to mention how much it would deprive the politicians.

When is enough money sufficient for the politicians so that they start representing people rather than their pocketbooks? We need someone in Congress who will represent the interests of the people, not the interests of the Hastert family. It appears Randy Hultgren is that person.

Jim Wilson
Yorkville

Letter: Ethan Hastert can help turn around our economy

While Illinois’ unemployment rate surges over 10 percent and the economy stagnates, Congressman Bill Foster and the Democrat-controlled White House continue to propose temporary gimmicks where meaningful reforms are needed.

Recently, President Obama proposed generous tax credits for Green technologies, once again demonstrating his belief that jobs can only be created by massive government subsidy. Tax credits can encourage investments, but why is the government picking winners and losers? Why just green technologies? Wouldn’t an environment of lower taxes for all Americans make more sense?

During the same week, Bill Foster, whose votes subsidize the USPS to the tune of $4 billion annually, delivered packages on a UPS truck but failed to learn the lesson of how free enterprise works.

Unemployment has been skyrocketing since Bill Foster took office. 3.2 million Americans have lost their jobs since the Obama/Pelosi Stimulus Package was implemented. Bill Foster and the Democrats are out of touch with the average family, and their economic policies are products of the same failed entitlement schemes of the past.

In order to turn around the economy, we must first adopt an atmosphere that rewards healthy business practices and encourages entrepreneurship. We cannot tax and penalize American industry with new energy taxes, overregulation and trade barriers, and expect job growth.

America needs to embrace policies of economic vibrancy, not stagnation or decline. As Republicans, we know the solutions are not higher taxes, more regulation or bigger government. The Democrat Health Tax, Cap and Trade and Card Check are a lethal combination to small businesses. Vote for Ethan Hastert (IL-14) in the Republican primary. Early voting is now through Jan. 28 at selected locations.

Allen Skillicorn
East Dundee, Ill.

Letter: Bob Janes: A man of compassion, fairness

I have known Bob Janes for 25 years. For 12 years, he was my attorney before spending the last 13 as an Associate Judge here in Kane County. For the entire time, Bob and his wife Mary, along with their sons Dan and Steve, have been my friends.

While receiving the highest recommendation available from both the Kane County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association shows what his peers think of him, and his endorsements from newspapers and elected officials has shown he is held in high regard by his contemporaries, it’s the number of lifelong friends he has that shows his true character.

I know no man to be more compassionate, and I know of no judge more committed to fairness and the simple concept of right and wrong.

On Feb. 2, I ask all of you to join me in voting for Judge Robert L. Janes.

Joe Stanton
Geneva

Letter: John Dalton is a man of character

During this primary election season, there will be a few candidates on the ballot for various elected positions in Kane County, and one race in particular Kane County citizens may look at is the Democratic running for Kane County’s Resident Judge.

The two Democratic candidates people will see are John G. Dalton and Michael C. Funkey. When deciding who to vote for, they will base their decision on who is better qualified and who will be the most fair when it comes to making a sound judgment when hearing a case.

John Dalton is a man of character. He is a man of integrity, but most importantly he is a man of professional and sound judgment. I would like to take this opportunity to speak on what kind of candidate John G. Dalton is.

Mr. Dalton is an accomplished individual who can bring professionalism and experience to the bench when hearing a case. His experience in problem solving, leadership, organization, communication skills and non-partisan integrity is what Kane County needs when selecting its next Resident Judge.

Mr. Dalton will bring more than 20 years of law experience and 10 years of arbitration experience to the bench. With 16 years as a trial lawyer, and now taking the reigns of private practice, is an indication he is ready to take that next step in his professional law career.

Mr. Dalton is doing something that none of the others candidates are doing and that is, he is not accepting campaign contributions from fellow lawyers as this he feels will bring a conflict of interest when he hears each and every case. He also believes that judges who sit on the bench to hear cases should be non-partisan, for he believes partisanship does not belong in the courtroom.

If the citizens of Kane County want a courtroom where both sides of the story are heard and all of the facts are presented and all cases are judged fairly, then John G. Dalton is the man suited for the job.

David J. Ham
Elgin, Ill.

Letter: In support of Keith Wheeler, Chris Lauzen

The Illinois Primary Election is nearly here. It has been a long campaign season, but it isn’t over until your vote is counted on Feb. 2.

Difficult times bring forth the people needed to correct problems. Never have I seen so many excellent new, young candidates willing to serve our state as have come forward this year with the new ideas, abundant energy, and strong moral backgrounds we need to return Illinois to its rightful place as one of our nation’s most prosperous states.

Keith Wheeler is one of these young men. Keith is founder and owner of a small business, a family man with two young sons who wants to rebuild Illinois into an economically strong state, a state which his sons are proud to call home. I know Keith and find him to be a quiet man of deep thought and great moral strength. Keith is the right choice to be our representative in the 50th District.

For Illinois Senate, Chris Lauzen continues to win my vote. Chris has been the moral voice of the Illinois Senate. He has suffered many attacks from Springfield insiders because he believes it is the right of Illinois’ taxpayers to expect honesty in state government.

Chris is that rare legislator who answers letters, e-mails and phone calls. He is truly “the people’s senator.” Please join me in re-electing Chris on Feb. 2.

Dennis C. Ryan
Elburn

Beatrice M. (Weimer) Hunter

Beatrice M. (Weimer) Hunter, 94, of LaFox, Ill., passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at Heritage Manor, Elgin, Ill.

She was born on April 20, 1915, in West Chicago, the fifth child born to George and Catherine Weimer. By the time Beatrice was 11, she had lost both parents and an older sister.

The family, then numbering five children ranging in age from 9 to 23, remained together in their West Chicago home with the eldest sibling as their only provider. Although they were eventually joined by a widowed aunt who helped maintain the family unit, each child went to work as soon as they were able and helped support the family. To their credit, every one of them graduated from West Chicago high school.

Bea married John Hunter of La Fox on July 7, 1945. They made their first home in Geneva for a time until 1953, when they purchased John’s parents’ home in LaFox. Tragically, John passed away in that same year, and Bea worked hard to keep their family home.

Through the ensuing years, she succeeded and continued to reside there until her death. Bea loved the La Fox area, where she was surrounded by fields of corn or beans. She found great pleasure in gardening and tending her family home, where she hosted many family gatherings and entertained her beloved grandchildren. Bea was also a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and seldom missed a game.

She is survived by one daughter, Judy Hanson of St. Charles; two sons, John (Kathy) Hunter of Oak Forest, Ill., and Joe (Deb) Hunter of St. Charles; a step-daughter, Barbara (Skip) Lassen of West Chicago; nine grandchildren, Jeff (Jenn) Hanson of Elburn, Matt (Steph) Hanson of Virgil, and Chris (Alexis) Hanson of South Elgin; Lauren (Mike) Corsi of Shorewood and Adam Hunter of Oak Forest, Jennifer (Jeff) Fritsch of Aurora, and Phil Lawson, Kevin Lawson and Jonathan Hunter, all of St. Charles.

In addition she leaves a growing family of great-grandchildren; one sister, Rosemary Welter of Elmhurst, Ill., many nieces, nephews and a close family of friends.

Bea was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Katherine and Florence; and two brothers, Frances and George.

At her request, there will be no visitation, and interment is private.

A memorial has been established in Bea’s name to benefit CNS Hospice, 690 East North Ave., Carol Stream, IL 60188-2178 and The Neediest Children’s Fund, in care of WGN Radio, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. Memorials checks may be made and mailed directly to either charity. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through her obituary at www.conleycare.com.

Your wedding: Keeping it small

While some couples go all out and invite everyone they know to their wedding, others opt for a smaller, more intimate affair. Although they can be less costly, small weddings are not always easy to pull off. Whittling the guest list to a select few can be difficult and cause conflict among family members. If you would like to keep your wedding small, you need to be aware of the pitfalls and approach the initial planning with tact.

You must decide first just how small you want your wedding to be—10 people, 20 to 40 people, 100 people? The smaller your guest list, the more lightly you will have to tread. There will be people who expect to be invited to your wedding and they will be hurt and angry when they do not receive an invitation. You can accommodate for this by having a large bridal shower or post-wedding party and inviting everyone not invited to your wedding to that.

With number in hand, you can turn your focus to whom to invite. Depending upon how small your target number is, you may have to make some hard decisions like excluding extended family or children from your guest list. Whatever your decision, be prepared for conflict. No doubt there will be some hurt feelings. There might also be pressure to change your mind and have a larger wedding. Don’t give in. It is your wedding. If you want it to be small, you should have it that way.

After you have completed your guest list, make a list of everyone you couldn’t invite and find a way to let them know why they weren’t invited. Send them a note, shoot them an e-mail or give them a call. If you intend to have a large bridal shower, you may be able to wait until then to let everyone know that you will be having a small wedding.

When letting others know of your decision, be tactful. Let them know that while you would have liked to invite everyone, you chose not to for personal, financial or other reasons. Reassure them that they are still very much a part of your life and thank them for everything they have done for you.

In spite of your best efforts, some people will not understand why they were not invited. They will be hurt, angry and disappointed, so much so that they may refuse to attend your bridal shower or post-wedding party. Try not to let it get to you. Give them time to cool off and focus on making your wedding the best that it can be.

Choosing to have a small wedding is easy; implementing the idea, on the other hand, takes work. Be prepared and forge ahead with a smile on your face.

H1N1 Flu still causing illness, hospitalizations and deaths

Illinois—During National Influenza Vaccination Week, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold and officials from the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS), Chicago Department of Public Health and Cook County Department of Public Health encourage Illinois residents to get their H1N1 vaccination.

“The H1N1 flu continues to circulate throughout the state. Last week, 67 additional hospitalizations and three deaths related to H1N1 flu were reported in Illinois. The amount of illness we are seeing is decreasing, but we are still seeing hospitalizations and deaths related to the H1N1 virus,” Arnold said. “Illinoisans need to avoid becoming complacent. The time to get vaccinated for H1N1 is now.”

After seven consecutive weeks of decreasing influenza-like-illness in outpatients statewide, Illinois saw a slight increase in influenza-like-illness last week. Although the likelihood of a future wave of the H1N1 flu cannot be predicted, health officials know that vaccination is the most important step in protecting against influenza.

“National Influenza Vaccination Week is an important opportunity to recognize that H1N1 flu is a serious disease, and while many cases are mild, some can be deadly. There are still a lot of lives to be saved by getting ourselves and our families vaccinated.” said Cristal Thomas, MPP, Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region V.

Since the H1N1 flu virus began to circulate in April, there have been 2,696 lab-confirmed hospitalizations and 86 deaths related to the H1N1 flu virus in Illinois. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between mid-April and November 14, 2009, 47 million people in the United States were infected with the 2009 H1N1 flu, more than 200,000 people were hospitalized, and over 9,800 people died.

There is now a supply of the H1N1 vaccine available to all Illinois residents who want to be vaccinated. H1N1 vaccine is now available to Illinois residents through local health departments, private physicians, and retail pharmacies. For a list of the nearest public vaccination sites in IL and to learn more about the H1N1 flu, visit www.ready.illinois.gov or www.flu.gov.

WCC scholarship deadline nears

Sugar Grove—The Waubonsee Community College Foundation is offering more than 100 scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic year. The application deadline is Thursday, Feb. 4.

Scholarships are available to both new and returning Waubonsee students. Details and application forms can be found online at www.waubonsee.edu/scholarships. A printed brochure is also available by visiting Waubonsee’s Office of Fund Development, located in Dickson Center on the college’s Sugar Grove campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive, or by calling (630) 466-7900, ext. 2983.

Leon F. Gramley

Leon F. Gramley, 66, of Kaneville, died unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Delnor Hospital, Geneva.

He was born Oct. 31, 1943, the son of Benjamin and Frances (Flanders) Gramley in Aurora.

Leon grew up in Kaneville and spent his whole life making memories and taking care of his community. He attended local schools and graduated from Kaneland High School in 1962. He attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, for a time before graduating from DeVry School of Electronics in Chicago.

Leon married Margaret Myers in 1965, and they were blessed with two sons, Philip in June of 1967 and Stephen in November of 1969. In later years, Leon would say he met the “love of his life” in 1991, when he met Mary Fecht, a nurse who worked at Delnor Community Hospital. They were married a year later on Sept. 6, 1992, and shared the love of a lifetime, going to concerts and traveling extensively with Disney World high on their list of favorite destinations.

Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. In December of 1967, Leon returned to civilian life and worked for Illinois Bell. In 1971, he began farming alongside his brother Elmer on the family farm in Kaneville.

Leon was a volunteer fireman with the Kaneville Fire Department, later becoming an EMT and paramedic with Elburn Ambulance for 13 years. He served on the Kaneville Township Board and was elected Kaneville Township Supervisor in 1994. Leon was also the Vice President and sexton for Kaneville Cemetery and was very active in the Kaneville Memorial Day service, serving in the Color Guard and Honor Guard, as well as identifying the graves of all the veterans, making sure no one was ever forgotten.

He devoted his life to the service of his community. Leon’s thoughts were always of family and community first. Whether it was answering phone calls at all hours, going to the community center late into the evening whenever there was a problem, or checking his answering machine nightly while on vacation just in case there was someone in need of his help.

He also was the driving force behind Kaneville Township’s designation as a village, dedicating untold hours until it was official in 2007.

Even in death, Leon gave to his community by donating his eyes to those without sight. He was an avid NASCAR fan, cheering on Dale Earnhardt with every turn.

Leon was a man of many talents, though few knew that while growing up Leon took tap dancing for a time and played the French horn as well as the piano. He also was proud of his collection of Mickey Mouse ties, hats and watches.

Every Christmas, Leon made the trip to Marshall Fields, now Macy’s, and brought home two shopping bags full of Frango Mints, which he loved to pass out to family and friends, but his generosity waned when it came to his favorite, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Leon was always fixing anything for anyone, from friends to his granddaughters, who were always saying, “Papa fix it!”, though the end result was always “neat and tidy” it oftentimes included a fair share of electrical tape and form wire. A “papa band aid” was a folded napkin and electrical tape, which the granddaughters proudly displayed. He will be remembered by many different people for many different things for generations to come, but when anyone thinks about Leon, they all think of the same thing, “Kaneville.”

He now leaves his loving wife Mary of Kaneville, three sons, Philip (Christine) Gramley of Chicago, Stephen (Leanne) Gramley and their children Lillian and Robert, of Kaneville, and Albert (Lori) Fecht and their children, Joshua, Hannah and Emilee, of Leland, Ill.; one brother, Elmer (Janet) Gramley and their daughter Sara, of Kaneville, and a countryside full of friends.

He now joins his parents, Ben and Frances Gramley, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, at Kaneville United Methodist Church, Kaneville. A remembrance service will begin at 6 p.m., where friends and family are encouraged to share their favorite memory of Leon.

A funeral service to celebrate his life will be Friday, Jan. 22, at St. David Episcopal Church at the corner of Randall and Illinois in Aurora, at 1 p.m. The Rev. Susan Holstrom, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville.

Those unable to attend the services at either church may view them live at www.conleycare.com beginning five minutes prior to each service. The services will also be available in an on-demand format 24 to 48 hours after the services at the same website.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Leon Gramley Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at www.conleycare.com.

Letter: SGUMC accepting offering for Haiti Sunday

The Republic of Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake last night in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. This is the city where one of our missions, International Child Care’s “Grace Children’s Hospital”, is located. Our church has been there several times with mission teams over the years.

Sugar Grove United Methodist will respond this Sunday with an emergency offering for earthquake relief in Haiti. Checks may be payable to “SGUMC” noting “Haiti” in the memo.

Please pray for those who are trapped in fallen buildings, those who are grieving loss of life and home, and those who are aiding victims with rescue efforts, clean water, and medical help.

Anyone may contribute by sending checks to:
Sugar Grove United Methodist Church
176 Main St.
Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554

Thank you for your compassionate responses.

Pastor Steve Good