Division Drive extension expected to spur growth

The map shows where the village will extend (dotted line) Division Drive.
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a construction agreement to extend Division Drive to Galena Boulevard, which village officials hope will promote commercial growth at the intersection and diversify the village’s tax base.

“The Division Drive intersection is going to be a key component in economic growth at the corner of Division Drive and Galena Boulevard,” Village Trustee Mari Johnson said. “The extension will help open up the corridor where there’s a nail salon, eye doctor and fitness center.”

Johnson said a pharmacy plans to build a store at the intersection.

The board awarded the construction contract to C&H Excavating, whose bid of $140,565 was $1,335 lower than the village’s original estimated construction cost for the road extension.

Officials are hopeful the extension will increase traffic to businesses located along the Division Drive stretch extending from Galena Boulevard to Park Avenue.

“There are plenty of businesses along the drive, as well as some office buildings behind them, so we’d like to make all the businesses on Division Drive as visible and accessible as possible,” Johnson said.

‘Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.’ features local actors

ELGIN—Young thespians from Elburn and Maple Park are among the nearly 100 youths who will bring “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” to the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin, when the Children’s Theatre of Elgin brings its newest production to the stage Friday through Sunday, Oct. 22-24.

Local cast members are Tracey Suppes of Elburn, and Amanda and Tristan Schulz of Maple Park.

Based on a 1970s television series, “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” tells the story of a new teacher facing his first day at his job and the fear and uncertainty he experiences. The musical follows Tom Mizer on his first day of teaching, as his thoughts come to life in the form of songs about math, language, art, science and history.

The show includes nearly a dozen songs including “A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing” and “Three is a Magic Number.”

“Along with being a high-energy, enticing show, it’s educational as well,” co-director Allison Cherry said. “Facts are easily retained when put to music, and this show gives a lot of information through song.”

Cherry added that “Schoolhouse Rock! Jr.” is a wonderful experience for the actors onstage as well as the audience.

“The kids are having so much fun while performing that it’s impossible not to get into it as well,” she said.

While the children have been rehearsing on stage in recent weeks, parents have been busy behind the scenes sewing costumes, building sets, doing publicity, making baked goods for the concession stands and handling ticket sales.

“Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” is produced and presented by the Children’s Theatre of Elgin (CTE), a nonprofit organization and an in-residence ensemble at the Elgin Community College Arts Center.

Performances
Friday, Saturday, Oct. 22-23, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m.
Tickets cost $10 for adults
and $8 for students and seniors
Call the Hemmens Box Office
at (847) 931-5900

McDonald’s wants to open in SG

Restaurant’s proposed site is Rt. 47 and Park
by Martha Quetsch
SUGAR GROVE—McDonald’s Corporation proposed opening a restaurant in Sugar Grove in late-spring 2011, Village Planner Mike Ferencak said Monday.

“They (McDonald’s) made a formal submittal Oct. 6,” Ferencek said.

Ferencak said McDonald’s wants to locate at the southeast corner of Park Avenue and Route 47. The site is lot five of the Sugar Grove Center, owned by Winding Road LLC.

Plans for the 39,000-square-foot restaurant include a dual-lane drive-through and a parking lot with 42 spaces.

The design of the building will be McDonald’s latest style.

“It’s not so orange-looking (as some of the older McDonald’s restaurants), more red with white accents that cover much of the (exterior),” Ferencak said. “It will be the same look as the building at U.S. Route 30 and Douglas Road in Oswego.”

Ferencak said the restaurant possibly will have outdoor seating in front, although it is not yet part of McDonald’s plan.

McDonald’s representatives will be at Village Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 3, to present the restaurant plan to the Planning Commission.

“The primary things we will talk about are the building design, the restaurant sign and the landscaping,” Ferencak said.

Village officials want the restaurant’s exterior to be of a durable material like stucco, the sign to be smaller than the restaurant proposed and the landscaping to be increased from McDonald’s current plan, Ferencak said.

After the Planning Commission reviews McDonald’s proposal, it will go to the Village Board for a vote in December.

Sugar Grove officials have talked with McDonald’s officials periodically since 2004, when the restaurant presented a preliminary proposal to the village to locate a restaurant two lots south of the location they now propose.

The construction period for the restaurant will be about 90 days.

Ferencak said a McDonald’s in Sugar Grove could lead to additional commercial growth.

“I think it is (a big deal) because of the whole name recognition,” Ferencak said. “McDonald’s is known for their real estate decisions. This could lead to more stores coming here (to Sugar Grove).”

Sho-Deen development discussion on hold

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Several village officials are not sure whether they want Sho-Deen Inc. to reduce the commercial scope of the planned Elburn Station development on Elburn’s east side. Others are concerned about the residential density of the project.

The Elburn Village Board on Monday with a 4-2 vote tabled a motion to approve the Geneva developer’s request to eliminate a commercial parcel from the project plan. However, the board intends to continue discussing Sho-Deen’s proposal.

“This can be brought forward (again) at a future meeting,” Village President Dave Anderson said.

Sho-Deen no longer wants to develop the parcel that is just north of Route 38. That section includes most of the plan’s commercial development.

Trustees Jerry Schmidt and Patricial Romke opposed tabling the motion. Dave Anderson and trustees Jeff Walter, Ken Anderson and Bill Grabarek voted to table it.

“The (potential) loss of that commercial bothers me,” Grabarek said.

Sho-Deen representative Dave Patzelt said that just because an area is zoned commercial does not mean businesses will want to locate there. However, his comment did not sway Grabarek.

“I can’t go with it right now,” Grabarek said. “Not without the commercial property north of 38.”

Sho-Deen Inc. first proposed Elburn Station to the village in January 2007. The development property is on the east side of the village between Route 38 and Keslinger Road.

Plans for Elburn Station feature single-family homes on lots ranging in width from 30 to 80 feet; multi-family housing within a half-mile around the Metra station with density up to 12 units per acre; and commercial areas on the north and south sides.

Aside from the proposed removal of most of the Elburn Station commercial property, the development’s density concerns several trustees.

“How does having more people … benefit the village of Elburn?” Ken Anderson said.

Walter said, “You are putting too many people in a small area.”

Trustees Walter and Anderson were not on the Village Board when it approved the existing concept plan for Elburn Station in March 2008. In that plan, the total number of planned residences was approximately 3,000, including up to 1,000 multi-family units.

Schmidt was not on the board in 2008 either, but he said he likes the existing concept plan’s multi-family housing, particularly if Sho-Deen builds condominiums rather than apartments.

“I like the whole (Elburn Station) concept,” Schmidt said Tuesday. “In today’s market, things change. Sho-Deen said they could offer Elburn something it doesn’t have.”

Romke said Monday that Elburn’s multi-family units would be a housing opportunity for singles, younger professionals and retirees, which could attract new businesses to Elburn.

“The whole trend in housing is to go smaller,” Romke said.

Romke also said that she approves of Sho-Deen’s desire not to develop the commercial portion of Elburn Station north of Route 38, adding that she does not want the area “to turn into another Randall Road.”

On Oct. 5, the Elburn Planning Commission voted 4-2 not to recommend Village Board approval of the proposed change.

Akemann, Dalton seek seat on the 16th Circuit

Political newcomer and Democrat John G. Dalton will face former Kane County State’s Attorney and Republican David Akemann Nov. 2 in a race for a 16th Judicial Circuit judgeship.

Democrat
John G. Dalton
Age: 48
Family: Married, no children
Hometown: Born in Evanston, Ill., lives in Elgin
Education: Graduated magna cum laude from both Augustana College and law school at the University of Illinois
Employment: Attorney for 23 years, working for law firms such as Skadden Arps, served as a senior vice president of a global bank, and owned own practice. Was an Arbitration Chairman for 10 years, managing a courtroom, ruling on objections and rendering decisions in hundreds of cases
Community involvement:
• Deacon, First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Elgin
• Board member of the Campanelli YMCA, serving for more than 10 years, including a number of leadership posts and receiving both the Twinbrook Award and the Service to Youth Award
• Co-founder and former Chairman of Elgin’s Speak Out Against Prejudice (SOAP) organization, which recently received the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award “for outstanding achievement in the field of civil rights/community relations advocacy.”
• Commissioner of the Elgin Heritage Commission’s Design Review Subcommittee
• Board Chairman and Finance Committee Chairman of Famous Door Theatre Company and recipient of the Chicago Business Volunteers for the Arts Award
• Member of School District U-46 Handbook Committee
• Member Kane County Bar Association, serving on the Bench and Bar Committee
• Member Elgin Hispanic Network (EHN)
• Member Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA)
• Member NorthEast Neighborhood Association (NENA)
• Member Elgin Chamber of Commerce, among others.

John Dalton said he decided to run for judge after someone asked him to do so, and he realized it was an opportunity to further serve his community.

“This community has given me a great deal, and I want to give back,” he said.

He said he is not a professional politician, and this is his first time running for an elected office.

“However, I have served my community in many ways, some of which are listed above, and at the risk of immodesty, I believe I have excellent credentials, good judgment and an inherent sense of fairness,” Dalton said. “I have over 85 endorsements for a reason.”

He said the role of a judge is straightforward.

“I believe in hard work, personal accountability, transparency, diversity, precedent and tradition,” Dalton said. “I believe in keeping an open mind until all the evidence is in, and the possibility of grace and redemption. I believe the job of a judge is to be nonpartisan, follow the law, listen to both sides and treat everyone fairly, with dignity and respect. If elected, that’s the kind of judge I’ll be.”

Beyond filling that type of judicial role, he said that if elected, he would urge the court to implement practices that would save time and money. He said he would implement an online system that would allow residents to pay traffic fines, seek court supervision or request a trial date without having to appear in court.

“The result would be fewer minor, routine cases heard in a courtroom, saving money for taxpayers,” Dalton said. “We’d save money on judges, clerks, bailiffs, courtrooms, etc., and the public wouldn’t have to take time away from work or family to spend the day in court.”

Republican
David R. Akemann
Age: 58
Family: Married for 32 years to Vickie, three children
Hometown: Lifelong Kane County resident from Elgin
Education: Elgin High School, Beloit College, Brigham Young University Bachelor of Science Degree, J.D. degree from Lewis University College of Law (now Northern Illinois University College of Law)
Employment: Started career in 1977 as intern in the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. Appointed as an Assistant State’s Attorney in 1978, served as Chief of the Civil Division in the office. Also served as Chief of the Civil Division of the McHenry County State’s Attorney Office. Was elected Kane County state’s Attorney in 1992, 1996. Served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Justice Division, Special Prosecutions Bureau. Was appointed by the Illinois Attorney General as the Executive Director: Illinois Gang Crime Prevention Center. Currently serves as head of the Law Offices of David R. Akemann.
Community involvement: Co-founder of Children’s Theater of Elgin and Fox Valley Youth Theater; member of Epworth United Methodist Church for 44 years, having served there in many various offices, national, regional and local. Served as a Larkin High School PTO Scholarship Co-chair and a United Way and PADS Volunteer. Currently serves on the Board of Director’s for the Dad’s Association for the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana.

David Akemann brings two terms as the Kane County State’s Attorney to the campaign, and said that experience is what sets him apart from his opponent.

Through his time in office, he said that he has personally prosecuted first-degree murder cases and successfully sought the death penalty for particularly heinous crimes. He said that experience with the maximum possible legal penalty gives him a strong context with which he would work.

“The balance is that the maximum penalty is not always appropriate,” Akemann said. “As Kane County State’s Attorney, I recognized this by establishing the highly successful second-chance program for first time, non-violent offenders.”

Akemann said he would look to other non-traditional approaches to his role, seeking ways to dispose of cases more quickly, such as early screening for alternative solutions like diversion programs.

“Moving cases from probation to conditional discharge, requiring mediation in civil cases and increasing the use of pretrial conferences to move cases along are all viable options,” he said. “Night court, Saturday court, video court and field courts and the use of hearing officers to handle municipal ordinance violations would be other options.”

He said that the number-one need on the bench is to make sure that justice under the constitution and the law occurs inside the courtroom.

“Judges need to treat everyone with dignity and respect,” Akemann said. “This can be difficult when resources are scarce and time is short and there are large numbers of citizens that need to be heard in a small amount of time.”

He said that to address the issue of few resources and limited time, individuals in the judiciary “need to be a part of the solution in making government more efficient and to not waste the time of employers or workers so that they can both earn more. Let’s not waste the time for jurors or witnesses. Let’s not allow endless continuances that drain precious time and resources and make people unpleasant.”

Community servants seek seat representing 50th District

In the race for state Representative of the 50th District, a pair of long-term community activists will face each other on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Incumbent Republican Kay Hatcher seeks her second term, while Democrat challenger Linda Healy is running for her first elected office.

Republican
Kay Hatcher, Incumbent
Age: 64
Family: Husband, Steve; four adult children, plus six grandchildren
Hometown: Yorkville
Education: Boston College Carroll School of Management; Management Certificate Program, Corporate Communications
Employment: Full-time legislator, State Rep. 50th District
Political Background:
• Oswego School Board 1985-1991
Kendall County Board 1991-1996, 2002-2008 Economic Development and Zoning Chair.
• President, Kendall Forest Preserve 2002-2008
• Member of the General Assembly 2008-Present
• Illinois Lincoln Series: Lincoln Fellow 1999
• State President, Illinois Federation of Republican Women 2004-2005
• Governor, Illinois Lincoln Series 2006-2008
• Precinct Committeeman: 1996-2008
Community Involvement: Decades of service on numerous boards of many organizations. Received the 2009 Legislator of the Year Award from the Metro West Council of Government

Kay Hatcher said she is running for her second term to continue to fulfill the pledge she made after her initial run.

“As a brand new legislator, I pledged to residents two years ago that I would work to restore ethics, grow jobs and return fiscal responsibility to our state. I have kept that promise,” Hatcher said. “I’m running to continue the fight to create a job-friendly state that pays its bills on time and crafts a responsible, balanced budget that treats our residents with dignity. I’m running to advance a well-educated workforce that thrives—and in turn helps bring Illinois back to solvency.”

To help accomplish that, she sponsored HB1173, a bill that requires line-by-line approval of any appropriations.

“This Pay As You Go fiscal tool is just what it says: If you are going to implement a new program, remove a nonperforming program with the same funding requirements,” Hatcher said. “It makes government more efficient at many levels, and reflects what each of us is doing in our own families. Don’t spend what you don’t have.”

While it may be tempting for lawmakers to raise taxes to help the state begin to resolve its budget woes, Hatcher said that should not be a legitimate consideration. Armed with a lifetime of economic development experience working in the private sector, as well as her time working with taxing bodies and nonprofit organizations, Hatcher said she learned an important lesson.

“Raising taxes may have a small initial revenue increase, but ultimately will have a negative impact on the very entities paying those taxes,” Hatcher said.

She said the state needs to reform state pension and Medicaid programs, freeze new programs and stick with a dedicated debt repayment program.

“Revenue modifications absolutely must not even be considered unless there are significant and quantifiable reforms,” she said.

During her first term, Hatcher said she saw why reform is difficult to achieve.

“A huge issue is political partisanship blocking needed reforms: I was named Legislator of the Year for my ability to bring both sides of the table together to solve problems,” she said. “Many years of working one-on-one with our municipalities, townships and counties on the DuKane Valley Council fine-tuned that ability.”

According to Hatcher, Advance Illinois, a bipartisan education group, recently issued a scathing statement on Illinois’ education system, issuing a “D” rating.

“Billions of federal dollars for education have been provided to Illinois in stimulus money,” she said. “That funding was dumped into the budget rather than dedicated to education programs. Ensuring our schools are paid all of their state funding and budgeting to offset the loss of these dollars has to be a top priority if we are to succeed.”

Democrat
Linda Healy, Challenger
Age: 67
Family: Widowed, married to Mark Healy Jr. for 42 years, three children, three grandchildren
Hometown: Aurora
Education: B.S. in Education from Illinois State University, Certificate of Business Administration from University of Illinois, Chicago
Employment: Five years as a teacher in Batavia schools, 25 years as executive director of Mutual Ground, Inc. the domestic violence and sexual assault agency
Political background: First-time candidate
Community involvement: Past member of American Association of University Women, Zonta and Women in Management, and member of New England Congregation Church in Aurora

For first-time candidate Linda Healy, the decision to run for office was born from witnessing the partisan bickering that has damaged the entire state.

“I have been the recipient of the decisions being made in Springfield for the past 25 years,” she said. “I am so frustrated with the partisan politics that is happening.”

She said her experiences have taught her how to work with people of all political viewpoints.

“I have worked with and respected legislators on both sides of the aisle,” she said. “I have a track record of working with people who share opposing viewpoints and yet got the job done. If elected I will push for an end to partisan politics and put ‘people over politics.’”

While Healy may be a newcomer to politics, she is no stranger to Springfield. Through her role as executive director at Mutual Ground, she has spent two days each month in the state’s capitol working with other directors from around the state.

“I have testified at hearings for the legislators and worked on getting bills passed that dealt with domestic violence and sexual assault. I will be a watch dog for social service and education. I will be an independent voice and not be led by party politics or leaders.”

She said the state’s fiscal situation is so dire that while unpopular, a tax increase ultimately will occur.

“We must be sure all of this money goes into social service and education and not the black hole of Springfield,” Healy said. “We need to make some cuts and changes in the pension system, but that is a long-term solution, not short term.”

She said that a forensic audit should be the first step in showing the legislators the full scope of the budget and how it is set up; something she said would help the legislature take a more active role than it has in the recent past.

“I was so disappointed when the legislators sent the budget back to the governor after 12 hours and told him to set it,” Healy said. “Now they are going to gripe about what he did and say they were not responsible for the decisions—that’s exactly what happened last year.”

As a former educator and someone who has spent decades working with children and families, she said that education must be a priority. Healy said she is well aware of the importance of programs like music, art and athletics, the positive impacts of having smaller classroom sizes, adequate staffing levels, and access to early education programs and technology.

“I will utilize my experience in the classroom and my community involvement to communicate with parents and fight for local control to ensure that children in the 50th (District) have access to every opportunity available,” Healy said.

Rental assistance available in KC

Kane County—Low-income renters in Kane County who are struggling to make their monthly rent payment are encouraged to check with area nonprofit organizations to see if they qualify for rental assistance.

Lazarus House administers a program, in conjunction with other area non-profits, to provide a limited number of subsidized apartments through a program funded by the Illinois Housing Development Authority.

“No one should be embarrassed or afraid to seek help,” said Lazarus House Outreach Manager Liz Eakins. “We know how tough times are. We are here to serve. Applicants should be assured that all appointments are kept confidential. If an applicant doesn’t qualify for the rental program, we may still be able to refer them to other helpful services. No one knows until they ask.”

Along with Lazarus House, the Association for Individual Development, Aurora Public Action to Deliver Shelter (Hesed) and Ecker Center for Mental Health are accepting applications. If a rental unit is not immediately available for a qualifying household, the applicant’s name may be placed on a wait list. A few additional units will become available soon in the north and central portions of Kane County.

To qualify for the program, households must fall within extremely or severely low income limits as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These annual income limits range from $15,840 for a household of one person to $29,850 for a household of eight. Households must have a stable income to pay a portion of the rent, satisfactorily complete the application process and abide by lease rules and riders. Other conditions apply.

More detail may be found in the brochure, “Rental Support Program for Kane County,” posted online at www.lazarus-houseonline.com, www.hesedhouse.org, www.the-association.org, and www.eckercenter.org.

TO APPLY:

People wishing to apply for a unit
are encouraged to contact the agency
in their area for an application.

Contact numbers are:
Northern Kane County:
Association for Individual Development, (847) 931-6283 or
Ecker Center for Mental Health,
(847) 695-0484

Central Kane County:
Lazarus House, (630) 587-5872

Southern Kane County:
Association for Individual Development, (847) 931-6283 or Public Action to
Deliver Shelter (Hesed House),
(630) 897-2165, ext. 511 or ext. 512

Recycling programs vary among villages

by Keith Beebe
SG/MP/ELB/KNVL—The concept of recycling rarely comes across as complex. After all, what’s so difficult about placing plastics and paper in a separate bin when you are putting the garbage out? Well, some people might be interested to find out that although Elburn, Sugar Grove, Maple Park and Kaneville all embrace recycling programs, the overall approach to “going green” varies a bit from one village to another.

Take Elburn, for example, where residents pay a yearly recycling fee regardless of whether or not they use the service provided by Waste Management. In addition to the recycling bin provided by Waste Management, residents are able to use any container as an extra recycle bin, as long as it has “recycle only” written on it. The village also offers “recycle only” stickers free of charge. All materials, with the exception of items including hazardous waste (batteries, anti-freeze, pool chemicals, etc.), are acceptable for recycle pick-up.

“Since all Elburn residents pay for recycling, it makes sense for them to use the service and get the most out of their money,” Village Administrator Erin Willrett said. “There is no separate rate (for recycling). It’s all bundled into one (cost covering trash pick-up).”

Sugar Grove also has a contract with Waste Management, but provides each of its residents with one, 64-gallon container for recycling use. Common materials such as plastics, glass and cardboard are accepted, but used household batteries must be put in a sandwich bag and placed next to the recycling container.

“I don’t think we’ve ever had a resident ask for a second container, since the one we provide them with is quite large,” Sugar Grove Village Clerk Cynthia Galbreath said.

Maple Park, like Elburn and Sugar Grove, has a recycle pick-up contract with Waste Management, but the village’s approach to recycling containers is a bit more traditional. Waste Management provides all the bins, and any resident who wants a bigger container must pay extra for it.

And then there is Kaneville, where recycling is certainly encouraged but also greeted with a more freewheeling approach.

“We’ve typically let residents choose their own recycle pick-up service in the past,” Village Clerk Sandra Weiss said.

Kaneville’s guidelines regarding recycling will become more traditional on Jan. 1, 2011, when the village will enter into a recycle pick-up contract with Waste Management.

One “green” item not allowed in any of these village’s recycle bins is a compacted fluorescent light bulb (CFL), which uses less energy and lasts considerably longer than incandescent light bulbs. The reason residents may not place these energy-saving light bulbs in their everyday recycle bin is because the bulbs contain very small amounts of mercury. However, residents can recycle CFL bulbs at any location that collects hazardous waste recyclables.

Church news for Oct. 21

Bethlehem Lutheran to host Halloween party
DeKalb—A full day of autumn-inspired fun is in store at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Saturday, Oct. 23.

Kicking off the event is the annual Halloween party from 3 to 5 p.m. Children are invited to attend in costume and enjoy the festivities.

The annual Chili Fest will round out the day from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All are invited to participate in this community-wide event. Bring a batch of your favorite chili—hot or mild, meat or vegetarian, long-held family recipe or your newest concoction.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is located at 1915 North First Street in DeKalb. For details, stop by the church office, call (815) 758-3203 or visit www.bethlehemdekalb.org.

St. Charles Episcopal
offers craft fair

St. Charles—Crafters are invited to apply for the annual Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles.
The juried show will highlight holiday and home decorating items, children’s clothing and toys, and adult fashion accessories. Only handcrafted items will be sold. An application may be downloaded at www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or by contacting Fay at Canadafay@ clear.net.

Musicians stage
benefit for ‘Capt. Tim’

St. Charles—Tim Hearn (a.k.a. Capt.Tim, his musical stage name) is recovering from a near-fatal traumatic brain injury across the state from his parents’ home in St. Charles. Five years after his injury, he continues his slow but vigorously addressed therapy at Winning Wheels, a nonprofit rehabilitation facility in Prophetstown, Ill.
Dozens of talented musicians who are connected to Tim’s parents, Warren and Emily Hearn, at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles, and many who are inspired to aid Winning Wheels and the hope it provides for residents, will stage a Sunday Afternoon of Music and Art at Baker Church on East Main Street and 4th Avenue on Sunday, Oct. 24, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The many volunteer musicians will be sharing the event with an artist, Sandy Flores, who will paint along with the music.

Rockin’ for a Cause
suports mission trip

Geneva—Rockin’ for a Cause, a benefit to fund a mission trip to an area ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, will be held Sunday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Geneva.
More than 30 missionaries from Rejoice Lutheran Church will travel to Slidell, La., in November to help rebuild houses and lives devastated by the hurricane. The benefit, which will be held at Rejoice in the Geneva subdivision of Mill Creek, will feature an evening of musical entertainment, a silent auction, prizes, raffles and food.
During the November trip, the Rejoice missionaries will partner with Thrivent Builds/Habitat for Humanity to rebuild houses, as well as the Mount Olive Homeless Shelter and Soup Kitchen to serve the homeless and hungry.
A free-will offering or donations of the following care package items—100 percent of which go to the shelter and soup kitchen—will be collected in lieu of an admission fee:
• Disposable razors and nail clippers
• Lotion (travel size)
• Toothbrushes and toothpaste
• Shampoo and conditioner (travel size)
• Soap and body washes (travel size)
• Combs, emery boards and deodorant
• Candy and gum
• Energy bars and hot chocolate packets
Rejoice Lutheran Church is located at 0N377 N. Mill Creek Drive, Geneva. For more information, visit www.rejoiceinthemission.org or call (630) 262-0596.

Congregational Church
hosts Harvest Dinner

Elburn—The Elburn Community Congregational Church, at the corner of Route 47 and Shannon Street in Elburn, will host its annual Harvest Dinner to support local missions on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Carry-outs and delivery are available. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $6 for children 6-12. Children under 6 eat for free. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.
For information, call (630) 365-2734 or e-mail @bjh1@mchsi.com.

Sanctuary Church
hosts pumpkin party

Batavia—Sanctuary Church in Batavia will host a free Great Pumpkin Party on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m.
There will be a chili and hot dog dinner at 5 p.m., and children will be able to enjoy face painting, a viewing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” and candy, in addition to various games and prizes.
For information, visit www.sanctuaryag.com or call (630) 879-0785 for more information.
Sanctuary is located at 1S430 Wenmoth Road in Batavia.

Two Guys, Free Spaghetti at St. Charles Episcopal
St. Charles—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church 994 N. 5th Ave.,(Route 25) in St. Charles. Carry-out is available. The building is handicapped accessible. For information, call (630) 890-6586.

Immanuel Lutheran health fair

BATAVIA—Flu shots, cholesterol tests and screening for macular degeneration and diabetic changes in the eye are just some of the screenings available at Immanuel Lutheran’s annual Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Oct. 24, in the Family Life Center, 950 Hart Road, Batavia. The fair is open to the public.

Heartland Blood Center’s Blood Mobile will be in the church parking lot for those who wish to donate blood. Appointments are suggested for cholesterol tests and blood donations and may be made by calling the church at (630) 879-7163.

There are fees only for flu and/or pneumonia shots and the cholesterol screening. Cholesterol/lipid tests are $35 each, payable when the test is received. Those who choose this will receive test results and counseling before leaving the Health Fair. Medicare will be accepted for flu shots.

The Lions Club will be on site to give free tests test for macular degeneration and diabetic changes to the eyes.

There also will be free visual, dental, hearing and blood pressure screenings; many will be given by Immanuel members who are professionals in their field. More than two dozen hospitals, clinics, and organizations will be on hand with information.

The fair is sponsored by Immanuel’s Health Committee.

Richard Donald “Dick” Harmon

Richard Donald “Dick” Harmon, 65, of Batavia, passed away suddenly Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at his home.

He was born on March 14, 1945, the son of Donald and Catherine (Walsh) Harmon, in La Salle, Ill.

Dick grew up in Utica, Ill., until his family moved to Elburn when he was 8. He graduated from Kaneland High School in 1963.

Dick met his future wife, Ruth Evert, in 1967, at a mutual friends birthday party. No one knows whether or not the birthday wishes came true, but Dick’s certainly did when they were united in marriage on June 28, 1969, at St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn.

They began their new life together in an apartment on Shannon Street. Two years later, they moved to a farmhouse on Keslinger Road. In 1979, they built a home of their own on Schneider Road. Leaving their Illinois roots behind, Dick and Ruth moved to Arkansas for four years before settling back to Illinois, and they settled in Batavia in 1985. No matter where they called home, millions of memories were made that will be treasured for generations.  

Dick had many vocations throughout his life, but they all centered on trucking and agriculture. He farmed with his family for a time, drove a truck for a number of companies, including his own. He also owned his own Snap-On Tools franchise for four years. 

Dick was a member of the Teamsters Union for many years.

Dick never had time for too many hobbies, but there was always time for family, friends, and especially laughter. In countless pictures taken over the years, Dick was rarely seen without a smile on his face, and he will be remembered for his love of stories, both real and “imagined” shared between friends and family. Road trips with friends to truck shows across the country kept him in contact with his fellow truckers, who he befriended mile after mile. He left too soon but his spirit lives on through his legacy which will be never be forgotten.

He now leaves his loving wife Ruth; three children, Mike (Laura) Harmon and their children, Donnie and Josh, of Rochelle, Ill., Rebecca (RJ) Harmon-Sneller and their son, Caden, of Arrowsmith, Ill., and Robert Harmon of Batavia; his parents, Donald and Catherine Harmon of Plano, Ill.; five siblings, Greg (Mandy) Harmon of Batavia, Dennis (Sheila) Harmon of Plano, Marty (Paula) Harmon of St. Charles, Sharon (Denny) Neylon of Crosse Plains, Wis., and Susan (Andre) Astorga of Houston, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Colleen Rita Harmon.

Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. with a memorial service to celebrate his life to follow at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities, including the “Heifer Project,” an organization that provides livestock to impoverished rural areas of the world. Checks may be made to the “Dick Harmon 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.

Floyd W. Kaus, Jr.

Floyd William Kaus, Jr., 76, of rural Kaneville, passed into the loving Hands of God at 10:50 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, 2010. Fighting with genuine courage and continual love for his family against a long and cruel illness, he journeyed into God’s promised peace and brilliant sunlight peacefully, with determination and with tremendous grace.

A Kaneville Township farmer near Troxel for 55 years, Floyd was born on June 7, 1934, the son of Evelyn and Floyd Kaus of Pierce Township in DeKalb County. Growing up on the family farm, partnering in farming with his father and shown the love of God and kindness of heart by his mother, he knew from teenage years that farming would be his life-long dedication. Happiest sitting upon a John Deere tractor working the land, he saw farming as a way to make better the life of his family, preserve the land that God had so richly blessed, and honor the tradition upon which America was established by the Founding Fathers. Growing beans and corn, bailing hay and straw, he strived continually to have the cleanest fields and the straightest rows of any farm in the area.

Treasuring a family of four children, Vicki, Patti, Steve and Fran, he deeply cherished his grandchildren, Zachary, Bethany, Jordan and Alex, telling them stories of farming and teaching the value of appreciating the unique miracle of planting a seed, nurturing its growth, and respecting the land upon which that miracle took place.

Preceded In passing by his mother and father, Floyd is survived by his children and grandchildren; his sister, Carol, and her husband, John Kirchman; and nephews, Jeff and Johnny Kirchman.

Consciously knowing he had a choice to leave the earthly world behind and bow before God’s Grace, he chose to depend upon the Lord’s mercy on Oct. 15, 2010, knowing that love is eternal and his family would be in God’s care, as he happily was.

Services for Floyd W. Kaus, Jr., will be held at Kaneville United Methodist Church, 46W764 Main Street Road, Kaneville, on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Pierce Township Cemetery in DeKalb County.

Memorials may be sent to Kaneville United Methodist Church, Kaneville, IL 60144.

For additional information, please call the Moss-Norris Funeral Home in St. Charles at (630) 584-2000 or www.norrisfh.com.

Guyton secures eighth at Girls Golf State gathering

FORSYTH, Ill.—Hayley Guyton will always be remembered at Kaneland High School for what she pulled off on the golf course.

Now, she’ll be remembered throughout the State for what she did the last four years.

While not getting to the astounding heights of a year ago, when she was second in the IHSA 2A Girls Golf meet, the senior finished eighth in the state with a total score of 152 over the two-day festivities. Guyton was 11 back from champion Stephanie Miller of Stevenson High School.

Guyton shot a 77 on Saturday and a 75 on Friday.

The senior shot a 39 on the front end and 38 on the back nine. Guyton was sixth after the first day of swinging with a 40 on the front half and 35 on the back end.

In 2009, Guyton went to a playoff with eventual champ Kris Yoo of Conant, shooting a 145.

Knights win clash with Spartans

Kaneland improves to 8-0 with 30-13 win over rival

Photo: Knight Joe Camiliere (12) tries to avoid the Sycamore defense in Kaneland’s 30-13 win over the Spartans on Friday in Maple Park. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It was the biggest regular season game in quite some time for Kaneland.

The Knights played like it.

Facing a fellow undefeated squad in the visiting Sycamore Spartans, the Knights used offensive drives to the best of their ability and came up with timely defensive plays in a 30-13 win over the Spartans.

With the win, Kaneland gets a modicum of satisfaction for last year’s first-round ousting at the hands of SHS, and has the inside track at the Northern Illinois Big XII East championship at 8-0 (4-0 NIB-12). Sycamore drops to 7-1 (3-1 NIB-12), and faces Yorkville (3-5, 1-4 NIB-12) in the regular season finale.

The latest IHSA Class 5A Playoff Points standings has Kaneland fourth and Sycamore seventh.

Joe Camiliere was the field general coach Tom Fedderly’s offense requires and went 13-for-19 for 140 yards with a touchdown throw and no interceptions.

“I thought he had good time to throw,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “That’s what we were concerned about. He had enough time to get the ball out of his hands and did a good job tonight.”

Taylor Andrews was the leader in the rushing category for the Knights with 70 yards on six tries, while KHS had 190 yards on the ground total.

Sycamore’s Tommy Nice was the game’s leading rusher with 94 yards.

Quinn Buschbacher was the leading receiver for KHS with six catches totaling 34 yards.

Kaneland outgained Sycamore 330-304.

The game between two playoff-caliber squads in a playoff atmosphere had its first big play when Blake Serpa fumbled on the Knights’ first drive at their own 30.

Two plays later, running back Eric Ray scored from the 10 with 8:24 to go in the first for a 7-0 Spartan lead.

Using a balanced attack, KHS calmly drove 48 yards in 11 plays highlighted by a third-and-nine catch by Tyler Callaghan. Camiliere plunged in from the one-yard line with 2:24 to go to deadlock matters at 7-7.

The next time Kaneland got the ball they drove down for another score, as Callaghan caught a lofted ball in the corner of the end zone on the first play of the second frame for a 14-7 lead.

Sycamore looked to be on its way to knotting things up, until a backward pass that landed on the grass was scooped up by Andrews for an 84-yard touchdown to the shock of Sycamore’s faithful.

“It was a backward pass and I was about to give the ball to the ref,” Andrews said. “I looked over and heard everyone say ‘go, go go’, so I just took off running.”

“We were all just screaming ‘pick it up and run!’,” Fedderly said. “We knew it was a fumble, it went backwards, what can you say? What a play.”

Sycamore did come back on a QB Ryan Bartels TD run from 12 yards out with 1:25 to go, making it 20-13.

Kaneland wasn’t done, as they drove 40-yards to the 10, where freshman kicker Matt Rodriguez hit a 27-yard field goal to make it 23-13 at halftime.

With Blake Serpa’s four-yard touchdown run coming with 7:44 left in the third, the scoring was closed at 30-13.

Now Kaneland hosts Morris on Friday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. The Redskins are playoff-bound, having lost only two games, and are coming off a dramatic 15-8 win in Rochelle on Friday.

Play of the Knight
Having already climbed back from an early deficit and nursing a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, Kaneland was trying to hold Sycamore from coming into their end zone again on Friday. They not only did that on a wild play, they took it to the other end zone with a heads-up play from Taylor Andrews. Sycamore was at the Kaneland 12-yard line and attempted a backward pass that fell to the ground. Andrews picked it up, and after some hesitation, was joined by several Knights on the way to an 84-yard score.

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Kaneland High School* 4 0 8 0 329 88
Sycamore High School* 3 1 7 1 272 118
Morris Com High School* 3 1 6 2 203 115
DeKalb High School 1 3 4 4 164 196
Yorkville High School 1 3 3 5 146 187
Rochelle Twp High School 0 4 3 5 200 137

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sterling High School* 4 0 7 1 188 94
Geneseo High School* 3 1 7 1 277 77
Ottawa Twp High School 3 1 5 3 247 115
LaSalle-Peru High School 2 2 4 4 161 250
Dixon High School 0 4 0 8 100 373
Streator Twp High School 0 4 0 8 47 363

*Clinched playoff berth

IHSA.org Playoff Outlook

Tennis duo places fourth at sectional, head to State

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—For the way things ended up at IHSA tennis Sectionals at St. Charles East on Saturday, all you had to do was look at Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski.

“The final point where we won I was thinking, ‘oh my God we are going to State’, and (Amelia) turned around and we just ran at each other. Everyone was crying and jumping. I don’t even remember the next match,” Jurcenko said.

In the matchup with St. Charles North’s Kate Lesswing and Abby Roggemann, Kaneland’s unit won 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Napiorkowski doesn’t discount the impressive nature of Kaneland tennis’ accomplishment.

“Everyone there knew we were singles players and thought they could use doubles strategies against us but we caught on fast. We would adjust our strategies during the match,” Napiorkowski said.

Saturday’s celebration was warranted, and KHS hopes it will continue at the upcoming IHSA State Tennis meet. The meet takes place at courts in District 211, 214 and 220 in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and now will feature the first-ever Kaneland presence at the State tennis finals.

The IHSA announced Tuesday that the Jurcenko-Napiorkowski tandem, who took fourth at Sectionals, will face Rosary’s duo Angelina Goheen and Katie King at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Ill., on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Jurcenko and Napiorkowski lost the third-place match to Bartlett’s Katie Gates and Gabby Gregorio 6-2, 6-1.

St. Charles North took home the sectional crown with 22 points.

Photo: Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski make KHS history as the first reps from the school at the State Tennis meet
starting Thursday, Oct. 21 Courtesy photo

Boys XC finishes seventh at NIB-12

by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—In a tough group of teams, Kaneland had several standouts at the first-ever gathering of the Northern Illinois Big XII conference.

The meet at Elburn Woods saw the Yorkville Foxes take the crown with 46 points, compared to Dixon’s 75.

The Knights’ 138-point total was good for seventh, ahead of Rochelle (183) and behind Sterling (135).

Sterling’s Jacob Landis, at 16 minutes, nine seconds, took the course crown by nine seconds over Dixon’s Simon Thorpe.

Next up was Knight Trevor Holm, who has been at or near the top for much of this season.

Holm, who ran his Elburn Woods-best at 16:24, had a good run at this late regular season juncture, according to KHS coach Chad Clarey.

“Our goal today was to try and hit some personal records on this course, because it’s far different from the rest that we compete on,” Clarey said. “Trevor had a great race and he’s still coming back from being sick last week. He’s in a good spot. He might be disappointed that he didn’t win on his home course, but you can’t always pick your best races.”

“Although he may not have been satisfied with the outcome, he will continue to feel fresher and faster with the taper,” Clarey said.

Junior Nate Rehkopf was 23rd at 17:24, and also set a new PR for himself.

“I’m pretty pleased how we’re doing as a team and how I’m doing personally,” Rehkopf said. “Trevor’s been good leading the guys, and it’s usually been me, Clayton Brundige and Grant Alef backing him up. We have a good team on all levels.”

Tommy Whittaker, running his last Elburn Woods course, ran in 17:49 and set a new PR, as well.

Additionally, junior Jake Ginther finished 33rd with a time of 18:07.

Photo: Tommy Whittaker runs his way to a 17:49 finish during Saturday’s Northern Illinois Big XII meet at Elburn Woods. Photo by Ashley Leonetti

Lady Knights volleyball sweeps foe Sycamore

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Lady Knights volleyball has a funny relationship with the inevitable.

As in, they’ve done a good job of spoiling it lately.

For the first time under Coach Todd Weimer, Kaneland defeated Sycamore. The 25-21, 25-13 sweep of the Lady Spartans came on Senior Night along Spartan Trail.

“We’ve just been working our tail off, and we’ve got a lot of confidence going on right now. We beat Geneva for the first time in 19 years and now we just beat the top-seeded team in the regional. We’re taking care of business and soaring to new height,s and that’s our theme this year,” Weimer said.

Kaneland also handled Rochelle in Maple Park on Tuesday by a final of 25-19, 25-14.

Kaneland is now 15-11 on the year, and 6-3 in Northern Illinois Big XII action.

The effort was buoyed by Jess Lubic (eight digs, 14 assists, one block, one ace), Kylie Siebert (two kills, 12 digs, one ace) and Malory Groen (three kills, two blocks).

Defeating the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Kaneland 3A Regional could make things interesting in a matter of days.

Up 12-8 on Sycamore, the Spartans made an unforced error to fall to 13-8. Lubic later set the ball to the other side of the net for a 15-10 lead. The Lady Spartans closed within 21-19, but a Katy Dudzinski kill and a block by the junior made it 23-19 and eventually cruised to the four-point win.

Game two went even worse for the hosts. Down 3-1, Kaneland quickly went on a 9-3 run to go up 10-6. Later, sloppy play by the hosts and key front-line play made it 17-9 Kaneland. Game point was a Lubic set over the net, marking the biggest lead of the game and touching off a group celebration.

“We were kind of hoping to come in here and get a win because this was basically for second in conference if we win out. We played DeKalb (last Tuesday) and had a lot of unforced errors, so we came in here knowing we had to control the ball better,” Lubic said.

Meanwhile, against the Hubs, Taylor Bradbury had two aces and four digs while Lubic added four kills and nine assists.

Kaneland hosts its annual Spikefest on Saturday, Oct. 23, beginning at 8 a.m.

Soccer stages ninth win

KANELAND—Kaneland wasn’t the opponent you can overlook when it comes to playing Sycamore in 2010.

Kaneland had the Spartans’ number on Thursday, scoring two second-half goals to win 2-1.

The Knights close their regular season out at 9-10-2 (5-3-2 NIB-12).

Derek White had a goal with 11 minutes, 13 seconds to go, and Jordan Escobedo scored with 2:26 remaining in the contest for the win.

The JV crew finished the regular season with a 2-0 at Sycamore to go 17-0-1, which included 13 shutouts.

Oct. 21, 2010 UPDATE: The Knights faced Sycamore in IHSA Regional action Wednesday night, prevailing 2-1. The game-winning goal was scored by Jordan Escobedo with 55 seconds left in the fourth overtime. Chad Swieca tied the game in the second half. The Knights next game is against Rochelle, at Sycamore, Friday at 4 p.m.

Photo by John DiDonna

Howland earns all NIB-12 honor at conference

by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—For the majority of the 2010 season, Kaneland girls cross-country has struggled to post a full lineup.

But there have always been encouraging developments. That came to a head at the first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII gathering on Saturday morning at Elburn Woods.

Kaneland finished fourth overall with 97 points, just two behind DeKalb.

Dixon (40) and Yorkville (46) took the top two slots. Geneseo, Sycamore, Rochelle, Sterling, Ottawa and Morris rounded out the top 10.

While Kelsey Schrader of DeKalb took the course with a time of 18 minutes, 42 seconds, Kaneland bore witness to a season-best day from junior Jen Howland, who posted a 19:20 time.

“The beginning of the race was really good ,and I had my teammates right by me,” Howland said. “I felt really strong, and going up the hill my teammates were pushing me, and knowing they were working just as hard as I was really pushed me.”

After Howland’s all-NIB-12 day, KHS saw senior Andie Strang finish in 13th place at 19:48.

“We’ve always been good about staying pretty modest,” Strang said. “People can get hurt so fast in cross-country, and this was a good race to prepare us for next weekend.”

Sophomore Ashley Castellanos took 18th overall with an effort of 20:23. Teammate Kris Bowen also had a productive outing with a time of 20:54.

All four runners ran a personal best on their home course.

Awaiting KHS this Saturday, Oct. 23, is the IHSA Class 2A Regional at Kishwaukee College in Malta.

The meet, hosted by Sycamore, also includes Aurora Central Catholic, Illinois Math and Science Academy, Rosary, Burlington Central, Crystal Lake Central and Hampshire.

Photo: Jen Howland supplied her most productive day of the 2010 season at Elburn Woods on Saturday. Photo by Ashley Leonetti

Editorial: Information turns residents into voters

For those who pay attention to the national media, you well know how this year’s mid-term elections have been covered with far more rigor than any in recent memory.

While there are ample examples of journalism advocacy replacing objective reporting, the increase in media focus remains a good thing, because the more informed an electorate becomes, the more likely residents will turn into voters.

Regardless of your political views and who or what you support, it is essential that you either head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 2, or cast an absentee or early ballot before then.

Remaining local early voting sites and dates for the Nov. 2 election are as follows:

Kane County Circuit Clerk Building, 540 S. Randall Road in St. Charles, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, and Oct. 25-28; Kane County Clerk’s Office, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Building B, Geneva, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 21-23, Oct. 25-26, and Oct. 28; Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal St., Sugar Grove, 1 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 21, Oct. 26-28; Town and Country Public Library, 320 E. North St., Elburn, from 1 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 25-26; and a Votemobile site at the Jewel-Osco at 465 N. State St. (Route 47), Sugar Grove, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 27-28.

Polling places, listed by precinct, are as follows:

Blackberry Township
1. Town and Country Public Library, 320 E. North St., Elburn
2. Fox Valley Christian Church, 40W150 Main St., Batavia
3. Fox Valley Christian Church, 40W150 Main St., Batavia
4. Mill Creek Elementary School, 0N900 Brundige Drive, Geneva
5. Rejoice Lutheran Church, 0N377 N. Mill Creek Drive, Geneva
6. Rejoice Lutheran Church, 0N377 N. Mill Creek Drive, Geneva

Campton Township
1. Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 N. Main St., Elburn
2. Campton Township Community Center, 5N082 Old LaFox Road, St. Charles
3. Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 40W605 Route 38, Elburn
4. Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hanson Road, St. Charles
5. Hosanna Lutheran Church, 36W925 Red Gate Road, St. Charles
6. Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hanson Road, St. Charles
7. Congregational UCC Church, 40W451 Route 38, Elburn
8. Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 40W605 Route 38, Elburn
9. Congregational UCC Church, 40W451 Fox Mill Boulevard, St. Charles
10. Christ Community Church, 37W100 Bolcum Road, St. Charles

Kaneville Township
1. Dave Werdin Community Center, 2S101 Harter Road, Kaneville

Sugar Grove Township
1. Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St., Sugar Grove
2. Sugar Grove Township Building, 54 Snow St., Sugar Grove
3. Cheshire Club, 15 Winthrop New Road, Sugar Grove
4. Cheshire Club, 15 Winthrop New Road, Sugar Grove
5. Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St., Sugar Grove
6. Cheshire Club, 15 Winthrop New Road, Sugar Grove

Virgil Township
1. Maple Park Civic Center, 302 Willow St., Maple Park
2. Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 5N939 Meredith Road, Virgil

The only action that gives you more power to influence the direction of your town, county, state and nation than voting is to actually run for office yourself.

Letter: Vote Green Party in November

I now understand why so many voters are disillusioned with the two major parties.

As a candidate for the 14th Congressional District I have attended a number of candidate forums and endorsement sessions. I have witnessed first-hand the half-truths, innuendos and misleading information that the Republican and Democrat candidates on both the federal and state levels throw back and forth at each other. The negative ads that have inundated our airwaves on television and radio are mild compared to the dialog during these forums.

It is no wonder we have the problems that we do. The Republicans are busy blaming the Democrats. The Democrats are busy blaming the Republicans. They are all so busy blaming each other that they have no time to work toward the solutions to our problems. After awhile, it begins to look like one of those bad reality shows.

If you are tired of all the bickering and want candidates who will represent your best interests by working toward common ground, common-sense solutions to our current woes, then please vote for the Green Party candidates on November’s ballot. It is time to send a message to the entrenched parties that we all deserve better. 

Dan Kairis
Green Candidate
14th Congressional District
South Elgin

Letter: In support of Randy Hultgren

As an owner of two independent businesses and resident of the Fox Valley for 20 years, I am pleased to endorse Republican Randy Hultgren in his bid to represent Illinois’ 14th District.

I’ve known Randy for more than 30 years. As a person, businessman and as a public servant, he is a man of integrity, leadership and conviction, who has been part of our community for over 30 years.

I know that as our congressman, Randy will work to reduce taxes, improve healthcare, provide quality education, create jobs, and most importantly, be a common-sense voice in Congress. Regardless of what Mr. Foster’s campaign has been saying, Randy will not raise taxes and has not profited from “toxic assets.” He is fiscally responsible and could never benefit from the misfortunes of anyone else. That is just not who he is.

The election is Tuesday, Nov. 2. I encourage my fellow voters to join me in electing Randy Hultgren to Congress, so small businesses and individuals will have someone who is actually in their corner.

Luke Brinks
Batavia

Letter: Foster has not earned my vote

I recently read a letter in the paper from a constituent praising Bill Foster for his support of initiatives that have apparently saved or created jobs in the 14th District. I am glad to hear that someone had a positive experience when meeting with Mr. Foster, because my own experience was a bit different.

Recently, I represented the Batavia Chamber of Commerce at a small-business conference in Washington D.C. During our time in Washington, my group also stopped by to visit with Mr. Foster to discuss issues and concerns important to small business owners. I was not impressed by the congressman’s commitment to our concerns—at this meeting or the two previous meetings I attended. Mr. Foster was either unwilling or unable to give a concise and direct answer to very specific questions that were asked. Whether it was about health care or the economy, the response was long winded and nebulous with no resolution.

I welcome having a congressman who is affable and approachable, but I also value ideas that will benefit the district and the country. Cap and trade will not help create or maintain jobs; increasing taxes will not create or maintain jobs—Mr. Foster is mum on whether the tax cuts should be extended, even with 40 of his fellow Democrats publicly supporting an extension of the current capital gains rates and 31 of his fellow Democrats favoring an extension of all tax cuts. The New York Times has even recently questioned why the Democrats haven’t acted on this issue.

Randy Hultgren is endorsed by the National Taxpayers Union, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. I don’t get the sense that Mr. Foster is on my side when it comes to business, so I am voting for Hultgren; Foster has just not earned my vote.

Marcia Boyce
Elburn

Letter: I recommend David Akemann for judge

As a practicing attorney in Elgin for over 40 years, I have had the pleasure to both work with and observe David Akemann as a private practitioner and as the Kane County State’s Attorney.

I have found Mr. Akemann to be a highly skilled attorney with unquestionable integrity and I unhesitatingly recommend him to the voting public for the position of Circuit Judge in the November election.

Richard L. Heimberg
Elgin

Letter: Akemann ran the nastiest campaign in the history of Kane County politics

After the 2000 primary campaign for state’s attorney, which current judicial candidate David Akemann lost to challenger Meg Gorecki, The Courier, always an Akemann supporter, refused to endorse either candidate (Courier, March 16, 2000), and the Daily Herald called it “one of the nastiest campaign seasons in county history.” (March 22, 2000).

Akemann’s supporters were accused of campaign dirty tricks, e.g., slashing or stealing Gorecki’s signs. (Daily Herald, Feb. 23, 2000), but that was the least of it.

Both Gorecki and County Board Chair Mike McCoy said they believed Akemann’s office was responsible for the leak of a police report about Gorecki less than three weeks before the 2000 primary (Beacon, March 4, 2000). County Board member Doug Weigand agreed, adding that Akemann was “desperate.” County Board member Cathy Hurlbut said the timing of the release of the report was “suspect” and “Any respect I have for David Akemann is gone.” (Beacon, March 5, 2000). McCoy also called the leak “dirty politics.” Gorecki also called the improper and unethical leak of the report “a politically motivated smear campaign timed to derail my campaign.” (Courier, March 7, 2000).

The voters apparently agreed, because Gorecki won the primary, and Akemann’s troubled time as state’s attorney was finally over.

I heard that many of Akemann’s current opponent’s campaign signs have been vandalized and stolen recently. Is it possible that Akemann’s supporters are up to their old tricks?

Harold B. Cattron
Elgin

Letter: Proud to vote for John Dalton for judge

I have had the honor of serving this fine country in the U.S. Navy for six years. Sure, I was serving overseas in Southeast Asia working with the military outfits of those countries, but I have also had the opportunity to serve in the nerve center of the American government, Washington, DC.

When I returned to Elgin, I was introduced to one of the finest men, John G. Dalton. After speaking with Dalton about many issues, I realize this is a man who exemplifies integrity and honesty. His nature as a caring individual to not only his immediate family, but to his “big extended family,” have shown me that no matter what happens, he can be counted on to lend a hand. I have seen that through the many individuals he has crossed paths with.

On a professional note, I am the manager for an Elgin music group. The legal guidance he has shown to the group, as well as the business guidance he has given me, have been phenomenal. I truly believe in my heart that John G. Dalton is the right man for the job for Kane County Resident Judge.

I have never seen a man work tirelessly as John. I am amazed with the amount of work he has put into his campaign. Look around you, you can see the hard work and dedication he puts into it. If he can put that much effort into a non-partisan office such as judge, then this is one man I know who will put forth that much hard work and dedication on the bench. I have come to realize John G. Dalton is one person I am proud to call a friend, comrade and business associate. I will be voting John G. Dalton on Election Day.

David J. Ham
Elgin

Letter: John Dalton stands out in race for judge

As we get closer to the Nov. 2 election date, our mail boxes get flooded with political mailers from both parties trying to persuade you to vote for their candidate.

However, in the race for Kane County Circuit Court Judge, the candidate’s party shouldn’t play a role in your decision. The best way to elect the right judge is to look at their qualifications for the job. One person stands out in my mind with all the right qualities, that would be John G. Dalton.

John will be a fair, non-partisan judge representing all of Kane County and treating everyone with the respect and dignity that they deserve. He has an extensive legal background including being an arbitration chairman for over 10 years. John will protect our rights and be an independent voice for the people of Kane County. I would encourage everyone to join me and vote Nov. 2 for John G. Dalton, the best person for this job.

For more information about John Dalton, please visit his website at www.johndaltonforjudge.com.

Betsy Couture
Elgin

Letter: Akemann’s George Ryan style political fundraising as state’s attorney

When David Akemann was our state’s attorney he did a number of unsavory things, so it’s ironic that he now touts his time as state’s attorney as the chief reason he should be elected judge. One thing that really bothers me was his George Ryan style political fundraising.

Akemann allowed “his Assistant States Attorneys to sell fund-raising tickets and spend hours working on his campaign. They’re walking door-to-door, passing out fliers and urging folks to vote for the boss” (Daily Herald, March 1, 2000).

Akemann claimed they were not required to do this, but admitted, “Many (assistants) do and will appear in a fund-raiser, but that is not a requirement of their appointment” (Courier, Jan. 19, 2000).

In 2000, “Akemann pulled much of his money from the legal community, including at least $3,425 in disclosed donations from his employees and their wives” (Daily Herald, Feb. 1, 2000).

These employees may have raised additional money, and this amount does not reflect any donations below the reporting threshold, which Akemann reportedly tried not to exceed by pricing his fundraiser tickets at $1 below the threshold (Daily Herald, Feb. 13, 2000).

Despite Akemann’s denials, during the 2000 campaign, Joseph Grady, who worked for Akemann at one time, accused Akemann of “requiring personnel to donate time or money as a condition of employment” (Beacon, March 22, 2000).

Is this the sort of person we want as our next judge? I don’t think so.

Linda Ramirez Sliwinski
Carpentersville

Letter: In support of John Dalton

With so many vital issues and key political races, few people give much thought to the election of local judges. This is unfortunate because our judges have the unique distinction of setting the ethical tone for our communities.

This is precisely why I am enthusiastically and wholeheartedly endorsing John Dalton for Kane County Resident Judge. John’s outstanding resume, stellar character and tireless work ethic make him the best candidate for this critical role.

And if that isn’t enough, his commitment to the community can be matched by few. John has devoted his life to serving others in a way that truly serves the greater good and the best interest of all. His selflessness to enhance the lives of others sets him apart from the usual characters that seek office primarily for their own benefit. Typically, candidates endeavor to impress voters with their philanthropy and public service during campaign season. John Dalton has exemplified the very best in public service, throughout his personal and professional life, without ever pursuing personal, professional or political gain.

I would strongly encourage everyone, regardless of their political affiliations, to take the time to learn more about this outstanding candidate. This office should not be mindlessly filled by a careless vote. As we face unique challenges, Kane County needs John Dalton’s unwavering ethical code and moral leadership. The people of Kane County deserve nothing less.To learn more please see www.johndaltonforjudge.com/Who_is_John_G.html.

Beth Penesis
South Elgin

Letter: John Dalton deserves your vote

I am writing this letter to show my support for John G. Dalton, candidate for Kane County Resident Judge.

I have only lived in Elgin for a little over two years, but right away John Dalton made me feel welcome. I can tell that John is very involved in the community and has a deep connection with the people here as well. I have been helping John in his campaign for judge for the last year, and it’s clear that this is something John is dedicated to.

John has given his heart and soul into this campaign, and I know that he will be an excellent judge. This Nov. 2, you should not just vote for John Dalton because he is my friend, but also because he is the right person for the job.

John is clear that he feels the role of a judge is to be non-partisan and to treat everyone fairly with dignity and respect. The other thing that I admire about John Dalton is that he has refused all campaign contributions from lawyers and organizations representing lawyers. For more information on John, visit his website at www.johndaltonforjudge.com. Please vote on Nov. 2 for John G Dalton.

Elizabeth Slover
Elgin