Ice-breaker

Kaneland junior, Stelios Lekkas of Elburn won the Illinois 16U state championship playing for the Northewest Charger Hockey Club. After claiming the State Title for Tier II AA Travel Youth Ice Hockey, he will travel to the Washington D.C. area for the USAH Nationals Tournament from March 29-April 3 in Reston, Va. Courtesy Photo

KHS baseball nabs 1st win after chilly start

KANELAND—A trip down south for Kaneland High School baseball during spring break also sent their fortunes going south at this early juncture, at least for the time being.

After a 10-6 loss to Plainfield North on March 23 was called after six innings, Kaneland trekked down to Rent One Park in Marion, Ill., for games against various teams.

Monday night saw the Knights lose to the Trevians of New Trier High School 7-6 before facing old rival Glenbard South on Tuesday and winning 7-3.

Against New Trier, Bobby Thorson was tagged with the loss but contributed two runs batted in at the plate.

Joe Camiliere went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored.

Kaneland was up 2-0 after the first inning, but New Trier took a 3-2 lead after three. The Trevians added three more in the top of the fifth before KHS came back with one in the bottom of the fifth. The Trevians went up 7-3 before Kaneland chiseled into the lead.

In the bottom of the seventh and down by a run, KHS had the tying run on third and the winning run on second before New Trier executed a game-ending pickoff at second.

Drew French picked up the win against the Raiders, and Sam Komel earned the save. French also went 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI.

KHS had two games left at the home of the Southern Illinois Miners, Wednesday against Warren and Thursday, March 31, vs. Cary-Grove, before getting back up to the area for a Tuesday, April 5, contest against Machesney Park’s Harlem High School.

KHS postseason destination
2011 Sycamore regional

• Aurora central catholic (3-19 in 2010)

• Illinois Math & Science Academy (9-13-1)

• Kaneland (23-13)

• Sycamore (15-22)

KHS Lady Knight soccer scoring goals in bunches

Photo: Katie Taylor of Kaneland High School girls soccer made good on a goal against Northern Illinois Big XII crossover opponent Ottawa on Thursday. Taylor will be one of the Lady Knights counted on against Indian Creek
and in the tourney at West Aurora in mid-April. File Photo

KANELAND—With a mostly new lineup, one could be wary of how the offensive skills would come together for the KHS soccer group.

In two games this week, the Lady Knights lost to visiting Rosary in a regional rematch, but earned a shutout win over Northern Illinois Big XII crossover foe Ottawa.

After the March 23 loss and the Thursday win, KHS sees its record sit at 2-2 (1-1 NIB-12).

After getting shut out 4-0 in temperatures struggling to hit 35 on the thermometer, Kaneland rallied to hand the Ottawa Lady Pirtates a 6-0 drubbing on Thursday in Maple Park.

Senior leader Emily Heimerdinger got the Lady Knights on the board first with a goal after being fed by Jessica Coia. That gave Kaneland a 1-0 lead with 10:43 remaining in the first half.

Anne Marie Giese scored the first second-half goal with 17:11 to go, giving KHS a 2-0 edge.

Taylor White made the most of her scoring opportunity and found the net with 13:38 to play for a 3-0 edge.

Heimerdinger, Katie Taylor and Sophie Blank each scored within the last 10:46 to take the win over their West Division foe.

Ahead for KHS is a Monday, April 4 clash at Indian Creek.

2011 GOAL-ED STANDARD
Emily Heimerdinger 4 goals
Sophie Blank 2 goals
Abby Bend 1 goal
Anne Marie Giese 1 goal
Katie Taylor 1 goal

Wasco baseball has slim number of openings

WASCO—Wasco Baseball still has a limited number of openings for its spring baseball season. Wasco Baseball is one of the elite youth baseball programs in the area. Wasco baseball offers opportunities for player’s ages 5 to18 (travel on non-travel players). The season begins in April and concludes in late June with a league banquet at Elfstrom Stadium, home of the Kane County Cougars.

Wasco Baseball is a nonprofit organization and offers a free coaches clinic to managers and assistant managers, as well as a player’s clinic to all participants. Games are played at field locations in the Wasco/St. Charles area. Continuous field improvements are being made to improve the player’s experience.

Visit www.wascobaseball.com or call Michael Stanke at (630) 399-0628 if you have any questions.

IHSA grants eligibility to displaced Japanese students

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Executive Director Marty Hickman announced last week that any students displaced by the earthquake and subsequent disasters in Japan that relocate to IHSA member schools will be granted immediate eligibility to participate in IHSA sports and activities.

The United State Department of Defense Education Activity recently informed IHSA member schools that it has issued a voluntary authorized departure from the Island of Honshu, Japan for United States military family members. The number of families that will relocate from Japan to the United States, or to Illinois, is unknown at this point.

“We don’t know if we will have any high school students relocating from Japan to IHSA member schools,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “But if we do, we want to help these students transition back to normalcy in any way that we can.”

Editorial—Remember: All the candidates wish to serve their communities

This week, we provided extensive coverage of the contested races within the Kaneland communities.

We chose to publish our election coverage in Q&A format, in order to give for the candidates the opportunity to describe themselves and their views in their own words.

We did as little editing as possible, mostly for space and grammatical reasons.

What you will find in our election pages, then, are the words as written by a broad group of people with a broad range of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and philosophies.

Yet, one thing they all have in common is a desire to serve; a desire to see our communities improve.

Elections can get heated, as those who support candidates begin to argue and debate the legitimate differences that separate the candidates from each other. This is true whether the election is at the national or local level.

We have seen past elections that run smoothly, with the legitimate differences debated—sometimes vigorously—but with all sides remaining respectful of the other parties. We have also seen the uglier side of local elections in the past, with flyers left in public, anonymously attacking a candidate, or individuals posting comments full of personal attacks on our website, or the rumor mill started up with little to no basis in fact.

As the final days approach prior to the Tuesday, April 5, election, we have yet to receive word that anything untoward has occurred, and we hope that the trend continues. We hope that people can discuss and debate the differences between the candidates without emotions boiling over and without the ugly side of elections coming through.

Democracy often is not pretty, and there is a need for issues to be debated and argued, and there certainly is a need for candidates to be thoroughly explored prior to a vote being cast. Even as unattractive as it can appear at times, the sometimes seemingly chaotic discussions that precede an election are a vital component to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to express their views and explore the candidates, their backgrounds and expertiese, and their philosophies.

That being said, we urge our readers and viewers to remember—especially if in the midst of a heated discussion—the one thing in common each candidate has, as mentioned above, is despite the differences you may have with a candidate or a candidate’s views, remember that they seek office to serve and help make our community a better place.

Letter: KEA endorsement of School Board candidates

The Kaneland Education Association, in partnership with the Citizen’s Advisory Committee, hosted a School Board Candidate Forum on March 10.

We would like to thank those who participated in this event: organizers, candidate participants, audience members, and those who could not attend and accessed the Candidate Forum video on the Kaneland website (which is still available).

Having seven candidates for four School Board seats is a testament to the level of investiture of our community in the educational health and operations of our School District. As those on the front lines of meeting the educational needs of Kaneland children, the Kaneland Education Association listened to the questions and answers from the viewpoint of what would ultimately be best for Kaneland students.

There were five candidates who KEA believes will work to maintain the quality level of programs we have, will support initiatives professional educators identify as necessary to the future growth of our schools, and will cast an informed and realistic eye toward fiscal responsibility. KEA is proud to endorse any of the following five individuals for election to the Kaneland School Board in the April 5 election: Jim Oberweis, Teresa Witt, Deborah Grant, Gale Pavlak and Pat Denlinger.

Linda Zulkowski
KEA President
Elburn

Letter: Endorsement for Deborah Grant

Please vote for Deborah Grant to represent residents of the Kaneland School District 302.

Deborah is highly qualified in many ways, including her expiring term on the board. She has demonstrated her abilities to cautiously debate issues of importance to all taxpayers.

Deborah is highly educated, holding, at least a Masters Degree, which becomes evident in her mannerisms, demeanor and professionalism. I have attended many board meetings (probably more than most candidates currently running for office) to observe the board in action. Such attendance allows me to more fully represent the residents of the district with my membership on the Citizens Advisory Committee.

It also, in my opinion, allows me to endorse one who I believe will continue to represent all of the community. She has stated the proper education of the students is not all about test scores but more importantly about their preparation for the future.

I have had the pleasure of working with Deborah on a project in our community. She writes very well, is articulate and extremely professional. She assisted me with a fundraiser to the betterment of the community without demanding any recognition. What more can one ask for as a continuing member of the Board of Education for Kaneland School District 302?

Please vote for Deborah on April 5. Thank you.

H. Jack Hansen
Elburn

Letter: Support for Grabarek

William C. Grabarek moved to Elburn in 1978. Over the past 33 years, Bill’s contributions to our community have been immeasurable.

As a volunteer leader, Bill has done voluminous work on behalf of Lazarus House, the Fox Valley Wildlife Center, and the Friends of the Town and Country Library. Because of this work, the Illinois Humanities Council honored William C. Grabarek with its Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award in 2006.

As an appointed village official, Bill chaired the village of Elburn Planning Commission for eight of his 10 years of service, culminating in 2003. That same year, Bill was first elected to our Village Board, where continues his dedicated service to this day.

Bill has the commitment, energy and willingness to continue to represent a historical perspective and institutional knowledge of the Elburn Village Board.

When times are tough, I know I can count on Bill Grabarek to preserve Elburn’s past, protect our present and plan for the future.

Please join me in supporting William C. Grabarek for re-election as trustee to the Elburn village board.

Dr. James L. Willey
Elburn

Letter: It’s got to be Schopp

It is with sincere gratitude and enthusiasm that our family can endorse Mr. Brian Schopp for Elburn Fire District Trustee.

Mr. Schopp knows first-hand with his experience and dedicated commitment at both Station I in Elburn and Station II on Hughes Road. He has learned and is familiar with the latest equipment and the best state-of-the-art engineering and procedures in our county and state.

Mr. Schopp comes with true integrity and with a real sense of determination and positive attitude. Brian will be there for us, keeping up with the newest rules and regulations, equipment needs, and negotiations with our board and its leaders.

Thank you, Firefighter Schopp. You are our voice and one of Elburn’s very own.

Sheila Hatch Lange & Family
Maple Park

Letter: In support of the Forest Preserve referendum

I am writing in support of the Kane County Forest Preserve Land Acquisition and Preserve Improvement Referendum on April 5.

Within my memory, Randall Road went from a sparsely-traveled country road to a high speed north-south route through the county that has become overcrowded, busy and slow. The congestion on Randall Road is a stark reminder of the rapid changes that Kane County has undergone in recent years, to the point where we are worried about increased flooding, depletion of our underground water supplies, the shortage of open space, and the high taxes we pay for our schools.

Now we have the opportunity to make a very small investment—around $1 per month for the average homeowner—that will pay big dividends in our quality of life while increasing wildlife habitat, lessening flooding, increasing aquifer recharge, and providing outdoor recreational space. With numerous willing sellers and the lowest land prices in decades, this is an excellent time to add 1,500 to 2,000 acres to our forest preserves in order to expand and connect existing preserves as well as to add trails, public access and other amenities.

With this “breather” in the unsustainable growth rate, and while land prices are at bargain levels, it is with a sense of urgency that I suggest that now is the time to catch up to the other counties in the Chicago Metropolitan area, all of which have more forest preserve land than Kane does. Please join me in voting yes for the Kane County Forest Preserve Land Acquisition and Preserve Improvement Referendum on April 5.

Jack Shouba
Campton Hills

Letter: In support of Pat Denlinger for School Board

I’ve lived in Elburn for over 20 years now, and during this time I’ve been active in youth athletics, School District referenda and the Kaneland Foundation.

I’ve come to know most, if not all, of the people running for the Kaneland School Board, as well as many of its current members. We have some outstanding candidates running in April, and I will support them as my fourth and last child graduates from Kaneland this May.

I write this letter to support one candidate in particular and someone I’m proud to call my friend—Pat Denlinger.

Pat and I have interacted as part of Elburn Basketball and then the Kaneland Cagers for the past 10 years. We’ve also sat next to each other over the years as fans watching our sons play basketball and football. Pat coached my son, Matt, in basketball for many years. I can’t think of a more level-headed person of integrity better suited for a School Board position than Pat.

Although I no longer will have children in the district’s schools, I know many of you who will. These are important times we’re heading into. We have a fairly new superintendent and brand new principals at many of our district’s schools, including the high school.

Now is a good time for change, and change is most definitely needed, especially at the high school. We need to elect people who are not afraid of change and are not afraid to lead that change. We need people with principles and the conviction not to veer from their principles when times are tough or others disagree.

Pat is one of those people. Please support Pat Denlinger in the upcoming School Board election. You will not be disappointed.

Joe Spitzzeri
Elburn

Letter: In support of Grabarek

I am writing this letter in support of Bill Grabarek’s candidacy for trustee of the Elburn Village Board.

Bill has been an outstanding trustee on the Elburn Village Board for the past eight years and prior to that, served on the Elburn Planning Commission for 10 years. He has served with vision and integrity, always supporting whatever is in the best interest of the village of Elburn. Bill has lived in Elburn since 1978, and he and his wife are co-founders and have been faithful supporters and members of the Friends of the Town and Country Public Library in Elburn since its formation nearly 10 years ago.

I have known Bill personally for more than 20 years and have always been impressed with his honesty, kindness and willingness to serve. Bill has gladly donated huge amounts of his time and legal expertise to charitable causes, something not every attorney would do.

Bill is very qualified and has been endorsed by the Daily Herald and the Kane County Chronicle. He has a real heart for Elburn and its citizens, and I fully support him and his candidacy. On April 5, I urge you to vote for Bill and the experience and expertise he brings to the position of the Elburn Village Trustee.

Darlene Marcusson
Elburn

Letter: Ask ‘Where has all the money gone?’

Once upon a time … Well, what I have read must be a fairy tale because I can’t believe it can be a reality. I read the Maple Park Village Board wants to break a commitment that I and former trustees made to the village.

I had the honor of serving as village president and with several trustees who were only dedicated to the village and made several steps to improve the village. When I left office, the new radium-free well was ready to go online, a project that took us eight years to find funding and complete, but the trustees did it.

Casey’s was a month from opening, a project that took full effort and cooperation of the trustees. Maple Park had a new sanitary sewer system, thanks to Mohammed Akrabawi, the village trustees and others too numerous to mention. The Village Board made the sanitary sewer available at no cost to every residence in Maple Park, something the professionals told the board could not be done. The board did it saving every resident money.

Since that time what has been accomplished? More houses, which should bring in more funds to the village in user fees and taxes to operate the same public utilities. We as a Village Board committed to residents that if they would support the projects and pass a bond issue, the bonds would be retired at the end of their term, and everyone’s real estate taxes would go down.

The sewer bonds are up. Your real estate taxes should come down. I read that on the April ballot will be a question to give the Village Board a blank check for $91,000 annually with an annual increase of 5 percent or the percentage of the CPI, whichever is less.

Given the track record of the recent Maple Park village boards and their spending record, is this something you want to do? These boards have spent thousands of your dollars. What do you have to show for their actions? You can give this to them and make liars out of all the good trustees who made their commitment and worked to better the village or vote this fairy tale down, and ask “Where has all the money gone?”

Raymond McAdams
Franklin Grove, Ill.

Letter: Re-elect Bill Grabarek

Bill is the only incumbent running for one of three seats on the Elburn Village Board April 5. I’ve known Bill for over 10 years. Bill continues to be passionate about Elburn in his efforts to preserve the past, provide for our present needs and services and plans for the future. We continue to face economic challenges which require tough decisions.

Bill’s experience in village government since 1993 does matter. Bill listens to Elburn residents and sees the big picture of possibilities for Elburn’s future. Bill has been an excellent trustee and should be re-elected. The Daily Herald and the Kane County Chronicle have endorsed Bill for re-election, and so do I.

Joan Hansen
Elburn

Letter: In support of Rivas

The purpose of this letter is to show you my support of Pedro Rivas, who is a 2011 candidate for the Kaneland Board of Education. I have known Pedro for a few years and can honestly say that he is a strong and contributing member of our community.

Not only is Pedro dedicated to ensuring quality education and maintaining accountable and responsible budgetary spending, but also has led the effort with the successful transition to a normal grading system, effective next school year. Additionally, Pedro has been the head coach (and assistant coach) of many Sugar Grove Park District Baseball teams. In fact, Pedro’s baseball team won every game last season, which was the district’s first perfect record.

I feel our board could use a fresh face, fresh point of view, and fresh incentive for next year’s challenging initiatives.

Doug Lesak
Sugar Grove

Letter: Grabarek, the right choice for Elburn village trustee

Please vote for experience and wisdom on Tuesday, April 5. Bill Grabarek has been the voice of both during his tenure as trustee.

Vote for the knowledge he brings to the board regarding the history of Elburn. Vote for his understanding and empathy for the citizens, which is clearly paramount in every decision he makes. Continuity from the past and vision for the future make Bill Grabarek the right choice for Elburn trustee.

Patricia Romke
Member, Elburn Village Board
2007-2011

Letter: Re-elect Bill Grabarek

I have known Bill for many years. Bill was the Planning Commission Chairperson when I was first appointed.

Whether on the Planning Commission or now the Village Board, I have always observed Bill to be a champion of Elburn. His questions and analysis of a situation are always for what is best for all of our village, not what he personally likes or prefers.

He is an excellent trustee. Please join me in voting to re-elect Bill. He has my vote.

Pat Schuberg
Elburn

Theodore ‘Ted’ John Weydert

Theodore “Ted” John Weydert, 83, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully at his home on March 23.

He was born Oct. 1, 1927, in Unity, Wis., to Frederick and Martha (Beyer) Weydert and moved with his family to Maple Park in 1939. He graduated from Maple Park High School in 1945, and married his high-school sweetheart, Lauryce Hintzsche, on March 30, 1951, in Memphis, Tenn.

Ted started farming in 1952, in Pierce Township, Ill., then in Burlington, and moved to his present farm in Maple Park in 1962, where he farmed until his retirement in 1994.

His family was his passion. He passed on his strong work ethic to his children by starting their roadside sweet corn business in 1963, which continued for 38 years, working with his grandchildren in the later years. He was also an award-winning seed corn salesman for Garst and Midwest Seeds. It was known that he kept “office hours” at various local coffee shops most mornings.

Ted was also actively involved in the Maple Park Lion’s Club for over 40 years. He was instrumental in starting the very successful annual Mother’s Day Rose Sale, which is still popular as a fundraiser.

Ted is survived by his wife; children, Carolyn (Gary) Faselt of Denver, Jane (Mac) McDonald of Eldridge, Iowa, Joy (Tom Fine) Weydert of Kansas City, Ted G. (Kristi) Weydert of DeKalb and Martha Weydert Cohen of Jacksonville, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and honorary daughter, Janet Clarke of Chicago. Ted is also survived by his brother, Fred (Ethel) Weydert of Leesburg, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Myrtle Weydert Donahue and Margaret Weydert; and grandchildren, Ayla Faselt and Louis Faselt.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Community of Christ Church at 1200 S. Malta Road, DeKalb, with Pastor Roger Hintzsche officiating. Lunch will be served in the fellowship hall following the service. Friends are welcome to call at the family home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Maple Park Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 10, Maple Park, IL 60151, who was so helpful to Ted.

Dorothy O. McAdams

Dorothy O. McAdams, 72, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family on Tuesday, March 22.

Dorothy was born March 7, 1939, in DeKalb, the daughter of Marcus and Audrey (Keefe) Olsen. Dorothy grew up on the family farm on Thatcher Road in Maple Park.

She attended local schools and she was united in marriage to Lloyd McAdams on Jan. 3, 1956.

Dorothy continued her farming heritage, working side by side with Lloyd for many years. Aside from tending the fields and animals, Dorothy made their house a home, raising three children. In 1969, the family moved to Alabama for several years. When the children were grown with Steve attending a local college and Cindy and Julie migrating back to Illinois, Dorothy followed suit, returning to her Maple Park roots in 1986.

Over the years, Dorothy shared her kind, gentle hands and a huge heart while caring for the elderly or anyone that was in need of some extra help.

Dorothy’s hobby was cooking. In reality, she did more than just “cook,” she catered to your body and soul. Her chicken soup had almost miraculous curative powers. Whether you were sick or not, it just made you feel good.

Her home was a destination every Halloween for her famous popcorn balls. Her famous “party mix” was a staple at every gathering and was also mailed to family across the globe. It was not unusual either for friends and neighbors to request her special chicken salad for them to bring to their own family functions.

She inherited a set of Franciscan dishes from an aunt that became more than just decor, it became an extension of her, proudly set on the table a full day before any holiday. Holiday menus contained the main dish and specific pie for each person’s taste. Enough food for an army, there were always leftovers that were given to friends and family throughout the community.

Dorothy was a woman on a mission each spring, making sure she had the right food for the right migration. She loved birds and enjoyed the many hours she spent watching them through her window and making sure the feeders were always full.

Dorothy’s grandchildren were the love of her life and in later years formed a special bond with her great-grandson, Nolan. They quickly became “best friends,” making new memories with every smile. She was more than a grandma, she was a woman who was loved by all and will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her three children, Cindy Heyob of DeKalb, Julie (Randy) Little of Maple Park, Steve (Amy) McAdams of Swaziland, Africa; six grandchildren, Audrey Heyob, Dan Heyob, Mackeinze Little, Katie McAdams, Maggie McAdams and Ellie McAdams; one great-grandson, Nolan Green; six siblings and two sisters-in-law, Patricia (Al) Homan of West Palm Beach, Fla.; sister-in-law, Helen Olsen of Maple Park, Mark (Jackie) Olsen of Withee, Wis., Nancy Olsen of Maple Park, sister-in-law, Sharon Olsen of Big Rock, Caryl (Jerry) Schrader of Maple Park, Bill (Sue) Olsen of Maple Park, and Mel (Fred) Needham of Maple Park; and many nieces and nephews and a community of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Mark and Audrey; her brothers, Albert Richard “Dick” and Thomas Michael “Mike” Olsen; and her son-in-law, Joe Heyob.

Visitation was from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral service to celebrate her life began at 10 a.m. Monday, March 28, at the funeral home. Rev. Michael Massey, pastor of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, DeKalb, officiated, and interment followed at Gardner Cemetery in Maple Park.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities, including DeKalb Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Dorothy McAdams Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com, where a full life story can be found.

Patricia Ann Frieders

Patricia A. Frieders, 81, of Elkhorn, Wis., passed away Sunday, March 20, 2011, at Mercy Hospital in Janesville, Wis.

She was born Aug. 27, 1929, in Aurora, the daughter of Sherman and Mabel (Lye) Phelps. Patricia married Donald Frieders in Illinois on April 22, 1950. She was employed at Interlaken Resort on Lake Como by Lake Geneva, Wis., for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Donald of Elkhorn; four daughters, Chris (Mike) Breen, Kathy Frieders of Florida, Sandy Lake of Florida and Sue (David) Miller of Delavan, Wis.; one son, Kevin Frieders of Wyoming; four grandchildren, Jamison, Jacob (Lupe), Zachary (Jenny) and Hailey; three great-grandchildren, MacKenzie, Izzic and Kaleih; two brothers, Ted (Norraine) Phelps and Leon Phelps, both of Illinois.

She is preceded in death by her parents and step-father, Albert Farley.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Monroe Funeral Home in Delavan is assisting the family. Visit us at MonroeFH.com.

Madelyn ‘Lynne’ Allen

Madelyn “Lynne” Allen, nee Hartung, 83, of Aurora, passed away peacefully on her birthday, Nov. 28, 2010, surrounded by her family and now joins her husband George in the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ.

She was born Nov. 28, 1927, in Cullman, Ala., to Fredrick Gottleib “Fritz” and Lorraine (Hoenig) Hartung.

Lynne’s family moved from the rural environment of Cullman to the city of Birmingham, Ala., while she was still young. Her heart remained in Cullman, and she often returned to see family, especially her cousins, aunts and uncles, spending countless hours horseback riding in the country. She attended local schools in Birmingham and later graduated from Birmingham Southern College where she met George Allen. They were united in marriage on April 24, 1947, at Christ Lutheran Church in Birmingham, Ala. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1951, with extensive studies in foreign languages, a love she would harbor for the rest of her life.

Lynne and George moved to Louisville, Ky., in 1949. Lynne raised three children while George attended graduate school and took a job with the Civil Service. They moved to Ohio in 1957, where they lived for nine years before relocating to Aurora, finally settling in Elburn in 1972. During all this time, Lynne never lost sight of her roots, taking her family on the annual vacation pilgrimage to Alabama to see relatives and friends in town and country, uniting her present with her past.

Lynne and George were faithful members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurora for many years and were also active in the Stevens Ministry and a Bible study group.

Lynne had a contagious, bright and adventurous spirit, so much so that after falling victim to the polio epidemic in the early 1950s, she fought everyday to graduate from crutches, to leg braces, to canes, and finally the ability to walk on her own while raising her three young children. Though she would never take the reins of a horse again, she never complained, but lived each day with the unspoken grace of one who is happy to be alive.

She had a passion for the outdoors and a passion for music. Lynne and George both enjoyed camping, hiking, biking, swimming, boating, and backyard picnics with the family. Even in her final days, Lynne would never pass up an opportunity to “go for a ride.” She learned to play the clarinet in school, and for many years let the music of her soul play out on the piano, sharing and passing on a love and appreciation for music to her children. Her passion for music also manifested itself in many trips to the Lyric Opera and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Lynne had a keen sense of justice and a compassionate, caring heart that innately understood how to help those in need. She relocated her aging parents to her home in Illinois, stepping into the role of caregiver to her mother, who suffered for many years from Alzheimer’s disease. After George’s passing, Lynne herself joined the ranks of Alzheimer’s patients, choosing to live each day with as much joy and dignity as her loving family and family of caregivers could provide. Now, she is free and “home” at last in Heaven, safe in her Savior’s keeping. Though Lynne’s last note has been played, her opus continues to resonate deep within the hearts of family and friends and will never be forgotten.

She is survived by her three children and their families, Mike (Nina) Allen, Steven Bradley Allen, Lea Lida Lorraine (Alan) Allen-Truemper;
six grandchildren, Megan (Ashley) Pimsner, Joshua (Blanca) Sullivan, Natalie Lynne (Jason) Hoyt, Kevin Allen, Ian Shain Bramel-Allen and Justin Alan Truemper; seven great-grandchildren, Lydia, Alejandra, Aeden, Elise, Gabriel, Carl, Gavin and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, George.

A visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, with a memorial service to follow visitation at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 85 S. Constitution Dr., Aurora, IL. Pastor John Fritz will officiate the service.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to “Alzheimer’s Disease Research” and mailed to 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871.

The family would like to thank the many people who became special in the eyes of both Lynne and her family. To Sheila White, Raul “Paul” Nocete, a dedicated caregiver who provided Lynne with creative and joyful ways to make her smile through the haze of Alzheimer’s, and most recently, Roland, another caregiver who was instrumental in Lynne’s care. In addition, the family would like to thank the “angels” who visited the Neighbors Next Door including Julie, Jo, Diane, Connie, Kathy, Wes and Martha, a special friend. Pat Mason began as Lynne’s massage therapist but became a close friend and confidant, and last but not least, to Pastor John Fritz for all the support and spiritual care he provided for Lynne even into her last days.

Kaneland talent show set for April 8

KANELAND—Kaneland High School announced its ninth annual talent show, which will be held Friday, April 8, in the high school auditorium. There will be singers, dancers, bands and much more.

The show will start at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. This event is a Family and Consumer Science fundraiser. Kaneland High School is on the corner of Keslinger Road and Meredith Road in Maple Park.

Lieutenant Governor to speak at Waubonsee graduation

SUGAR GROVE—Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon will deliver the commencement address at Waubonsee Community College’s 2011 graduation ceremony on May 19. Simon’s speech coincides with her visit to Waubonsee as part of her year-long “complete college” tour, during which she will visit all of the state’s 48 community colleges to deliver a message about the importance of earning a degree and/or credential.

“Nearly two-thirds of all jobs in the future will require a college education, whether that’s a certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree,” Simon said in a press release. “I want to know that when students walk through the door of a community college, that the odds are in their favor. We need to have a system that helps students graduate with a meaningful credential or degree that will enable them to find a job in Illinois, contribute to our society and provide for their families.”

Simon graduated from Georgetown University’s law school before beginning a life of public service. She has worked for the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, as an assistant state’s attorney in Jackson County and as a law professor at Southern Illinois University. The daughter of past U.S. Senator Paul Simon, she also served on the Carbondale City Council for four years before being elected lieutenant governor.

Pottawatomie Golf Course recognized for environmental excellence

St. Charles—Pottawatomie Golf Course retained its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) for Golf Courses and Audubon International program.

To reach certification, course personnel demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in: environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation, and water quality management.

Twenty years after its creation, the ACSP continues to promote ecologically sound land management and conservation of natural resources of golf courses. Results of a recent survey to measure environmental outcomes of the ACSP provide strong support for the program’s effectiveness. Queried on a number of environmental management practices, ACSP members report improvements in wildlife habitat and water quality protection and conservation.

Pottawatomie Golf Course is one of 816 courses in the world to receive the honor, not only because of the environmental achievements of this course, but because of the model that it now represents to its surrounding community. It helps tell the story that good environmental stewardship is good business and leads to more sustainable communities.

Visit www.auduboninternational.org. For more information on golf and the environment, visit www.golfandenvironment.com.

Golf for Good

ST. CHARLES—How would you like a day on the golf course with a chance to win a 2011 Harley Davidson with a hole-in-one? What about a week at a luxurious island home? How about a fun-filled evening for a good cause? Any or all of these could be yours if you attend the “Golf for Good” benefit event to be held Monday, May 16, at the Royal Fox Country Club in St. Charles.

Lazarus House and the St. Charles Kiwanis are combining efforts for this spring fundraiser. Tickets are $140 per golfer for RSVPs received by April 1, or $150 for RSVPs received by May 1. Evening-only (dinner and auction) tickets are available for $40. To RSVP, contact Michael at (630) 624-0229. Donations to the event are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Lazarus House and St. Charles Kiwanis Foundation are both 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.

A week’s stay at a beautiful five-bedroom Captiva Island home is one of the fabulous auction items available for bid. Take a sneak peek by going to www.lazarushouseonline.com. Other auction items include unique furniture, sports and outdoor goods. More items are still coming in. If you have an item to donate, please call Lazarus House Volunteer and Event Coordinator Donna Bauer at (630) 587-2144. To learn about the wide array of sponsorship opportunities, call Brian Ducey at (224) 678-8838.

“We are excited to partner with the Kiwanis on this spring event,” said Lazarus House Executive Director Liz Eakins. “They have been such a great partner to us, especially in meeting the needs of children at our shelter, and we are looking forward to raising funds with them. They are helping us tremendously by taking on a great deal of the work and risk of this event while sharing profits with us.”

IRS announces new effort to help struggling taxpayers get fresh start

Changes made to lien process
Washington—In its latest effort to help struggling taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service announced a series of new steps to help people get a fresh start with their tax liabilities.

The goal is to help individuals and small businesses meet their tax obligations without adding unnecessary burden to taxpayers. Specifically, the IRS is announcing new policies and programs to help taxpayers pay back taxes and avoid tax liens.

“We are making fundamental changes to our lien system and other collection tools that will help taxpayers and give them a fresh start,” IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said. “These steps are good for people facing tough times, and they reflect a responsible approach for the tax system.”

Important changes to IRS lien filing practices will lessen the negative impact on taxpayers. The changes include significantly increasing the dollar threshold when liens are generally issued, resulting in fewer tax liens; making it easier for taxpayers to obtain lien withdrawals after paying a tax bill; withdrawing liens in most cases where a taxpayer enters into a Direct Debit Installment Agreement; creating easier access to Installment Agreements for more struggling small businesses; and expanding a streamlined Offer in Compromise program to cover more taxpayers.

“These steps are in the best interest of both taxpayers and the tax system,” Shulman said. “People will have a better chance to stay current on their taxes and keep their financial house in order. We all benefit if that happens.”

This is another in a series of steps to help struggling taxpayers. In 2008, the IRS announced lien relief for people trying to refinance or sell a home. In 2009, the IRS added new flexibility for taxpayers facing payment or collection problems. And last year, the IRS held about 1,000 special open houses to help small businesses and individuals resolve tax issues with the Agency.

Tax lien thresholds increased
The IRS will significantly increase the dollar thresholds when liens are generally filed. The new dollar amount is in keeping with inflationary changes since the number was last revised. Currently, liens are automatically filed at certain dollar levels for people with past-due balances.

The IRS plans to review the results and impact of the lien threshold change in about a year.

A federal tax lien gives the IRS a legal claim to a taxpayer’s property for the amount of an unpaid tax debt. Filing a Notice of Federal Tax Lien is necessary to establish priority rights against certain other creditors. Usually the government is not the only creditor to whom the taxpayer owes money.

A lien informs the public that the U.S. government has a claim against all property, and any rights to property, of the taxpayer. This includes property owned at the time the notice of lien is filed and any acquired thereafter. A lien can affect a taxpayer’s credit rating, so it is critical to arrange the payment of taxes as quickly as possible.

“Raising the lien threshold keeps pace with inflation and makes sense for the tax system,” Shulman said. “These changes mean tens of thousands of people won’t be burdened by liens, and this step will take place without significantly increasing the financial risk to the government.”

Tax lien withdrawals made easier

The IRS will also modify procedures that will make it easier for taxpayers to obtain lien withdrawals.

Liens will now be withdrawn once full payment of taxes is made, if the taxpayer requests it. The IRS has determined that this approach is in the best interest of the government.

In order to speed the withdrawal process, the IRS will also streamline its internal procedures to allow collection personnel to withdraw the liens.

Direct debit installment agreements
and liens changed

The IRS is making other fundamental changes to liens in cases where taxpayers enter into a Direct Debit Installment Agreement (DDIA). For taxpayers with unpaid assessments of $25,000 or less, the IRS will now allow lien withdrawals under several scenarios:
• Lien withdrawals for taxpayers entering into a Direct Debit Installment Agreement.
• The IRS will withdraw a lien if a taxpayer on a regular Installment Agreement converts to a Direct Debit Installment Agreement.
• The IRS will also withdraw liens on existing Direct Debit Installment Agreements upon taxpayer request.

Liens will be withdrawn after a probationary period demonstrating that direct debit payments will be honored.

In addition, this lowers user fees and saves the government money from mailing monthly payment notices. Taxpayers can use the Online Payment Agreement application on www.IRS.gov to set up Direct Debit Installment Agreements.

“We are trying to minimize burden on taxpayers while collecting the proper amount of tax,” Shulman said. “We believe taking away taxpayer burden makes sense when a taxpayer has taken the proactive step of entering a direct debit agreement.”

Installment Agreements made available
to small businesses

The IRS will make streamlined Installment Agreements available to more small businesses. The payment program will raise the dollar limit to allow additional small businesses to participate.

Small businesses with $25,000 or less in unpaid tax can participate. Currently, only small businesses with under $10,000 in liabilities can participate. Small businesses will have 24 months to pay.

The streamlined Installment Agreements will be available for small businesses that file either as an individual or as a business. Small businesses with an unpaid assessment balance greater than $25,000 would qualify for the streamlined Installment Agreement if they pay down the balance to $25,000 or less.

Small businesses will need to enroll in a Direct Debit Installment Agreement to participate.

“Small businesses are an important part of the nation’s economy, and the IRS should help them when we can,” Shulman said, “By expanding payment options, we can help small businesses pay their tax bill while freeing up cash flow to keep funding their operations.”

Offers in Compromise program expanded

The IRS is expanding a new streamlined Offer in Compromise (OIC) program to cover a larger group of struggling taxpayers.

This streamlined OIC is being expanded to allow taxpayers with annual incomes up to $100,000 to participate. In addition, participants must have tax liability of less than $50,000, doubling the current limit of $25,000 or less.

OICs are subject to acceptance based on legal requirements. An offer-in-compromise is an agreement between a taxpayer and the IRS that settles the taxpayer’s tax liabilities for less than the full amount owed. Generally, an offer will not be accepted if the IRS believes that the liability can be paid in full as a lump sum or through a payment agreement. The IRS looks at the taxpayer’s income and assets to make a determination regarding the taxpayer’s ability to pay.

2011 Sherry Costello Memorial Scholarship

ST. CHARLES—The St. Charles Mothers’ Club is now taking applications for the 2011 Sherry Costello Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship provides money to women who are currently earning college degrees to better support their families. The number of awards and amounts vary each year based on the availability of funds and the applicant pool. Scholarships will be paid directly to the recipient’s university or college for educational expenses. Awards are based on need and academic merit.

Eligibility requirements include women with dependent children, financial need, residency in St. Charles or surrounding communities in the Fox Valley area, and the applicant must be enrolled in a degree program.

For an application form, visit www.stcharlesmothersclub.org Completed applications must be received by April 1, 2011.

Sen. Lauzen, Republicans unveil budget plan

SPRINGFIELD—Senator Chris Lauzen and Senate Republicans this week unveiled a series of spending cuts and revenue adjustments that they say would put Illinois on firm financial footing and allow the roll back of the 67 percent income tax increase enacted during the lame-duck legislative session in January.

“Last week, we laid out the disastrous financial path that Illinois will face if we follow the governor’s spending plan. We pointed out that without significant changes, Illinois is on target to accumulate a $22 billion deficit in five years, even after the staggering tax increase,” Senator Chris Lauzen (R-Aurora) said. “No one disputed those numbers.”

“We also said that we would lay out a plan that avoids the budget disaster, brings spending under control and improves the Illinois economy. Today, as promised, we are releasing that plan,” he said.

The GOP caucus determined that $5 billion in spending and revenue changes would allow the state to roll back the full income tax increase and eliminate job-killing business tax hikes that were also enacted in January.

“Our goals are to encourage job creation in the private sector through fewer taxes and less unnecessary regulation, to pay our bills on time, and to balance the state budget without borrowing,” Lauzen said.

Lauzen and the Republican caucus provided a menu of spending cut options and revenue adjustments that totaled $6.7 billion per year. Besides cutting items designated as waste like state planes, cell phones and state automobiles, the plan says that program modifications will be necessary in state pensions and Medicaid eligibility. Lauzen said at least $4 billion would be needed to bring the budget into line by the time the temporary tax hike is set to expire, and $5 billion would be needed to allow an earlier stepped reduction in the tax increase.

“It is obvious to the great majority of people I serve that government has a spending addiction. Passing the tax increase or borrowing more is like serving another bottle of whiskey. We must substantially cut back our spending appetite,” Lauzen said.

Career Center announces students of the month

Kaneland—The Fox Valley Career Center announced its students of the month for February.

Kaneland students earning the distinction include Cory Clausen, Game Programming and Technologies; Ashley Cottier, Early Childhood I; and Kevin Mendoza, Electrician II.

Fox Valley Career Center recognizes students of the month throughout the school year. In order to receive the honor, students are selected by their program instructors.

State provides new info to help make better decisions about health care providers

Springfield—Illinoisans are now able to find more information that can help them decide where to go for medical care. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold recently announced several updates to the Hospital Report Card and Consumer Guide to Health Care Web site, including new information about hospital acquired infection prevention and control, staffing and rates of newborn breastfeeding in hospitals.

“It is vital that consumers have a solid understanding about the quality of health care they will receive at a hospital or health care provider. If consumers are informed, they will be able to ask questions of their health care providers to receive the best health care possible,” said Dr. Arnold. “The Hospital Report Card and Consumer Guide to Health Care Web site allows Illinoisans to find average costs for specific medical procedures, nurse staffing levels at hospitals and general quality of care information.”

The Hospital Report Card Act requires all Illinois hospitals to report nurse staffing, infection prevention measures and hospital acquired infections data to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The Consumer Guide to Health Care contains information from hospitals and ambulatory surgical treatment centers about conditions and procedures and shows variation in charges and quality of care. The website includes inpatient and outpatient data with current comparison information related to volume of cases, average charges, mortality rates, complications and hospital associated infections.

The latest additions made to the website include data from 2010 in the following areas:
new infection control staffing data and new breastfeeding data.

The Infection Control Staffing measures now available on the website show the number of infection prevention and control staff for every 100 authorized hospital beds. Healthcare associated infections are becoming an increasingly important focus for quality improvement initiatives. All hospitals in Illinois are required to have an infection prevention and control program. Infection prevention programs and staff are essential in reducing the number of infections acquired during a hospital stay and providing expertise in disease transmission and prevention. These new data supplement the information on central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) already provided on the report card.

The report card also now features the percentage of newborn infants who are breastfeeding upon discharge from the hospital. Breast milk contains antibodies that can protect infants from bacterial and viral infections, and breastfed infants are at lower risk of certain chronic diseases, including diabetes, obesity and asthma. Research shows that women who breastfeed may also have lower risk of some health problems, including certain breast and ovarian cancers, obesity and diabetes. IDPH encourages consumers to ask their hospital if they have a specially trained breast feeding consultant or if their maternal/child nursing staff is trained to offer help with breast feeding.

In addition, the website now includes a link to a preliminary release of the new Illinois Public Health Map. The Illinois Public Health Map feature provides the public with information about the quality of health and health care in communities, and highlights socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities that may exist.

The site also offers hospitals and surgical treatment centers the opportunity to identify quality and safety improvements by comparing information with other facilities. The site will continue to be routinely updated with the most recent data available.