Thomas ‘Tom’ H. Binge

Thomas “Tom” H. Binge, 60, of Kaneville, passed away in the peace, love and prayers of his family on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. He is now free of the chains of cancer that bound him, and his spirit now lives on in Heaven.

He was born June 28, 1952, in Massillon, Ohio, the son of Harold and Ilene (Wright) Binge.

Tom grew up in Massillon and attended local schools before transferring to Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind., for his high school years. While at Culver, Tom was a member of the Black Horse Troop and marched in the 1968 Inaugural parade in Washington, D.C.

Following his graduation in 1970, Tom continued his education at Texas Christian University and Kent State University. He also completed a course at a ferrier school, where he learned to shoe horses.

Tom was united in marriage to Rose Amy in 1975. Their family grew to include a son and a daughter before Tom and Rose parted in the late 1980s. He was blessed to meet Cher Deckard in 1991. They were married in 1994 and made their home in Kaneville.

After he finished his education, Tom found work at a horse farm in Ohio for a short time before moving to California, where he worked as a manager for Kinney Shoes. He eventually returned to his first love—horses—and worked for R.J. Singer, who owned a polo pony farm. When the entire operation relocated to Kane County, Tom and his growing family moved to Illinois. He continued to work on the grounds of the polo farm for three years before beginning a 34-year career with the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union No. 501. Tom was also life-long member of the Sugar Grove American Legion Post No. 1271.

Tom was a man with a thousand talents. A lover of animals, he had a special connection to animals of all sizes, but especially with the equine variety. He was a true horse whisperer and could ride a horse backwards faster and better than most could ride forward.

Tom loved his vegetable garden and was proud to share it with friends and family. Many times, he’d just brush off the dirt and have a snack right there in his own backyard.

He also enjoyed playing Frisbee, woodworking and making candles. When it came to music, Tom’s heart beat for his beloved Beatles and other classic rock icons. Tom loved to drum along with the music.

Tom had a gift for painting houses, finishing his own in only a few days, (a feat he accomplished many times throughout his life, including the days following his diagnosis). His love for boating was developed in childhood when he spent his summers lakeside in both Ohio and Canada.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 21 years, Cher; two children, Christy (Brandon) Kline and their children, Casey, Jacob and Tanner, and Richard Thomas (Liz) Binge and their children, Tyler, Alex and Emma; one sister, Diane Binge Kirkwood; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a community of friends who will never forget him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Ilene Binge; and one brother, James Binge.

Visitation was held on Sunday at Conley Funeral Home. A funeral to celebrate his life was held Monday at the funeral home. Interment took place at Kaneville Cemetery in Kaneville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial checks may be made to the “Fox Valley Wildlife Center” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 385, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to

John Gregory Kimpan Sr.

John Gregory Kimpan Sr., 75, of Oswego, Ill., passed away Jan. 11, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family after a long bout with cancer. He was born Oct. 3, 1937, in Aurora to George and Mary Kimpan.

John grew up in Kaneville and Elburn, and graduated from Elburn High School in 1955. He was united in marriage to the former Jodeen Adair on Aug. 22, 1959, and they spent 53 happy years together.

John served as a reserve in the United States Army and was a member of the National Guard for eight years. He farmed for all of his life until his retirement. After retiring, he enjoyed his grandchildren, antique engines, tractors and hunting on his farm in Paris, Ill. He became a member of the Sandwich Early Day Engine Club in 1993, serving as treasurer for the last six years.

He is survived by his wife, Jodeen; son, John Jr. (Betsey) and their daughters, Jennifer and Jillian, of Oswego; daughters, Jeanette (Doug) Jorgensen and their sons, Jakob, Troy and Shane, of Elburn; Jessica (Jerry) Bannister of Oswego; Julie (Gary) Gavin and children, Jodeen, Joshua and James, of Somonauk; siblings, Larry (Shirley) Kimpan of Hinckley; Joan Boston of Aurora; and many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; grandsons, John III and Joseph; siblings, George, Sylvia and Deanna.

According to John’s wishes, his body was donated to science. The family will have a memorial service at a later date.

Mildred Rose Schieve

Mildred Rose Schieve, 89, passed away peacefully on Jan. 7, 2013, at Michaelson Health Center in Batavia.

Mildred is survived by her children, Richard (Milly) Schieve of Elburn and Bonnine (Joseph) Falcey of West Collingswood, N.J.; grandchildren, Richard Nathan (Amber) Schieve of Madison, Wis., Christine Schieve of Elburn, Michael Falcey, of West Collingwood, N.J., and Lauren Falcey of Mount Royal, N.J.; great-grandchildren, Liam Richard Schieve of Madison, and Madeline Schultz, of Mount Royal.

Mildred is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Schieve, and her parents, Frank and Rose Traxl.

Karen Sunderlage

Karen Sunderlage, 63, of Genoa, Ill., passed away surrounded by the love of her family on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, after a long-fought battle with cancer.

She was born Oct. 16, 1949, in Aurora, the daughter of Harley and Marilyn Strobert.

Karen attended local schools as a young girl before attending West Aurora High School. She graduated with the class of 1967. As a young woman, she was a longtime member of the Quivera Club in Elburn.

In the early 1970s, Karen won the heart of Robert Lucas. In May of 1971, Karen welcomed Brett, the first of her four children, into her life. After some time, Karen and Robert grew apart.

After her marriage to Bob, Karen left her parents’ home in Aurora. In 1969, she moved to Elburn where she lived until the early 1980s. Karen later moved to Genoa, where she settled in and made her home.

Karen was one of the lucky ones who had a second chance at love. Karen and Jerry Sunderlage were married in 1984. Over the next three years, they welcomed Zachary, Hailey and Kelsey into their families.

Although Karen loved all types of music, Elvis stole her heart. She could sing along to every Elvis song there was. She made numerous trips to Memphis and visited Graceland countless times with her “Memphis Buddies,” Carol and Linda. Karen’s most meaningful trip to Memphis was with her daughter and granddaughter. Even though she struggled to get around, Karen persevered and took the tour with her family, singing and dancing along the way.

Karen always had a sense of fashion and enjoyed shopping to pass time. She was always willing to extend a helping hand to those in need, even without being asked. Her children and grandchildren meant the world to her. She always was each child’s personal cheering section at any of their sporting events, even practice.

Whenever there was a gathering, Karen was the life of the party. She loved to make people laugh and have a good time. Some of her pastimes included crafts, decorating and reading, usually while enjoying her favorite snack: Coca-Cola and Cheetos. Although Karen was vocal about what she thought, she was always a better listener.

She is survived by her four children, Brett Lucas, Zachary Sunderlage, Hailey Sunderlage and Kelsey Sunderlage; five grandchildren, Brooklynn, Makenna, Kash, Braedyn and Daemon; her mother, Marilyn Strobert; two brothers, David (Andrea) Strobert and Richard Strobert; three sisters, Vickie (Mark) Rupprecht, Barbara (Peter) Schafer and Denise Brown; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father, Harley Strobert.

The family will host a private memorial service at a later date.

A memorial has been established in their name to benefit The American Cancer Society: Checks may be made to the “American Cancer Society” 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

Editorial: Editorial writing vs news writing, and our view on what is ‘progress’

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At the beginning of this year, we wrote a story in which we talked to various Elburn village officials to find out their views and thoughts on the upcoming year (see “Elburn looks ahead to the new year” in the Jan. 3 edition of the Elburn Herald, or find it online at

In that story, they talked about the potential Elburn Station development, the potential Anderson Road bridge project and the village’s overall financial struggles.

In addition, they shared their views of the general business climate in the village.

Village President Dave Anderson pointed to a number of things that made him feel as if there were signs that the local economy is beginning to turn around. He listed a handful of examples that led him to that perception: expansion at Schmidt’s Towne Tap and Bob Jass, the pending opening of a pancake house, and the pending sale and change of the Northside Pub.

“These are all positives for the village,” Anderson was quoted as saying in our story. “Businesses have indicated they like it here, and they believe Elburn is headed in the right direction. They’re an integral part of it.”

Those two paragraphs sparked a piece of feedback that we feel warrants a clarification. The feedback (viewable on our website), states that the Elburn Herald should be ashamed to say that the closure and sale of a local business is “progress.”

We want to make two things clear: we did not state the opinion that we view the business’ closure as “progress,” and at no point did we state our opinion in that story. The simple reason is: that was a news story, and in news stories, we report the facts and opinions held by others, and keep our opinions to ourselves. We do not inject our opinions into our news coverage; we do not allow any staff member’s view to influence what stories are written, nor how those stories are written.

We simply try to seek facts and report what we find out. If someone else shares their opinion, we will report what they tell us.

Our printed opinion is reserved for this space—the editorial (and in the occasional column when it is clearly labeled as such). Anything we write in the paper outside of the editorial and occasional column is us reporting on the views, statements and facts that we find as our team finds them.

So, to be clear: we do not view the closure of the Northside Pub as an example of “progress” in the village. Incidentally, we don’t believe that was what Village President Dave Anderson was trying to say, either, but that is beside the point.

Our view on the issue is that we feel the Northside Pub owners and staff are the victims of the unresolved parking lot issue that has been going on for months in downtown Elburn (see “Church parking lot issue remains unresolved” in the Jan. 10 edition, or find it online).

As former neighbors of the Northside Pub, we know well how much harm the parking lot closure caused. We saw the initial worry turn to actual fear, then turn into tears.

This is not progress, nor a positive for the village.

Anytime a small business closes its doors for good, it is a loss for the entire community. It represents jobs lost, opportunity taken away. It means someone’s, or a group of someones’, livelihood is gone, and their lives forever changed.

We are sad at the news that the Northside Pub will soon be gone, and our sadness is nearly matched by our frustration that this turn of events did not have to happen.

See next week’s editorial for our take on the downtown parking lot situation.

Community Corner: The value of music education

by Denise Blaszynski
President, Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters

When I was asked to write a column for the Elburn Herald promoting the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters, I was thrilled. However, I had no idea where to begin.

My problem wasn’t that I was lacking ideas—I had too many. I wanted to mention that director Steven Spielberg, musician Lenny Kravitz, basketball star Vince Carter and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Allan Greenspan were once members of a high school marching band or choir. I’d reference studies that show children who receive music education score higher on standardized tests than their peers who don’t.

Study after study confirmed my belief—schools that cut arts programs end up spending more money on education while their test scores decrease. How could I tie the value of music education for our children to what the Performing Arts Boosters hope to accomplish?

Annually, Kaneland District officials are faced with maintaining a balanced budget while providing quality education for our students. Illinois is in poor shape financially, and ultimately it’s the students who are paying the price. Money that could be spent on music and art just isn’t there.

Of the approximately 1,100 students enrolled at Harter Middle School (HMS) this year, 298 are enrolled in chorus and 243 in band, with many students participating in both. At Kaneland High School (KHS), enrollment is over 1,300 with 117 participating in band and 154 in choir.

Area school districts are partnering with booster organizations to help supplement music program expenditures through fundraising endeavors. This year, the Performing Arts Boosters provided a catered meal for the KHS Marching Knights who participated in a state-wide marching band championship; purchased a music cabinet for the middle school choir room; and provided additional funds for recording equipment for the high school choir.

The HMS Mattina Brass ensemble will perform at three Chicago sporting events with the cost of tickets paid by the boosters. Currently, planning is underway for “A Knight of Performances” barbecue dinner, which will be held on Saturday, March 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the middle school, and will include choir, band and theatre student performances and a basket raffle to raise money for the ever-growing directors’ wish lists.

As the boosters continue to grow, keep in mind that every time you support a music student, you are not only contributing to the music and theatre programs, but to the district as well. You might even help to further the dreams of a future celebrity.

Publisher’s note
The above community-submitted column is one part of our broader mission to help our readers connect with their communities. If you or your organization would like to be part of our Community Corner initiative, please contact Editor Keith Beebe at Please note that no for-profit or elected officials are eligible to be part of the Community Corner.

Letter: An unarmed America is an America at risk

In response to the Letter to the Editor dated Jan. 3, does the person who wrote that letter understand there are rules in the state of Illinois? You must have a Firearms Owner’s Identification (FOID) card that has your picture and information on it that matches your driver’s license. Without the FOID card, you cannot purchase any firearm or ammunition.

If the author of that letter feels hard-working, law-abiding, tax-paying, ex-military patriots are “macho,” then I say thank you for the compliment.

Did you know the law in Illinois says you cannot have any more than three shells in a shotgun or a rifle? Hand guns hold a six-shot capacity.

There are many shooting clubs in Illinois and throughout the United States, some very close in proximity to Sugar Grove. Safety is stressed to the limit.

What you don’t seem to understand is that legal gun ownership is not the problem. The Second Amendment to the Constitution protects all legal gun owners. An unarmed America is an America at risk.

Willis Johnsen
Sugar Grove

Letter: Profitable American Legion is good for Sugar Grove

Two things became extremely clear at the Sugar Grove Village Board meeting on Jan. 8. The first is that the community is completely divided on the issue of legalized video gaming in Sugar Grove. One side believes that property values will plummet, gambling addiction will skyrocket and Sugar Grove will become the next Las Vegas.

The other side believes that a business-friendly community should level the playing field and allow businesses to compete fairly with businesses in the surrounding communities. I believe that no amount of debate is going to change the minds of either side. It is, was, and always will be a divisive issue. I’m willing to leave it at that.

The business in Sugar Grove that needs the playing field leveled is the American Legion Post. They cannot compete with the establishments in the surrounding communities that already have video gaming. So, until at least April, the Village Board has made it possible for the Legion to compete by allowing video gaming, pending the outcome of the advisory referendum, which will be on the ballot in the April 9 election.

The local people who spoke out against this action all prefaced their comments by stating that they support the American Legion. That is the second thing that became clear: we all support the Legion.

I am confident that each and every local pastor who spoke at the meeting will make sure on April 9 that their congregations are getting out the vote to take away the Legion’s right to fairly compete. If, as they all stated, they support the Legion, then they must support the Legion. I challenge each of them to encourage their members to join the Legion, attend the dinners or make a donation to keep our American Legion Post a healthy and vibrant part of our community. The Legion is not just another bar or club. The Legion members are active in the community and support numerous local activities and charitable causes. I cannot for the life of me see how a prosperous and profitable American Legion Post is bad for Sugar Grove.

For information about joining or making a tax deductible donation to the Sugar Grove American Legion, call (630) 466-9700. The Legion is a 501C 19 charitable organization.

Louise Coffman
Sugar Grove

Girls hoops run over Redskin rival

Photo: Brooke Harner (22) passes out of a crowd to teammate Vanessa Gould (14) in the first quarter against Morris on Tuesday evening. Photo by Patti Wilk

Second-half explosion neutralizes previous
loss to Ottawa

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Tuesday evening in Maple Park was exhibit “A” on how fortunes can change on a dime.

Kaneland and Morris met for the first time since their meeting in the Ottawa Holiday Tournament in late December, and were embroiled in a hotly contested Northern Illinois Big XII outing that saw the visitors up 26-25 at halftime.

Five steals and three three-point plays began the third quarter and shifted the contest into Kaneland’s favor as it outscored the Redskins 27-6 in the third, on the way to a 65-32 shellacking.

The win did its part to take the sting off of a 50-30 loss to host Ottawa on Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Knights are now 12-7 and 4-3 in the Northern Illinois Big XII.

Vanessa Gould hit a basket on a putback, and Emma Bradford hit a foul shot to give Kaneland a 12-9 lead over Morris with 1:08 to go in the first until Morris launched a three-pointer with 42.1 left to tie the score at 12. The first quarter ended with the same score.

Morris withstood baskets by Brooke Harner (career-high 15 points) and a three-point play by Sarah Grams to tie it at 23 with 2:33 left in the half.

Bradford hit a basket to give KHS a 25-23 lead before a Morris trifecta with 1:44 to go in the half sent Kaneland down one.

The third quarter began with KHS on a 12-0 run thanks to a three by Aly O’Herron (22 points), a three-point play by Grams, a three-point play by O’Herron and a three-point play by Harner to give KHS a 37-26 lead with 5:45 to go in the frame. A second flurry with two Harner foul shots, a Bradford basket, a Caroline Heimerdinger shot and two more Harner free throws extended the lead to 45-28 with 3:35 to go.

“In the second half, we realized we were a better team than this, and we need to play better,” O’Herron said.

To add an exclamation point on the third-quarter, O’Herron caught an inbound pass with one tick left and nailed another trifecta to give KHS a 52-32 lead after three.

“I was supposed to screen and run across and I saw nobody around me, so I was like, ‘Caroline, here,’ and my eyes lit up,” O’Herron said.

Kaneland forced Morris into a scoreless fourth quarter and an 0-for-9 stretch from the field as the Lady Knights put up 13 more points of their own.

“I think the girls were disappointed in the first half and came out better on defense in the second half,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “They stepped up in the second half. Any time you hold a team to six points in a half at this level, it’s excellent.”

Ashley Prost led the Lady Knights with 10 points against the Ottawa counterparts, but KHS struggled with a 12-for-39 effort from the field, and 6-of-23 from the charity stripe.

KHS was down 17-9 after one and 28-14 at the half. Ottawa was up 36-21 after three before the final frame.

On Friday, Jan. 18, Kaneland faces host Sycamore at 7 p.m.






Knights at hub of victory

Photo: John Pruett executes a leaping lay-up in the fourth quarter of Kaneland’s 65-62 home win against Rochelle on Thursday. Photo by Patti Wilk

Limbrunner, Pruett combine for 40 in NIB-12 win
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Eight out of 10 isn’t bad.

Outside of two setbacks at last month’s Plano Christmas Classic, the Knights don’t have a blemish on the slate since junior guard Drew David saw his way back into the lineup from injury.

The narrative continued on Thursday evening against the visiting Rochelle Hubs, as the Knights staged a 65-62 comeback win.

The win raises KHS prospects to 9-6 (4-1 Northern Illinois Big XII).

“We still have a long way to go offensively. The nice thing about having Drew back is that we are taking care of the ball better. But our consistency needs to improve,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said.

Helped by a 16-for-24 evening at the line, compared to just four tries for the visitors, Kaneland beat its 2012 regional final opponent from a year ago. Matt Limbrunner had a game-high 23 points, to go with teammate John Pruett’s 17. Dan Miller added nine in the win.

The 65 points marks a team-high for 2012-13 thus far, and held up despite Rochelle’s mind-boggling 14 three-pointers. Grant Prusator had a team-high five treys.

Rochelle led 19-14 after one quarter and 40-29 at the end of the first half. Kaneland closed within 51-45 at the end of the third frame before making a 20-11 run spanning the fourth quarter.

Kaneland hopes the effort shows on the court in this second half of the season.

“The boys are buying into our defensive philosophy. They also work hard on a consistent basis,” Johnson said.

Kaneland travels to conference crossover adversary LaSalle-Peru on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m.






Wrestlers take down Morris, host Flott

Photo: Junior Zack Russell won the championship in the 160 pound weight class against a Prairie Central opponent. Photo by Patti Wilk

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Fourth time is a charm for local wrestlers.

For the fourth straight season, KHS wrestling was crowned king of its own mat at the Margarett Flott Memorial Tournament held in Maple Park on Saturday.

The Knights also took down Morris in a slim 40-35 encounter on Thursday, raising their dual mark to 13-12.

The Knights’ improvement in 2012-13 is already tangible, with the Kaneland group eclipsing last season’s dual meet mark of 11-12.

“We’re a better tournament team than a dual team, but we did well and we’re down to an important part of the season,” KHS coach Monty Jahns said.

Kaneland’s total of 227 beat Elgin (156), Prairie Central (141), Ottawa (128.5) and Niles North (105) to round out the top five in the 10-team invite.

Connor Williams captured the 120-pound mantle with a 4:12 pinfall over Ottawa rival Christian Boswell. Williams reached the final with a 14-2 major decision over Elgin’s Daniel Easter.

Esai Ponce conquered the 132-pound group with a 6-2 decision over Bradey Weinrich of BC. Ponce reached the final with a 3:11 pin over Prairie Central’s Nick Kauffman.

Sonny Horn won the 138-pound gathering with a 4-1 win over Marian Catholic’s Nick Remke. Horn made the final via 4-2 decision over PC’s Ben Traub.

Kaneland standout Dan Goress captured the 145-pound title with a 3-1 decision over Evan Bahler of PC, after a 15-1 major decision over Larkin’s Alex Duran.

Zack Russell staked the 160-pound claim by 5:35 pinfall over PC’s Jake Adams. Russell made the final by 6-5 win over Niles North Calvin Rosenburgh.

Zack Theis captured the heavyweight final with victories over Alex Vara of Ottawa (1:20) and Grant Ricketts of PC (1:30). Teammate Justin Diddell had a 9-2 victory over Ottawa’s Sean Taulbee in the same bracket.

113-pound asset Stephen Gust made it to the finals of his bracket by a technical fall over Ottawa’s Alex Brown before dropping a 3:50 fall to Zachery McCullough in the final.

At 126 pounds, Dane Goodenough beat Burlington Central’s Michael Metz in :57 before losing in the final to Larkin’s Duke Bogicevic by 6-2 count.

At 220 pounds, Nick Sharp made it to the finals with a :49 pinfall of PC’s Cody Parks before dropping the final to Ottawa’s cornerstone Cyrano Rayfield in 5:15.

At 106 pounds, Knight Adam Mish defeated Jacob Meyers of Rochelle by 6-5 decision to secure third place.

At 152 pounds, Austin Parks made it to the third-place match with an overtime win over BC’s Brad Roberts before losing to Niles North’s Stephen Heilman by 3:05 pinfall to finish fourth.

Against Morris, Mish won via pin in 1:30, Gust took a 5-0 win over Jake Crowther and Goodenough won a 5-3 decision over AJ Vota.

Kaneland’s David Barnhart won a :24 pin in his 132-pound encounter, and Horn’s 12-2 major decision also helped the KHS effort.

Dan Goress, at 152 pounds, beat Andrew Olson in 1:44, while Parks also managed a 3:35 pinfall over Kyle Abney.

Theis also earned a 2:52 pinfall over Morris’ Dalton Ness in the win for heavyweight supremacy.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, the eyes of the NIB-12 wrestling landscape will be in Sycamore for the conference meet.

“They just have to push themselves,” Jahns said. “We need to focus on every meet and every match like it’s our last.”





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Invitational. Photo by Patti Wilk

Lady Knights drop pair of matches

KANELAND—The KHS bowling team dropped a pair of matches this week, both by narrow margins.

Kaneland hosted fellow Northern Illinois Big XII outfit Ottawa in DeKalb, and after Tuesday’s loss at Rochelle on Tuesday, fell to 1-7 on the dual campaign tour.

Against Ottawa, Kaneland suffered through a slim 2,803-2,757 setback on the lanes.

Ottawa’s best individual series was a 603 total. Kaneland was lifted by Angela Charhut at 508. Amanda Strayve added a 487.

Teammate Morgan Wojciechowski added a 484 series of her own.

Charhut had the team-high game effort of 224, while Wojciechowski supplied a 172 for second-best.

In JV action, Ottawa bested KHS by a 2,437-2,102 score. Dominique Lee had a team-best 393 series.

Kaneland came out with a game-one victory at Rochelle on Tuesday, 938-894, before dropping the next two games and the match overall, 2,715-2,688.

Ellissa Eckert notched the Kaneland high game with a 168 in game two. Wojciechowski put up the team’s high series with a 482.

Kaneland’s JV squad posted a victory at Rochelle, 2,059-1,859. The team swept all three games, led by Karizza Sotelo’s high game of 172 and Dominique Lee’s high series of 419.

On Thursday,. Jan. 17, the Lady Knights face host Illinois Math and Science Academy, with a 4:15 p.m. start.

Kaneland Youth Soccer spring registration deadline nears

Elburn—The Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization (KYSO) is taking registrations for spring recreational soccer through Wednesday, Jan 30, at

The spring season includes six games running from April 13 until May 18. All games and practices are held at the KYSO fields, next to Kaneland High School in Maple Park.

Registration is open to boys and girls ages 4-17. Registration fees are $85 for the first child, $65 for each additional child, and include a soccer jersey, shorts, socks, end-of-season trophies and certified referees. A refundable $20 volunteer fee is added to the first child’s registration to help offset league costs. Refunds are available by coaching, participating on the KYSO Board, or helping with various roles during the season. Email for details.

KYSO also provides a TOPSoccer program for players with special needs. TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a national soccer program created to train young people with disabilities in a caring coaching environment. The program is generally carried out by volunteers at the local level, with financial support from US Youth Soccer and local youth soccer organization such as KYSO.

About KYSO
KYSO provides Big Rock, Elburn, Hinckley, Kaneville, Maple Park, Sugar Grove and Virgil youth with recreational soccer opportunities. KYSO has approximately 50 recreational soccer teams for boys and girls ages 4-14 (U5-U14). KYSO recreational program teaches soccer through the use of smaller teams and fields, maximizing participation by all. The program also allows young players to learn and enjoy soccer in a positive and fun environment, usually in their own community with the same children with whom they go to school.

For the player who is primarily interested in fun, fitness and friendship, KYSO provides a healthy activity through its recreational and small-sided games program. This program emphasizes fun and de-emphasizes winning at all costs. Every child is guaranteed playing time, and the game is taught in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.

Nomination deadline for Chiefs’ Athletic Hall of Fame approaches

Sugar Grove—The deadline for nominations to Waubonsee Community College’s Athletic Hall of Fame is quickly approaching. Individuals or groups can be nominated for the 2013 class of inductees until Feb. 1.

Hall of Fame selections will be announced the week of April 8, and inductees will be honored at the school’s year-ending Athletic Banquet on May 9, 2013. Nomination forms are available online at or through Waubonsee’s Athletic Office on the college’s Sugar Grove campus.

Inductees will be determined by a selection committee representing Waubonsee’s staff, administration and former Waubonsee student-athletes.

Nominated athletes must be five years removed from competing for Waubonsee. Nominees will fall into one of five categories: administrators, faculty and staff; athletes; coaches; community supporters; and specific teams. Criteria for induction varies based on the category of nominee, but includes involvement in sports, dedication to Waubonsee, athletic successes, years at Waubonsee, and contributions to the community or career accomplishments earned after leaving Waubonsee.

For more information, please contact the Waubonsee Athletic Department at (630) 466-2524.

EEI presents overview of FPA update

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Jason Freeman of Engineering Enterprises, Inc. attended Monday’s Elburn Village Board meeting to give trustees an overview of EEI’s plan for updating the Facilities Planning Area, focusing on the sanitary sewer system.

The first step will be for the village to identify the boundaries for the infrastructure plan, based on the best estimate for where future development might occur, as well as which areas would be the most cost-effective to serve. The initial proposed boundaries—Beith Road on the north, Main Street Road on the south, Harley Road on the east and Francis Road on the west—were determined by the current 1.5 mile planning area from current corporate village limits, as well as a combination of natural boundaries, roads, and existing governmental boundaries.

Village President Dave Anderson said that the village will need to adjust at least part of the western boundary out to Meredith Road in order to accommodate Kaneland schools.

Freeman emphasized that the village will want to take advantage of gravity in the plan wherever possible to reduce the need for additional lift stations. The current system has sanitary sewers ranging in size from 6 to 24 inches, and includes five lift stations.

Trustees will provide their comments to Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven by Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Don’t delay, test for radon today

KANE COUNTY—January is National Radon Action Month, and the Kane County Health Department, in conjunction with the Kane County Healthy Places Coalition, recommends that now is a good time to test your home for the presence of radon. Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium and is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the world, along with smoking and secondhand smoke.

Rocks and soil can contain uranium. Radon gas can enter through cracks in homes/buildings/schools and expose people to the radiation. Because of the geology in the Midwestern United States, homes in Kane County have the potential for higher levels of radon.

The Health Department’s Community Health Improvement Plan targets chronic diseases such as cancer, and the department recommends that all homes in Kane County be tested for radon. Testing kits are available for $15 from the Kane County Health Department and Kane County Development Office. This cost includes the kit, cost of mailing to a certified lab for analysis, and results. Kits are available at these locations:

• Aurora Health Department Office, 1240 N. Highland Ave., Suite 5, Aurora, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Kane County Development Office, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Elgin Health Department Office, 1750 Grandstand Place, Suite 2, Elgin, Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to noon

Test kits also are available at most local hardware stores.
More information and resources about radon is available on the Health Department’s website,

Winter 2012 statistics

CHAMPAIGN, ILL.—The year 2012 will long be remembered for a drought and exceptionally warm temperatures. While the data for December are still preliminary, 2012 was the second-warmest and 10th-driest year on record for Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois.

The statewide average temperature for 2012 was 55.5 degrees, 3.3 degrees above normal and the second-warmest year on record for Illinois. The warmest year was 1921 with 55.6 degrees. It was the much-warmer-than-normal temperatures in January–May, July and December that caused 2012 to be ranked so highly.

The statewide average precipitation for 2012 was 30.4 inches, 9.8 inches below normal. Much of the shortfall was the result of significantly below-normal precipitation in May–July and November.

December was mild, with the statewide average of 35.8 degree, 5.9 degrees above normal and the 13th-warmest December on record. The statewide average precipitation was 2.3 inches, just .4 inches below normal.

“Winter is our driest time of year in Illinois,” Angel said. “The normal precipitation for January and February is just over 2 inches for each month. Even March is not much wetter at 3 inches. That adds up to 7 inches for those three months combined. It would take more than double of that amount to erase the deficits accumulated in 2012.”

Adult Literacy Project seeks volunteer tutors

AURORA—Waubonsee Community College’s Adult Literacy Project is seeking volunteers to tutor adult students in reading, writing and speaking English, as well as math and other basic skills. All training and materials are free.

Located at the college’s Aurora Campus, 18 S. River St. in Aurora, the Adult Literacy Project will offer a tutor training program that meets Saturdays, Jan. 19 and Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Prospective tutors must complete both sessions before working with adults one-on-one or in a classroom environment.

Tutor applications are available online at or by calling (630) 801-7900, ext. 4221.

Elburn teen to compete in Springfield talent show

SPRINGFIELD—Nicole DiSandro, 14, of Elburn, will compete on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Official Talent Contest State Competition in Springfield. She was named the first-place winner in the Kane County Fair Talent Contest, Junior Division, in July 2012, for her performance of the theatrical vocal solo “Gimme Gimme” from “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” DiSandro received a $200 first-place prize.

SG’s Davis receives SMSU scholarship

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO.—Lane Davis of Sugar Grove recently received the Midwest Achievement Award and Residence Life Leadership Award to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2013-14 academic year.

Davis will graduate with Kaneland High School’s class of 2013. He is the son of Missy and Bryan Williams of Sugar Grove, Ill., and Chad and Jaime Davis of Sycamore, Ill.

Elburn to unveil preliminary Land Use Plan draft

ELBURN—The village of Elburn will unveil the preliminary draft of its Land Use Plan to the public from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Lions Park, 500 S. Filmore St. in Elburn.

The plan will provide an update to the recommendations in the previous Land Use Plan and Development Guide, which was completed in 1990. The plan outlines a vision for the village, providing a framework for the preservation and enhancement of community assets, and a guide for future growth and development.

During the two-hour open house, attendees will have the opportunity to review the key recommendations of the plan and provide additional insight and input for consideration.

Everyone in the Elburn community is invited and encouraged to participate in the Land Use Plan open house.

Church parking lot issue remains unresolved

by Cheryl Borrowdale
ELBURN—A parking shortage in downtown Elburn has plagued local businesses and customers since the closure of the Community Congregational Church’s (CCC) 40-space lot on the corner of Shannon and Main streets, and there’s no solution in sight.

The lot, which is owned by the church, was closed last April and put up for sale after being used by the public to park downtown for over 15 years. Nine months later, despite extensive and sometimes acrimonious debate, little progress has been made.

Area businesses have not been able to purchase the lot, and the village has decided not to buy it. Elburn Village President Dave Anderson said that the issue had been so thoroughly canvassed over the past year that there was little left to discuss.

“We represent the taxpayers, and the taxpayers are not going to purchase that lot,” he said. “If we had lots and lots of money, possibly we would be looking at more places to park, but we don’t.”

The parking shortage has affected the bottom line at many downtown businesses. Some of the hardest hit have been downtown Elburn’s bars and restaurants, which attract larger numbers of customers in the evening.

Dick Theobald, owner of Paisano’s Pizza and Grill in downtown Elburn, said that the lack of parking in downtown was driving away potential customers. Paisano’s pick-up business has dropped off as fewer customers come in the door, many of them complaining about the lack of available parking, he said.

“It’s affecting us. It’s huge. It’s such an inconvenience,” Theobald said. “It’s hard to justify whether it’s actually affected the bottom line, but deliveries have been on the increase. In the long run, it costs more to have it delivered.”

Theobald said he understood the village’s position but disagreed with it.

“I don’t think the village is going to budge. They’re not going to buy it. It’s a really tough call,” he said. “I know things are tough, and it’s hard to justify. But in the long run, what hurts the downtown businesses also hurts the village. It’s kind of critical in the long term, and I think it could affect things like tax revenue. If we’re not doing as well as we could, the city isn’t doing as well as it could. In the long run, it affects everybody.”

Joe Smitherman of American Family Insurance said his customers have had to resort to parking in the back, behind the former Elburn Herald office, and that many have complained.

At Ream’s Elburn Market, located just across from the parking lot, business has been less affected. Though Ream’s has relatively few parking spaces of its own, they turn over every 10-15 minutes, which makes it easier to find a space, owner Randy Ream said.

Ream offered to buy the lot from the CCC—the only offer the church has received thus far—last November. Though the church accepted the offer, Ream ultimately withdrew it when he realized he faced zoning issues that increased the expense and the hassle while also restricting his use of the lot.

“I tried to buy it, but the city has a lot of restrictions and regulations, and I’m not really prepared to buy it with those restrictions,” Ream said. “I would have loved to have bought it and put up a nice lit sign.”

Ream wanted to continue using the lot as parking for his customers and for other downtown businesses, yet because the property is zoned B1 and not approved for use as a parking lot, he would have to go through the village’s rezoning process, he said.

The process would require a new owner to apply to the village for a variance to use it as a parking lot, which would have to be passed by the Village Board in an open public meeting, said Elburn Building Commissioner Tom Brennan. To do so, the purchaser would have to put $1,500 into an escrow account to pay for the village attorney’s time, as well as for the cost of reports from outside contractors and engineers.

Ream said that he didn’t have the time to handle rezoning the property during the busy holiday shopping season and that the rezoning would require him to make costly improvements to the lot, such as curbs and drainage.

He also wanted to put up an LED sign to advertise his business on the lot, but because the village has named downtown Elburn a historic sign district, the sizes and types of signs that businesses can use are restricted.

“I really see a big lack of signs in Elburn, especially in the historic sign district,” Ream said. “You look at what Bob Jass has put up—a huge sign, just south of us. I don’t know why we can’t put signs up here. A business without signs is a business without business. Elburn has always wanted some kind of historic district down here, but I don’t think it’s big enough to have a historic district.”

Anderson said that the village’s regulations are typical of any municipality.

“We have our zoning regulations and rules, and as such, depending on what the proposed use is, you have to go through those regulations. If there are variances required, we’d have to have hearings on it. That’s not unusual, no matter what municipality you’re in. In all honesty, none of this is new. It’s not a case where all of a sudden something new has reared its head,” he said.

Though Elburn has been trying to preserve the historic look of the downtown, he said that the board would be willing to consider granting a variance for signs if it would help move the parking issue along.

“I think, in all honesty, this board would be open to anything to see what could be done,” Anderson said.

A group of business owners led by Kevin Schmidt, owner of Schmidt’s Towne Tap, have discussed banding together to buy the lot, but Ream said that the group didn’t have the money. Several business owners expressed frustration that the lot hadn’t remained open while it was for sale or that a leasing agreement hadn’t been reached.

“I don’t know why (the church) can’t negotiate something with the businesses. They could continue to keep it for sale and, in the meantime, keep the lot open,” Theobald said. “If there’s something we could negotiate, I’m more than willing to pay something.”

Yet, keeping the lot open wasn’t an option for the CCC, church moderator Sharon Lackey said, because of maintenance costs and potential liability issues.

“We decided to close it because the Realtor told us that it would help us sell it, and we had some concerns with safety, as well, because in the wintertime the snow and ice make it a skating rink,” Lackey said.

She said that the CCC had repeatedly asked the village and area businesses for help maintaining and financing the lot, but that no one offered until after the lot was closed.

“We had asked a couple years ago for some assistance maintaining the lot, but we didn’t receive any response. (Since the lot closed,) I’ve heard people say that they would be willing to help. I got a phone call from someone saying that they would bring a load of gravel, but I’m not sure that gravel would make much difference,” Lackey said.

Lackey added that the church had looked into leasing the parking lot to area businesses or potentially putting up parking meters to raise revenue, but that doing so would have put the church’s non-profit status at risk.

“The IRS doesn’t see providing public parking as a proper activity for churches, either, so if we were to do that, we would have to start paying taxes on the property and we would lose our tax-exempt status,” Lackey said. “I know there are some people who think we ought to be providing free parking for the businesses. We would rather be doing things like helping the food pantry, and we would like to serve the community by helping people who need help. We don’t really see providing public parking as something that’s a mission for the church. There are some people in the community who are upset with us, and we feel badly about that, but we are trying to serve the community as a church.”

Though the CCC originally was asking $250,000 for the lot, they have reduced the asking price to $199,900.

Lackey said that the church no longer needs the parking and would like to sell the lot in order to raise enough money for a new elevator. The church has several parishioners who cannot climb the stairs to the church’s sanctuary, and although the church has an elevator that was built by Chuck Conley over 30 years ago, changes in Illinois law have forced them to stop using it.

“We had to shut it down, and there’s no way to get into the sanctuary without using stairs one way or another,” Lackey said. “A commercial elevator is a large expense. We were hoping we could sell the parking lot and get an elevator so that people can get into the sanctuary.”

Dave Royer, a CCC member who has been looking into the issue, said that installing a new elevator that meets ADA requirements will cost the church about $100,000, in addition to the cost of required annual hydraulic checks and biannual inspections.

“We looked into a chair lift, but we cannot use one because we don’t have the clearance required,” he said. “And Bruce Conley pointed out to us that some people would rather crawl up on their hands and knees than be embarrassed by having to use a chair lift. The church’s responsibility is to the church, not to provide free parking to local businesses.”

Ream said the parking issue should ultimately be dealt with by the village rather than by private business owners or the church.

“If an individual buys it, they do have control over it, but I know a lot of customers from Napa Auto and the Kountry Kettle and the bars will be there,” he said. “You’ll be supplying parking for the downtown area. Isn’t that the role of the village? You’d have to put in curbs and do snow plowing. Batavia supplies town parking. Geneva supplies town parking. Elburn should supply town parking.”

Anderson disagreed, saying that the village provides on-street parking already, and if businesses needed more, they ought to provide it.

“If you’re going to open a business, it’s your responsibility to provide parking for that business. That’s not just Elburn, it’s everywhere,” he said. “In downtown Geneva, basically, the only lots that they have that the city owns are the ones by the train station. They have the on-street parking obviously, but everything else downtown are privately owned lots.”

Anderson pointed out that the village improved its parking lot on the corner of First and North streets last summer, adding curbstops and sidewalks, expanding the number of spaces and adding handicapped spots. The village also provides 15-minute on-street parking by Paisano’s so that pickup customers “don’t have to drive all over the place,” he said.

Smitherman said that it was time for the parties to come together and compromise.

“I understand where the church is coming from, where it’s a designated church parking lot. But it would be nice if the community could band together, because right now there are parking issues,” Smitherman said. “There’s a throttle on how many people can be downtown at any given time now. Both parties are going to have to compromise to find a solution.”

Village trustees renew Elburn Station development discussion

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Elburn Village Board members on Monday renewed discussions regarding the Elburn Station development.

Village trustees identified their main sticking points with ShoDeen and the development plan. They discussed ways to address concerns that include the density of the development, the ratio of rental units to overall housing, inadequate developer funding toward construction of a footbridge and concerns about the financial viability of the developer.

Although the village still has additional information to gather, its goal is to go back to ShoDeen principal Dave Patzelt with recommendations.

Trustee Ethan Hastert started out the conversation, as he had been the one to suggest they come back to discuss their concerns and how best to deal with them.

“ShoDeen owns that property,” Hastert said. “It makes sense for the village to get the best possible development out of the developer.”

Hastert said he thought there should be a published number of average rental units for a town the size of Elburn, and asked village staff to do the research on the topic.

The current plan for the Elburn Station calls for 800 rental units, many of which had been initially designated as condominiums. This number would create a ratio of 36 percent rental units within the development. The village is currently 84.5 percent owner-occupied and 15.4 percent rental units.

Trustee Bill Grabarek said that he still had concerns about ShoDeen’s financial health, referring back to the company’s loan default on the Tanna Farms Golf Course.

Although Village President Dave Anderson said that the bankers would make that call by deciding whether or not to bond the developer, other trustees were not satisfied with that solution.

Trustee Jeff Walter said he did not want to go through another four-year process to get the promised improvements completed. Four years is how long it took to obtain a response from the bankers holding the bonds on the Blackberry Creek Subdivision regarding improvements left undone by B&B. Elburn has yet to receive that money.

Other trustees suggested that they might place some restrictions on the developers to keep them from starting another phase of the development until the current phase requirements are completed.

“Maybe we can require that the improvements are done, such as roads finished, infrastructure completed, before more units are built,” trustee Ken Anderson said.

Grabarek said he would be happier if some of the rental units were designated as senior housing. He said he would like to see a variety of housing options that would be appropriate for the entire lifetime of a resident “from cradle to grave.”

Although most of the discussion centered around board members’ concerns about the plan, trustee Jerry Schmidt had a different perspective on the matter.

“I have a different mindset than you,” he said. “We need that bridge. The hours that are wasted out here on Route 47 (waiting for a train); we’ve got to get Elburn jump-started.”

The Anderson Road extension and bridge has been tied to the Elburn Station development, with ShoDeen the owner of the property needed for the right-of-way. The extension would be a 2-mile bypass road, around Route 47 through Elburn, that would extend Anderson Road from Keslinger Road to Route 38 and provide a bridge over the railroad tracks.

Approximately $18 million in federal funding was set aside in a 2005 transportation bill to build the bridge, and Kane County officials made building the bridge a priority for the region, providing $3 million of the funding, as well. The Elburn Village Board in October decided to table the vote on Shodeen’s development until the bridge is built.

Schmidt said he wondered how long the federal dollars set aside for the Anderson Road and bridge construction would still be there. Village president Dave Anderson said he would ask someone from the Kane County Transportation Department to come out and give them some input.

The discussion will continue at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, Jan. 14. Anderson said the earliest the board could vote on its recommendations would be at the board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Oswego man arrested for attempted sexual abuse in Sugar Grove

SUGAR GROVE—Jeffery D. Bernard, 51, of the 100 Block of St. George Lane in Oswego, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals on Tuesday. A warrant was issued for Bernard on Dec. 18, 2012, charging him with attempted criminal sexual abuse and battery stemming from an incident that took place last August.

The victim said that Bernard, on Aug. 13, 2012, followed her from her place of employment in Montgomery to a remote area in Sugar Grove. According to the report, Bernard stopped the victim and then made physical contact with her that was of a sexual nature. She was able to get away when another vehicle approached.

Bernard was taken to Kane County Jail, where he was held on $10,000 bail.

Ups, downs define 2012 for Kaneville

by Keith Beebe
KANEVILLE—The year 2012 was a bittersweet one for the Kaneville Village Board.

Despite accomplishing several road improvements and operating debt-free as a village last year, the board’s successes were overshadowed by the loss of Kaneville Village President Bob Rodney to cancer on July 20.

“He was our first elected leader who has formed our local government body to where it is today,” said Interim Village President Rick Peck. “He will be deeply missed by his family and our community.”

Rodney relocated from Bolingbrook, Ill., to Kaneville in 2003, and was named Village President in 2007. Village residents and family members last August stated that Rodney would be remembered for his role in incorporating the village of Kaneville, for serving as its first village president and for his devotion to his family.

Kaneville resident Pat Hill last August said that Rodney was the most thorough person she has ever known.

“We’ll miss his knowledge and his input on things (on the board),” she said.

On a positive note, the Village Board appointed two new members in 2012: Village Clerk Denise Harris and trustee Nick Garifalis. Other village accomplishments in 2012 included the completion of culvert repair work at very little cost to the village and no cost to residents.

“We completed some road repairs that will hopefully give us some more years of use before any major replacements may be needed,” Peck said.

According to Peck, Kaneville will continue to contract with the Kane County Sheriff for patrols.

“Having them, along with the radar signs, has really made a big difference. We are thankful for the partnership with KDOT and the Sherriff,” Peck said.

As for village plans regarding 2013, Peck said the board intends to replace existing sidewalks—many of which are in complete disrepair.

“We are in the beginning steps of this, and we will have to evaluate how to proceed once all the financials have been determined,” Peck said. “This was an important part of our Comprehensive Plan, and we need to continue forward with this. We will continue to look for ways to imporve our community while retaining our rural character.”

SG Village Board approves temporary use of video gaming machines

by Chris Paulus
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Village Hall on Tuesday was host to approximately 55 residents—some local, some from nearby villages—for the Sugar Grove Village Board’s discussion and vote regarding a proposed ordinance to temporarily allow video gaming in the community until the issue is included as a referendum on the April ballot.

The board voted 4-2 to approve temporary use of video gaming, with yes votes coming from trustees Bob Bohler, Rick Montalto, Mari Johnson and David Paluch. Trustees Kevin Geary and Thomas Renk voted no.

If the use of video gaming machines is rejected in the referendum, the license for use of the machines will be revoked.

Several members of the public in attendance spoke about the video gaming issue during comment, with many of the arguing points centered around ethical, moral, religious, political and economic grounds.

“For every dollar the state raises in gambling revenue, it costs the state $3 in social costs. We’re talking increases in bankruptcies, crime, divorce, unemployment, DUIs, foreclosures and, of course, a decrease in property values,” said David Smith, a representative of the Illinois Family Institute. “It’s not good public policy to bring gambling into your community, because what you’re doing is exploiting your own citizens to gain a revenue source.”

Vickie Haddaway, pastor of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, said that the UMC, in general, stands against gambling of any form.

“We feel that there’s already enough places for people to go, and we feel there’s already enough gambling in our state,” she said. “This preys on those who don’t have the resources, and all it does is diminish their capacity to enable themselves to better themselves.”

Some of the speakers in support of the machines spoke from a stance on economy.

“If we don’t level the playing field for the businesses in our community to make them competitive with other businesses that are surrounding our community, then those dollars will go elsewhere,” Sugar Grove resident Felice Coffman said.

Many American Legion members and supporters attended the meeting to support the use of machines.

“It is an equal footing for every business in town. You can’t just throw a protective bubble over Sugar Grove and pretend like our residents aren’t going to gamble—they just won’t gamble here,” said Cliff Barker, chaplain of the Sugar Grove American Legion. “Beer is legal in this town. So are cigarettes and so are lottery tickets. We could be a dry county. We could pass an ordinance. It wouldn’t stop alcohol sales— they’d just go elsewhere.”

Board members during the meeting expressed concern regarding the Sugar Grove American Legion’s economic situation. At the Village Board meeting on Dec. 18, Barker said the Legion would likely be out of money before the April referendum.

“I think we do (the veterans) a disservice when we take the position that to support them, we must immediately support gambling in Sugar Grove,” Sugar Grove resident Barb Nassaf said. “It is also a disservice to the people in Sugar Grove who are scheduled to vote on this topic within months. To open the back door to gambling now would be a slap in the face to the voting process here in Sugar Grove.”

Renk and Geary both said they thought the video gaming decision should wait until the April referendum. Paluch and Montalto, citing concern about the Legion’s economic status, said they hoped the machines would bring in revenue for the Legion.

“We appreciate the comments from both sides—people in favor and against video gambling,” Village President Sean Michels later said. “People are passionate on both sides. However, it’s important to realize that we’re talking about a maximum of $2 per bet. Video gaming is allowed in other towns, so we do need to balance the fact that we’re trying to allow our businesses to be competitive with nearby businesses.”

Back to even

Photo: Kaneland’s Brooke Harner played tough defense against Burlington on Saturday at home. Photo by John DiDonna

Comeback win over Rochelle evens KHS conference mark
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Bouncing back from adversity could be the difference in later games this season, and Kaneland girls basketball put it into practice this past Friday and Saturday as the calendar switched to 2013.

Friday saw a laboring battle against visiting Yorkville, and KHS fell 39-26. Kaneland rebounded on Saturday with a 56-53 win over Burlington Central.

Down five late against visiting Rochelle on Tuesday, the Lady Knights went on a 12-0 run spanning the fourth quarter and overtime in a 54-47 overtime win.

Kaneland now sits at 11-6 (3-3 Northern Illinois Big XII).

KHS shot just 10-for-41 against the Lady Foxes and scored just two points in the third quarter of play.

Aly O’Herron and Emma Bradford paced the Lady Knights with six points each, while Corrine Rowe had a game-high 10 points for YHS.

Yorkville was up 11-8 after one quarter and 22-19 after the first half of play before leaving the third quarter with a 31-21 lead. Yorkville outscored Kaneland 8-5 in the final eight minutes to cinch it.

Against BC, Ashley Prost and Bradford had 12 points each, while Sarah Grams added 10.

Despite shooting just 12-of-46 from the field, the Lady Knights converted 31-of-39 foul shots.

The two squads were tied at 8-8 after one, and Kaneland led 23-18 after a half before BC closed within 32-30 after three. BC sent it to an extra period by outscoring Kaneland 14-12 before KHS outscored the Lady Rockets 12-9 in OT.

Against Rochelle, Kaneland was down 24-22 at halftime. The two squads exchanged baskets until Grams hit two straight and O’Herron stole and converted to tie the score at 30.

Rochelle scored with 1:56 to go to take a two-point lead before Brooke Harner’s offensive putback tied the game with 3.8 left in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Michelle Dobbs of Rochelle hit a bucket and then hit one-of-two foul shots for a 36-32 edge with 4:33 to play. The Lady Hubs hit four of six free throws down the stretch for a 41-36 lead with 47.6 seconds remaining in the game. O’Herron responded by launching a rainbow perimeter attempt that connected with 40.3 to go, making it 41-39. Prost tied the game at 41-41 with a basket converted off a steal with 20.9 to go, and Rochelle missed on two shot attempts near the end.

In the extra four-minute session, Emma Bradford made good on a lay-up, and O’Herron launched a trey for a 46-41 lead with 2:49 left. Prost nailed a pair of free throws to give KHS a 48-41 lead that completed the 12-0 run.

Dobbs hit a bucket and a pair of free throws to close within 48-45 with a minute to play, but a Prost basket, as well as foul shots from O’Herron and Grams, put the contest away after much tension.

“The key to the game was really our composure,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said following the second consecutive OT win. “We got down early. Dobbs is a dynamic scorer, and we wanted to make her work a little bit harder.”

Kaneland plays in Ottawa on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2:30 p.m.

Photos by John DiDonna:





Bowling drops duel with Huntley

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland bowling is trying to up the competitive fire against good teams, and its opponents are making sure it’s a difficult ride.

Facing familiar adversary Huntley on the road on Monday evening, KHS fell with a 2,978-2,728 loss in the first meet of 2013.

For KHS, Christie Crews had a team-high series total of 545 and a high game of 205 and Morgan Wojchiechowski added a 527 total and high game of 189.

Kaneland played hosts to visiting Sycamore on Tuesday and pulled out a tight 933-925 win in game three, although the team fell overall, 2,923-2,759.

Annie Salerno led the team with a 204 high game, and Angela Charhut paced the Lady Knights with a 519 high series.

Kaneland travels to Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb to battle crossover foe Ottawa on Thursday, Jan. 10.

“On Thursday, we face Ottawa at home, and that match could go just about any way,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “They appear to be a bit inconsistent with their scores, just like us. They’ve had some amazingly high games, but they’ve also shown weakness at times, so it should be a good match.”

Grapplers open 2013 with dual win

Photo: Kaneland’s Austin Parks (152 pounds) gets the upper hand on his Rochelle opponent during wrestling Senior Night home match on Jan. 3. Photo by Mary Herra

Wrestlers battle through Sycamore Invite field, stifle Rochelle
KANELAND—Nothing like a tough Sycamore Invite and a Northern Illinois Big XII battle against a familiar foe to measure your team’s progress.

In the usual early-January stop, the Knights finished ninth at the furious Sycamore Invite with 363.5 points.

Kaneland also evened up its dual mark at 12-12 with a 43-15 win over visiting Rochelle on Thursday.

Rockton’s Hononegah High School took first in Sycamore with 679 team points, followed by Grant at 591.5 and the hosts with 567.5.

Noteworthy finishes began with 120-pound asset Connor Williams, who nabbed third place overall with a 5-0 win over Grant’s Troy Parent.

Teammate Esai Ponce did well with a third-place finish, capped with a 2:39 pin over Marian Catholic’s Frank Voltattorni.

Dan Goress continued his trajectory and made it to the 145-pound final before losing to McHenry’s Wade Lardy by 5-2 count.

Against the Hubs, wins were plentiful, including 113-pound rep Stephen Gust winning a 3-1 decision and Williams taking a 5-0 win.

Ponce took a major decision by 8-0 count, and the KHS crew collected two pins from the efforts of Sonny Horn at 138 pounds (2:58) and Goress (1:28).

Austin Parks won an 8-6 OT victory in the 152-pound match, while Nick Sharp added a 1:15 pin.

Kaneland will wrestle at the Flott Invite on Saturday, Jan. 12.