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Letter: An endorsement of Bill Lenert

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My wife Sarah and I came home Friday night after stopping for dinner at the Sugar Grove American Legion Fish Fry, and read the Elburn Herald, as we do every week.

The most interesting article to me was the discussion of qualifications for County Board in southwestern Kane County. Bill Lenert stayed focused on only his positive attributes. Unfortunately, his opponent couldn’t help campaigning negatively against Bill by accusing him of “being my childhood friend,” donating to my campaigns, having me as one of his insurance clients, then reached for a self-serving, negative, and inaccurate conclusion that “… he will likely follow (Chris’) lead in any issue and vote as told to”.

Allow me to clear the air, avoid complaining about his political opponent and stay focused on Bill Lenert’s positive qualities.

First, Bill Lenert is a dear friend of mine—guilty as charged. That’s because he demonstrates every day all the best qualities of honesty, competence, hard work and patience that I aspire to.

Second, I am grateful that Bill and his family have supported my work on your behalf for 20 years in the Illinois State Senate.

And just as Bill selected the best accountant available when I did his bookkeeping and taxes, I selected the best insurance agent available when Bill insured our home, vehicles and family’s future.

Only from one side in a political campaign can “friendship,” “mutual support” and “sound business judgement” be called anything other than positive.

Finally, I am delighted, proud and grateful for the good and productive relationship that Bill Lenert and I have built over a lifetime. We have served on several boards together—sometimes he’s chairman and sometimes I am. We agree 80 percent of the time, try to respectfully persuade each other when we don’t agree, and both of us work hard to do our best always.

Bill Lenert is just one of the finest people I know. Please cast one of the best votes you’ll ever make by electing him to the Kane County Board.

Christopher J. Lauzen
Kane County Board Chairman
Aurora

Letter: In support of Melisa Taylor

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I am writing this letter in support of Melisa Taylor for Kane County Board District 5. Melisa has proven herself to be a dedicated, competent, independent-thinking board member. She continually works to represent the constituents of District 5. She is not afraid to question and investigate financial reports, nor is she afraid to speak her mind.

She has always been a hard worker, a strong community volunteer and involved parent. From the time that her two daughters were young, Melisa became involved in many community and school activities. Most recently, she saw a need for a food pantry in Sugar Grove to help service those who have fallen on hard times. She worked diligently with others to establish the Between Friends Food Pantry.

She has never shied away from a challenge and will be the best choice to continue representing those of us who reside in District 5.

Please show your support for Melisa by casting your ballot in the Republican Primary. Early voting is currently underway, with the election on Tuesday, March 18.

Mari Johnson
Sugar Grove

Letter: A letter to 50th District voters

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I would like to clear the record about my support in the race for State Representative in the 50th District. I have known Keith Wheeler and his family for many, many years, and hold them in the highest regard.

When Keith Wheeler asked me to get involved in the Republican Party when he was running for Kendall County Republican Chairman, I didn’t hesitate to support Keith.

When Keith Wheeler helped to form the Kendall County Salute to Veterans, I was honored to participate, and I appreciate his support for local veterans.

When Keith Wheeler ran for State Representative four years ago, I was his very first financial contributor and I was a strong supporter of his candidacy.

Since Keith’s previous run for office, my wife, Helen, and I moved to Pingree Grove in Kane County, and we don’t see Keith and his family as often as we have in the past. That hasn’t changed our support for Keith.

In this current race, despite mail sent by another campaign, I want it to be clear that Helen and I are still enthusiastically supporting Keith Wheeler for State Representative in the 50th District.

Col. Richard Rockenbach,
USMC (retired)
Pingree Grove

Letter: In support of Kramer for sheriff

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I would like to take this opportunity to enthusiastically endorse Don Kramer as the next sheriff of Kane County. I have three reasons why I believe Don is the most qualified choice on March 18: his education, temperament and experience.

Don is the only sheriff’s candidate in the race that has obtained a master’s degree. He will be able to better design programs and services that will better serve our population as a whole. Don also has a great temperament, is not easily rattled and thinks in a very methodical manner. Don’s meek personality is also coupled with a strong sense of right and wrong. That combination will serve him and us very well as sheriff.

Politically, Don has conducted himself in a noble and worthy manner and deserves to be commended. As one of Don’s previous opponents, I can honestly say Don has always taken the high road. I believe his attitude and temperament have greatly contributed to taking that road. Lastly, Don has 30 years of experience in the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and has served four different sheriffs, receiving accolades from each sheriff. Don’s experience is not limited to just patrol, corrections or crime prevention—he has served well in every division of the office, including administration.

I ask that you please consider voting for Don Kramer in the March 18 primary. Don has conducted himself with honor and would make an excellent sheriff.

Rob Russell
Kane County Coroner

Letter: Vote for Jack Cunningham

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Jack Cunningham has demonstrated that he is serious and experienced, and works in a collaborative manner to solve county problems for the benefit of Kane County citizens.

My family and I will enthusiastically vote for Jack Cunningham again this year, because he has brought in millions of dollars of state and federal grant revenue to offset the cost of voting machines that otherwise would have fallen on county taxpayers.

On the expenditure side, it has been a pleasure to work cooperatively with Jack and his staff to live within our current county property tax freeze without asking property taxpayers for one penny more in the past three years.

Jack Cunningham also shows that experience on the job and creativity in addressing seemingly impossible problems can solve really thorny matters. When I ran out of alternatives to address the coroner’s 20 percent over-spending challenge, it was Jack Cunningham who deftly managed a totally different perspective and came to a reasonable compromise that was unanimously supported by the County Board,
the coroner and me.

However, my experience with Jack’s challenger, who is a long-term incumbent on the County Board, has been that he does not support the unconditional property tax levy freeze for the county and forest preserve; voted in committee for an increase in property taxes in 2014 for the forest preserve; voted for seven years of cumulative 49 percent percent property tax levy increases; released job-applicant-sensitive personnel information with Social Security numbers not redacted to 23 other County Board members; and generally adopts a contrarian and adversarial stance without productive purpose.

I applaud Jack Cunningham’s dedication to constituent service, and ask you to join me in voting for him on March 18.

Christopher Lauzen
Kane County Board Chairman

Letter: Choice in judge’s race should be based on facts, experience

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The letter from Thomas Doyle regarding Judge Marmarie Kostelny published in the March 6, 2014, edition of the Elburn Herald contains several inaccurate and misleading statements.

Judge Kostelny is a candidate seeking the Republican nomination in the March 18 primary for Circuit Judge in the 3rd Subcircuit in Kane County. Mr. Doyle’s comments are an ill-conceived attack calculated to support Judge Kostelny’s opponent, Geneva defense attorney Donald (D.J.) Tegeler. However, Mr. Doyle’s false statements have no place in this election. We write to set the record straight.

First, Mr. Doyle asserts that Mr. Tegeler brings something unique to the contest because he lives in the 3rd Subcircuit. Actually, Judge Kostelny has been a resident of her community in Elgin that is within the 3rd subcircuit since 1994. Mr. Tegeler has been a resident of Mill Creek since only 2003. Mr. Doyle’s attempt to create the false impression that only Tegeler lives in the subcircuit is simply wrong.

Mr. Doyle also claims that as a Family Court judge “she has had simple decisions reversed.” This statement is utterly false. During her nearly four-year assignment to the Family Court, Judge Kostelny presided over hundreds of cases. Yet, only one of those cases was reversed and for reasons not connected to any ruling or finding of Judge Kostelny’s. It is reprehensible that Mr. Doyle would attempt to distort Judge Kostelny’s impeccable judicial record in this manner.

Mr. Doyle also proclaims that Mr. Tegeler “wrote” the drug court rules and regulations. He did not. He served on a committee that was responsible for their drafting.

Finally, Mr. Doyle claims that a circuit judge needs a background in budgets, staffing, management and leadership. This reveals that Mr. Doyle actually has no idea what a circuit judge’s duties and responsibilities are. In the 16th Circuit, the Chief Judge and the Court Administrator are the only members of the judiciary involved in such matters. If Mr. Doyle is basing his choice in this election on those criteria, then his candidate, Mr. Tegeler, is running for the wrong office.

Voters should consider Judge Kostelny’s experience serving as an associate judge for the last seven years (Mr. Tegeler has never served as a judge or an arbitrator). They should also consider the fact that Judge Kostelny received higher ratings in every category and higher recommendations from both the Illinois Bar Association and the Kane County Bar Association than her opponent. The non-partisan views of these organizations and the facts, not Mr. Doyle’s false and uninformed views, should guide voters in making their choice in this election.

Peter Storm
Citizens to Elect Judge Marmarie Kostelny
Geneva

Editorial: It’s that time of year once again

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Believe it or not, it’s actually early March right now. And we can confirm as much in this week’s issue of the Elburn Herald, as it features the first part of our coverage regarding the spring General Primary Election. Of course, this is a spring election season in name only. We still have icicles on our vehicles, and we’re certainly not fans of Punxsutawney Phil right about now. Maybe we’ll eventually refer to this time of year as “Polar Vortex election season.”

This week’s Elburn Herald issue will give you a closer look at the Republican nomination candidates for Kane County Sheriff, 50th District Representative and the County Board District 5 seat. We had a great time working with said candidates to create the content found in this week’s election section, and we hope you’ll have just as good of a time learning more about them.

We’re also featuring a closer look at the three referenda available this spring: the “Show You Care Kane” public question; the county’s authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such program; and a proposition to increase the Sugar Grove Public Library’s limiting rate. You can find out more about all three ballot items in this week’s issue of the Elburn Herald.

As always, we seek to bring you the best election coverage possible, and we’re honored to bring you more information about the candidates you’ll find on the ballot this March. It might not feel like spring election season right now, but we’re less than two weeks away from voting day. So allow us to introduce you to the players in Kane County’s contested races later this month. And don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, March 18.

Community Corner: A thank you and an opportunity

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by Maria Dripps-Paulson
Executive director, Kaneland Arts Initiative

The fifth annual Kaneland Arts Initiative Fine Arts Feast, held on Feb. 21, was by all accounts a resounding success. Approximately $5,000 was raised by the guests attending the event, as well as individuals interested in becoming arts patrons of the organization.

Highlights of the evening were the announcement of the summer musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” performances by Diane McFarlin, Trisha Mills and Tom Kirkland. And the awarding of many raffle and silent auction items.

Special performances were given by Matthew (11) and Zachary (8) Uzarraga who began their theatre careers in Kaneland Arts Initiative productions and now are acting and modeling professionally in the area. Zachary this past fall portrayed Tam in the Paramount Theatre (Aurora) production of “Miss Saigon” and received rave reviews. In 2013, Matthew performed in the Jeff Award nominated musical “Oliver!” at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook, Ill. Matthew can be seen as Gavroche in Drury Lane’s upcoming performance of “Les Miserables” from March to June.

The Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) would like to extend a genuine and heartfelt thanks to chef Greg Slager, his family, and the Open Range Southwest Grill Restaurant located in the Bliss Creek Golf Course in Sugar Grove. For five years, chef Greg has donated the dinner, as well as the use of the beautiful Pine Room, at no cost to the Kaneland Arts Initiative, making the evening truly 100 percent profit for the Kaneland Arts Initiative. KAI would like to encourage families and individuals to support the Open Range Southwest Grill restaurant by enjoying a meal at the wonderful, family-owned business.

As KAI begins to prepare for the 15th annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival on Sunday, April 13, it is pleased to announce a new partnership with Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation (CCWF) of Geneva. Artists and their families in the Kaneland School District are encouraged to participate in the Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation art contest. CCWF is a not-for-profit organization that provides public awareness and education, professional education, parent and caregiver psycho-social support groups and services, and related children’s sessions and materials, on empathy, positive communications and strong relationships. The CCWF mission is for every child and adolescent to be supported by a caring network of parents, caregivers and professionals within loving, non-violent families and peaceful communities.

CCWF, in partnership with KAI, is pleased to announce the Changing Children’s Worlds art contest. The purpose of this contest is to collect quality artwork that represents the International Child Development Foundation guidelines that are the central principles of the CCWF mission. All students in the Kaneland School District are encouraged to enter this contest. Artwork submitted will be judged by a panel of representatives from CCWF and KAI. Eleven pieces will be chosen and become a part of CCWF’s permanent art collection. Artwork will be displayed at the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival, and winning students will be recognized at an upcoming School Board meeting. Full details can be found on the KAI website, www.kanelandartsinitiative.org.

Editor’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 kbeebe@elburnherald.com. Please note that no for-profit or elected officials are eligible to be part of the Community Corner.

Letter: In support of Wheeler for State Representative

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I am writing this letter to urge support for Keith Wheeler in his campaign for election as State Representative for the Illinois House 50th District. Keith is a person for whom I have a great deal of respect and admiration. The 50th District encompasses all, and/or parts, of the villages of Elburn, Sugar Grove, Batavia, Yorkville, Montgomery and Oswego. It also encompasses much of the west central part of rural Kane County.

Keith has significant experience as a small-business entrepreneur, is actively involved with not-for-profit entities, including currently serving as a board chairman of the Kendall County Food Pantry, and has significantly political experience in his tenure as chairman of the Kendall County Republican Central Committee. He is a sixth generation Kendall County resident, and well acquainted with all areas within the 50th House District.

Keith has the youth, determination, leadership, skills and the political philosophies to serve our communities well into the future.

Keith’s campaign platform addresses the retention of businesses and jobs, reduced government spending, listening and cooperating with municipalities, school districts and other units of government, and reducing the role of government in our lives.

I urge you to support Keith Wheeler at the Republican Primary on March 18, and in the General Election on Nov. 4.

Robert J. Britz
Elburn

Letter: You get what you pay for

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Asking voters to approve any increase in funds to any community asset is a challenge, particularly in these times. However, near-term shortsightedness can result in great long-term damage that ultimately costs each taxpayer much more.

The people of Sugar Grove voted to build a new library building but have consistently failed to vote the funds necessary to operate it beyond bare minimum standards. How minimal? It is to the point burned-out light bulbs cannot always be replaced. Your Sugar Grove Library collects less than half of what all other area libraries receive per household.

Your library is not asking very much of you. For each household, for the cost of a best-selling novel, your Sugar Grove Library can fully maintain the property, increase hours to come closer to matching every other library in the area, provide more vital programs to the community and increase the amount of items—books, computers, video, audio—that build and maintain the cultural resource.

Never mind that a library is crucial to a child’s development. Never mind that instead of paying for Netflix you can check-out new DVDs for free. Never mind the access to current books and magazines. Never mind the free computers; never mind the educational assets. If for no other reason, consider your real estate value. A fully supported and dynamic library reflects resident’s standards and immeasurably contributes to the bottom line of a community and how others perceive it.

Usage of the library has increased every year since it was built, without a corresponding increase in finances. The requested referendum will still be less than the libraries of Elburn, North Aurora, Batavia and Oswego receive, but will allow your library to function in a more acceptable manner.

I ask you to vote yes on March 8 to increase assessed evaluation for your Sugar Grove Public Library.

Douglas Hartman
Sugar Grove

Letter: Judge candidate Kostelny a poor choice

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Candidate for judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit, 3rd Subcircuit, Marmarie Kostelny has little to offer the taxpayers of Kane County.

As an appointed associate judge, she has had simple decisions in family court appealed and reversed, costing taxpayers and wasting resources. In her current role as a judge in drug court, she seizes every opportunity for a photo-op with B-grade TV celebrities, using her position for blatant self-promotion.

And while she emphasizes her drug court success stories, her opponent, D. J. Tegeler, helped write the drug court rules and regulations, so Associate Judge Kostelny owes all of her success to her opponent. And the fact that her supporters and contributors are primarily the same attorneys who would appear before her in court reeks of cronyism.

An elected circuit judge needs a background in budgets, staffing, management and leadership, not a resume short on accomplishments and transparency. D.J. Tegeler is an accomplished businessman, attorney and elected county officeholder. Most importantly, he lives in the 3rd Subcircuit and is neighbors with those who would rely on his expertise.

Vote for Mr. Tegeler instead of a political appointee without the experience, qualifications, temperament or results demanded by taxpayers.

Thomas E. Doyle
Batavia

Community corner: A thank you and an opportunity

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by Maria Dripps-Paulson
Executive director, Kaneland Arts Initiative
The fifth annual Kaneland Arts Initiative Fine Arts Feast, held on Feb. 21, was by all accounts a resounding success. Approximately $5,000 was raised by the guests attending the event, as well as individuals interested in becoming arts patrons of the organization.
Highlights of the evening were the announcement of the summer musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” performances by Diane McFarlin, Trisha Mills and Tom Kirkland. And the awarding of many raffle and silent auction items.
Special performances were given by Matthew (11) and Zachary (8) Uzarraga who began their theatre careers in Kaneland Arts Initiative productions and now are acting and modeling professionally in the area. Zachary this past fall portrayed Tam in the Paramount Theatre (Aurora) production of “Miss Saigon” and received rave reviews. In 2013, Matthew performed in the Jeff Award nominated musical “Oliver!” at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook, Ill. Matthew can be seen as Gavroche in Drury Lane’s upcoming performance of “Les Miserables” from March to June.
The Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) would like to extend a genuine and heartfelt thanks to chef Greg Slager, his family, and the Open Range Southwest Grill Restaurant located in the Bliss Creek Golf Course in Sugar Grove. For five years, chef Greg has donated the dinner, as well as the use of the beautiful Pine Room, at no cost to the Kaneland Arts Initiative, making the evening truly 100 percent profit for the Kaneland Arts Initiative. KAI would like to encourage families and individuals to support the Open Range Southwest Grill restaurant by enjoying a meal at the wonderful, family-owned business.
As KAI begins to prepare for the 15th annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival on Sunday, April 13, it is pleased to announce a new partnership with Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation (CCWF) of Geneva. Artists and their families in the Kaneland School District are encouraged to participate in the Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation art contest. CCWF is a not-for-profit organization that provides public awareness and education, professional education, parent and caregiver psycho-social support groups and services, and related children’s sessions and materials, on empathy, positive communications and strong relationships. The CCWF mission is for every child and adolescent to be supported by a caring network of parents, caregivers and professionals within loving, non-violent families and peaceful communities.
CCWF, in partnership with KAI, is pleased to announce the Changing Children’s Worlds art contest. The purpose of this contest is to collect quality artwork that represents the International Child Development Foundation guidelines that are the central principles of the CCWF mission. All students in the Kaneland School District are encouraged to enter this contest. Artwork submitted will be judged by a panel of representatives from CCWF and KAI. Eleven pieces will be chosen and become a part of CCWF’s permanent art collection. Artwork will be displayed at the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival, and winning students will be recognized at an upcoming School Board meeting. Full details can be found on the KAI website, www.kanelandartsinitiative.org.

Editor’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 kbeebe@elburnherald.com. Please note that no for-profit or elected officials are eligible to be part of the Community Corner.

Guest Editorial: Seven tips for protecting your identity and money

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by Harold Valentine, News and Experts
At least 110 million consumers were affected by the hack involving Target and Neiman Marcus retailers. Whether or not millions more will have their identities manipulated and finances ruined within the coming months due to more breaches of security at other stores is anyone’s guess, said identity theft recovery expert Scott A. Merritt.

“By necessity, I became an expert on identity theft. My information was stolen in 2006, and in repairing the damage, I learned some not-so-obvious ways we can all protect against identity theft in the first place,” said Merritt, who is the CEO of Merritt & Associates and author of “Identity Theft Do’s and Don’ts.”

Merritt’s problems began quickly. While disputing financial charges and dealing with resulting business problems, in 2007 he was stopped for a traffic violation and arrested on a false outstanding felony warrant. He immediately knew why.

“I had to enlist my U.S. congressman and convince the state police, NCIC, FBI and Secret Service that I didn’t commit the felonies. For a few years, I had to prove that the prints did not match the false record in question. After legal action, however, I was able to have this corrected.”

Unfortunately, the millions affected by the recent hacks may be dealing with similar repercussions in the years ahead, he said.

Before you become a victim of identity theft, Merritt offers seven ways to guard against it.
• Understand how and where it happens. Identity theft is like being robbed when you are away from home; most thefts occur in places where you do business every day. Either a place of business is robbed, a bad employee acts improperly or a hacker breaches the office through the computer.
• Secure your wallet’s information. Photocopy everything in your wallet: photos, credit cards (front and back), membership cards—everything. Put the copies in the order the cards are arranged in your wallet, staple the pictures and place them in a strong box or safe.
• Make sure your information is consistent. For all of your identity and financial documents, make absolutely sure, to the smallest detail, that all of your personal information is accurate and consistent. Discrepancies such as using your middle initial on some documents, and not others, or having different addresses, can wreck havoc in proving your identity, and can compromise your credit score.
• Secure your digital habits and data. Change your passwords at least twice a year on a non-scheduled basis—don’t be predictable. Have a strong firewall if you shop online, and only access sites that are protected by a strong firewall and high industry standards. Access accounts of a financial nature only from your personal computer.
• Protect your banking information. While in the bank, keep account numbers and other data out of sight, and avoid stating account numbers, Social Security numbers and similar information out loud. When planning a bank visit, have items such as deposits and withdrawal slips prepared in advance.
• Account for your interactions with vendors. Every time you speak to someone with whom you do business, write down the time, date, name and the purpose or outcome of the call. If an identity theft occurs on the vendor’s end, you will be able to reference these prior conversations effectively. Be sure to note any animosity or reluctance from the vendor.
• Don’t carry around your birth certificate or Social Security card. Unless it’s necessary, keep those vital items in a safe, or at least a firebox. If you know someone is going to need a copy of your tax returns or your driver’s license, for example, make the copies ahead of time. This avoids the need for a firm’s employee to leave the room with such information.

“Of course, you can greatly reduce being a victim of such recent hacks that occurred at the major retailers by using cash more often,” Merritt said. “But if you’re going to use credit, use a card from a national bank or a national credit union and never a debit card. No exceptions.”

Community Corner: A different kind of March Madness

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by Denise Blaszynski
President, Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters

March Madness to most means the events surrounding the single-elimination Division I college basketball tournament. But to the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters, March Madness is a horse of a different color.

On Sunday, March 2, the community will have the opportunity to see and hear some of Kaneland’s middle and high school musicians on stage at the second annual Knight of Performances, sponsored by the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters. Beginning at 2 p.m., this event will showcase more than 40 acts, including students who are either performing a vocal or instrumental solo or ensemble, Harter Middle School (HMS) Mid-Knight Special, HMS Jazz Band, Kaneland High School (KHS) combos, a rock band, and actors from this year’s KHS spring musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

The afternoon will also include a basket raffle and barbecue dinner. The event will take place at Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive in Sugar Grove.

The Knight of Performances Committee has worked diligently to acquire many wonderful items for the basket raffle, such as: one reserved parking space for a KHS student for the 2014-15 school year; Chicago Cubs tickets; “Rent” tickets; local restaurant and business gift certificates; wine and coffee baskets; music lessons; Elgin Symphony Orchestra tickets; Disney princess basket; Thirty-One, Vera Bradley and Tastefully Simple merchandise; hand-crafted jewelry; and much more. All money raised at this event will directly benefit the students involved in the band, choir and theatre programs at KHS and HMS.

Guests will enjoy barbecue from 5B’s Catering in Waterman, Ill. Dinner options include either a pork chop, chicken or combo dinner, or a kids hot dog meal. A vegetarian option will also be available. All dinners include side dishes and a choice of homemade dessert. There are still a few openings for volunteers for the afternoon. If interested, send an email to info@knightmusic.org.

And if we weren’t busy enough, the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters are teaming with the high school music directors to coordinate the Illinois High School Association’s 2014 Solo & Ensemble Music Contest, hosted this year by Kaneland. On Saturday, March 8, more than 850 music students representing 20 area high schools will attend the event at Harter Middle School.

This is both an honor and a huge undertaking to host such a prestigious event. The Boosters will coordinate the volunteers and operate a concession booth serving both breakfast and lunch items. Many volunteers will be needed for either two- or four-hour time slots throughout the day for jobs such as: concessions, room monitors, hall monitors, score runners, welcome table, and to donate items to be sold at our Booster-run concession booth and to feed the judges. If interested, send an email to info @knightmusic.org and we’ll place you in a volunteer position.

To top off our busy month, the Boosters are coordinating the box office ticket sales and volunteers needed for the KHS spring musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Show dates and times are 7 p.m. on Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 23. The musical pays tribute to the jazz-age shows of the 1920s. It all begins when a musical-theatre fan plays his favorite album on his turntable, and the musical comes to life in his living room. Cast of characters include a reluctant bride, a groom on skates, a tap-dancing best man, a womanizing gigolo, gangsters posing as bakers, and an intoxicated chaperone. Tickets are on sale now. To order, simply visit the Kaneland website at www.kaneland.org.

If you would like additional information about the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters or how you can help with any of these events, find us on Facebook or send an email to president@knightmusic.org. Come join in the March Madness fun.

Editor’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 kbeebe@elburnherald.com. Please note that no for-profit or elected officials are eligible to be part of the Community Corner.

Letter: A thank you from Scout Pack 107

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Elburn Cub Scout Pack 107 held its annual Blue and Gold Banquet, with a great “survival” theme, on Feb. 16 at the Lincoln Inn in Batavia. The purpose of the Blue and Gold Banquet is to celebrate the pack’s anniversary, thank pack leaders and other adults who have helped the pack, and to inspire leaders, Scouts and parents as they complete another great year of scouting activities.

Pack 107 would like to thank the Elburn Herald, Paisano’s Pizza & Grill, Colonial Cafe and Dick’s Sporting Goods for their generous support of this year’s banquet. Their donations were greatly appreciated by all of Pack 107’s “survivors.”

Laura Gampfer
Elburn Cub Scout Pack 107

Letter: A thank you from Carrie Petrie’s family

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Words cannot express my appreciation of the many friends and family who have remembered us these past weeks. God came to take my beloved mother, Carrie Petrie, on Jan. 9. Her pain is gone. What comfort her many friends have given us these past days. Your love has helped us beyond words.

Our humble “thank you” seems so inadequate, but it comes from the bottom of our heart. Thank you to Pastor Michael Small from UCC in Hackensack, Minn.; to the wonderful eulogy from Jim Schnaitman and Mary Coffey representing the American Legion family; Carl Diesel for the beautiful solo of mom’s favorite songs. Many thanks for the Elburn American Legion No. 630 and Elburn American Legion Auxiliary No. 630 for attending and helping, and for the dinner they served. And thank you to everyone who came to celebrate the life of a woman who loved you all.

My family was so warmed to see such a large crowd to celebrate her humble life. Love to you all.

Steve, Cara and Abby Bartel
Elburn

Letter: Supporting Wheeler for 50th State Representative

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As a local businessman, I know the struggles each of us face every day. Unemployment and underemployment are causing hardworking residents to look to other states for good-paying jobs to provide for their families. Illinois used to be a great place to start a small business. Now it has become a highly taxed, anti-business, high-unemployment state. We need to get Illinois back on its feet and make it a state we can feel proud of again.

To do that, we need strong leaders with smart ideas. Keith Wheeler is just such a man. Let’s put Keith Wheeler to work in Springfield. With thoughtful dedication, Keith is a man who will get things done for our state. Vote on March 18 for Keith Wheeler for 50th State Representative.

Kevin Geary
Sugar Grove

Letter: Sugar Grove Library seeks Limiting Rate Increase

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The Sugar Grove Public Library District seeks a Limiting Rate Increase on the March 18, 2014, ballot.

The library has tried many times but has never increased its limiting rate, which is far below comparable libraries in the area. The Limiting Rate Increase would allocate a greater proportion of the budget to support library operations and maintenance. Currently the greater proportion pays on the building bonds.

For a home with a Fair Market Value of $100,000 or EAV of $33,333 the cost will be $2.14 per month.

Check out the library’s website, www.sugargrove.lib.il.us, for a link to a narrated slide show and brochure of important information before you vote. Or stop by the library for more information on how the library will use the additional funding. Library staff and trustees welcome your input.

Register and vote early at the library.

Merrill Poloian
Assistant director, Sugar Grove Library

Letter: In support of Wegman

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I recently received a mailer from Mark Davoust, candidate for Kane County Clerk, stating that if elected, he would propose to consolidate the Recorder’s Office with the Clerk’s Office to save the taxpayers money. If he were serious in that endeavor, he would have already done this, as it is the County Board who decides to bring up the issue.

I would like to address my observations on this matter, since a 10-year veteran of the County Board apparently doesn’t understand budgetary matters.

The Recorder’s Office generates revenue for the county, including GIS and the state. The Kane County Recorder’s Office is not part of the county tax levy. While the Recorder’s Office is probably the most efficient office in the county, coming in under budget each year, the Recorder’s Office is self-sufficient, relying only on user fees that are generated when documents are recorded. Everyone pays taxes, but user fees are paid only by those who use the services (record documents).

Additionally, as we have seen, county department heads and/or managers are more highly compensated than elected officials—in some cases by as much as $50,000—and who are appointed and not elected by the public.

In summary, Sandy Wegman, recorder, is fiscally responsible and does a great job managing the office. This appears to be more of an election gimmick than a good faith effort.

Don Fraas
West Dundee, Ill.

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