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Letter: More vigilance is needed

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We need to be more vigilant as to what is happening around us.

When we’re not looking, our legislators seem to pass another law limiting our civil liberties all in the name of safety. Yes, it does anger us when a driver is holding up traffic at a traffic light or on the roadway while they are talking on a cell phone, putting on make up or eating. Some of us will think that this is a distraction from driving; it is, but is it worth a new law limiting our civil liberties?

Look at some of the other recent infringements upon our civil liberties. Police can now issue a ticket for driving a little past a white line at a traffic light; police can file charges if we record voice or take a photo while they are issuing a ticket; police can now indiscriminately set up road blocks, pulling vehicles over to check to see if the driver has their papers (insurance) in order or if the driver is wearing a seat belt. Almost everyday we read about another camera being installed at a corner.

Let’s spend more time on safety education and less time legislating away our civil liberties. I’m not sure anymore if its safety our legislators are concerned about or if it is power that they are after.

If you and I are not concerned about what’s happening today, tomorrow we might find that we will receive a ticket, have to pay a fine or even go to jail for not giving the Gestapo salute.

Russell Johnson
Sugar Grove

Letter: Warm welcome to Chico’s Tacos

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If you were a contestant, an observer or a volunteer participating in the Dewey Dash last year (an event sponsored by the Town and Country Library), you will remember the fantastic delicious tacos donated by Chico’s Tacos. They received rave reviews from everyone.

Now, we have the privilege of welcoming the Lopez family with the opening of their new location at 107 Valley Drive Suite E in Elburn. A Ribbon Cutting is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, at 10 a.m. Chico’s Tacos is the first Mexican restaurant for Elburn.

Chico’s Tacos is a family owned business, and the whole family, Felipe, Juanita and their sons, Alex, Junior and Joshua (his nickname is Chico, thus the name of the business), are involved. The Lopez’s make everything fresh each day from family recipes handed down from their parents and, believe me, you will want to stuff yourself “till kingdom come” once you’ve had a taste. I have had Mexican food in Mexico and from one end of the USA to the other, and Chico’s Tacos is at the top of my list, and will be yours, too, once you’ve tasted their offerings.

As an ambassador and the Elburn Chamber of Commerce’s Ribbon Cutting Event coordinator, I invite and encourage everyone to be a part of this celebration. The Lopez’s have shown their commitment to Elburn with their participation and donations (I understand they have already made a commitment for a donation at this year’s Dewey Dash). We can show our gratitude for their dedication by attending their Ribbon Cutting. Put the April 5 date on your calendar now.

H. Jack Hansen
Elburn

Guest editorial: Rest in peace?

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State agency encourages citizens to protect historic grave markers
by David Blanchette, Dawn Cobb
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

Spring has sprung and that often leads people to clean closets, tidy up their yards, and tackle projects like clearing their land of debris. Too often that debris might be old, broken grave markers.

Small family cemeteries, typically in rural areas of Illinois, are the final resting places of people from the 19th and early 20th centuries. As land values increase and more land is sought for agriculture or development use, these small burial grounds can sometimes be looked upon as obstacles, especially if the current property owner has no connection to those buried there.

Grave markers represent the last physical identity of the person buried there. When a grave marker is moved, the grave site becomes invisible on the landscape and the cemetery eventually becomes forgotten. When these forgotten cemeteries are re-discovered through construction or agriculture, for example, they become a problem for the landowner or developer because state law obligates them to either repair the damage and preserve the graves, or work with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) to have the remains removed by professional archaeologists and skeletal analysts. Preserving the graves in place is less costly than disturbing a cemetery.

The IHPA reminds people that removing any part of a cemetery without state permission is a violation of the Human Skeletal Remains Protection Act. However, with a permit issued by the agency and some initial guidance, these small family cemeteries can be preserved and still accommodate land use in the surrounding area.

The IHPA’s cemetery webpage at www.illinoishistory.gov/cemetery is a good place to learn more about cemetery preservation. It includes a free download of the Illinois Historic Cemetery Preservation Handbook: A Guide to Basic Preservation. This handbook details the steps involved with researching a cemetery, from locating it on a map or the landscape to identifying different types of markers. It also helps readers develop a preservation plan. In addition, the IHPA has teamed with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to present lectures and workshops on cemetery preservation. Presenters talk about the history of cemeteries in Illinois and how to understand what you see in them when you visit, and provide basic and advanced cemetery preservation training.

It only takes a few dedicated volunteers to start the process. People of all ages can contribute, whether clearing vegetation from the cemetery or cleaning markers to maintaining the ground. Most of the work can be accomplished using basic and affordable supplies and good old fashioned elbow grease, and local civic groups like the Boy or Girl Scouts can provide service hours.

The IHPA reminds those interested in taking on such a project that cemeteries located on private property can be accessed only by permission. If you must cross another person’s land to get to the cemetery, you must also ask their permission. Landowners may be willing to allow access to a cemetery if they are asked first and fully understand the intent, be it for genealogical research or cemetery preservation.

Letter: Acknowledging omitted contributors to ‘Knight of Fun’ fundraiser

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Our recent advertisement thanking our wonderful donors was missing four important donors. Waste Management, 101.9 WTMX The Mix, Shanne Kuipers and Teresa Panico. They should not have been omitted, because they each were an important part of our success at our recent “Knight of Fun” fundraiser. My sincere apologies to all these donors for the regrettable oversight.
Carolyn Komel
Kaneland High School Sports Boosters

Editorial: Time to look in the mirror, Mr. Valente

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Last week, we published a story in which a Kaneland School Board discussion turned into a debate, and then into a conflict, and ultimately devolved into a shouting match.

The original issue was an agenda item to reassign an existing district employee to a new position within the district.

By the end of that discussion, School Board member Tony Valente had accused another board member of being in the administration’s “back pocket,” repeatedly tried to talk over an active board vote by repeating the phrase “point of order,” and attempted to shout down a fellow board member.

Being a board member of just about anything is difficult, especially a Kaneland School Board member. It is a volunteer position. You are responsible for overseeing an entire school district’s functions while overseeing a shrinking budget, and you must take into account the various needs of differing groups of constituents—which sometimes are in opposition to each other. All of this juggling must occur while sitting on a board with six other individuals who are also attempting to perform that same juggling act.

When you add that to the likelihood of personality clashes—which exist when you put any group of any size together—the potential for conflict is always there.

Conflict in and of itself is neither a good nor a bad thing—it all depends on how it is resolved and how those in the conflict conduct themselves.

Unfortunately, during the March 12 board meeting, Valente’s conduct was so unprofessional that it left the overall conflict unresolved and risked undermining any legitimate points he may have been trying to make.

Should the district take a look at its current hiring practices and procedures to evaluate if they need to be updated? Possibly, but the way to accomplish that is not to state your opinion and then get aggressive, condescending and increasingly loud as others expression their opinions.

This is not the first time Valente’s behavior during board meetings has been cringe-inducing, but this is the first time that Valente’s pattern of public behavior has turned into this much of a public conflict-turned-shouting match.

It is absolutely a board member’s right to question the way things are done and to challenge the district administration, as well as the rest of the School Board. Yet, with that right comes a responsibility, and that responsibility is to conduct oneself with a measure of professional conduct and mutual respect.

It is our view that Valente disrespected the board, the administration and ultimately himself. If this was a one-time occurrence, it would be easier to look past for everyone involved—fellow board members and observers. The fact that this has become a pattern of behavior is, in our view, why Valente was called out during the board meeting and why we are using this space to call him out as well.

We urge Valente to reconsider his behavior. If he truly believes that the questions he wants to ask deserve legitimate answers, he should pose them in a legitimate way. Verbally attacking fellow board members and shouting down those who disagree with him is counter-productive, and if he cannot conduct himself like an adult, he should step down and let someone who can actually work with other people take his place.

Letter: A thank you to those who donated blood

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You donated the “gift of life.” We and Heartland Blood Center thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The Sugar Grove Firefighters Auxiliary, Sugar Grove Fire Department and Heartland Blood Centers staff and all of our extra volunteers worked hard on a successful blood drive and deserve a big thank you.

A special thank you goes out to our awesome donors: Randi Bader, Susan Bader, Patricia Bergman, Emily Bingley, Dean Campbell, Chris Cooper, Gina Cumiskey, Matthew Curtain, Jon Diaz, Sue Diaz, Tony Dibella, Kari Douglas, Jim Eckert, Bob Farley, Aaron Frasz, Melissa Garza, John Girolamo, Melissa Gooch, Denise Goress, Mark Goress, George Hannemann, Dustin Hawkins, Jacquelyn Hindi, Kim Jablonski, Louis Jaeger, Jeff Jorgensen, Jeremy Jorgensen, Laura Keske, David Kriceri, James Magnuson, Sharon Marcellis, Bonnie Mateas, Sally McClellan, Tara McCann, Suzanne McCracken, Margaret Metzger, Nick Michels, Sean Michels, Nancy Mickelson, Joe Miller, Scott Miller, Brandon Mires, Lisa Molitor, Jennifer Mourousias, Larry Nolan, Nika Plattos, Jan Ray, Stephanie Reilly, Judy Rios, Monica Romero, Nina Romero, Brian Schiber, Stan Schumacher, Clyde Smith, Ted Smykowski, Christine Steenwyk, Jeff Steenwyk, Andrea Strobert, Colby Suits, Marisa Tenorio, Earl Thompson, Patricia Torza, Stephanie Turner, Alicia Weiss, Annette Wood, Ally Woody, Linda Wray, Sherry Young, James Zablocki and Kelley Zablocki.

We deeply appreciate those who attempted but were unable to donate blood. The next Sugar Grove blood drive is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 10.

Joy Rubo
Blood drive coordinator, Sugar Grove

Letter: Don’t forget the judges on election day

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On Tuesday, March 20, voters will have a chance to cast their ballot in the Illinois primary for national, state and local offices.

Often overlooked among the many candidates are the men and women running for judge. That is unfortunate because judges make critical decisions on a daily basis that directly affect the lives and liberties of all of us. Learning about the qualifications of judicial candidates, and voting for those who are most qualified, will help ensure that we have a quality judiciary. Bar association ratings and newspaper endorsements are two ways voters can become better informed about the candidates’ qualifications.

The Illinois State Bar Association conducts evaluations and polls to let voters know how the candidates’ peers in the profession view their qualifications for office. Chief among these qualifications are legal ability, impartiality, and integrity. These ratings are readily available to the public at www.isba.org/YouBeTheJudge.

We encourage voters to download our ratings and take them into the voting booth. They will provide an invaluable guide and help ensure that we select the most qualified men and women as judges.

John G. Locallo
President
Illinois State Bar Association

Sunshine Week: Accountability requires openness

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by David Porter
The timing was apropos when Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued a binding opinion regarding the disclosure of invoices between attorneys and the public bodies they represent. The opinion is dated March 12, which marked the beginning of National Sunshine Week.

Sunshine Week draws awareness to laws such as the Freedom of Information Act, Open Meetings Act and Reporter’s Privilege Act. While Madigan’s opinion is a ray of sunshine, we can’t ignore the storm warnings as a few legislators continue to chip away at the public’s access to public records. In Illinois, there are about 50 FOIA and OMA bills pending including “shell” bills, which are essentially placeholders that can be amended later.

The state’s FOIA declares that transparency is public policy in Illinois and that “all records in the custody or possession of a public body are presumed to be open to inspection and copying. Any public body that asserts that a record is exempt from disclosure has the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that it is exempt.” Yet, within days of being enacted two years ago, the Act was modified to create additional exemptions.

The recent opinion from Madigan’s office is that invoices for attorney services to public bodies are not automatically exempt under the attorney/client privilege. While invoices may contain privileged information, that information can be redacted and all other information must be disclosed under FOIA.

Specifically, Madigan stated that “a general description of the nature of services the billing attorney performed, the attorneys’ initials, the time spent on the tasks described and the rate and dollar amount charged” are not privileged and cannot be withheld.

Some of this may seem like mumble jumble and only of concern to reporters who want access to everything, but it might surprise you to know that the vast majority of FOIA requests are filed by the general public. In 2010, the attorney general’s office handled more than 5,200 FOIA complaints. Of those, 91 percent were filed by the general public or other non-media entities such as government officials.

The only way to keep government honest and accountable is to keep it open. That’s why governmental records are called “public documents,” not “secret archives.”

David Porter is director of communications and marketing for the Illinois Press Association, which represents the interests of nearly 500 newspapers in Illinois.

Letter: Lauzen for Kane County Board Chairman

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When I was mayor of Geneva from 1997 to 2001 and throughout Chris Lauzen’s tenure as state senator, he was helpful to our city, as well as neighboring cities in his jurisdiction.

When we needed assistance to cut through the myriad of issues that often beleaguered our progress as a city, Senator Lauzen always added his expertise and wealth of knowledge.

The cities throughout Kane County need to work diligently with the County Board, especially the chairman. Based upon his experience, I believe Chris Lauzen is the most qualified candidate to handle the responsibilities of Chairman of the Kane County Board. He has my utmost respect as an honest and capable leader.

Thomas Coughlin
Former Geneva mayor

Letter: Rickert endorses Wallet for auditor

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It is my pleasure to be able to endorse Laura C. Wallett for the position of Kane County Auditor in the Republican Primary Election.

Laura operates her own accounting practice, providing services to many local businesses in Elgin, South Elgin and the Tri-Cities.

She has 22 years of accounting experience, a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, and is currently completing her MBA. Her stellar credentials have qualified her to sit for the CPA exam.

Laura brings a wealth of professional experience and knowledge to the office, and I have known her to be a trustworthy and well-regarded fiscal conservative. She has also volunteered her skills and leadership abilities to benefit many community organizations.

It is encouraging to see her positive, enthusiastic and energetic campaign and her commitment to use her expertise in public office. It takes skill and an eye for detail to be a successful Auditor. Laura Wallett is well qualified for the job.

David J. Rickert, CPA
Kane County Treasurer

Letter: Thanks for supporting Kaneland wrestling program

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On behalf of the Kaneland wrestling team and their families, we’d like to extend our appreciation to our community members that made donations in support of Kaneland’s annual Knight of Fun fundraiser.

Special thanks goes out to American Tree and Turf Lawn Care, Bootlegger’s, Calamity Jane’s, Emily Kay Salon, Fireside Grille, Graham’s Fine Chocolate and Ice Cream (Geneva), Hayden’s Athletic, Jazzercise, Kirhofer’s Sports, Massage Envy (Geneva), Nails by Marianne (Geneva), Ream’s Elburn Market, Schmidt’s Towne Tap, Steven’s Silk Screeening and Embroidery, The Sugar Grove Animal Hospital, Wiltse’s Greenhouse, Bob MacCaffrey, Monty & Matt Jahns, and the family of Mike and Lisa Thielk. The fundraiser was a great success.

Cindy Rogers
Kaneland Knights wrestling parent

Letter: Terry Hunt for Kane County Auditor on March 20

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After participating and attending many political election events throughout this election season, I have come to respect Terry Hunt for his goals, his work ethic and his unconditional respect for others.

Terry Hunt has the best combination of education along with experience and has demonstrated commitment to service as our Kane County Auditor. With Terry’s accounting degree and proven record of success as a financial professional for 37 years, including being a local, small business owner, I believe he is meant to be our auditing watchdog. Terry’s unbiased commitment to service in our county has been something we, as taxpayers, deserve and expect from our auditor.

I agree with our current Kane County Auditor Bill Keck saying that Terry Hunt will serve us well as Kane County Auditor. Please consider joining me as I vote for Terry Hunt on Tuesday, March 20.

Melisa Taylor
Sugar Grove
Kane County Board Member
District 5

Letter: A variety of endorsements

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As voters work more and more to pay their ever increasing mortgages and taxes, they have less time to carefully review the credentials and platforms of the candidates. This is where the Kane County Conservative Coalition can help.

Established in 2002, we have been active at the grassroots in causes ranging from pro-life, to gun owner rights, to rooting out corruption in government.

Kane County Conservative Coalition’s mission is to support men and women who best represent fiscal and social conservative values. Here are our 2012 Endorsements:

Chris Lauzen for Kane County Board Chairman—Illinois’ leading fighter against waste, fraud and abuse in the state Senate now wants to be the taxpayer watchdog for the county who freezes or lowers our county property tax burden.

Tom Hartwell for Kane County Circuit Clerk—Attorney and MBA, knows the court system and has the technology and business acumen to run the office in the most cost effective way.

Dr.Bob Tiballi for Kane County Coroner— Shouldn’t the coroner be a doctor? Highly regarded medical investigator with a specialty in infectious diseases and pediatrics. His successful medical practice handles much more money and more employees than the Kane Coroner’s office.

Terry Hunt for Kane County Auditor—37 years accounting experience, 14 years as a Chief Financial Officer for a large company, and longtime farm owner. Big supporter of open government and transparency initiatives.

Cliff Surges for Senate District 33—Pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-gun owner rights candidate. Business background in insurance industry. Opposes Karen McConnaughay’s brand of insider politics.

And for President—Rick Santorum … www.ricksantorum.com and www.santorumillinois.com.
For County Board—District 2, Sal Abbate; District 10, Susan Starrett; District 16, Robert Sauceda; District 22, Doug Scheflow.

Jon Zahm
Kane County Conservative Coalition
Batavia

Letter: In support of Bob Tiballi

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As a laboratory professional and Kane County registered voter, I write to wholeheartedly endorse Dr. Bob Tiballi for Kane County Coroner. Bob is the only doctor running for this office and is eminently qualified for this position.

Throughout his career as a physician, Dr. Tiballi has treated his patients with the utmost care and sincerity. Bob is a committed Republican but treats all his patients respectfully and without regard to political affiliation. He has held senior leadership positions at multiple hospitals and has a proven track record of being a successful manager and business owner. He is a staunch fiscal conservative and will not waste a dime of taxpayer resources. It is time for Kane County to elect a doctor as their coroner; the right person for that role is Dr. Bob Tiballi. I urge you to vote for Bob Tiballi.

Joan Thompson
St. Charles

Letter: Here we go again

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When in my early 20s, in the early 1970s, while living in California, I experienced gas rationing and a huge spike in price. It was caused by the Middle East oil embargo. Based on my license plate number, I could only buy gas on certain days and no gas on Sundays. At the time, I drove an old VW bug, which got 30 mpg, so I did get pretty good mileage. That experience impressed upon me the sensible idea to always drive the highest mileage vehicle I could.

So, here we are, 39 or so years later—many gas price spikes later—and every time it happens we still act surprised, complain, get angry and talk about drilling more. Drilling more really won’t help that much because we consume far more then we can drill.

The world market has changed. The demand for gas has increased in China and India. We also have the instability in the Middle East and Wall Street speculation to blame. However, I believe that the real fault for being in this situation again lies with us. We never make a serious sustained committed effort to change our dependence on oil, foreign or domestic.

We complain and blame the current political office holders. There’s no doubt our politicians deserve a good share of the blame, but we the American people always demand the fast, easy answers and they always give it to us.

In our history we have examples of pulling together and doing big things. Have we become a country of such spoiled brats that we can’t suck it up and do the hard work to change the paradigm? We always talk about the future for our kids; well, let’s do it for them. Let’s work for 21st century energy answers instead of clinging to the 19th century answers.

Carol Green
Elburn

Letter: In support of a new tax for Elburn police pension purposes

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On March 20, voters will be asked to approve a new tax to fund the pensions of village of Elburn police officers. I am writing this in support of passing the referendum.

Currently, all full-time employees of the village, including members of the Police Department, receive retirement benefits from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). IMRF is funded, in part, by the village, but the employees also contribute from their own salaries.

Illinois state law requires villages to establish a separate pension fund for the police department once the population exceeds 5,000. From the recently released 2010 census results, we learned that the population of Elburn has exceeded 5,000 residents. Now, the village of Elburn must establish a new police pension fund. Funding of the new police pension will continue to come from the salaries of the police officers, as well as from the village of Elburn.

To meet this new financial obligation, the village has two options: (i) divert funds from existing programs, or (ii) request a new tax levy. Diverting funds from existing programs could lower the quality of services we need to maintain a strong village. Levying a new tax provides the village with the financial resources required to maintain the level of public services we need, while meeting the new pension obligation now required by state law.

Not to be lost in the shuffle is the fact that when the new police pension fund is created, the police officers will no longer be part of IMRF, so the IMRF portion of the tax bill will go down.

On March 20, please join me in support our village in its effort to balance the budget, and vote “yes” for the new police pension fund tax levy.

David M. Broz
Elburn

Letter: Chris Lauzen cares about his constituents

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As a state Senator, Chris Lauzen has demonstrated what we most need in an elected official—he responds to and represents his constituents.

On an issue I care very much about—the proposed Prairie Parkway—Sen. Lauzen has been a longtime passionate opponent of this $1 billion project with its resulting loss of farmland, accelerating sprawl, and environmental damage. He personally returns my telephone calls and follows up on questions and issues. Voters across the district have had similar experiences on questions and interests important to them.

This is what we respect and expect in a legislator. And this is just what we need in our chairman of the Kane County Board. Vote for Chris Lauzen. He listens, he cares, and he responds.

Jan Strasma
Maple Park

Editorial: What does it mean to be a hometown newspaper?

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What does it mean to be a hometown newspaper?

It means many things, but the overriding aspect of the term is “service.” As a hometown newspaper, it is our responsibility to serve our communities by helping strengthen the many connections that exist in our communities—the connections between residents and each other, their local governments and schools, as well as businesses and the various organizations that exist.

The responsibility of serving our communities means more than simply changing what a portion of our newspaper looks like for a brief period of time and calling ourselves a locally focused paper.

Rather, it means a long-term commitment of time and effort, a true desire to serve our communities, a relentless focus on attending as many of the meetings, events and activities in order to get to truly know as many of the people and organizations in our communities as humanly possible.

Our mission is to serve as community stewards, providing quality, truly local coverage of the communities that make up the Kaneland School District—Elburn, Sugar Grove, Maple Park and Kaneville—and do so in a manner that demonstrates how media companies can succeed as a business while also holding onto the ethical ideals of objective journalism. We strive to accomplish this mission by not only trying to provide as much local content as we can, but to also do so in a way that is accurate in both fact and context, without sensationalizing and without reporting pure speculation.

Our vision is to be a newspaper that serves to help strengthen the bonds that exist within and among our communities—whether they are person to person, person to organization, or organization to organization. We strive to realize this vision through our reporting, through our involvement in our communities, and through the way we conduct our business.

Our values dictate that we strive to never lose sight of the ideals of true journalism and ethical business practices. We seek and report the truth, and sometimes that makes people look good and sometimes that makes people look not so good, but how someone looks is based on the facts and not on our spin.

We strive to meet these challenges every single day, and there are times when we come up short, and no matter what, we are never satisfied. We always want to do better because we always can do better.

It is that combination of desires for a deeper connection with our communities plus constant improvement to better serve our communities that makes a newspaper a true hometown newspaper.

It is an honor to serve the Kaneland communities as their hometown newspaper, and we are proud to have served our communities since 1908.

We look forward to growing and changing with you in the years and decades ahead.

Letter: To my fellow voters

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I am writing in support of Karin Herwick for the office of Circuit Clerk of Kane County.

Karen has been a faithful and interested person in the Circuit Clerk’s Office for 20 years.

She is running against two lawyers. Is this what we want for Kane County, another lawyer? It seems no matter where you turn— county, state or federal government—we have another lawyer trying to tell us what to do. Please, not here again.

We need Karin’s experience, administrative business sense and good old common sense in this office.

Please cast your vote of Karin Herwick.
Nadine Flint
Kaneville

Letter: Endorsement for Kevin Burns

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I am writing to endorse Kevin Burns for Kane County Board chairman.

As a former alderman who served close to 10 years and had the privilege of serving with Kevin, both as a fellow alderman and then when he became mayor, I know from experience that this is the right decision for Kane County. Mayor Burns was never a cookie-cutter politician. He understands that we serve for the greater good, yet we must hear from everyone. We look at all sides of an issue and then we can reach conclusion. He is not afraid to make the tough “not so popular” decisions. I watched him break a few tie votes in city hall while others were intimidated by a couple of angry citizens. He voted what he believed to be right.

I have seen Kevin vehemently defend himself and city staff, as a good leader should. I want a board chairman that will assemble a staff that he can defend and weed out those that he cannot. I’ve read an article that other former alderman speak of being “taken to the woodshed” publicly. I want a board chairman willing to take other elected officials to task. Let them know they can’t be condescending to staff or to him, and they better be prepared. It’s time that people stop expecting their hands to be held.

The city of Geneva continually cuts the budget creatively without cutting services. We have a great staff, a great group of elected officials and a great mayor. Let’s make him county board chairman and help Kane County continue to move forward in a positive direction through teamwork and with people who truly care about the citizens of this great county.

Bob Piper
Former Geneva alderman
Second and third wards

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