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Letter: Gambling won’t help state’s problems

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News reports suggest that state lawmakers are considering an expansion of gambling–including a casino for Chicago. The state of Illinois has a serious revenue shortfall, thanks to out-of-control spending habits. Gambling will not alleviate this problem.

In order for the state to realize additional gambling revenue, the gambling industry must profit by creating thousands of losers. It is morally indefensible for the state to approve, license and promote an industry that thrives on the exploitation of the citizens it’s sworn to serve. Creating thousands of citizen losers to increase an ill-gotten revenue stream is terrible public policy.

It is also short-sighted. Professor John Kindt, of the University of Illinois, estimates that it will cost citizens $3 in social costs for every $1 that the state takes in on gambling taxes. Kindt also points out that legalized gambling is the leading cause of bankruptcy.

Gambling addictions, which increase dramatically with the creation of each new casino, would contribute to homeless problems, increases in crime, unemployment, suicide, domestic abuse, substance abuse and broken families.

Lawmakers must consider the bigger picture as they debate these proposals. I pray they understand that the costs of gambling far outweigh the perceived financial benefits.

David E. Smith
Executive Director
Illinois Family Institute

Guest editorial: Help protect community funds

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by Dave Anderson
Elburn Village President

In 1969, the first-ever state income tax was authorized by the governor and state legislature in the state of Illinois. Before being enacted, an agreement was reached that essentially stated that if municipalities would not enact an income tax of their own, the state of Illinois would send a portion of the income tax collected back to them, based upon the municipality’s most recent census statistics. This process is commonly known as the Local Government Distributive Fund, or LGDF.

LGDF monies are extremely important to municipalities, as they aid in providing necessary and vital services within the community, such as police protection, snow plowing, and other services provided on a daily basis by police and public works employees. And the return of these funds from the state to the municipalities seems only fitting, as the source of the funding is our fair share of the income tax dollars that we all pay as residents of Illinois. In Elburn’s case, LGDF funds comprise roughly 30 percent of our general budget fund, which equates to about $130,000.

This year, a 66 and 2/3 percent income tax increase was passed by the governor and state legislature, with the municipalities slated to receive no portion of the increased funds collected. The legislation that was passed actually decreased the municipal share of LGDF funds from 10 percent to 6 percent. And there is current discussion taking place in Springfield that would further reduce, or even entirely eliminate, the distribution of LGDF funds to municipalities in the future.

The issue, it seems to me and many others, is one of spending—not income. In the last two years, the Village of Elburn has reduced staff and expenses by close to $300,000. The Board of Trustees, along with the administration staff, has worked diligently to determine which services provided by the village are critical and must continue without interruption, as well as identifying those areas where budget cuts could be made without negatively impacting the well-being and quality of life of our residents. Although these decisions are always arduous and difficult to make, Elburn has and will continue to do its part in this regard.

I cannot stress enough that any action taken by Springfield to reduce or eliminate LGDF funds will not be seamless to our residents. On the contrary, such action will have a major effect on the village of Elburn’s ability to provide the level of service that our residents have come to expect from us, and will impact activities that serve as the underpinnings of the pride we take in ensuring that Elburn remains an ideal place to live, work and play.

In short, to withhold or eliminate any portion of the taxes paid by our residents—which is due to come back to us, as originally agreed upon many years ago—is wrong.

I urge our citizens to make your voice heard by calling, e-mailing or writing your state representatives to let them know your feelings regarding the adverse impact this legislation will have on your community.

Letter: Stop spending money you do not have

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I am writing you to express my sentiments regarding state and local budgets, and more specifically pending legislation regarding the LGDF (Local Government Distributive Fund).

My first piece of advice is that the state should stop spending money it does not have. Toward that end, terminating the LGDF would be a perfectly fantastic idea. I am in complete favor of it.

Our local officials at Elburn are whining about the potential loss of this revenue, but the town completely ignores the fact that it is a proliferate waster of public finance. It is your duty to not only balance your budget but to expressly message these other entities that they need to stop wasting.

I would like to remind you to terminate all the public employee pensions, including teachers, and replace them with something far more practical, such as retirement eligibility no earlier than 70 years of age and with benefits not to exceed a) 40 percent of the last 10 years of average pay and b) not to exceed the NPV (net present value) of their contributions and if possible to convert them to a defined contribution plan.

Lastly, the number-one priority should be an 80 percent reduction in health care cost. All procurement choice should be eliminated for public healthcare beneficiaries unless they should elect to take a reimbursement at the public negotiated rates regardless of the billed cost. I would like to see you establish a self-administered reinsurance pool with a $10,000 deductible and premium far closer to the true actuarial cost of $400 per family of four, as opposed to the insured premium of $4,900 … and I would like for the state to stop imposing mandated healthcare liabilities upon me.

Jeff L. MacKenzie
Kaneville

Letter: Aim criticism at correct target

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Truth is the first casualty of war. The same goes for politics.

In order to hold the parties responsible for decisions that they make, voters must know who is pushing initiatives and voting for them. Some examples are “Who voted for the 67 percent income tax increase? Who voted for raiding the teachers’ and public employees’ pension funds?” Most recently, “Who is pushing to cut local governments’ share of state funding for municipalities?”

There was a cartoon in a newspaper with an arm labeled “General Assembly” pickpocketing a personification of local government’s wallet. There was also an article about suburban mayors harshly criticizing the legislature for trying to cut local government funding.

Even though I agree with the mayors’ assessment, the problem is that their criticism is misdirected. It is Governor Quinn who is proposing the cut and pushing it. The pickpocketing arm should be labeled “Governor Quinn.” And the mayors should focus their lobbying efforts on the governor, his budget director, and Quinn’s enablers in the General Assembly if they wish to be effective.

Quinn’s spokesperson, Brie Callahan, is quoted saying that they want to pay all their bills (except for those to local government, I guess), and, ridiculously, she points a finger at the minority party, as if they are in charge.

If Gov. Quinn and the ruling majority want the money, they will have to assume the authority that the voters have given them and take it. They should at least be directly honest about it.

State Sen. Chris Lauzen (R-25)
Aurora

Letter: Townhome resident behavior ridiculous

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One thing that I value most about living in Elburn is the village’s commitment to family and community. Elburn is an awesome family-friendly place to live and raise a family. That is why my son and I moved here 11 years ago. We have many families with children in our neighborhood, and we love it.

We are fortunate to have a large, grassy area owned by the village at the corner of Willow and 3rd streets, where kids from all over the neighborhood and of all ages gather to play ball and have fun. Unfortunately, a few of the residents living in the townhomes that border the play area have consistently tried to prevent the children from playing in this public field.

Here are some of the actions taken by these residents over the past few years:

1. Calls to the police because the children are making too much noise—the most frequent complainer is a school teacher.
2. Threats to the children “to move their ball game or else.”
3. Sun tanning for hours at a time on the third base line so the children cannot play ball.
4. Photographing the children at play—pictures taken by the school teacher for reasons unknown.
5. Complaints that the grass is being ruined.

The grassy area is owned by the village. It is public property. As a parent of a child that plays in this field, and as a citizen of Elburn, I am tired of these people acting as if they own the area. They do not. This is absolutely ridiculous.

• Stop threatening my child and all his friends.
• Stop taking photographs.
• Stop complaining about the “sounds” of children playing outside.
• Stop trying to make our family-friendly Elburn into a place that it is not.

Our kids have found an entertaining, constructive and healthy way to spend many hours. Why would anyone want to take that away? If the sounds of children playing outside are so disruptive to your life, then please, please do us a favor and close the windows that face the play area and turn on your air conditioning or move.

Shaun R. Cushna
Elburn

Guest editorial: May is National Foster Care Month

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by Jan Ramming
Program and Outreach Coordinator
CASA Kane County

Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of the more than 400,000 children and youth in the foster care system. The campaign raises awareness about the urgent needs of these young people and encourages citizens from every walk of life to get involved—as foster or adoptive parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways.

With the help of dedicated people, many formerly abused or neglected children and teens will either reunite safely with their parents, be cared for by relatives or be adopted by loving families. Thanks to the many advocates, child welfare professionals, elected officials and support groups around the country, the total number of children in foster care has decreased over recent years.

CASA volunteers are ordinary people who do extraordinary things for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. Candidates must complete 40 hours of training before being sworn in by the Juvenile Court Judge. Their responsibilities include meeting monthly with the children on their case, attending meetings with the children’s teachers, caseworkers and foster parents, and preparing a report for the judge prior to all court hearings. CASA’s speak up for the best interests of these young victims during a difficult time. Last year, the CASA Kane County program volunteers served over 500 children.
Please help ensure that these children are not forgotten. For more information on becoming a CASA Kane County volunteer, visit www.casakanecounty.org or call us at (630) 232-4484. Our next general information meeting is Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m. at Grahams 318, 318 S. Third St., in Geneva. You can be the difference in the life of a child.

Letter: Friends of the Library Annual Plant Sale

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Thank you to everyone in our community who supported the Friends of the Town & Country Public Library 8th Annual Plant Sale fundraiser May 6 and 7.

We had over 90 dozen locally grown colorful geraniums, gerbera daisies, tuberous begonias, petunias, star clusters, ivy and coleus. The proceeds from this sale benefit the library’s Summer Reading program, beginning June 6, for adults and children.

There were over 1,300 participants in the 2010 Summer Reading program. Our library continues to be a great place for everyone to expand their knowledge with a variety of programs and media.

The Friends are a 501(c)3 volunteer organization created to support our library’s programs and services to the community. Come check us out and be a “Friend.”

Joan Hansen
Friends of the Town & Country
Public Library
Elburn

Letter: Thanks to Easter Egg Hunt volunteers

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The Maple Park Library Board of Trustees would like to extend our deepest appreciation to all of our volunteers at the annual Library Easter Egg Hunt.

This year’s hunt was a huge success and would not have been possible without the caring support and energetic spirit of our community. Thank you to our volunteers, Daisy Scout Troop 4387, Lexi Slowick, Ally McPhee, Julia Pence and John Latsis. Special thanks to the Latsis Baking Company for the extremely generous and delicious donation of the best cupcakes ever tasted. They were the hit of the event.

Finally, thank you to Melissa Brady for donating to our cause. We look forward to hosting the event again next year.

Thank you.

Beth Miller
Library Board President
Maple Park Public Library

Letter: A thank you to Girl Scout Troop #892

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Thanks to Elburn’s Girl Scout Troop #892, downtown Elburn is beautiful for the spring and summer seasons once more.

On May 11, John Stewart Elementary Girl Scout Troop planted beautiful flowers in the potters at the business fronts of downtown Elburn. This troop includes Lindsay P., Mycayla G., Grace G., Marissa D., Ashley P., Rachel F., and Reah F.

These potters are now filled with a variety of flowers and greenery, which were made available to us through a generous discount from our friends at Wiltse’s Greenhouse and Farm. We also received a much appreciated supply of mulch from Kane County Landscape Material and Supply. A special thank you to these two businesses for being very helpful and patient with us.

A big thanks to all the businesses who have volunteered to Adopt-A-Pot and help maintain these flowers through the summer. Also, thanks to committee chairs Lucy Gain and Patti Mangis for all of their donated time, hard work and generosity.

Cindy Gurke
Administrator
Elburn Chamber of Commerce

Letter: A thank you from Blazing Prairie Stars

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A key component to the success of many organizations is their team of volunteers. At Blazing Prairie Stars, a Maple Park therapeutic
equestrian center, this is especially true.

Several times each year, we organize appreciation parties and activities to let our pediatric clients and students express their gratitude to the volunteers that make the programs possible. We want to thank Kate Wiltse from Wiltse’s Farm Produce and Greenhouse in Maple Park for donating flowers, pots and soil, which the children used to make a special gift for their volunteer. The donation was so generous, and we want everyone to know what a great community partner Wiltse’s is to our area. Be sure to get out there for your spring planting needs.

Carrie Capes
Volunteer coordinator,
therapeutic riding instructor
Blazing Prairie Stars

Guest editorial: A special thanks to our neighbors

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by Steven Anderson, Elburn
Two months ago, my wife, Cari, and I really didn’t know too many people in this small town called Elburn. I don’t think we realized just how great this community really is.

When Cari was diagnosed with a brain tumor, the first thing that went through my mind had nothing to do with fundraisers or medical bills, but rather how we were going to beat the tumor and the recovery that is still going on. It was at this point that Sue and Mike Davis offered assistance to ease some of the burdens. I could give a thousand thank you’s, but in the end it still wouldn’t be enough to show my gratitude and appreciation to this community.

My first thanks go out to Mike and Sue Davis. These are some wonderful people who offered so much when everything seemed so bleak. When Mike and Sue found out about Cari, they immediately asked what they could do. I had too many things on my mind to even come up with anything. Sue asked if she could contact a few people on my behalf. Her husband, Mike, contacted Gary Augustine of Elburn Hill Church and got the ball rolling.

Gary and his wife have been instrumental with help and resources, and for that I am very grateful. I also give thanks to the congregation for providing meals for my kids and mother, since I spent 80 percent of my time at the hospital. Richard and Annette Theobald, the owners of Paisano’s Pizza and Grill, provided meals and gift certificates. Because of their generosity, I was able to put food on the table without having to lose my mind over what to make. They have gained a customer, since my kids just love the pizza. I would like to thank Old Towne Pub and Eatery and Jason Cellini for the support they have shown.

I wish to express my thanks to Dr. Keith Hougas of Eye on Elburn for providing an exam and glasses for me. My military insurance doesn’t cover vision, and with our other concerns, glasses were going to have to wait. Sue Davis contacted the Lions Club and told them about my situation and got their help. Just last week, I picked up the glasses I needed, so thank you, Dr. Hougas and the Lions Club.

Midtown Martial Arts instructor Master Richard Temmerman holds a special place in my heart. I was a student of his when I was a high school student in the early ‘90s, and he is now a teacher of two of my boys. His demonstration last week has helped more than he knows. Though under no compulsion to do so, he spent a lot of time and effort putting the fundraiser together. I also want to thank the black belts who performed and made it all possible.

There are so many more people I want to thank—people I don’t even know, and people who wish to remain unknown. There were some people at the demonstration (who) approached me and thanked me for my service to this country. Forgive me if I seemed apprehensive in any way. I just wish to say you’re welcome, but in all actuality, the thanks belongs to you.

Letter: Enough already

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My name is Jim MacRunnels, and the Kane County portion of my tax bill has increased by over 6 percent.

This fact probably makes me no different than just about anyone else reading this letter. What is different are two defining factual differences.

1. I am in the midst of a lawsuit with Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay.

2. I ran against Karen McConnaughay for County Board Chairman almost four years ago.

Either one of these facts has somehow managed to make me suspect in the eyes of Ms. McConnaughay.

When I researched and discovered that she had given raises to numerous department heads in the midst of a significant recession, I was branded as some sort of public pariah for daring to question how a politician talks about “tightening the governments belt” while secretly giving raises that by actuarial analysis will cost county taxpayers over $20 million dollars in pensions and salaries.

It is certainly true that when I ran for office I proposed a contract with Kane County. I promised to utilize our own workers for contracts as much as possible. I pledged to discontinue the practice of hiring firms that gave large campaign donations, going so far as to refuse to take them. I pledged to bring common sense back to government service.

Ms. McConnaughay spent over $350,000 (most of the money collected from contractors) to defeat a guy (me) that had virtually no political experience and that honestly ran for the position just on principle alone.

Well, that was then and this is now.

I must have an affinity to Don Quixote, because when I discovered that not one board member that I spoke with knew of the raises or approved of them, I wanted to know why. I discovered that the revised county code included language that called for a vote of the Executive Committee of the Board prior to giving raises or promotions. Suffice to say, I was not the most popular guy over at the county building when I filed Freedom of Information requests. Yes, I was considered public taxpayer enemy No. 1.

So I took matters into my own hands. I filed a lawsuit on behalf of myself and other taxpayers. Not one board member has admitted knowing of these raises.

I am funding this lawsuit myself, and I invite Ms. McConnaughay to do the same. Heck, with all the talk of belt tightening and a $95,000 part-time salary, I expected this was not too much to ask. Well, folks, I guess that we are all obligated to pay $20 million plus the cost of her attorneys.

Recently, Ms. McConnaughay stated that she was “vindicated” when Judge Mueller decided that the case be dismissed. How does $20 million dollars of vindication sit with the taxpayers? I supposedly had some revengeful motive for my decision to say that as a taxpayer, “I am sick and tired and won’t take it anymore.”

Yes, I do feel that I was right in asking some tough questions about pay to play, responsible spending, the over-reliance on expensive consultants, and appointing task forces that reach the same conclusion of the chairman.

I feel compelled to do the same today. And if that makes me a bad guy, I hope there are a few other bad guys out there willing to say enough already.

James MacRunnels
Elburn

Letter: Help us at annual Conley Farm Planting, Work Day

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This Saturday, May 14, is our annual spring event, “Planting Seeds of Hope.” In addition to all the planting, we have several leftover projects from our April work day that still need to be completed, especially scraping and painting tables and weed whacking.

If you’ve got an hour or two that morning, any time between 9 a.m. and noon, stop by and see all the progress we’ve made this month. Weed whackers and paint brushes welcome.

Thanks so much for all you do for us and the community.

Carol Werdin Alfrey, PhD
Executive Director
Conley Outreach Community Services

Letter: Thanks to clean-up volunteers

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The Blackberry Creek Home Owner’s Association Board of Directors would like to thank all of the volunteers who showed up for our Community Clean-up Day on Saturday, April 30. Specifically, we would like to thank the Girl Scout Daisy Troop 4903; Elburn Village trustees Ethan Hastert, Jerry Schmidt and Jeff Walter; Laura Nicolini of Caruso Management Group; and John Nevenhoven of the village of Elburn, Public Works Department.

A huge thank you also goes out to the village of Elburn for donating the trash bags and gloves and disposing of all the trash that was collected. Close to 50 bags of trash and other miscellaneous items were cleaned up throughout the subdivision. It was so wonderful to see so many members of the Blackberry Creek Subdivision and community come together and help clean-up. Thank you very much.

Carrie Walter
Blackberry Creek HOA President

Editorial: Local terrorism expert shares his insights

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As word spread of the death of Osama Bin Laden Sunday, the vast majority of us turned to the news to find out more. For Sugar Grove resident and terrorism expert Mike Fagel, he prepared to go on the news.

Moments after President Barack Obama concluded his speech Sunday night confirming the death of Osama Bin Laden, Fagel appeared on the NBC Channel 5 Special Report to provide his insight on the event and its aftermath.

He then made several more media appearances over the next 24 hours, and said that his primary points remained the same for each.

“The topic was the same,” Fagel said. “The price of freedom is vigilance, not vigilantes. If you see something, say something. Go about your daily lives with caution and awareness, but not panic.”

Fagel is a Department of Homeland Security Analyst and a Homeland Security Instructor at Northwestern University, Northern Illinois University and Benedictine University in Emergency Planning and Public Policy. He has spent years as a FEMA reservist responding to many crises, ranging from hurricanes and ice storms to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center.

So, to say he is an expert on these things might be an understatement.

“I teach at Northwestern, NIU and Benedictine in their homeland security operations,” Fagel said. “I get a sense of accomplishment, training the responders of tomorrow.”

The insights Fagel shared with us can hopefully help us as we struggle to comprehend what the death of Osama Bin Laden really means, as well as our struggle with the range of thoughts and emotions his death has brought back to the surface.

He said that as a World Trade Center responder, he witnessed first-hand the impacts of that day on those who lost loved ones, and those, like him, who responded to the scene.

“The World Trade Center (attack) took a toll on 3,000 families and created a hollow feeling where their family members once were,” he said. “That will never go away.”

Being on the scene at Ground Zero has given him a perspective far different from those of us who experienced it either second hand or by watching it on the news.

“It pushed the mortality to the forefront, where I worked as a scene safety officer for the FDNY for nearly three months,” he said. “The impacts on my co-workers were subtle at first. I stay in touch with two of my teammates these last 10 years on a weekly basis. We all feel a deep sadness, but a sense of pride in what we did together.”

In the 10 years since that awful day, which led our nation to briefly unite in our grief and outrage, much has changed. Fagel explained that those early emotions faded with time.

“Americans changed during 2001, but their tears dried up as we moved farther and farther away from 9-11,” Fagel said.

That former unity could again be seen Sunday night, as spontaneous gatherings formed at the White House, Ground Zero, and other locations throughout the nation. Fagel recalled his initial reaction to the news.

“I was cautiously optimistic when I heard, but was concerned that the retaliation factor may be in the offing,” he said.

As time passed, those concerns increased.

“I became more concerned that as the world became more aware of the ramifications of the event, the other elements, cells, copycats and such may use this opportunity to create havoc,” he explained.

Global travel alerts were issued later Sunday night, and we were repeatedly told about the possibility of a retaliatory attack. For many, those warnings led to a growing unease in the following days. While Fagel agreed with the need for concern, he said that we also need to remember what we have working for us.

“The intelligence community is working 24/7 to keep America and its allies safe,” he said. “It is a daunting task, but, with the proper support, it is manageable.”

Our reactions to Sunday’s news will continue to evolve as time passes, and the relative unity that returned Sunday night has already begun to fade due to skepticism, cynicism, political battles and general distrust expressed by so many in the past few days. While that evolution of thought and emotion will be unique to each one of us, we all share something beyond the pettiness and politics that separates us. Fagel said that in the years between 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden’s death, he worked with people from all over the globe from every background conceivable. Despite all of the differences he saw, he found something we all share.

“I have learned that we are all people under the same hopes, fears and options.”

Letter: Elburn American Legion to distribute memorial poppies

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Elburn American Legion Auxiliary members and volunteers will be in downtown Elburn distributing memorial poppies on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.

The poppy has become a nationally-known and recognized symbol of sacrifice, and is worn by Americans to honor those who served and died for their country. The wearing of a poppy means “honor the dead and help the living.”

The handmade poppies are crafted by disabled veterans, and the production activity provides physical and mental therapeutic benefits for the veterans. Donations received by the American Legion Auxiliary volunteers for the poppies are used extensively to assist and support veterans and their families through service programs.

In November 1918, Ms. Moina Michael bought a bouquet of poppies and handed them to businessmen where she worked, and she asked them to wear the poppy as a tribute to the fallen. In 1923, the poppy became the official flower of the American Legion family in memory of the soldiers who fought on the battlefields during World War I.

The Elburn American Legion Auxiliary volunteers look forward to a successful “Poppy Days” program May 20-21, and greatly appreciate the community’s generous support and participation.

Leah Anderson, Cara Bartel
Elburn American Legion
Auxiliary #630

Letter: 2011 Boy Scout Spring Camporee

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On the weekend of April 15-17, Boy Scout Troop 41 from Sugar Grove and other local troops participated in a camp out known as the Spring Camporee at Lyons Farm in Yorkville. Despite bad weather, rain, sleet, snow and windy conditions, the boys still had a wonderful time. There were good meals, team building games, skits and a church service.

For information on joining Boy Scout Troop 41, please contact Scoutmaster Dave Seraphin at (630) 466-4913.

Mark Wojak
Troop 41 Scribe
Sugar Grove

Letter: Legion thanks for support of drawdown raffle

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The Elburn American Legion Post 630 would like to thank everyone who participated and supported our drawdown ticket raffle.

The $50 winners were Ted Campbell, Gene Capes, J&R Herra and Kathy Aquino. The $100 winners were Roger Gould, Bruce Currie, Mark Melone and Paul Garner. The grand prize winner of $2500 went to James and Sharon Elgar.

Dennis Richmond
Raffle Chairman
Elburn

Guest Editorial: Vaccine—preventable diseases still cause illness

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by Melaney Arnold, Kelly Jakubek
Illinois Department of Public Health

Each year, thousands of children become ill from diseases that could have been prevented by basic childhood immunizations. Countless more miss time from day care and school because they are under-immunized or inappropriately immunized. To help prevent illness, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recognizing National Infant Immunization Week, an annual observance designed to serve as a call to action for parents, caregivers and health care providers to ensure that infants are fully immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases.

“Because of the success of vaccines in preventing disease, many parents don’t know their children are at risk of serious and life-threatening diseases,” Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold said. “Immunization is one of the best ways parents can protect their children against serious diseases. I encourage parents to talk with their child’s doctor to ensure their child is up-to-date on immunizations.”

Vaccine-preventable diseases still circulate, so continued vaccination is necessary to protect against potential outbreaks. An example of the seriousness of vaccine-preventable diseases is the California whooping cough epidemic last year, resulting in the death of 10 infants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children, have been eliminated completely, and others are close to extinction—primarily due to safe and effective vaccines. One example is the elimination of polio in the United States. Polio once caused death and paralysis across the country, but today, thanks to vaccination, there are no reports of polio in the United States. Another example is the smallpox vaccine. Children no longer have to get smallpox shots because the disease no longer exists.

“If we continue vaccinating now, and vaccinating completely, parents in the future may no longer need to worry about some of the diseases we face today,” Arnold said.

Unfortunately, some babies are too young to be completely vaccinated, and some people may not be able to receive certain vaccinations due to severe allergies or weakened immune systems. To help keep them safe, it is important for people who are able to get vaccinated to be fully immunized.

For parents who may not be able to afford immunizations for their children, the Vaccines for Children program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children from low-income families. For information about this program in Chicago, call (312) 746-6050; in all other Illinois areas, call (217) 785-1455.

For more information about immunizations, childhood immunization schedules and school immunization requirements, log onto www.idph.state.il.us/about/shots.htm.

Letter: St. Gall centennial

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St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, would like to thank the village of Elburn for recognizing our church and our centennial anniversary this year by presenting the church with an Official Proclamation.

The focuses of our centennial celebrations have been on our faith family and identifying those initial family members who helped start our church. We are hoping to locate descendants of the following families:

Abrahamson, Altepeter, Bent, Berringer, Bray, Burke, Burns, Butler, Callophy, Cannata, Carmody, Carney, Cheli, Chrystal, Clements, Cloney, Colling/Cullinge, Collins, Connell, Connelly, Connors, Conroy, Conway, Corrigan, Crosby, Crowe, Dafazzio, Deckert, Delmonti, Derrick, Derwin, Dobson, Domino, Dooley, Drennan, Dwyer, Farrell, Flynn, Frost, Gaffney, Gannon, Gill, Griffith, Grumhaus, Guerins/Guirens, Haley, Hall, Hankes, Hannon, Hennegan, Heusinger, Honaert, Kappers/Koppers, Kauth, Kearney, Keefe, Keegan, Keenan, Kelly, Kent, Kiefer/Keifer, Kluss/Cluss, Komes, Lawrence/Laurence, Leik, Letheby, Leuer, Listel, Long, Lorang, Lorenz, Lubner, Lucy, Lyons, Matthews, Maund, McCabe, McCawley, McDonnell, McElligott, McMahon, McNamara, McNicholas, McNicholls, Medernach, Merrick, Meyer(s), Meyerhofer, Miles, Milnamow, Momper, Monsell, Moore, Mullaney, Murphy, Murray, Nash, Neir, Newton, Nix, O’Brien, O’Connell, O’Donovan, O’Neal, Palmer, Pollard, Porter, Powers, Purcell, Quirk, Reilly, Riordan, Roach, Rooney, Ryan, Schmit(t), Scully, Seavey, Shaw, Sheahy, Shelmody, Shoop, Simons, Smith, Sohns, Stanford, Stowe, Sullivan, Theridau, Thomas, Tierney, Tolluto, Tullets, Walsh / Welsh, Warne, Weisberger, Welter, Westwood, White, Willey, Winterhalter, Wittry, and Young.

If you are a descendant of any of these families, please contact the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030 or Laura Chaplin at laura@stgall.com.

Father Karl Ganss
Pastor, St. Gall Church

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