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State Rep. Pritchard comments on Bill 3763

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SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed House Bill 3763, making appropriations for education funding and the teachers retirement system. State Representative Bob Pritchard (R-Sycamore) commented on the signing of the bill. “I want to commend the governor on his willingness to work with the majority party in developing a responsible budget. I’m glad to see…

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IDOT suspends road work for July 4 weekend

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Lanes opened where possible to improve traffic flow SPRINGFIELD—To improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for Fourth of July holiday travelers, the Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that non-emergency roadwork will be suspended, where possible, from 3 p.m., Thursday, July 2, until 12:01 a.m., Monday, July 6. One of the lane closures that will…

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Work on wayside horns at LaFox, Brundidge roads begins this week

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LA FOX/BLACKBERRY TWP—Installation of railroad wayside warning horns at the Union Pacific Railroad crossings at LaFox Road and Brundidge Road began this week. The project, which is estimated to take about two months, has been a long time in the making, said Kane County Board member and Transportation Committee Chair Drew Frasz. When Frasz first…

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Electric aggregation letters hitting mailboxes this week

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KANE COUNTY—Residents and small businesses in unincorporated Kane County, excluding Aurora and Dundee Townships, should expect to receive detailed information about the new electric aggregation program in their mailboxes this week. Letters will be sent by Dynegy Energy Services and include the Kane County seal on the envelope, so residents should be on the lookout…

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Fireworks pose safety hazard

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SPRINGFIELD—With the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, the Office of the State Fire Marshal reminds Illinois residents to leave fireworks to the experts. Many injuries and fires occur each year from these devices and therefore should be used only by trained professionals. Fireworks pose a danger to users and bystanders of all ages. As the…

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Aurora resident named Waubonsee Student Trustee

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SUGAR GROVE—Jesse Garner of Aurora was recently elected to serve as Waubonsee Community College’s Student Trustee for the 2015-16 academic year. Garner was seated at the college’s board of trustees meeting June 17. The student trustee serves as the liaison between the Waubonsee Board of Trustees and the college’s students, representing students’ interests at the…

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Kendall County clerk/recorder named Waubonsee Featured Alumnus

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Kendall County Clerk and Recorder Debbie Gillette of Yorkville doesn’t necessarily consider herself a politician. Rather, she sees herself as an elected official, chosen to serve the people of the county. For the way she has served the area’s growing population through her oversight of county records and elections, Waubonsee Community College recently named Gillette…

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NWS, emergency management seek to save lives

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SPRINGFIELD—Recent thunderstorms have produced spectacular lightning shows, but the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the National Weather Service (NWS) and local emergency management agencies urge people to stay safe by heading indoors during storms as part of Lightning Safety Awareness Week this week. “There’s no safe place outdoors when lightning is in the area,” IEMA…

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Sugar Grove native writes from experience

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LAKE GENEVA, WIS.—Tammy Schmidt believes in writing what she knows. And her sixth book, “Post-Traumatic Brazilian Wax Syndrome,” is based on a very real experience. “I’ve been writing since I was 14, and my work has changed drastically over the years,” said Schmidt, who publishes under her maiden name, Tamara Lyon. “My early work was…

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Forest Preserve purchase of Patten property moving forward

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ELBURN—Elburn Village Board trustees on Monday were more receptive to the Kane County Forest Preserve’s request to purchase commercial property on Route 47 after Kane County Board member Drew Frasz came back with a few incentives to sweeten the deal. Village Board members were less than enthusiastic about the request during a discussion at a…

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Kane County 4-H Foundation names 2015 scholarship recipients

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ST. CHARLES—The Kane County 4-H Foundation recently selected its scholarship recipients for 2015, awarding $1,000 each to local 4-H members Brittany McCullough of St. Charles and Blake Sunderlage of Genoa, Ill. Scholarship recipients were selected on the basis of 4-H Youth Development program involvement, 4-H achievements, community service, school involvement and future plans in 4-H.…

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USMC Captain Lauzen to compete in World Championships

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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.—USMC Captain Ted Lauzen of Aurora won his division and placed seventh overall at the Modern Pentathlon National Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 6. As an elite athlete for the United States Marine Corps, Captain Lauzen competes in the Modern Pentathlon, which is an Olympic sport…

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Waubonsee signs school psychology agreement

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CHICAGO—The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) a nonprofit university that is one of the leading institutions devoted to psychology and related behavioral and health sciences, and Waubonsee Community College signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which allows all active Waubonsee students who meet admissions requirements to transfer to The Chicago School’s online Bachelor of…

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Volunteers needed as Adult Literacy tutors

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AURORA—Waubonsee Community College’s Adult Literacy Project seeks volunteers to tutor adult students in reading, writing and speaking English. All training and materials are free. An online volunteer tutor training program will be available throughout the month of June. The flexible, individually paced curriculum includes readings and responses, and takes approximately eight to 10 hours to…

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Rich Harvest Farms hosts the Palmer Cup

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Arnold Palmer on hand for opening ceremonies SUGAR GROVE—Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove last week hosted the world’s 20 best collegiate players to play in the Palmer Cup, the 18th annual Ryder Cup-style amateur tournament named in honor of the legendary Arnold Palmer. Adding to the excitement of the event, Palmer attended the opening…

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Hultgren named to Congressional- Executive Commission on China

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) was recently appointed to the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC). The commission was created by Congress in October 2000 with the legislative mandate to monitor human rights and the development of the rule of law in China; to establish and maintain a list of victims of human rights…

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Payton Foundation walk to honor Kaneville’s Hill

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KANEVILLE—Pat Hill has touched the lives of many during her time as a Kaneville resident, village president and owner of Hill’s Country Store. Known for her generous and caring demeanor, Hill last year was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. The community immediately sprang into action in an attempt to help Hill during her battle.…

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The difference a year can make

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One year following brain cancer diagnosis, former Sugar Grove Library director Holmes feels better than expected SUGAR GROVE—It’s been a little more than a year since former Sugar Grove Public Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme—an aggressive brain tumor—but she is doing better than might have been expected. Following her surgery…

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