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IDOT, law enforcement launch crackdown on impaired driving

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SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has partnered with Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies across the state to kick off the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization, an intensive, two-week crackdown on impaired driving leading up to the Labor Day holiday. Through Sept. 5, the Illinois State Police will join over 350 local police departments and county sheriff’s offices for the crackdown.

“Impaired driving is a serious crime plaguing our society, and affecting the lives of innocent, law abiding motorists on a regular basis,” said Acting Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider. “IDOT will not waver in its strong commitment to directly fight against this careless and reckless act of indecency. The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ message and mobilization serves as a warning to those who choose to drive impaired in Illinois … law enforcement will find and arrest you, no exceptions.”

For the next two weeks, law enforcement agencies across the state will conduct over 200 roadside safety checks and hundreds of additional hours of impaired driving and safety belt saturation patrols. In addition, motorists are being warned to buckle up or risk getting a ticket.

In Illinois, impaired driving and the lack of safety belt use are two problems that often take place at night. According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the midnight to 3 a.m. timeframe is the deadliest time on Illinois roadways. The data also shows this time of day has the highest percentage of alcohol involvement and the lowest safety belt use.

“Illinois State Police want motorists to arrive at their final destinations safely during the holiday weekend and will be targeting designated areas looking for speeders, seatbelt violators, and DUI offenders,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “Violating these laws can result in fines and possible jail time and will be treated as criminal acts by the police and court system.”
Illinois has experienced a continued decrease in impaired driving fatal motor vehicle crashes in the past few years. The fact remains, however, that impaired drivers still play a role in over 300 highway deaths and hundreds more serious injuries each year.

During last year’s Labor Day weekend (6 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday evening), 12 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes, and one of the fatalities involved an impaired driver. Additionally, 763 people were injured during the same weekend. Data for the last five years (2006-10) during the Labor Day weekend report a total of 70 fatalities, with 25 of the 70 fatalities, or 36 percent, involving an impaired driver.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety. The campaign features stepped-up enforcement supported by an intensive two-week media campaign intended to deter individuals from driving impaired. For more information on IDOT’s Traffic Safety program against impaired driving, log on to www.trafficsafety.illinois.gov/#DSI.

Aug. 26 police blotter

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The following reports were obtained from local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Fatal accident
on Beith Road

A woman from Bloomingdale, Ill., passed away following single-vehicle accident on Sunday in Virgil Township.

Kane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call Sunday afternoon regarding a traffic crash with injuries on Beith Road near Freeland Road in Virgil.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, the initial investigation indicates that a 1996 Harley Davidson motorcycle, ridden by Kathleen Skimerhorn, was traveling east on Beith Road and for an unknown reason left the roadway near a curve in the road. The motorcycle continued traveling on the grass shoulder on the east side of Beith Road. Eventually the motorcycle went to the ground. The driver, who was the only person on the motorcycle, was transported to Delnor Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased. She was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Skimerhorn was part of a group of approximately 100 motorcycles who were participating in the Friends of Mike Thomas charity poker run.

Beith Road was closed for approximately an hour while the crash was being investigated.

Former Elburn resident
pleads guilty to invading
St. Charles home

A former Elburn resident will go to prison after he pleaded guilty to forcing his way into his ex-girlfriend’s home and injuring her.

Mario M. Bocanegra, 30, with a last known address of the 2N block of Bieth Road in Elburn, agreed with the Kane County State’s Attorney on Aug. 18 to a sentence of seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea to home invasion, a Class X felony.

Circuit Judge Timothy Q. Sheldon accepted the plea.

Bocanegra forced entry into his ex-girlfriend’s home on the 1-99 block of 13th Avenue on Dec. 17, 2010. In gaining entry, Bocanegra damaged the rear patio door and screen of the residence. Once inside, he argued with the victim, grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the floor, causing injury.

During the hearing, Judge Sheldon heard testimony about Bocanegra’s prior convictions for domestic battery, violating an order of protection and telephone harassment.

Based on Illinois law, Bocanegra was given day-for-day sentencing. Bocanegra was given credit for at least 219 days served in Kane County jail.

The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Christina Wascher.

• Eight red signal lamps with aluminum housings valued at $2,500 were reported stolen from an open storage area on Union Pacific property on North Street on Aug. 10. Police are looking for a dark blue, full-sized regular cab pickup truck with yellor or gold writing and a ladder holder on the side that was seen in the area.

• Sometime between 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 and 8:30 a.m. Aug.20, someone stomped a small tree in a front yard in the 200 block of East Shannon. The tree was broken off at the base. The offender also removed a cable TV pedestal cover and placed it on the trunk of the owner’s car.

• Police arrested Andrew C. Kumro, 20, of Sugar Grove, and Kristiana J. Lynch, 20, of Big Rock, after police were called about them arguing in the street on Aug. 20. Alcohol was detected and both were arrested for unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor.

• Police questioned Steven J. Brown, 36, of Maple Park, after he was seen hitchhiking at Keslinger Road and Route 47 on Aug. 21. Police discovered an outstanding arrest warrent out for Brown in Kane County for driving on a suspended license. Brown was unable to post bond which was set at $3,000. He was transported to Kane County Jail.

Sugar Grove
• Sugar Grove Police on Aug.16 observed a vehicle make an illegal left turn into the Jewel/Osco store on Route 47, and made contact with the driver, Jesus A. Aviles, 38, of the 300 block of Main Street in Burlington, Ill. Aviles did not have a driver’s license, but gave police his state ID card. Police then discovered there were three valid warrants—domestic battery, obstruction justice and reckless driving/fleeing/theft-out of DuPage County for Aviles. Aviles was taken into custody and charged with disobeying a traffic control device, no valid driver’s license, and no insurance. He was later turned over to DuPage County Sheriff’s Corrections.

• Sugar Grove Police on Aug.17 were dispatched to the Sugar Grove Police Department on a report of a stolen badge. Upon arrival, the victim, a retired member of the Aurora Fire Department and an arson investigator, told police that his arson investigator badge was stolen from his vehicle, as well as a black leather badge-holder wallet, an arson ID card issued by the State of Illinois, and a Firearms Owners Identification (FOID) card.

Virgil Township Assessment Roll published

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VIRGIL—The 2011 assessment roll for Virgil Township was published Aug. 18, 2011, in the Elburn Herald.

After all revisions and corrections by the Township Assessor are applied, the equalization factor for this township is 1.0000.

To obtain assessment information about a property in this township, call the Virgil Township Assessor’s Office at (815) 827-3388 or visit www.virgiltownship.net/.

To obtain complaint forms and a copy of the Rules and Procedures of the Kane County Board of Review, visit www.KaneCountyAssessments.org/BOR.htm or call (630) 208-3818.

Pursuant to state law, the deadline to file 2011 assessment complaints for the properties within Virgil Township is Sept. 19. No complaint for property in this township can be accepted after that date.

Free property tax clinics
Each year, the Kane County Board of Review offers free property tax clinics during the period in which assessment complaints can be filed. The next clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 6.

The clinics are held in the auditorium of Building A of the Kane County Government Center Campus in Geneva; each clinic begins promptly at 6 p.m. and lasts about two hours. Topics addressed include how assessed valuations are developed, the process for filing assessment complaints and appeals, and how to apply for homestead exemptions that can reduce a homeowner’s property tax burden.

The clinics are not suitable forums for discussing any specific individual assessments; these questions are best directed to the Assessor of the Township in which the property is located.

Both taxpayers and practitioners (attorneys, appraisers, brokers, etc.) are welcome to attend. For more information, call the Board of Review office at (630) 208-3818 or visit www.KaneCountyAssessments.org/Clinics.pdf.

‘We’re in this Together’

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Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez (right), and Richard Randall, Kendall County Sheriff, celebrate landing their boat first in the Fox Valley United Way’s ninth annual cardboard-boat race on Mastodon Lake in Phillips Park in Aurora on Aug. 20. Perez and Randall named their dual-pedal craft “We’re in this Together.” Courtesy Photo

IRS warns of tax scams targeting Illinois residents

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CHICAGO—The Internal Revenue Service is encouraging Illinoisans to be on guard against tax scams promoted by unscrupulous individuals trying to persuade them to file false tax returns. These tax scams have, in many cases, targeted taxpayers in the Midwest and have been seen throughout Illinois.

“We are seeing tax scams in Illinois that target seniors and low-income individuals. Some scams encourage people to file tax returns, for a fee, to get a refund on withholding from Social Security benefits,” said Sue Hales, IRS spokeswoman for Illinois. “However, if withholding never actually occurred, taxpayers would not be eligible for this refund.”

Most paid tax return preparers provide honest and professional services, but there are some who engage in fraud and other illegal activities. Unscrupulous promoters of tax scams often prey upon low-income individuals and seniors. They build false hopes of a refund and charge people good money for bad advice. In the end, victims of these scams discover their claims are rejected or the refund barely exceeds what they paid the scam promoter. Meanwhile, their money and the promoters are long gone.

“The IRS is seeing an increase in tax scams, frequently involving taxpayers who normally do not have to file a tax return,” Hales said. “We’re asking taxpayers to remain vigilant. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Flyers and advertisements for free money from the IRS have been circulated at community organizations including churches and organizations that assist seniors, exploiting their good intentions and credibility. The flyers suggest that taxpayers can file a return and get a refund with little or no documentation. These fraudulent schemes are often spread by word of mouth among unsuspecting and well-intentioned people telling their friends and relatives.

Taxpayers should be wary of any of the following:
• Fictitious claims for refunds or rebates based on excess or withheld Social Security benefits
• Claims that Treasury Form 1080 can be used to transfer funds from the Social Security Administration to the IRS enabling a payout from the IRS
• Unfamiliar for-profit tax services teaming up with local community organizations, including churches
• Home-made flyers and brochures implying credits or refunds are available without proof of eligibility
• Offers of free money with no documentation required.
• Promises of refunds for “Low Income—No Document Tax Returns”
• Claims for the expired Economic Recovery Credit Program or the Recovery Rebate Credit
• Advice on using the Earned Income Tax Claims based on exaggerated reports of self-employment income

In some cases, non-existent Social Security refunds or rebates have been the bait used by con artists. In other situations, taxpayers deserve the tax credits they are promised but the preparer uses fictitious or inflated information on the return, which results in a fraudulent return.

“Taxpayers should choose carefully when hiring someone to prepare their tax returns,” said Al Patton, IRS Criminal Investigation Division special agent in charge. “While most return preparers are honest and provide an excellent service, a few unscrupulous return preparers file false and fraudulent returns to defraud the government and their clients. Don’t forget that even if you pay someone to prepare your tax return, you, the taxpayer, are ultimately responsible for all of the information on that tax return. If the return contains incorrect information, you will be responsible for paying any additional taxes and penalties.”

Patton further advised taxpayers to always review their tax returns before signing them and to question any items they do not understand.

Anyone with questions about a tax credit or program should visit the IRS website at www.IRS.gov, call the IRS toll-free number at 1-800-829-1040 or visit a local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center. The IRS has 14 Taxpayer Assistance Centers located throughout Illinois.

Free guide to preserve the Fox River gives conservation tips to homeowners

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KANE COUNTY—The beauty, diversity and importance of the Fox River is portrayed in a 48-page, color booklet, “A Citizen’s Guide to Preserving the Fox River,” available for free at various locations.

The guide was created by The Conservation Foundation and the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership to encourage those living in the Fox River watershed to appreciate its beauty and importance in maintaining a balance of nature through its preservation.

The booklet provides information on the geology, geography, flora and fauna of the region, punctuated with commentaries about people who have preserved their land.

The guide illustrates the benefits of, and more importantly, the success of cooperative involvement by municipalities, forest preserve districts, park districts, and the people who live in the Fox River valley.

Residents are shown how they can enjoy and preserve the environment by planting rain gardens, using rain barrels for water conservation, composting, and environmentally-friendly landscaping that manages water better.

“A Citizen’s Guide to Preserving the Fox River” is available online at PreserveTheFox.org. A list of places to pick up a free guide can also be found there, which includes libraries, park districts and village offices.

TriCity Family Services accepting nominations for William D. Barth Award

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GENEVA—TriCity Family Services is accepting nominations for the 27th Annual William D. Barth Award. Established in 1985, the Barth Award recognizes one individual who has made a significant and positive impact in the central Kane County area through community service.

Nominees must have an investment in the community and concern for those living here, as shown by an ongoing involvement in community life. The award recipient will exemplify the legacy of William D. Barth, a founder of TriCity Family Services and a dedicated community leader. The award will be presented at the annual Barth Award Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Riverside Reception and Conference Center in Geneva.

Nominations must be submitted in writing by Friday, Sept. 30. Forms are available at tricityfamilyservices.org. Nomination forms are not required if equivalent information is submitted. Send nominations to Miranda Barfuss, TriCity Family Services, 1120 Randall Ct., Geneva, IL 60134, or fax (630) 232-1471 or email mbarfuss@tricityfamilyservices.org. Call (630) 232-1070 for more information.

Rep. Hatcher to host local traveling office hours

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YORKVILLE—To continue reaching out to citizens of the 50th District, state Rep. Kay Hatcher (R-Yorkville) has scheduled traveling office hours in communities including Elburn, Maple Park, North Aurora, Sugar Grove and Big Rock.

“A lack of time or transportation makes it difficult for some constituents to visit my district office when they have a problem,” Hatcher said. “To make it easier for them, I have scheduled a number of traveling office hour visits in communities across the 50th District. I hope you will swing by, whether you have an issue you would like to discuss with me or if you just want to say ‘hello’.”

Hatcher or a member of her staff will be available at each traveling office stop:

• Maple Park—Friday, Aug. 19, at the Maple Park Civic Center, 302 Willow St., 9 a.m to noon.
• Elburn—Friday, Aug. 19, at the Elburn Village Hall, 301 East North St., 1 to 3:30 p.m.
• North Aurora—Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the North Aurora Village Hall, 25 E. State St., 9 a.m. to noon.
• Sugar Grove—Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Sugar Grove Village Hall, 10 South Municipal Drive, 9 a.m. to noon.
• Big Rock—Tuesday, Sept. 6, Big Rock Village Hall, 408 Rhodes Ave., 9 a.m. to noon.

No appointments are necessary, and walk-ins are welcome.

Constituents can reach Hatcher’s Yorkville office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at (630) 553-3223, or by e-mail at info@kayhatcher.us.

Kishwaukee College to offer aviation programs at Aurora Airport

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SUGAR GROVE—The Kishwaukee College Aviation Flight Program is collaborating with Waubonsee Community College’s Aviation Program to offer classes at the Aurora Municipal Airport. The classes will be available in the fall 2011 semester.

The program helps local aviation education programs address an increasingly urgent need within the field: a shortage of pilots. The aviation industry estimates that nearly 5,600 pilots will be needed over each of the next 20 years in this country alone.

The Kishwaukee College program offers ground school classes on the school’s Malta campus and flight training at several nearby airports, including DeKalb’s Taylor Municipal Airport. The addition of Aurora Municipal Airport to the program increases student options.

Aurora Airport offers several opportunities for pilots-in-training in both schools’ aviation programs: face-to-face ground school classes, state-of-the-art flight simulators and multi-faceted training platforms allowing students to have a broader selection of style and cost of available pilot training programs.

For students who begin their aviation education at Kishwaukee or Waubonsee with plans to explore other careers in aviation—air traffic controller or airport management—the degrees are fully transferable to Lewis University, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and Embry-Riddle.

Call Steve Durin at Kishwaukee College at (815) 825-2086, ext. 2850 or e-mail steved@kishwaukeecollege.edu. For information about the Waubonsee Aviation Pilot Associate of Science degree, contact Dr. Paul Hummel at (630) 466-2319.

Construction on Main Street over Seavey Road Run

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KANE COUNTY—Construction on the culvert carrying Main Street over Seavey Road Run will continue through Friday, Aug. 19, weather permitting. Improvements include the construction of steel sheet pile wing walls and stone riprap protection, aggregate shoulders and the vertical adjustment of existing guardrail.

Main Street will be closed from Bunker Road to Route 47 during this timeframe. This section will only be open to local traffic. Posted detours will be in place to direct traffic around the closure using Bunker and Hughes roads. The public is advised to exercise caution while traveling in and around the area, and to expect increased travel times.

Questions or concerns may be directed to Ken Mielke at (630) 406-7172.

Property tax due date reminder

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KANE COUNTY—Kane County Treasurer David J. Rickert would like to remind taxpayers that the second installment of property taxes is due Sept. 1. If you are a new or existing homeowner and need a copy of the bill to remit payment, you may print off a bill from the Internet by visiting the following WEB site: KaneCountyTreasurer.org or contact the Treasurer’s Office at (630) 232-3565.

Taxpayers can make payment by:
• Mailing the payment to the Treasurer’s Office. Mail postmarked by Sept. 1 is considered on time.
• Dropping the payment off in the property tax drop box, this is available 24 hours a day. The drop box is located behind Building (A) at the Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave. in Geneva
• Make payment at a participating Kane County Bank.
• Pay over the Internet by credit card or E-check
(please note there is a convenience fee for this service)

TriCity Family Services recruiting volunteers

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GENEVA—Did you know that approximately 1 out of 5 Americans is struggling with a mental health problem?

TriCity Family Services (TCFS), a private, not-for-profit human service agency serving the community members and organizations of central Kane County, is looking for volunteers. TriCity Family Services is dedicated to strengthening people and building community through promoting family-centered mental health and wellness. The agency provides quality, affordable counseling, youth crisis intervention, prevention and early intervention services that promote sound mental health and effective family functioning.

TriCity Family Services recognizes that volunteers are a valuable resource, and opportunities to volunteer are available. The agency is currently recruiting board members, board committee volunteers, and Friends of TCFS.

Board members establish sources of funding, an adequate pool of volunteers and a superior professional staff to help TCFS meet achieve its mission of service in the community. The agency is particularly in need of board members with skills in the areas of accounting and finance, marketing and public relations, human resources and computer technology.

Become a Board Committee Volunteer and join the Finance, Audit, Resource Development, Personnel, Behavioral Health or Major and Planned Gift Committee.

TCFS is also seeking new Friends of TriCity Family Services, the agency’s volunteer auxiliary. The Friends have a strong commitment to the annual budget through major fundraising events—including an Annual Benefit and Auction and the Lobster Fly-in. In addition, the Friends step forward to fill individual client needs and provide occasional office assistance.

To learn more about the different volunteer opportunities, call (630) 232-1070 or visit www.tricityfamilyservices.org/help.

Rep. Hatcher named to New Youth Development Council

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YORKVILLE—State Representative Kay Hatcher has been named to a new state council that will oversee funding and program recommendations for after-school activities for youth.

The Illinois Youth Development Council was created by a new state law last year to oversee the use of state funds and set goals and policies to promote positive youth development programs and activities.

Rep. Hatcher (R-Yorkville) was named to serve as the House Republicans’ representative on the council by House Republican Leader Tom Cross.

“Representative Hatcher’s background in recreational programs through her involvement with local park districts and the Kendall County Forest Preserve make her a perfect fit for this council,” Cross said.

“Participating in after-school activities makes children more likely to succeed in their schoolwork, and later, in the workforce. It also encourages them to get more involved in their community,” Hatcher said. “I’m very pleased to have a seat on a council created to help facilitate quality after-school programs.”

Illinois Youth Development Council responsibilities will include establishing an annual plan that sets goals for after-school funding, advising other state agencies, constitutional officers and the General Assembly on after-school related activities and awarding grants to “demonstration projects” that promote academic support, arts, music, sports, health promotion or life skills and career development activities.

Hatcher noted that the legislation creating the commission is subject to appropriation. However, the state Department of Human Services will be permitted to accept private funding or private resources at any time to help promote and fund after-school activities.

Elburn couple still waiting to resolve lawsuit over broken ankle

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by Sandy Kaczmarski
ELBURN—An Elburn woman is still waiting after three years to resolve a lawsuit to pay for medical costs after she stepped in a hole and broke her ankle.

Colleen MacRunnels and her husband Jim said they were on their way to volunteer at the 2009 RiverFest in St. Charles at Pottawatomie Park when she stepped on a mat that had been placed over a hole. She fell and broke her left ankle.

“I was down on the ground, my glasses flew off,” she said. “I didn’t know what happened.”

She said she was assured by the Downtown St. Charles Partnership, which hosts the event, that the medical costs would be covered.

“When you break something and you’re told by the people, ‘we have insurance, we’re gonna take care of it for you,’ and it doesn’t get paid,” Colleen MacRunnels said, “my insurance company wants to be reimbursed.”

She said she requested the necessary forms from the organization to turn in to her insurance company, but never got a response.

“After six weeks, I called the lady in charge and she told me she thought it was all resolved,” Jim MacRunnels said.

Joy Meierhans, events coordinator for River Fest, said she did offer to pay for the hospital expenses and that “we’re insured.”

“The lawyers have taken over. Nothing has been resolved,” she said.

Meierhans said the necessary forms were handed over, and that she had gotten approval from the insurers when the MacRunnels wanted to switch to a different orthopaedic practice. She said they are suing for medical expenses and also “loss of services,” a legal term referring to the loss of familial contributions.

Initially, Colleen MacRunnels said she just wanted reimbursement for medical bills after getting hurt on the event property. After getting frustrated over what she said was no response, the matter was turned over to Aurora attorney Douglas Sullivan, who could not be reached.

The lawsuit was filed last year in Cook County, but Jim MacRunnels, who is also a plaintiff in the suit, said the judge determined the case should be heard in Kane County, a decision he and his wife accept.

In addition to the Downtown St. Charles Partnership, other defendants include Frontier Management, the St. Charles Festival Committee and Harris Bank. The parties involved will be back in court Thursday, Aug. 18.

2011 Kane County Fair, 4-H Results

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The following local residents were among the winners at the Kane County Fair. Winners are listed by category, name, 4-H Club and city of residence.

Grand Champion Beginner II—Catherine Gorenz, Lincoln Highway, Maple Park
Reserve Grand Champion Beginner II—Mike Gorenz, Lincoln Highway, Maple Park
Grand Champion Jr. Showmanship—Catherine Gorenz, Lincoln Highway, Maple Park
Reserve Grand Champion Sr. Showmanship—Sarah Frew, Fox Valley Saddle N Spur, Maple Park

State Fair Delegates—Natural Resources
Audrina Lamore, Kaneville Classics, Elburn

State Fair Delegates—Floriculture
Matheu Poust, Lincoln Highway, Maple Park

Reserve Grand Champion Crops—Scott Dienst, Lincoln Highway, Maple Park
State Fair Delegates—Crops
Chase Bornemann, Big Rock Cowhands, Sugar Grove
Scott Dienst, Lincoln Highway, Maple Park
State Fair Alternates
Joe Gorenz, Lincoln Highway, Maple Park

Grand Champion Consumer Education—Audrina Lamore, Kaneville Classics, Elburn
Grand Champion Theatre Arts—Audrina Lamore, Kaneville Classics, Elburn

State Fair Delegates—Consumer Education
Audrina Lamore, Kaneville Classics, Elburn

State Fair Delegates—Performing Arts
Audrina Lamore, Kaneville Classics, Elburn

Visual Arts
Grand Champion Visual Arts—Demi Schlehofer, A Bit More, Sugar Grove
Grand Champion Visual Arts—Ian Armesy, Kaneville Classics, Sugar Grove
Reserve Grand Champion Visual Arts—Demi Schlehofer, A Bit More, Sugar Grove
Reserve Grand Champion Visual Arts—Sage Schlehofer, A Bit More, Sugar Grove
State Fair Delegates—Visual Arts
Demi Schlehofer, A Bit More, Sugar Grove
Ian Armesy, Kaneville Classics, Sugar Grove
State Fair Alternates—Visual Arts
Sage Schlehofer, A Bit More, Sugar Grove

Food & Nutrition
Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Cooking 301—Samantha Lederman, Kaneville Classics, Sugar Grove
State Fair Alternates—Food & Nutrition
Samantha Lederman, Kaneville Classics, Sugar Grove

Champion Crossbreed Production Gilt Over All Weights—Tyler Fabrizius, Lincoln Highway, Maple Park
Grand Champion Pair of Production Gilts—Tyler Fabrizius, Lincoln Highway, Maple Park
Heavy Weight Reserve Champion Market Gilt—Cody Pitstick, Burlington Ag, Maple Park
Reserve Grand Champion Pen of 2 Market Gilts, Overall—Cody Pitstick, Burlington Ag, Maple Park
Reserve Champion Pen of Gilts—Cody Pitstick, Burlington Ag, Maple Park
Sr. Swine Showmanship—Tyler Fabrizius, Lincoln Highway, Maple Park

Reserve Grand Champion Ram—Claude Lenz, Burlington Ag, Maple Park
Grand Champion Market Lamb—Buddy Haas, Burlington Ag, Elburn
Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb—Buddy Haas, Burlington Ag, Elburn
Grand Champion Pen of Market Lambs—Catherine Gorenz, Lincoln Highway, Maple Park
Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Market Lambs—Buddy Haas, Burlington Ag, Elburn
Jr. Sheep Showmanship—Brad Gorenz, Lincoln Highway, Maple Park

Reserve Grand Champion Standard Cock—Joshua Childress, Kaneville Classics, Sugar Grove
Grand Champion Standard Hen—Jacob Childress, Kaneville Classics, Sugar Grove
Reserve Grand Champion Goose—Matheu Poust, Lincoln Highway, Maple Park

Jr. Showmanship—Jessica Poust, Lincoln Highway, Maple Park
Sr. Showmanship—Matheu Poust, Lincoln Highway, Maple Park

Grand Champion Grade—Audrina Lamore, Kaneville Classics, Elburn

Grand Champion Steer—Buddy Haas, Burlington Ag, Elburn
Champion Crossbred Steer—Buddy Haas, Burlington Ag, Elburn

Horse & Pony
Grand Champion Speed Pony—Sage Schlehofer, A Bit More, Sugar Grove
Grand Champion Speed Horse—Sage Schlehofer, A Bit More, Sugar Grove

Pilot dies in plane crash

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BIG ROCK—A plane crash in Big Rock Township on Sunday morning claimed the life of a local pilot.

John Morrison, 73, of Aurora, was the pilot and lone passenger of a small plane that took off from Aurora Airport and was traveling north across Route 30 when, for an unknown reason, the plane began to lose altitude before it crashed into a cornfield on the south side of Granart Road—west of Camp Dean Road—in Big Rock Township.

Kane County Sheriff’s deputies and Kane County Forest Preserve officers responded to the crash site just before 8 a.m. Morrison, who had a long history of flying experimental aircraft, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Morrison’s family is not making any statements, and asked that the media respect their wishes in their time of grief.

The Sheriff’s Office does not anticipate releasing any further information on this crash.

‘Superman’ filming to close off part of Route 56

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by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The portion of Route 56 that stretches from Galena Boulevard to Route 47 will be closed from Friday afternoon, Aug. 7, to Monday, Aug. 10, and it won’t be because of road construction.

The culprit? Superman … well, sort of.

The website On Location Vacations confirmed recently that the four-day road closure, which begins at 3 p.m. Friday, is tied to the filming of “Man of Steel,” a reboot of the Superman film franchise.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, westbound traffic on Route 56 will detour to westbound Galena all the way to westbound Route 56/Route 30 by way of Route 47. Eastbound traffic on Route 56 will detour to northbound Route 47 all the way to eastbound Route 56 by way of Galena Boulevard.

Village President Sean Michels said he didn’t anticipate any movie-set crowds to be a problem for the village.

“I’ve been told that (filming) will be over more toward the Galena (Boulevard) side of things-the bridge over there-so most of the crowds will be outside of our area,” he said. “We’re cooperating and trying to get up electronic signs to notify people, as best we can, that (this road closing) is coming. Hopefully people will find an alternate route, because it’s going to be pretty crazy.”

According to IDOT, the closed stretch of Route 56 will reopen sometime before 8 p.m. Monday.

Sugar Grove will not be the only local town to get some screen time in “Man of Steel,” either, as On Location Vacations also announced that the Kent family farm set is in Plano. Ill.

“Man of Steel,” which will star Henry Cavill as Superman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane, is currently slated to be released in June 2013. Last month, Russell Crowe was cast to play Superman’s father, Jor-El, in the film, though it’s unclear whether or not Crowe will be in the film longer than Marlon Brando’s 5 minutes and 40 seconds of screen time as Jor-El in 1978’s “Superman.”

Construction work slated for rest of summer

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KANE COUNTY—Motorists can expect some delays as construction crews begin work on a few projects. New turn lanes will be installed at Hankes and Ke-De-Ka roads in Sugar Grove and there may be some delays due to reduced speed limits, flaggers, and intermittent lane closures. Work hours are Monday through Saturday for up to 10 hours a day. Anticipated completion is mid-September.

Crews are resurfacing Bunker Road between Main Street and Keslinger Road in LaFox through late August. There could be daily lane closures Monday through Saturday, and motorists are advised to find alternate routes, especially after fresh oil is applied to the road.

Additionally, bridge rehabilitation work at Harter Road over Welch Creek Bridge is scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 1, and end by Friday, Sept. 2, weather permitting. Improvements will consist of the removal and replacement of the bridge deck and guardrail, as well as miscellaneous paving. The work will require the closure of Harter Road from Main Street to Dauberman Road. Traffic will be detoured around the construction zone via a marked detour route using Main Street and Dauberman Road.

KC Board Chairman announces funding for public infrastructure improvements

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GENEVA—Kane County has been awarded more than $2.27 million in federal disaster aid for five infrastructure projects aimed at alleviating chronic flooding in southern Kane County.

The projects, which will cost an estimated $5.3 million, are expected to create approximately 165 jobs and benefit some 2,000 residents.

In Big Rock, the funds will help offset the cost of designing and constructing drainage projects in the Berman Estates and Tenerelli subdivisions, and the separation of sanitary and storm sewer systems throughout the village. In Aurora Township, the funds will help pay for an upgraded storm sewer system in the Pasadena Drive neighborhood.

The federal funding is part of the Illinois “IKE” Disaster Recovery Program, which was established after the remnants of Hurricane Ike swept through the state in September 2008. The storm dumped between eight and 10 inches of rain on Kane County, causing then-President George Bush to declare Kane and 40 other northeast Illinois counties a federal disaster area.

“We never know when the next flooding event will hit our area,” said Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay. “These funds will help us put the infrastructure in place today that will help protect our residents in the future.”

The federal funding awarded to Kane County will be matched with funds from various state and local sources, including Kane County’s Cost-Share Program, the Aurora Township Highway Department, and a $2.5 million loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Forest Preserve seeks Windmill, Nature Center volunteers

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GENEVA—The Forest Preserve District of Kane County needs your help.

The district is currently seeking volunteers for the Fabyan Windmill in Geneva, as well as weekend hosts at the Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center in St. Charles.

Fabyan Windmill volunteer positions include docents, millers and hosts. Docents provide visitors with tours of the historic windmill at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva. Millers provide visitors with demonstrations on how the Fabyan Windmill runs. Hosts greet visitors, provide them with a self-guided brochure and answer questions about the windmill. Windmill volunteers are asked to commit to three- to four-hour shifts at least two to three days per month.

“The Fabyan Windmill is one of the coolest local landmarks in the area,” Head Miller Mark Rivecco said. “As volunteers, we see ourselves as educators and protectors of the windmill. Seeing the amazement on people’s faces when the sails turn makes it a rewarding job as a volunteer.”

The Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center also has unique volunteer opportunities. Nature Center hosts greet visitors, answer questions and present basic concepts of ecology and natural history upon request. Nature Center hosting is the perfect opportunity for those looking to build a volunteer resume, while also learning about nature. Volunteers are asked to commit six to eight hours per month.

“It is a great experience to see the looks of amazement on kids faces when they see our Nature Center tucked in the woods at Tekakwitha,” said District Naturalist Ben Katzen. “Volunteers get to interact with the public and share their interest in the natural world. Anyone who enjoys working with the public and doing it in a picturesque setting would enjoy being a host.”

Those interested in these two volunteer positions, or any of the many other volunteer offerings at the district, are invited to attend the next volunteer orientation session on Aug. 17, from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Lodge at Brewster Creek, located at 6N921 Route 25 in St. Charles.

To view a full position description, or to learn more about other volunteer opportunities, visit www.kaneforest.com and click the Volunteer sidebar.

For more information, contact Robb Cleave at (630) 762-2741 or e-mail CleaveRobb@kaneforest.com.

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