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Updated: March 20, 2013 6:23AM

Elgin: New DNA economic development director

The Downtown Neighborhood Association has hired Don Obenauf as its new economic development director.

An Elgin resident with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northern Illinois University and an associate’s degree in construction management from College of DuPage, Obenauf served for two years as program manager of the Elkhart Urban Enterprise Association in Indiana. He also is a 20-year veteran of the Illinois Army National Guard with three international deployments, including Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom Afghanistan. Obenauf currently serves on the board of directors for the Elgin Shared Harvest Food Cooperative.

As economic Development director, Obenauf’s responsibilities will include identification and recruitment of new office and retail tenants to downtown Elgin, retention and expansion of existing business tenants, providing steering guidance to Design and Economic Development volunteer committees, and interfacing with key city of Elgin staff and departments.

He can be reached at 847-488-1456 or e-mail

Elgin: Kiwanis Club to host council candidates

Candidates for four-year terms on the Elgin City Council are scheduled to appear at upcoming Tuesday Kiwanis Club of Elgin meetings.

The schedule is:

Tuesday: Terry Gavin and Carol Rauschenberger

Feb. 26: Mitch Esterino and Stephen Knight

March 5: Grace Richard and Jerri McCue

March 12: Richard Dunne and Rosemarie Kahn

The Kiwanis Club of Elgin, now in its 93rd year, serves the Kiwanis International mission to change the world one child at a time, one community at a time. The Elgin noon club has donated over more than $1 million to organizations in Elgin and South Elgin.

Persons interested in joining the club are invited to attend a weekly lunch meeting, held at noon each Tuesday at The Hickory Stick Bar & Grille Restaurant, 875 Sports Way, Elgin, at the Highlands golf course. For more information, contact Karen Maki, 847-429-5976.

Elgin: Forum scheduled for city council candidates

The Blackhawk Residents Association of Elgin will sponsor a city council candidate forum from 6 to 8 p.m. March 16 at

New Covenant Fellowship, 865 Parkway Ave.

Candidates will be take questions from the audience and members of the association. Candidates will get a few minutes to reply. There will be a time after the forum for candidates and voters to have refreshments and meet the candidates.

“This is the first forum sponsored by the association as they want to show how much they are interested in Elgin and who is being elected to the council,” board member Bill Neylon said. “We have always taken a interest in Elgin and we want the voters and residents of Elgin to have the most information to make the best informative decisions on how to take this city forward. “

For more information, Neylon at

St. Charles: Webinar set for hiring disabled

The St. Charles Public Library is partnering with the Department of Central Management Services’ Disabled Hiring Initiative Committee and the Illinois Department of Employment Security to present a webinar on state employment for persons with disabilities.

The webinar will be held in the Bisbee Conference Room at the St. Charles Public Library, One South Sixth Ave, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 27.

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