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Event focused on documentary sheds light again on heroin problem

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It’s been over two years since I last saw the documentary, “Neuqua on Drugs.” Funny, how there were parts I had forgotten. Not so funny — the emotions I felt again as I listened to young local addicts talk in raw and revealing language about …

Kane County resident wants everyone to take a long look at cell-phone bills

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If you live in unincorporated Kane County, you might want to check your cell phone bill extra carefully. John Fenlaciki, a resident of Fox River Estates in St. Charles Township, noticed a municipal MTT tax on each bill he received from Verizon, and decided to …

Plenty of talking points in Kane animal abuse case

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Not that I’m an expert at writing about animal neglect cases, but this one does seem to be getting a bit hairier than normal. The story made big headlines at the end of February when Kane County authorities said they discovered dead and emaciated animals …

Backers of funding program for disabled in Kane say defeat at polls still put issues front and center

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In the end, pocketbooks won out over hearts Tuesday at the polling booths. Despite the organized efforts of the high-profile “Show You Care Kane” group that included many civic leaders, more than 60 percent of voters said no in the referendum that would fund services …

President’s task force: Role models  for nation are here in Fox Valley

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When President Obama announced last week the creation of “My Brother’s Keeper” task force, he began forcing the eyes of the nation to look toward solutions in helping boys and young men of color reach their potential. And in doing so, that focus could shift …

From New York to Vegas to Fox Valley

From banking to babes, there are some impressive headlines coming out of the Fox Valley recently in big business and entertainment. Sugar Grove resident Jim Gibson leaves for Las Vegas this week, where on Saturday he will host the Las Vegas International Model Search that …

A century ago, a brutal murder put Aurora in the spotlight

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On Feb. 16, 1914, a century ago today, a pretty young Aurora woman was brutally murdered in St. Nicholas Cemetery, within yards of her parents’ Ohio Street home and less than 20 feet from a large stone monument that bears her photograph and now marks …

DENISE CROSBY: Attack puts spotlight on coyote problem

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My first thought was heart attack. “Are you OK?” I calmly asked my husband, who’d just returned from hauling out some garbage and was bent over the kitchen table inhaling huge chunks of air. “It’s adrenalin,” he gasped. “I just went at it ... with …

Referendum could pit ‘heart vs. pocketbook’

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This is the second part of a column looking at the March referendum in Kane County asking voters whether they want a tax increase to raise money to help the developmentally disabled. Judy Flaherty says her life did not change for the worse when she …

First responders this winter ‘exhausted’ and ‘frustrated’

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We’ve all done our share of whining about the winter, but imagine how difficult January has been for emergency responders in the Fox Valley. “The wear and tear on our deputies and equipment has been hard,” confirmed Lt. Pat Gengler, when I called the Kane …

Schools working overtime to keep ahead of Old Man Winter

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The father was not complaining. He just wanted to know if I’d received similar concerns. His son, he told me, a student at West Aurora High School, did not want to go to school recently because “some of the classrooms were blowing cool air instead …

DENISE CROSBY: Volunteers needed more than ever at local charities

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We’re only a couple weeks into 2014, but the holidays are already a fading memory — leaving us with the not-so-merry task of reducing credit card debt and eggnog pounds. And our post-yuletide morose isn’t made easier by the polar vortex that dropped by after …

Aurora cop set to guard ‘most  dangerous people in the world’

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Scott Carter comes from a long line of proud military men, including his father Harold, a retired Aurora police officer who served in combat in Vietnam, and his grandfather Harold Sr., who spent six months in a German prison camp during World War II. So …

In search of some cold hard facts

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Everyone, and everything, was struggling Monday with inhumane temperatures that hit the negative double digits. Even my house was groaning in protest, making strange popping noises when I awoke to let me know these conditions were dire. Which made me wonder who in their right …

Daughter tries to deal with parole of her father’s killer

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As we looked back on the Faces of 2013 over the past month, one of the more compelling in my mind is that of Suzanne Potts, a young mother who is working hard to bury the pain of her childhood in Kendall County. Potts contacted …