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Bednarcik Junior High School in Aurora’s far southeast corner was the final destination for unwanted electronics during a city-wide electronics recycling event last Saturday. Residents were able to dispose of up to five unwanted older televisions, computers, printers or other item per carload. Residents were limited to five items per car and a $20 disposal fee per screen was assessed. (Photo by Jack McCarthy / Chronicle Media)


Police host Saturday document shedding event

The St. Charles Police Department and KCT Credit Union are hosting a free document shredding from 10 a.m.-noon at the St. Charles Police Department, 211 N. Riverside Ave.

The event is open to individuals only and there is no limited to material to be shredded. Paperwork that can be shredded include bank statements, credit card statements and applications, Social Security documents and Medicare/Medicaid information.

The City’s shredding contractor, ProShred, will set up in the St. Charles Police Department parking lot. ProShred has been in business for more than 25 years and is the most certified shredding company in the industry.


For more information, contact the Police Department at police@stcharlesil.gov or 630.377.4435.


Irvin testifies on River Edge tax credit

Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin spent part of his second full day in office last week testifying before the Illinois House Revenue Committee to quickly extend the River Edge Redevelopment Zone Historic Tax Credit.

Irvin joined Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora — the sponsor of the River Edge Historic Tax Credit — in asking the committee for an extension of the credit through 2022.

The credit provides a state income-tax credit equal to 25 percent of a project’s qualified expenditures to owners of certified historic structures located within River Edge Redevelopment Zones (Aurora, East St. Louis, Elgin, Peoria and Rockford) who undertake certified rehabilitations during the taxable year.

In Aurora, one success story from the River Edge Credit is St. Charles Senior Living, a rehabilitated, 60-unit independent living facility. Formerly St. Charles Hospital, the historic Art Deco building was converted to modern senior housing as part of a $24 million redevelopment


City seeks applicants for City Clerk position

The City of Geneva is seeking applicants to fill the position of City Clerk to succeed the retiring Lynn Landberg.

Landberg served a combined 20 years as Geneva’s clerk from 1985-93 and again from 2005 until this year before deciding not to seek another term in office.

No candidates filed for the position in last month’s election.

The City Clerk attends all City Council meetings (and others as required) and prepares full records of those meetings. The City Clerk’s annual salary is $3,600, and the term for this unfilled position runs through May 3, 2021.

Geneva residents interested in serving as City Clerk should submit an application, a current resume and a letter of interest to Mayor Kevin Burns, City of Geneva, 22 S. First St., Geneva, IL 60134; Attn: City Clerk Vacancy. The deadline is Thursday, June 1.

An application can be found on the City’s website at www.geneva.il.us; click on the “City Government” tab and then select “Boards & Commissions” from the drop-down menu. Questions may be directed to City Administrator Stephanie Dawkins at 630-232-8495.


Community mourns loss school resources officer

The Elgin Police Department is mourning the loss of Kimball Middle School Resource Officer Stevenson Jones, who died suddenly on Sunday, May 7, at an area hospital.

Jones, 59, was a 28-year veteran of the department who was active in community policing.

“We are shocked and deeply saddened as we know the community is, as well,” Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda said in a Facebook post. “Steve worked for 28 years making Elgin a better place. We miss him already.”

Visitation and services where held last week with burial at Oak Ridge/Glen Oak Cemetery in Hillside.

A tree was planted last at Kimball Middle School by the Northeast Neighborhood Association pays tribute Jones. The tree is near his office door at the school, and the front of the police station.


Traffic patterns change for Bliss Road project

Bliss Road construction and bridge replacement activities will require a traffic pattern change on Bliss Road between May Road and Capitol Drive within the village of Sugar Grove, starting this week.

A detour will be in effect for about five months, according to the Kane County Division of Transportation. During that time, traffic will only be able to travel southwest from May Road to Capitol Drive through the project area.

The northeast-bound detour will use Illinois Route 47 north to Main Street Road east. Access to Ke-De-Ka Road will be for local traffic only.

Throughout most of the bridge replacement project, access will be allowed to Bliss Woods Forest Preserve and the Village Bible Church entrance off Bliss Road. There may be minor, daily closures while work is being performed on these entrances.

During work on the east side of Bliss Road, temporary access to the Midwest Greyhound Rescue will be provided along Bliss Road from Capitol Drive.

Construction work hours will be from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The overall bridge replacement project is anticipated to take about seven months to complete, weather permitting.


Board rejects permit for substance abuse center

For the second time in 14 months, the Kane County Board denied a special-use request for a 120-bed substance-abuse-treatment facility on the former Glenwood Academy property in unincorporated Campton Hills.

At last week’s meeting, the County Board voted 14-9 to deny the petition. It had voted 15-6 against the petition in March 2016.

Maxxam Partners LLC had sought the special use designation for the 120-acre property at 41W400 Silver Glen Road to use the existing buildings and infrastructure on the property for an exclusively private-pay alcoholism and substance abuse treatment facility.

The drug- and alcohol-treatment center also would serve people with eating disorders and other addictions, with the exceptions of methamphetamine or sexual addictions.

The petition came back to the board after Maxxam had agreed to 18 of 20 recommendations made by the Kane County Zoning Board of Appeals and Kane County Development Department.


Applications now accepted for tuition-free degree

Waubonsee Community College is now accepting applications for the second class of students who will pursue the college’s innovative, grant-funded, one-year associate degree.

The program, funded by a grant from the Aurora-based Dunham Fund, provides coursework and extra support necessary for students to earn a fully transferable associate degree in just one year — with no tuition cost.

The Dunham Fund Quick Path program will accept 20 students for its second class, which begins in August. Priority deadline for applications is June 1.

For more information about the program, contact Warren-Crouch at (630) 466-5757 or email quickpath@waubonsee.edu or visit www.waubonsee.edu/quickpath


Chief’s retirement marked with open house

After 30 years of service with the North Aurora Police Department, Police Chief David Summer will be retiring from the Village of North Aurora.

The village will host an open ouse on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. at the Police Department, 200 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora.


United Way celebrates with annual breakfast

The Fox Valley United Way Annual Breakfast will be held on Thursday to celebrate and honor donors and volunteers and hear from individuals aided by social service agencies that donors and volunteers support.

The breakfast will be held at Pipers Banquets in Aurora, with registration at 7 a.m. and breakfast and program starting at 7:30 a.m.

For registration contact Deborah Rudel at deborah.rudel@foxvalleyunitedway.org

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact Denise Blettner at denise.blettner@foxvalleyunitedway.org for more information.

–Kane County News Briefs–