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West Aurora’s Simon Foster (15) tangles with Geneva’s Jason Beiloli (23) in the Vikings’ 1-0 victory over the Blackhawks at Aurora last Thursday. (Al Benson photo)


Most residents satisfied with services, programs

Elgin residents say are very satisfied with the services and programs provided by the city and consider it to be heading in the right direction, according to a recent survey conducted for the city by the ETC Institute.

Compared to other communities, Elgin’s satisfaction levels rated above the U.S. average in 45 of 57 areas, and above the Great Lakes Regional average in 39 of 57 areas.

According to survey highlights:

  • 76% of Elgin residents ranked Elgin as a good or excellent place to live
  • 58% of residents consider the City to be heading in the right direction
  • 88% of residents are very satisfied or satisfied with Elgin’s Police and Fire services
  • 75% of residents are very satisfied or satisfied with Elgin’s Water Utility services
  • 72% of residents are very satisfied or satisfied with Elgin’s Parks and Recreation programs and facilities

Surveys were sent to 3,500 randomly selected households with the goal to receive 500 responses to obtain a 95% confidence level. ETC Institute received 577 responses from residents that were demographically and geographically representative of the community.

More information about the survey instrument, process and responses are available in the complete report is available at www.cityofelgin.org/DocumentCenter/View/63160


FEMA starts appeal period for flood hazard maps

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a public notice regarding the start of the 90-day appeal period for the proposed flood hazard determinations maps.

The maps include portions of the City of St. Charles, generally the areas around the 7th Avenue Creek, 7th Avenue Creek Tributary and portions of the Fox River.

The 90-day appeal period allows community officials and citizens the opportunity to appeal FEMA’s proposed flood hazard information. The City encourages anyone who has questions regarding the proposed FEMA mapping revisions and 90-day appeal process to review the information on the City’s website at www.stcharlesil.gov/flood.

Copies of the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report materials are on FEMA’s website at https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/searchResult.action. Select State of Illinois and Kane County on the drop-down menus. 

If you don’t have access to the internet, contact the St. Charles Public Works Department at 630-377-4486 to set up an appointment to view a hard copy.


Two chances to tour Viking ship in November

The Viking, a life-size replica Norwegian warship docked in Geneva, will host tours Saturdays, Nov. 11 and Nov. 18, at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive in Geneva.

Guided and self-guided tour hours will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m.

The public is invited. 

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for teens. Parking is free.

Thirty-minute guided tours begin every 30 minutes. The last guided tour is at 3:30 p.m. 

The final visit day of the season is Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The vessel is about 78 feet long, 17 feet wide, and 6.5 feet high from the bottom of the keel to the gunwale. Its black oak planks are fastened together with thousands of iron rivets.

At sea, the Viking averaged 10 knots and the hull was designed to flex with the waves.

The boat is an exact copy of the Viking ship Gokstad, built about 850. A Gokstad replica, the Viking, was sailed across the Atlantic Ocean from Bergen, Norway, to Chicago for the 1893 Columbian Exposition World’s Fair.

After being exhibited at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the Viking was displayed in West Chicago before being moved to its current location in 1996.

For more information, call 630-753-9412, email viking1893@Gmail.com or visit vikingship.us.


Military justice system topic of Oct. 17 discussion

“Justice in the Military Legal System” will be explored at the Tuesday, Oct. 17, meeting of Navy League Aurora Council 247 at Grandma’s Table Restaurant, 1700 Douglas Rd. in Montgomery.

Chicago native and U.S. Military Court of Appeals Judge Margaret A. Ryan will outline the role of the court and discuss cases that have changed military conduct and law.

The public is invited. Admission is $20 for dinner–choice of fish, chicken or beef entrees– or $12 for a dinner salad. Soup or salad, dinner rolls, vegetables, dessert, and nonalcoholic drink are included.

Judge Ryan, an Arlington, Va. resident, serves on the U.S. Military Court of Appeals, military equivalent of the U.S. Supreme Court.  

A 1985 graduate of Knox College, Judge Ryan joined the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in December 2006.  She received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pace University Law School in 2007, became a lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School in 2012 and became an elected member of the American Law Institute in 2015.

Before entering the private sector, Judge Ryan served on active duty as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. 


Rosary hosts Italian dinner, fundraiser

Spend an evening socializing with Rosary High School parents, alumnae and friends “Under the Tuscan Sky” on Friday, Oct. 20, at the Rosary Sports Boosters’ annual Italian Dinner.

The evening will include an Italian dinner catered by Maggiano’s Little Italy, prizes and raffles, cocktails (cash bar), and a cigar bar on the Terrace (courtyard). Cocktails begin at 6:30 pm; dinner will be served at 7:30 pm.

The cost is $30 per person ($35 after Oct. 12). Register online at http://rosaryhs.com/italian_dinner or print the form found online and return to the school with payment (checks made payable to Rosary Sports Boosters) before October 16. Bring friends, neighbors and family… all are welcome!

Donations are also being accepted for raffles and prizes. To donate contact Athletic Director Mary Lou Kunold at (630) 896-0831 ext. 225. All proceeds go to benefit Rosary athletics.


‘STOMP’ at Paramount for one show only Nov. 1

STOMP, the international percussion sensation, will return to Aurora’s Paramount Theatre for one show only, Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $39.50 and $49.50 and available exclusively to Paramount subscribers starting today at 10 a.m.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday, September 20 at 10 a.m.

To purchase, visit ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount Theatre box office, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.


One killed, one escapes early morning accident

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a fatal traffic crash that occurred last Friday in unincorporated St Charles Township.

According to a Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release, deputies were dispatched at around 2:15 a.m. to a traffic crash with injuries on Burr Road near Wood Gate Drive.

The initial investigation indicates that a Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling south on Burr Road and for an unknown reason left the roadway and flipped, eventually coming to a rest in a tree line on the east side of Burr Road.

Prior to the arrival of deputies, the driver was able to exit the Jeep, which was on fire.

After the fire was extinguished, emergency personnel found a deceased passenger inside the Jeep.

The driver of the vehicle was transported to Delnor Hospital with apparent non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and members of the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team.

The identification of the deceased is pending.


Waubonsee hosts free art exhibit downtown

Waubonsee Community College is hosting a free art exhibit at its Aurora Downtown Campus through Nov. 4.

The exhibition is free and open to the public and features ceramic works made by members of the college’s Ceramics Club. In addition to the pieces for exhibition, some of the pieces are available for sale. Information on purchasing pieces is available at the exhibition site.

The exhibition is being held in the Aurora Downtown Campus library art exhibition space, which is located on the first floor of the campus at 18 S. River Street. The viewing hours are 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about the exhibition and the Waubonsee Art Program, visit www.waubonsee.edu/art.



–Kane County News Briefs–