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Crunch Fitness to move into former Ace Hardware store

A former Ace Hardware story on South Eola Road will be the home to one of the first five Crunch Fitness facilities in the Chicago area.

According to reports, the company will open at a 20,479 square foot building at 2300 S. Eola Road in a partnership with Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah.

The opening, reportedly scheduled for this fall, would mark the return of Crunch Fitness to the Chicago market. Crunch shut down after a 2009 bankruptcy filing.

According to the company’s web site, Crunch is headquartered in New York City and serves more than 400,000 members with both company-owned and franchised locations in cities throughout the U.S. and Australia.

St. Charles

Man gets 10-year term for store robbery, resisting arrest

A St. Charles man is headed to prison for robbing a tobacco store while armed with a weapon and then fighting with police when they came to his house to question him about the robbery.

Jacob M. Fahey, 21, last week agreed to a sentence of 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea to armed robbery, a Class X felony, and three years for aggravated battery to a police officer, a Class 2 felony.

The sentences are to be served concurrently. Associate Judge Clint Hull accepted the plea.

On Jan. 4, Fahey and an accomplice stole two water pipes valued at $2,000. As they fled, their images were captured on surveillance video.

On Jan. 20, St. Charles police went to Fahey’s home to question him about the robbery. When they arrived at the house, Fahey refused to be handcuffed, and kicked the officers while trying to escape. When taken to the ground during the scuffle, Fahey grabbed one of the officers by the throat.


Downtown Art In Your Eye festival returns Aug. 14-16

The 2015 Art In Your Eye Festival features an expanded list of events and activities for the Aug. 14-16 festival around downtown Batavia.

The event will feature expanded music, dance and theatre performances, art battles, craft beer, food and wine plus some new special activities and exhibits in 2015.

It will also offer a fine art show, indoor City Hall exhibit and student legacy exhibit, a try-it tent, screen printing demonstrations, kids activities and live entertainment.

Organizers hope to grow the signature Batavia event into a regional celebration of the arts event drawing thousands downtown each year.

Visit for schedules and more information.


Wayside Cross opens new facility in Aurora

After four years of planning and two years of construction, Aurora-based Wayside Cross Ministries has opened its new $8.6 million, four-story facility at 215 E. New York St. in Aurora.

The 47,000-square-foot building contains general offices, including business  and development offices and offices for Master’s Touch Ministry, Urban Youth Ministry, and New Life Corrections Ministry.

Also housed in the building are classrooms, counseling offices, kitchen facilities, and a dining hall.

Living quarters are designed to serve Master’s Touch program men enrolled in seven to 18-month programs.


Waubonsee seeks volunteer tutors to support adult literacy

The Adult Literacy Project at Waubonsee Community College is seeking volunteers to tutor adult students in reading, writing and speaking English.

Prospective tutors have two options for training — an online, self-paced training or a two-day class. The class will meet Saturday, Sept. 12, and Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Waubonsee’s Aurora Campus, 18 S. River Street. All training and materials are free.

Participants must register for the training by Aug. 31 by emailing or calling (630) 801-7900, Ext. 4221. Tutor applications are available online at

Tutors must complete training before working with adult learners individually or in a classroom.

Kane County

Rauner signs bill for Kane County court fee

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to permit Kane County to assess fees on some parties involved in legal proceedings to help fund an $87 million court expansion and consolidation.

The law, effective immediately, will charge fees of up to $30 for parties in civil cases as well as persons convicted of some felonies, traffic offenses and misdemeanors. Rauner also signed legislation that would permit the county to raise other fees to over cost of court security.

“Kane County will now be able to determine whether it, too, should issue a fee that helps update court facilities and will be paid primarily by those who are using those facilities.” said the bill’s sponsor, State Sen. ]Linda Holmes, D-Aurora.

Kane County eventually plans to centralize all judicial activities into one location.


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