Kane County news briefs

Harvard University business professor Deepak Malhotra, left, speaks Friday at “Taking Time to Save Lives: A Discussion on Gun Violence” at Prisco Community Center in Aurora. Other panelists from left are Ill. Congressman Bill Foster, D-11th; Congressman Raja Krishnamoothi, D-8th; Congressman Sean Casten, D-6th; and Ron Hain, Kane County sheriff. (Al Benson photo)


Man charged with trying

to remove body from grave


An Aurora man was arrested after witnesses saw him digging up a grave in the West Aurora Cemetery.


Jeremy Rivers, 33, of Aurora, was charged with Desecrating Human Remains after cemetery attendants observed him digging up a gravesite.  The headstone indicated the grave belonged to Victoria E. Vittetow, born in 1866.

On April 4, at 5:34 PM, Aurora police officers were dispatched to the West Aurora Cemetery after workers reported seeing Rivers digging up an old grave in the cemetery located at 607 Wilder Street. One of the workers approached Rivers who told them he was “moving the body” at the request of family members.  When they challenged Rivers, he left the area.

Police located Rivers at his home nearby where he was taken into custody without incident.

Although it does not appear that Rivers removed any of Ms. Vittetow’s remains, it appears that her body had been disturbed by Rivers, who offered no explanation to the police for his actions.  It is unknown what connection there is, if any, between Rivers and the grave site.

Rivers was charged with Desecrating Human Remains under the Cemetery Protection Act (Class 3 Felony).  He was transported to the Kane County Jail.


Kaptain reelected in Elgin,

split results in referendums

Incumbent David Kaptain defeated Carol Rauschenberger in the city of Elgin race for mayor, and Rick Overstreet beat Mike Carlson for Lily Lake village president in local elections on April 2.

Five other top municipal leadership posts were uncontested races, with Dean Hummell winning the Big Rock village president seat, Michael Tyrrell winning in Campton Hills, Steve Wiedmeyer in Pingree Grove, Jamie LeBlanc in Virgil and Eileen Phipps in Wayne.

Kane County turnout was just 9.81 percent.

In Aurora, the apparent winner for an at-large alderman seat was Sherman L. Jenkins. Other winners were Emmanuel S. Llamas (Ward 1), Carl Franco (Ward 5), Michael Saville (Ward 6) and Patty Smith (Ward 8).


In Elgin, the four winners among seven aldermanic candidates were John Steffen, Tish S. Powell. Rose Martinez and Toby Shaw, according to unofficial totals.

Voters on Tuesday said “yes” to library improvements in Huntley and “no’ to video gaming in Campton Hills, in unofficial vote totals.

In close contests, voters said no to fire district questions in Rutland-Dundee Township and Fox River & Countryside. Elburn narrowly approved a municipal retailers tax while South Elgin narrowly said “no” to a non-home-rule retailers occupation tax.


Multiple charges in hit-and-run

that claimed life of 8-year-old


An Aurora man has been charged in the fatal hit-and-run crash that took the life of an 8-year-old boy and injured the child’s grandfather.

According to the Aurora Police Department, Christopher Carrillo, 28, of Aurora has charged with multiple offenses related to the March 25 accident.

Aurora Police investigators concluded that on Monday evening, March 25, Carrillo was driving southbound Lake Street near Plum Street in his gray 2007 Ford Fusion when he struck an 8-year-old child and the child’s grandfather, who were crossing the street.

It is alleged that Carrillo then fled the scene and abandoned his car in a nearby neighborhood.

Over the weekend, Aurora police Investigators made contact with Carrillo at his home in Aurora, where he was arrested and charged. Carrillo was transported to the Kane County Jail to be arraigned on bond. At the time of this release, it is unknown if Carrillo was under the influence of any intoxicating compounds, but none of the charging documents indicated impairment at this time.


Fire Museum opens exhibit

on Emergency Care Art 


The Aurora Regional Fire Museum will debut a new traveling exhibit, The Art of Emergency Care on Saturday, April 13. The exhibit is the first created by the National EMS Museum and upon leaving Aurora will travel the country.

To celebrate the opening of this new exhibit, the Museum will be open until 5 p.m. on  April 13 and from 10-5 p.m. on April 14.

The Art of Emergency Care features pieces chronicling the story of first aid in the home, advertisements, and featuring original artwork from Moulage Concepts, DanSun Photos and Steve Berry. The exhibit is included with general admission into the Museum. The Art of Emergency Care will be on display through Nov. 15.

For more information contact Brian Failing, Executive Director, at 630-256-4140 or info@auroraregionalfiremuseum.org.



Recycling event on

April 13 in St. Charles

Kane County Recycles is hosting a recycling event for ELECTRONICS and BOOKS between 8 a.m. and 12 noon on April 13 at the Kane County Branch Court office at 540 S. Randall in St. Charles.

This event is for electronics and books only. It will not include document shredding or paint. The next shredding and paint event will be on Saturday, May 11.

Electronics collection will include free recycling of computers, laptops, stereos, DVD players, printers, keyboards, mice, phones, electronic games, holiday light strings and more. TVs (of any size, and any age) and computer monitors will also be collected, but they have a cost. Books are also free to drop off.

The cost for recycling television sets and computer monitors, measured diagonally is $25 for screens under 21 inches, and $35 for screens 21 inches and over. You can pay onsite with cash or card.

Electronics are collected and recycled by eWorks Electronics Services, a non-profit whose mission is to employ individuals with developmental disabilities to sort and disassemble the electronic equipment. A payment for TVs and monitors goes directly to them and helps fund that work.

Kane County also has 2 Electronics Recycling Drop-off locations that are open Monday through Friday every week, except for holidays.



Deerpath, Main intersection

project starting Soon


Roadway widening and intersection improvements on Main Street at Deerpath Road is scheduled to commence on April 15, weather and utility relocation permitting.

This is a joint project between the City of Batavia and Kane County. The work consists generally of widening both Main Street and Deerpath Road and installing a traffic signal. The scope of work will have both directions of Main Street and Deerpath Road accessible to traffic with the use of staged construction.

Completion is expected in early September. Contact Chris Bong with the City of Batavia Engineering Division at 630-454-2752 with any questions.



Village offers solar

energy forum April 30


The village of Montgomery will be holding a Solar Energy Forum on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

The program will be held in the Board Room of the Village Hall located at 200 N. River St.

Guest speakers include representatives from ComEd, Seven Generations Ahead and the Citizens Utility Board.  Topics of discussion will include how to apply for a solar permit, the available incentives that are currently being offered, how solar panels will affect your assessment and much more.

Anyone interested in solar energy in a residential or commercial application is encouraged to attend.

There are many incentives for installing solar arrays in Illinois, and the village intends for this event to provide answers to many of the questions that you may have regarding those incentives.

The forum is open to everyone, and there will be a large amount of educational information being shared.

For additional information, call the Montgomery Village Hall at 630-896-8080, ext. 9022



Downtown hosts annual

Easter Egg Hunt on the Island


Aurora Downtown hosts the third annual Egg Hunt on the Island on Saturday, April 13 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The free, all ages egg and fun hunt invites families to explore downtown Aurora. Similar to a First Fridays event, there are several participating venues, each offering a unique opportunity to enjoy. The event is rain or shine.


There are 16 participating venues and attendees are encouraged to start at the Gina and Richard Santori Public Library of Aurora where they can pick up an Egg Hunt bag to decorate, and grab a map that will lead them to fun and goodies throughout downtown Aurora.

Visit participating businesses and museums, ride the trolley, make crafts, and take part in egg and scavenger hunts. Attendees who visit five or more venues and get their map punched can then stop at 1 E. Benton St. for a prize.

For more information, visit www.auroradowntown.org.



Family Easter Egg Hunt

set for April 13


The village of Montgomery and Community Christian Church are teaming up to offer a free Easter Egg Hunt and related events for children on Saturday, April 13 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The egg hunt will take place at Montgomery Park at the corner of Mill and River streets with more fun activities nearby at the Montgomery Village Hall, 200 N. River St.

The egg hunt will take place in three stages, based on age groups — ages 1-3 at 1 p.m., ages 4-6 at 1:30 p.m., and ages 7-10 at 2 p.m.

All participants should be at the park at least 15 minutes before their scheduled start time and should bring a bag or basket in which to collect eggs.

Meanwhile, the Easter Bunny will preside over fun activities at the Village Hall, including cookie decorating, face painting, and more. There also will be an opportunity to take pictures with the Easter Bunny, so be sure to bring your camera to capture these special moments.


Youth golfers invited

to Junior Golfapalooza

Youth golfers, ages 5-17, and their parents are invited to Springbrook Golf Course for the Junior Golfapalooza, to be held from 2-6 p.m. on April 20 at the Springbrook Golf Course practice range, located at 2220 W. 83rd St.


This new event will feature fun activities, complimentary range balls, refreshments, club fittings, a variety of golf gear and tips from our PGA golf professionals for the youth participants and information for parents about the junior programs available this year at Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Courses.

Junior golfers should bring their own clubs if they have them; however, some clubs will be available for those who do not have their own. Parents are asked to remain at the course with their junior golfers.

This is a free, drop-in event with no registration needed.