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Kendall County Emergency Management Agency (KCEMA) is hosting a Basic Severe Storm and Tornado Spotter class on Monday, April 8 at New Life Church in Yorkville. (Image courtesy of IMEA)

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Senior Movie Club on the move

Senior Services Associates at 908 Game Farm Road in Yorkville will be having a movie club on Thursday, March 2. The group will be leaving at 10:42 a.m. to head to Millhurst Ale House Restaurant and then head to the movies. The cost of the bus is $3. The lunch and movie will be on your own.

Anyone interested in attending the event should contact Senior Services Associates, at (630) 553-5777

Sheriff’s Office responds to insurance accusation

At the Kendall County Board meeting on March 5, an accusation was made alleging that Kendall County and the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office did not have insurance for the Sheriff’s Office shooting range located at 6925 Route 71, Oswego.

This same accusation was made by the same individual on March 1, 2012, and at that time it was confirmed the county was insured.

The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies utilize this shooting range and have been since 1993.

In 1993, Kendall County and the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the railroad and their police force to leased 3.5 acres from the railroad for the purpose of firearms training for the county, state and municipal police agencies.

The lease was again updated in 2012. The relationship between Kendall County, Kendall County Sheriff’s Office and the Railroad Police force has saved taxpayer dollars every year since 1993 in training costs, according to the county.

Some local police agencies that utilize the range are: Kendall County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office, Oswego Police, Yorkville Police, Plano Police, Montgomery Police, Aurora Police, Waubonsee Campus Police, Naperville Police, Forest Park Police, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, LeLand Police, Sandwich Police, Suburban Law Enforcement Academy and Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad Police Department.

“All of the aforementioned agencies sign a firing range use agreement that indemnifies and holds harmless to the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, Kendall County and all of their agents, officers and employees from any and all liability, loss, costs, damages and expenses that may arise from using the shooting range,” said the Kendall Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting range is inspected by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board each year. The last inspection was July 25, 2018 and it passed the inspection standards. As part of the inspection process, the county is required to provide proof of insurance each year to the state.

Because the property is leased and there are no permanent structures, “therefore we do not have or are we required to have property insurance,” the county stated. As part of the lease Kendall County is required to have the following types of insurance and the minimum amounts: Workers Compensation and Employer Liability Insurance ($1,000,000), General Liability Insurance ($2,000,000), Business Automobile Liability Insurance ($1,000,000) and Umbrella Liability Insurance ($4,000,000).

Our insurance meets or exceeds the minimum amounts as required by the lease contract.

Free severe storm, tornado spotter class

The Kendall County Emergency Management Agency (KCEMA) is hosting a Basic Severe Storm and Tornado Spotter class on Monday, April 8 at 7 to 9 p.m.

The National Weather Service will provide this free training at New Life Church located at 3205 Cannonball Trail in Yorkville.

This basic level course is designed to assist the participant in how to safely observe, recognize, identify and report severe storms capable of producing damaging winds, tornadoes, heavy rain, and hail.

For more information, visit

Questions contact Tracy Page at

Six-year sentence for ecstasy dealer

Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis announced that Quincy Covington, 27, 30-99 block of Waterbury Circle, Oswego, was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the delivery of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy.

According to Weis, the prosecution and successful conviction of Covington was the result of a month-long investigation conducted by the Kendall County Cooperative Police Assistance Team.

During the investigation, Covington delivered ecstasy (nearly 50 pills total) multiple times to undercover officers starting in August through September 2018. Covington was arrest on a warrant in November 2018 and has remained in custody since his arrest.

Covington will have to serve three years of mandatory supervised release, formerly known as parole, after completion of his prison term.

Weis commented that while the opioid epidemic remains a constant focus of law enforcement, other illegal drugs peddled in Kendall County do not go unnoticed.

“My office will continue to focus those that attempt to bring these dangerous and addictive drugs to our county.” Assistant State’s Attorney Frank Gourp prosecuted this case. Attorney Victoria Chuffo represented Covington.

Communicating with people with dementia

University of Illinois Extension will provide information about common communication problems caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and strategies for better interactions and visits. This free seminar is provided in cooperation with the Association for Home and Community Education (HCE).

An Extension Educator will lead the program via webinar from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at three local Extension offices – Naperville, St. Charles and Yorkville. Registration is required by Wednesday, March 20 to prepare materials. Space may be limited.

To register for the session near you, contact that county’s Extension office:

  • In DuPage County, 1100 E. Warrenville Road, Naperville, call 630-955-1123
  • In Kane County, 535 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, call 630-584-6166
  • In Kendall County, 7775B IL Route 47, Yorkville, call 630-553-5823

Or, email with the county in which you plan to attend, and the topic, your name, address and phone number.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact your local Extension office listed above. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

This lesson is sponsored by the HCE and the University of Illinois Extension.

For more information on Extension programs in your area, visit


Oswegrow offers small business workshop

Come to a small business workshop this spring with Oswegrow.

Whether you’re an established business owner, or thinking about embarking on a new business idea, there’s something for you at an Oswegrow workshop this spring.  

Oswegrow offers technical assistance to entrepreneurs at all levels.

By attending a free workshop, get expert advice on a variety of topics, from branding and marketing to business plans and funding.

Participants also have the opportunity to connect to other resources available as an Oswego entrepreneur, including market research and one-on-one mentorship with business professionals who have been in your shoes.

Join us for one of the following workshops this spring. All workshops will be held at the Oswego Public Library District’s downtown Oswego campus, 32 W. Jefferson St.:

Learn to build or rebuild your brand. From launching new products to positioning, advertising and promoting existing offerings, you’ll learn how all the pieces fit together to build a cohesive brand that appeals to customers and helps strengthen your bottom line. This workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 21.

Choosing a Business Opportunity That’s Right for You

This workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26.

Perfect Your Pitch

Presented by Cori Veverka of the Oswegoland Park District, this workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 18.

Visual Communication: A picture is worth a thousand words — almost.

Learn to budget your marketing dollars, capture your audience’s attention, and conquer digital and print communications for 2019. This workshop will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30.

Oswegrow is a partnership between the Oswego Public Library District, the Village of Oswego, and Fox Valley SCORE that provides opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs to learn and grow their businesses in Oswego.

For more information, contact business librarian Drea Flores at 630-978-1024, or


World Relief offers citizenship clinic

A citizenship clinic will be offered in Yorkville on Saturday, March 16 by World Relief DuPage/Aurora. Anyone interested in becoming an American citizen will be able to meet individually with immigration law experts for consultation on legal naturalization. They will receive assistance in completing the application for naturalization and study materials for the interview.

There is a $50 fee for the clinic, paid to World Relief. The event will also include screening to see if they are eligible for a fee waiver or reduction to help cover the government’s fee.

The citizenship clinic will be held at the Yorkville Congregational Church, 409 Center Parkway, Yorkville. The church is located at the corner of Center Parkway and Countryside Parkway, two blocks north of Route 34 and two blocks west of Route 47. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call the World Relief Aurora office at 630-264-3171.



–Kendall County News Briefs–