Kendall County news briefs

Kendall County Extension Office will hold its annual plant sale this Saturday, May 18. A wide variety of plants will be available for purchase. (Photo courtesy of Kendall Co. Master Gardeners)

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Master Gardeners holding annual plant sale

U of I Extension Master Gardeners of Kendall County have a lot of vegetable, herbs, perennials and native plants for sale on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No early sales.

Master Gardeners have been busy growing eight different kinds of tomatoes, 10 kinds of pepper and other vegetables. There will also be perennials of all shapes and sizes grown and divided from the Master Gardener’s own gardens.

The Extension office is located at 7775B Illinois Route 47 in Yorkville, just one mile south of Route 71. Look for the flagpole on the west side of the road.

During the morning hours, Master Gardeners will provide free presentations and demonstrations on popular home gardening topics.

Topics are still being worked out, check back in a few weeks.

For more information, call 630-553-5823 or email


 Police chiefs honor fallen law enforcement officers

On May 8, the Kendall County Association of Chiefs of Police held the annual Kendall County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony to honor fallen law enforcement officers from Kendall County as well as throughout the United States.

The ceremony was held at the Kendall County Law Enforcement Memorial located in front of the courthouse in Yorkville.

This year, the Association added Special Agent Robert Kolowski of the Illinois State Police. Special Agent Kolowski was nominated for the posthumous honor in 2018 after serving Kendall County for close to 20 years while working for the Illinois State Police. He died in the line of duty on Feb. 25, 1993.

Sheriff Dwight Baird acknowledged those who came to the ceremony to remember and honor the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect us, our families and our community. During the ceremony Baird said, “It’s important to acknowledge and remember not only those who have fallen on duty, but to also show respect for their families.”

Sheriff’s Office rolls out RSS Feed for press releases

After receiving requests from members of the public and media about notification of postings, the Sheriff’s Office has created a RSS feed so interested parties can be notified of any new press releases that are posted.

To receive these notifications interested parties will need to subscribe to our RSS feed. In order to do so, type or copy this link: into an RSS application of choice (for example RSS reader, Feedly, Microsoft Outlook, etc).

If you need assistance in setting up the feed, feel free to contact us at Separate emails for press releases are no longer being sent.

Residents encouraged to register emergency contacts

The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents of a program available from the Illinois Secretary of State. The Illinois Secretary of State provides access to voluntarily enroll in an emergency contact database associated with your driver’s license or state ID card.

If you are involved in a traffic crash and are incapacitated the emergency contact information would be available to first responders to contact the person of your choice to help.

To participate in the program and register, visit the Illinois Secretary of State website at:

and click on the registration button. Registration is quick and easy.

The students and staff of the Oswego Community Unit School District 308 Collaborative PE Program (CPE) put together an adaptive field day to spread awareness of the program. (Photo courtesy of District 308)

1st National Bank supports older adult services

First National Bank has once again donated to Fox Valley Older Adult Services (FVOAS) through their Serve Donation Program.

This program is an employee choice of deserving Not For Profit recipients. Along with a generous monetary donation employees volunteer 10-20 hours of service.

FVOAS is appreciative of these volunteer hours which are used to help at Grannies Eatery at the Sandwich Fair, according to a press release.

First National Bank’s support of FVOAS assists seniors in DeKalb, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle and Bureau counties and its mission is to provide programs and services to improve and enrich vital, independent living, to enhance dignity and self-respect and to encourage participation in community life.

FVOAS offers Active Adult Activities and Adult Day Service at its Community Center in Sandwich along with non-medical Home Services in all 4 counties.

For information on Active Adult Activities, Adult Day Service or to request a personal tour call 815-786-9404. Home Services information can be obtained by calling 815-570-2531.


Cop on A Rooftop event supports Special Olympics

The Montgomery Police Department is partnered with both local Dunkin Donuts in Montgomery to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics of Illinois.

On Saturday, May 18, 2018 between the hours of 5 a.m. and noon, motorists were able to drive past both locations and see police officers up on the rooftop waving at them. The teamwork of the Village of Montgomery Police Officers, employees, and friends and family helped to collect a total of $4,393.78 to benefit the Special Olympics of Illinois.

“We appreciate our ability to help contribute with Dunkin Donuts to this great cause,” the police department said in a press release.


Collaborative PE hosts Adaptive Field Day 

The students and staff of the Oswego Community Unit School District 308 Collaborative PE Program (CPE) are about spreading awareness for individuals with disabilities, as well as working together to give back to the community.

This year, the CPE program put together an adaptive field day for students who participate in the Life Skills Programs at Plank Junior High and Churchill Elementary School.

The event’s theme was “Embrace your Superhero”, and included 12 student-created adaptive games and activities.  Every student showed their superpowers and participated in a day of fun that included a DJ, balloon artist, photo booth, face painter, bounce house, prizes, and more.

Collaborative Physical Education is a program in School District 308 that focuses on teaching methods designed to meet the needs of all students.

Students with disabilities are accompanied by peer leaders to promote inclusion within the class and school. It is designed for students who cannot safely and/or successfully participate in the regular physical education program due to physical and/or intellectual abilities.


City seeks to fill various board vacancies

Do you have ideas on how to make Yorkville a better community? Are you looking for ways to give back? The City of Yorkville is seeking residents to serve on the Library Board, Park Board and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Those interested should fill out an application form to serve on a city board/commission and send it to the United City of Yorkville, 800 Game Farm Road, Yorkville, IL 60560 or email it to:  Application forms to serve on a city board/commission can be found on the City’s website at:–Commissions-Application-PDF.