Kendall County news briefs

A genealogy program, “How to Trace Your Family Tree,” will be featured at Montgomery Village Hall at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11.


 Child pornographer sentenced to 20 years in prison
Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis announced today that Daniel Aldrich, 62, 0-99 block of Sandra Ct., Sandwich, was sentenced to 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Robert Pilmer for multiple counts of Child Pornography and Unauthorized Recording, in an agreed plea agreement reached earlier this week.
Charges were filed against Aldrich after members of the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office were given a cyber-tip which lead to an investigation into Aldrich for downloading images of child pornography at his home in Sandwich.

Investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for computers within the home of Aldrich. A search of his residence and computers reveled multiple images of child pornography and evidence of dissemination of child pornography as well.
Additional investigation by the Sheriff’s Office revealed that Aldrich had set up cameras in his basement and would video tape individuals changing in his bathroom. Some of those females were minors. Charges were filed against Aldrich on those matters in 2019.
In all, Aldrich entered pleas on six separate charges stemming from his dissemination and manufacturing of child pornography and his unauthorized recording. Aldrich was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison on two of the most serious offenses, with several other charges and sentences running current under Illinois law.

After serving his sentence on the Class X felonies he was convicted of, Aldrich will be required to serve three years of mandatory supervised release, formerly known as parole, and will be mandated to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life should he be released from custody.

 State Rep. Kifowit announces February coffee schedule
Continuing her weekly routine to meet with constituents for Coffee every Monday morning, state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit (D-Oswego) has announced the locations and times of her “Coffee with Kifowit” events in February.
“Coffee with Kifowit” events give residents an opportunity to speak one-on-one with Kifowit in an informal setting to discuss state topics, ask questions or share what issues they have with the state and local community. The “Coffee with Kifowit” events are scheduled throughout February on the following dates:
– Monday, Feb.3, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at Pomegranate Café, located at 55 S. Commons Drive.  Aurora.
– Monday, Feb. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Maxfield’s, located at 2290 Ogden Ave., Aurora.
– Monday, Feb. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Benny’s Place, located at 1158 Douglas Road, Oswego.
– Monday, Feb. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Panera, located at 2775 Showplace Drive, Naperville.
“As state representative, it is my responsibility to be accessible to residents all over the district and to listen to the people of our community,” said Kifowit. “I encourage anyone who has questions or concerns about the state of Illinois and what issues we are facing, please come join me for a conversation over a cup of coffee one of these Mondays.”
For more information, contact Kifowit’s full-time constituent office at 630-585-1308.

Sheriff’s Association to be giving out scholarships
The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding over $58,000 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2020-21 academic year.

The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois.
Sheriff Dwight A. Baird, Kendall County, will be awarding one scholarship in the amount of $500.
There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex or national origin. The only limitations are as follows:
• Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents
• Scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State
of Illinois
• Students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2020-21 school year (excluding summer session).
Applications are now available at your local Sheriff’s office or on the ISA Website Students must complete the application; answer the essay question and return all documentation to the Sheriff’s Office in their permanent county of residence by March 15, 2020 (must be postmarked by this date).

The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office is located at 1102 Cornell Lane, Yorkville. For more information, contact the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, high school advising center or college financial aid office.

State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit

High school equivalency offered to incarcerated
The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office has recently partnered with Waubonsee Community College to provide adult education instructional services to individuals incarcerated at the Kendall County Jail.
This program is funded by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) and its focus is to provide instructional services to incarcerated individuals to facilitate their successful completion of the High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma in the state of Illinois.

The goal is to provide educational opportunities for inmates to overcome barriers and reduce recidivism. Inmates enrolled in the course will meet for three hours, two times each week. The course will use a blended learning format, which encompasses both tablet-based and classroom learning, to prepare for the HSE exam.

Participants also receive educational transition services that will inform them about college and career opportunities, and how to achieve the necessary credentials to gain employment in desired fields.
“I am proud of this partnership and other similar programs instituted at the Kendall County Jail which are aimed at reducing recidivism. This is achieved by taking an active role in preparing these men and women to effectively reintegrate into the community and lead productive lives following their release from incarceration.” said Sheriff Dwight Baird.


Two people injured in armed robbery

On Jan. 21, at approximately 9:15 p.m., Montgomery Police officers responded to a retail establishment in the 1300 Block of Douglas Road for a report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, officers learned that two black men, who were armed with handguns, entered the store and ordered the victims to the ground.

While on the ground, both victims sustained minor injuries after the offenders allegedly struck them in the face. The offenders made off with an unspecified amount of cash and several cell phones.

Prior to leaving the store, the offenders took one of the victim’s vehicle keys and they fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle.

The vehicle was later recovered a short distance from the scene. The two offenders remain at large.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Commander Palko at 331-212-9054. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000. Callers to Crime Stoppers can qualify for a cash reward up to $5,000 for information that leads to any arrests.

Branch out and trace your family tree for free
A free community event, “How to Trace Your Family Tree,” will be featured at Montgomery Village Hall at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

This presentation is perfect for beginners and will focus on how to start a family tree and locate records that can be used to document your family’s history and expand your family tree.

Debbie Buchanan, an accredited genealogist with 40 years of experience, will be presenting.
This seminar is sponsored by Montgomery’s Historic Preservation Commission. This program is free for all to enjoy and is handicapped accessible.
For additional information on these activities, please call the Montgomery Village Hall at 630-896-8080, ext. 9003.



 Registration begins for Daddy-Daughter Dances

Girls in their fanciest dress are invited to celebrate their favorite knight in shining armor. Daughters will enjoy a delicious dinner with their dads and then dance the night away at this event hosted by the Oswegoland Park District.

Dance takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 at the Civic Center in Oswego. Register at by Feb. 3.

Then on Saturday, Feb. 8, the Park District invites little girls ages 2- 5 to put on their princess gear and bring their dads for doughnuts and dancing at the Civic Center. Register by Feb. 3 for $20/couple and $10/additional child.


Moms and sons can be super heroes for the night

Join the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department on Friday, Feb. 21 for an action-packed night of music, snacks and mayhem at You’re My Hero Night, at Circle Center Grade School, 901 Mill St.

This is a great chance for mothers and sons to team up for a night of relationship building and crime fighting action. Wear your best super hero costumes to hide your secret identity and come show off your dancing skills during the dance-off (music provided by a professional DJ).

Take photos with fellow super hero, Spider-Man and defeat some super villains during the Villains VS Super Heroes Competition.

A small snack and a craft will also be provided. This event is intended for ages 5-12; however, Super Heroes of all ages are welcome. Registration is available online at