WSPY NEWS - Sundayreview
Thursday, July 7th, 2022
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Election turnout similar to last midterm primary election in Kendall County

Voter turnout was similar in Tuesday's Primary Election in Kendall County to the last General Midterm Primary in 2018. Kendall County Clerk Debbie Gillette says that overall, things went smoothly. Read more

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Plano City Council approves license for video gambling parlor on Route 34

The Plano City Council last week voted six to one to approve a new liquor license that would allow a video gambling parlor to open at 623 W. Route 34. The building formerly housed Betty's Place, another video gambling establishment. City Attorney William Thomas says the license would allow Dixie's Bistro to serve some alcohol and operate video gam… Read more

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Huntley man killed in Kane County ATV crash

A Huntley man was killed in an ATV crash in Kane County Monday. The Kane County Sheriff's Office says 24-year-old Elpidio Marcelo was heading north on Ridgefield Blvd in unincorporated Rutland Township when he left the roadway, crashed into a mailbox, and then into a tree. Marcelo was was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead. A passenger, w… Read more

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Brookfield Zoo evacuated after threat Tuesday

Brookfield Zoo, located in Brookfield and Riverside, had to be evacuated Tuesday night after a crisis response line received a call from a woman purporting to be at the zoo saying that she would hurt herself and other guests, according to zoo officials. Read more

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Financial reports missing from Sandwich meetings

For two months, the city of Sandwich and its city council have been operating without financial reports.   Read more

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Accused Highland Park shooter charged

The man accused of shooting and killing seven people and injuring many more in an Independence Day shooting is being charged with murder. Police say 21-year-old Bobby Crimo the third, of Highwood, hid on a rooftop and opened fire on a crowd of parade goers. He was caught hours later after slipping away in the chaos of the scene. Read more

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Woodys Orchard in Plano Hiring for Fall Jobs

Woodys Orchard in Plano is hiring for fall positions in the upcoming weeks. Woodys Orchard in plano is an Apple Orchard, Pumpkin Patch, Playground, and Country Bakery that opens at the beginning of August and runs through October 31.  Read more

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Plano City Council approves pay raise for non-union employees

Most non-union employees in the City of Plano are getting a six percent raise following a city council vote Monday. Alderman John Fawver raised an objection to the way the raise was decided on, but ultimately voted in favor. He says there should be a more defined, merit-based system in place, but didn't want to punish employees because the city co… Read more

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Home damaged in Oswego fire

No one was hurt, but a home was deemed uninhabitable following a fire that started in a garage Monday afternoon in the 600 block of Belmont Street. The Oswego Fire Protection District says by the time firefighters arrived the fire had spread from a garage to the home. The fire was put out in about two hours. The fire protection district had five h… Read more

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For 24 years, Rick Schmitt has been at the top for educating children in Sandwich

For 24 years, Rick Schmitt has looked over Sandwich School District 430 as its superintendent. Read more

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Plattville man charged in murder of his mother

A Plattville man has been charged with murder in the death of his mother over the weekend. 26-year-old Cody R. Sales is also being charged with aggravated animal cruelty in the death of a dog that was also found in the home located in the 6000 block of Chicago Road in Plattville. Sales is currently receiving care at an area hospital and is under g… Read more

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Polls open for Primary Election

The polls are open for Illinois' Primary Election Tuesday. They close at seven in the evening. Read more

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Mulch business pulls special use permit application after backlash from community; could still operate

The owners of a proposed mulch business in Seward Township have removed their application for a special use permit to operate as a landscaping business. However, since forestry is an allowed use at the property, located on Route 52 near Arbeiter Road, the company could open without a special use permit. Read more

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Kendall County Board candidate in favor of pursuing Metra train service

Democratic Kendall County Board candidate Brooke Shanley, of Aurora, is in favor of bringing Metra train service into Kendall County. Shanley is running in District 2. She says people heading towards Chicago for work are essentially having to commute twice. Read more

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Kendall County unemployment rate up slightly in May

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says Kendall County's unemployment rate was up slightly in May compared to April. The May rate was at 3 percent. The April rate was at 2.9 percent. The increase was consistent in the region, which includes Cook, DuPage, Grundy, McHenry, and Will counties, which saw a gain of .1 percent from 4.1 percen… Read more

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Fredres sentencing set for Friday

Three things could happen in the LaSalle County Courthouse in Ottawa for 38-year old Donald Fredres, Jr. of Sandwich on Friday. Read more

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Four injured in crash south of Earlville

Four people were hurt in a two-vehicle crash south of Earville at the intersection of E. 14th Road and N. 42nd Road Sunday afternoon. The LaSalle County Sheriff's Office says a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Haley R. Rogers of Sheridan was heading east on N. 42nd Road when she failed to stop at a stop sign at E. 14th Road. Rogers's vehicle was hit … Read more

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Man in custody in Plattville death

The Kendall County Sheriff's Office says a man is in custody in a death investigation which started on Saturday in Plattville. Police say the death is not believed to be a random act. Read more

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Kendall County back to medium COVID-19 level

Kendall County is back to a medium COVID-19 community level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

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Nighttime work to start on Route 47 Monday

The Illinois Department of Transportation says night work on Route 47 in Kendall County between U.S. 30 at the Kane/Kendall Line to Waterpark Way in Yorkville is starting Monday. The work will be done between seven at night and six in the morning. Traffic will be down to one lane during those hours and will be controlled by flaggers. The work is e… Read more

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“Can't Wait to Get Back Home;” a 150th birthday celebration in Sheridan

More than half of Sheridan’s 150 years have been shared by this trio. Read more

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Kendall County Forest Preserve District to require permit for drone users

The Kendall County Forest Preserve Commission on Tuesday voted to approve a permit that would be required for anyone flying drones on forest preserve property. The permit also limits where drones can be flown to just three forest preserves in the district. They include Jay Woods Forest Preserve, Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve, and Aux Sable Spri… Read more

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Aurora police investigating fatal train crash

The Aurora Police Department is investigating a fatal train versus pedestrian crash at the crossing on Prairie Street between Orchard Road and South Barnes Road. Police say the victim was pronounced dead on-scene. Police and the BNSF railway are looking into the circumstances of the crash. Read more

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Fireworks to blame for house fire in Leland

The use of illegal fireworks is thought to be the cause of a house fire in the 300 block of W. Lundy Lane, in Leland, Thursday night. Read more

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Kendall County Board candidate wants another round of small business grants

Incumbent Republican County Board candidate Dan Koukol says he would like to see another round of small business grants paid for with American Rescue Plan Act money. Koukol lives in Oswego and is running in County Board District 2. Read more

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Local reactions coming in about Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday voted to overturn Roe v. Wade which protects a woman's right to an abortion. Read more

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Sandwich residents and groups can assist in downtown beautification project

Be it yellow sunflowers, or red begonias, or purple petunias, Cara Killey loves them all. Read more

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Plano man arrested in gas station robbery

A Plano man was arrested late Thursday night in a gas station robbery. Read more

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Plane makes emergency landing near Afton Forest Preserve in DeKalb County

A small plane had to make an emergency landing in DeKalb County just east of the Afton Forest Preserve in the 12000 block of McGirr Road Thursday evening. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office says the pilot, and a student, had to land after running out of fuel. Read more

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Vice President Kamala Harris to visit Plainfield and Chicago Friday

Vice President Kamala Harris is set to visit Plainfield and Chicago Friday. WSPY News has learned that the Vice President will arrive at around 10:30 at the Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove and then head to Plainfield for a meeting with local officials. Read more

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Kane County Sheriff's Office investigating homicide

The Kane County Sheriff's Office is investigating a murder in unincorporated Aurora. Read more

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Second person charged in Montgomery shooting

A second person has been arrested in a shooting that happened in Montgomery earlier this month. 20-year-old Antonio Recendez, of Aurora, is being charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a firearm. Recendez was arrested Sunday during a traffic stop. He first went to the Kendall County Jail and since has been tr… Read more

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Kendall County Board candidate wants to keep taxes down

Kendall County Board candidate Tommy Okapal, of Yorkville, says he wants to keep property taxes down and support first responders. Okapal is running as a Republican in County Board District 1. Read more

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Yorkville okays agreement for new shared use path

The Yorkville City Council last week okayed an agreement with two other government bodies that makes it responsible for the maintenance of a portion of a future walking and biking trail along Route 71. Read more

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Kinzinger introduces resolution to hold Russia accountable for its treatment of prisoners of war

A resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives would express its expectation that the government of Russia follow the Geneva Conventions in its treatment of captured Ukrainian soldiers and International Legion members. Read more

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County board candidate touts tax record as Oswego Township Trustee

Republican Kendall County Board candidate Dianne Selmer says that high property taxes are the number one issue that she hears about. Selmer says that her record on the Oswego Township Board of Trustees shows that she's willing to cut costs to save taxpayer money. Read more

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Unique name, unique approach to proposed restaurant

In Sandwich, there has always been the usual ribbing or disbelief from outsiders about the city’s name.  Read more

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County board candidate says no to Metra train service

Incumbent Kendall County Board candidate Matt Kellogg says he is not in favor of the county pursuing Metra train service. Kellogg is running as a Republican in County Board District 2 and lives in rural Yorkville. Read more

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Plano to host Independence Day fireworks

The City of Plano is hosting an Independence Day fireworks show on Friday, July 1 at Plano High School's Reaper Stadium. Gates open at 7:30 with the fireworks slated to start at dusk. Read more

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New development in the Village of Plainfield

At Tuesday's Kendall County Board Meeting, resolution supporting a Light Industrial Development in the Village of Plainfield, within Kendall County, saw approval from all board members. In alignment with the Kendall County Land Resource Management Plan, the development will be a logistics area and DHL facility. Board Member Dan Koukol spoke with W… Read more

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Kendall County treasurer candidate wants to increase transparency

Incumbent Kendall County treasurer candidate Jill Ferko, of Yorkville, says she is seeking reelection because she has some things that she still wants to work on. Ferko is running as a Republican. Read more

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llinois State Fair cancels live poultry shows to protect from avian influenza

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is announcing that both junior and open live shows at the Illinois State Fair will be canceled, for 2022, to protect from highly pathogenic avian influenza. A virtual poster competition will continue to offer and opportunity for junior poultry exhibitors to receive recognition and premiums at the Illinois Sta… Read more

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Thomas J. Scullans, 63

Thomas J. Scullans, age 63, of Streator, IL passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2022. He was born on October 21, 1958 in Streator, IL the son of James and Marilyn (Micklos) Scullans, both deceased. Read more

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Lamont (Monte) L. Ellis, 64

Lamont (Monte) L. Ellis, 64, of Sandwich, IL passed away on June 25th, 2022, at Rush Copley Medical Center. Read more

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Phil Colgan, 78, Sandwich

Philip “Phil” Michael Colgan, 78, of Sandwich, IL passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on June 29, 2022. Philip was born on April 10, 1944 in Peoria, IL to Thaddeus and Dorothy (Gstettenbauer) Colgan. Phil attended Bradley University in Peoria. Phil was a member and president of Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. He met his late wife Ginny Coonr… Read more

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Crystal I. Kannmacher, 80, of Sandwich, IL

Crystal I. Kannmacher, 80, of Sandwich, IL went home to meet her heavenly father on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.  She was born July 18, 1941. She was born in Clark County, IL to Vern Nicholson and Faye (Johnson Nicholson, Thompson).  Crystal married the love of her life Jon Kannmacher on March 12, 1960 in Martinsville, IL. They were happily married u… Read more

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Donna M. Inman, 83

Donna M. Inman, 83, of Earlville, IL. passed away Monday, June 27, 2022 at Rush-Copley in Aurora, IL. She was born May 22, 1939 in Elgin, IL the daughter of Daniel and Dorothea (Nuhn) Green. She married Richard L. Inman on August 27, 1960 in Elgin, IL. She was formerly employed by Earlville High School and substituted at Leland High School. She wa… Read more

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Russ Harms

Russ Harms was born in Sandwich, IL on September 17, 1970. He grew up in Plano, IL with his parents and two siblings. He attended Marmion Military Academy where he achieved the rank of Major as D Company Commander. He also played football, a game he loved his entire life. He shared that love with his wife and daughters which grew to a family passi… Read more

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Paul Goldsboro

Paul Goldsboro, passed away on Friday June 24, 2022 at the age of 94. He was born June 23, 1928. He was the youngest of five boys born at home, to Iva Buchanan Goldsboro and Wilson Goldsboro of Brownstown, Illinois.  Early schooling took place in a one room schoolhouse in Sefton Township. High school years were in Brownstown and one year at Aurora… Read more

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Holly (Stewart) Erickson, 75

Holly (Stewart) Erickson, age 75, of Yorkville, Illinois passed away on June 27, 2022 at her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on December 15, 1946 in Aurora, Illinois, the daughter of Elaine (Ashley) and Robert Stewart.  She married her high school-sweetheart, Bert Erickson on August 17, 1968. Read more

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Jeanne A. Pritchard, 102

Jeanne A. Pritchard, age 102 of Hinckley, IL passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, June 24, 2022 at the DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Home in DeKalb, IL. She was born on January 26, 1920 in Hinckley, IL the daughter of Albert and Alma (Hage) Dolder. Read more

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Randal “Randy” Lee Erickson, 70

Randal  “Randy”  Lee  Erickson, 70, of Somonauk, Illinois passed away Saturday, June 25, 2022 at his home in Lake Holiday, Somonauk, IL.  He was born January 9, 1952 in Aurora, Colorado the son of Lesley and Bettie (Wald) Erickson.  He was employed as a plumber and electrician for over 50 years.  Randy served as a building inspector in many towns.… Read more