WSPY NEWS - Sundayreview
Saturday, July 31st, 2021
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Sandwich City Engineer/Public Works Director Tom Horak Resigns

The City of Sandwich is losing its long-time City Engineer/Public Works Director Tom Horak. Read more

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Area Police Reports for Friday, July 20, 2021

Note to Readers: Information presented here is obtained from the city police and sheriff's departments. Individuals listed in reports who have been charged with a crime have not been proven guilty in court. Read more

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Yorkville Police Department Employees Recognized

Six members of the Yorkville Police Department were recognized at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Read more

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Montgomery Police to Host 'Chalk with a Cop' At Montgomery Fest

The Village of Montgomery Police Department will hold its first annual "Chalk with a Cop" event on Saturday August 14 at Montgomery Fest. The event will run from ten to two at the Mill Street Bridge. Read more

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Aurora Woman Behind the Wheel in Crash that Killed Five Teens in Oswego Enters Work Release Program

An Aurora woman serving a fifteen year prison sentence for causing a crash in 2007 that killed five teens and seriously injuring three others has been admitted to a work release program, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records. Read more

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Dekalb County Finishes First Jury Trial in Over a Year

The presiding judge in DeKalb County Court has announced that the county has completed its first jury trial in sixteen months. Judge Bradley Waller says the criminal proceedings took two days in a reconfigured courtroom. Read more

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Masks to be Required in All State Facilities

Governor J.B. Pritzker's Office on Thursday announced that all state facilities in Illinois will require masks for employees and visitors regardless of whether they've been vaccinated against COVID-19. Read more

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Yorkville Art Teacher Films Video Series to Help Bridge Learning Gap for Incoming Youngsters

An art teacher in Yorkville is using her skills to help art teachers across the country. Read more

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Congresswoman Discusses Federal Funding for Local Projects in Sandwich

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood was at the Sandwich Park District Friday afternoon to discuss potential federal funding for some local projects. Read more

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Telehealth Expansion Signed Into Law

A bill that expands telehealth access in Illinois has been signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker. Among its supporters is Sycamore Republican State Representative Jeff Keicher. Keicher says the bill ensures that all Illinoisans have uninterrupted access to telehealth which was important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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Plano Police Investigating Report of Gunshot

Plano police were called to the area of Keller Street and Hubbard Circle for a report of gunshots around ten Friday night. Police say a witness told them that a man got out of his vehicle and fired a single gunshot in the air. The vehicle was described as a newer, gray, pickup truck. Police say the incident is believed to have happened in a drivew… Read more

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Suspected Home Intruder Shot Dead in Ottawa

The LaSalle County Coroner's Office identified a man who was shot and killed Wednesday night in the 800 block of Tomahawk Drive in Ottawa as 33-year-old Mathew E. Cavanaugh, who is described as homeless. Read more

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Boulder Hill Man Charged in Road Rage Incident

Yorkville police on Tuesday arrested 54-year-old William Popp, of Boulder Hill, following an apparent road rage incident in the area of Route 34 and Autumn Creek Boulevard. Read more

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Kendall County Soil and Water Conservation District Selling Cover Crop Seeds

The Kendall County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding a cover crop seed sale. Cover crops are planted in between growing seasons to help with soil health. Read more

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Plano Man Picked Up on Domestic Battery Charges

Plano police on Thursday arrested 20-year-old Robert L. Kuppler Jr., of Plano, from the 300 block of E. Main Street. Kuppler is accused of hitting a family member. The victim suffered minor facial injures, but did not require medical treatment. Read more

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Recycling and Shred Day Happening Saturday

Democratic Oswego State Representative Stephanie Kifowit's Office will hold a recycling and shredding event Saturday from nine to noon at 1677 Montgomery Road in Aurora. Read more

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Kendall County Sees Increase in Weekly COVID-19 Cases

The Kendall County Health Department is warning of an increase in COVID-19 cases in the county. There were 46 new cases reported this week and only 20 reported last week. There were 33 cases the previous week. The health department says community transmission remains moderate. The county's positivity rate is at 3.2 percent. Read more

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Indian Valley Theatre Returns to the Stage with 'Dracula the Musical!'

Auditions are coming up for the Indian Valley Theatre's production of "Dracula the Musical." The show will be directed by Kyle Carr and is a humorous take on the classic story of Dracula. Read more

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Unemployment Up in Kendall County In June Compared to May

Unemployment was up in Kendall County for the month of June according to numbers released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security Thursday. Read more

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River Road Closed Between Fox River Dr. and Blackhawk Rd.; Closure Estimated to Last 2 1/2 Months

Motorists who use River Rd. as an alternative to Route 34 must now detour as D Construction has begun replacing the bridge over the Rob Roy Creek near the Farnsworth House. Read more

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Area Police Reports for Thursday, July 22, 2021

Note to Readers: Information presented here is obtained from the city police and sheriff's departments. Individuals listed in reports who have been charged with a crime have not been proven guilty in court. Read more

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Kinzinger Sponsoring Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Passport Application Backlog

16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger and a few other lawmakers are introducing legislation meant to cut back on the backlog of passport applications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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Oswego State Rep. Recognized for Small Business Voting Record

Oswego Republican State Representative Keith Wheeler has been recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) as a "Guardian of Small Business." Read more

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Exelon Looking for Positive Sign That There Will Be Legislation Keep to Power Plants Open

Morris State Senator Sue Rezin says there aren't any updates on legislation to keep nuclear power plants in Morris and Byron open. The two plants are slated to close this year. The Byron plant could start closing down as early as September. Read more

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Yorkville Police Assist with Mental Health Crisis

The Yorkville Police Department on Wednesday responded to what is being called a mental health crisis in the area of Route 34 and Route 47 a little after eleven in the morning. Read more

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Three Accused of Attack on Aurora Police Officer Now Facing Attempted Murder Charges

The three people accused of attacking an Aurora police officer on June 21 are now facing attempted murder charges. Previously 26-year-old Sheba Taylor, of Chicago, 28-year-old Paul Sherrod Taylor, of DeKalb, and 24-year-old Jennifer Taylor, of Chicago, were charged with aggravated battery and resisting arrest. Read more

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New Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit Associate Judge Appointed

Stephanie P. Klein, of Sycamore, has been appointed as the New Associate Judge in the Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit. Klein replaces Judge Marcy L. Buick who became a Circuit Judge after the retirement of Judge Robbin J. Stuckert. Read more

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Somonauk and Sandwich Set to Sign Intergovernmental Agreement to Repair County Line Rd. and Sheridan Blacktop Intersection

The City of Sandwich and Village of Somonauk have a tentative agreement to repair the intersection of County Line Rd. and the Sheridan Blacktop, which is E.2750th Rd. Read more

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Federal Grant for DeKalb County Parenting Classes Closer to Getting Approval

DeKalb County Basics has been selected for funding through a federal program that is getting closer to fruition. The organization is set to receive $150,000 for parenting classes. The funding is tied to a bill that has cleared the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and will be under consideration by the full House of Representatives. Read more

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Yorkville City Council Meets New Police Intern

The Yorkville Police Department introduced a new intern to the Yorkville City Council last week. Nathan Miller, of Oswego, is currently studying at Illinois State University. The internship with the police department is a weeks long program where the intern learns hands-on about many aspects of law enforcement. Deputy Yorkville Chief of Police Ray… Read more

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Oswego Village President Elected Metro West Board President

Oswego Village President Troy Parlier has been elected as the Metro West Board of Directors President. The board leads the Metro West Council of Governments which is an organization that represents Oswego, and its neighbors, in Springfield and Washington. There are 33 municipalities in the organization. Read more

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Illinois Governor Wants Reimbursement for National Guard Assistance After Capitol Riots

Governor J.B. Pritzker is calling on Congress to repay the dept owed to the National Guard for protecting the U.S. Capitol after the January 6 riots that forced lawmakers to evacuate. The governor is asking that the Senate take up legislation that would make the National Guard whole for the D.C. mission and fund other safety measures. Read more

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Oswego Police Department to Hold Public Hearing As Part of Assessment

The Oswego Police Department will take comments from the public during an information session scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, August 10 at five. The information session will held via Zoom. It's part of a voluntary assessment of the department being conducted by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Comments ca… Read more

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Aurora City Council Approves New Chief of Police

The Aurora City Council on Tuesday granted unanimous approval of Mayor Richard Irvin's pick to replace the retiring Chief Kristen Ziman. Last week, the mayor announced that he was nominating Deputy Chief Keith Cross to take over the job as top cop after Ziman's retirement next month. The city council also approved the mayor's choice for deputy chi… Read more

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Mental Health Court Running Smoothly; Kendall County Board Member Questions Sheriff on Evictions

States Attorney Eric Weis told the Kendall County Board at Tuesday's meeting that the newly formed Mental Health Court is running smoothly. Read more

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Area Police Police Reports for Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Note to Readers: Information presented here is obtained from the city police and sheriff's departments. Individuals listed in reports who have been charged with a crime have not been proven guilty in court. Read more

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State Representative Welter to Hold Traveling Office Hours Next Week

State Representative David Welter's office will hold traveling office hours next week on Tuesday in Newark. Staff will be on hand to help with a number of issues from ten to two at the Charles B. Phillips Public Library at 6 N Jackson Street. Read more

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Kendall County Sheriff's Office Recognized for Policy Review and Procedures

The Kendall County Sheriff's Office is being recognized for its commitment to staying up-to-date on last year's policies and procedures. The department has met the "Gold Standard" set by Lexipol, a consulting company that helps law enforcement with policies and rules. Read more

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Man Sentenced to 38 Years in Kane County Sexual Assault and Attempted Murder Case

A man has been sentenced in Kane County to 38 years in jail for sexual assault and attempted murder. 34-year-old Fabian Torres agreed to the sentence in exchange for guilty pleas on the charges earlier this week. Read more

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Yorkville Officials Asking Residents to Conserve Water

With changes to the water system on the horizon, Yorkville city officials are asking to residents to conserve water. Yorkville is among the communities with a diminishing ground water source. The city has a few options for a new water source including water piped in from Lake Michigan or water from the Fox River. In any case, City Administrator Ba… Read more

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Governor J.B. Pritzker Announces Reelection Bid

Illinois' Governor has announced that he will again run for office. Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker in a campaign announcement Monday touted his administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pritzker was elected in 2018 and took office in early 2019. This is the governor's first term in office. Read more

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Battery fire Near LaSalle County Nuclear Power Plant Contained

The LaSalle County Emergency Management Agency says the Marseilles Fire Protection District has a battery fire contained. Read more

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First Democrat Enters 16th District Congressional Race

The first Democrat so far has entered the race to represent the 16th Congressional District. Democrat Marsha Williams, of Channahon, will seek her party's nomination to run for Congress. Read more

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Sandwich City Council Cuts More from Public Safety Center; Vote Coming Next Monday on $3.28 Million Project

Led by alderperson Fred Kreinbrink, the Sandwich City Council cut another $90,221.70 from the remodeling of the Public Safety Center at Monday's Committee of the Whole meeting. Read more

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Edward W. Ohligschlager, 86

Edward W. Ohligschlager, age 86 of Sandwich, IL formerly of Plano, IL, passed away on July 25, 2021 at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, IL. He was born on October 10, 1934 in LaSalle, IL the son of Fredrick and Minnie (Haber) Ohligschlager.Ed was united in marriage on June 11, 1955 to Caroll Kapraun and they spent the next 66 y… Read more

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Paul “Jim” Rydell, 86

Paul “Jim” Rydell, 86, of Plano, IL passed away Saturday, July 24, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 24, 1934 in Elgin, IL, the son of Carl & Margaret (Cliffe) Rydell. He married Charlene Marcks on June 21, 1958 at First Presbyterian Church in Harvard, IL. Jim and Charlene owned and operated the Dog & S… Read more

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William R. Peterson, 72

William R. Peterson, 72, of Plano IL, was born into Heaven on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora IL. He was born May 7, 1949 in Niles, IL the son of Thomas & Berna (Ahrends) Peterson. Bill spent his young career as a Mechanic, and later moved on to be a software programmer. He enjoyed movies, guitar, motorcycles and… Read more

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Philip A. Van Tassel, 82

Philip A. Van Tassel, age 82, of Oswego, IL passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at his home.  A house he loved surrounded by Moonflowers and his daughter-in-law Betty's lilies.  He was born on April 24, 1939 in Minneapolis, MN the first son of Rev. Prosper E. and Margaret (Klanderud) Van Tassel.  Where did all that time go?   He was young only y… Read more

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Cathy (Bartels) Peterson

Cathy (Bartels) Peterson passed away Saturday, July 17, 2021, at her home in Tolono, Illinois.  Read more

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Enoch “Nick” Scull, Jr.

WWII Veteran Nick Scull Read more

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Carl E. Shawl, 76

Carl E. Shawl, age 76 of Waterman, IL passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Edwards Hospital in Naperville, IL. He was born on May 22, 1945 in Chicago, IL the son of Hanford and Dorothy (Arnold) Shawl. Read more

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Eugene Scott Cicuto

Eugene Scott Cicuto of Plano, Illinois passed peacefully surrounded by family Thursday, July 15th 2021. Born December 20th, 1979 in Hazel Crest, Illinois to Patricia and the late Scott Cicuto. Read more

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Kay A. Engler, 72

Kay A. Engler, age 72, of Sugar Grove, IL, formerly of Yorkville, IL passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021 at Season’s Hospice in Naperville, IL. She was born on June 1, 1949 in Dubuque, IA the daughter of Francis “Ed” and Ruth (Schwab) Hart. Read more

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Sandra "Nana" Johnson

Sandra "Nana" Johnson was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.  Sandy passed away Sunday, July 18, 2021, after a courageous battle with rheumatoid arthritis.  She was surrounded by loved ones.  Read more