Category Archive: news

Jul 17

Photos: Pictures of the Week from July 9 – 15

The week in photographs from the Daily Chronicle, as seen by our photographers.

Jul 13

Moon dust collected by Neil Armstrong to be sold at auction

NEW YORK – Moon dust collected by Neil Armstrong during the first lunar landing is being sold at a New York auction.

The lunar dust plus some tiny rocks that Armstrong also collected are zipped up in a small bag and are worth an estimated $2 million to $4 million.

They’re just some of the items linked to space travel that Sotheby’s is auctioning off to mark the 48th anniversary of the first lunar landing on July 20.

Armstrong’s snapshot of fellow Apollo 11 astronaut “Buzz” Aldrin standing on the moon could go for up to $4,000. Also on the block, is a documented flight plan that astronauts used to return to Earth.

Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. He died in 2012 in Ohio.

Jul 08

Sandwich Community Fund donates to FVOAS

A donation was recently presented to Fox Valley Older Adult Services by the Sandwich Community Fund.

This donation to FVOAS supports area seniors in programs that improve and enrich vital, independent living, enhance dignity and self-respect, and encourage participation in community life. Through the generosity of civic organizations, businesses and private donors, FVOAS, for the past 44 years, has been able to help seniors continue to live vital and independent lives in their own homes.

Through active adult activities at the Senior Center, adult day service and home services, now including 24/7 private home services, FVOAS and its partner, Voluntary Action Center, assist thousands of seniors in DeKalb, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle and Bureau counties. For more information on services, call 815-786-9404 or stop by the Fox Valley Community Center at 1406 Suydam Road, Sandwich.

Jul 04

Fire completely destroys garage, apartment near Burlington

BURLINGTON – A six-car garage and an upstairs apartment near Burlington were destroyed after a fire late Monday.

Burlington Community Fire Protection District were called about 11 p.m. to 10 N. 634 McGough Road in unincorporated Burlington and found flames burning through the roof of a six-car garage that was “completely engulfed,” Burlington Fire Chief Craig White said. Flames also had spread to a 20-foot breezeway connected to the main house.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control by about 3 a.m., and never let it spread past the garage and breezeway, using 18 tankers and 45,000 gallons of water, White said. Firefighters remained on the scene until about 5 a.m.

The people in the home were evacuated before crews arrived, White said. No one was injured.

The homeowners also were able to move four vehicles that were inside the garage before major damage occurred, White said.  

White said the fire originated from a utility vehicle parked in front of the garage that was burned to down to the frame, based on an eyewitness account. The fire then spread to the garage and the apartment above, which White said had housed a family.

White said because of the extent of damage to the utility vehicle, the exact cause of the fire was undetermined, but he said fireworks were not the cause of the blaze.

“It’s just one of those situations where we’ll never know,” White said.

White said he did not have an estimated cost for damage.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Department did not immediately return calls requesting more details about the fire.

The Burlington Community Fire Protection District had assistance from 16 other fire departments, including DeKalb, Hampshire, Pingree Grove, South Elgin, Sugar Grove, Fox River, Cortland, West Dundee, Octavia, Marengo, Sycamore, Elburn, Elgin and Huntley, White said.

Jun 30

Official: Police were actively pursuing DeKalb woman’s killer

DeKALB – Police were actively pursuing Antonio L. Juarez on a warrant for failure to appear in court before he murdered his wife, Lidia, according to DeKalb Police Deputy Chief John Petragallo.

Although he didn’t divulge details specific to Juarez’s case, Petragallo said typically a team of officers on warrant detail will start at a person’s address as listed in court records, look for a vehicle registered to the person, knock on the door, even go so far as to check with neighbors or landlords.

“In this case, we did seek him out, but we weren’t able to find him,” Petragallo said.

Juarez, 44, of the 1200 block of Sycamore Road, was killed in a shootout with police in Lyons the night of June 9, hours after Lidia, 37, was found dead in the driver’s seat of her car in the front, east-side parking lot of her workplace, the Illinois Department of Human Services building, 1629 Afton Road.

Court records show Antonio had previously violated two separate orders of protection – one in summer 2015 and another in March.

Petragallo said in 2016, his department processed 499 failure-to-appear warrants, and 2017 is on a similar pace, with 250 so far.

He said the department prioritizes those they’ll actively pursue, and that violent and domestic offenders are high priority.

“We take them very seriously,” Petragallo said. “We’ll start with some component of violence, whether it’s domestic or otherwise, and we’ll seek those people out first.”

Court records filed July 24, 2015, and June 23, 2016, show that Antonio Juarez was a patient at Davita in Sycamore, and received dialysis treatment Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Petragallo said his officers first learned of Juarez’s appointment schedule after Lidia was killed.

He said communication, between agencies, the courts, and the community, can help make arrests in such a situation.

“If someone calls us with information where a wanted subject is, we’ll take actions to go pick that person up,” he said. “If someone said someone was getting dialysis, we won’t interrupt that medical treatment, but we might have an officer sitting outside.”

Sycamore Police Deputy Chief Jim Winters said his agency also prioritizes which people wanted on warrants it will pursue.

“Each case is looked at individually,” Winters said. “The ability to find out where the offender is, the nature of the crime, if we know where they’re at, that’s all going to affect our decision on how much we’re going to pursue them.”

He said prioritizing can be difficult, though, considering the unknowns.

“Unfortunately, we can’t predict things,” he said. “Someone could be on a failure to appear on a speeding warrant, and they could be the next violent offender.”

Petragallo said many people wanted on failure-to-appear warrants turn themselves in once they’ve scraped together the money to pay the court, and that many others are picked up by happenstance. For instance, if a traffic stop leads to the revelation of an existing warrant, an arrest is made, he said.

DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said the severity of the crime dictates the sort of warrant the court issues. The most serious crimes are typically nationwide warrants, and for lesser crimes warrants issued are valid in a county and surrounding counties.

He said his department’s budget limits the resources he can commit to seeking out people wanted on warrants.

“We don’t have a formal warrant apprehension team like counties like Cook County,” Scott said. “We don’t have the staffing for that.”

Jun 28

Lisa C. Freeman to become NIU’s first female president, Christopher McCord to step into role as provost

The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees today finalized the appointment of Lisa C. Freeman as acting president of the university, effective July 1. Freeman will become the first female president in NIU’s 118-year history. Calling her appointment “a historical milestone of

Jun 26

Photos: Pictures of the Week from June 18 – June 24

The week in photographs from the Daily Chronicle, as seen by our photographers.

Jun 22

In Iowa, the president channels his inner candidate Trump

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Struggling to advance his agenda in Washington, President Donald Trump traveled to the Midwest for a raucous rally with his loyal supporters — the kind of event he relished before winning the White House.

Trump touched down Wednesday evening in rainy Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and headed to a local community college, where he got a look at agriculture technology innovations before leading a campaign-style rally.

He reveled in Georgia Republican Karen Handel’s congressional victory in an election viewed as an early referendum on his presidency.

“We’re 5-0 in special elections,” Trump said in front of a boisterous crowd that packed a downtown arena. “The truth is, people love us … they haven’t figured it out yet.”

He also applauded Republican Ralph Norman, who notched a slimmer-than-expected win in a special election to fill the South Carolina congressional seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney, his budget director, and mocked Handel’s challenger, Jon Ossoff, saying the Democrats “spent $30 million on this kid who forgot to live in the district.”

Trump, no stranger to victory laps, turned his visit to a battleground state he captured in November into a celebration of his resilience despite the cloud of investigations that has enveloped his administration and sent his poll numbers tumbling.

With the appearance in Cedar Rapids, he has held five rallies in the first five months in office.

The event underscores Trump’s comfort in a campaign setting. He laughed off the occasional heckler, repeated riffs from last year’s rallies and appeared far more at ease when going after Democrats in front of adoring crowds than trying to push through his own legislative agenda from the confines of the White House.

Trump’s aides are making a renewed push to get the president out of Washington. The capital is consumed with the investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election and Trump’s firing of his FBI director.

Campaign rallies energize Trump by placing him in front of supporters who have stuck by him and are likely to dismiss the investigations as Beltway chatter.

Iowa, with its large share of independent voters, could be a proving ground for whether Trump can count on the support of voters beyond his base. Unaffiliated voters — or “no party” voters, as they are known in Iowa — make up 36 percent of the electorate, compared with 33 percent who register Republican and 31 percent who register as Democrat.

Self-identified independents in Iowa voted for Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton by a 13-percentage-point margin last year, according to exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks. That margin helped Trump take the state by nearly 9 points after Barack Obama won it for Democrats the previous two elections.

Trump held a Des Moines rally in December as part of his transition-era “thank you” tour of states he had won, but has not been back to Iowa since.

Wednesday night, he touted his administration’s efforts to roll back regulations, mused about putting solar panels on a Mexican border wall, derided wind power for killing birds in a state that uses a lot of it and revealed that he urged the Senate to create a health care plan “with heart. Add some money to it!”

He avoided any discussion of the scandals surrounding his presidency, other than one brief reference to the “witch hunt,” which is what he has dubbed the probes into his campaign’s ties to Russia.

Trump’s evening in Iowa began with a tribute to former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, whom he appointed the United States’ ambassador to China. He hailed Branstad, the longest-serving governor in the nation’s history and an early Trump backer, as “a legend” and “one great man.”

Trump’s stop at Kirkwood Community College was intended to draw attention to the school’s advancements in high-tech agriculture, but he resisted sitting behind the wheel of a virtual reality device that simulated a giant combine harvester. He was joined by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross as part of the administration’s latest theme week, this time to highlight the importance of technology. He later touted the wealth of Ross and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, saying: “Those particular positions, I just don’t want a poor person. Does that make sense?”

But much of Trump’s attention was on the suburbs of Atlanta, in the 6th Congressional District race.

Democrats had lavished attention and money on Tuesday’s special election, hoping for a victory that would underscore Republican worries about Trump and serve as a harbinger of a Democratic wave in 2018.

Instead, Handel’s victory, in a traditional Republican stronghold that rarely produces a competitive contest, was met with a sigh of relief among the GOP.

Trump tweeted several times during the night and capped the night off with a text message to supporters referring to his “Make America Great Again” slogan:

“The MAGA Mandate is stronger than ever. BIG LEAGUE.”

Jun 17

Illinois agriculture groups oppose Cuba rollbacks

Four Illinois agricultural groups issued a joint news release Friday denouncing President Donald J. Trump’s decision to limit former President Barack Obama’s Cuba policy.

The presidents of all four organizations – the Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Pork Producers Association and Illinois Soybean Growers – spoke on behalf of their members in the release saying, “Our farmer members are discouraged to hear that President Trump has decided to roll back the advancements we have made in agricultural trade opportunities with Cuba.”

The release goes on to say that the groups feel the rollbacks infringe upon their freedom to sell agricultural goods, as Illinois farmers value sales with the island nation. The leaders also want market-based opportunities to increase revenue.

“Having this opportunity supports our belief that the development of the Cuban economy is as beneficial to Illinois farmers as it is to Cuba. Cuba is just 90 miles off the U.S. coast,” the release states.

Jun 14

Services set for 12-year-old Genoa boy who died after lifelong battle with tumors

GENOA – Frank Carpino, 12, died Thursday after a lifelong battle with desmoid tumors. His mother, Kathrine, said Frank was comfortable and surrounded with friends and family at the time of his passing.

Frank is survived by his parents, Mike and Kathrine, and sisters, Emily and Maria.

The Carpino family is requesting memorials be sent to the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation or to the Slater-Butala Funeral Home in lieu of flowers.

A visitation will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. June 23 at Salem Lutheran Church, 1145 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. June 24, also at Salem Lutheran Church.

Click here to view a 39-photo slideshow highlighting the last few months of Frank’s life.

Click here to read more about his legacy. Click here to read a column Daily Chronicle Photo Editor Matthew Apgar wrote about his time with Frank.

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