- A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: This page is designed to keep you updated on Kane County Connects coverage of the COVID-19 emergency as well as to share observations and make a personal connection during the days and weeks ahead. Please tune in often.
8AM WEDNESDAY, MAY 13
Dr. Willie Wilson to Donate 100,000 Face Masks to City of Aurora
Noted businessman Dr. Willie Wilson is working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by donating face masks. He is extending his efforts beyond his Chicago base into the state’s second-largest city.
Wilson is collaborating with Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin to donate 100,000 face masks to the residents of the city of Aurora.
“I am proud to donate these face masks to help save lives and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Wilson said. “I am moved by compassion and a deep sense of responsibility to make this donation to my dear friend, Mayor Richard Irvin, and the people of Aurora.”
Wilson’s donation will include large allotments to Aurora nursing homes, assistant living facilities, and senior residential locations, with an initial distribution being available for the general Aurora community this weekend.
“We are absolutely grateful to Dr. Wilson for his generous donation to Aurora,” said Mayor Irvin. “We know how important it is for everyone to wear masks and face coverings as we fight COVID-19 in our communities. We also know supplies are low while the demand is high. Dr. Wilson has helped to make sure those who need masks in Aurora can receive them.”
Both Wilson and Irvin will welcome residents during the Free Masks Drive-Thru Giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 16, at the Aurora Transportation Center, 233 N. Broadway, in downtown Aurora.
Volunteers will distribute packaged masks to participants during the first-come, first-served, in-and-out process. No identification is necessary. Traffic flow will be conducted by the Aurora Police Department and the Aurora Emergency Management Agency.
Since the COVID-19 crisis began, Dr. Wilson has donated millions of face masks to residents of Illinois and more than $1 million to churches in need.
To date, Aurora has had more than 1,800 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and sadly 38 Aurorans have died from the virus.
“Help to protect yourself, your family and our community by picking up free face masks this weekend,” said Mayor Irvin.
10:15AM THURSDAY, MAY 7
Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Hosts Folklórico Online
Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra will host Folklórico, a virtual concert at www.eyso.org/concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, May 10, featuring all EYSO ensembles, including performances by its three full orchestras, two string orchestras, brass choir, and EYSO Samba band — plus a special project shared by all of EYSO.
Members of the EYSO Honors Chamber Ensembles will give pre-concert performances beginning approximately 20 minutes before the concert.
Folklórico concludes EYSO’s 44th season, MOVE, which featured collaboration with Joffrey Ballet artist Luis Vasquez, who also performed with EYSO in March.
“The EYSO spirit of innovation, curiosity, and enthusiasm burns brightly as students, families, staff, and volunteers come together to create something truly spectacular,” said Artistic Director Matthew Sheppard, “a digital concert cycle and final performance, with all the hallmarks of expert noticing we’ve come to appreciate in EYSO.”
EYSO planned to end its season with final performances in the Blizzard Theater of the Elgin Community College Arts Center but was forced to suspend in-person rehearsals in early March due to the COVID-19 crisis and shift to remote learning.
Throughout the spring, the learning at EYSO continued in ways that allowed conductors and students to grow and make music together as the community did what was necessary to keep each other safe.
EYSO members have worked hard to make this happen in the ways most effective for them: video rehearsals, playing check-ins, email discussions, social media, and other forms of remote learning.
For more information, visit www.eyso.org.
NOON WEDNESDAY, MAY 6
St. Charles Rings Its Bells Each Day For Essential Workers
As a salute to healthcare workers, first responders, and all essential workers who continue to perform their jobs daily, the chimes in the Municipal Building Tower will play inspirational songs every day at noon.
“Our unique Municipal Building Tower is a distinguished symbol of St. Charles,” said Mayor Raymond Rogina. “I am glad the tower chimes can spread a message of thanks and hope to those who keep our community safe and running, even in this most difficult time for our city.”
9:30AM THURSDAY, APRIL 30
You’re Invited To Share a Virtual Cup ‘O Joe With the Sheriff
You can get yourself a virtual cup of coffee and enjoy a virtual chat with Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 2.
The sheriff is continuing his popular Saturday get-togethers online this time around.
You can find more information by visiting the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, but the idea is to tune in via Facebook Live.
There’s no need to register. When you click “going” or “interested” on the Facebook post, you’ll receive a reminder to check-in on Facebook at 9 a.m. Saturday.
You’re welcome to send questions before or during the call to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the topics will be:
- Changes in types of police calls during this time.
- Status of the Kane County jail.
- Public safety forecasting after the shelter in place lift.
- Addiction concerns.
- Consideration of the homeless.
- Support of the elderly.
9:35AM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29
St. Charles History Museum Collects COVID-19 Stories, Photos
The St. Charles History Museum has an interesting idea — to preserve the stories and images of the COVID-19 pandemic as a kind of living history.
Museum officials this week unveiled a new initiative called “Save our History” COVID-19 Community Collection and Fund aimed at collecting local stories about the impacts and experiences of COVID-19 in St. Charles, as well as raising money to support the History Museum during its temporary shutdown.
St. Charles residents and business owners are encouraged to share stories and photos of how they have adapted their lifestyles and their general experiences in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The museum aims to put together a display of signs of support and messages from the general public to pay tribute to front-line essential workers and those affected by the historic pandemic.
Donated items and messages will be displayed in one of the museum’s exterior display windows visible from Main Street and shared on the museum’s social media.
Residents and businesses are also encouraged to contribute financial donations to help sustain museum operations, and all donors will be recognized as part of the display and on the museum website.
“There is no understating the historical significance of the times we are living through now,” said St. Charles History Museum Executive Director Lindsay Judd. “But we want to show future generations how our city was able to rally and help each other during such extraordinary circumstances.”
“We have already seen a tremendous outpouring of support in our community, not just for our Museum, but for our neighbors all around St. Charles,” said Museum Board President Mike Corbett. “We hope that through this display, we can capture that generosity and community spirit and contribute something back to St. Charles.”
8PM FRIDAY, APRIL 24
St. Charles Ties White Ribbons For Front-Line Workers
Healthcare workers, first responders, grocery employees, delivery drivers, electric line workers, cleaning crews.
These are just some of the essential workers who continue to report to their jobs as the COVID-19 public health crisis continues to grip the nation.
To honor this vital group of workers who provide valuable services that are fundamental to the St. Charles community, residents Diane Cullen and John Stock organized a White Ribbon Campaign.
Volunteers from the community and America in Bloom St. Charles are adorning the light poles on Main Street with white ribbons. Everyone is invited to be a part of the effort and show their support by tying a white ribbon outside their home or business.
“We rely on essential workers every day,” Cullen said. “We wanted to thank them for continuing to provide the services that hold our community together throughout this difficult time. If you don’t have a white ribbon, any color ribbon, or even a picture of a white ribbon displayed in your front window will show them your support as well.”
For more information, contact Cullen at 630.440.6706.
8:30AM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22
Police, Fire Department, Sheriff’s Office Team Up To Say Thank You To Healthcare Workers
The embedded video tells a story of heroes saluting heroes.
On Tuesday (April 21, 2020), a parade of Aurora Police Department, Aurora Fire Department and Kane County Sheriff’s Office vehicles — lights flashing, sirens chirping, bullhorns shouting “Thank you for all you do” — cruised by Aurora hospitals, where front-line workers waved from sidewalks.
It’s a sight we’ve seen on television and our computer screens many times in the past days and weeks of the coronavirus pandemic. People honoring people, applauding people, showing strength and gratitude and solidarity in a fight against an invisible foe.
On this Earth Day, we add our voices to the song of hope.
10:35 TUESDAY, APRIL 21
Celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22
With all that’s going on with the COVID-19, it would be easy to forget that tomorrow (Wednesday, April 22) is Earth Day in Kane County.
Make a plan to get outside and celebrate.
There are many ways you can help improve the environment here in Kane County, IL. Click on the article embedded below, written by Kane County Resource Manager Jessica Mino.
10:50AM THURSDAY, APRIL 15
Judson University’s Cisneros Featured on ESPN
Remember sports? How cool were those halcyon days when there were actually live athletics contests?
But we have something to cheer about this week!
Judson University’s Anali Cisneros was recently featured on SportsCenter as a part of its Senior Night recognition to honor athletes who would not receive the traditional recognition due to the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-2020 athletic year.
Cisneros’ final race on March 6 was the 3000-meter NAIA Indoor Racewalk National Championship. It solidified her NAIA legacy as she broke the NAIA National Championship Record time in the 3000-meter indoor race with a total time of 13:38.07.
She led from wire to wire to win her sixth straight national championship and her seventh consecutive All-American honor between the indoor and outdoor national championships.
Academically, Cisneros is a frequent scholar-athlete at the CCAC, NAIA, and NCCAA levels as she excels as a biochemistry student. Cisneros in December of 2019 received the Lincoln Laureate award from the state of Illinois for her academics and civic engagement. She also was the CCAC 2018-2019 Outdoor Track & Field Dr. Leroy Walker Champion of Character Award winner.
The national recognition was certainly a fantastic way to encapsulate a historic career for Anali Cisneros as she finishes her career in the discussion of the greatest athlete in Judson University Athletics history.
According to ESPN she was scheduled to compete in the 2020 Olympic trials in Oregon, but the Summer Olympics have been postponed to 2021.
West High Junior Gives Away 100 Homemade Masks
Grace Bernal’s basement has turned into a sewing factory for homemade face masks.
Bernal, 16, a North Aurora resident, is a junior at West Aurora High School. On Wednesday and Thursday, she gave away 100 homemade masks from a table set up outside at her home, 612 Birchwood Drive. She only asks for a donation.
She is sewing 330 more masks using monetary donations and materials from Woof Woof Creations, a dog-bandana business through Etsy.
Bernal hopes to offer more masks next week. She estimates each mask takes roughly 25 minutes to sew.
Bernal announces availability of masks through posts on What’s Happening in North Aurora, a Facebook page. She said, “I’d appreciate fabric, elastic, rubber band donations. Please drop them off on the front step.
“I am so overwhelmed with the amount of love and appreciation I received from the first handout. I’m so happy that I am able to help out those in my amazing town. I am so thankful for all of your gracious donations,” she said.
Bernal is a fashion design student of Stacey Enslen, a fashion teacher at West High.
SOURCE: News Release From Al Benson
9:30AM MONDAY, APRIL 13
WATCH: APD Makes 4-Year-Old’s Birthday Special
When members of the Aurora Police Department heard that 4-year-old Chase’s birthday party was was canceled due to coronavirus pandemic, they decided to give him a surprise.
On his birthday, officers stopped by Chase’s house with their lights and sirens on to wish him a happy birthday.
Chase says he wants to be a police officer when he grows up.
“We know COVID-19 has been tough on everyone, especially for kids in Aurora who have to go without a birthday party this year,” police officials said in the Facebook post that you see below.
The Police Department is doing these kinds of celebrations as often as possible, but the department has received so many requests to help kids celebrate their birthday that they have temporarily removed the link to the request form.
But officials say they will evaluate and accommodate the requests received and continue to do these random acts of kindness as resources allow.
SOURCE: APD Facebook page
11:15AM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8
Lindsay Judd Announced as New Executive Director of St. Charles History Museum
It’s heartening to see interviews conducted electronically and via social distancing, decisions being made and people getting hired in the midst of the COVID-19 emergency.
Such is the case today, as the St. Charles History Museum this week announced the hiring of Lindsay Judd as its new executive director. A native of St. Charles, Judd brings more than six years of prior museum experience to her new institution.
Judd began her career as an intern at the St. Charles History Museum in 2009, and from there went on to become heritage interpreter at Kline Creek Farm. In 2013, Judd was hired as executive director at the Mount Prospect Historical Society, where she worked for six years. Judd is excited to return to St. Charles as executive director of her hometown museum.
“St. Charles has an amazing and lengthy history with all kinds of great stories and interesting figures,” Judd said. “I couldn’t be more excited to step into this new role and to help tell the stories of this city and its people,”
Stepping into the executive director position, Judd looks to build upon the museum’s newly-introduced strategic plan, and to continue working to solidify the Museum’s role as an integral resource for the community and a valuable partner in the future.
“We are very pleased with our decision to hire Lindsay,” said Museum Board President Mike Corbett. “She brings a high level of enthusiasm, passion, and dedication to our institution, and we are excited to see what she does for her community’s museum.”
For more information, contact museum staff at 630-584-6967 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
2:45PM TUESDAY, APRIL 7
Sheriff’s Office, OEM Share Scoop on PPE Supplies, Donations
10:30AM MONDAY, APRIL 6
Back on March 26, we told you about Paramount Theatre’s launch of “Connection: A Social Media Concert Series,” the all-new online campaign to find new ways for artists and audiences to connect with each other while the public is asked to shelter in place.
Connection is a multi-week virtual music theater series meant to encourage both emerging and veteran songwriters to use this time to create new work and keep patrons entertained in an innovative new way.
The first concert “aired” in live stream at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4, but we’re sharing the video, embedded above, so that you can watch or sample at will.
What you’ll see in the YouTube video is a bunch of amazing song writers and singers — some of them very young and all of them amazingly talented.
This week, the Paramount asked students to write a song about their connection to school in the current times and these were the results.
This past week the state of Illinois also started a Sunday Arts Takeover to benefit the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund.
11:30AM SUNDAY, APRIL 5
We’re posting this video from U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams because it’s very cool and it contains really practical advice that we all need right now: How to easily make your own face covering.
On Friday, President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines on when to wear a face mask when you go outside.
The Centers For Disease Control recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
We’re posting this under COVID-19 CONNECTIONS because Kane County has a “one-degree of separation” connection with Adams, who visited here in May 2018, when he praised the Kane County Health Department staff and led an opioid-epidemic discussion at Waubonsee Community College.
- Surgeon General to Kane County: ‘You’re on The Right Track’ in Fight Against Opioids
- U.S. Surgeon General Leads Opioids Discussion May 2 at Waubonsee Community College
2:30PM THURSDAY, APRIL 2
A Fun Video From Sheriff Ron Hain And Lexi
Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain and his friend Lexi put together a fun video a few days ago that offers some tips for staying safe and staying active — and having a great attitude — during the COVID-19 stay-at-home.
The video is especially wonderful because Lexi is the girl who was seriously injured in a Mother’s Day hit-and-run back in 2019. Lexi is growing up before our eyes, appears to be in great health and is certainly in great spirits as she share this good-natured exchange.
The video is embedded below. Visit the Kane County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for additional information.
9:30AM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
Steel Named 2019-20 Anderson Cup Champions!
In the absence of sports news during the COVID-19 emergency, here’s a little consolation: After a historic regular season, the Chicago Steel (41-7-1-0, 83 pts) were named the 2019-20 Anderson Cup champions, the United States Hockey League announced Wednesday.
This is the first time in the team’s 20-season history that the Steel have won the Anderson Cup, awarded to the regular season champion.
The Steel set franchise records in wins (41) and points (83) during the regular season, holding league records in win percentage (.847) and goals per game (4.94) through 49 games played, prior to the league-wide cancellation of the remainder of the regular season and playoffs.
“We are proud to accept the Anderson Cup for the first time in team history,” said Steel President Dan Lehv. “This title represents the hard work of our players and staff and the outstanding support we receive from our fans and billet families. At a time where we can all use some good news, this is worth celebrating.”
The Anderson Cup was named after Harold Anderson who was influential in the formation of the Midwest Junior Hockey League, the predecessor to the USHL, and has been awarded every season since 1973.
At the time the USHL canceled its season, the Steel were the only team with a Clark Cup Playoffs berth secured. Chicago registered a franchise-record 13-game win streak twice this season, becoming the first club in league history to record multiple double-digit win streaks in a single season.
The team’s longest losing streak was just two games and only occurred once during the 49-game season.
Chicago was on pace to threaten several USHL all-time team records. The Steel needed seven wins and 16 points in its last 13 games to set USHL records for wins and points and were 54 goals shy of the most goals scored in league history. No team had ever finished with a win percentage over .900 on the road, and the Steel held a .913 mark at the time of stoppage.
Five of the top six scorers in the league this season were Steel players, paced by Mathieu De St. Phalle’s 60 points (30G, 30A) while Sean Farrell’s 41 assists were tied for the league lead. The Steel were the first team in league history to boast the leading overall scorer, rookie scorer and scoring defenseman.
Steel Goalie Victor Ostman tied a franchise record with 25 wins this season to go along with a franchise-best 2.34 goals against average.
Brendan Brisson’s 59 points (24G, 35A) were the most by a Steel rookie and Gunnarwolfe Fontaine’s 46 career goals are tied for second in team history. Defenseman John Spetz became the top scoring defenseman in Steel history with 78 career points (24G, 54A).
After winning the 2018-2019 Eastern Conference Championship and advancing to the Clark Cup Final, this season began with Head Greg Moore entering his second season behind the Steel bench. On December 1, the Steel announced that Moore was leaving the team to ascend to the American Hockey League as Head Coach of the Toronto Marlies. He was replaced by Brock Sheahan who compiled a dazzling 26-3-0-0 record following Moore’s departure.
The Anderson Cup title continues an impressive run by the Steel over the past four seasons which included the team’s first and only Clark Cup Championship in 2016-2017.
Season tickets are available now for the 2020-2021 season at Fox Valley Ice Arena starting at just 5 games for $45. Full season tickets are available starting at just $8 per game. In addition to affordable ticket prices, the Steel offer free parking, themed promotions and family-friendly entertainment.
For more information and to purchase Steel tickets, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.
10:30AM MONDAY, MARCH 30
‘COVID CAMERA’ — Spring Is In The Air
After a dark and stormy weekend, it’s good to get outside for a walk — so long as you maintain your distancing.
Here are a few images from my recent “Out & Around” on the east side of Geneva / west side of St. Charles.
I’m calling this silly feature “COVID Camera.” If you’d like to share your own “COVID Camera” experience, email the photo along with your name, location and brief description to firstname.lastname@example.org.
12:50PM SUNDAY, MARCH 29
No Adoptions at Animal Control, But Pets Doing Fine
Just a quick note to say our adorable, adoptable pets at Kane County Animal Control are doing just fine at the KCAC facility.
KCAC has closed the facility and temporarily suspended all public adoptions until the Corona-19 virus is no longer a threat to the public.
COVID CAMERA: The History of Jigsaw Puzzles
A lot of folks are doing jigsaw puzzles during the COVID-19 Stay At Home, including ours.
8:30AM FRIDAY, MARCH 27
What You CAN Do If You Can’t Give Grandma a Hug
Photo courtesy of Kane County Board member Chris Kious
Got an inspiring, fun or poignant image you’d like to share? Please email the image and a caption, including your name, hometown and location of the photo to email@example.com.
10AM THURSDAY, MARCH 26
You know all those wonderful, inspiring images we see on the news and social media of young people getting together to sing in groups — even while they’re separated socially?
Well, Paramount Theatre in Aurora is doing something very special in that regard.
Paramount Theatre announced Wednesday the launch of “Connection: A Social Media Concert Series,” an all-new online campaign to find new ways for artists and audiences to connect with each other while the public is asked to shelter in place.
Connection is a multi-week virtual music theater series meant to encourage both emerging and veteran songwriters and playwrights to use this time to create new work and keep patrons entertained in an innovative new way.
“In the few days we have all been advised to socially distance ourselves, it’s become clear that we need to find ways to stay in touch now more than ever,” said Paramount Theatre New Works Development Director Amber Mak.
“While we may not be able to bring you live theater right now, Paramount’s New Works Department has conceived this social media concert series to keep people connected until we can all see each other again at the theater.”
Every Wednesday for the next three weeks, Paramount’s New Works Department will unveil a new theme for the series and post guidelines for submissions for that week’s topic.
Paramount announced the first weekly theme for the series: student work. Student songwriters, whether in high school, college, or any student who has learned their school won’t be in session for the foreseeable future, are encouraged to write, perform and submit an original song on video about their connection to their school.
The deadline to submit is Wednesday, April 1, at midnight.
To submit a video, email a downloadable link (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) to Paramount’s New Works Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Note: If filming with a cell phone, horizontal orientation is preferred but not required.)
The next day, Paramount’s New Works and Marketing departments will start working together to edit a video reel that assembles the featured musical entries.
Then, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at 8 p.m., the first Connection series compilation video will “drop” on Paramount’s website, ParamountAurora.com, and on Paramount’s Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages for free public viewing.
On Wednesday, April 1, Paramount will also unveil the following week’s theme. Similarly, submissions will be accepted until the following Wednesday, April 8 at midnight. The second Connection compilation video will be posted for free viewing at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11.
And so on.
The series is currently slated to run for three weeks, through April 18, but may continue until stay at home orders are lifted. Each week’s Connection social media concert will run approximately 30 minutes.
Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to email Paramount’s New Works Department with their questions at email@example.com.
4:20PM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25
FlagSource Is Making a Patriotic Contribution
We posted this on the COVID-19 BUSINESS/CONSUMERS landing page, but it’s a bit buried by other breaking business news today.
So I’m making it the lead in today’s COVID-19 CONNECTIONS because it’s inspiring and, frankly, very cool.
Kane County Business FlagSource Is Making Masks
Is this cool, or what?
Made in Kane AND Kane County Strong!
Here’s the Made in Kane:
Below is the BUSINESS/CONSUMERS story:
10:30AM TUESDAY, MARCH 24
- Editor’s Note: How are folks in Kane County coping with the COVID-19 “Stay at Home” order? We’ve enlisted Kane County Recording Secretary Gabriella Figliozzi to share her thoughts.
Kane County Board Recording Secretary Gabriella Figliozzi is kind of an “everywoman” for local parents adjusting to the daily challenges of “Stay at Home” in Illinois.
She’s a single mom with two kids at school, working remotely and full time in a challenging job. She’s in that Sandwich Generation of people who are supporting their children but also have concerns about their parents’ health and well-being.
And along with all that, she’s been asked by a hard-nosed Kane County Connects editor to document her story. Hopefully, we’ll be able to share her photos and thoughts in a continuing series here.
Figliozzi’s “kiddos” Dante and Gia attend Wredling Middle School in St. Charles School District 303.
Q: So, What’s That Been Like?
“Homeschooling — which is basically what life has turned into — has a multitude of room for distraction,” Figliozzi said. “But the ‘E-Learning’ created by their school has been phenomenal. I cannot praise these exceptional teachers enough.”
Figliozzi’s kids are in sixth and seventh grade — challenging years all by themselves. The kids are instructed to log into their google classroom by 9 a.m. Some teacher provide their assignments and are available to chat/live or email and include the classmates.
Other teachers do videos and full “live chats” so the classmates can interact with the teacher as if they are in class together.
“This has been exceptional for the kids!” she said.
Q: How Do You Balance The Home Schooling And Work?
“Now, being a single mother, handling the kids at home with homeschooling and trying to decide if I am indeed an essential worker has been challenging, to put it lightly,” she said. “My job has times that require me to be present as I record meetings, but I am fully equipped to work from home, as well.”
Q: What Are Your Worries, And How Are you Coping Emotionally?
“At the office, I fear of getting sick. Who will take care of the kids if I am down? Who will take care of the kids while I am at work or at lunch?
“I am more than blessed to have my parents who help out as much as possible. But I fear exposing my mother who is in her late 60s and is asthmatic and my father who is healthy, but also turning 75.
“The strains of trying to do all the right things we are told to do — social distancing, stay at home, and meeting the demands at work — has been stressful.
“Like everyone else, I am tackling it one day at a time and reminding myself and the kids that we will persevere. We’re doing our part for our community and our family by staying healthy and listening to our health advisers.”
4:24PM MONDAY, MARCH 23
9:30AM MONDAY, MARCH 23
Have Some Fun, Despite COVID-19 … And Weather
Darn that Pam Otto!
Here I am all geared up for “All COVID-19, All The Time,” when she comes along and delivers such a great “Good Natured” column that I can’t help but take a few minutes to post it.
We’ve been running Pam’s excellent “Good Natured” columns weekly for several years now, and her usual post time slot is 8 a.m. Fridays.
That’s where and when you’ll find “Good Natured” once the “new normal” starts looking a little more like the normal normal.
(“Call the Squad Squad!” as the great “On Language” columnist William Safire used to say when chastising redundancy. … And, of course, “Chastising Redundancy” would be an OK name for a rock band. … But I digress.)
Kane County Connects will be focusing on the most important information during this COVID-19 emergency, but we’ll try to take a few minutes each day to have some fun or look at other issues. This will be the landing page for those posts.
Pam’s “Good Natured” columns are a perfect escape from the COVID emergency — fun and well-written and interesting. And, of course, practical news you can use. Getting outside — so long as you maintain social distancing — is a good and healthy way to deal with some of the stress of these strange days.
Weather I’m Right, Weather I’m Wrong
Earllier today (Monday, March 23, 2020), we posted some snow photos on the Kane County Connects Facebook page, courtesy of me and Kane County Board member Chris Kious, who lives in the northern part of our most-excellent county. We’re presenting a screenshot above.
Here are some Fast Facts on the “late season snow event,” courtesy of the NWS Chicago:
- A late season moderate to at times heavy wet snow fell across northern Illinois and northwest Indiana on the afternoon and night of Sunday, March 22. Most of the snow stuck on grass with little (mainly under an inch) sticking on pavement.
- Through 1 a.m., official snowfall for Chicago (O’Hare) was 2.2″ and for Rockford was 1.4″. Other totals include 4.3″ at the NWS Chicago in Romeoville and 3.0″ observed 3 miles southwest of Midway Airport.
- The heaviest snow of 4 – 5.5″ fell generally 15 miles north/south of I-80, and was a focus area for more persistent banding of snow. This was a key attribute of this system, along with high moisture and instability (allows for more rapid upward motion of air and in turn heavier precipitation rates).
- While more snow fell than the forecast of “1-2 inches with isolated higher”, the forecast impacts of little to road travel was the case thanks to pavement temperatures well above freezing at onset and air temperatures at or above freezing the entire snowfall duration.
Geneva 4WSW (Kane)............................4.5 Crete 3E (Will)...............................4.5 Romeoville (Will).............................4.5 Downers Grove 0.4NNE (Du Page)................4.4 Park Forest 1NNE (Cook).......................4.2 Homer Glen 1ENE (Will)........................4.2 Lockport 1SE (Will)...........................4.2 Oak Lawn (Cook)...............................4.0 Chicago Ridge (Cook)..........................4.0 Homewood (Cook)...............................4.0 Roselle 1ESE (Du Page)........................4.0 Sugar Grove 1NE (Kane)........................4.0 St. Charles (Kane)............................4.0 Manhattan 5ENE (Will).........................4.0 Brandon Road Lock & Dam (Will)................4.0 Kankakee (Kankakee)...........................4.0 Manhattan (Will)..............................4.0 Morris (Grundy)...............................4.0 Paw Paw (Lee).................................4.0 Hoffman Estates 2SE (Cook)....................3.9 Hoffman Estates 5W (Cook).....................3.8 Palos Park 1SW (Cook).........................3.8 Aurora 4SE (Du Page)..........................3.8 Batavia 2WNW (Kane)...........................3.8 St. Charles 6NW (Kane)........................3.8 Highwood 1S (Lake)............................3.8 Lake Zurich (Lake)............................3.8 Elgin (Kane)..................................3.6 Elgin 1S (Kane)...............................3.6 Midway Coop (Cook)............................3.6 Earlville 3S (La Salle).......................3.5 Palatine 1NNE (Cook)..........................3.5 Cortland (De Kalb)............................3.5 Montgomery 1SSE (Kendall).....................3.5 Herscher 3E (Kankakee)........................3.5 North Aurora 2NE (Kane).......................3.5 Elgin 2W (Kane)...............................3.5
3:30 PM SUNDAY, MARCH 22
How We’re Organizing Coronavirus Content
Without a doubt, the COVID-19 information we’ve posted the past two weeks has been Kane County Connects’ “finest hour.”
Page views — as high as 105,000 a day — indicate that we have been a valued information resource during this emergency for folks throughout Kane County.
Moving forward, probably the best thing Kane County Connects can do is to make it easy for you to find the information that’s most important to you.
In order to do that, we’ve organized the content into six “landing pages,” based on subject matter. You’ll see the outline at the top of each landing page, including this one.
It’s important to note that “Kane County Connects” is just one person. I’ll do my best to keep these posts updated several times each day and to add other content as time allows.
The best ways for your to keep up with Kane County Connects content is to subscribe to the Kane County Connects e-newsletter and visit kanecountyconnects.com.
Take care, stay safe and tune to the Kane County Health Department website page for more information and updates.
— Rick Nagel, Kane County Connects editor and outreach coordinator for Kane County, IL
Kane County Connects Daily Updates
- COVID-19 OVERVIEW — A roundup of national and international updates.
- COVID-19 STATE — State of Illinois and Illlinois Department of Public Health updates. (Includes daily updates from Gov. JB Pritzker’s news conferences and Kane County COVID-19 alerts from the IDPH.)
- COVID-19 KANE COUNTY — Kane County updates, including information from the Kane County Health Department, courts, Sheriff’s Office, and all units of county government.
- COVID-19 COMMUNITIES — A roundup of information from municipalities, park districts, libraries, as well as local human interest stories.
- COVID-19 SCHOOLS — Updates on school closings or openings, meals and online learning.
- COVID-19 HOSPITALS / HEALTH CARE — Vital links to local hospital and health-care websites and additional trusted information on COVID-19.
- COVID-19 BUSINESS / CONSUMERS / JOBS —Business news, what’s open and closed, where to find stuff you need, updates from local chambers of commerce, job openings.
- COVID-19 CONNECTIONS — Stories about people, good news, personal observations, photos, miscellaneous news, quirky and fun stuff related to the days of COVID in Kane.
- COVID-19 HELP — How to find help and give help to others. Local resources, volunteer opportunities, donation sites and other local efforts to help people during the COVID-19 emergency.