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What's for dinner? Help for Aurora police dogs

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An Aurora police support group has organized a drive-through barbecue dinner Tuesday to help raise money for the department's new K-9 unit.

The Citizens Police Academy Alumni of Aurora will host the fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Aurora Police Department, 1200 E. Indian Trail Road.

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Dave Bohman, the alumni group's president, said proceeds will help the department re-establish the department's K-9 unit, which was cut from the budget in recent years. The department currently calls the Kane County Sheriff's Office if it needs a canine search.

"Now, (the department is) purchasing four new dogs that are going to be here in the fall," Bohman said. "Our organization is going to be buying ancillary supplies for the unit. It all depends on what we can raise at the barbecue. But one example would be a bulletproof vest for the dog."

The Waterman, Ill.-based 5-B's Catering will provide entree choices of two pieces of chicken, two pork chops or a combination plate. Children also have the option of a hot dog dinner. Sides include baked beans, coleslaw and apple sauce. Tickets are $11 in advance and $12 the day of the event. Hot dog dinners are $5. Soda and bottled water also are available for an additional charge.

For more information, call (630) 896-2116 or email bohmand@gmail.com.

Bohman said the group doesn't have a target goal for how much they raise, but hopes the department's new location could lead to some drop-in traffic as opposed to the old station's downtown spot.

"We have done barbecues in the past. We're hoping the with police station on a heavily traveled road, we'll have more people who can just drive through," Bohman said.

Elgin attorney honored: An Elgin attorney recently was recognized with the YWCA of Elgin's Racial Justice Award.

Attorney Kim Spagui, who works at the Elgin-based Administer Justice, was awarded earlier this month. Administer Justice provides pro bono legal services to low-income families.

The YWCA award is bestowed on a woman who demonstrates achievement and leadership in the field of racial justice.

"She volunteers hundreds of hours beyond her work time because she believes in going the extra mile to serve the poor and vulnerable," said Administer Justice Executive Director Bruce Strom. "Kim never sees her clients as 'cases.' She treats each individual with the dignity and respect they deserve."

Last year, Spagui worked with local agencies, government and nonprofit groups to hold more than 200 bilingual free legal education seminars.

She also volunteered to serve as a role model, coach and advocate for Latina students at South Elgin High School as part of their mock trial competition.

Spagui is a member and former officer of the Elgin Hispanic Network, member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Lake County Bar Association-Legal Aid Committee.

hhitzeman@dailyherald.com

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