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  • Citing error, judge knocks 3 years off fatal Kane DUI crash Apr 24, 2014 5:16 PM
    Citing a legal error, a Kane County judge took three years off a 12-year sentence for aggravated DUI in the Febraury 2013 death of an 11-year-old Sycamore boy in Virgil Township. Benjamin Black had heroin in his system when he caused a chain reaction crash that killed Matthew Ranken. Black’s attorney argued the judge incorrectly considered an aggravating factor twice when issuing the sentence.

     
  • Addict gets 12 years in crash that killed 11-year-old Sycamore boy Mar 26, 2014 4:00 PM
    A Sycamore man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison for causing the death of an 11-year-old boy in a February 2013 crash in Virgil Township. Benjamin Black had heroin in his system when he rear ended a car in which Matthew Ranken, also of Sycamore, was a passenger.

     
  • Heroin addict faces prison for death of Sycamore boy, 11 Mar 20, 2014 4:47 PM
    A 29-year-old man faces up to 14 years in prison for a crash that killed Matthew Ranken, 11, of Sycamore, in February 2013 in Virgil Township. A judge heard testimony Thursday at a sentencing for Benjamin J. Black, of Sycamore, who pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI because he had heroin in his system when he caused a crash that killed the boy. The sentence will be announced next Wednesday.

     
  • Lawsuit filed in crash that killed Sycamore boy Nov 25, 2013 6:19 PM
    The family of an 11-year-old Sycamore boy who died in a February crash is seeking damages from the drunken driver who hit the car the boy was riding in. Relatives of Matthew Ranken filed the lawsuit in Kane County this month, seeking unspecified damages from Benjamin J. Black, 29, of Sycamore. He was charged with aggravated DUI several months after the Feb. 28 crash when heroin was found in his system.

     
  • Guilty plea in Virgil Twp. crash that killed boy, 11 Nov 14, 2013 5:57 PM
    A Sycamore man pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated DUI for having heroin in his system when he caused a chain-reaction crash in February, killing an 11-year-old boy and severely injuring another person. Benjamin Black, 29, faces between three and 14 years in prison when sentenced March 20, 2014.

     
  • Sycamore man charged in crash that killed boy, 11 May 7, 2013 4:15 PM
    A 28-year-old Sycamore man faces felony charges that he had heroin in his system when he caused a Feb. 27 crash in Virgil Township that killed an 11-year-old boy. Benjamin J. Black was charged with aggravated DUI and, if found guilty, faces up to 14 years in prison after tests were returned, authorities said.

     
  • Sycamore boy, 11, killed in Kane County crash Feb 28, 2013 5:15 PM
    An 11-year-old Sycamore boy was killed in a traffic crash Wednesday in rural Virgil Township in Kane County. The crash occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Route 64, west of Peplow Road, Kane County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler said Thursday.

     
  • Officials in 31 suburban townships get automatic raises Aug 29, 2012 1:58 PM
    While most American workers have spent the past four years getting by with stagnating wages, or making even less than in years before, a segment of government employees is doing just fine. Elected officials in 31 suburban townships combined to make $661,387 more this year than they did in 2009. In many cases, they gave themselves the raises -- and they're getting ready to do it again.

     
  • Virgil family to get service dog through local charity Jun 29, 2012 5:02 PM
    Though 13-year-old Kara Peters cannot verbalize it, the Virgil resident always had a soft spot for animals, especially dogs. So when seeking help for Kara's Down syndrome and autism, her family thought a service dog might be the right choice for a companion for Kara. When the Elburn Leo Club heard about Kara's story, the organization decided to make the family's dream a reality.

     
  • Route 64 in Lily Lake to be closed or construction Apr 19, 2012 5:57 PM
    Construction to improve the intersection of Routes 64 and 47 in Lily Lake is about to begin. But it means closing Route 64 east of 47 to start, and later closing Route 47 south of Route 64.

     
  • Gilman Trail bridges the gap Oct 6, 2011 2:34 PM
    Like all regional trails, the Virgil Gilman Trail was designed as an avenue of escape for walkers, runners, cyclists and skiers. Trails are a sanctuary protected pathways that provide a soothing alternative to the craziness of city streets and highway shoulders.

     
  • Bloomingdale woman dies in charity motorcycle run Aug 22, 2011 5:56 PM
    A 73-year-old Bloomingdale woman was killed when her motorcycle went off the road Sunday in rural Kane County on a charity motorcycle run.

     
  • 22 departments fight major barn fire in Maple Park Aug 1, 2011 10:38 PM
    It took 22 fire departments, about 200,000 gallons of water and nearly 12 hours of work to douse a large fire that destroyed one barn and damaged a second in Maple Park Monday.

     
  • Which township road chief makes $45,866 to maintain four miles? Jun 1, 2011 5:08 PM
    Some township highway commissioners are getting paid substantial salaries despite caring for only a small number of miles of roads.

     
  • Health-care perk proves townships need scrutiny Apr 10, 2011 10:01 PM
    A Daily Herald editorial calls on voters and residents to pay more attention to township governments in the wake of an On Guard report that suburban townships have collectively spent more than $1 million of taxpayer dollars on free health care for elected officials.

     
  • Township leaders' benefits Apr 10, 2011 9:54 AM
    Taxpayers spent more than $1 million last year to cover health care benefits for 77 elected leaders in suburban townships. Those same officials paid nothing for their insurance coverage. An investigation of insurance costs for 50 suburban townships showed 29 offered health care coverage at no charge to elected officers who held full-time positions like supervisor, assessor and highway commissioner.

     
  • Tri-Cities police blotter Jan 23, 2010 12:01 AM
    Michael G. Polishak, 34, of the 7600 block of West Hortense Avenue, Chicago, was arrested at 1:42 a.m. Jan. 16 and charged with driving under the influence and driving too fast for conditions after crashing his Chevy pickup truck into a ditch at Ramm and West County Line roads in Virgil Township.

     
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