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Sandy Kaczmarski
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SANDY KACZMARSKI is a freelance journalist living at the "end of the line" in Elburn, the last commuter stop from Chicago. Publisher/Managing Editor of, a local online new site covering western Kane County.
Former radio news anchor for stations in Chicago, manager/director in public relations, editor of a local newspaper. Freelance writer and sub-editor for AOL's Patch in Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles, Lisle, Western Springs.
Member of several community organizations including the Conservation Foundation, International Cultural Exchange of Geneva board member, the American Association of University Women, and is past president of Geneva Rotary.

Entries by Sandy Kaczmarski

Kane County Program for Troubled Teens "Magical"

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 5:37 PM

The Kane County Diagnostic Center has a new program for troubled teens. Sold to the county board as a way to save taxpayer money, the sign-up sheet is being compiled by Dr. Tim Brown, director of the Kane County Diagnostic Center, who proposed the program months ago and...

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Virgin Birth and the Deadbeat Holy Ghost: A Mother's Manifesto

(4) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 3:16 PM

I'm approaching my 58th birthday, have been divorced as long as I was married, and yet I still have to make copies of my joint custody papers. Someone told me when you have kids and get divorced, it never ends. Amen.

So when a Kane County judge ordered me to...

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Bears Beat Vikings -- Alternate Universe Only Explanation

(5) Comments | Posted December 29, 2009 | 4:31 PM

I tried to find the Bears vs. Vikings game on Monday Night Football, and wound up with a fantasy game where the Bears actually played an impressive game and won. Even before halftime with the Bears leading Minnesota 16-0, it seemed more like a football version of Space Jam. Here...

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Unwigged and Unplugged: Spinal Tap Unwiped

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2009 | 6:00 PM

In this world of reality TV and the self-absorbed, it was a wonderful respite to journey into the unreality and self-absorption of the Spinal Tap world on May 30 at the historic Chicago Theatre before the fictitious group headed to Milwaukee for the final stop.

The tour, which began...

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It's the news, stupid

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2009 | 9:10 PM

A recent article in Editor and Publisher reports the number of reporters in newsrooms is down at a level not seen since the early 1980s. That hardly seems surprising since the so-called local newspapers have been swallowed up in recent years by greedy conglomerates like Gatehouse Media and we...

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Undecided KY Superdelegate: Race Is A Good Thing, Of Course

(5) Comments | Posted May 16, 2008 | 2:05 PM

The last time I talked with Nathan Smith, a Kentucky superdelegate, he was not about to commit his support to either candidate.

With Kentucky's primary coming up on Tuesday, I asked him again whom he supports.

"I'm still uncommitted," he said. "I'm interested to see what the...

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Superdelegates In Focus: Indiana's Phoebe Crane And Iowa's Scott Brennan

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2008 | 9:44 AM

Superdelegate. Phoebe Crane of Indiana is one, and calls it "an unfortunate use of the term."

"You think of people flying around in capes or something and we really don't have any more powers," she said.

For me, that conjures up a vision of the 1960s cartoon

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How I Got Folded Out Of My Local Newspaper

(7) Comments | Posted December 4, 2007 | 8:35 AM

The following piece was produced by HuffPost's OffTheBus.

There's a quiet death among us, and no one seems to notice.

"Journal Star leader says it's time to go," reads the headline.

That would be the Peoria Journal Star, one of hundreds of small and...

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