The BeaconNews ● WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2007 ● A3 AU
OSWEGO CRASH DRIVER KEPT ON HOME MONITORING
By Matt Hanley age passengers. Judge Thomas gram. Kendall Count y St ate’s is still making her court dates and scripts from a grand jury, which
Mueller said it is too early to con- Attorney Eric Weis pointed out paying the home-monitoring fee. is closed to the public. Defense at-
sider removing the ankle brace- that when Vasquez was put on the “I think this motion is brought torney Jennifer Stock said it could
YORKVILLE — A Kendall Coun- let the Aurora woman agreed to home monitoring, she was still extremely prematurely,” he said. be a year before this case goes to
ty judge denied a defense motion wear when she was released from bedridden with her own injuries Vasquez will be in court again trial.
Tuesday to remove the driver in jail. and substantially less of a flight T hursday, when her attorneys Vasquez is charged with aggra-
the fatal Oswego crash from elec- Vasquez ’s at tor neys argued risk. Tuesday, she was able to likely will argue other motions, vated drunken driving and reck-
tronic home monitoring. that she has met all of the condi- stand in front of the judge without including one pertaining to DNA less homicide in the crash, in
Sandra Vasquez, 23, is accused tions of her monitoring device and any assistance. evidence. which she was severely injured.
Sandra Vasquez, of driving drunk in the Feb. 11 asked the court to consider re- Mueller said he might recon- Tuesday, prosecutors turned
accused in DUI car accident that killed five teen- moving Vasquez from the pro - sider in a few months, if Vasquez over hundreds of pages of tran- firstname.lastname@example.org
R O O M S W I T H A C R E AT I V E V I E W New census count:
Kids’ bedrooms Aurora at 164,000
in Sugar Grove By Kristen Zambo
ularly scheduled Census in 2010.
The 2003 Census pegged Aurora’s popula-
tion at 162,184, which was a 13 percent in-
get HGTV play AURORA — The numbers are in and Au-
rora will reap $741,400 thanks to more than
7,000 new residents discovered by U.S. Cen-
sus workers earlier this year.
crease from the 2000 Census ﬁgure. In 2000,
Aurora’s population was certified at
One special Census count area spanned
Several tracts of the East Side were sur-
Homebuilder’s Cinderella castle for girls, (From left), Ben, 6, Jack, 9, and Andrew Saloga,
veyed by Census workers from November
from the Burlington Northern Railroad to
just shy of Butterﬁeld Road, bounded by the
5, stand in their ﬁre station bedroom their dad,
through January, finding 7,414 additional Kane-DuPage county line and Farnsworth
ﬁre station for boys to be featured tonight Ed Saloga of Sugar Grove built them.
residents. That brings Aurora’s certified Avenue.
population to 164,681 — retaining the title of A second area spans from New York Street
By Linda Girardi second most populous city in Illinois. to a sliver of Wolf Crossing Road in Kendall
SPECIAL TO THE BEACON NEWS City planners, who selected the sites for County, bounded by the Kane-DuPage line,
Ed Saloga of Sugar Grove is a the special Census, had estimated the in- Route 30 and Hill Avenue and Ohio.
third-generation custom home- crease to be 6,600. A tiny section also was studied between
builder whose creativity has caught “They weren’t too far off,” Carie Anne Howell, Montgomery Road, State and Mel-
the eye of executives at the HGTV Ergo, the city’s public information ofﬁcer, rose, as well as a tract bounded by Montgom-
Network. said Tuesday. “That’s a signiﬁcant increase ery Road, Douglas, Melrose and 5th Street.
“I’ve always been a kid at heart in this area.” In the Census tract this time, there were
and wanted my children’s bed- The city will receive about $100 per per- 4,818 people living in the Kendall County
rooms to be a special place. My el- son from the state for the new head count, portions. In 2000, that ﬁgure was just 845
bringing in $741,400 in new money each year people, Ergo added.
dest daughter was into Cinderella
to help offset the costs of providing city ser- “It’s really pretty critical to our operations
and castles, and my sons were en-
vices to residents, she said. to know where the city is growing,” Ergo
amored with firetrucks — they The city spent about $270,000 for the spe- added.
were my inspiration,” Saloga said. cial Census. Ergo said they have no plans to
Saloga and his makeover bed- have another special Census before the reg- email@example.com
rooms for Madeline, 10; Jack, 9;
Benjamin, 6; Andrew, 5; and Eliza-
beth, 2, will be featured today on
HGTV’s Look What I Did half-hour
home improvement show at 5 p.m.
Saloga said he explains in the 10-
minute segment how homeowners
PHOTOS BY CR AIG WATSON / STAFF PHOTOGR APHER
Libby Saloga, 2, sits on the bed in a Cinderella castle that her dad, Ed
Saloga, built for her and her sister Madeline, 10. The Saloga home in
Realtors, investors ﬂock
can attempt to transform their chil-
dren’s room into an old-fashioned
ﬁ rehouse or paint the walls to re-
Sugar Grove will be featured on HGTV tonight for the two children’s
rooms Ed Saloga designed. to downtown showcase
semble a stone castle. Saloga said the lockers from linois.
Farr said he was contacted early in
“For me, it was inexpensive to Lyons Metal and the corrugated Saloga’s business, Ed Saloga By Andre Salles
metal ceiling give his boy’s room a Builders of Sugar Grove, builds STAFF WRITER
Mayor Tom Weisner’s term and has been
do, but it would probably be an impressed with the city’s dedication to
$8,000 to $10,000 custom bedroom real ﬁ rehouse look. custom homes throughout the Fox AURORA — Leann Dockins has been
Daughter Madeline’s room has Valley. environmental standards. The new police
for a customer,” Saloga said. to Aurora before. But this week, she saw
full painted stone to look like a cas- Saloga said HGTV producers came station on Indian Trail will be built to
Saloga said each bedroom fea- it again for the ﬁ rst time.
tures a second-level loft. His boy’s tle’s walls, and the ceiling is air- out to his home in 2006 and it took a those standards with the help of a
Dockins, in town for the city’s ﬁ rst Au- $135,000 grant from the Illinois Clean
room has a fireman’s ladder lead- brushed to look as though she’s year for them produce the show and rora Downtown Showcase, gushed about
ing to the second level where his looking up at the sky. ﬁnally schedule it for airing. Energy Community Foundation. And de-
the city’s chief attractions: Paramount
eldest son sleeps, and his young- “They are elaborate,” he said. “My kids are very excited about veloper Kent Shodeen’s downtown East-
Theatre, Sci-Tech museum, the river-
est sons sleep in a custom-made A 1985 West Aurora High School being featured — they talk about front. A representative of Harley Ellis Bank project also will incorporate green
bed made to look l ike a f ire - graduate, Saloga had a scholarship their rooms all of the time,” he Devereaux, a Chicago-based business- technology.
truck. to study art at the University of Il- said. development ﬁ rm, Dockins attended the “The focus on the downtown is great,”
event to learn more about what’s happen- he said. “What’s not to like?”
ing in Aurora. Hugh Morris, of the National Associa-
“There’s deﬁ nitely something going tion of Realtors, told the crowd that Au-
rora already has the seeds in place to
Stiffer scrap law wends toward approval on out here,” she said. “I’m trying to see
how it’s working and what we might be
able to do here.”
create green, transit-oriented develop-
ments. And architect James Lowenberg,
By Kristen Zambo driver’s license, Social Security ject, to reduce thefts and help inves- Dockins is typical of the roughly 170 who designed EastBank, explained how
cards, state ID cards, utility bills, tigators catch thieves when they developers, architects and real-estate that development concept was created,
employee or student ID cards, cred- hock their stolen wares. agents who ﬂ ocked to Tuesday’s show- with a focus on the riverbank views.
AUROR A — With the price of it cards, civic, union or professional City attorney Alayne Weingartz case at the Paramount to see what down- The afternoon’s activities most inter-
various metals soaring, aldermen ID cards. said the ordinance will take effect town Aurora has to offer. Her company, a ested many of the seminar’s attendees.
say they hope a citywide crackdown Shops also would be required to immediately i f approved next downtown presence in Chicago for 26 For four hours, visitors were invited to
on businesses that buy these mate- apply for a city license to operate in week. years, designs environmentally friendly tour downtown Aurora, checking out va-
rials will help track down thieves Aurora, according to the ordinance. buildings. cant buildings and perhaps lining up de-
No one spoke out against the pro-
and ﬁ nd stolen copper. “The city of Chicago just did this,” The ﬁ rm recently completed the ﬁ rst
posal Tuesday night during the velopment opportunities.
According to the proposal, sec- 9th Ward Alderman Leroy Keith affordable-housing project in Chicago to
Committee of the Whole meeting. Patrick Berggren, of Oak Park-based
ondhand dealers, junks shops, said. meet Leadership in Energy and Environ-
Aldermen are expected to vote mental Design standards, she said. Berggren Realty, said he was searching
scrap yards and recycling centers Each licensed business also would
on the measure when they meet at Smart development and environmen- for older buildings to redevelop, hoping
would be required to keep a written be required to deliver a copy of its log
record in English of every transac- 6 p.m. June 12 in council chambers tally conscious building practices were to get commercial and retail projects off
books to the Aurora Police Depart-
tion, including a list of goods sold by ment each day by noon. at City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place. prime topics of discussion at the show- the ground.
each customer, the loan or sale price, Aurora police Ofﬁcer David Brian “We wanted immediate enforce- case, which began with four hours of “I deﬁnitely think Aurora’s on the right
and the name and address of cus- proposed the law two months ago in ment ability,” Weingartz said. “It seminars and question-and-answer peri- track,” he said. “Revitalization always
tomers. response to increasing thefts of metal makes the business owners be more ods. Up first was Douglas Farr, of the takes longer than everyone hopes, but
It mandates that employees view around the city. He proposed the uni- responsible.” Congress for the New Urbanism. His talk I’m conﬁdent they’ll get there.”
and make copies of two forms of cus- form requirements, much like those centered on creating developments with
tomers’ identiﬁcation cards, such as to which pawn shops already are sub- firstname.lastname@example.org an eye to their environmental impact. email@example.com
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