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Gresey: Chronicle wins awards from NINA

The Kane County Chronicle won 15 awards last week at the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association’s annual fall conference.

First-place awards were for best website (staff), best editorial (Kane County Chronicle Editorial Board), best education reporting (Ashley Rhodebeck) and best technology/medical story (Rhodebeck).

The Chronicle also received second-place awards for best spot news story (Jonathan Bilyk), best business/financial/consumer story (Bilyk), best religion story (Brenda Schory), best special section (staff), best online photo gallery (Sandy Bressner) and best editorial (Kane County Chronicle Editorial Board). In addition, it received third-place awards for best sports columnist (Jay Schwab), best news story series (Bilyk), best business/financial/consumer story (Bilyk), best technology/medical story (Bilyk) and best personality profile (Schory).

Congratulations to the reporters and editors who won these awards. And congratulations to NINA, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

To learn about NINA – and to read the judge’s comments on our award-winning stories – visit

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During the past few weeks, I had the pleasure of working with St. Charles resident and fellow Columbia College graduate Abby Sheaffer on a piece that appears in today’s Kane County Chronicle.

The piece, “Entranced: St. Charles’ secret spiritualist history,” recounts the story of Caroline Howard, a popular clairvoyant who was sought out by many in the mid-1800s for her psychic abilities.

One of Howard’s most famous visitors was Mary Todd Lincoln, who stayed for a time at the Howard House Hotel in St. Charles, which was run by the Howard family.

To learn the rest of this story, you’ll have to turn to page 35.

Thanks to Abby for submitting the piece – written in the style of creative nonfiction – to our newspaper.

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Contact her at or 630-845-5368.

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