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Editor's Notebook: Time to vote for top 2013 news story

The Kane County Chronicle will launch reader voting Monday for the top news story of 2013.

Voting will take place through Dec. 29 and can be done by visiting and clicking on the “Reader’s Choice” link.

In addition, the Chronicle will run its lists of top sports photos of the year, news photos of the year, newsmakers of the year, sports stories of the year and news stories of the year Dec. 26 through 28.

Readers will be allowed one vote a day in our online voting, which is being sponsored by U.S. Bank.

Results from the reader poll will be published in the Jan. 1 edition of the Chronicle.

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A reminder that the Kane County Chronicle has additional copies of its Batavia Bulldogs Championship Keepsake Edition for $1 each.

The 12-page special section, which celebrates Batavia’s state football win, includes a recap of the state championship game, team photos, memorable quotes from players and coaches, stats and a guest column from Claire Jacobi, a Batavia High School senior who spent the season on the sidelines with the football team.

For more information about how to purchase copies of the special section, call the Chronicle office at 630-232-9222.

In addition, copies of the section will be inserted into the Dec. 26 editions of the Batavia Republican, a sister paper of the Chronicle.

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On Wednesday, Batavia High School senior Matt Puttin completed his semester-long internship with the Kane County Chronicle.

I’d like to thank Matt for all of his hard work during the past few months. He primarily worked on sports content for the newspaper, and it sounds like he got a lot out of the experience.

“Overall, words can’t describe how thankful I am for this internship at the Kane County Chronicle,” Matt wrote in an email to me this week. “I have been able to do far more than I ever expected. This internship has challenged me in so many positive ways. I am proud to say that I have greatly seen an improvement in my journalism skills.

“I plan on taking everything I learned here down to the University of Missouri with me. By being able to experience the career of a sports journalist, this makes me realize that this is the job for me. I would like to thank all of the Kane County Chronicle staff for this experience, as they truly have helped me pursue my future career.”

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle and president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board. Contact her at or 630-845-5368. Learn more about NINA at

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