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Fox Valley Spotlight

Host: Ryan Carney

Have you ever found yourself wondering what's in that building you drive by every day?  What do they do in there?  Our Fox Valley community is filled with local businesses and historical markers that people just like you and me walk or drive past every day and have no idea what's inside.  Fox Valley Spotlight explores the amazing and unique elements of what makes our tri-cities and surrounding area so well loved by local residents and visitors.

My intention is simply to shine a spotlight on local small businesses who put their hearts and souls into following their entrepreneurial spirits. By encouraging our community to shop small together we can help keep the local shops and restaurants thriving with local support. 

April 5, 2019

For 26 years, the Village Tavern & Grill has built their business on the bedrock of quality local food and service. Their menu is decorated with awards including for their world famous chicken fingers, BBQ ribs, special sauces and more. But what really sets owners RC and JR Hutson apart is the way they lead by example in our community. While expanding their family friendly restaurant and celebrating a second anniversary for their South Elgin location, they are also local and international charity fundraisers. RC and JR have raised a family that travels all over the world to places such as Nicaragua, Haiti, Greece and other destinations to help deliver aid and service to disaster stricken countries. They are role models of our community who have perfected the family dining experience. Give VTG a shot this week with your family and you'll be telling your neighbors about it tomorrow.

October 24, 2019

Pechakucha | Batavia 

"Life Is A Book Of Chapters"

Ryan Carney presents, "Life Is A Book Of Chapters" before a live audience for Pechakucha in Batavia, IL, 10/24/2019. PechaKucha’s 20x20 presentation format shows 20 selected images, each for 20 seconds. In other words, Presenters have 400 seconds to tell their story, with visuals guiding the way. PechaKucha means "chit chat" in Japanese. This creative outlet began as nighttime get-togethers in Tokyo in 2003 by two renowned architects. Since then, three million people have attended PechaKucha events worldwide. Additional info about Pechakucha at

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