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Comings & Goings: Detective agency opens second location

Detective Steve Yahnke Suburban P.I. Inc. 75 Executive Drive Suite 421 Aurora.  |  Submitted

Detective Steve Yahnke, Suburban P.I. Inc., 75 Executive Drive, Suite 421, Aurora. | Submitted

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Updated: February 28, 2013 6:36AM

He might not don the classic detective gear of yesteryear, but Steve Yahnke is the real deal even without a trench coat and a fedora. During the last eight years, Yahnke has grown his small detective agency into Suburban P.I., a small outfit that services Cook County and the collar counties.

Yahnke, of Aurora, started out in the detective business at his kitchen table after he worked for 23 years as a Kane County sheriff’s deputy. Yahnke worked his way to an office at 2112 W. Galena Blvd. on Aurora’s West Side, and the once-retirement-gig is a full-time operation as he expands into DuPage County and beyond.

This month, Yahnke opened a second office at 75 Executive Drive, suite 421, in the former Blue Cross Blue Shield office along the outer drive at Westfield Fox Valley Mall. The new office allows him to serve several counties, he said.

Much of Yahnke’s work includes professional services such as serving court documents, running background checks and searching out income sources. But traditional private detective work still keeps him busy, Yahnke said.

“We’re constantly doing surveillance,” he said.

Clients still seek out detectives to follow spouses and look after children, he added.

Suburban P.I. also specializes in finding the parents of adopted children and vice versa, fingerprinting and firearm training.

Yahnke runs the business with his sister, Sharen Meyers, and his wife, Lisa. His son, David, also works with him. “It’s a real family-run business,” Yahnke said.

For more information, call Suburban P.I. at 630-966-9774 or visit

Butterball expands locally

Gusto Packing, a family-owned and operated business in Montgomery, is now part of the Butterball family.

The well-known turkey company announced that it acquired Gusto Packing earlier this month.

Gusto Packing’s 260,000-square-foot facility prepares six basic product lines: hickory and apple wood smoked bacon, bone-in smoked pork and turkey products, smoked boneless hams, cooked hams, pork and turkey deli meats and spiral sliced hams.

“This additional capacity allows us to support Butterball branded geographic expansion and achieve greater account penetration within current markets. It also affords us the ability to develop and manufacture innovative products for the Butterball brand,” said Rod Brenneman, CEO of Butterball.

Going forward, the Gusto Packing leadership team as well as about 500 employees are expected to remain in their current positions.

With headquarters in Garner, N.C., Butterball is the largest producer of turkey products in the U.S. — producing more than 1 billion pounds of turkey each year. The company’s retail and foodservice products are distributed throughout the U.S. and in more than 33 countries.

For more information, Visit

Chick-fil-A countdown

The new Chick-fil-A in Batavia opens at 6:30 a.m. Feb. 7. The new store at 185 Randall Road already has a page on Facebook and a website at Grand opening details will be forthcoming.

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