Recent News:

04.18.14

Elgin finally opens its sports and rec fields

Sports and recreation fields maintained by the city of Elgin finally officially opened Thursday. Parks and Recreation staff posted a memo that read, “Athletic field usage is now available throughout the City of Elgin on fields and open areas that were previously closed due the unusually harsh winter.” Read more...

04.18.14

Hanover Park police to hold ART meetings

Hanover Park police are inviting residents to attend meetings next week with officers from their Area Response Teams. The community policing initiative has officers working six patrol beats, or ART areas, in the village. The meetings will be held in the Community Room at the department's headquarters, 2011 Lake St. Police encourage residents to attend the session for their neighborhood. Maps of each area are available at Hpil.org. Read more...

04.18.14

Kadner: A $17,000 tax error to be corrected

Mary Lou and Tom Riley, owners of a Hazel Crest house that disappeared from Cook County property tax rolls, will be getting a refund check for more than $17,000. A spokeswoman for county Assessor Joseph Berrios said the office determined that the amount owed could be reduced due to three factors: “There was an error in the way the property was valued. They were originally charged for interest, and the interest charges were removed. The homeowner exemption was applied to the property for (prior) years (when) it was not applied.” Read more...

04.18.14

Moeller to host town hall meeting at Gail Borden Library

State Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) will host a Town Hall Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Elgin Room on the 2nd floor of the Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, to hear from constituents during the legislative break from Springfield. Read more...

04.18.14

Volunteers needed for annual spring creek cleanup

The Izaak Walton League of America - Elgin Chapter is coordinating its annual spring Willow Creek Cleanup on Saturday May 10. Volunteers are needed to assist in removing trash and other items that may obstruct the natural flow of the creek throughout east Elgin. Participants will meet at 8:30AM, at the Hanover Township Izaak Walton Center & Reserve at 899 Jay Street in Elgin to pickup supplies and receive instructions. Read more...

04.17.14

College readiness seminar in Hoffman Estates

The Hoffman Estates Youth Commission will present a College Readiness Seminar and Scholarship Panel from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Hoffman Estates village hall, 1900 Hassell Road, to help residents understand and combat the ever-increasing costs of higher education. Read more...

04.17.14

Gun owners criticize aspects of new concealed carry law

An informational meeting held by Democratic state Rep. Elaine Nekritz Wednesday in Wheeling -- intended to clarify some areas of Illinois' new concealed carry law -- largely focused on criticisms from current gun owners who described themselves as responsible and law-abiding. Many in the audience criticized the signs able to be displayed by businesses and public places banning concealed carry on their premises. One man said the signs were the same invitation to criminals as posting on Facebook that one's family is going to be out of town for two weeks. Read more...

04.17.14

Lawmakers clash over school funding with lower income tax

The Illinois State Board of Education released numbers Wednesday showing how much state money most school districts could lose if lawmakers don't renew the 2011 income tax hike. But Republicans say Democrats are proposing a doomsday budget scenario to try to raise support for keeping the tax rate where it's at. The 5 percent income tax rate is set to drop to 3.75 percent at the end of the year. Read more...

04.17.14

Schaumburg recycling event set for April 19

To celebrate Earth Day, the village of Schaumburg Environmental Committee, Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 and Schaumburg Township District Library are co-hosting their annual recycling event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at the District 54 administration office, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Read more...

04.17.14

School bus in crash near Bartlett

Emergency crews responded to a crash Wednesday afternoon near the border of Bartlett and Streamwood that involved a school bus and reportedly sent three people to an area hospital. Two students and a school bus driver were taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure, according to School District U46 spokesman Patrick Mogge. The bus was one of the smaller ones used in the district, he said. Read more...

04.16.14

Bartlett to study downtown redevelopment proposal

Bartlett officials are set to hire a consultant to study whether the village can establish another tax increment financing district downtown. Officials will interview firms to conduct an analysis that could cost Bartlett about $25,000. Officials will work with the consultant to identify boundaries of a proposed district, but they expect the area would be larger than the last one downtown -- stretching from North to Devon avenues. Read more...

04.16.14

Elgin officials encouraging residents to make use of text option for city’s CodeRed alert system

The city wants residents to know they can keep abreast of emergencies and other important matters in Elgin by signing up to receive text messages through its CodeRed alert system. “The system allows us to notify the public in an emergency by calling their telephones — very similar to a reverse 911 call, except we can target specific neighborhoods,” Assistant Fire Chief Timothy Maroder said. Read more...

04.16.14

Hanover Township lauds Hoffman Estates doctor

Hanover Township has recognized a Hoffman Estates doctor who provides free colonoscopies to low-income residents with the first Trisha L. Simon award. Dr. Brian Muska is the inaugural recipient of the award, named in honor of the township's former community health director who died in 2012 after a long battle with colon cancer. Read more...

04.16.14

Hoffman Estates Improvement Day April 26

Hoffman Estates Village Improvement day returns this month. To prepare open spaces for spring enjoyment, the Hoffman Estates Sustainability Commission is sponsoring the event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26. The village has identified various parks and natural areas for cleanup activities. Work will be limited to litter collection, and the village will be supplying collection bags. Commission members will be on hand to assist volunteers. Read more...

04.16.14

Moeller plans restaurant stops, ‘Shred Day’ event

Moeller’s office announced that she will team up with AT&T and the city of Elgin on Saturday to provide a large document shredder to the community to use for free to dispose of confidential papers in a safe and environmentally friendly way and to help individuals and businesses protect themselves against identity theft, according to a release. Read more...

04.16.14

Will new Amtrak service to Rockford be a boon?

"It is essential for the economic development and the ultimate financial well-being of all communities to have quality transportation," Elgin Mayor David Kaptain said in a news release. "I thank Gov. Quinn and the state of Illinois for providing our region with improvements to I-90, high-speed rail and bus rapid transit between Elgin and Rockford that will bring us all unprecedented opportunities for growth." Read more...

04.15.14

Cook County restricts street parking for large vehicles

The Cook County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance amendment during its Wednesday meeting limiting the amount of time large trucks and recreational vehicles can be parked on residential streets, according to a news release from Commissioner Liz Doody Gorman, who sponsored the amendment. Read more...

04.15.14

DuPage mayors step up push for pension reform

DuPage County mayors say they've already waited years for Illinois to address a growing crisis by reforming municipal police and fire pension systems so cities and villages can rein in costs. "Personally, I was patient until Mayor Rahm Emanuel went to Springfield and showed the rest of the mayors of the state how to get it done," Hanover Park Village President Rodney Craig said. "Then my patience kind of runs out." Read more...

04.15.14

Moeller plans coffee, lunch stops

State Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) on Monday announced her plan to visit local coffee shops and restaurants as part of her effort to meet local constituents and listen to their questions and concerns, according to a release from her office. “I am committed to staying accessible to the residents of the 43rd district and hearing about their top issues and concerns,” Moeller said in the release. “Making these informal visits to coffee shops and restaurants is one of the ways I plan to stay in touch with the local community.” Read more...

04.15.14

Residents in certain neighborhoods consulted on odd/even parking

Residents of two neighborhoods in Elgin will be asked if they want to try odd/even street parking as the city implements reduced parking fines. Odd/even street parking means parking is allowed on the side of the street with addresses ending in an odd number on odd numbered days, and vice versa. Read more...

04.15.14

Schaumburg's budget boosts roadwork, lowers taxes

While Schaumburg expects to be earning and spending only slightly more in the next budget year, the coming construction season is planned to be an especially big one for road maintenance. The village's $31 million capital improvement plan for 2014-15 is one of the largest of recent years, featuring $23 million for road repair and reconstruction, Finance Director Lisa Happ said. Read more...

04.15.14

Supervisor's community service award winners recognized

Nominees from all over the community attended the Hanover Township Supervisor's Community Service Award banquet held on April 9 at the Bartlett Fire Barn. The awards committee comprised of Linda Best, Lori Ann Airdo, Lee Beattie, Mike Dexter and Lorrie Glaser, presented awards to winners in five categories: Danielle McAuliff, Outstanding Youth Volunteer; Lambert & Eileen Lucietto, Outstanding Senior Volunteer; Gloria Francesconi, Outstanding Adult Volunteer; Knights of Columbus/Mary's Millennium Council #12801, Outstanding Organization; and Fellowes, Inc., Outstanding Business of the Year. Read more...

04.14.14

Attorney: Elgin Council discussed ‘specific names’ to fill Moeller’s post

When eight Elgin City Council members met behind closed doors Wednesday, they reportedly discussed specific people at least one member thought could fill the council seat left by Anna Moeller, who resigned recently after being named a state legislator. Apparently, the council could not come to a consensus and instead of leaving the position vacant until it is too late to name anyone, five members decided to start the process of looking for applicants. Read more...

04.14.14

Hanover Township presents inaugural Trisha L. Simon Award

At the 164th Hanover Township Annual Town Meeting on April 8, the Hanover Township Public Health & Safety Committee presented Dr. Brian Muska with the inaugural Trisha L. Simon award. The award is named after the former Township Director of Community Health, Trish Simon, for her immeasurable efforts in creating new programs and services that significantly contributed to the overall improvement in the lives of Hanover Township residents. Trish passed away in 2012 after a long battle with colon cancer. Read more...

04.14.14

Hoffman board invites you over for coffee

The Hoffman Estates village board will host a "Coffee with the Board" at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19. The meet-and-greet will take place in the village hall council chambers at 1900 Hassell Road. The informal forum is designed to provide a relaxed setting where the community can speak with Mayor Bill McLeod and the board of trustees. Residents are invited to express opinions, ask questions and provide input on items of interest in their community. Coffee, of course, will be served. Read more...

04.14.14

In spite of delays, Elgin’s Riverside Drive Promenade near completion

The final pieces are being put in place, and the long-in-the-works Riverside Drive Promenade should be complete in two to three weeks. That was the news Friday from project manager Pete Nielsen of IHC Construction as he gave a tour of the site. Read more...

04.14.14

Schaumburg police host family self-defense seminar

The Schaumburg Police Department has partnered with The Vistelar Group and internationally recognized instructor Dave Young to present a free seminar designed to keep families and children safe. Family Self-Defense "Stay Safe Program 1" will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at the Schaumburg police station, 1000 W. Schaumburg Road. Read more...

04.14.14

Suburbs face worst roadwork season in years

With a major remake of the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) in full swing and construction finally -- finally -- starting in earnest on the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway (I-390), spring and summer 2014 will be the worst for traffic the region has seen in years. But that is not all. From resurfacing on Route 83 to widening Hart Road in Round Lake to the interminable Route 20/McLean Boulevard project in Elgin, dozens of arterial road improvements will add to the general commuting joy. Read more...

04.11.14

Elgin eyes parking limits for more neighborhoods

City officials will explore establishing more odd-even parking restrictions in neighborhoods across Elgin, with the fines to be reduced and two warnings to be issued before tickets are issued. Wednesday night, City Manager Sean Stegall gave a presentation to those points, with the Sunset Park subdivision on the southwest side and the Northeast Neighborhood Association (NENA) area mentioned as having potential blocks for having the restrictions. Read more...

04.11.14

Elgin, Huntley, Rockford to get Amtrak service

For the first time in more than 40 years, Elgin will have passenger rail service other than commuter trains to Chicago. And for the first time in many decades, people will be able to board a train in Huntley and ride it to either Chicago or Rockford. In a surprise move, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday that the much-debated Amtrak service he has long wanted to set up from Chicago to Rockford and Dubuque, Iowa will run through Elgin, Huntley and Belvidere. Read more...

04.11.14

Hanover Park’s first farmers market headed for summer debut

Hanover Park shoppers clamoring for fresh produce could find a new spot in town: the village's first farmers market. Officials still have to give the green light to the long-awaited market, but the village and park district could ink a deal with an operator as early as May. Read more...

04.11.14

Illinois Senate approves ban on ticket quotas

Legislation that would ban police departments from issuing quotas on tickets has been approved in the Illinois Senate. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the bill prevents any law enforcement agency from requiring officers to write a certain number of traffic citations within a specific time period. Police officers also couldn't be evaluated on the number of citations they issue. Read more...

04.11.14

Lords Park farm zoo to return this summer

Lords Park once again will host an array of farm animals this summer that will include a miniature donkey, two to four goats, two cows, three sheep, a llama and maybe even a pig. That was the word Wednesday night from city management analyst Aaron Cosentino, who gave a presentation to the city council on the pilot program for the farm zoo, which has been closed since 2009. Read more...

04.11.14

Schaumburg to join drug task force it suggested

Schaumburg police are planning to join Arlington Heights and Hanover Park on a new Northwest suburban drug task force whose June 1 creation was first suggested by Schaumburg. The formation of a Northwest Cook County arm of the 26-year-old North Central Narcotics Task Force is considered a significant step in the Schaumburg Police Department's reorganization of its own drug enforcement efforts, Police Chief James Lamkin said. Read more...

04.10.14

Elgin to spend nearly $500,000 on police vehicles

The Elgin City Council unanimously voted Wednesday night to spend nearly half a million dollars to buy 14 new public safety vehicles. The $498,759 expense comes from public safety impact fees set aside in an escrow account, Elgin CFO Colleen Lavery said. Read more...

04.10.14

Elgin votes to fill vacant council seat

The city of Elgin will be seeking applications from people interested in filing a vacant seat on the city council, officials said. The decision was made during the executive, or closed, session portion of Wednesday night's council meeting, Councilman John Prigge said. Read more...

04.10.14

Preckwinkle won't rule out tax increase to strike pension deal

Hoping to ward off another credit rating downgrade, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Wednesday that she will soon present a plan to reform the county’s underfunded pension system. And she’s leaving the door open to hiking property, sales and other taxes. When asked repeatedly about the possibility of tax increases, Preckwinkle responded: “We’re looking at all the options. Everything is on the table.” Read more...

04.09.14

City to replace 490 trees hit by ash borer blight

The city council Wednesday night is set to approve the purchase and planting of 490 trees to replace diseased ash trees. According to supporting material for the meeting, because of the emerald ash borer infestation plaguing much of the Midwest, 2,876 of Elgin’s 6,789 ash trees have been removed, and between 1,500 and 1,600 are receiving preventative treatment, with annual treatments that started Monday. The remaining 2,400 ash trees are scheduled for removal. Read more...

04.09.14

Elgin to buy 14 new vehicles

The city council Wednesday night is set to approve spending $498,759 to buy 14 vehicles from Morrow Brothers and Currie Motors that will be used by either the police or public works departments. Read more...

04.09.14

Moeller co-sponsors her first bill

New 43rd District State Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) has her name attached to her first bill. According to the LegiScan website, House Bill 4266 amends the Unified Code of Corrections and “provides that the Prisoner Review Board shall not release the names or addresses of any person on its victim registry to any other person except the victim, a law enforcement agency, or other victim notification system.” Read more...

04.09.14

Relay For Life in Hanover Township June 13-14

The American Cancer Society is looking for teams to take an active role in the Relay For Life of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood. For the fifth year, the event will be June 13-14 at the Hanover Township campus, 250 S. Route 59, in Bartlett. Read more...

04.09.14

U46 school board may broadcast meetings on TV

Members of the School District U46 Board would like to invite parents and taxpayers into their meetings by recording each meeting on video and either broadcasting them on public-access cable TV channels or making them available for streaming via video link from the district’s website. Read more...

04.08.14

Gifted and Talented Academy at Elgin High exposes some of U46’s smartest teens to college-level work

“We’re looking at the whole student and not just some specific aspect of their development,” said U46’s academy coordinator, Mark Atkins. “We’re looking for the Renaissance student” who can do many things well. Cristina Cabrera, director of the Gifted and Talented Academy, said students from anywhere in District U46 can try out for the academy while they are in eighth grade. Each applicant must take special tests, which include writing an impromptu 30-minute essay. They also must get recommendations from one English teacher and one science or math teacher, and they must turn in a portfolio of their past work in English, social studies, math and a science lab. Read more...

04.08.14

Hanover Park to limit medical marijuana dispensaries

Hanover Park officials plan to bar medical marijuana sellers from strip malls. Village trustees have directed staff to prepare zoning ordinances that limit dispensaries to stand-alone buildings in industrial areas, away from retailers and restaurants. Officials also are poised to ban drive-throughs and the sale of drug paraphernalia in medical marijuana shops. Read more...

04.08.14

New Rep. Moeller to host office open house

State Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) announced on Monday that she will host an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at her district office in downtown Elgin, at 164 Division St., Suite 505. Read more...

04.08.14

No injuries in Streamwood chlorine leak

No injuries were reported after a chlorine Monday morning at the Streamwood water treatment plant, officials said. The Streamwood Fire Department responded to the plant, 590 S. Bartlett Road, at 11:47 a.m. for a report of a leak. After putting on protective clothing and entering the building to investigate, firefighters were able to stop the leak by tightening a leaky valve, according to the fire department. Read more...

04.08.14

Police educate prom-goers at Elgin High

With prom season approaching the Elgin Police Department is trying to educate students about the dangers of drinking and driving. The department brought its Operation Prom Night program to Elgin High School for the first time Monday, presenting a drunken driving crash scene that ends with one high school student dead and another facing DUI charges. Read more...

04.08.14

U-46 board considers recording, broadcasting meetings

Elgin Area School District U-46 school board members Monday night debated the merits of video-recording and broadcasting board meetings online or on public access television. Officials with the state's second-largest school district, serving roughly 40,000 students and 11 communities, are still figuring out whether it's worth the cost of equipment and manpower needed to record meetings. Read more...

04.07.14

Hanover Park electricity rates expected to increase

The average Hanover Park homeowner has pocketed more than $200 in savings since the village adopted an electrical aggregation plan. But future savings are projected to slide as the village's consultant, the Northern Illinois Municipal Electric Cooperative, prepares to negotiate the lowest rates it can get from power source providers. Read more...

04.07.14

Hanover Township to hold 5K in Elgin

Hanover Township will hold its first 5K run-walk on May 3 to raise funds for a new program that links residents with medical and dental services. "Unfortunately there are a growing number of our neighbors needing help in receiving medical and dental assistance they just can't afford," Community Health Director Kristen Smith said in a statement. "This is a great opportunity for residents to get outdoors and be active while supporting a worthwhile cause." Read more...

04.07.14

Lights, cameras but no action on video in Cook County courtrooms

It’s been more than two years since Chief Cook County Judge Timothy C. Evans asked the Illinois Supreme Court to allow cameras in Cook County courtrooms. But the Supreme Court has indefinitely deferred taking action on Evans’ application — the only one the state’s high court hasn’t approved. Read more...

04.07.14

Schaumburg police campaign yields 72 tickets

From March 13-17, Schaumburg police issued 11 speeding tickets, 11 tickets for cell phone use by driver, 6 for seatbelt violations, 18 for insurance violations and 26 for other moving and equipment violations. It was part of the St. Patrick's Day campaign funded by the Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program and ran in conjunction with the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click it or Ticket" campaigns. The STEP grant gave the Schaumburg Police Department the funds to hire back officers on an overtime basis to conduct the campaign, so as not to interfere with normal police operations. Read more...

04.06.14

Elgin councilman pushes for remote attendance

With a vacant seat on the Elgin City Council, it's more important than ever accommodations be made for councilmen's remote attendance at meetings, some officials argue. Councilman Rich Dunne said it's important to ensure city business runs as expediently as possible. Read more...

04.06.14

Schools abuzz with principals for a day

Jimenez was one 40 school principals who participated in Elgin School District U46’s sixth annual program that allows the community to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the challenges district educators face every day by becoming “Principals for a Day.” More than local leaders representing all facets of the community participated on Friday, including chambers of commerce, state and local elected officials, police and fire departments, advisory councils, business executives and many others. Read more...

04.04.14

Hanover Park police recognized for social media use

The Hanover Park police department's embrace of social media has attracted the attention of an international initiative that encourages law enforcement to use platforms like Facebook to prevent and solve crime. The International Association of Chiefs of Police has highlighted Hanover Park through its Center for Social Media. The Alexandria, Va.-based group included the department's social media accounts in a directory of featured agencies. And Lt. Andy Johnson has contributed a blog with tips on how to train officers to post fresh, convenient content for residents. Read more...

04.04.14

Hanover Township to host first annual 5k run/walk and community open house

Hanover Township is hosting its first ever "Sprint to Spring" 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 3 in Elgin. The race aims to promote health and wellness within the community, but will also raise funds for the Hanover Township Foundation. Proceeds will be used to implement a new program to assist at-risk residents in obtaining needed medical and dental services. Read more...

04.04.14

Hanover Township to host health screenings

Hanover Township will offer health screenings from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 11 to test for heart defects, osteoporosis and other illnesses."This is a great opportunity for residents to take advantage of screenings that are not typically offered," township Community Health Director Kristen Smith said. "Early detection is really the key to prevention." Read more...

04.04.14

Hanover Twp.: Craft show and bake sale slated

Hanover Township will host a two-day Spring Craft Show & Bake Sale on April 11 and 12. The event will take place at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59 in Bartlett from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission and parking are free. Read more...

04.04.14

Moeller takes first week as Elgin’s, and Legislature’s newest, state rep in stride

In her first week as state representative from the 43rd District, Anna Moeller isn’t sure how many votes she made from the floor. From her first full day as the new Democrat representative from Elgin on Tuesday to Friday afternoon, she guesses somewhere between 50 and 100 votes were needed, said Moeller. Read more...

04.04.14

Paint-A-Thon applications now being accepted

The 27th annual Community Paint-A-Thon will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13. Applications are now available for this fall community service project. The program provides the painting of exterior single family homes at no cost to those who meet the criteria. The Community Paint-A-Thon covers 10 townships including Barrington, Elk Grove, Hanover, Maine, New Trier, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Schaumburg and Wheeling. Read more...

04.03.14

Cook County may ban sales from 'puppy mills'

A proposed law would require pet stores in Cook County to sell dogs, cats and rabbits only from shelters, rescue agencies and humane societies, rather than commercial breeders. If enacted by the Cook County Board, the ordinance would aim to end the sale of animals from large-scale breeders known as "puppy mills," which animal activists claim treat pets inhumanely, confining them in cramped, unsanitary cages that promote chronic sickness and misbehavior. Read more...

04.03.14

Elgin’s 5 million-gallon water tank to get paint job

After 15 years, the big reservoir tank at Elgin’s Leo Nelson Riverside Water Treatment Plant will be getting its first fresh coat of paint. The city council recently awarded a $66,340.40 contract to Muscat Painting and Decorating of East Dundee for the project. The job includes pressure washing, surface preparation, crack repairs, repainting the 5 million-gallon reservoir, and a very small amount of paint touch-up work on a steel tank. Read more...

04.03.14

Filling school jobs can be a challenge for districts

When it comes to reeling in candidates for specialty positions in school districts, it seems everybody is fishing from the same pond. And school districts aren’t the only ones casting in lines. Elgin School District U46 recently hosted a targeted job fair seeking people to fill positions for bilingual educators as well as psychologists and occupational and speech therapists. Read more...

04.03.14

Free mammograms with new Elgin partnership

Elgin area women who are uninsured or underinsured can now get free mammograms and diagnostic testing thanks to a new partnership between a Chicago nonprofit and Presence St. Joseph Hospital. Sandy Goldberg, founder of A Silver Lining Foundation, said this is the organization’s 10th partnership with hospitals in the greater Chicago area — and the first in the Northwest suburbs — for the “Buy A Mom A Mammogram” program. Read more...

04.03.14

House OKs lessons on CPR, AED

The push to require all Illinois high school students to learn how to perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) passed 100-12 in the Illinois House on Tuesday. Read more...

04.03.14

Senior spelling bee coming to Hanover Township

Hanover Township Senior Services, in partnership with the Association of Illinois Senior Centers and the Illinois Department on Aging will be hosting a free Illinois State Senior Spelling Bee for area senior citizens on Thursday, May 15 at 10:00 AM at the Hanover Township Izaak Walton Center, 899 Jay Street in Elgin. Read more...

04.02.14

District U46 seeking candidates for board vacancy

Have you always thought you’d make a good school board member for Elgin District U46 but shied away from the need to run for office with yard signs and campaign speeches? Opportunity is knocking. Board President Donna Smith said that anyone interested must submit a letter expressing their interest, a resumé and proof that they have filed a Statement of Economic Interest by 5 p.m. April 9. Read more...

04.02.14

Elgin’s city attorney advises council on options for replacing Moeller

The city council has 60 days to decide on a replacement for member Anna Moeller — sort of. That was what Corporation Counsel William Cogley told council members via electronic memo Tuesday afternoon. Cogley had planned to be home Tuesday, but vacation flight delays prevented his return. Read more...

04.02.14

Hanover Park weighs medical marijuana restrictions

As the clock runs out on Hanover Park’s moratorium on medical marijuana, growers are unlikely to set up shop in town. The state’s restrictions confine producers of the drug to a small sliver of the village where an established business already stands. Read more...

04.02.14

Hanover Township to host Life Line Screenings

Hanover Township in cooperation with Life Line Screening will be offering non-invasive preventative health screenings at the Township Senior Center on Friday, April 11, from 8AM to 5PM for residents. Lifeline screenings test for stroke, heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysm, arterial disease, and osteoporosis screenings for nominal fees. Read more...

04.02.14

Higher gas prices to pay for roads?

Repairing Illinois roads and keeping them in good shape for future generations could come at a higher cost at the gas pump under a proposal by a group of business leaders. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition wants to raise the price at the pump by 4 cents for motor fuel and by 7 cents for diesel fuel. The plan would extend sales taxes to car-related services like oil changes and washes that aren’t taxed now to pay for the massive road and bridge upgrades the group says Illinois desperately needs. Read more...

04.02.14

U-46 elementary students send books to Ghana

What started out as a sixth-grade pen pal project at a Bartlett elementary school turned into a humanitarian effort to provide books for children in Ghana. Students at Sycamore Trails Elementary School and members of the First Baptist Church of Elgin collected more than 7,000 books for students in Ghana. Read more...

04.01.14

Elgin Council to hear about options regarding vacancy

Elgin City Council members have different opinions regarding whether to fill the seat left vacant by Anna Moeller's resignation to take state office. Moeller became the new Democratic representative for the 43rd House District Sunday. She resigned her council seat in a letter received Monday morning by the remaining eight city council members, Elgin Mayor David Kaptain said. Read more...

04.01.14

Lawsuits allege predatory lending by HSBC, Bank of America

Cook County has launched a pair lawsuits against two major banks, alleging that they helped cause the Chicago region’s foreclosure crisis by deliberately marketing predatory loans to black and Latino borrowers. HSBC, Bank of America and its subsidiaries including Countrywide and Merrill Lynch all badly hurt black and Latino neighborhoods when they disproportionately targeted minority homebuyers for subprime loans with higher interest rates and fees, the county claims. “This predatory lending crisis caused tremendous tangible and intangible damage, particularly to African American and Latino communities,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who filed the federal complaints with Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, said in a news release Monday. Read more...

04.01.14

SIX LOCAL GOVERNMENTS GET 100% ONLINE TRANSPARENCY RATING

Breaking through Illinois' reputation for dark political dealings, six local governing agencies reached a 100% rating in online transparency, the Illinois Policy Institute announced last week. The six included: Hanover Township, Kane County, Village of Lombard, Village of Orland Park, City of Evanston, and the Village of Skokie. Read more...

04.01.14

U46 puts off change in middle-school reading

A proposal to stop requiring middle-school students in Elgin School District U46 to take reading class apparently has been put off for at least a year. The proposal had incited some 200 teachers, parents and students to attend the U46 Board of Education meeting two weeks ago, and 37 of them argued in favor of keeping reading as a “core course.” Read more...

03.31.14

Bartlett: Village’s roadway resurfacing project set

The final year of the village’s roadway resurfacing project is scheduled to begin Tuesday, with a tentative completion date of Sept. Read more...

03.31.14

Car goes into house on Elgin’s east side

According to police, a car driven by unlicensed motorist living on the 800 block of Bode Road went through a fence and into the house at 846 Park Bluff Circle about 12:15 p.m. Read more...

03.31.14

Cook County health system inks $1.8 billion contract

The board running Cook County's public health system on Friday approved a contract worth up to $1.8 billion over five years to manage health care for an estimated 115,000 low-income residents as the county adapts to the federal Affordable Care Act. Read more...

03.31.14

During rough winter, neighbors knock on Cook County’s door for salt

While many suburbs struggled to stretch salt supplies during one of the snowiest winters on record , Cook County was quietly doling out tons to those in need. Read more...

03.31.14

Elgin council’s Moeller takes reins of 43rd Dist.

It was announced Saturday that Moeller was picked from eight potential candidates to fill the seat vacated by Keith Farnham. Read more...

03.28.14

Bartlett man admits stealing from July 4 committee

A former member of Bartlett’s Fourth of July committee pleaded guilty Thursday to using the organization’s debit card to withdraw more than $4,000 for his personal use. Read more...

03.28.14

Cook County toward bottom in state health ranking

Cook County is toward the bottom half of the state when it comes to overall health, but a couple suburban counties rank close to the top, an annual report finds. Read more...

03.28.14

Elgin councilwoman among 8 candidates for Farnham’s seat

Elgin Councilwoman Anna Moeller is among eight candidates interested in the seat left vacant by Keith Farnham’s resignation as state representative, officials said Thursday. Read more...

03.28.14

Hanover Park plays host to kids resource fair

Hanover Park moms and dads may not be familiar with all the activities available to their kids. But on Saturday, families will find a network of recreational, job and educational organizations in one place. Read more...

03.28.14

Hanover Twp.: Principal award nominees sought

Principals from township area schools — including primary and secondary, alternative education, and private schools — are eligible. Nominations can be submitted by a school staff member, parent of a student, student, student group, community organization or business. Principals cannot nominate themselves. Read more...

03.28.14

Schaumburg recommends tax break to lure truck repair business

Schaumburg trustees have recommended that Cook County grant a tax incentive that would bring a Wood Dale-based truck repair business to the village’s Spectrum Industrial Park. Read more...

03.27.14

Bartlett to study police station’s space needs

Bartlett officials have set aside $180,000 in the proposed 2014-2015 budget for a study into the aging police station downtown. Read more...

03.27.14

Elgin sketch artist retiring after 30 years

Mike Gough has been a patrolman in Elgin for 30 years, but he's most well-known for his work as one of few sketch artists in suburban law enforcement. Read more...

03.27.14

Hanover Park police release results of traffic enforcement campaign

Hanover Park police arrested motorists on charges of driving under the influence and driver’s license infractions during an enforcement campaign over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, authorities said. Read more...

03.27.14

Hoffman parks to help fund Northwest Fourth Fest

In the wake of Elgin and Hanover Park’s withdrawal from the 2014 Northwest Fourth Fest at the Sears Centre Arena this July, the Hoffman Estates Park District is stepping up with a cosponsorship of $5,000 in cash and $2,000 in personnel time. Read more...

03.27.14

Streamwood man charged with robbing Hanover Park Walgreens

A 56-year-old Streamwood man has been charged with robbing a Hanover Park Walgreens of prescription drugs Monday night. Read more...

03.26.14

Elgin VFW offering Skype connections for families and soldiers

If your family has a loved one away from home and serving in the military, the Watch City Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1307 has just started a program to help you keep in touch. The post has set up computer connected to a big screen TV that will use Skype to connect for video calls to those stationed stateside and across the globe. The plan is to offer the service at no charge to anyone by appointment, 24 hours a day to allow for different world time zones. Read more...

03.26.14

Hoffman Estates Park District to test video gambling

Philosophical debate and a 5-2 vote Tuesday accompanied Hoffman Estates Park District commissioners’ grudging approval of a one-year trial for video gambling in the restaurant of the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club. Read more...

03.26.14

Schaumburg police seek information on apartment burglaries

The Schaumburg Police Department has identified a burglary pattern targeting two separate apartment properties, one on the village’s east side the other in the north central part of town, during the last month. Read more...

03.25.14

Quinn announces $1.4 billion in tollway improvements

For the second time in as many months, Governor Pat Quinn was back in the Northwest suburbs Friday talking tollway improvements. But while February’s announcement in Hoffman Estates was specifically about state funding for a full interchange at Barrington Road and the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, Friday’s appearance in Schaumburg covered the full $1.4 billion that will be invested in the Illinois Tollway this year. Read more...

03.25.14

Schaumburg launches new police unit to fight street crime

After a year of tumultuous internal issues, the Schaumburg Police Department has launched a new special unit to proactively address street crime involving drugs and gangs. But Police Chief James Lamkin is quick to point out that the new Special Operations Tactical Unit is distinct from the Special Investigations Bureau disbanded in 2013 after three of its undercover officers were arrested on drug conspiracy charges. Read more...

03.25.14

U46 board member resigns

One of the newest members of the Elgin School District U46 school board, Frank Napolitano of Bartlett, has resigned from the board because he’s moving out of the school district. Napolitano, an electronics salesman who was a Bartlett Village Board member for four years before being elected to the school board in 2013, said he submitted his resignation Friday. He told The Courier-News Monday afternoon that he is quitting because his family moved to Bloomingdale and that is outside the U46 boundaries. Read more...

03.25.14

VA outpatient clinic looking for bigger space in Elgin

The Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital intends to relocate its clinic at 450 W. Dundee Ave. to a bigger space in Elgin by the middle of April 2015. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to lease almost 10,000 usable square feet of ground-floor clinical/medical office space within a specific area — somewhere with a western boundary east side of Randall Road, a northern boundary south of Interstate 90, and an eastern boundary west of Sutton Road (Route 59), and a southern boundary north of Route 20. Read more...

03.24.14

Concealed carry requirements fuel debate over gun range

An influx of gun owners seeking the training needed to qualify for a concealed carry permit has gun ranges throughout the state struggling to keep up with the demand. "Some facilities have had people waiting in their cars because they couldn't get them in the building," said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. "There's going to be between 600,000 and 800,000 people who are going to be looking for a concealed carry permit," said Julian Perez, a certified firearms instructor. "They are going to need some specialized training. We want to be there to provide it for them." Read more...

03.24.14

Good ‘haul’ for Elgin: Tollway says it will rebuild local roads it uses for I-90 work

While traffic on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) frequently will be snarled the next few years as the roadway continues to undergo a mammoth improvement project, the city of Elgin will get something in return for local inconveniences related to construction. According to City Engineer Joe Evers, an agreement is being worked on right now that will have the Illinois Tollway Authority rebuilding parts of certain impacted city-maintained roads. Read more...

03.24.14

Top goal for U46 schools in coming year: reading and writing facts

Short stories, classic novels and fairy tales may be fun, and they at least do give kids experience in reading and writing. But it’s more important to write about facts, according to Jose Torres, superintendent of School District U46. So when the U46 school board approved a District Improvement Plan for next school year recently, the only specific effort in “teaching and learning” mentioned is to “intensify our focus on nonfiction writing (and reading) at all grade levels, aligned to college- and career-ready standards.” Read more...

03.24.14

U46 financial forecast sees red ink after 2016

An independent accountant hired to analyze School District U46’s financial future predicts a growing well of red ink over the next five years if the economy and state government continue as they are now. The study projects that beginning with the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the district’s operating fund will fall ever more deeply into the red unless changes are made or the economic reality turns out to be better than his assumptions. Read more...

03.21.14

Elgin looking for a communications director, outsourced marketing

The city is planning to hire a marketing and communications director this year and to outsource some work marketing, advertising and promoting Elgin. City Manager Sean Stegall said the director’s duties would “include public relations and promotions of the city’s events, projects and services, internal and external communications, general marketing strategies related to delivering the municipalities’ core services to residents, businesses and visitors; and working with local and regional partners to amplify the city’s messaging and to support economic development efforts.” Read more...

03.21.14

Elgin sifts through grant allocation

The Elgin City Council Wednesday gave the OK to disbursing federal grant money to local nonprofits but postponed making a decision on allocating city riverboat funds. Community Development Director Marc Mylott said the city expects to receive about $786,000 in community development block grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read more...

03.21.14

Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg reach deal on subdivision

Hoffman Estates trustees this week approved the use of their village’s right-of-way on Thacker Street for the placement of utilities serving a new 7-home Schaumburg subdivision. The subdivision, to be called Shannon Estates, will be located between Pleasant Street and Roselle Road near the Schaumburg Golf Club. Read more...

03.21.14

Napolitano resigns Friday from U-46 board

Elgin Area School District U-46 board member Frank Napolitano resigned Friday morning because he and his wife are moving to Bloomingdale, outside the district's boundaries. His wife's company moved to Lincolnshire several months ago and the longer commute has been taxing on her and the family, said Napolitano, who was elected to a four-year term in April 2013. Read more...

03.21.14

New Big Ten university in Illinois?

Two suburban state senators want another Big Ten university in Illinois, saying it would keep talented students from leaving the state. A bill proposed by Republican state Sens. Matt Murphy of Palatine and Michael Connelly of Naperville passed a Senate committee this week and would create a commission to look into making one of the existing state universities a Big Ten school. They did not say which university would be their focus. Read more...

03.20.14

Elgin city council tables how to dole how grants to NFPs - again

For a second time, the city council Wednesday night tabled a plan for doling out $200,000 to 10 social service organizations with money from the Riverboat Grant Program. The grants proposal was first tabled Feb. 26 by Councilwoman Tish Powell because Councilman Rich Dunne out of town for his job. Read more...

03.20.14

Hanover Mental Health Board OKs agency funding

The Hanover Township Mental Health Board approved $760,000 in funding to agencies serving Hanover Township residents in the areas of mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse intervention and prevention. The fiscal year 2015 funding period runs from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015. Mental Health Board members allocated funding to 33 agencies that provide more than 44 programs. Read more...

03.20.14

Streamwood police investigating tip on murder suspect

Streamwood police are investigating an anonymous tip that could help identify the man they believe fatally stabbed a gas station clerk a year ago, authorities said Wednesday. Using a pay phone early March 13, the tipster left information that “could be crucial to identifying” the killer of Anandkumar “Andy” Jaiswal, Streamwood police said in a news release. The anonymous source also indicated a willingness to assist authorities, police said. Read more...

03.20.14

U46 robotics team qualifies for world championship

Team members are tweaking a robot to compete against the top high school robotics students from China, Ireland Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea and the United States at the Vex Robotics World Championship in California. The team of student from Bartlett High School as well as the school’s Academy of Science, Engineering and High Technology won the Illinois Vex Robotics State Championships hosted by Fox Valley Robotics. The win automatically qualifies them for the world championships in Anaheim in April. Read more...

03.19.14

Bartlett announces traffic enforcement campaign results

Bartlett police arrested motorists on charges of driving while license suspended and driving without a valid license during a five-day special enforcement campaign conducted through the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the police department announced Tuesday. The department conducted 20 hours of specialized traffic enforcement to target seat belt violations, resulting in officers issuing 23 citations for seat belt violations. The traffic campaign was funded by federal dollars distributed through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety. Read more...

03.19.14

Elgin to look at contributing to ex-school property repairs

The Elgin City Council is expected to discuss Wednesday whether to spend about $1 million toward repairs to a property a proposed charter school wants to lease. The Elgin Charter School Initiative wants to lease part of the former Fox River Country Day School, 1600 Dundee Ave., for a new Elgin Math and Science Academy that still needs approval from the state. Read more...

03.19.14

Hanover Township hosts bake sale and craft show

Hanover Township will host a spring craft show and bake sale Friday and Saturday, April 11-12. More than 20 vendors will sell handmade products like quilts, scarves and baked goods over the two-day event. A raffle also will be held for prizes donated by vendors. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six. Read more...

03.19.14

Neighborhood reps, mayor weigh in on how Elgin spent $2.16 million in home rehab money

Private sector investment sometimes needs government investment to make progress happen. That’s what Elgin resident Bill Briska thinks of the $2.16 million in federal grant money the city spent to buy 11 homes in distressed neighborhoods in the city over the past four years. At the time, Dave Kaptain (then councilman and now mayor) lobbied to do a lot more easy houses instead of a few tough ones. The tough ones won out.” For his part, Kaptain said, “I am glad that the properties have been renovated and will offer some improvements to the neighborhoods. It has been my opinion that we should have targeted smaller homes that would have been a better fit to the affordability of the people that were potential customers. The large homes that were chosen were very difficult to sell and resulted in a lowering of sales prices.” Read more...

03.18.14

All-Elgin website will have a companion free app

An Elgin company is working on building a website that will eventually have a companion mobile app for all things Elgin, from restaurant specials to community events and neighborhood organizations. Michael Copeland, Internet marketing maestro at Edison Avenue Consulting in Elgin, said the first, basic incarnation of the website elginlocal.com will launch by the end of April. Read more...

03.18.14

Dozens condemn change in U46 middle school reading

Monday night’s meeting of the School District U46 school board had to be moved to the auditorium of the district’s administration building as more than 200 people showed up, most of them to defend the middle schools’ reading classes. Thirty-seven — 10 teachers, nine parents and 18 students as young as age 12 — spoke to the school board in person. Every one of those argued it would be a mistake to stop having reading as a required “core course” for seventh- and eighth-graders starting next year, as U46 administrators announced last week in a message to middle-school principals. Read more...

03.18.14

Election 2014: Today’s the date to nominate

Primary day presents a bevy of big decisions for suburban Republicans who head into voting booths starting at 6 a.m. today to nominate their favorites to go on to November. Democratic primaries have been much quieter in the Chicago suburbs this year, but the results at the end of the day will set the stage for both parties to battle for the state’s highest offices between now and November. Polls close at 7 p.m., and forecasters are predicting weather far more comfortable than the rest of campaign season, when bitter cold, frozen turf and heaps of snow made it tougher than usual for volunteers to knock on doors and plant signs. Read more...

03.18.14

How Elgin spent $2.16 million in HUD funding on 11 homes

Almost four years after it first began “flipping” houses under a federal grant program, the city has provided some extraordinary deals for buyers of those homes. But officials say the practice also has given a major boost to some distressed neighborhoods in town. Read more...

03.18.14

HUD awards Cook, DuPage counties another $64 million in flood relief

Suburban Cook and DuPage counties will receive nearly $64 million in additional federal disaster relief to assist communities still recovering from last spring’s record storms and flooding. The relief, announced Monday by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, is part of an additional $129 million the federal agency says it’s giving to the state through its Community Development Block Grant Program to support long-term disaster recovery efforts in areas with the greatest extent of “unmet need.” Cook County will receive $54.9 million. Read more...

03.18.14

U46’s Torres seeking to explain controversial change in middle school reading requirement

A decision by Superintendent Jose Torres to eliminate reading as a required course for every middle school student in School District U46 has caused a firestorm of worry and anger among teachers and parents. Apparently sensing the reaction, on Monday morning Torres sent teachers a mass email explaining his idea and agreeing to postpone putting reading teachers on a list of employees eligible to be laid off at the end of this school year through a “reduction in force,” or RIF. Read more...

03.17.14

Boomers’ annual Easter egg hunt April 19

The Schaumburg Boomers baseball team and mascot Coop are inviting families to come on out to the ballpark for the third annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19 at Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg. The first egg hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m., with gates opening at 9:30 a.m. The day’s egg hunts will be broken down into four age groups, occurring consecutively on the field: ages 3 and under, 4 to 6, 7 and 8, and 9 and up. Admittance will be $2 per person (both participants and spectators) and includes a voucher for a free ticket for any May Boomers game (a $10 value). Only cash will be accepted. Read more...

03.17.14

Cook County road projects announced

Gov. Pat Quinn Friday announced capital investments of more than $18.3 million for road projects in Cook County. Among the projects, Algonquin Road in Hoffman Estates, Inverness and South Barrington will be patched and repaired under a $2,3 million contract with R.W. Dunteman Co. of Addison. The work will run for 3.54 miles from Penny Road to west of Roselle Road. In Schaumburg, Plote Construction of Hoffman Estates will receive $921,359 resurfacing, striping and traffic signal modernization at Algonquin and Meacham Roads. Read more...

03.17.14

Hanover Park to vote on electronic cigarette regulations

Hanover Park is poised to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone younger than 18 under proposed restrictions. The measure would also require businesses selling the battery-powered devices to pay an annual $100 fee. Read more...

03.17.14

Weather affecting primary election campaigns

The awful winter weather that dogged the suburbs for months also made the campaign season for local candidates harder than usual as volunteers have had to hammer yard signs into frozen tundra and march through frigid and snowpacked conditions to knock on voters' doors. In smaller, local elections, candidates and volunteers campaign door-to-door, dropping off information and speaking with potential voters one-on-one. It's believed the more intimate interaction resonates better with voters for the smaller, less publicized elections. Read more...

03.14.14

Cook County tightens rules for contractors

The Cook County Board on Thursday approved revisions to the county’s procurement code that will strengthen future participation of minority- and women-owned businesses, and crack down on fraudulent activity, a statement said. “These changes will enhance our ability to hold contractors who skirt the law accountable, while giving worthy M/WBEs greater opportunities to do business with Cook County,” President Toni Preckwinkle said. Read more...

03.14.14

Elgin school secretary’s co-workers pay $1,000 to see new hairdo

The secretary at Ellis Middle School is sporting a new hair style, courtesy of her co-workers. Cyndi Downey’s hairdresser shaved Downey’s head Thursday at a morning staff meeting in the school library to help out another Elgin U46 school’s efforts to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The foundation is a charity that funds research into finding cures for childhood cancer. Money is raised through head-shaving events to show solidarity with children who typically lose their hair during cancer treatment. Read more...

03.14.14

Northwest suburbs targeting DUI this weekend

A number of Northwest suburban police departments and the Cook County sheriff’s office are conducting extra patrols this weekend targeting drunk drivers and seat belt law violators in conjunction with St. Patricks Day. Local departments that are participating in the federally funded program include Arlington Heights, Barrington, Elk Grove Village, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, midnight to 3 a.m. is the deadliest time on Illinois roads. That’s also the time when seat belt use is lowest. Read more...

03.14.14

Schaumburg approves 7-home subdivision

Schaumburg trustees this week approved a plan to replace two larger houses on Thacker Road between Roselle Road and Pleasant Drive with seven new, and smaller, single-family homes. But things aren’t quite that simple. Because Thacker forms part of the Hoffman Estates border, the proposed Shannon Estates subdivision now needs the permission of Hoffman Estates officials for the use of their right of way so that Schaumburg can provide utilities to the site. Read more...

03.13.14

ECC, Harper to open joint college mini-campus in Hanover Park

After years without a physical presence in its far-eastern fringes, Elgin Community College is joining with Palatine-based Harper College to open a mini-campus in Hanover Park. The facility will specialize in programs and classes for the unemployed, for non-high-school graduates and for people speaking English as a second language. Under an agreement with Harper and the village of Hanover Park that was approved this week by the Elgin college’s board, ECC will lease a vacant 10,000-square-foot retail building in the Hanover Square strip mall, along the west side of Barrington Road just north of Route 20. Read more...

03.13.14

Hanover Twp.: Open gym time during spring break

Hanover Township will host a Spring Break Open Gym program for children ages 5-18 at area School District U46 gyms. The 2014 spring break schedule for open gym is noon to 4 p.m.: March 24 at Bartlett Elementary (Door No. 6), 111 E. North Ave. in Bartlett for ages 5-14. March 25 at Laurel Hill Elementary, 1750 Laurel Ave. in Hanover Park for ages 5-14. March 26 at Canton Middle School, 1100 Sunset Circle in Streamwood for ages 7-18. March 27 at Huff Elementary, 801 Hastings St. in Elgin for ages 5-14. Read more...

03.13.14

Hanover Twp.: Youth panel gives leadership awards

The Hanover Township Committee on Youth held its fourth annual Youth Leadership Awards Banquet and presented awards to four individuals: Rhea Malik of Hilltop Elementary in Elgin, Rising Star Award winner; Chris Seuffer of Tefft Middle School in Streamwood, Junior Leader Award winner; Karla Alanis of Streamwood High School, High School Leader Award winner; Nick Gore of Bartlett, Community Youth Leader Award winner. Read more...

03.13.14

Northwest Celtic Fest returns to Hoffman Estates

The third annual Northwest Celtic Fest, a celebration of Celtic heritage, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway in Hoffman Estates. The event includes a pipe band competition, Celtic vendors and crafts, an indoor soccer tournament, Celtic cuisine, free games for children, live music, dancers and a Scotch and beer tasting. Event parking and entry are also free. “This event appeals to a wide range of guests thanks to the wonderful array of family-friendly activities,” Hoffman Estates Mayor William D. McLeod said in a news release. “Last year’s Celtic Fest was a great success, and we hope to build on its success with an even better festival.” Read more...

03.13.14

Schaumburg approves Sunstar Americas development pact

Schaumburg officials have approved a redevelopment agreement for the Japanese firm Sunstar Americas Inc. to bring its North American headquarters and 400 new jobs to a site overlooking the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. Though the project first was announced last summer, the redevelopment agreement outlining its eligibility for $3.3 million of funding from a new Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district was just signed off on this week. Read more...

03.12.14

Cook County home prices show big gains in 4th quarter

A lack of desirable homes available for sale and greater consumer confidence are boosting demand for homes across Cook County, but particularly in certain city neighborhoods and suburban Cook County communities. As a result, fourth-quarter 2013 prices of single-family homes in Cook County posted their largest year-over-year increase in data going back to 1997, rising 16.8 percent in Chicago and 14.5 percent in suburban Cook County, according to a report scheduled to be released Wednesday by the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University. Read more...

03.12.14

Despite billing confusion, Elgin residents not hosed for helping neighbors

After receiving a $245.82 bi-monthly water bill last week, Larry Judkins thought he was getting hosed by the city for being a good Samaritan. But city staff say Judkins and other residents helping their neighbors out by supplying water to them through garden hoses will have their bills adjusted so they will not be penalized for their good deeds. Read more...

03.12.14

Elgin Community College raises tuition for next year

Students attending Elgin Community College next class year will have to come up with $5 more per credit hour to pay for their tuition. Sharon Konny, the vice president for business and finance, had warned the ECC Board of Trustees in January that a tuition hike might be needed, in part because the low nationwide rate of inflation is likely to hold down tax bills for College District 509’s property owners. Read more...

03.12.14

Preckwinkle tries to elect allies

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is unopposed for re-election, so she's focusing much of her political effort and spending some of her campaign cash to ensure that three allies are nominated in the Democratic primary. In one contest, she's trying to head off the political comeback of a former alderman who did time for public corruption. In another, she's battling to keep a veteran commissioner from getting toppled by Democratic ward heelers who want him replaced with one of their sons. In a third, she's backing an appointed commissioner who's trying to keep his board seat. Read more...

03.12.14

Sneed: Cook County jail inmates sign on to Obamacare

Sneed has learned 2,629 former Cook County Jail inmates who signed up for Obamacare — and filled out their applications while in jail — now have insurance cards! Translation: Prisons nationwide are becoming a major repository for Obamacare sign-ups because it allows states to extend coverage to a big part of the jail population: Single adults without kids. Read more...

03.12.14

Snow moving out, cold moving in

An overnight snowstorm has left between 1-inch and 6-inches on the ground, but the snowstorm is slowly moving out of the area while cold weather moves in. Officials said the heavy, wet snow, is forcing slow commute times throughout the area, and people are urged to slow down to avoid potential accidents. A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until 1 p.m. for Cook, DuPage, Will and nearby counties to the south. For Kane, Lake and DeKalb counties, the service has issued only a winter weather advisory. But significant snow and wind is still forecast. Read more...

03.12.14

Video gambling recommended at Hoffman golf course

The Hoffman Estates Park District's Recreation Committee Tuesday voted 6-1 to recommend a one-year test of video gambling in the clubhouse bar of the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club. The recommendation came after an additional month of soliciting comment via e-mail from members of the park district-owned country club. Tuesday's lone vote against the recommendation came from Community Representative Scott Koltz, who felt the pursuit of business interests — particularly the offering of alcohol and gambling — was in conflict with the park district's overall mission of promoting health and fitness. Read more...

03.11.14

Elgin Chamber receives national accreditation

The United States Chamber of Commerce Monday awarded the Elgin Area Chamber with accredited status for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community, a release from the organizations said. “Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community,” said Raymond P. Towle, U.S. Chamber executive director of Political Affairs and Federation Relations. “We applaud this organization for advancing the principles of free enterprise.” “Elgin Area Chamber is among an elite few – the top 3 percent of all chambers in the country. And, we’re proud of that,” said Jose Torres, superintendent of School District U46 and Chamber Board chairman. Read more...

03.11.14

Enjoy warm while you can; snow is coming back

AccuWeather is predicting substantial snow overnight Tuesday with flurries lingering on Wednesday. Biting winds bring back the cold with temperatures expected to plunge back into the teens Wednesday. Motorists can anticipate difficult driving conditions on lengthy stretches of highways and interstates. The snow could come down heavily for a time, quickly clogging roads and making travel treacherous. Read more...

03.11.14

Rotary gala funds a variety of community projects

A pair of jesters greeted guests at the Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates Rotary Club fundraiser Saturday night, handing them colorful beads and masks. Yet, while this Mardi Gras bash had a playfulness about it, its fundraising mission was dead serious. Held at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows and drawing nearly 300 supporters, this is the Rotary club’s major fundraiser. Chairman John Curry of Schaumburg, and co-chairs Eileen Higginbotham of Palatine and Colette Gibens of Elgin hoped to raise more than $75,000 from the event. They earmark $50,000 for community projects, including $25,000 for scholarships and the rest for grants to GiGi’s Playhouse, Clearbrook and the Kenneth Young Center. As well, this year completes their $250,000 pledge to Alexian Brothers Children’s Hospital. Read more...

03.11.14

Suburban Cook County voters set record

A record number of suburban Cook County residents are registered to vote in the March 18 primary election, Cook County Clerk David Orr said Monday. Suburban Cook County now has 1,452,141 registered voters – nearly 13,000 voters more than the previous high set in 2010. This surge in voters comes as the clerk’s office has worked to scrub the rolls of ineligible voters, taking out 135,000. Read more...

03.10.14

Academy draws arts-minded students from across District U46 communities

Students in District U46 who show an interest in the fine arts have a place to learn and grow at Larkin High School in Elgin. In one hallway in Larkin’s westernmost wing on a busy Thursday afternoon, four teens rehearse lines from a one-act play. Around the corner — separated by closed doors from the school’s history classes, literature classes and chemistry labs — the corridor holds teens practicing noisily on violins, a bass viola and a saxophone. Read more...

03.10.14

Hanover Park recognizes WWII veteran

Hanover Park has honored a veteran who served overseas in World War II. Timoteo “Tim” Vasquez will also be recognized in the village’s Veteran’s Memorial, where officials will install a brick bearing his name. Dozens of family members turned up for a recent village board meeting saluting Vasquez’s service. He was a Marine, stationed in the southern Solomon Islands from 1942 to 1945. Read more...

03.10.14

New amenities coming to Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve near Hanover Park

Major changes are slated for the Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve near Hanover Park. The DuPage County Forest Preserve District is finally moving ahead with a $4.1 million pedestrian bridge and trail that will link Hawk Hollow and Mallard Lake preserves over County Farm Road. And later this year, a sprawling exercise area for off-leash dogs will open at Hawk Hollow. “That will be a great amenity and a great investment by the forest preserve district,” Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig said. Read more...

03.10.14

Snow all over suburban sidewalks puts pedestrians in peril

Thousands of other pedestrians have experienced a winter not just of discontent but downright peril, thanks to record snowfalls and a laissez faire attitude toward shoveling sidewalks in the suburbs, they say. The approaching thaw will melt the problem away for now, but concerned citizens don’t want the winter of 2014 to become a distant memory. Thanks to consistent plowing that allowed the sun to melt the remaining snow, major roads and highways offered mostly dry surfaces for motorists this winter. But myriad sidewalks caked with snow and drifts thawed into an icy soup only to be covered with snow again, causing a vicious cycle for pedestrians. Read more...

03.09.14

Elgin, Carpentersville police all too familiar with scams that target the elderly

Here are some common scams that Carpentersville Police Comdr. Timothy Bosshart and Elgin Police Community Outreach Specialist & Elderly Service Officer Cherie Aschenbrenner said they have seen that target senior citizens: Faking being a grandchild to get money wired. Aschenbrenner said that scammers will look over obituaries that list the names of family members for those identified as grandchildren. Using the Internet and public records makes it easier to find phone numbers and background information. Read more...

03.07.14

Bartlett police name officer of 2013

The Bartlett police department has chosen its officer and civilian employee of the year. The honor went to Sgt. Jessica Crowley, a 19-year veteran with the department. Crowley implemented a crisis intervention team last year. The department recognized her guidance and “invaluable training” for the team in a news release Thursday. The department also lauded its civilian employee of the year, Michael Brady. He has spent two years with Bartlett as the property control custodian and court liaison officer after serving as a Hoffman Estates police officer. Read more...

03.07.14

'Envision Elgin' participants told to dream big

Imagine waving a magic wand and choosing where a new park or bridge should be built in the city of Elgin. Participants in the "Envision Elgin" planning meeting Thursday night were asked to do just that, and they came up with a smorgasbord of ideas for improvements in several categories: residential and commercial areas, transportation, recreation, employment and life in general in Elgin. Read more...

03.07.14

Hanover Park, colleges join forces on project

Hanover Park will foot the bill on a more than $700,000 construction project for a facility run by two community colleges. The village, Elgin Community College and Harper College have reached a deal on the terms of a lease for a 10,900-square-foot piece of the Hanover Square strip mall on Barrington Road. Renovation of the vacant, T-shaped space will pave the way for the Education and Work Center, a facility offering free adult general education classes and job counseling. The village's investment — funded by a tax increment financing district — was vital to getting the project off the ground, officials say. Read more...

03.07.14

Hanover Township to host workshop for high school students

Hanover Township is inviting students to a workshop on decision-making. Students from Bartlett, Elgin, South Elgin and Streamwood high schools are encouraged to participate in an interactive workshop Thursday, March 13. Teenagers will learn how to respond to tough situations and weigh the consequences of their choices, said Nicole De Falco, a member of the township Committee on Youth. “Like a real-time, multiplayer game without a reset button, life for today’s high school students is a steady stream of snap decisions with steep consequences,” De Falco said in a statement. Read more...

03.07.14

Nationwide online effort results in free vest for Elgin’s new K9

The Elgin Police Department’s new K9, Colt, is set to be outfitted with a protective vest at no cost to Elgin taxpayers, thanks to donations made through a nationwide fund-raising effort. According to a press release Friday from the Elgin Police Department, that effort partnered Chicago-based online deal site Groupon with Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. to raise money for such equipment The release states that Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a Massachusetts nonprofit “that seeks to provide bullet and stab protective vests to dogs of law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.” Read more...

03.07.14

U46 targets nonfiction reading and writing as it works to close ‘achievement gaps’

Improving students’ nonfiction reading and writing would be the main focus of teaching and learning under a School District U46 Improvement Plan for the 2014-15 school year that was proposed to the board of education by the school district administration this week. Superintendent Jose Torres noted that last year the district set a two-year list of goals in a similar improvement plan. But this year, he recommended that district leaders look ahead only one year because it is coming close to 2015, when the district’s specific Destination 2015 goals were supposed to have become reality. Read more...

03.06.14

Bartlett to get state grant for bike path

Gov. Pat Quinn’s office announced an investment of more than $36,000 to help develop a bicycle path in Bartlett. The matching grant is part of a $1 million investment to develop or improve 42 miles of bicycle trails in Illinois, a release said. “This investment will provide more opportunities for people to get out, get healthy and enjoy what Bartlett has to offer,” Quinn said in the release. “Bicycling is an ideal activity for young and old, and this path will make biking safer and more convenient.” Read more...

03.06.14

Emerald ash borer, flood relief project slated for Bartlett budget

Spending in Bartlett is on the rise as the village replaces thousands of trees infested by the emerald ash borer. The proposed 2014-15 budget is expected to climb to almost $57.5 million, representing a more than 2 percent increase over the last fiscal year. The emerald ash borer — a destructive beetle native to Asia — continues to wreak havoc on trees across the suburbs. In Bartlett, the tiny bug has hit the village with big costs — expected to reach a total of $1.3 million over four years. The budget also calls for sinking about $5 million into a long-awaited project designed to alleviate flooding on the village’s north side. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is awarding a $3.8 million grant to reimburse the village for 75 percent of the project’s cost. Read more...

03.06.14

Hoses helping Elgin homeowners dealing with frozen service

City Public Works Crew Leader Aaron Neal has a hose from the spigot outside his home running through his family’s yard in the 700 block of Cedar Avenue to connect to the spigot in a neighbor’s yard on Lincoln Avenue. It’s yet another sign of how rough the winter has been, as Elgin residents living in more than three dozen dwellings are having to get their water through hoses run from their neighbors’ homes. The reason for this inconvenience is that water lines under certain city streets have frozen as the ground under them in some places is frozen to depths of 60 - 80 inches, Elgin Water Director Kyla Jacobsen said. Read more...

03.06.14

Streamwood fire department to hold citizen’s academy

The Streamwood Fire Department is taking applications for its citizen’s fire academy, an eight-week course that gives students the ins and outs on firefighting. Residents can learn about how firefighter-paramedics provide emergency medical treatment, process hazardous materials and extricate drivers from cars. Classes will run from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays from March 31 to May 19. Applications are available at the fire department or online. Class sizes are limited. The deadline to register is March 14. Read more...

03.05.14

Brutal winter has had mixed impact on Elgin businesses

Businesses ranging from home builders to fast-food restaurants have reported that this unusually harsh winter has had a chilling effect on them, keeping people inside and not shopping or eating out, according to national reports. A random check with some local businesses owners, however, shows a mixed bag this winter. Read more...

03.05.14

Drive to hire minority teachers raises tempers in District U46

Almost 20 School District U46 residents showed up at Monday night’s school board meeting to argue for or against a new campaign to hire minority teachers, often with intense emotion. Last week, administrators of Elgin School District U46 announced that they hope to launch a multi-front push to hire more nonwhite and Hispanic teachers. The goal: to eliminate a gap that sees 68 percent of the students in the state’s second largest school being Hispanic, black or Asian while only about one in five of the people at the front of the classroom come from one of those minority groups. Read more...

03.05.14

Hanover Township announces schedule for open gym program

Hanover Township’s open gym program will return for the spring season beginning March 24. Elementary and middle schools throughout the township have joined the program, designed to give kids a safe and fun place to go after classes. Youngsters receive help with their homework and participate in a variety of free activities, including fitness classes. Read more...

03.05.14

Some teachers may not be back next year

Regardless of how many minority-group teachers are recruited by Elgin School District U46 for next school year, some existing teachers will learn soon that they may not be invited back onto the payroll. This is the time of year when the school board approves its annual RIF, or “reduction in force,” notices. They are sent to particular employees whose jobs may not be needed next year, or whose jobs may be declared beyond the district’s budget, or whose qualifications do not match the job they are doing. Read more...

03.04.14

Bartlett crash shuts down part of Lake Street

A three-vehicle crash in Bartlett on Monday closed Lake Street near Naperville Road for more than an hour, police said. Two people were taken to a hospital after the crash, which happened about 4 p.m. just west of Naperville Road. The crash remains under investigation, police said. Read more...

03.04.14

Elgin looks at code enforcement changes

Elgin is doing away with no-notice fines, the first step in overhauling the way the city goes about code enforcement. Under the new rules, property owners would get a warning — sometimes more than one warning — before being issued a ticket, allowing code inspectors more discretion in handling cases. City council members approved the measure at a special committee of the whole Saturday, after a presentation by Community Development Director Marc Mylott. Read more...

03.04.14

Hanging out with Elgin Snow Command during event No. 45 of the year

The snowfall had just let up when 23 men filed into the break room at public works shortly before midnight Saturday. Of those, 21 were preparing to climb into snowplows once again. Saturday’s snowfall of just over 4 inches, which started hitting hard at about 4 p.m., was the 45th snow event since the current winter season started in Elgin, said Dan Rich, public works superintendent. Rich directed drivers getting ready to head out into the early morning hours to make sure they plowed from the center to the curbs, and not just a center path on streets. Where they could, plow drivers were told to clear from curb to curb, later laying salt on intersections and mid-block. Read more...

03.04.14

New Elgin Police chaplain experienced protecting trains, pastors

In the past, most police and fire department chaplains have come from the clergy, or at least from semi-professional church laity members. But one of two new Elgin Police Department chaplains is a 78-year-old veteran of police work whose past jobs had him protecting everything from railroad trains to celebrity speakers. Carl Ball of South Elgin was introduced to his fellow EPD employees and sworn in as a chaplain during the department’s annual awards day ceremonies last week. Read more...

03.03.14

Bartlett man discusses heroin addiction on Oprah’s OWN network

Nick Gore marked his two-year anniversary free from heroin this month with a turn in front of the cameras. The Bartlett man taped an interview set to air Sunday on “Oprah Prime.” a new series on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. Besides garnering the attention of producers from the Oprah Winfrey Network, Gore also recently was honored with Hanover Township’s Community Youth Leader award for his charisma and passion for talking to high school students. “He tells you it keeps him alive,” said John Parquette, the township’s director of youth and family services. Read more...

03.03.14

Elgin gives preliminary OK to charter school lease

Members of the Elgin City Council gave preliminary approval for leasing property to a proposed charter school over the objection of a councilman who claimed there is a conflict of interest for several other council members. At a special committee of the whole meeting Saturday, Councilman John Prigge cast the only dissenting vote on leasing the former Fox River Country Day School, 1600 Dundee Ave., to Elgin Academy and the new Elgin Charter School Initiative. Read more...

03.03.14

Negotiations with tollway whittled cost from moving pipeline

Oh to be in the room when Northwest Cook County mayors learned it would cost millions to move a water pipe in the way of I-90 expansion. “We were knocked head over heels,” Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig said. “Here’s a (multimillion dollar) bill from the tollway lying in our laps and it’s based on a 1984 agreement. ”The first reaction to the cost — originally estimated around $120 million — was shock. “The whole notion for me was absurd,” Craig said. But “all our attorneys said, ‘this is what we’ve got to do.’” Read more...

03.03.14

Pothole damage can cost you; you can TRY to get town to pay

“We get dozens of claims for pothole damage,” Elgin City Corporation Counsel Bill Cogley said. “We don’t normally end up paying on them, but we have in some instances.” In fact, according to city records, of 14 incidents of pothole damage reported last winter in Elgin, not a single claimant was reimbursed by the city. Of 28 cases of pothole damage so far this winter, just one has been paid, in the amount of $445, although Cogley said many claims based on this year’s cases have not yet been processed. Read more...

03.03.14

Pothole pain may be a case of ‘pay me now or pay me later’

There’s a reason that Duncan Avenue in the area of the I-90 overpass inside Elgin is a nearly undrive-able lunar landscape of potholes and cracks — yet as soon as you cross into the stretch of that same road maintained by Dundee Township Highway Department, the pavement becomes smooth and calm. It’s the same reason that Summit Street in Elgin is plastered with potholes in one area but pristine just a few blocks to the east. It’s also the same reason McLean Boulevard has a harvest of holes in the area around the Wing Street curve but looks fine north of Big Timber Road. Potholes, Elgin Public Works Superintendent Dan Rich says, develop where pavement is aging, cracking and/or perhaps never laid down quite right in the first place. Read more...

03.02.14

Winter season now fourth-snowiest on record

As of Saturday morning, the 2013-2014 winter season is the fourth-snowiest on record in Chicago, according to the National Weather Service, with up to 6 more inches expected to fall across the area by Monday morning. Read more...

02.28.14

Cook Co. registers nearly 5,500 new suburban teen voters

A high school voter registration effort led by Cook County Clerk David Orr netted nearly 5,500 suburban Cook County teen voters, including 3,423 17-year-olds eligible to register for the first time in Illinois. “The enthusiasm displayed by students, teachers and deputy registrar organizations was phenomenal,” Orr said in a news release. “A habit of lifelong voting is born early, so the hope is these teenagers will vote in the March 18 primary and every election that follows.” Read more...

02.28.14

Buffalo Grove, Bartlett among country’s safest towns, according to research firm

Bartlett and Buffalo Grove are among the 20 safest communities in the United States, according to a report issued recently by the community research firm Neighborhood Scout. The villages ranked 15th and 20th, respectively, on the firm’s “2014 Safest Cities in America” list, which is based on the total number of crimes per 1,000 residents in communities with populations above 25,000. Crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, homicide, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. Other Chicago suburbs on the list include North Chicago (14th), Wheaton (51st), Glenview (54th), Mundelein (56th), Hanover Park (72nd), Park Ridge (75th), Carol Stream (77th), Arlington Heights (87th), West Chicago (90th), Glen Ellyn (92nd) and Palatine (96th). Read more...

02.28.14

ECC, Harper College partner on Hanover Park facility

Two suburban community colleges are branching out to Hanover Park with a new facility aimed at confronting unemployment. Harper College and Elgin Community College hope to launch the Education and Work Center in an aging strip mall this summer, with classes starting in the fall. Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig said the center also brings new “opportunities for first-generation families,” a significant group in the village. State Rep. Fred Crespo helped secure a $200,000 state grant to get the project off the ground. The Hoffman Estates Democrat praised the unprecedented partnership for Illinois community colleges. Read more...

02.28.14

Elgin Council session to cover code enforcement, winter woes

Code 2.0 is what City Manager Sean Stegall is calling a plan in the works that would rethink how Elgin addresses code enforcement issues. That will serve as one on a plateful of topics at Saturday’s special committee of the whole session, the first of one planned for each quarter this year. Stegall said code enforcement is the most difficult topic the city deals with on a daily basis, in part because it involves stories and anecdotes. Read more...

02.28.14

Moving water pipe could mean higher rates for some Cook County residents

Northwest Cook County residents could face higher water costs to help pay for relocating a massive pipe carrying Lake Michigan water that’s in the way of the Illinois tollway’s I-90 widening project. About six miles of the water line will be relocated at a cost of $73 million. About 16½ miles of the pipeline are adjacent to the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90), and terms of a 1984 easement agreement between the toll authority and the Northwest Suburban Municipal Joint Action Water Agency require the agency to take financial responsibility for any relocations. The Joint Action Water Agency represents Elk Grove Village, Schaumburg, Rolling Meadows, Hoffman Estates, Hanover Park, Streamwood and Mount Prospect. Read more...

02.28.14

Schaumburg’s Twitter ride-along a success

Schaumburg police Sgt. John Nebl considers last Friday’s Twitter ride-along with patrol Officer Ken Feeley to have been a success, and as representative of a typical day on the beat as he could have hoped for. Nebl served as narrator and cameraman via the village of Schaumburg’s Twitter account as Feeley went about all his normal duties. Bad winter weather made the morning especially hectic, with many calls to respond to traffic accidents. Feeley attended to two himself. Nebl will next tweet from the police academy on Friday, March 7 with the intention of showing a day there through the eyes of a new recruit. Read more...

02.27.14

Elgin city council hears update from Gang and Drug Task Force

City council members heard Wednesday night from three members of the Elgin Gang and Drug Task Force who briefed them about the group’s history and its current work. The PowerPoint presentation was given by Ricardo Gasca of Renz Addiction Counseling Center, freelance journalist Janelle Walker, and Charla Waxman, Director of Marketing at Linden Oaks at Edward Hospital . Their slides noted that the task force formed in 1987 with five members who came from the Elgin Police Department, School District U46, Renz Center and Linden Oaks Hospital. In January 1991 it grew to include 13 Elgin representatives from social service, business and local government agencies. Read more...

02.27.14

Hanover Township hosts first annual emergency services training conference

The Hanover Township Department of Emergency Services hosted its first annual training conference on February 22 at the Hanover Township Senior Center. Over 51 participants from 17 agencies throughout the Chicagoland area attended the conference. “This was a great opportunity for emergency services personnel from around the region to receive critical training on topics that aren't regularly offered,” said Craig Essick, Director of Hanover Township Emergency Services. Read more...

02.27.14

Hoffman Estates mayor touts new interchange, Sears Centre improvements

The economic growth opportunities of a newly announced tollway interchange at Barrington Road and the continued strengthening of the Sears Centre Arena topped Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod’s list Wednesday of the village’s accomplishments during the past year. McLeod gave his annual status update to members of the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce in the club overlooking the Sears Centre auditorium. Read more...

02.27.14

Stomach flu forces closing of St. Mary School in Elgin

Students at St. Mary Catholic School are getting time off school this week so they all can get healthy. Faced with an uptick in absences due to an outbreak of “stomach flu,” Principal Barbara Colandrea said the decision was made to close the school Thursday and Friday. Students already were scheduled to have a half-day on Friday for a teacher in-service day, so the school’s 197 students only are missing a day and a half of school. Officials estimated that about 70 students reported being sick. Read more...

02.27.14

U46 fees to stay the same for 2014-15

While it seems the price of everything is rising, the cost of one thing will not go up next year: school fees in District U46. The administration is proposing the school district maintain the same fee structure for the 2014-15 school year. The fee structure was presented to the U46 Board of Education at its meeting this week.. Because proposed costs are status quo, the regular cost for students in first through six grades would remain at $116 annually. For middle school and high school, the instructional fees would stay at $162 and $240, respectively. Read more...

02.27.14

U46 tech club places 2nd at state

Bartlett High School’s Technology Student Association earned second place in thes state conference held Feb. 13-14 in Bloomington. The club was launched last year, includes students in ninth through 12th grade, and is a chapter of the national Technology Student Association, which provides growth and leadership opportunities in the areas of technology, innovation, design, and engineering to middle and high school students. “The Technology Student Association club is the perfect training for students interested in pursuing careers in technology or engineering,” said U46 Superintendent José M. Torres. “Only in its second year, the Bartlett High School TSA club should be proud that its students are already demonstrating excellence at a state level.” Read more...

02.26.14

Elgin tops area market for housing starts

Another sign that the economy is picking up in Elgin: Housing starts and closings are inching upward and are at or near the top of such rankings for the Chicago area. Elgin ranked first for starts with 299 in 2013, with Naperville in second place at 236, according to Chris Huecksteadt director for Midwest Markets at Metrostudy. According to its website, the company, which has an office in Elgin, is a “provider of primary research and analysis on residential real estate development and new-home construction.” Read more...

02.26.14

Parking, snow and code issues among Elgin business concerns

Parking, snow removal, signage and code enforcement area among the issues that get Elgin business owners riled up. Some of those business owners came to a special meeting held Thursday night in downtown Elgin. Sponsored by city council members Anna Moeller and John Steffen, the roundtable-style meeting was designed to allow business owners time to explain what some of their complaints and concerns are. Read more...

02.26.14

Schaumburg buys 1,000 more tons of road salt

Schaumburg trustees Tuesday paid the $221,456 bill for 1,000 additional tons of road salt recently received and gave staff the authority to buy another 400 tons if needed for what’s hoped to be the final onslaught of winter in the next few weeks. Due to the transportation difficulties triggered by frozen rivers impeding barges, the cost of salt has gone up to $209 per ton from the $47 per ton the village paid last year in hopes of stocking its storage dome for the entire winter, Schaumburg’s Superintendent of Field Services John Williams said. Read more...

02.26.14

U46 Board responds to calendar arguments; will keep school year start later

The School District U46 calendar for the next two academic years likely will look much like the current one when the calendar is approved March 3, even though district officials would like to pursue a more year-round approach. Earlier this year, U46 administrators sought feedback from the community on a calendar that proposed a start date for school during the second full week of August — a week earlier than in 2013-14. Tony Sanders, U46 chief of staff, said the goal was to balance the number of days in the first and second semesters and to have the first semester — particularly high school finals — end before winter break. Read more...

02.25.14

District U-46 settles discrimination case for $2.5 million

Elgin Area School District U-46 settled a 9-year-old discrimination lawsuit against the district for $2.5 million, officials said Monday. The school board unanimously approved the settlement agreement Monday night in the case of McFadden vs. Board of Education for Illinois School District U-46. The settlement comes after seven months of negotiations between the parties since the July 11, 2013, ruling by Federal Judge Robert Gettleman in favor of U-46 on two of the three main issues in the 2005 case. Read more...

02.25.14

Hanover Twp.: Weather preparedness week set

The Hanover Township Department of Emergency Services is asking residents to get ready for the spring weather season during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week that runs March 2 to 8. “The best chance we have at minimizing sever weather’s unpredictable patterns is to be prepared for anything at anytime,” said Craig Essick, director of Hanover Township Emergency Services. “By having a plan that every family member is aware of can help limit the impact of severe weather.” Read more...

02.25.14

Renz Center in Elgin offering free problem gambling screenings

To help raise public awareness during National Gambling Awareness Month, Renz is offering free gambling assessment screenings throughout 2014 at its Two American Way location in Elgin. The center also is offering free treatment in March for individuals in need of counseling. Appointments for assessment screenings are encouraged but not necessary. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, “1 million U.S. adults are estimated to meet criteria for pathological gambling in a given year, while another 4-6 million would be considered problem gamblers.” Read more...

02.25.14

U46 settles gifted-student part of suit

The School District U46 Board of Education is settling its nearly-decade-long case that caused the state’s second-largest district to revise how it assesses students for gifted education programs. Attorneys and school administrators Monday night outlined the settlement agreement for the school board. The agreement stems from a lawsuit — McFadden vs. Board of Education for Illinois School District U46 — which alleged, among other complaints, that the district did not offer students who were black and Hispanic access to its gifted and academy programs. Read more...

02.24.14

Elgin Council cancels March 5 meeting, doubles up Saturday session

The city council has changed its meeting schedule, cancelling a Wednesday session that had been set for March 5 and lengthening another gathering set for Saturday, March 1. Friday, Mayor Dave Kaptain notified fellow council members and select city staff that, after discussing with City Manager Sean Stegall the timing of city council meetings in March, “it has been decided that the meeting scheduled for March 5 will be cancelled. This decision is being made with the recognition that conducting three meetings in the space of ten days imposes an unnecessary demand on city council and staff time.” Read more...

02.24.14

Elgin police prepare for Polar Plunge in Palatine

Elgin police officer Rob Hartman has been losing weight in anticipation of his first Polar Plunge next weekend. No, it's not about looking good, he said, but about being as fit and healthy as possible for the shocking effect the freezing water will have on his system. Hartman is among about a dozen Elgin police officers who so far have signed up for the March 2 event in Palatine, which raises money for Special Olympics Illinois, Elgin Police Cmdr. Ana Lalley said. As of Friday, the department had raised nearly $2,800, according tofirstgiving.com. That's the first of three yearly events the Elgin Police Department participates in to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois, said Lalley who, along with detective Tom Wolek, organizes the event. Read more...

02.24.14

Elgin police welcome newest patrol officer — a four-footed cop named Colt

The Elgin Police Department has added a new canine officer, and a new canine. Human Officer Chad Schuttrow, 32, who joined the department two years ago after serving with the Indiana State Police, now drives around on his 8 p.m.-to-4 a.m. patrol shift with a 21-month-old male German shepherd named Colt caged in the back of his Ford Explorer. Schuttrow said Colt is trained to do four of the six main jobs that police dogs can do. Read more...

02.24.14

Hanover Township, Crespo to host job fair in Bartlett

Hanover Township and state Rep. Fred Crespo will host a job fair March 10 in Bartlett. Veterans are encouraged to attend the free event from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 250 S. Route 59. The job fair opens to the general public from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crespo said in a news release the third-annual event meets the needs of both jobseekers and employers. “Our economy recovers when our residents return to the workforce, and I’m hoping this free job fair will be a resource for all our citizens looking for work,” the Hoffman Estates Democrat said in the release. Read more...

02.23.14

Smash Mouth to headline Northwest Fourth Fest

Smash Mouth, a legendary rock band from San Jose, Calif., will headline the 2014 Northwest Fourth Fest on Saturday, July 5 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. The major band of Fourth Fest is typically booked on a night other than the July 4 fireworks display, which is considered the biggest draw of that particular night, Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod said. Read more...

02.23.14

Streamwood fire station reopens four years after contested closing

Nearly four years after what some residents saw as the sudden closing of a Streamwood firehouse, officials have quietly reopened the station thanks to a grant that put more firefighters on the job. The Park Boulevard station began operating again this week. At least three firefighter-paramedics are now assigned there for each 24-hour shift. Fire Chief Chris Clark said Friday he expects the reopening to reduce the time it takes for crews to respond to emergencies, especially along Lake Street where industrial developments have popped up on what was vacant land in recent years. Read more...

02.21.14

BGA hosting forum on government consolidation

When it comes to units of local governments, no other state can match Illinois. Our home state has nearly 7,000 separate taxing bodies, ranging from counties to townships to fire protection districts. And that’s not a good thing, according to Andy Shaw, president and CEO of the Better Government Association. “Illinois has a governmental obesity problem,” said Shaw, adding that Illinois has far more taxing bodies than any other state. “We have created a bureaucratic monster in Illinois — a government that is much too large, expensive and inefficient.” Read more...

02.21.14

Elgin to seek input on new trash hauler contract

The city’s Strategic Plan Advisory Commission will host a second public meeting next week designed to gather input from residents on curbside trash pickup. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Drive. After 10 years, the current contract with Waste Management will expire in 2014. The city will solicit bids from waste haulers in the spring and will use this meeting to discuss potential additions or changes that the public might want included in the contract. Read more...

02.21.14

Hanover Park to raise utility tax

Forecasting a more than $600,000 budget shortfall next year without new revenues, Hanover Park officials have agreed to raise the electric utility tax. The average single-family homeowner will pay $4.71 per month, representing an increase of $2.69. Trustees directed the village staff Thursday to craft an ordinance that will outline when residents and businesses will see the raises on their electric bills. Read more...

02.21.14

Hanover Township offers job fair, job club, counseling

Hanover Township and state Rep. Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates) will co-sponsor their third-annual job fair on March 10. The job fair is open to veterans from 10 to 10:30 a.m., then open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Hanover Township Senior Center, at 240 S. Route 59, Bartlett. “Everyone knows the job market is tough right now, but this is a great opportunity for those unemployed residents to meet with local companies about local jobs,” said Township Supervisor Brian McGuire in a release. Read more...

02.21.14

Suburban Cook County voters can apply for mail ballots online

A new online mail ballot application for suburban Cook County voters has been launched to expedite the mail balloting process. "Instead of printing out a paper application, filling it out and mailing it in, you can complete the entire application online," said Cook County Clerk David Orr. The application can be used on all platforms. On a PC or laptop, visit cookcountyclerk.com/votebymail. Click "Apply," read the instructions and click "continue." On a tablet or smartphone, visit m.cookcountyclerk.com. Select the "Search By Birthday" tab. Read more...

02.20.14

Rain, snow melt, could cause flooding Thursday

A rain and snow mix this morning is expected to shift over to all rain later, causing heavy snow melt and could result in flooded streets and rivers. The National Weather Center is forecasting a snow and rain mix before 9 a.m. Thursday, then scattered showers throughout the area throughout the afternoon and evening. Areas of fog will move in after noon as temperatures rise to a high of about 46 degrees. It will then turn breezy, with a southeast wind increasing to 15 mph to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Read more...

02.20.14

Relay kickoff/pizza party a big success

“On behalf of the entire Relay For Life of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood committee, we would like to thank the community for their support and generosity for the 2014 Relay For Life kickoff event that was held on Jan. 24 at Hanover Township. The 2014 Relay For Life of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood will be held on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14 at the Hanover Township campus in Bartlett.” Brian P. McGuire, Hanover Township Supervisor & John Brandes, Relay For Life Co-Chairman Read more...

02.20.14

Township to co-sponsor Job Fair

Hanover Township and Representative Fred Crespo are co-sponsoring their third annual job fair on Monday, March 10. The job fair is open to veterans from 10AM to 10:30AM and open to the public from 10:30AM to 3PM at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. IL Route 59 in Bartlett. Attendees will have the opportunity to apply for jobs with over 50 local businesses. The Illinois Department of Employment Security will also be on-site to answer questions. Attendees are asked to bring copies of their resume. Read more...

02.20.14

Water district candidates discuss suburban representation

Although about half the population of Cook County lives in the suburbs, only one commissioner on the nine-member Metropolitan Water Reclamation District board resides outside Chicago. Some of the 10 candidates in the Democratic primary for the MWRD board say they're willing to consider measures that would change that. The candidates are seeking Democratic nominations for three seats available in November's general election. There is no Republican primary. The board is tasked with overseeing Cook County stormwater management and flood prevention, water quality, protecting the Lake Michigan water supply, collection of wastewater and discharge of treated water. Read more...

02.19.14

Bartlett considers plans for assisted-living facility

Virginia-based developers have pitched plans for an assisted-living facility in Bartlett, but village trustees are pushing for more details on the future of about five acres of the site along Route 59. Artis Senior Living unveiled an informal proposal Tuesday before the village board. Plans call for a 72-unit facility serving seniors with Alzheimer’s and related memory disorders on roughly half the 10-acre lot south of Apple Valley Drive. It would mark the young company’s first venture in the Chicago area. Read more...

02.19.14

Challengers critical of Cook sheriff’s electronic monitoring plan

Challengers for the Democratic nomination for Cook County sheriff are criticizing Sheriff Thomas J. Dart’s agreement to hand some electronic monitoring authority over to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Electronic monitoring for people awaiting trial or nonviolent offenders serving short sentences is seen as a way to reduce overcrowding at Cook County Jail, which the federal government has been watching for decades. However, controversy and criticism has arisen when people in that system commit further crimes. Read more...

02.19.14

Elgin area braces for possible flooding

If you think Monday’s weather was bad, worse could be in store Wednesday and Thursday. And because of that, Elgin public works crews are seeking residents’ help with an important task. “If you have a catch basin in front of your house, you should clear the snow around it,” Water Director Kyla Jacobsen said. What makes this important is that freezing rain and rain are in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. Read more...

02.19.14

Elgin resident wants Lords Park road plowed — all of it

An Elgin resident is on a mission to change the city’s practice of leaving some roads unplowed at Lords Park. Right now, the city plows only the western end of the nearly circular road, but resident Mike Robins said the road on the eastern end of the park — past the pool to the north and past a maintenance garage to the south — should also be plowed. Public Works Superintendent Dan Rich said there is no real need to do that. He estimated the unplowed stretch is about ⅛ mile. Read more...

02.19.14

Well-educated, highly paid residents leaving Cook County

As the Great Recession churned job prospects for many, Cook County lost about 13,000 residents with six-figure household incomes to other places, despite the widely hyped revival of downtown housing and jobs. Between 2007 and 2011, Chicago and its immediate suburbs also ended up with about 10,000 fewer residents with a bachelor's degree or higher, even after accounting for new arrivals, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's first attempt to track population shifts by income and education at the county level. Read more...

02.18.14

Primary voter registration ends today

Registration to vote in the March 18 primary election ends today. People who want to register today can visit their county election authority’s website or the State Board of Elections website to find out where to go to sign up. Many municipal and township government offices, as well as county offices, will register voters. Read more...

02.17.14

Elgin: SOS, treasurer to hold events on Feb. 24

State Rep. Keith Farnham (D-Elgin) is inviting residents to a Secretary of State Mobile Driver Services event and an Illinois State Treasurer’s I-Cash event in partnership with Hanover Township at the new satellite office located at the Izaak Walton Lodge, 899 Jay St. in Elgin, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 24. “This joint event will give residents a chance to take care of driving services they may have with the Secretary of State and allows an opportunity to find any unclaimed assets,” Farnham said. Read more...

02.17.14

Hanover Twp.: CPR/AED class set for Wednesday

The Hanover Township Office of Community Health on Wednesday will offer an American Heart Association CPR/AED Heart Saver certification class at the township’s Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59, Bartlett. The class will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a Heart Saver certification card. There is a $20 fee for residents and a $25 fee for non-residents. Read more...

02.14.14

Cook Co. morgue boss shows off new, $1.4 million body cooler

The man charged with fixing a broken Cook County medical examiner’s office 18 months ago, declared his agency “risen from the ashes,” as he led a tour of a gleaming new morgue cooler Thursday. “These are exciting times for the Cook County medical examiner’s office,” said the office chief, Dr. Stephen Cina. “We will continue to look to the future, while we never forget the lessons of the past.” The $1.4 million morgue cooler rehab project is complete and workers planned to move bodies inside this week, after storing them in refrigerated trucks in the employee parking lot. A new $900,000 electronic case management system is expect to be up and running by the spring, Cina said. Read more...

02.14.14

Elgin Police to ‘walk and talk’ along Meyer Street

The Elgin Police Department’s Mulberry Court area neighborhood officer and other members of the EPD will conduct a ‘Walk and Talk’ in the Meyer Street neighborhood west of McLean Boulevard starting at noon Saturday. Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said the event will give residents there a chance to meet officers and to talk about issues in the neighborhood of which the police might not be aware. Read more...

02.14.14

U46 changes school calendar after hearing public feedback

“Start the school year later” — that was the message that came in loud and clear when School District 46 asked for feedback on its calendar for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years. In a memo, U46 Chief of Staff Tony Sanders said that as a result of the comments, U46 administration will recommend revised calendars in which the 2014-2015 school year would start Aug. 18 and the 2015-16 school year would begin Aug. 17. These dates are five days later than the first proposal. But after hearing from the community, the start date for preschool was moved a week later to Aug. 25 in 2014-15 school year. Read more...

02.14.14

U-46 scraps early start idea for upcoming school year

After thousands of parents protested, Elgin Area School District U-46 is scrapping the idea of starting classes a week earlier next school year. People responded in droves to the district’s call for input on the proposed calendar changes for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years. The administration recommended classes start on Aug. 13 this fall and Aug. 12 in 2015-2016. Read more...

02.14.14

U-46 teacher named Hanover Park’s educator of the year

It’s that energetic teaching that earned Page the Hanover Park Educator of the Year Award. Mayor Rodney Craig nominated Page for the honor after reading to her students each week. Surprised by the recognition, Page, a native of a small island off Sicily, is in the midst of studying Spanish at Northeastern Illinois University. “I always believe in learning till I die,” she said. Read more...

02.13.14

Cook County plan would put e-cigs behind counter

Sellers of electronic cigarettes in much of suburban Cook County would have to move them behind the counter just like ordinary smokes under new regulations a county commissioner wants to make law. County Board member Jeffrey Tobolski, D-McCook, also would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, a step that would mimic a state law that went into effect Jan. 1. The proposal, to be formally introduced next week, also would ban the sale of e-cigarettes within 500 feet of a school, child-care center or children’s recreation area. Read more...

02.13.14

Elgin council supports casino plan for 4th of July concert, fireworks

After months of deliberation and an absence of six years, Elgin will hold a Fourth of July fireworks show and concert this summer. Wednesday night, by a 7-2 vote, the city council approved working with the Grand Victoria Casino, which will pay for the bulk of the event. The nay votes were cast by Councilman John Prigge and Terry Gavin. Gavin expressed concern that the city would spend money that had not been budgeted, especially in light of mounting costs for Elgin related to this winter’s rough weather. He called the plan a mistake and not well thought out. Read more...

02.13.14

Elgin event to raise awareness of violence against women, girls

One Billion Rising for Justice — Elgin will join a global event Friday to raise awareness of violence against women and girls. The event is an extension of a campaign created in 2013 when 1 billion people in 207 countries joined to bring awareness and call for action to end the violence. The event in Elgin has been named The Long Red Line, created by people holding red scarves, standing in strength and solidarity for justice, according to a release from the group. The event will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave. Read more...

02.13.14

Hanover Park police see historic drop in crime

For the fourth straight year, Hanover Park crime statistics fell to a historic low — a major selling point for a blue-collar community working to bring commercial developers to town. The police department released figures today showing a 20 percent decrease in the number of major crimes logged last year. Last year, there were 384 of those crimes in Hanover Park, a record low since the department started keeping tabs and a drop of nearly 100 offenses from 2012. The village also saw a dramatic decline in the number of robberies — by almost 70 percent. Read more...

02.13.14

Hanover Park recognized for sustainable snow removal

Hanover Park has notched an honor recognizing environmentally-friendly practices in the village’s salt supply. The Salt Institute awarded Hanover Park with the Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award. The Alexandria, Va.-based trade association looked for proper maintenance and good housekeeping in the village’s stockpiles. Read more...

02.13.14

Hoffman Estates parks seek more input on gambling

Hoffman Estates Park District’s Recreation Committee delayed a recommendation on allowing video gambling in the bar of the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club. The postponement grew out of a desire for more public input on the proposal. By the time the committee next meets on March 11, staff members expect to have the results of a survey that will soon be emailed to members of the golf course. Read more...

02.12.14

Hanover Park pulls out of Northwest Fourth Fest

In belt-tightening times, Northwest Fourth Fest organizers touted the cooperation of the four towns who shared the costs of one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations in the suburbs. Now, even that price tag has become too costly for Hanover Park trustees facing budget constraints. Officials moved to drop out of this year’s sprawling event, held over four days on the grounds of the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. The decision becomes official when the village board approves the proposed budget, expected in March. That leaves Fourth Fest with only two remaining partners — Hoffman Estates and Hanover Township. In December, Elgin officials announced the city would bow out. Read more...

02.12.14

Home Depot to hire 80,000 people

Home-improvement retailer Home Depot plans to hire more than 80,000 people in preparation for spring, its busiest selling season. “Spring is our peak hiring season, giving us the opportunity to find some of the best associates who are passionate about customer service,” said Tim Crow, executive vice president for human resources. Job seekers must apply online at www.careers.homepot.com. Home Depot has about 30 stores in the Chicago area. Read more...

02.12.14

Schaumburg seeks Environmental Awards nominees

Schaumburg’s Environmental Committee established the Green Recognition Program for residents and businesses in 2010. Eligible categories are Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Conservation of Natural Resources, Recycling Programs and Use of Recycled Content Products, Green Product Use and use of Recycled Content Materials, Water Conservation, Transportation, Outreach and Education, Other Innovative Projects and Programs, and Continuous Improvement. To be eligible for the award, the property must be in compliance with village codes. Projects no older than three years may be submitted for consideration. Read more...

02.11.14

Bartlett students design winning fitness app

A team of freshmen students in Bartlett High School’s Science, Engineering and Technology Academy earned state and Midwest regional honors in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Their winning concept Fittastick (pronounced Fit-tastic) is a fitness application that uses social media to motivate users to exercise and eat healthy. The students won a $5,000 grant to help enhance STEM education at Bartlett High School. Read more...

02.11.14

Elgin council ponders Grand Vic offer to host 4th of July event and fireworks

The city council Wednesday night will continue a discussion it had last month about what, if anything, to do about holding a Fourth of July fireworks display, including a possible event that day downtown sponsored by the Grand Victoria Casino. For each of the past two summers, Elgin contributed $15,000 in cash and $5,000 in public safety staff time to the Fourth of July fireworks night at the inaugural Northwest Fourth Fests on the grounds of the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Hanover Township and the village of Hanover Township also have contributed funds to the event, which had Kia as its major corporate sponsor in 2013. Read more...

02.11.14

Elgin council set to approve two big pool renovation bills

The city’s west-side Wing Park Pool might open again sometime this summer, if the weather allows needed fixes to be made. The city council is scheduled Wednesday night to vote on awarding a $864,605 contract to construction company F.H. Paschen of Chicago for repairs and renovations to the pool, which was shut down last summer due to pump problems. Read more...

02.10.14

8th District seat continues to attract 'outsiders'

Illinois' 8th U.S. Congressional District, occupying a big chunk of the Northwest and West suburbs, has a population approximately equal to that of every other in the state. But unlike many of those other districts, virtually every candidate who has run for and won the House seat over the past decade began their journey from outside its borders. The 8th District is roughly centered in Schaumburg and includes parts of Northwest Cook, eastern Kane and central DuPage counties. Read more...

02.10.14

Elgin charter school finalizing application

The group pushing for a math and science charter school in Elgin is rallying the community as it prepares to present a formal proposal to the School District U46 Board of Education in the upcoming weeks. Members of the Elgin Charter School Initiative’s Design Team have been spreading the word to civic groups and through town hall meetings such as the one planned for 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave. Read more...

02.10.14

Suburbs to be bitterly cold again as we close in on record

The National Weather Service says temperatures throughout the Chicago area will hover at about zero through Tuesday and the wind will make it feel a lot colder. On Monday, the high is expected to stay under 10 degrees and there are reports that the wind chills have already fallen lower than 30 degrees below zero in some areas. Temperatures are expected to climb Wednesday, when temperatures could reach the low 20s. Read more...

02.09.14

$68 million improvement project planned for I-90 and Barrington Road

Gov. Pat Quinn Friday announced a $68 million project aimed at reducing congestion and increasing access at the Barrington Road interchange on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. The project will reconfigure the busy interchange to provide full access to and from I-90, and accommodate a future Pace bus route along the tollway. Read more...

02.09.14

U46, area towns and homeowners among 18 petition filers on high voltage power line project

A total of 18 petitions to intervene on the proposed Commonwealth Edison high-voltage power line project have been filed by attorneys for local homeowners and groups as varied as Elgin School District U46 and wind energy advocates. The petitions have been filed with Illinois Commerce Commission regarding the proposed Grand Prairie Parkway project that would carry a 345,000-volt power line on a 57-mile course through Ogle, DeKalb, Kane and DuPage counties. It would be on steel towers 165 feet tall and have four steel cross arms each with a maximum width of 52 feet. Read more...

02.07.14

Elgin Mayor’s Awards nominees sought

The Elgin Heritage Commission is seeking nominations for the 2014 Elgin Mayor’s Awards for historic preservation. In addition to honoring outstanding contributions of Elgin residents in their efforts to preserve Elgin’s heritage, the annual awards also serve as an opportunity to educate the general public about the value of the city’s unique architecture, neighborhoods and history. The awards also further the Heritage Commission’s goals of neighborhood and downtown revitalization to benefit the entire city. Read more...

02.07.14

Elgin residents asked to ‘adopt’ hydrants

The fire department is asking residents to “adopt” fire hydrants near their homes. As the snow continues to pile up throughout the city, and with additional snowfalls expected over the next few days, the department is seeking assistance to keep hydrants clear. According to Fire Chief John Fahy, “With 5,800 hydrants throughout the city it becomes a daunting task to keep them all shoveled out at all times, especially with the frequency of snow events we’re experiencing this winter season. Over the next few days fire department companies will be out identifying buried hydrant locations.” Read more...

02.07.14

Hanover Park police to use Tasers in pilot program

Hanover Park police officers will carry Tasers under a one-year pilot program backed by village trustees Thursday. The department will spend nearly $20,000 for nine stun guns and training. Although they acknowledged the expensive price tag, officials say the devices will prevent injuries to officers who would otherwise use pepper spray or batons to restrain unruly suspects. Read more...

02.07.14

Quinn announces Barrington Rd. interchange funding

Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth and many other elected and appointed officials were in Hoffman Estates Friday morning for the announcement of a $68 million funding plan for a long-awaited full interchange at Barrington Road and the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. "Welcome to the center of the universe — my district!" joked Democratic State Rep. Fred Crespo of Hoffman Estates to the Chicago-area press corps covering the announcement at Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital. In stressing the importance of the project — both for emergency access to the medical center as well as to jobs in the area — Quinn thanked Duckworth for lending her voice to the effort, as well as Crespo for keeping the issue alive in Springfield for many years. Read more...

02.07.14

Voting by mail gets started

As candidates for political office vie for position several weeks ahead of the March 18 primary election, voters could begin on Thursday requesting ballots by mail to vote in advance. Until March 13, registered voters can apply to receive an absentee ballot from their county offices. The ballots can be filled out and mailed back or returned in person, giving voters a chance to start making their picks well before primary Election Day and even two weeks ahead of the start of early voting on March 3. Cook County Clerk David Orr has used this week to try to promote primary voting among 17-year-olds. A new state law allows 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if they turn 18 before the November general election. Read more...

02.07.14

Winter weather costs piling up for Elgin

Like many if not most places in the Midwest and eastern United States, this winter’s brutal weather is taking a bite out of Elgin’s budget. According to information provided by Elgin City Manager Sean Stegall, From Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, the city piled up $615,076 in snow season expenditures, almost three times as much as for the same time frame in 2012-2013. Read more...

02.06.14

Cook sheriff flags 240 concealed carry applications

The Cook County Sheriff's Office in the first month of processing has spent more than 2,000 hours reviewing between 8,000 and 9,000 applications under the state's new concealed carry law, finding one applicant with 20 arrests and 14 certified firearms instructors with questionable backgrounds. The office has 25 people spending part or all of their time on the task, pulled away from their usual duties, which include patrol, Sheriff Thomas Dart said in a news release. Read more...

02.06.14

Hanover Park holds Coffee with the Board Feb. 8

Hanover Park elected officials are inviting residents to attend Coffee with the Board Saturday, Feb. 8. The quarterly event is an opportunity to ask questions and discuss concerns with Mayor Rodney Craig, the village clerk and the board of trustees. Coffee with the Board will run from 9 to 11 a.m. at Albert Einstein Elementary School, 1100 Laurie Lane. For more information, call Sue Krauser at (630) 823-5609. Read more...

02.06.14

Hanover Twp. hosts presentation on heart health

The Hanover Township Office of Community Health will host a presentation on heart-friendly recipes on Feb. 24. The free event, held in recognition of American Heart Month, also will offer tips on how to avoid salty foods. Registration is required for the presentation, which takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. at the township's Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59 in Bartlett. Read more...

02.06.14

Kids collect money to feed U46 families in need

Students from 12 schools in District U46 saved their pennies to raise money for families in need as part of Food for Greater Elgin’s Change for Hunger Challenge. In total, students raised nearly $6,500, which will help feed hundreds of U46 families. Food for Greater Elgin pairs each school with a corporate sponsor that provides $500 to help maximize the efforts, according to a release from the district. Read more...

02.05.14

Illiana could charge tolls four times those of other Illinois tollways

Any company that tried to sell a product at up to four times the competition's price likely wouldn't stay in business very long. Customers would walk right away, and management at a minimum would find itself out of a job. But things work differently in the wonderful world of government. Which leads to a story about how the proposed Illiana Expressway — the proposed $1-billion-plus roadway between I-55 in Illinois and I-65 in Indiana that's being strongly pushed by Gov. Pat Quinn's administration, despite big doubts about its financial viability. Read more...

02.05.14

Preckwinkle’s Major Renovation Projects for 2014

2014 promises to be a full year for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, with a number of ambitious projects coming down the pipeline. Aside from vowing to take over the issue of overcrowding in the Cook County Jail, Preckwinkle and the Board of Commissioners are working to overhaul the county’s forest preserves, and redevelop the old County Hospital that has sat vacant for more than a decade. Read more...

02.05.14

Scholarship to aid first-generation college students

School District U46 launched its third annual Superintendent Scholarship program, which was established in 2012 to support students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college. Over the past two years, more than 50 $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to graduating U46 seniors. “We designed this program to help inspire students who may not have ever dreamed that college could be a reality for them,” said Superintendent José M. Torres. “Many of our past scholarship recipients weren’t at the top of their class academically, but they demonstrated perseverance and a commitment to their education. Being part of the first generation in your family to attend college is a huge accomplishment that deserves recognition.” Read more...

02.05.14

U-46 considers Aug. 13 start for next school year

Elgin Area School District U-46 officials are considering starting the school year a week earlier, on Aug. 13. Officials are seeking public input on the proposed calendars for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years. The school board will review the draft calendars at its March 3 meeting. "It basically balances out the semesters," district spokesman Patrick Mogge said. Read more...

02.04.14

Elgin to talk trash with residents, Feb. 18 and 27

Officials will literally be talking trash with residents at two public meetings set for this month. The sessions are in light of the city’s contract with Waste Management coming to an end in 2014 after using the hauler for 10 years. Thus, the city will be soliciting bids from waste haulers in the spring and will use these meetings to discuss potential additions or changes that the public might want included in the contract. Residents will be asked to share their opinions on current services as well as options the city should consider as part of the new contract. Read more...

02.04.14

Illinois unveils new tax-return alert system

The state of Illinois isn't promising to pay any faster, but at least you'll know sooner the status of your income-tax refund. Under a new "find your refund" system unveiled today by Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, anyone owed a refund can log on to her website and check the status of their money. They also can sign up for text message and email payment notifications. All that's required, Ms. Topinka said, is the taxpayer's name and Social Security number, plus an email address or phone number if that form of notice is requested. Read more...

02.04.14

Shovel-ready job? More snow on the way.

Two to 5 inches of snow is expected to fall across the Chicago area beginning Tuesday afternoon and continuing into the evening hours. Tuesday morning temperatures will be in the single digits, rising to the mid-20s in the afternoon, said Ben Deubelbeiss, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. Read more...

02.04.14

U46 food service workers get new contract

After working for nearly a year and half without a contract, the roughly 240 food service employees in Elgin School District U46 will soon have a five-year deal. The School Board on Monday night unanimously approved a tentative agreement, pending final review by the district’s administration and attorney. Members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 ratified the contract last Thursday with 95 percent of the membership voting in favor. The food service employees have been working without a contract since June 30, 2011. Read more...

02.04.14

U-46 to participate in national study on discipline

Elgin Area School District U-46 is among 10 school districts selected to participate in a nationwide study about effective disciplinary alternatives to suspensions and expulsions, Superintendent Jose Torres told the school board Monday night. As part of the study, administrators will be reviewing the district's disciplinary policies and looking at alternative strategies to traditional discipline being tried out at school districts in other parts of the country. Read more...

02.03.14

Cook County offers discount to spay or neuter pets

Cook County will again partner with private veterinarians to offer discounted spay and neuter services for pets in February, which is National Spay and Neuter Month. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle cited the ease of the program which provides discounts of up to $40 per procedure and is available for up to two pets per household. "There are no coupons or bar codes to print, and there are no limitations on where this service can be performed," Preckwinkle said min a news release. "Just go to the veterinarian of your choice and ask for the Cook County discount." Read more...

02.03.14

Elgin residents fight ComEd's plans

Elgin homeowners soundly told ComEd on Saturday morning they don't want high-voltage power lines to run along their properties — but if they must, they need to be placed underground. The $250 million Grand Prairie Gateway Project would extend power lines along a 60-mile stretch between substations in Byron and Wayne, crossing Kane, DuPage, DeKalb and Ogle counties. With savings of that magnitude, ComEd should be able to come up with a way to pay for underground lines, Elgin Mayor David Kaptain said. The Elgin City Council advocates rerouting the project, or underground lines at a minimum. Read more...

02.03.14

U46’s Torres named humanitarian award winner

School District U46 Superintendent José M. Torres has been named a recipient of the 2014 Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award by AASA, the School Superintendent’s Association. Torres is one of three educators from across the nation who will receive the award, and will be honored during the 2014 National Conference on Education Feb. 13-15 in Nashville. Read more...

01.31.14

Concealed carry permits could come out in March

The first applicants seeking to carry concealed handguns in public could have their permits by mid-March, Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said Thursday. "We're probably looking at some permits being issued after the first couple weeks in March," Bond said. "It's a possibility." As of Thursday, 16,800 people from area counties filed concealed carry applications. There is a $150 fee for the permit. Read more...

01.31.14

Hanover Park Chamber of Commerce unveils new award

Despite its diverse population, the Hanover Park business community has never celebrated local companies who work to hire minorities. The village's chamber of commerce executive director wanted to change all that. Andrea Fox is working on marketing strategies that finally promote, not ignore, the village's diverse makeup. She started the "Multi-Cultural Businesses Making A Difference" award, an honor that went to four area businesses during a chamber breakfast this week: Round Ground Metals, J.C. Restoration Inc., Hanover Park Animal Care Center and La Michoacana. Read more...

01.31.14

Hanover Twp.: Tutoring for students program to start

Is your child struggling or falling behind in their learning? The Hanover Township tutoring program may be able to help. A release from the township noted that every parent wants the best education for their children. With today’s busy schedules, homework is becoming increasingly overwhelming and parents are finding it difficult to help their children with their school work. Most parents have a mix of emotions seeing their child at home after a full day of school with multiple hours of homework to be completed. Read more...

01.31.14

Hoffman Estates ends vehicle sticker program

As of this week, the vehicle sticker is officially extinct in Hoffman Estates. But at the village board's finance committee meeting Monday, trustees agreed to eliminate the last kind of vehicle sticker — those required for large, construction-type vehicles over 8,000 pounds. But the amount of revenue the stickers were generating had dwindled to the point that they're hardly worth the effort of enforcement, Mayor Bill McLeod said. Read more...

01.31.14

Numbers finally rosy as Elgin Chamber looks back at 2013, changes leaders

As Jose Torres took the reins of the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce at its annual meeting Wednesday, chamber officials announced a series of statistics from 2013 that suggest the area is pulling out of its Great Recession doldrums. More than 200 people jammed the Heritage Ballroom at The Centre of Elgin for the meeting, which in the past has consisted of a January dinner but this year was held at lunchtime to make attendance easier for business people who live outside the city. Read more...

01.31.14

Suburbs could see 6 inches of snow this weekend

The bitter cold is gone for now, but this weekend could usher in the potential for significant snowfall — perhaps 6 inches by the time it's over, forecasters say. Light snow is expected to begin falling by this afternoon and continue into the evening, which could make for a messy commute. But a period of heavy snow is expected early Saturday morning and to continue until early evening, according to the National Weather Service. Read more...

01.30.14

45th House candidates want to improve business climate

The four Republicans running for the 45th state House seat in the March 18 primary agree Illinois' path back to prosperity begins with creating a business-friendly climate. "Our government needs to work for its people," said Seth Lewis of Bartlett, one of the candidates. "We need to put in a system where business owners can thrive." The 45th District includes all or parts of Addison, Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Hanover Park, Itasca, Roselle, Wayne, West Chicago and Wood Dale. Read more...

01.30.14

Bartlett High speech team wins conference, a first for U-46

It's a first for Bartlett High School — in fact, it's a first for any school in Elgin Area School District U-46: Bartlett's speech and drama team took first place at the Upstate Eight Conference Tournament for competitive public speaking and acting. Anthony Zoubek, the school's speech and drama coach, attributed Bartlett's win on Saturday to team members' enthusiasm. Read more...

01.30.14

Elgin sees reduction in serious crime

Telling residents to lock up their cars — and anything else they don’t want stolen — seems to be working to prevent burglaries, police officials announced Wednesday. The city has seen a 20 percent reduction in burglary to motor vehicles in 2013, a change Chief of Police Jeff Swoboda said comes for a variety of reasons, including the city’s “If You Like It Lock It,” program. Overall, Elgin has seen a 6 percent reduction in “Part 1” crimes in the past year, Swoboda said as the police department announced its 2013 crime statistics. Read more...

01.30.14

Hanover Park library debuts $1 million facelift

After shutting down for six months, the Poplar Creek Public Library District's Sonya Crawshaw branch is showing off a $1 million makeover. The Hanover Park facility has been kept under wraps while crews worked on a long-overdue project at the 22-year-old building at 4300 Audrey Lane. Construction focused on adding 1,000 square feet and making bathrooms more accessible. Patrons are now greeted by new paint, carpeting and lighting. Read more...

01.30.14

Hanover Township tutoring returns

Hanover Township will offer affordable tutoring each week for students living in the township's boundaries beginning Feb. 18. Certified teachers will provide small group tutoring for elementary and high school students based on their age and learning needs. The student's teacher and a parent must complete an application by Feb. 4. The form, available at hanover-township.org, can be mailed or dropped off at the township's youth and family services department, 250 S. Route 59 in Bartlett. The township charges a $45 fee per semester for each student. Read more...

01.30.14

U-46's Torres new chairman for Elgin Chamber

The Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce introduced a new board chairman at its 106th annual meeting Wednesday at The Centre of Elgin. Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent Jose Torres took the gavel from outgoing chairman David Rock, president of IHC Construction Companies, LLC. More than 200 people gathered to network, enjoy lunch listen to Rock before hearing from Torres. "It's a honor to serve as the incoming chair," Torres said while detailing his career. Read more...

01.29.14

Five Schaumburg businesses seek tax incentive

Five industrial businesses in Schaumburg simultaneously seeking the granting or renewal of Class 6B property-tax incentives from Cook County were recommended for approval by the village board Tuesday. While this is an unusually high number to be applying all at once, there's been an upswing in renewal requests from businesses first granted the incentive in the early 2000s, Schaumburg Economic Development Manager Matt Frank said. The incentive is intended to attract new business to sites vacant for at least two years. Cook County created Class 6B to keep itself competitive with the collar counties Read more...

01.29.14

Hanover Park police rolling out online crime map

With a few clicks of the keyboard, Hanover Park residents can get a digital look at crime in their neighborhood. The Hanover Park Police Department will begin mapping crimes online where users can track the location and time of incidents across the village or in parts of town. It's the latest embrace of new technology as the department continues to build community relations after a string of four murders in spring 2009. Later this week, officers will host the popular "virtual ride-along," when they will document a night on the job and answer questions on social media. Read more...

01.29.14

New U46 grading system slammed by parents, students

The new grading system that began being phased in this school year in School District U46 high schools and middle schools is still having teething pains and generating controversy. In fact, school board member Amy Kerber admitted Monday that “we have students and parents who are in complete freak-out mode now” about it. Read more...

01.29.14

No. 2 exec named interim CEO of Cook County health system

When he takes over as interim CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Dr. John Jay Shannon said his biggest challenge will be to keep the direction and momentum going that his predecessor Dr. Ramanathan Raju set. Everything from Cook County Health's finances to its relationships with other hospitals and government officials is in better shape since Dr. Raju became CEO in 2011, Dr. Shannon said. He noted that he'll have the support of a large leadership team Dr. Raju assembled — including recruiting Dr. Shannon — to help transform the two-hospital system that treats a large portion of uninsured and low-income patients into one that's focused on outpatient care. Read more...

01.29.14

Pappas: Read Your New Property Tax Bill to Track Your Local Government Debt

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas said today that the property tax bill mailed to nearly 1.8 million Cook County owners contains debt figures for every local government that taxes a home, business or other real estate property. Property owners can use their 2013 first installment tax bill to track how much of that total debt is from their own seven to 20 local governments. The bills, due March 4, 2014, show these categories: Money Owed by Your Taxing Districts, Pension and Healthcare Amounts Promised by Your Taxing Districts, Amount of Pension and Healthcare Shortage and Percentage of Pension and Healthcare Costs Taxing Districts Can Pay. Read more...

01.29.14

Part-time elected officials can't undo pensions

They are among some 42 mostly part-time former aldermen, mayors and clerks from the West and Northwest suburbs who together will receive more than $200,000 this year in retirement benefits simply for holding an elected office for more than eight years, according to a Daily Herald analysis of IMRF benefit records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Read more...

01.28.14

Deep Freeze II closes schools

Schools and some libraries closed or curtailed hours as temperatures were expected to go well below zero Monday night and Tuesday, with wind chills into the negative double digits. Most school districts had already announced on Sunday that they would be closed both Monday and Tuesday. Those included Elgin District U46, Burlington Central District 301, Consolidated District 300 in the Dundee-Pingree-Hampshire-Algonquin area, Huntley District 158 and St. Charles Unit District 303. Read more...

01.28.14

GiGi's Playhouse gift shop to open Feb. 1

Hugs & Mugs Gift Shop & Cafe, a storefront offering keepsake mugs and other gift items designed by adults with Down syndrome to support GiGi's Playhouse, will host its official grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. The event will include remarks and a ribbon-cutting with Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod, as well as remarks from parents and participants, tours of the store and adjoining National Achievement Center, refreshments and more. Participating adults with Down syndrome will oversee all aspects of the store and lead the mug design and production processes. Read more...

01.28.14

Hanover Twp.: Tutoring for students program to start

A release from the township noted that every parent wants the best education for their children. With today’s busy schedules, homework is becoming increasingly overwhelming and parents are finding it difficult to help their children with their school work. Most parents have a mix of emotions seeing their child at home after a full day of school with multiple hours of homework to be completed. The tutoring program starts on Feb. 18 and runs through May 8. Tutoring is offered on Tuesday or Thursday evenings at the Streamwood High School Sabre Center at 701 W. Schaumburg Road. The orientation for the tutoring program is 6 p.m. Feb. 6, also at Streamwood High School. Read more...

01.28.14

Hoffman Estates readies to buy more road salt

During yet another nominee for this winter's worst week, Hoffman Estates trustees Monday authorized Village Manager Jim Norris to buy up to $60,000 of additional road salt if needed and available before the snow and ice end. Public Works Director Joseph Nebel said $60,000 should be able to buy about 1,000 more tons of salt — enough for between four to 10 snowfalls. But the village would have to join a waiting list for any more salt that might become available this season. Read more...

01.27.14

Counties taking extra step on concealed carry

Some of the largest employers in the suburbs — county governments — may ban their employees from carrying concealed handguns in public, despite a new state law allowing it. Cook, DuPage, McHenry, Kane and Lake are considering policies restricting non-law enforcement employees from carrying concealed handguns while on duty outside of public buildings, even if they have a valid state permit. Officials say they are concerned employees packing guns increases the counties' risk and liability. Read more...

01.27.14

March primary likely final word for these hopefuls

The March primary election is likely the big show for a number of suburban incumbent state lawmakers whose only challenges so far come from members of their own party. Four sitting Republicans and two Democrats have drawn primary election challengers at a time when no one from the opposite party has signed up to run. The opposite party can put someone on the ballot by the summer, but that candidate would have to collect petition signatures and would face a steep disadvantage in a late start. Read more...

01.27.14

New electric charging station will replace one at The Centre of Elgin

The city of Elgin will get a new electric vehicle charging station that will remain free for now, but could come with a fee in a couple of years. The station, which can charge two vehicles at once, will replace the current single-charge station at The Centre of Elgin. Councilmembers voted 7-2 this week to approve the $4,838 expense. Read more...

01.27.14

Schools, Metra and senior service agencies brace for arctic blast (

Area school districts joined senior service and commuter rail agencies in taking precautions for brutally cold weather predicted for Monday and Tuesday, with temperatures forecast to drop to minus 22 on Monday and daytime highs to remain below zero for the following day. Elgin School District U46 called off classes for both Monday and Tuesday. All U46 before- and after-school activities are canceled for both days, and all SAFE programs are closed both days. Read more...

01.27.14

Snow moves on, cold moves in

Dangerous cold temperatures and brutal winds have settled in over the Chicago area, and officials are warning people to stay inside if possible. AccuWeather is saying temperatures were between zero and 4 degrees below zero at 6 a.m.this morning. Temperatures are expected to drop to 5 degrees below zero this afternoon, before dropping to 14 degrees below zero overnight tonight. Wind chills will make it feel between 26 degrees below zero to 35 degrees below zero throughout the day. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for the Chicago area until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Read more...

01.24.14

A plan to makeover Cook County forest preserves may cost taxpayers

Cook County’s decades-neglected forest preserves could get a dramatic makeover in the coming years, under a new plan that will be unveiled Friday morning by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. But it does come with a cost. And that could mean a property tax increase. “The best source [of financing] is through a property tax increase,“ said Lenore Beyer-Clow, policy director for the non-profit conservancy group Openlands, which was tapped by the county to come up with the 25-year plan. “Whether there’s an appetite for a tax increase is a whole different conversation.” Read more...

01.24.14

As Elgin sets zoning regs for medical marijuana, state still making up rules

As the state still works out the rules for how, where, and to whom medical marijuana will be dispensed, the Elgin City Council Wednesday night acted on where places for selling and growing pot could be located in the city. Community Development Director Marc Mylott presented an overview of the zoning regulations proposal which would only allow places that grow or sell cannabis to be located in industrial, research and office parks and to be considered conditional uses. Read more...

01.24.14

Free income tax preparation for needy in Elgin

Families struggling just to make ends meet can get their taxes done free through a partnership with the Center for Economic Progress (CEP), United Way of Elgin, Gail Borden Public Library, Grand Victoria Foundation, and Chase. Last year, free tax preparation services put $2.8 million back into the pockets of Elgin area residents, according to CEP. Certified tax preparation volunteers put in more than 2,600 hours helping families by identifying valuable tax credits that are often missed by the inexperienced, it said. Read more...

01.24.14

Metra already warning about Monday commute

It’s only Friday morning, and Metra is already warning about Monday’s commute, when wind chills may dip back down to 40 below. In a service alert issued Friday morning, Metra said it will make “every reasonable effort to provide a timely and comfortable commute,” but trains will likely be delayed. Conductors will be operating at lower speeds to reduce stress on the rails, and Metra expects longer boarding times and station stops. Read more...

01.24.14

More cold, snow, expected through today and the weekend

A wind chill advisory will remain in effect until 10 a.m. this morning, and meteorologists claim wind chills will dip to between 15 and 30 degrees below zero. Snow is expected to develop later this afternoon and into the evening. The weekend forecast calls for cold and more snow on Saturday, with temperatures hovering around 18 degrees. The snow is expected to taper off to flurries on Sunday, before the temperatures plummet again Sunday night to four degrees below zero. Read more...

01.23.14

Bartlett approves three-year deal with public works union

Bartlett trustees have approved a new contract with the union representing public works employees that provides raises in each year of the pact. The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 and village officials spent about five months at the bargaining table before reaching a three-year agreement. All but two of the 37 union members working in Bartlett voted in favor of ratifying the deal. Read more...

01.23.14

ECC may open mini-campus in Hanover Park by summer

Elgin Community College is on track to open a mini-campus along the district’s easternmost border, in Hanover Park. Peggy Heinrich, dean of adult education, told the ECC board Tuesday that details of a lease have almost been ironed out. She said the rent amount is still to be determined, but ECC and Palatine-based Harper College would work together to rent a 10,000-square-foot storefront for three years in a mostly vacant shopping center along the west side of Barrington Road, just north of Route 20. Read more...

01.23.14

Elgin fireworks are back on the table, electric stations a go

The Grand Victoria Casino might be interested in partnering with the city to provide Fourth of July fireworks this summer, according to City Manager Sean Stegall. But without a specific proposal and plans in place, the City Council Wednesday night voted to table any decision on bringing fireworks back to Elgin for now. Hosting fireworks in downtown Elgin could be done for about $67,000, Stegall said. After the Grand Victoria management read about the possibility of downtown fireworks in the newspaper, the casino offered to split the cost. Read more...

01.23.14

Elgin police start 'party patrols' in response to shootings

Elgin police have instituted "party patrols" and are looking at other measures as a response to recent shootings that took place in connection with local parties. Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda gave an update to the city council on Wednesday in the wake of the three shootings since Dec. 29. Officers working the midnight shift on weekends will be on the lookout for large, late-night gatherings of people to try to prevent trouble by patrolling the area, Swoboda said. Read more...

01.22.14

Grant money to fund 19 projects in Elgin

A jump in federal funding and money left over from past projects means Elgin finds itself in the unique position of being able to fund all of the eligible 2014 public facility and public service project requests for HUD Community Development Block Grant money. The extra funds come from a $460,000 increase in the city’s 2013 federal allocation and from projects in past years that were completed under budget. Read more...

01.22.14

Hoffman Estates approves two police union contracts

Hoffman Estates trustees have approved new three-year contracts with the village's patrol officers and police sergeants, the former one retroactive to the start of 2013. The patrol officers will receive raises of 1 percent retroactive to Jan. 1, 2013; 1.5 percent on Jan. 1, 2014 and 2 percent on Jan. 1, 2015. Read more...

01.22.14

Streamwood, V.F.W. chapter hold blood drive

Streamwood officials will host a blood drive from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. The village's blood commission and V.F.W. Post 5151 are organizing the first of four blood drives in Streamwood during 2014. Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. They also must not have given blood in the past 56 days. Walk-ins also are welcome. The drive will be held at the village hall, 301 E. Irving Park Road. Read more...

01.22.14

U-46 gets prepared for STEM Expo

It's not your typical science fair. Elgin Area School District U-46's upcoming STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Expo will give students a chance to explore their natural curiosities, whether it's building an electric car or developing a new kind of fertilizer. Nearly 1,300 students participated in last year's expo. Read more...

01.21.14

Elgin City Council to debate whether to have a downtown Fourth of July fireworks display

The city council Wednesday night once again is set to discuss what, if anything, it will do for offering Fourth of July fireworks in Elgin. In December, by a 5-4 vote, the council nixed contributing for a third year to the Northwest Fourth Fest on the Sears Centre grounds in Hoffman Estates, just east of Elgin. Casting the nay votes were Terry Gavin, Anna Moeller, Tish Powell, John Prigge, and Toby Shaw. Read more...

01.21.14

Elgin council to consider another electric vehicle charging station proposal

The city council is set Wednesday night to restart a discussion it tabled in October about installing charging stations for electric cars in downtown locations. The initial staff recommendation included sponsorships from the Fox Valley Electric Auto Association in the amount of $1,170. But according to supporting material for the meeting, the FVEAA has since rescinded its initial sponsorship offer, deciding it would only sponsor stations that will always be free to the public. Read more...

01.21.14

Hanover Township looking for award nominees

Hanover Township officials are seeking nominations for the annual Community Service Awards. A committee of volunteers will look for committed businesses or leaders who make an impact in their community. The township will recognize winners during a banquet March 20. Applications are available at the township's Town Hall, 250 S. Route 59 in Bartlett. Nominations for seven categories are due by Friday, Feb. 14. Read more...

01.21.14

Snow moves on, but cold moves in

Most of the heaviest snow has moved along, but frigid temperatures moved in overnight and blanketed the area in extreme cold. AccuWeather reports that temperatures are about 4 degrees above zero this morning, but wind chills are making it feel like it's about 20 degrees colder. A wind chill advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. because an arctic front moved in featuring gusty winds of 10 to 20 mph, the National Weather Service reported. Read more...

01.20.14

Program lets qualifying seniors defer property taxes

Cook County senior citizens struggling to pay property taxes may be able to defer, with interest, as much as $5,000 in annual payments until their homes or condominiums are sold under a program administered by the county treasurer’s office, according to Hanover Township Assessor Thomas Smogolski. Smogolski advises those interested in the deferral program to apply for other tax benefits available to senior citizens. Read more...

01.19.14

Elgin drivers getting the message about phone use and driving

For the most part, people in Elgin seem to be heeding the message that the law in Illinois changed on Jan. 1 to ban talking with the phone next to their ears while driving. At least that was the impression left from a ride-along late Friday morning with Police Traffic/Adjudication Supervisor Lt. Jeff Adam, traveling along roads on both the east and west sides of the city for two-and-a-half hours. As such, when a law is new, Adam said police tend to issue warning tickets in the early stages unless there are extenuating circumstances. By summer, warnings will be less likely, with tickets the norm for such offenses. Read more...

01.17.14

Analysis: U46 ‘success’ report tempered with some harsh realities

A slick, color, photo-filled, 32-page “U46 Academic Success for All 2013 Annual Report” may be appearing soon in every mailbox in Elgin Area School District U46. And it undeniably will provide residents who feel bad vibes about the giant school district with many reasons to cheer. But prepared with a public-relations eye, it also glosses over some uglier realities of the district’s past year, many of which could be seen in the much-less-slick 2013 School Report Cards issued by the Illinois State Board of Education last October. Read more...

01.17.14

Elgin’s expenditures thus far for a rough winter

While the Elgin area copes with another snowstorm this weekend, the numbers are stacking up significantly higher than last year in costs related to dealing with wintry weather. According to information provided by Elgin CFO Colleen Lavery, from Nov. 1, 2014 until Jan. 12, 2014 the city used 6,733 tons of salt, compared to 648 tons for the same time period in 2012-2013. Costs this winter for public works overtime through Jan. 12 have been $337,848, compared to $61,135 for the same time frame a year ago. Read more...

01.17.14

Light snow due on Friday afternoon, 2 to 5 inches forecast for Saturday

A light dusting of snow expected Friday afternoon is just a taste of what the Chicago area could see before the weekend is over. Light snow showers will move into the area between noon and 1 p.m. Friday, lasting through the early evening and leaving the region with anywhere from a dusting to half an inch of snow, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Birk. Read more...

01.17.14

No fee, but businesses still have to get license in Elgin

Businesses in Elgin are no longer required to pay a fee to obtain a business license, an anticipated victory for those who've been fighting for that since 2011. The city council approved doing away with the fee last week after giving a preliminary thumbs-up during budget discussions in the fall. Businesses are still required to get annual licenses at no cost. Read more...

01.17.14

Speech festival teaches U46 students more than public speaking

Students showcased more than their speaking and acting skills in the district’s second annual U46 Mix Speech and Drama Festival recently at Bartlett High School. “I observed several students competing in different categories at this year’s festival,” Superintendent José Torres said in a release. “Our students demonstrated impressive public speaking skills, and it’s always exciting to see our students’ hard work pay off.” Read more...

01.16.14

Demand for concealed carry keeps growing in suburbs

Nearly 10,000 people in the Chicago area have applied to carry a concealed handgun in public, according to the first regional numbers released by the Illinois State Police. Cook County received more concealed carry licenses applications than DuPage, Lake, McHenry and Kane counties combined since Jan. 5, when applications became available under the new law. As a state, Illinois received more than 23,000 applications. State police reported that as of Tuesday, Cook County residents have sent in 5,305 applications since the application process opened on Jan. 5. The data from the State Police did not specify how many of the applications came from within Chicago city limits. Read more...

01.16.14

Elgin: Farnham schedules constituent meetings

State Rep. Keith Farnham (D-Elgin) will hold upcoming coffee and lunch shop stops on Jan. 21 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Colonial Café, 600 S. McLean Blvd.; and Jan. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. at Paul’s Restaurant, 1300 Lawrence Ave. “As we head back to session at the end of this month, I invite constituents to meet with me beforehand to express their opinions on issues that are most important to them,” Farnham said. “I’m looking forward to having productive conversations in an open and relaxed environment.” Read more...

01.16.14

Frequent storms have suburbs watching salt supplies

A series of storms that has sapped the stamina of public works crews also has many officials wondering if the weather is taking a toll on their salt supplies with months of winter still ahead. The short answer is supplies appear to be holding, but more of the same could spell trouble down the road, officials said. To keep pace, many communities, including Libertyville, Gurnee, Schaumburg and Wheaton, have ordered more salt. Others, including Naperville, Vernon Hills, and Elgin, started the year with a surplus because of last year's mild winter. And many use techniques, such as blending chemicals to make the salt work better at lower temperatures, to help stretch supplies. Read more...

01.16.14

Plan to let Preckwinkle handle inmate release program advances

The Cook County board voted Wednesday to authorize a plan that could eventually allow President Toni Preckwinkle to take control of a nonviolent inmate release program currently overseen by Sheriff Tom Dart. The measure – which has Dart’s blessing – passed on a verbal vote, with Commissioner John Fritchey voting no. Under a federal court order aimed at controlling the Cook County jail’s population, Dart can sidestep judges and release inmates accused of minor crimes to electronic monitoring while they await trial. But Preckwinkle said she would like to release more nonviolent inmates on electronic monitoring. Read more...

01.15.14

17-year-olds register to vote for first time

During the 1960s, 19-year-olds complained that they were old enough to be drafted and sent to fight in Vietnam, but not old enough to vote for the president and congressmen sending them there. So the voting age was lowered nationwide from 21 to 18. But now it’s legal in Illinois for some young people to vote even before that. Under a state law that went into effect Jan. 1, someone can vote at age 17 in a primary election — such as the one scheduled on March 18 to pick each party’s candidates for governor, congressmen and some local offices — if the teen will turn 18 before the general election related to that primary, which in this case will occur Nov. 4. Read more...

01.15.14

An almost-snow-day, perfect scores & more grade gripes

School District U46’s two-week break stretched into two weeks and two days, as bitterly cold and snowy weather caused district officials to cancel a teacher professional-development day planned for Monday, Jan. 6, and then also to cancel the next day — the first day that students were supposed to be back in class. Students and staff members almost got a third “snow day” last Wednesday, Superintendent Jose Torres revealed during Monday night’s board of education meeting. Read more...

01.15.14

Bartlett debuts mobile app

The village of Bartlett has launched a new mobile app where users can report issues like snow buildup or damaged mailboxes. The program is available for Androids, iPhones and iPads. The app, GORequest, enables residents to submit pictures of the issue and track the status of the village's response. The app can be downloaded for free by searching for "GORequest" in the Apple Store or Google Play for Androids. Read more...

01.15.14

Elgin's On the Side closes after a year

What seemed like a popular eatery in downtown Elgin closed abruptly Tuesday after being in business for a little more than a year. Tom Creighton, owner of On the Side Restaurant and Catering at 74 S. Grove Ave., said the business wasn't making a profit. "It's kind of like a slow leak in a pipe. We've been cash negative, and at some point you have to decide, 'Is it going to get much better?'" he said. Read more...

01.15.14

Schaumburg mayor sees a booming 2014 ahead

For the first time since the Great Recession, Schaumburg's plans for the year ahead almost make it seem that the debilitating economic downturn never happened. In his annual state-of-the-village presentation Tuesday, Mayor Al Larson previewed a 2014 all about new restaurants, residential subdivisions, car dealerships, corporate headquarters, hotels, entertainment venues and tollway interchanges. Read more...

01.14.14

Elgin officially opens 311 center in time to handle post-cold snap calls

With last week’s wild mood swing of weather — beginning with record-setting cold and ending with seasonally mild temperatures and rain — Monday was as good a day as any for the official unveiling of the city’s 311 call center. Concerns, complaints and requests of all-but-emergency sort are being routed through the center, which also issues tracking numbers so the residents involved and the city staffs in question can more efficiently keep tabs on what is to be done and how long it winds up taking to do it. Read more...

01.14.14

Hanover Twp., Harbor Freight Tools to host job fair

Hanover Township will host a hiring event Jan. 29 for Harbor Freight Tools, a retailer of auto and power tools. The California-based company is looking for more than 40 employees for its Hanover Park location, slated to open in spring 2014. "They've got a large load of employees to take on right now," said Sean Grimes, the township's employment services manager. Read more...

01.14.14

U46 School Board renames Sheridan School after Ron O’Neal

Sheridan Elementary School is getting a new name, over the objections of some residents and one School District U46 Board member. As of July 1, the school on Elgin’s near-east side will become Ronald D. O’Neal Elementary School. Read more...

01.14.14

U-46 to rename school to honor 1st black principal

The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board Monday night voted to rename Sheridan Elementary School in Elgin in honor of the late Ronald O'Neal, the district's first black principal and administrator. O'Neal served as Sheridan's principal from 1970 to 1974. U-46 Chief of Staff Tony Sanders said that before last spring the district did not have a policy allowing the renaming of existing schools. Read more...

01.13.14

Coffee with Hoffman Estates board Jan. 18

The Hoffman Estates village board will host its first "Coffee with the Board" of 2014 at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in the village hall council chambers at 1900 Hassell Road. The informal forum is designed to provide a relaxed setting where the community can speak with Mayor Bill McLeod and the board of trustees. Residents are invited to express opinions, ask questions and provide input on items of interest in the community. Coffee, of course, will be served. Read more...

01.13.14

Flu’s fury

The manic merriment of the holiday season is behind us. For the seasonal flu virus, however, the show has just begun. January typically brings a marked increase in reports of the congestion, aches, fatigue and other misery that distinguish seasonal influenza. This year has been no exception, as the illness claimed the life of at least one area resident in the first weeks of traditional flu season. Making matters worse, an old villain has reared its head anew, and it is hitting many who may consider themselves at minimal risk. Read more...

01.13.14

Hanover Twp. hiring event slated for Jan. 29

Hanover Township and Harbor Freight Tools will co-sponsor a hiring event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Hanover Township Town Hall, 250 S. Route 59 in Bartlett. Attendees will have the opportunity to apply for jobs with Harbor Freight Tools at its new location in Hanover Park. A variety of open positions are available. Attendees are asked to bring copies of their resume and references. Read more...

01.13.14

Lawmakers ready to tinker with concealed carry

While Illinoisans apply by the thousands to carry a handgun in public for the first time, some lawmakers already are preparing to amend the infant law. When the General Assembly reconvenes at the end of this month, certain legislators will attempt to tailor concealed carry rules by increasing fines, limiting where guns can be carried or purchased, and boosting education and training requirements. Others urge their colleagues to see how the new law — a compromise forged after decades of wrangling — works before making any changes. State Rep. Deborah Conroy, a Villa Park Democrat, has filed legislation to raise fines for breaking the complex rules determining where people can carry guns and to raise the criminal penalties for bringing a gun into a school. Read more...

01.13.14

Winter storm tab costs Illinois $14 million

Last week's bitter temperatures and snow cost the state of Illinois about $14 million. That's according to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Patti Thompson. The Illinois Department of Transportation's costs accounted for much of the expenditure. Thompson says in an email that the agency spent about $12.3 million, which covered labor, equipment and road salt. The Illinois Tollway Authority spent about $1.3 million. Illinois State Police racked up almost $108,000 in overtime costs. Read more...

01.12.14

Elgin's MLK celebration kicks off Saturday

Elgin's 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration starts this week and will have a special focus on youth. Recent Elgin Community College graduate Keyairra Calvin will be the keynoter speaker at a kickoff prayer breakfast Saturday at the college, breakfast chairwoman Janice Hare said. The three-day event includes a free community program Jan. 19 and a day of service for youth — with an extra reward — Jan. 20. Read more...

01.10.14

Butera looks to make oasis out of Elgin northwest side ‘food desert’

Plans are moving along to eliminate the city’s northwest side “food desert.” Butera Market has submitted documents for its planned move to the former Eagle Country Market site at McLean Boulevard and Big Timber Road. “The city is reviewing Butera Market’s application and plans for permits to complete its interior modifications, and the city will be completing its review of those submittals not later than next week,” Assistant City Manager Rick Kozal said. Read more...

01.10.14

Elgin Council gives split thumbs up to Central Park Tower plan

The city council Wednesday night moved along zoning changes that will make way for proposed renovations and another building for the Housing Authority of Elgin’s Central Park Towers on State Street. The vote approving the zoning change was 6-3, with Councilmen Terry Gavin, John Prigge and Toby Shaw casting the “no” votes. In December, the same trio opposed a map amendment and planned development for the project, which had been tabled since October, after some residents complained about parking, building design, density and traffic issues at the site along Route 31 Read more...

01.10.14

Elgin says businesses need license, but at no charge

All local businesses will need a city-issued license, but they won’t have to pay for it. By an 8-1 vote Wednesday night, the city council decided it still will require businesses to be licensed, will not charge a fee for the licenses, and will return checks to those who already have sent in payment for 2014. Read more...

01.10.14

Elgin turns down cafe offering alcohol, video gambling

A cafe featuring alcohol and video gambling will not be coming to downtown Elgin, but the company hopes to set up shop elsewhere in the Northwest suburbs later this year. Members of the Elgin liquor control commission Wednesday unanimously turned down a preliminary proposal by Java Jills, which sought a liquor license from the city for the space at 176 E. Chicago St., formerly occupied by Ravenheart Coffee. That license is required before seeking a video gambling license from the state. Read more...

01.10.14

How Hanover Park plans to revive Barrington Road shopping center

More than two years after buying an aging strip mall for $2.8 million, Hanover Park officials are ramping up their efforts to turn the property over to the private sector. Trustees on Thursday directed village planners to seek developers' formal proposals to revive the Hanover Square Shopping Center on Barrington Road. The goal is to sell the mall to a developer whose vision ties in with Hanover Park's long-term plans for a nearby Village Center — an ambitious hub of retailers, restaurants and housing. Read more...

01.10.14

Suburban buildings among those honored for best design

The Hanover Park Police Department, Schaumburg Township Library District and the College of DuPage were among the honorees when the American Institute of Architects Northeast Illinois Chapter handed out its Excellence in Design and Merit in Design awards on Oct. 10. In all, 10 projects out of 59 entries submitted from across the region received awards. In addition, 11 AIA members were honored for 50+ years as members. Read more...

01.09.14

5 things to watch out for during the thaw

Snow in your attic? Ice dams in your gutters? Giant, slushy puddles that freeze into treacherous slick patches on driveways and sidewalks? These are all potential problems suburban homeowners could face when the thaw begins, following the frigid 'polar vortex' and up to two feet of snow that have fallen since last week. Friday's predicted high of 37 degrees sounds great after the string of subzero days — after all, that's 53 degrees warmer than Monday's low. But the melting snow and ice can are bound to create new problems. Even a few preventive measures could stave off injury and save thousands of dollars in home damage. Read more...

01.09.14

Bartlett moves to restrict video gambling

Fearing that Bartlett could turn into what one official called a "mini Las Vegas," village leaders are crafting stricter standards for video gambling. Trustees have taken issue with the influx of video gambling machines in town. Nearly 20 terminals have popped up in Bartlett, generating about $3,600 in revenue for the village in November. Now, the village board has proposed restrictions that would raise fees for operators and toughen the process to secure village permits. Read more...

01.09.14

Elgin approves more affordable housing

Construction of new affordable housing for seniors is expected to start this summer in Elgin, after the city council gave final approval on Wednesday night. The $25 million project by the Housing Authority of Elgin consists of rehabbing Central Park Tower at 120 S. State St. and building a new six-story building just to the south. An existing, vacant building on the site will be demolished within the next 60 days, and construction will last about 18 months after a summer groundbreaking, HAE CEO Damon Duncan said. The project — funded mostly by low-income housing tax credits — will add six overall units to the current combined 158 units. HAE is open to residents ages 50 and up. Read more...

01.09.14

Hoffman mayor appointed to NLC committee

Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2014 Transportation Infrastructure & Services Steering Committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving transportation, including planning, funding, safety and security of public transit, streets and highways, aviation, railroads and ports. Read more...

01.08.14

Black ice an invisible winter danger for drivers

The basic cause of black ice is wet spots forming on parts of roads that don't drain properly or are vulnerable to drifting snow, said John Yonan, director of the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways. While there are likely locations and conditions for the presence of black ice, there are inevitably other situations in which it's more easily identified as the cause of an accident after the fact, Yonan said. Some of the more likely places to expect black ice are elevated ramps where melting snow has been flowing downward, or on bridges that receive no warming from ground below. Read more...

01.08.14

Cold means busy time for Elgin first responders

As the polar vortex stuck around for a second day Tuesday, Police Chief Jeff Swoboda said city public safety staff remained bustling. “There have been multiple accidents with injuries. We’ve been very busy with crashes,” Swoboda said. “The roads look better, but it’s a black ice type of thing. And there is more traffic today than Monday, when many people stayed home.” Read more...

01.08.14

Elgin trash collection on holiday schedule

Residential trash collection was scheduled to resume Wednesday after the extreme cold forced the city’s waste collection contractor, Waste Management of Illinois, to suspend its operations on Monday and Tuesday. Trash collection will operate on a holiday schedule through Saturday. The holiday schedule means that crews will try to collect both Monday and Tuesday routes on Wednesday, Wednesday routes on Thursday, Thursday routes on Friday, and Friday routes on Saturday. Read more...

01.08.14

Gambling cafe eyes former Elgin coffee shop

A business likening itself to a Starbucks that serves alcohol in its beverages is investigating whether it should move into the space formerly occupied by Ravenheart Coffee in downtown Elgin. Representatives from Crown Pointe Amusement, doing business as Java Jills, will meet with the city's liquor control commission Wednesday to discuss a liquor license in connection with opening a combined cafe and video gambling establishment, Mayor Dave Kaptain said. Businesses must first secure liquor licenses before seeking a video gambling license from the state. Read more...

01.08.14

Metra expects normal service today, but delays likely

Service is expected to return to relative normalcy Wednesday, although passengers aren't out of the woods yet. The predicted high of 14 degrees could still mean slower speeds and iced-up switches that halt trains. Riders are still advised to check Metra's website before leaving home. Read more...

01.07.14

Brrrrrutal cold frustrates commuters, forces Metra cancellations

Metra commuters faced more cold-weather delays and cancellations Tuesday morning as dangerous subzero temperatures sparked glee among school children who were allowed to play hooky again — and awe among thousands who took to social media to marvel at the frozen tundra Chicago had become. Temperatures dropping to an overnight low of minus 11 — with wind chills hitting minus 33 — continued to wreak havoc on the rail system, forcing Metra to cancel dozens of trains and combine several other trains on the BNSF and Union Pacific lines. Metra advised commuters to check metrarail.com for updates. Read more...

01.07.14

Cold keeps several school districts closed for a second day

Several suburban school districts canceled classes for a second day this week because of the extreme cold. Among the districts to call of classes Tuesday are Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, Naperville Unit District 203, Indian Prairie Unit District 204, Northwest Suburban High School District 214, Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211, Community Unit District 300, Palatine Township Elementary District 15, Barrington Unit District 220 and Elgin Area District U-46. Read more...

01.07.14

In Our Towns: Duckworth notes Elgin, DuPage grants

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates) announced that the city of Elgin and DuPage County will receive Housing Choice Voucher-Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) grants for $66,194 and $88,710, respectively. The program encourages communities to develop local strategies to help families obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency. Read more...

01.07.14

Leaking water adds to frigid misery along Larkin Ave. in Elgin

When you add the need to slosh around in water, the agony factor rises to a new level of magnitude. But that’s what a crew of Elgin Public Works employees — some of them unused to working outdoors even in sunny, pleasant weather — had to do Monday morning as the cold penetrated into the ground and broke open some water pipes, big and small. About 9 a.m., five men had begun checking out why a steady stream of water was erupting from the sidewalk in front of a long-shuttered Chinese restaurant in the 1400 block of Larkin Avenue. Read more...

01.06.14

Dangerously cold temperatures hit the suburbs

Schools aren't the only institutions being affected. Some local park districts, including those in Mount Prospect and Schaumburg, have canceled programs today, though their buildings remain open. Garbage pickup has been postponed by a day in some towns, including Arlington Heights, Hoffman Estates and Mount Prospect. The Cook County Sheriff's Office, meanwhile, announced that visiting hours at the county jail will be suspended today and Tuesday, resuming on Wednesday. A 24-hour hotline, (773) 674-6618, has been activated for friends and family of detainees to call if they have questions. Read more...

01.06.14

New Schaumburg police chief seeks to inspire

A lot of recovery has taken place at the Schaumburg Police Department since it was shaken by the arrests of three undercover officers on drug conspiracy charges a year ago. But among the changes still to come, one stands out as the highest priority for new Police Chief James Lamkin: encouraging all employees to fully contribute their ideas and insights on running the agency effectively. Read more...

01.06.14

Reading of minus 16 breaks record low temperature

Strong winds and record cold plunged Chicago into a dangerous deep freeze Monday morning, closing highways and causing delays on the CTA and Metra. The temperature at O’Hare Airport hit minus 16 at 7:51 Monday morning, and wind chills dropped to minus 42 as Chicago turned into “Chi-Beria.” Read more...

01.06.14

Some suburban libraries closed by freezing temps

Public libraries often are refuges from extreme weather during the winter and summer months. But not Monday. The frigid temperatures prompted many suburban libraries to shut down for the day. The Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire, the Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich, the Algonquin Area Public Library, the Bartlett Public Library, the Fremont Public Library in Mundelein, the Geneva Public Library, the Lisle Library District, the Lake Villa District Library and the Cook Memorial Public Library facilities in Libertyville and Vernon Hills were among those that kept their doors locked. Read more...

01.05.14

Health tips for dealing with extreme cold

Cold weather can have a chilling effect on health. Not only can it compromise an already distressed respiratory system, the bitter cold can cause hypothermia and frostbite. While the best prevention for both is to stay inside, avoiding the outdoors sometimes is impossible. Read more...

01.03.14

Elgin 'Feast-ival' focuses on films about food

Just in time to make good on that "get healthy" New Year's resolution, a new food-themed documentary film festival kicks off next week in Elgin. The goal of the Elgin Food Film Feast-ival is to get people thinking about all things food, ranging from good nutrition to where it all comes from, said Shared Harvest Elgin Food Cooperative president Carol Rauschenberger. Read more...

01.03.14

Snow's moving out, bitter cold moving in

Despite the seemingly constant flow of scary weather warnings through Thursday, Randy Ebertowski was ready for a nice crowd at Gurnee Mills. Ebertowski's optimism would have seemed unlikely, given Gurnee had among the highest suburban snowfall totals, estimated by the National Weather Service at 18 inches in one official spot from Tuesday to Thursday. A second measuring area in Gurnee registered 13.7 inches. Read more...

01.02.14

How Elgin’s fire department covers the city’s boundaries

If you live or travel at the edges of Elgin’s boundaries and you’re involved in an accident, need an ambulance or have a fire at your home, there’s a chance the Elgin Fire Department might not be the first responder on the scene. And there are good public safety reasons for that. Read more...

01.02.14

It just keeps snowing; up to 8 more inches expected

The snow is continuing to fall and forecasters say some northern Illinois communities could get another eight inches of fluffy lake effect snow. Read more...

12.31.13

Cook County launching efforts to register 17-year-old voters

Beginning Wednesday, most Illinois 17-year-olds will be eligible to register and vote in a primary election — a first in our state's history, Cook County Clerk David Orr said Monday. Read more...

12.31.13

Illinois ranks second for states with highest move-out rates

Higher taxes, a poor job market, and other issues are forcing people to leave the state of Illinois. Read more...

12.31.13

Laws beginning Jan. 1 target improper cell phone use, tanning salons and more

The new year is just around the bend, and when it arrives, a host of new laws will hit the books in Illinois. Read more...

12.31.13

Yule have options for getting rid of your Christmas tree

As the New Year rolls around and your formerly green, live Christmas tree begins to show its age, don’t worry about having a place where you can dispose of it. Read more...

12.30.13

2013 sees spike in train vs. car, pedestrian collisions

Just before Christmas, three separate train vs. pedestrian or car collisions occurred on Dec. 20 in the suburbs. And, the data from January 2013 through September shows a surge in crashes compared to the same time in 2012. Read more...

12.30.13

Cutler, Bears come up short in loss to Packers

Quarterback Jay Cutler played fairly well Sunday in the Bears' 33-28 loss to the Packers, a team that has troubled him throughout his career. Read more...

12.30.13

Elgin police investigate shots fired outside house party

Detectives from the Elgin Police Department's Gang Crimes Unit are investigating reports of gunshots fired early Sunday morning on the 1000 block of Congdon Avenue. Read more...

12.27.13

Hanover Township programs help hundreds of families

More than 730 families received gifts this year as part of the Hanover Township Toy Drive and Sponsor-a-Family programs. Throughout the weekend before Christmas , residents came to the Township Senior Center in Bartlett to pick up the presents from their sponsors or select items from the Toy Drive. “As always, the community really stepped up and took care of our less fortunate neighbors this holiday season,” said Hanover Township Supervisor Brian P. McGuire. “We are grateful for all those that donated toys, sponsored families or volunteered their time at the toy pick-up.” Read more...

12.27.13

Holiday spirit alive and well among district U-46 employees

Nearly 100 Elgin Area School District U-46 employees recently demonstrated their holiday spirit, purchasing and wrapping gifts to donate to 125 children in need. Organized through the U-46 Human Resources Department, employees at the district's Educational Services Center adopted a family from the "Giving Tree" and spent a minimum of $20 per child adopted. Read more...

12.26.13

Suburban police cracking down on drunken drivers during holidays

Police in the Northwest suburbs will be cracking down on drunken drivers and people who don't wear their seat belts through early January, according to news releases from multiple law enforcement agencies. The Bartlett Police Department will have an additional 20 patrol hours dedicated to enforcing seat belt use and an additional 50 patrol hours dedicated to impaired driving saturation patrols. Police in Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park and Wheeling will also be participating in the traffic safety campaign, most until Jan. 5. Read more...

12.24.13

A socially conscious Christmas Eve in the suburbs

Rather than spend Christmas Eve sleeping in or shopping, more than 300 people across the suburbs worked Tuesday to feed hungry children. Feed My Starving Children, a 26-year-old nonprofit organization that secures dry food and ships it to children around the world, held meal-packing sessions at its sites in Schaumburg, Libertyville and Aurora. The meals are specially designed to feed malnourished children. Read more...

12.23.13

State needs more time to implement new requirement for getting meningitis vaccine (

Although the law requiring middle and high school students in Illinois to get vaccinated to prevent bacterial meningitis goes into effect Jan. 1, actual implementation will not happen until the 2015-16 school year. Melanie Arnold, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Public Health, said the states needs more time to finish the administrative side of the new vaccine obligation. Read more...

12.23.13

U46 employees by holiday gifts for needy families

Nearly 100 School District U46 employees demonstrated their holiday spirit this past week, purchasing and wrapping gifts to donate to 125 children in need. Organized through the district’s Human Resources Department, employees at the Educational Services Center adopted families from the “Giving Tree” and spent a minimum of $20 per child adopted. Read more...

12.22.13

Elgin police warn of possible scams

Police are warning residents, particularly the elderly, to be on the lookout for possible scam artists purporting to be city water department employees. In the past week, two suspicious incidents have occurred involving men claiming to be city workers entering residences. In both instances the home owners have been elderly and at home by themselves, according to a release issued by police Friday afternoon. Read more...

12.20.13

Duckworth to host Hanover Park veterans forum

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth will host a veterans forum Friday afternoon in Hanover Park, officials said. The forum at village hall is an opportunity for veterans to speak with Duckworth, a Democrat from Hoffman Estates, and ask her any questions they might have, officials said. Read more...

12.20.13

Prigge, Shaw and Gavin vote against 2014 budget

The Elgin City Council approved the 2014 budget over the objections of three council members who said they wanted residents to pay less in taxes and fees. Other council members, however, said any revenue decrease should be offset by commensurate cuts in expenses to balance the budget not just in 2014, but in future years as well. Read more...

12.19.13

Bartlett High junior wins radio logo design contest

School District U46 radio station WEPS is back to broadcasting student-generated programming, and now it has a new logo to go with that. U46 officials announced recently that after they invited students to enter a contest to design a new logo for the station, judges decided the best logo was designed by Luis Andrade, a junior at Bartlett High School. Read more...

12.19.13

Elgin council approves 2014 budget, moves along senior housing redevelopment - by same 6 - 3 margin

By the same 6 - 3 votes, the city council approved its 2014 budget and moved forward a map amendment and planned development for the Elgin Housing Authority’s redevelopment of Central Park Towers along Route 31 and an adjacent old mansion it now owns. Read more...

12.19.13

Elgin gives initial nod to senior housing

The Elgin City Council gave its preliminary OK to a project to build more affordable housing for seniors. The $25 million project by the Housing Authority of Elgin consists of rehabbing Central Park Tower at 120 S. State St. and building a new six-story building just to the south. The project will allow seniors to live "with dignity," Councilwoman Tish Powell said. Read more...

12.19.13

Lamkin sworn in as new Schaumburg police chief

New Schaumburg Police Chief James Lamkin was sworn into office this week, along with five veteran officers recently promoted to higher ranks. Lamkin, who joins Schaumburg after serving the past 10 years as police chief in St. Charles, officially assumes his duties Dec. 30, replacing Interim Chief Ken Bouche Read more...

12.18.13

Sheriff Dart slams restrictions on concealed-carry background checks

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said Tuesday that the state is hindering his ability to check the criminal backgrounds of people applying for concealed carry permits. This year, Illinois became the last state to allow concealed carry. The law takes effect Jan. 1 and the state expects to start issuing permits in April. Read more...

12.18.13

U-46 board could vote on recommendations next month

Elgin Area School District U-46's Transformation Task Force recently presented its final report with recommendations to the school board about allowing increased time during a school day for student intervention and enrichment by teachers, and providing opportunities for more teacher collaboration. The task force spent 18 months coming up with the recommendations that are advisory and to be used as a framework by the administration for day-to-day decision making and for future strategic planning, U-46 Chief of Staff Tony Sanders said. Read more...

12.17.13

Cook County forest preserve permits available Jan. 2

The Forest Preserves is debuting a new online permitting system in 2014. This new system, called ActiveNet, will allow residents to apply online for a variety of permits, including family and corporate picnics, walk-a-thons and much more. To reserve picnic groves and request event spaces either online or in-person, you must first set up an account at www.fpdcc.com/permits. Online purchases can be made at www.fpdcc.comand will remain available 24 hours a day. Read more...

12.17.13

Historic figures Hulburd, Logan to receive posthumous Elgin Recognition Awards

The city council is set to approve the recommendations of the Elgin Image Commission in selecting local historical figures Charles Hulburd and Louise Logan to receive 2013 Elgin Recognition Awards. The posthumous honors began in 2008, with 12 people recognized thus far for their contributions to the city. Read more...

12.17.13

Police want more access to gun permit data

Suburban police say it's a frequent scenario: They're called to respond to a tense situation at a house and don't know if anyone inside is licensed to own a gun. That information is held by the Illinois State Police, but the list of the state's 1.6 million Firearm Owner Identification cardholders isn't shared with local police. Read more...

12.16.13

Beta time: Elgin readying 311 center for full-scale unveiling Jan. 13

According to City Manager Sean Stegall, Elgin’s 311 call center will have its official unveiling Jan. 13 and has been using most of December as a beta testing period for the program for routing inquiries of most non-emergency sorts made to the city. Read more...

12.16.13

Elgin businesses aid U-46 families in need

Dozens of Elgin Area School District U-46 students will have a brighter holiday season this year thanks to the generosity of several of the district's area business partners. Wells Fargo in Elgin, the Wisdom Family Foundation, and Meijer made donations to help students in need during the holiday season. Read more...

12.16.13

Sheridan School may be renamed

On Jan. 13 the School District U46 Board of Education is expected to step up and courageously do something no other U46 board has dared do for half a century: name a school after a local human being. The board is considering a proposal to change the name of Sheridan Elementary School on Elgin’s northeast side to “Ronald D. O’Neal Elementary School.” O’Neal, who died in 2009 at age 68, was the current Sheridan building’s first principal. He had been U46’s first African-American administrator and would go on to become the principal at Elgin High. Read more...

12.15.13

Bartlett village tax levy to drop 5 percent

The Bartlett village tax levy, approved recently by the village board, will drop 5 percent, or $500,000, to $9,390,955. The portion of the levy going to the general corporate fund and for police pensions fell 7.67 percent, while the portion going to debt service rose somewhat, Village Administrator Valerie Salmons said at a public hearing last month on the levy. Read more...

12.15.13

Streamwood police sponsor food drive

The Streamwood Police Department will conduct a Food Drive to benefit the Hanover Township Food Pantry at a combined beat meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Streamwood Police Department, 401 E. Irving Park Road. The Hanover Township Food Pantry provides for families from Streamwood, Hanover Park and Bartlett. Read more...

12.13.13

Cook County holds ballot lottery for candidates

It’s the ballot-position lottery, and Tuesday Cook County Clerk David Orr did the honors to decide who among 19 individual candidates and three political slates will see their names at the top of the Cook County ballot for individual races when the primary election rolls around March 18. Read more...

12.13.13

Farnham plans lunch meeting on Monday

To remain accessible to constituents over the holidays, state Rep. Keith Farnham, D-Elgin, says he is encouraging residents to attend an upcoming “lunch stop” with him at Danny’s Pizza, at 231 N. Douglas Ave. in Elgin, from noon to 1 p.m. Monday. Read more...

12.13.13

Hanover Twp.: 2014 Youth Leadership nominations

Nomination forms are available on the Township’s website at www.hanover-township.org or at the Hanover Township Youth & Family Services office at 250 S. Route 59, Bartlett. Completed nominations are due by Jan. 24, 2014. Award recipients will be honored at a dinner at the Township in February. Read more...

12.12.13

Deep freeze hits suburbs

The deep freeze is upon the suburbs. Bitter cold temperatures and freezing winds are blanketing the area, and experts are telling people to bundle up with multiple layers before heading outside today. Temperatures are hovering between zero and 9 degrees in Lake, McHenry, Cook, DuPage and Kane counties this morning, but wind chills make it feel closer to 10 to 20 degrees below zero. Read more...

12.12.13

New Schaumburg police contract includes random drug testing

Schaumburg village trustees Tuesday unanimously approved a new three-year contract with rank-and-file police officers, granting them 2 percent annual raises while allowing the village to randomly test some for drug use. Under the deal, which is retroactive to May 1, the village can seek random drug tests up to four times a year for officers who engage in enforcement of narcotics laws, village Manager Briand Townsend said. The testing requirement will apply primarily to officers in specialty or investigations units and not patrol officers, and is a result of the arrests earlier this year of three undercover officers on drug conspiracy charges, Townsend said. Read more...

12.12.13

Towers plans changed, but some Elgin residents still balk at project

Ever since the city council tabled a request Oct. 9 to rezone property at 120 and 132 S. State St. to add to a senior housing tower there, many changes have been made to the plan, said Damon Duncan, Elgin Housing Authority director. While the council has delayed approvals for the project, Duncan said, it also gave the housing authority more time to refine the project and give both the council and residents answers to questions they had. Read more...

12.11.13

Homeowners to pay $21 more with ECC tax levy

Elgin Community College will levy roughly $55.5 million in property taxes to fund operations next year, officials said Tuesday. It amounts to a roughly 1 percent increase to the operating levy compared to last year, officials said. Those taxes are payable next year. Read more...

12.11.13

Housing Authority modifies plans, again

Plans for new affordable housing for seniors in Elgin were modified a second time after neighbors and some city council members voiced concerns about aesthetics, parking and traffic. The nearly $25 million project by the Housing Authority of Elgin consists of rehabbing Central Park Tower, an 11-story, 150-unit building at 120 S. State St., and building a six-story building next door at 132 S. State St., where the housing authority owns a vacant building that will be demolished. Read more...

12.11.13

Workers, weather have Elgin's City Skate prepared

Unlike some years in recent memory when rinks like City Skate in downtown Elgin have tried in vain to keep the ice solid, Mother Nature is taking care of that big time this week. City employees were out clearing Wednesday's snow from the ice surface, and they planned to add more water to the rink if skies stayed clear the rest of the day. Read more...

12.10.13

Elgin firefighters deliver new coats for kids in need

The frigid, snow-covered morning Monday made it a perfect time for members of the Elgin Fire Department to stop by Lords Park Elementary School. For the firefighters’ mission was to deliver new winter coats to some students who needed them most. “Last year was the pilot program, and we gave 100 coats to schoolchildren at Sheridan and Lords Park Elementary,” said Firefighter Tim McCauley, who oversees the effort. “This year, I decided to expand to nine schools throughout Elgin.” Read more...

12.10.13

Hoffman Estates plans improvements for Village Green

Hoffman Estates trustees gave preliminary approval Monday to nearly $200,000 in improvements to make the Virginia Mary Hayter Village Green more accessible to concert goers and user-friendly for vendors who will operate on the site during upcoming Northwest Fourth Fests. The village's Public Works Department will complete the first phase of the work — extending water and sanitary service from a concession building to an area just east for a future "food vendor area" — in time for next year's Fourth Fest, the annual festival put on jointly by Hoffman Estates, Elgin, Hanover Park and Hanover Township Read more...

12.10.13

Hoffman Estates will inspect rental homes

Hoffman Estates will inspect and license rental properties — single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums, according to an ordinance the village board gave preliminary approval to Monday. The vote was unanimous, and the question will come up for final approval Monday, Dec. 16. Read more...

12.10.13

Izaak Walton building in Elgin building set to open as Hanover Twp. satellite office

For the first time in anyone’s memory, the big stone fireplace in the Izaak Walton League building functions again. That fix was just one of the $70,000 in renovations and remodels performed in the last six months to get the Izaak Walton League clubhouse ready to become the new Hanover Township satellite office. On Dec. 17, the township will leave its rental space at One American Way and reopen at the 899 Jay St. location, on the city’s southeast side. The move is part of a partnership with the Izaak Walton League that transferred ownership of the 1939 lodge to the township while allowing the league to continue using the building for its programs. Read more...

12.10.13

Teachers in 10 U46 schools protest ESL certificate requirement

Seven teachers, including the president of Elgin Teachers Association, told the School District U46 Board of Education they oppose a recently announced requirement that teachers in 10 schools must be certified to teach English as a Second Language, or be transferred to a different school or possibly lose their jobs. The requirement was announced last month to teachers in the 10 elementary schools that are undergoing “restructuring” because of chronically low test scores. However, if the present trend of every school failing to meet ”acceptable yearly progress” in test scores continues in U46 — as it has in almost all area school districts — all the district’s schools could end up being restructured within a few years, requiring all U46 teachers to get the ESL endorsement. Read more...

12.09.13

Hanover Twp., Cintas job fair Dec. 12

Hanover Township and the Cintas Corp. will co-sponsor a job fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at the Hanover Township Town Hall, 250 S. Route 59 in Bartlett. Jobseekers can apply for work at the Cintas Corp.'s Schaumburg location. Attendees are asked to bring copies of their resume and references. "This is a great opportunity for Township residents to interview on the spot with a local employer," said Hanover Township Supervisor Brian P. McGuire. Read more...

12.08.13

Elgin won't participate in Northwest Fourth-Fest

Elgin won't be a partner in Hoffman Estates' Fourth of July fireworks show next summer, and city officials will instead decide whether to hold fireworks in town or not at all. The Elgin City Council decided in a 5-4 vote this week to forego participating in Northwest Fourth-Fest after partnering in the event the last two years. Read more...

12.08.13

Talk set for Tuesday on Central Park Towers renovation plans

Another public meeting is set for Tuesday evening with city staff, the Housing Authority of Elgin, and neighbors concerned about proposed renovations to Central Park Towers and an adjacent property. At the Oct. 9 city council meeting, the council tabled a request by the Housing Authority of Elgin to rezone its properties at 120 and 132 S. State St. (Route 31). Among reasons were concerns some residents had expressed about issues that included the design of the building, parking and access in and out of the site. Read more...

12.06.13

Forum on heroin abuse scheduled at Streamwood High

Streamwood High School in partnership with Hanover Township will host a community forum called “From Prescriptions to the Streets — Heroin in Our Community” at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Read more...

12.06.13

Hanover Twp.: Job fair with local company set

Hanover Township and Cintas will co-sponsor a job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Hanover Township Town Hall, 250 S. Route 59, Bartlett. Attendees will have the opportunity to apply for jobs with the Cintas Corporation at its location in Schaumburg. A variety of positions are available, along with 2nd and 3rd shifts. Attendees are asked to bring copies of their resume and references. Read more...

12.06.13

Hanover Twp.: Seniors in need helped by program

Hanover Township Senior Services is in need of donations for residents for the annual Adopt-A-Senior program at the Township Senior Center. Sponsors are asked to visit the Giving Tree displayed in the Township Senior Center Lobby. Each ornament displayed on the tree represents an item to be purchased for a senior in need. Simply remove the ornament from the tree, obtain and wrap the specified item and return to Social Services. Return the original ornament to ensure that the gift can be properly matched to each resident. For clothing items, it is helpful to include a gift receipt. Read more...

12.06.13

Schaumburg to lower property tax a fourth time

Schaumburg officials expect to follow through next Tuesday on earlier projections showing they would reduce their 4-year-old property tax levy by another 1 percent. Contrary to many suburban communities and taxing bodies, down is the only direction Schaumburg's levy has gone since it was introduced — to much public outcry — at $23.7 million in December 2009. Read more...

12.06.13

Three Mayors event scheduled for Sunday in Elgin

Books at Sunset will host a remembrance of Elgin in the 1960s from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The free event features a panel discussion by two former Elgin mayors, E.C. “Mike” Alft and Ed Schock, and current Mayor Dave Kaptain. Read more...

12.05.13

50-degree weather could be gone awhile

The high on Friday and Saturday will be in the low 20s. Temperatures rebound to the low 30s on Sunday, but there's also a chance of snow, according to the weather service. Read more...

12.05.13

Elgin council backs out of 4th Fest, yet to decide fate of Wing Park pool, business license

The city of Elgin will not be partnering this coming summer with Hoffman Estates on the fireworks for the Northwest Fourth Fest at Sears Centre — and still has on its plate decisions to make about opening Wing Park pool this summer and keeping its business license program in place. For each of its first two summers, Elgin contributed $15,000 in cash and $5,000 in public safety staff time to the Fourth of July fireworks night at the fest. Hanover Township and the village of Hanover Park also have been contributing funds to the event, which had Kia as its major corporate sponsor in 2013. Read more...

12.05.13

Hoffman Estates police host “Shop with a Cop”

The Hoffman Estates Police Charitable Foundation (HEPCF) will sponsor its 14th annual "Shop with a Cop" holiday event Dec. 14 to help provide gifts to needy young people in the community and their families. Members of the Hoffman Estates Police Department will be paired with one of 50 needy children, who each will be allowed to spend about $125 at Target for gifts. After shopping, the cops and kids will be bused to the Chicago Marriott Northwest in Hoffman Estates where a complimentary breakfast will be served, courtesy of the hotel. Everyone will be treated to games, crafts and a visit from Santa, who will provide each child with a gift and a stocking full of goodies, thanks to the generous support of many local businesses. Read more...

12.05.13

No more free leaf collection bags for Elgin residents

Elgin City Council members on Wednesday rejected a plan to reduce garbage fees and decided to stop supplying free leaf collection bags to residents next year. Garbage fees in 2014 will be $13.85 monthly for single-family homes and $10.07 monthly for units in multifamily buildings. Elgin CFO Collen Lavery said she needed to calculate what the proposed reduction would have amounted to for each home. Read more...

12.05.13

U-46 thanks community for donated to students in need

Dozens of U-46 students will have a brighter holiday season this year thanks to the generosity of several of the district's area business partners. Wells Fargo in Elgin, the Wisdom Family Foundation and Meier made donations to help students in need during the holiday season. Additionally, Jenny and Tyler Diciolla, owners of Lifeline Plumbing in Elgin, donated more than 40 turkeys to U-46 families in need. Read more...

12.04.13

Cook County passes $179 million forest preserve budget

"This budget achieves our critical goals of protecting the diversity of plants and animals that depend on the preserves, and introducing new educational and recreational opportunities for County residents," board President Toni Preckwinkle said in a news release. "I want to thank my colleagues on the county board, separately elected officials, and the public for their input in this budget process." Read more...

12.04.13

Schaumburg bazaar proceeds to aid tornado victims

The Schaumburg Park Foundation is donating all the money raised at Tuesday's Holiday Bazaar to Illinois disaster relief efforts to help families impacted by the Nov. 17 tornadoes. The foundation donated $2,100 to the Park and Recreation Disaster Relief Fund organized by the Illinois Association of Park Districts. The entire donation will be given to families in the Washington area. Read more...

12.04.13

Teachers, unions unhappy with pension deal, vow legal challenge

"I think the biggest problem is knowing that it was kept behind closed doors," said Kathy Castle, president of the Elgin Teachers Association, which represents educators in Elgin Area School District U-46. "All the representatives were asked to react to this very quickly. I'm glad that there was debate on the floor today." Read more...

12.03.13

Cook County equestrians want trail user fees put out to pasture

The fight comes indoors Tuesday when Cook County Commissioners are expected to vote on a proposed amendment to eliminate the horse licensing fees during a special meeting before its annual vote on the 2014 budget. Read more...

12.03.13

Leaders begin work at U-46's advisory council inaugural meeting

Elgin Area School District U-46 recently hosted its first meeting of the newly created Business & Civic Leadership Advisory Council at the district's Educational Services Center in Elgin. Approximately 35 business and community leaders attended the meeting, offering a wide range of input and expertise about how the district can experience continued improvement. Read more...

12.03.13

Streamwood Women's Club hosting gingerbread raffle

The Streamwood Woman's Club is holding a gingerbread raffle from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Panera, 971 W. Irving Park Rd. in Streamwood. Attendees can visit with Santa and help decorate cookies provided by Panera. Raffle tickets to win one of the decorated gingerbread houses are $1 each or $5 for six. Funds raised at the event will benefit the Hanover Township Food Pantry, Streamwood High School and the Community Crisis Center in Elgin. Read more...

12.02.13

Schaumburg, police command staff agree to new contract

After negotiations stalled for nearly 18 months, Schaumburg and the union representing its police command staff recently reached a new three-year contract giving the commanders small annual raises through 2015. The new contract is retroactive to May 1, 2012 and gives the Schaumburg Police Department's 16 sergeants and five lieutenants 2-percent raises each Jan. 1 through its expiration on April 30, 2015. Read more...

12.02.13

Took property tax deductions you didn’t deserve? Pay up by Dec. 31

It may sting now, but inaction guarantees the pain will only get worse. That’s the message Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios has for homeowners who improperly received property tax deductions over the past three — and in some cases — six years. Those who don’t pay up by Dec. 31 could face fines and interest payments — even a property lien. Read more...

12.01.13

Hanover Township, Streamwood HS hosting heroin forum

Hanover Township and Streamwood High School are hosting a community forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, called "From Prescriptions to the Streets: Heroin in Our Community." The forum, which will be held in Streamwood High School's auditorium at 701 W. Schaumburg Road, is an effort to raise awareness about the increase of heroin use in the community, its relationship to prescription drug use, the legal and medical impact on the community, prevention efforts, warning signs and treatment options. High school and middle school students and their parents are invited to attend. Read more...

11.29.13

Elgin Chamber honors ‘unsung heroes’ for community service

The Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce recently honored three people as unsung heroes of the community. Eleanor MacKinney, Aloune Khotisene and Lucy Elliott were recognized at the chamber’s 34th Annual Community Thanksgiving luncheon. Organizations were recognized at the same time for what was described as their “tremendous commitment made to making Elgin a great place to live, work and play.” Read more...

11.29.13

Holiday safety tips from police

With the holiday season here, the Bartlett Police Department is offering residents the following safety suggestions to deter thefts and other criminal activities: Remove all electronic devices and other valuables from your vehicle, lock your doors, and close your garage door before going to bed. Participate in the free vacation watch service if you are going out of town for the holidays. Read more...

11.29.13

U-46 families get holiday donations

Several area families, organizations and businesses are contributing to bringing some holiday cheer to dozens of Elgin Area School District U-46 students and families in need, officials said. Read more...

11.27.13

400 holiday meals distributed in Hanover Township

Hanover Township distributed more than 400 holiday meal boxes to qualifying residents on Tuesday 26 at the Village Church of Bartlett. “We know families are hurting right now and we are fortunate to work with our friends in the community to provide meals for those struggling to celebrate the holidays,” Hanover Township Supervisor Brian P. McGuire said in a release. Read more...

11.27.13

Elgin downtown group might want tax of its own

The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin is looking into funding its operations by establishing a new special service area downtown. First, however, an existing downtown SSA that funds the maintenance of the Spring Street parking deck should be abolished, association officials say. SSAs essentially are additional taxes imposed on property owners that go toward funding specific projects within that area. Read more...

11.27.13

Hoffman Estates considers new alert system for fire department

Hoffman Estates firefighters may soon be benefiting from an improved alerting system and new mobile computers for five fire department vehicles. While meeting as the public health and safety committee Monday, the Hoffman Estates village board reviewed a request to waive bidding and purchase $206,200 in new fire station alerting equipment for each of the village's four fire stations. Read more...

11.27.13

Program available for free weatherization

To help needy families manage their energy costs this winter, state Rep. Keith Farnham (D-Elgin) is encouraging local residents to determine if they qualify for the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP), which aims to cut energy costs for low income households. Read more...

11.26.13

Elgin’s downtown outdoor ice rink opens for the season

With weather fitting for midwinter and little fanfare, Elgin’s city-operated skating rink in the civic center plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and city hall opened Monday afternoon. According to Elgin Recreation and Facilities Superintendent Maria Cumpata, last skating season the city rink had approximately 4,500 visits. Read more...

11.26.13

Bartlett HS teacher: Leave was for his stance on grading scale

A Bartlett High School teacher who was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation Monday says he was told he can go back to school and teach on Tuesday. English teacher Gary Lorber said he was taken by surprise Monday morning when an administrator told him he was being put on leave and then was asked to leave the school. On Monday evening, Lorber said he confirmed the leave was because of his "stance on the grading scale." However, Elgin Area School District U-46 spokesman Patrick Mogge said Monday evening that the investigation has nothing to do with "the teacher's public comments regarding secondary grading practices." Mogge would not name Lorber as the teacher in question, but Lorber confirmed it. Read more...

11.25.13

Hanover Township wins five state awards

Hanover Township received five awards at the recent annual Township Officials of Illinois conference in Springfield. Accepting the awards for the township, Supervisor Brian McGuire said in a release that the recognition reflects a wide array of quality programs and services offered throughout the community and continued efforts to better the communication between the Township and its residents. Read more...

11.24.13

Cook County reaches milestone in Medicaid sign-ups

Officials say the expansion will generate $468 million next year for the county's health programs, reducing the burden on Cook County taxpayers. The county has been expanding Medicaid a year ahead of the expansion authorized by the nation's new health care law. The county received a special waiver to do so from the federal government. Read more...

11.24.13

Elgin turns down liquor sales at convenience store

You can buy pretty much anything at Ram Food: canned peas, diapers, T-shirts, snow boots, makeup, cat litter, cellphone chargers. But you won't find beer and wine at the Elgin store. The owners' request for a liquor sales permit for the store at 725 W. Chicago St. was denied after city staff members said liquor sales would be harmful in an at-risk neighborhood. The city council did so in a 4-4 vote, with Mayor David Kaptain supporting the plan, and Councilwoman Carol Rauschenberger abstaining. Read more...

11.24.13

Hoffman Estates tree lighting ceremony a hit

Santa, fireworks and holiday cookies ensured everyone — young and old — at Hoffman Estates' annual tree lighting ceremony left with a smile. Entertainment was provided by The Noteables, a local singing group, and dancers from HOTT Productions, a local nonprofit theater troupe. Read more...

11.24.13

Student voices return to the air on U46’s radio station

For the first time in eight years, student voices again are being heard — on Elgin School District U46’s WEPS radio station, at 88.9 FM. Ben Erickson, who’s in charge of the radio classes at South Elgin High School’s BEACON Academy for the media arts, said each of the district’s five regular high schools and the Gifford Street alternative high school has started a radio club. Once that’s fully underway, each high school will be assigned one weekday on which it can broadcast a half hour of programs in English and a half hour of programs in Spanish. They will air in the morning and be repeated in the late afternoon after schools have let out for the day. Read more...

11.22.13

Illinois unemployment falls to 8.9 percent

Illinois’ unemployment rate is down two-tenths of a percentage point to 8.9 percent in October after adding the most jobs in September and October than any two-month period since May 2010. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported the latest seasonally adjusted numbers Friday, saying 10,300 jobs were added statewide in September and 15,400 more in October. Read more...

11.22.13

Schaumburg issues alert of gas station robber

Schaumburg police issued a community alert Thursday for a suspect believed to be responsible for as many as 15 armed robberies throughout the North and Northwest suburbs. Schaumburg police said the offender generally targets gas stations. He wears a black hooded sweatshirt that covers his face, displays a black handgun and demands money and Newport cigarettes. Read more...

11.22.13

Streamwood shows balanced budget, lower tax levy

Village officials were pleased to announce that Streamwood's proposed 2014 budget is balanced and the proposed 2013 property tax levy shows a 0.9 percent decrease from last year's extension. The board is scheduled to vote on the budget and tax levy on Thursday, Dec. 5. Read more...

11.21.13

District U46 aims to hike taxes, by 6-1 vote

An attempt by some school board members to freeze the amount of real estate taxes in School District U46 next summer sputtered out this week. The board voted 6-1 to go forward with a levy that is expected to raise the average tax bill by 1.7 percent. Read more...

11.21.13

More Northwest suburbs join in traffic crackdown

Four more Northwest suburbs have announced they are participating in the federally funded traffic crackdown occurring over the Thanksgiving holiday period. Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg are adding extra patrols to watch for DUI and seat belt violations from last Monday through Dec. 1. Earlier, Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove and Wheeling announced their participation. Read more...

11.21.13

U-46 discrimination case back in court Friday

An end could be in sight in the eight-year-long discrimination case against Elgin Area School District U-46 as attorneys try to hash out an amicable agreement Friday, avoiding an appeal of the judge's July 11 decision. Attorneys for both sides are scheduled to appear for a conference at 10:30 a.m. in federal Judge Robert Gettleman's chambers at the Dirksen Federal Building in downtown Chicago. Read more...

11.20.13

Bartlett says no to video gambling in Town Center

After multiple discussions, the Bartlett village board unanimously rejected a proposal Tuesday for a new video gambling bar that was hoping to open in the Bartlett Town Center. The owners of Elsie's Place wanted to open a location with 11 seats and five video gambling stations at 225 S. Main St. in a former deli unit. The biggest concern residents expressed with Elsie's was its proposed location beneath the Bartlett Town Center Lofts, where at least 16 units are occupied. Read more...

11.20.13

Large electronics recycling ends Nov. 25 in Hoffman Estates

The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County's large electronics recycling drop-off program will end for the season on Monday, Nov. 25. The service will resume in the spring. The last opportunity to drop off old computers, computer components, TVs, DVD players, VHS players, fax machines, MP3 players, printers, scanners and video game consoles is 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Nov. 25, at Hoffman Estates village hall, 1900 Hassell Road. After that date, larger electronics recycling will be available between 9 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays at the Glenview Transfer Station, 1151 N. River Road in Des Plaines. Read more...

11.19.13

2014 city budget talks continue on for Elgin council

When it comes to public meetings related to Elgin’s proposed $279.6 million budget, there’s still plenty of ground to cover, which could result in another marathon session Wednesday night or scheduling yet another session to conclude the discussions. Read more...

11.19.13

Elgin U-46 board approves property tax levy increase

The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board Monday night gave its blessing for the proposed 2013 tax levy incorporating a nearly 3 percent increase over the previous year's property tax extension for all properties within the district in Kane, Cook and DuPage counties. The increase for existing homeowners will be 1.7 percent over the previous year's extension. Read more...

11.19.13

Hanover Park steps up seat belt, DUI enforcement

Police and safety officials in Hanover Park are reminding residents to fasten their seat belts and drive sober over the Thanksgiving holiday or run the risk of receiving a ticket. The Hanover Park Police Department is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and other local law enforcement agencies across the state to strongly enforce seat belt and impaired driving laws over the holiday. Read more...

11.19.13

Hanover Township Emergency Services Unit helps in tornado-damaged Coal City area

Volunteers from the Hanover Township Emergency Services Unit responded to a request Sunday from Will County to assist with lighting and scene security in the Diamond and Coal City, Ill., area after a tornado caused destruction there. The Hanover Township volunteers went into a handful of buildings to make sure no one was stranded or hurt inside and to ensure that the gas supply and other utilities were turned off. Two of the township's vehicles equipped with tower lights were set up at intersections to illuminate the road for people coming in and out of the area. Read more...

11.19.13

Hanover Township honored at Township Officials of Illinois conference

Hanover Township received five awards at the annual Township Officials of Illinois conference in Springfield last week. Accepting the awards for the Township, Supervisor Brian McGuire remarked that the recognition reflects the wide array of quality programs and services offered throughout the community and continued efforts to better the communication between the Township and its residents. Read more...

11.18.13

Elgin Fire Dept. hands out smoke detectors to people in mobile home park

The Elgin Fire Department recently gave 50 donated smoke detectors to residents in an area of town that saw the city’s last fire death. Fire Chief John Fahy said the alarms came from Sears, and instead of keeping them to use or to hand out at public safety-related events, the department decided to pass them along to people living in the mobile home park, which is off McLean Boulevard on the city’s southwest side. Read more...

11.18.13

Elgin fire stations’ crews partnering with neighborhood schools, nonprofits

In addition to putting out fires and their duties as paramedics, the crews at each of Elgin’s seven fire stations recently took on other roles serving the city. From visiting sick kids to stopping by schools to unloading food from trucks to assisting nonprofits on a variety of projects, the Elgin Fire Department this month formalized a community outreach program in which each station is partnering with specific organizations to lend helping hands. Read more...

11.18.13

Hanover Township holiday meal box distribution

On Tuesday, November 26, Hanover Township will be giving away holiday meal boxes to needy families. Starting at 10:30 AM and continuing while supplies last, residents can pick up their holiday meal boxes at Village Church of Bartlett at 601 W. Bartlett Road in Bartlett. Read more...

11.18.13

Northwest suburban police planning traffic crackdowns

Several Northwest suburban police departments will be putting extra officers on duty through the Thanksgiving holiday as part of a crackdown funded by federal grant money distributed by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Officers working the campaigns will be attempting to identify and cite motorists driving without using their safety belts, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or are committing other traffic-related offenses, Wheeling police said. Among the goals of the campaign is to remind everyone to drive carefully and defensively, avoid driving impaired and to buckle up. Read more...

11.18.13

Schaumburg finds new police chief in St. Charles

St. Charles Police Chief James Lamkin will be Schaumburg's next police chief. Schaumburg officials announced Monday morning that Lamkin has been chosen from among 83 applicants to lead the beleaguered department into better times. Read more...

11.15.13

In Our Towns: Seminar at South Elgin High School on heroin awareness

In another event in District U46, Streamwood High School in partnership with Hanover Township will host a community forum called “From Prescriptions to the Streets — Heroin in Our Community” at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at the school, 701 W. Schaumburg Road. Read more...

11.15.13

Schaumburg mapping all reported crimes online

Schaumburg police have stepped up efforts to keep residents and businesses informed of crimes in the village through a website that maps the location, time and type of every single offense. The decision to join Crimemapping.com this summer came out of the recommendations made by Chicago-based law enforcement consultant group Hillard Heintze in its commissioned report on ways to improve the Schaumburg Police Department. Read more...

11.15.13

Two downtown Elgin projects moving ahead

In late December or early 2014, negotiations are expected to begin in earnest to help Wisconsin-based Gorman & Co. to purchase and renovate the Tower Building, at 100 E. Chicago St., said City Manager Sean Stegall. And in the next two weeks, the $10.5 million Riverside Drive Promenade is expected to finish major construction and open to cars, bikes and pedestrians, said an official from IHC Construction Companies. Read more...

11.14.13

Cook County should get into bail-bond business: commissioner

If adopted, the “revolving bail-bond fund” would require tax dollars to get up and running. But the program should pay for itself by reducing the number of prisoners housed at the jail at an estimated cost of $143 per day per inmate, said Commissioner Larry Suffredin, a Democrat who represents parts of northern Cook County. Read more...

11.14.13

Elgin council mulls general, rec funds, closing Wing Park pool next year for repairs

The city’s proposed $279,625,890 budget and financial plan had its second public vetting Wednesday night with a focus on the general, parks and recreation, casino and tax increment financing funds. There are no business license fees or a stormwater utility tax imposed in the document. Mayor David Kaptain noted that the average utility tax for an Elgin resident in 2013 will be about $63 a year. Read more...

11.14.13

Proposed Elgin Community College tax levy would cost typical homeowner $21 more

ECC Treasurer Sharon Konny said she expects that because of the state tax cap law, the college will get only 2.2 percent more in operating fund taxes next summer than it did this year, increasing the college’s operating fund income from $46.2 million to $47 million. The amount automatically levied to make payments on bonds is not capped by law and will go up more, from $13.3 million to $15.8 million. Read more...

11.14.13

Streamwood accepting applications for citizen's police academy

The Streamwood Police Department is accepting applications for the Citizen's Police Academy until Friday, Nov. 22. The academy will consist of 10 classes beginning Jan. 6. focused on topics such as crime scene preservation, neighborhood-based policing, traffic stops, special operations and domestic violence investigations. Read more...

11.13.13

Hoffman Estates hires contractor to survey roads for 2014 street project

A contract approved by the village board Monday night allows Hoffman Estates employees to focus on finishing the reconstruction of Hassell Road while an outside firm provides workers to survey areas that will be included in the newly expanded 2014 and 2015 street projects. Read more...

11.13.13

Hoffman Estates recognized for addressing childhood obesity

The National League of Cities has recognized Mayor William D. McLeod and the Village of Hoffman Estates a second time for recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties. The village was awarded four medals total: A gold medal in Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart; and bronze, silver and gold medals in Goal V: Active Kids at Play. Read more...

11.13.13

Hoffman Estates rental homes to likely face license fee, inspections

Starting early next year, the owners of single-family homes in Hoffman Estates that are rented out will likely have to pay a $150 annual license fee and have their property inspected by the village. During a planning, building and zoning committee meeting Monday, members of the village board reviewed the proposal for a new rental property registration and inspection program for homes and condominiums. Read more...

11.13.13

Housing crash pushed bigger tax load onto seniors

The program also doesn't benefit Cook County seniors as much as qualified homeowners in other counties. That's because every county besides Cook assesses property at 33.3 percent of its market value. In Cook County, residential properties are assessed at 10 percent, so the freeze is applied to just that lower amount. To compare, the 1,494 participating seniors in DuPage County's York Township averaged $25,541 assessment reductions last year. Meanwhile, a similar number of qualifying seniors in Cook County's Palatine Township averaged assessment reductions of $2,522 in 2012. Read more...

11.13.13

Public invited to chime in Saturday on Elgin budget

The Elgin City Council will hold a hearing Saturday morning to give the public a chance to comment on the proposed 2014 budget. Elgin Mayor David Kaptain said he hopes residents will show up armed with constructive ideas. The meeting is 9 a.m. to noon in the Heritage Ballroom of The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way. Read more...

11.12.13

Carrying the stories of soldiers at Elgin Veterans Day service

Mayor David Kaptain never served in the military, although he had expected to do so following his college graduation in 1969. Kaptain was keynote speaker Monday for the city’s annual Veterans Day program, held at Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to Gail Borden Public Library. The event, held in chilly, rainy conditions, has been an Elgin tradition for many years, officials said. Read more...

11.12.13

Elgin seeks input on comprehensive plan

The city is kicking off Envision Elgin, a planning process to create a new comprehensive plan for Elgin. According to a release form the city, the comprehensive plan will serve as the official guide for land use and development, and will provide a foundation for decision-making based on community consensus, community vision, existing conditions and future potentials. The plan is intended to guide policy decisions over the next 15 to 20 years as a means to help the community achieve its long-term objectives. Read more...

11.12.13

U46 enrollment down slightly

School District U46 still has more students than many Illinois school districts have inhabitants. But it has a few fewer than it did a year ago. Each year, each school district makes an official count of how many students are enrolled in its schools at the end of September. And when U46 officials released their figures last week, it showed that the total enrollment actually had dropped by 123 students, from 40,790 at the end of September 2012 to 40,667 this year. Read more...

11.12.13

U-46 high schools to produce programs for district radio station

For the first time in its 63-year history, WEPS 88.9 FM radio station will broadcast programming produced by students from Elgin Area School District U-46's five high schools and its alternative program. Read more...

11.11.13

Streamwood teen hosts book drive for Hanover Park center

Northern Illinois Scholarship Program Social Ambassador Queen 2014 Arielle Christopher, 14, of Streamwood, partnered with Bernie's Book Bank to host a book drive in recognition of "Make A Difference Day" for the Hanover Township Astor Avenue Community Center at 7431 Astor Avenue, Hanover Park, on Friday, Oct. 25. "The township appreciates Arielle's support and hard work for the benefit of our residents," said Brian P. McGuire, Hanover Township supervisor. "These books will benefit the many youth who come to the Astor Avenue Community Center daily for programs and services." Read more...

11.08.13

Discussion keeps raining down on Elgin stormwater management fee issue

The controversial “rain tax” idea may be dead in the water, but discussion of it won’t seem to dry up. City Manager Sean Stegall had begun giving the city council information Wednesday night about what is and is not included in Elgin’s proposed $279 million 2014 budget, and some of the concerns and issues city staff had while creating that budget. Read more...

11.08.13

Elgin plans to crack down on parking scofflaws

If you have three or more unpaid parking tickets in Elgin, your vehicle could soon be towed to an impound lot. More than 494 individuals fall into this category, owing the city more than $118,000 in unpaid fines. That's part of more than $1.1 million in unpaid parking tickets, according to information from Elgin police. Read more...

11.08.13

Elgin wins state award for its communitywide reading program in ’12

For some 50 years, Gail Borden Public Library has been trying to convince more kids to read during the summer, by signing up youngsters for a Summer Reading Program. But in 2012, library spokeswoman Denise Raleigh says, Gail Borden’s Summer Reading Program became all of the community’s Summer Reading Program — as the local school districts, the city government, various not-for-profit groups and even a carnival operator joined in on the project. The resulting food-themed “Reading Is Delicious” summer reading program for 2012 was so successful that this week it won the Governor’s Hometown Award for best volunteer community project in an Illinois city with more than 70,000 people. Read more...

11.08.13

Streamwood VFW hosting concert Saturday in Hanover Park

Residents of the Streamwood and Hanover Park area will have a chance Saturday to meet veterans and enjoy live music from the 1960s during VFW Post 5151's annual Veterans Day event. About 20 veterans from the blind unit at Hines VA Hospital and parents staying at the hospital's Fisher House — which is set up for families of patients receiving medical care — will be special guests at this year's event, said Phil Jelen, service officer for Post 5151. Read more...

11.08.13

U-46 board expected to approve tax levy increase

The district estimates it will levy $313 million in property taxes in 2013, a 3.8 percent increase over the previous year's extension, which includes capturing new construction revenue from improved properties and levying for debt service, officials said. Read more...

11.08.13

U46 high schools awarded accreditation

School District U46’s five high schools were awarded accreditation from AdvancED, the world’s largest education community that accredits school systems committed to excellence and continued improvement. The honor is recognized throughout the nation as a quality assurance seal for schools demonstrating high academic standards, according to a release from the district. Read more...

11.07.13

Bartlett board approves proposed tax levy, medical marijuana ordinance

The Bartlett village board approved the proposed 2013 property tax levy and an ordinance requiring medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensing facilities to be special uses during a meeting Tuesday night. A public hearing on the proposed property tax levy — which amounts to nearly $9.4 million, a more than 5 percent decrease from the 2012 extension — is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov. 19. The ordinance regarding medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensing facilities requires them to be special uses in either the village's I-1 or I-2 economic development area districts. That restriction, along with the state requirement that the facilities and centers be a certain distance from residentially zoned properties, schools and day care centers, means eligible spaces are only available in the Brewster Creek Business Park. Read more...

11.07.13

Elgin won't levy new stormwater fee for 2014

Elgin residents won't be charged any new stormwater utility fee in 2014, city council members unanimously agreed Wednesday. The council has yet to hear the results of a stormwater management study commissioned about a year ago at a cost not to exceed $193,000. The study will be presented at the Nov. 20 meeting. Read more...

11.07.13

Renovated Bartlett Aquatic Center shows increases in attendance, revenues

Three years ago, voters in a referendum approved the park district's request to borrow $18 million to fund the aquatic center's renovations and buy Villa Olivia Country Club. According to the report, pool attendance at the Bartlett Aquatic Center increased 63 percent from almost 38,000 visitors in the 2012 season to nearly 62,000 visitors in the 2013 season. Read more...

11.07.13

U-46's Torres gets personal at chamber luncheon

The Elgin Area School District U-46 superintendent shared insights into his personal and professional lives Wednesday at an Elgin Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Elgin Community College. Torres was the last speaker for the year in the chamber's "CEO Unplugged: A Personal Look at the Leader" series. Read more...

11.06.13

2 Bartlett bars make final pitch for video gambling

Concerns have been brought up by the board and residents over the last few months about the increase of video gambling establishments in town and the proposed locations for Maxine's and Elsie's Place. Two new video gambling bars with concepts similar to Maxine's and Elsie's Places were approved by the village earlier this year, and five existing establishments have already been. Read more...

11.06.13

New restrooms coming to some Cook County forest preserves

Installation has begun on the first of 10 new permanent toilet buildings for the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The restroom at the Bremen Grove Forest Preserve in south suburban Oak Forest is expected to open in mid-November. The remaining nine facilities will be installed in spring 2014. Secure, single-unit flush toilets will be installed in popular picnic groves that currently have limited facilities, including Schiller Woods near Schiller Park, Harms Woods near Morton Grove, Barrington Road Pond near Hoffman Estates, and Carl Hansen Woods in Hanover Township. Schiller Woods, the second most popular site for picnics in 2012, has 13 picnic groves, but no permanent bathrooms. Read more...

11.06.13

Property tax relief, no ‘rain tax’ or business license fees in proposed 2014 Elgin budget

Property taxes could go down, and at least one suggested new fee probably won’t be in the picture. But the city’s proposed $279 million budget and financial plan does include a handful of small cost hikes for residents, including an increase for refuse collection. The budget plan gets its first public vetting at 5 p.m. Wednesday with an overview, setting the table for further discussions leading to document approval in December. Read more...

11.06.13

Quinn recognizes volunteers with Hometown Awards

Gov. Pat Quinn recognized several volunteer groups in the Northwest suburbs with Hometown Awards for their work in improving their communities. "These awards celebrate the spirit of volunteerism in Illinois," Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Adam Pollet said. "They show the connection between grass-roots activism and community improvement. When people unite behind a cause, they make a huge difference in the lives of their neighbors." Read more...

11.05.13

Elgin District U46 board considers freezing taxes (November 5)

When Director Financial Operations Dale Burnidge typed up a proposed tax levy for next summer and sent it to the School District U46 Board of Education, he noted at the bottom that “it is still necessary to defensively levy, to ensure receipt of all property tax dollars to which the district is entitled.” But maybe that’s not so “necessary,” Board Member Traci O’Neal Ellis said as the board discussed the proposed levy Monday. With some $7 million more in state aid expected to come in during the coming year, she is leading a fight to freeze how much the district asks its counties to collect in 2014. Read more...

11.05.13

Elgin may modify ordinance regarding nuisance properties

The city council on Wednesday is set to consider modifying Elgin’s chronic-nuisance-property ordinance. It would change the time frame from three instances that count toward being declared a nuisance occurring in a 120-day period to three instances occurring within a 12-month period. Read more...

11.05.13

Give winter wear to Elgin crisis center

The Elgin Community Crisis Center — which provides safe shelter to women and children who are homeless due to domestic violence, sexual assault or financial crisis — is in need of new and used adult coats, gloves, mittens, hats and scarves, as well as new or gently used bath towels. Read more...

11.05.13

U-46 transformation task force to present recommendations in December

Elgin Area School District U-46's Transformation Task Force is gearing up to make recommendations to the school board at its December board meeting about allowing increased time during a school day for student intervention and enrichment by teachers, and providing opportunities for more teacher collaboration. The task force has spent numerous hours over the past 16 months working toward "a complete design of the student day that will maximize student learning," U-46 Chief of Staff Tony Sanders told the school board Monday night. Read more...

11.04.13

A by-the-numbers look at 5th annual Elgin Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Time is fast approaching for what will be the fifth-annual Elgin Community Thanksgiving Dinner — scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 28 at First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave. The events are not set up to feed the hungry, although they can and do serve that purpose. Rather, Turner and ITN Deli manager Candice Gillen said the dinners are open to anyone because they are designed to bring people of all sorts together. Read more...

11.04.13

Hanover Township, DeVry hosting job boot camp webinar

Hanover Township's Employment Services is partnering with DeVry University to offer a job boot camp webinar at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. Read more...

11.03.13

Hanover Twp. toy drive starts:

From now until Dec. 17, Hanover Township is accepting new, unwrapped toys for this year's toy drive. Toys, for boys and girls up to 15 years old, can be dropped off at township offices, 250 S. Route 59, Bartlett; the Astor Avenue Community Center, 7431 Astor Ave., Hanover Park; the Hanover Township Community Relations Office, One American Way in Elgin; or at any of 20 drop-off locations listed at www.hanover-township.org. The last day to apply for the township's Sponsor-A-Family program is Thursday, Nov. 7. The program asks contributors to select a family size and then provide $35 in gifts for all the children in the family. Read more...

11.03.13

In Our Towns: District U46 heroin awareness events set

In another event in District U46, Streamwood High School in partnership with Hanover Township will host a community forum called “From Prescriptions to the Streets — Heroin in Our Community” at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the school, 701 W. Schaumburg Road. Read more...

11.01.13

Elgin not in bad shape, Institute for Truth in Accounting says

Not unlike many municipalities in Illinois, Elgin's pension funds are underfunded, but the city's finances are OK overall, Sheila Weinberg, founder and CEO of the Institute for Truth in Accounting, said at a public forum this week. Weinberg's staff calculated Elgin has $227.1 million in assets and $277.6 million in unfunded liabilities, including $157 million in unfunded pension benefits for police, fire fighters and other municipal employees, and $21 million in unfunded retirees' health care benefits, based on the financial report. Read more...

11.01.13

More than 2 million in Illinois to see food stamps cut

Beginning Friday, a temporary increase in food stamp dollars from the 2009 economic stimulus will expire. The change will affect more than 47 million Americans. It comes as Congress is negotiating additional cuts to the program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The Illinois Hunger Coalition says about 349,000 seniors and 886,000 children statewide will be affected. Read more...

11.01.13

'Secret War' veterans to be honored in Elgin

A conflict called the "Secret War" in which thousands of Lao soldiers were recruited to assist the United States during the Vietnam War is about to gain more attention in Elgin. On Friday, Nov. 1, a resolution signed by Gov. Pat Quinn recognizing the contribution of these men will be read in Elgin. A week later a similar one will be read by Elgin Mayor David Kaptain at the Nov. 6 Elgin City Council meeting. Read more...

10.31.13

Mostly F’s on school report cards, but scores are going up

As the Illinois State Board of Education releases its School Report Cards for 2012-13 today, they show that no school districts in the Elgin-Dundee-Burlington area have made what the federal No Child Let Behind law defines as “Adequate Yearly Progress” — or AYP — as measured by test scores. In fact, not a single school of the 85 in Elgin School District U46, Community Unit School District 300 and Burlington Central School District 301 made adequate progress. In St. Charles Unit District 303, just two schools out of 16 made that cut. As a result, many more schools in District U46 may be headed toward being restructured or getting forced to accept other “corrective action.” Read more...

10.31.13

NISP Social Ambassador Queen hosts book drive to benefit Astor Avenue Community Center

Northern Illinois Scholarship Program (NISP) Social Ambassador Queen 2014 Arielle Christopher, age 14, of Streamwood, Illinois partnered with Bernie’s Book Bank to host a book drive in recognition of “Make A Difference Day” for the Hanover Township Astor Avenue Community Center located at 7431 Astor Avenue, Hanover Park, Illinois on Friday, October 25, 2013. “The Township appreciates Arielle's support and hard work for the benefit of our residents," said Brian P. McGuire, Hanover Township Supervisor. “These books will benefit the many youth who come to the Astor Avenue Community Center daily for programs and services.” Read more...

10.30.13

250K expected to apply for illegal resident driver’s licenses in Illinois

At least 250,000 undocumented Illinois residents are expected to apply for new temporary driver’s licenses under a process that kicks off Nov. 12, officials said Tuesday. Read more...

10.30.13

A state matter: Elgin not pursuing removing fluoride from drinking water

The city will not pursue any moves to take fluoride out of its drinking matter under current state rules. “We completed a very, very basic review of the requirements, presented that to council and knew there was no point going any further unless the law changed,” City Manager Sean Stegall said. Read more...

10.30.13

Solid Waste Agency hosting Trashy Fashion Show in Hoffman Estates

To celebrate America Recycles Day, the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County is hosting its seventh Trashy Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at the Chicago Marriott Northwest, 4800 Hoffman Blvd., in Hoffman Estates. The free show will feature 40 outfits made from materials destined for the landfill, including bicycle tires, shopping bags, wrapping paper, used tablecloths and more. Each outfit will also represent a political, medical or environmental cause the designer wants to raise awareness for. Read more...

10.29.13

Elgin charter school could open in fall 2015

The Elgin Math and Science Charter School Initiative, which was expected to submit an application for a kindergarten through eighth-grade charter school to the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board this fall, likely won't have a proposal ready until early next year, a spokeswoman said. Any proposal has to be vetted by the U-46's charter school review committee, the school board and the community before going to state for approval. Read more...

10.29.13

Hoffman Estates to provide energy assessments to homeowners

The village of Hoffman Estates is offering voluntary energy assessments for single-family homes older than 1995. A home energy assessment is often the first step in making your home more efficient. The assessment will help determine how to improve your home's energy use, which will save you money. Read more...

10.28.13

Bartlett leaders hope to raise awareness of heroin plague

That is why Williams will be among the key speakers Wednesday at "It Couldn't Happen Here — The Realities of Heroin Addiction in Our Community." Joining Williams as speakers at the event, which begins at 7 p.m. in Bartlett High School's auditorium at 701 W. Schick Road, are Bartlett Village President Kevin Wallace, DuPage County Coroner Richard Jorgensen and recovering heroin addicts and their family members. The free event is open to families of Bartlett High School, South Elgin High School, Eastview Middle School, Kenyon Woods Middle School and Tefft Middle School. Read more...

10.28.13

Elgin police chief tops Aurora chief in charity boxing match

Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda was crowned Top Cop and takes home bragging rights after a charity boxing match against Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas Sunday night. In the main event, “J. Swole” Swoboda took the match in three 1-1/2-minute rounds at the second annual Tuition Knock Out charity boxing event at La Sierra De Aurora. In the third round, Swoboda knocked “No Doubt” Thomas to his knees. Thomas recovered, before another knock down in the round. Read more...

10.28.13

Neighbors against State Street housing project in Elgin

A request to change zoning for 132 S. State St. — now an old Elgin mansion converted to eight apartments — was last before the city council on Oct. 9. It was tabled for a month to give council members more time to learn about the proposal and residents’ opinions of it, and is expected to come back for the Nov. 13 agenda. The zoning request already has been approved by the planning and zoning commission but must be approved by council before moving forward. Read more...

10.28.13

Schaumburg aims to better employees' health, lives

The Healthy U Committee organizes not only health risk assessments and biometric screenings, but programs and events to improve the social, financial, career and community facets of their lives. The results of health screenings are sent confidentially to participating employees, and the village gets aggregate results. From those, it can see the number of employees that have some type of metabolic syndrome. Read more...

10.27.13

Elgin neighbor group strives to Make a Difference

The Elgin homeowners brought donated food items to fill the Hanover Township Food Pantry van that parked in Parker’s driveway on Saturday. This year, members also brought donated coats and jackets. Hanover Township Supervisor Brian McGuire, along with Tom Kuttenberg, township director of community relations, came to Parker’s home Saturday. McGuire has attended the volunteer effort at Parker’s home for the past eight years. This year marks Kuttenberg’s third time at the event. Read more...

10.27.13

Elgin’s Kaptain among 21 Illinois town leaders urging Congress to act on immigration reform

Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain is one of 21 elected heads of larger Illinois municipalities who recently wrote to the state’s congressional delegation in Washington imploring members to overhaul immigration laws as a way to repair and boost the economy. The leaders signed a letter which says new laws focusing on all immigrants, regardless of citizenship status, will create jobs and raise revenues. There are an estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. Read more...

10.25.13

Cook County gets $5M in state construction money

Gov. Pat Quinn's office says almost $5 million in state money has been allocated for construction projects in Cook County. The Illinois Department of Transportation will manage the projects, which are part of a $31 billion statewide capital improvement program. Read more...

10.25.13

Cook County taxpayers on hook for $500,000 to settle bills for failed post-9/11 program

The Cook County Board approved a $495,000 settlement with Johnson Controls for unpaid invoices related to “Project Shield,” a failed post-9/11 Homeland Security program initiated and continued by former board presidents John and Todd Stroger. Preckwinkle on Wednesday took credit for cutting by more than half the nearly $1 million that Johnson Controls initially billed and paying “only for what was supported in the contract.” Read more...

10.24.13

Annual Township Toy Drive Accepting Donations

The annual Hanover Township Toy Drive and Sponsor-A-Family programs are underway and help is needed. From now until December 16, donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Township offices at 250 S. Route 59 in Bartlett, the Township’s Senior Center at 240 S. Route 59, the Township’s Astor Avenue Community Center at 7431 Astor Avenue in Hanover Park, or at any of the 20 drop off locations throughout Streamwood, Elgin, Bartlett or Hanover Park. To view a complete list of locations, please visit www.hanover-township.org. Read more...

10.24.13

Elgin council pulls plug for now on plan to install more electric car charging stations

The City Council Wednesday pulled the plug on plans for installing three more charging stations for electric vehicles in Elgin’s downtown parking garages. Councilman Toby Shaw suggested tabling the item after a brief discussion on the matter in which some council members — including Shaw — suggested the city look for more corporate sponsorship for the effort past the first year of usage for the three new stations. Read more...

10.24.13

Elgin Council tables agreement with Lawrence Hall

The City Council Wednesday night tabled a vote that would have led to Lawrence Hall Youth Services of Chicago taking over a lease the Larkin Center had with the city. Read more...

10.24.13

Mayors press for immigration reform

Mayors of some of Illinois' biggest municipalities called on the state's congressional delegation Wednesday to overhaul immigration laws as a way to repair and boost the economy. The leaders are from: Peoria, Fairmont City, Hanover Park, Cicero, Champaign, Joliet, Elgin, Normal, Orland Park, Hoffman Estates, Franklin Park, Urbana, Bloomington, Highland Park, Elmwood Park, Melrose Park, Evanston, McCook, Lincolnwood and Aurora. Read more...

10.24.13

New state standards, chronic ethnic gaps make for ugly-looking U46 testing stats

Members of the Elgin School District U46 Board of Education express frustration that changing state test score standards mean they’re chasing after a moving target when they try to figure out whether students are learning enough. And they note that ironically, keeping more kids from dropping out of school may actually be making those test scores worse. Read more...

10.24.13

Township partners with DeVry for job boot camp webinar

On Thursday, November 7, Hanover Township Supervisor Brian P. McGuire and DeVry University invite you to participate in a Job Boot Camp webinar. Starting at 6:00 PM, residents can log on and participate in an online workshop to help sharpen job hunting skills and prepare individuals to compete in today’s employment market. Read more...

10.23.13

Elgin Bible Church grateful for food drive support

The Coffee for Cans food drive for the Hanover Township Food Pantry was a tremendous success, and you had a big part in it. We delivered the first full truckload to the food pantry with the food that was donated and collected during the week prior to the event, before the actual event had even started. The second truck, which was halfway to three-quarter full, was delivered at the end of the event. Let’s just say the helpers at the food pantry were overwhelmed by the food donated. The shelves that were literally almost empty are now full. Read more...

10.23.13

Hanover Toy Drive, family programs begin

The annual Hanover Township Toy Drive and Sponsor-A-Family programs are underway and help is needed. From now until Dec. 16, donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the township offices at 250 S. Route 59 in Bartlett, the township’s Senior Center at 240 S. Route 59, the township’s Astor Avenue Community Center at 7431 Astor Ave. in Hanover Park, or at any of the 20 drop off locations throughout Streamwood, Elgin, Bartlett or Hanover Park. Read more...

10.23.13

Windmill celebration held at Elgin’s Foundry Park

The 55-foot-tall windmill that was installed in Foundry Park downtown last month was officially welcomed this week as a new city landmark. Mayor David Kaptain, state Sen. Michael Noland (D-Elgin) and windmill expert Frank Engel of Hampshire cut the ribbon on Sunday afternoon. Read more...

10.22.13

District U46 to bring out some wrecking balls

Four sets of unused Elgin and Bartlett buildings owned by School District U46 will be torn down soon, even if who will be doing that is a bit controversial. Meeting Monday night, the U46 Board of Education had no objection to a proposal by staff members to tear down three former houses and a group of sheds. But they expressed some doubts about hiring the demolition company recommended by the staffers, because two people speaking during the public-comment part of the meeting had raised questions about the company’s ethics and quality of work. Read more...

10.22.13

Duckworth visits Elgin firm affected by federal shutdown

Elizabeth Haney normally isn’t one to call her congressional representative. But when she heard stories from clients — and saw her boss, Clint Borucki at ACME Design Inc., watch as clients canceled or postponed orders because of the federal government shutdown this month — she decided that a call to U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates) was necessary. Read more...

10.22.13

Elgin Council considers 3 more plug-in stations, lease deal with Lawrence Hall

At Wednesday’s committee of the whole meeting, the city council will discuss installing three more charging stations for electric vehicles in Elgin’s downtown parking garages. Elgin already has one public station, located in the garage for The Centre of Elgin on Symphony Way. It was put in place in 2008 and has been replaced once with more-up-to-date technology. Read more...

10.22.13

Four new taxes, one new fee OK'd in Hoffman Estates

There was only one vote against four new taxes and a new fee Monday night that will have Hoffman Estates residents paying about $100 more to the village each year to fund backlogged road improvements and other capital needs. Read more...

10.22.13

Hanover Township to host annual holiday craft show

Hanover Township and the Victory Centre of Bartlett are partnering to offer “Holiday Bazaar in Bartlett”, a two day craft show and bake sale running from 9AM to 4PM on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9. Attendees will be able to visit with over 60 vendors between the two facilities at Route 59 and West Bartlett Road in Bartlett. Admission and parking is free. Read more...

10.22.13

U-46 third graders to be tested for gifted placement

U-46 will administer the Cognitive Abilities Test 7 (CogAT 7) to all students. The CogAT 7 measures students' learned reasoning abilities in three areas: verbal, quantitative and nonverbal. While CogAT 7 is well-suited to help educators make important student placement decisions, such as selecting students for Gifted and Talented programs, exclusive features such as the Ability Profile Score also can be used to expand the educational opportunities of all students. CogAT 7's measurements of the three different content domains ensure that educators receive a balanced view of each child. Read more...

10.21.13

Freeze watch for suburbs starts tonight

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for late tonight through Tuesday morning. On Tuesday, there's a chance of rain turning into snow in the afternoon with high temps around 44 degrees. The forecast for Tuesday night calls for lows in the mid 20s. Read more...

10.21.13

Historic windmill arrives back home in Elgin

The windmill, called The Suburban Giant when it was built by Elgin Wind, Power and Pump Co., was donated to the Elgin Area Historical Society nine years ago when the homeowner of the property where it had stood wanted it gone. It continued to pump water at that site, at the corner of Larkin and McLean avenues in Elgin, until 1990. Read more...

10.18.13

Cook Forest Preserve District not raising user fees

After increasing user fees this year, Cook County Forest Preserve District officials are holding the line in next year's $179 million budget. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced the district's budget today, which included maintaining the district's $86.5 million property tax levy as well. Read more...

10.18.13

Moving Picture: Hanover Park officer serves community

The Hanover Park Police Department does not officially have an "officer friendly" program, but it does have officer George Sullivan. Officer Sullivan serves as the strategic enforcement and prevention officer for the department. With his personable and friendly demeanor, he goes above and beyond the call of duty to serve the community. Sullivan is what community policing is all about. Read more...

10.18.13

Preckwinkle: Cook County going after tax dodgers

Cook County's Department of Revenue will audit real property transfer tax returns filed with the Recorder of Deeds to identify improper exemptions and determine whether individuals undervalue the sale of real estate in order to pay fewer taxes. The transfer tax is levied on all real estate sales in Cook County at $0.25 per $500 of the transfer price. Read more...

10.18.13

Questions remain in wake of closing of Larkin Center

Larkin Center officials said Wednesday that the 117-year-old agency could no longer sustain its operations because of financial challenges. Lawrence Hall was asked by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to take over facilities and operations, but to what extent remained unclear late Thursday. Read more...

10.18.13

Quinn again suspends funding to UNO, puts $15 million on hold

For the second time this year, Gov. Pat Quinn has suspended state funding to the scandal-scarred United Neighborhood Organization, the biggest charter-school operator in Illinois. A Quinn spokeswoman said Thursday the state has frozen the final $15 million of a $98 million state school-construction grant that the Illinois Legislature promised UNO in 2009 to help build a network of charter schools. Read more...

10.18.13

Schaumburg to name street after fallen officer

Schaumburg officials will name a street on the north side of the village in honor of Frank Russo, the first village police officer to die in the line of duty. Schaumburg trustees meeting as a committee of the whole this week endorsed the plan to assign an honorary designation to Hammond Drive, located in a part of town Russo once patrolled. Read more...

10.17.13

Hanover Park police invite residents to annual meetings

Residents are encouraged to attend a meeting that correlates with where they reside within the village. If you are unsure of which area you live in visit the village website at www.hpil.org. To navigate the website select the Services tab and then the Police tab. From this point there is a tab for the ART Program where you can then check the ART AREA sections listed and determine which area you reside in. The Area Response Team supervisor and officers that work in the designated ART Areas will be at each meeting to discuss concerns within each area. Read more...

10.17.13

Hoffman Estates police accepting unwanted prescription drugs

The Hoffman Estates Police Department is partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for a drug disposal event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. Residents will be able to properly and safely dispose of accumulated, unwanted and unused prescription pills, including controlled substances, which have not been previously accepted by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC). Unwanted pills with or without containers can be dropped off, but no liquids or needles will be accepted at this event. Read more...

10.17.13

Larkin Center in Elgin to close Friday; Chicago agency to run some homes

The Larkin Center in Elgin will close its doors Friday after 117 years of helping people, particularly children, with emotional- and mental-health difficulties, officials announced Wednesday Read more...

10.17.13

The alluring, but unfinished, saga of Cook County budget

The story of the 2014 Cook County budget, unveiled last week by county board President Toni Preckwinkle, sounds very alluring today but may not be entirely evident until the budget for 2015 is written. Read more...

10.16.13

Bartlett Metra parking lot partly closed Oct. 17-25

A portion of the Bartlett Metra commuter parking lot will be closed from Thursday, Oct. 17, until Friday, Oct. 25, for concrete work, resurfacing and restriping. Commuters who typically park in the daily parking stalls along the northern side of the railroad tracks, between Eastern Avenue and the water tower near Elroy Avenue, are encouraged to park in other parking stalls designated for daily parking. Commuters who park in the designated permit parking stalls near Oneida Avenue will not be affected. Read more...

10.16.13

Bartlett reviews proposed decrease in property tax levy

Bartlett officials were pleased to hear Tuesday that the proposed property tax levy for 2013 is 5 percent less than last year's extension. Finance Director Jeff Martynowicz said the total levy for the 2013 tax year is nearly $9.4 million. That amount is $500,000 less than the 2012 extension, he said. Read more...

10.16.13

Fer-Pal opens HQ in Elgin, creates 50 jobs

Gov. Pat Quinn joined Fer-Pal Construction executives Tuesday to open the water main rehabilitation company's new U.S. headquarters in Elgin, creating 50 jobs with a potential of up to $260,000 in state incentives. Read more...

10.16.13

Quinn touts firm’s expansion to Elgin

Gov. Pat Quinn came to town Tuesday morning to tout the arrival of a new business and his role in bringing the company to Illinois. Toronto-based FER-PAL Construction provides water main rehabilitation services to municipalities. As an angioplasty or stent is to a damaged artery, FER-PAL technology places cured-in-place pipe inside existing mains, eliminating the need to dig trenches and completely replace old lines. Read more...

10.16.13

Video gambling cafes geared to women attract criticism

Fischer said Dotty's should open its first Illinois cafe on North Avenue in Melrose Park next week, with plans for 150 across Illinois. Dotty's, which is under the corporate umbrella of Illinois Cafe and Services Co., also has approval to operate in Wauconda, Streamwood, Waukegan, Oak Forest, Lemont and other towns. Read more...

10.15.13

Duckworth backs Foster bill to target immigrant exploitation

That’s why Duckworth said she signed on as a cosponsor of the Protecting Immigrants from Legal Exploitation Act of 2013, introduced Aug. 1 by U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville). “The issues we have with immigration and the challenges the immigrant community deals with are tough enough without having these folks out there who are preying on them — are preying on the fact a lot of the members of the community are scared. A lot of them are in the shadows, and others are not native English speakers, and they prey on that,” she said. Read more...

10.15.13

Duckworth: Shutdown hurting 8th District businesses

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates) said just as businesses in her 8th Congressional District were looking toward an economic recovery, the partial federal government shutdown and debt ceiling debate are threatening to deliver another blow. Read more...

10.15.13

Suburban schools aim to increase staff diversity to mirror students

Elgin Area School District U-46 is the state's second-largest, and one of the most diverse — 68 percent of its more than 40,000 students are ethnic minorities. But they're being taught by mostly white teachers. That's reflected in a 45.7 percentage point gap between the portion of minority students and that of minority teachers. Read more...

10.15.13

U-46 launches Family and Community Engagement Survey

School District U-46 Superintendent Dr. José M. Torres announced the release of the district's annual Family and Community Engagement Survey. Parents can take the school-specific surveys online at www.u-46.org/FACEinEnglish andwww.u-46.org/FACEinSpanish, or can request a paper copy during Parent Teacher Conferences Friday, Oct. 25. U-46 parents will also be receiving the survey via email. Read more...

10.14.13

Preckwinkle committed to working with all

I was disappointed by the way the Daily Herald characterized my position — writing that my "efforts to reduce the county's jail population and save taxpayers millions of dollars are year are being thwarted by the county's elected public safety leaders" ("Preckwinkle: Other county leaders resist ideas to reduce jail costs, Oct. 11). What I actually said is no different from the position I've always maintained. I believe all public safety leaders in Cook County, myself included, must do their part to reduce the Cook County jail population, which has hovered near capacity for several months. Read more...

10.14.13

Quinn, Democrats drum up support in suburbs

Quinn was the keynote speaker at a meet-the-candidates breakfast and fundraiser hosted Sunday by Schaumburg Area Democrats, a political group that raises awareness of Democratic candidates. Quinn, like the rest of those who spoke during the breakfast, faces an election battle in 2014. Read more...

10.14.13

Streamwood chamber holds ADA seminar

The Streamwood Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an educational seminar on the Americans with Disabilities Act 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Streamwood Police Department Training Room, 401 E. Irving Park Road. The speaker is John McGovern, president of Recreation Accessibility Consultants, LLC., who has a wealth of experience in helping government entities, nonprofits, recreation providers and businesses comply with the requirements of the ADA. Admission is $10 in cash or equivalent items for the Hanover Township Food Pantry, which will get all proceeds from the event. For information or to register, email staff@streamwoodchamber.com or Read more...

10.13.13

Cook County budget proposal includes no new taxes

Cook County's top official has introduced a $3.2 billion budget for the next fiscal year that she says includes no new taxes, fines or fees. The office of county board President Toni Preckwinkle says that her proposed budget also would channel investment to the health system and public safety. Read more...

10.13.13

Families learn about Hispanic culture in Elgin

With "passports" in hand, local children and their families visited Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other Latin countries Saturday at Gail Borden Public Library's fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. Read more...

10.11.13

Fate of Dominick's stores unclear as Safeway exits suburbs

Safeway Inc., the West Coast-based grocery giant that bought Dominick's 15 years ago for $1.8 billion, announced Thursday it plans to exit the area by early next year after years of battling unsuccessfully in the ever more competitive Chicago grocery market. Read more...

10.11.13

Hanover Township hosts international delegation

Yesterday Hanover Township hosted Denmark’s National Board of Social Services for a meeting with Township staff, School District U-46 and other community agencies to discuss their Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) program at Elgin High School. PBIS is a proactive, data driven, systems approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students to achieve social, emotional and academic success. Read more...

10.10.13

Canton students unite, walk against bullying

State Rep. Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates), Streamwood Mayor Billie Roth, other village officials and parents joined more than 700 students in grades seven and eight for the walk, an idea that came last year when Kendra Luft’s eighth-graders took second place in an anti-bullying video contest through Hanover Township. Read more...

10.10.13

Judge tosses Cook Co.’s tax on out-of-county purchases

But the tax and its reporting requirements drew complaints. At least two lawsuits accuse the county of illegally imposing a value-based tax not authorized by the state Legislature. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has argued the tax falls within the county’s home-rule powers. Read more...

10.10.13

Judges shrug off Preckwinkle plan to end nearly free health insurance

A handful of Cook County criminal court judges Tuesday shrugged off county board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposal to cut off their nearly free county health insurance, saying the benefit is one they barely use. Read more...

10.09.13

Court rules Cook County use tax illegal

Cook County's controversial use tax on goods bought outside the county was declared illegal yesterday. The ruling from the bench by Circuit Court Judge Lopez Cepero means taxpayers won't have to pay the tax or file returns while the county appeals the decision, according to lawyers involved with the case. Read more...

10.09.13

Hoffman Estates, Streamwood partner for sewer repairs

Streamwood and Hoffman Estates have agreed to work together to repair a sanitary sewer pipe along Route 59 that serves both villages. The total cost of the project — which includes the construction of more than 1,000 feet of sewer and four manholes — is almost $282,000. Streamwood will be responsible for nearly $157,000 in work, while Hoffman Estates will be responsible for about $125,000. Streamwood and Hoffman Estates also will equally split the cost of engineering, which combined totals about $20,000. Read more...

10.09.13

Undocumented immigrants soon can apply for drivers licenses in Elgin, Aurora, Naperville

The Illinois office that issues driver’s licenses is preparing to roll out its biggest initiative in 14 years: helping undocumented immigrants apply for those licenses. Come December, when appointments become available to apply for the licenses, an Aurora facility will be one of 25 designated locations across the state where immigrants can go to get them. Read more...

10.08.13

Aurora, Elgin chiefs to fight for charity

The police chiefs of Aurora and Elgin will be duking it out for a good cause later this month. On Oct. 27, a number of local police officials, attorneys and others will be strapping on a pair of gloves and participating in exhibition boxing matches to raise money for the National Latino Peace Officers Association Aurora Chapter Scholarship Fund. Read more...

10.08.13

Gallery features senior Chicago paintings

Arts in Bartlett has an exhibit, “Chicago’s Perspective in Oil Painting” by Hanover Township Senior Center Artists through Oct. 31 at the Bartlett Village Hall 2nd Floor Gallery, 228 Main St, Bartlett. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to attend a reception to meet the artists on Oct. from 6 to 7 p.m. Read more...

10.08.13

Hanover Park Fire Dept. to hold open house Oct. 12

The Hanover Park Fire Department will host its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at fire station No. 1, 6850 Barrington Road. The event will feature station tours, displays from community organizations and demonstrations including vehicle extrication at the Illinois State Police vehicle rollover simulator. Read more...

10.08.13

Hoffman Estates favors new taxes for roads, projects

While meeting as the finance committee, the village board approved a recommendation Monday to establish new taxes and fees to fund the village's road and capital improvement projects. The board is scheduled to make a final vote on the proposed new sources of revenue — which include a utility tax on electricity, a utility tax on natural gas, a municipal motor fuel tax, a liquor tax and a stormwater utility fee — at an Oct. 21 meeting. Read more...

10.08.13

Preckwinkle wants to cut off nearly free insurance for Cook Co. judges

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle fired another shot at Cook County’s Chief Judge Timothy Evans Monday, proposing to cut off the nearly-free health insurance the county offers to judges. Thanks to an obscure state law, circuit court judges are classified as county employees because they get $500 a year from the county. So they are currently eligible for county health insurance for a percentage of their salary that works out to less than $1 a month. Read more...

10.07.13

Cook Co. part-timers may pay more for health care

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced the proposal in a news release Monday. Preckwinkle's office says the proposal would save about $4 million annually. It will be part of Preckwinkle's budget recommendation to be released later this week. Read more...

10.07.13

Elgin Council to consider zoning changes to make way for senior housing improvements

The City Council Wednesday night will consider approving an application filed by the Housing Authority of Elgin requesting approval to rezone the properties located at 120 and 132 South State St. to make way for an improved development for senior citizens. Read more...

10.07.13

Hoffman Estates mulls new taxes for roads, projects

Hoffman Estates officials tonight will consider establishing new taxes and fees to fund the village's road and capital improvement projects. According to village officials, the need for new revenue is being driven by the reduction of general fund revenue, which was the primary source of capital improvement funding before the 2008 recession. Read more...

10.07.13

Tefft Middle School in Streamwood gets national recognition for improvement

Tefft Middle School in Streamwood has received national recognition for showing significant student achievement. The recognition was given by the MetLife Foundation and the National Association of Secondary School Principals for work from 2008 to 2010. Tefft was one of 10 schools in the nation to be named a Breakthrough School. Read more...

10.07.13

Thanks to all who helped health expo

“On behalf of the Hanover Township officials, staff and volunteers, I would like to thank the residents, event sponsors and vendors for their support and attendance at the "Just for the Health of It" health and wellness expo held at the township on Sept. 19. Over 800 residents participated in this great event. For the past six years Hanover Township has had the privilege to host and coordinate the expo with Victory Centre of Bartlett and Cook County Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider.” Mary Alice Benoit, Hanover Township Trustee Read more...

10.06.13

Tollway lanes switching between Elgin and Rockford

The Illinois Tollway is about to begin the process of returning traffic to the newly constructed eastbound side of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) between Rockford and Elgin, the agency announced Friday. Read more...

10.04.13

ADA tax credits

The president of Recreation Accessibility Consultants, LLC will discuss general ADA requirements and enforcement, ADA requirements for businesses and what resources are available for businesses. All business owners, both tenants and landlords, and business liability insurers and attorneys are invited. When: 8-10 a.m. Oct. 15. Where: Streamwood Police Department training room, 301 E. Irving Park Road. Read more...

10.04.13

Elgin church will give coffee for cans

If you're hankering for Starbucks coffee on Saturday morning, you can get a cup at an Elgin church — for the price of a good deed. The "Coffee for Cans" food drive takes place 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Elgin Bible Church, 1580 E. Chicago St. The goal is to fill a semitrailer with canned goods that will be donated to Hanover Township's food pantry, said church Pastor Rev. Timothy Beam. Read more...

10.04.13

Schaumburg holds police, fire open house

The Schaumburg police and fire departments will host a combined Public Safety Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 in recognition of National Crime Prevention Month and National Fire Prevention Week. Read more...

10.04.13

Streamwood man's letters to businesses target ADA compliance

Grooming Unleashed is one of more than a dozen businesses Straw sent the correspondence to a few weeks ago. His demand letters have created a stir among members of the village's business community, many of whom are suspicious of his intentions. The executive director of the Streamwood Chamber of Commerce even called police after getting the letter, worried it was a scam. Read more...

10.04.13

YMCAs in Elgin, Schaumburg continue to pursue merger

Both organizations have a common heritage and operated together until 1983 when Campanelli (formerly Twinbrook) became independent. Merging allows the Y family to come back together to realize the potential of its founders and serve all the communities surrounding both organizations. Read more...

10.03.13

U46 may rename Sheridan after former Principal O’Neal

School District U46 is considering renaming Sheridan Elementary School in honor of the late Ron O’Neal, who was an administrator with the district for 40 years and was its first African-American principal. The district will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the school, 510 Franklin Blvd., to seek public input on the proposal. Read more...

10.03.13

U-46 seeks parent input with online survey

The surveys include 13 questions and only take about 15 minutes to complete. Questions seek input on areas including: welcoming families to schools; communicating effectively with families; supporting student learning; increasing opportunities and advocating for all students; sharing decision-making with stakeholders; and collaborating with the community. Read more...

10.02.13

Elgin leaf pickup: A tale of 2 cities

In Elgin’s older neighborhoods — with their big trees — on both sides of the Fox River, the city’s on-street program has residents rake leaves into the streets. Those collections begin on Oct. 14 and continue through Nov. 30. Weather permitting, included northwest neighborhood rake-out collections happen on Mondays, southwest on Tuesdays, northeast on Wednesdays, and southeast on Thursdays. Read more...

10.02.13

Problems partly resolved with Bartlett Walgreens relocation

On Tuesday, the village board unanimously approved the store's proposal to move out of its current location and relocate a few hundred feet away in the southwest corner of the center, on a vacant lot where a gas station once stood. Read more...

10.02.13

U46 teachers awarded school supplies in A Day Made Better

This is the seventh year of the national initiative, a partnership between OfficeMax and AdoptAClassroom.org that aims to relieve and support teachers who spend their own money on much-needed classroom supplies, according to the company. That’s based on the fact the average American teacher spends $1,000 out of pocket on essential school supplies every school year, according to the company. Read more...

10.01.13

Bring canned goods to Elgin Bible Church

The church also is contacting Jewel, Sam's Club and nearby stores in the community to see if they would be willing to donate to the cause as well. The goal is to fill a semitrailer with the top 15 items on Hanover Townships list of items needed. Read more...

10.01.13

Government powers down; Obama to address country

Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a protracted dispute over President Barack Obama's signature health care law reached a boiling point, forcing some 800,000 federal workers off the job. Obama readied a midday statement to the nation as Democrats and Republicans maintained their blame-each-other duel on Capitol Hill. Read more...

10.01.13

In face of federal shutdowns, local leaders take time to plan

Elgin City Manager Sean Stegall said a federal shutdown would not immediately impact Elgin, as the city does not receive any regularly scheduled payments or services from the federal government. Read more...

10.01.13

October begins feeling like summer

The hot and humid weather will continue through the rest of the week, though some rain and thunderstorms are expected Wednesday night into Thursday morning, and again Friday night into Saturday, according to the weather service. Read more...

10.01.13

Public gets rare opportunity to see historic Schweikher House

Hourly guided tours of the house, studio and grounds designed by Modernist architect Robert Paul Schweikher for his own use in 1938 will run from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. on the 7.5-acre property at 645 S. Meacham Road. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized by The American Institute of Architects as one of the top 150 architectural sites in Illinois. Read more...

10.01.13

Suburban County kids have higher obesity rates than national average

Schoolchildren in suburban Cook County have higher than average rates of obesity, and the rate for kindergartners is up to 40 percent higher than the national average, a study found. Read more...

09.30.13

Affordable Care Act debut in suburbs gets mixed reaction

Information about Illinois health insurance exchanges and Medicaid plans will be available Tuesday on www.getcoveredillinois.gov, a website that only went online Saturday. However, state officials stress that whether people sign up on Oct. 1 or Dec. 31, coverage will not begin until Jan. 1, 2014. They encouraged people to take the time to learn about the plans and make educated choices. Read more...

09.30.13

District U46 planetarium marks 50 years of learning under the stars

The Elgin school district celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first classes at the U46 Observatory and Planetarium with a series of public sky shows Friday at the planetarium, on the city’s near-east side at 312 Watch St. Read more...

09.30.13

Elgin's Gilliam: Losing is best thing that ever happened to me

Former Elgin Councilman Bob Gilliam made history in two significant ways: He was the city's first African-American councilman, and its longest-serving member. Gilliam, who was first elected in 1973, lost his re-election bid in April and has been out of the public eye since March, when he was hospitalized for an asthma attack. Read more...

09.29.13

Elgin’s Walk with the Mayor heads indoors at Centre

Mayor Kaptain said he wants to continue to encourage Elgin residents to get out and walk as cooler weather arrives, so he will be hosting once a month walks at the track in The Centre of Elgin. Read more...

09.27.13

Elgin's northeast side likely getting bike lanes

Elgin's northeast side is expected to get bicycle lanes along a route that would connect its downtown to trails accessing Shoe Factory Road Woods and the Poplar Creek forest preserve. Read more...

09.27.13

Hanover Township installs fifth heritage marker

Hanover Township dedicated a fifth heritage marker at a historical site in the township this week. The new sign was installed Wednesday at Villa Olivia, a golf course and ski facility at 1401 W. Lake St. in Bartlett, to commemorate the Leatherman farm that once existed on the property. Read more...

09.27.13

In blow to Gov. Quinn, judge rules state lawmakers must be paid

A Cook County judge decided Thursday that Gov. Pat Quinn’s move to stop paying lawmakers was unconstitutional and ordered Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to pay them immediately — plus interest. Read more...

09.26.13

Elgin starts budget talks by looking at expenses

The city will not need to impose new taxes or fees to fund operations in 2014, Chief Financial Officer Collen Lavery said. Preliminary projections show property taxes will not exceed 30 percent of the general fund, in compliance with city policy, she said. Read more...

09.26.13

Nature Ridge launches latest U46 robotics club

The students all are part of the first after-school Robotics Club that Ridge Circle assembled this school year, a team of fourth- through sixth-grade students that will build a robot from LEGO parts to enter the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Competition in December. Read more...

09.25.13

Elgin City council to consider funds for east-side bike lanes

The amount in question is $139,840 for agreements with the Illinois Department of Transportation and engineering firm TranSystems. A federal grant administered by IDOT would reimburse the city some of its expenditures, leaving the final cost to Elgin’s budget at $95,168. The money would come from the city’s share of Grand Victoria Casino money. Read more...

09.25.13

Elgin police using social media to fight crime

The department posts news releases, information about everything from lost dogs to traffic accidents, and even security surveillance photos of crime suspects on Facebook. Read more...

09.25.13

Hanover Township Food Pantry hosts Oktoberfest fundraiser

The Hanover Township Food Pantry is hosting an Oktoberfest fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Bartlett Fire Barn, 218 S. Main St. in Bartlett. Read more...

09.25.13

Hoffman Estates may accelerate fight against emerald ash borer

The department's plan is to utilize any fund balance in the village's general fund over the next five to six years to address the infestation of about 6,000 trees. The village already set aside $250,000 in this year's budget for tree removal and replacement, and the intent was to continue setting aside $500,000 a year for a total of about $3 million. Read more...

09.25.13

Love Elgin Day is set for Saturday

The semi-annual event, which is being held for the fourth time, takes place at five churches within walking distance of each other in downtown Elgin. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Besides the five host churches, 35 others from a wide variety of denominations work together to bring this outreach to the community. Read more...

09.25.13

U46 OKs balanced budget — with dissent

Total revenues in the approved budget’s operating funds, or general fund, come to $447 million and total expenditures to $452 million. That number is considered balanced because the district received a surplus last year that it planned to spend this year on capital projects. Read more...

09.24.13

Elgin set to offer pet health/safety clinic Nov. 16

The city council is expected Wednesday night to discuss moving along plans for holding another pet health and safety event in the lower level of the Hemmens Cultural Center. It would be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. Read more...

09.24.13

Later pay deadline eyed for unpaid tolls

The Illinois Tollway’s Customer Service Committee has recommended giving drivers 30 days to respond to each of three violation notices, increasing the total number of days from 56 to 90, the Tollway Authority said. Read more...

09.24.13

Township tutoring program to begin for fall semester

Starting October 15, certified primary and secondary education teachers who specialize in assisting students with homework comprehension and completion, will work with small groups of students based on age, subject matter and learning needs identified by referring teachers. Read more...

09.24.13

U46 approves balanced budget -- but not without dissent

Total revenues in the approved budget’s operating funds, or general fund, come to $447 million and total expenditures, to $452 million. That number is considered balanced because the district received a surplus last year it planned to spend down this year on capital projects. Read more...

09.23.13

Dead come alive in their stories at 26th annual Elgin Cemetery Walk

A huge crowd came to Bluff City Cemetery on Sunday afternoon to learn about a few of the approximately 11,000 souls for whom the cemetery is their final resting place. Read more...

09.23.13

Town-hall meeting in Elgin draws sparse crowd

People got a chance to hear about upcoming health care insurance requirements and city issues at an Elgin town-hall meeting on Saturday, a daylong event organized by an Elgin resident. Read more...

09.23.13

Work to snarl Sleepy Hollow, Randall roads

North McLean Boulevard/Sleepy Hollow Road will be closed at Interstate 90 for four weeks of construction beginning Wednesday, Sept. 25. Work is expected to conclude on Oct. 25, weather permitting. Drivers heading that way — which takes commuters between Elgin and Sleepy Hollow — are being urged to plan an alternate route. Read more...

09.22.13

Cook County, Hanover Park join for giant recycling event

The Cook County Department of Environmental Control in partnership with Hanover Park will host a recycling event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Hanover Park Metra Station, 1975 W. Lake St. The event is open to residents and nonresidents of the village. Read more...

09.20.13

Bartlett officials worried about growth in video gaming

The Bartlett village board heard more details about two proposed video gaming bars this week, and the response from some board members and residents was not positive. Read more...

09.20.13

Elgin becomes capital of the short film on Saturday

The fifth annual Elgin Short Film Festival will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. Read more...

09.20.13

Illinois unemployment remains at 9.2 percent in August

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says Thursday that the state added 5,600 jobs in the educational and health services sector in August. But Illinois lost a net 4,100 construction jobs. Read more...

09.20.13

Vietnam memorial in Elgin stirs emotions

A steady stream of visitors came to see the wall after an opening ceremony Thursday morning that featured a combined color guard of American Legion Post 57, AMVETS Post 202, and VWF Post 1307, all based in Elgin. Read more...

09.19.13

Bartlett residents oppose Walgreens relocation

A group of residents from the Braintree Lane area in Bartlett voiced their opposition at Tuesday's village board meeting to a Walgreens moving out of the Brewster Creek Shopping Centre at Route 59 and Stearns Road. Read more...

09.19.13

Gail Borden library book sale gets underway Thursday

The Gail Borden Public Library Foundation’s annual book sale will take place Thursday through Sunday at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave. Read more...

09.19.13

Illinois Supreme Court, help Cook County

Cook County's case backlog and dangerously overcrowded jail aren't new problems. What is new is a County Board president taking an evidence-based step to involve the Supreme Court, which holds administrative and supervisory authority over Cook County's courts. Read more...

09.19.13

Mistakenly released Cook inmate is arrested in Carpentersville

A man serving a 12-year prison term who was mistakenly released Monday from the Cook County Jail has been apprehended in a Carpentersville residence, authorities said Wednesday afternoon. Read more...

09.18.13

Park district and Township cooperate to serve residents

The Hanover Township Board of Trustees voted to accept the transfer of Lacy Park from the Streamwood Park District at last night’s board meeting. Located at 735 Stowel Avenue, the 2.6 acre park is comprised of a playground, walking and bike paths and an activity field. Read more...

09.18.13

Hanover Township takes over a Streamwood park

Lacy Park, located at 735 Stowel Ave. in Streamwood, has a new owner. At a meeting Tuesday night, the Hanover Township board of trustees voted to accept transfer of the park from the Streamwood Park District. Read more...

09.18.13

Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica in Elgin this week

"The Wall That Heals" will be open Thursday to Sunday at Civic Center Plaza, 150 Dexter Court, between city hall and the Hemmens Cultural Center in downtown Elgin. Read more...

09.18.13

Who you’ll meet at the Elgin Cemetery Walk

Take a ghostly tour through history when the Elgin Area Historical Society holds its 26th annual Cemetery Walk from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Blvd. on Elgin's east side. Read more...

09.17.13

Board President Toni Preckwinkle asks for court help

Preckwinkle said the backlog in the courts has swollen the county jails’ population and is costing taxpayers millions. She has long been critical of Judge Evans’ management, saying that often judges impose higher than necessary bonds and are not held accountable for their productivity. Read more...

09.17.13

Statewide dip in number of students meeting the standard coming to local districts, too

It also projected what local school districts’ scores could look like when they are announced in late October: That showed the numbers plummeting from 75 percent of students in Elgin School District U46 meeting or exceeding state standards to 54 percent. In reading, those numbers could fall from 76 percent to 54; and in math, from 86 to 60. Read more...

09.17.13

U46 residents share property tax concerns about 2014 budget

The proposed 2014 budget is balanced, with $519.4 million in revenue and $526.9 million in expenditures, according to the tentative budget on display at the U46 Educational Services Center, 355 E. Chicago St. The majority of the decrease in the fund balance is due to the utilization of working cash funds to finance capital projects this year, according to an introductory letter from U46 Superintendent Jose Torres. Read more...

09.16.13

Elgin casino starts renovation, branches out into concerts

The Grand Victoria Casino has launched a $4 million renovation and an outdoor concert series hoping to attract more customers to the riverboat in downtown Elgin. Read more...

09.16.13

Sewer Grates Being Stolen In West Chicago

Check out this video of West Chicago Police Commander and Chairman of the Hanover Township Public Health & Safety Committee, Eric Shipman, talking about a public safety concern in West Chicago. Great work as always, Eric! Read more...

09.16.13

Some 200 Illinois bridges in need of overhaul

The most recent federal data available identifies 189 such bridges scattered around Illinois. Pinning down an up-to-date figure is difficult, because the numbers fluctuate as bridge improvements and repairs are made to some structures while others deteriorate and slip into disrepair. Read more...

09.16.13

Traffic signal work to confound Elgin traffic

The Illinois Department of Transportation will perform traffic signal maintenance at the intersections of State Street (Route 31) and Wing Street, and State Street (Route 31) and Kimball Street, starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Read more...

09.15.13

Bartlett hosting World Peace Day celebration

Bartlett will play host this month to one of the biggest celebrations of World Peace Day in the suburbs. Families are invited to attend "Eat, Play, Love and Walk for Peace" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Bartlett Nature Center, 2054 W. Stearns Road. Read more...

09.15.13

Church to hold food drive

A local church is looking to fill a semi trailer with food items needed by the Hanover Township Food Pantry. Elgin Bible Church, 1580 E. Chicago St., will host a Coffee for Cans event on the church property from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Read more...

09.15.13

Hanover Twp. to host appeal seminar on Sept. 25

Hanover Township Assessor Thomas Smogolski, Supervisor Brian McGuire and Cook County Commissioner Timothy Schneider will co-sponsor a reassessment appeal seminar at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the township's Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59, Bartlett. Staff from Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios' office will answer questions and accept property tax appeals. Residents should bring their real estate tax bill to the seminar. Hanover Township's appeal period is open until Oct. 9, though the last day to file through the township is Oct. 8. For more information, call the assessor's office at (630) 837-0301 or email assessor@hanover-township.org. Read more...

09.13.13

Township foundation to host Oktoberfest fundraiser

On Friday, October 4, the Hanover Township Foundation will host their third annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser to benefit the Township Food Pantry. From 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, attendees will be treated to German food and live German music at the Bartlett Fire Barn, 218 S. Main Street in Bartlett. Seasonal beverages will also be available for purchase. Tickets are available for $30 per person, $50 per couple, or $35 per person the day of the event. Read more...

09.12.13

Elgin, Carpentersville conduct remembrance ceremonies

The Elgin Fire Department bell ringers conducted a "Sounding of the Bells" in remembrance, a rifle salute and taps echoed near the Elgin Police Department and City Hall. Judson University President Gene Crume offered a reminder of why Patriot Day is special. Read more...

09.12.13

Hanover Park’s Longmeadow Lane bridge reopens

Hanover Park officials gathered Wednesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen the Longmeadow Lane bridge to the public. Read more...

09.11.13

Hoffman Estates sets aside $10,000 for manufacturing group

Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg have worked to sustain the Golden Corridor Manufacturing Group for the last four years. The group works to change the perception of manufacturing jobs, create a workforce with the skills needed for those jobs and strengthen the manufacturing sector along the I-90 "Golden Corridor." Read more...

09.11.13

Township to host reassessment appeal seminar

On Wednesday, September 25, Hanover Township Assessor Thomas S. Smogolski along with Township Supervisor Brian P. McGuire and Cook County Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider will co-sponsor a reassessment appeal seminar with staff from Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios’ office. Starting at 7:00PM at the Township Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59 in Bartlett, staff from the Assessor’s office will be available to answer questions and accept property tax appeals. Residents are asked to bring their Real Estate Tax bill to the seminar. Read more...

09.11.13

U46 seeking members for advisory panel

The Citizens’ Advisory Council (CAC) of School District U46 is seeking community members and parents to join the volunteer organization. Read more...

09.10.13

Parking bans in effect this week in downtown Elgin

Parking from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during this work will be restricted to allow for the milling and resurfacing to be completed. Crosswalk repairs and restoration in the area that is being milled and resurfaced is scheduled for the week of Sept. 16 and is estimated to take one day to complete. Read more...

09.10.13

Tollway work between Elgin & Kennedy starts

Drivers can expect overnight lane closures of one lane in both directions beginning as early as 8 p.m. throughout portions of the 25-mile corridor. All lanes will be reopened to traffic in time for the morning rush hour. The posted 55 mph speed limit will be maintained throughout this construction activity, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, according to a release from the tollway. Read more...

09.09.13

Hanover Twp. provides free snacks to neighborhood kids

Hanover Township has partnered with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to provide healthy snacks to neighborhood children. The program begins Monday, Sept. 9, and runs through Friday, May 23. Children can receive a free snack from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. weekdays at the Astor Avenue Community Center in Hanover Park. Township officials said research shows nutritional well-being affects a child's ability to concentrate and adds to overall energy levels. Staff and volunteers also will be available during the snack program to assist youth with homework help. For more information, call the center at (630) 540-9085. Read more...

09.09.13

Nonprofit group donates backpacks to District U-46

Elgin Area School District U-46 accepted more than 250 backpacks filled with supplies donated by Backpacks 4 Class, a nonprofit organization working with schools in the Chicago area and suburbs to give students a successful school year. Read more...

09.09.13

Streamwood ChamberFest scheduled for Sept. 14

The Streamwood Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2013 ChamberFest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, in the parking lot of Hoosier Grove Barn, 700 W. Irving Park Road. The event will include a car show, a vendor fair, a firetruck and activities for kids. Sponsorships are available by contacting staff@streamwoodchamber.com or calling (630) 837-5200. For information, visit streamwoodchamber.com. Read more...

09.08.13

Bartlett History Museum, library host Tea with Martha Washington

The Bartlett History Museum and the Bartlett Public Library District is hosting a free "Tea with Martha Washington" event at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Bartlett History Museum, 228 S. Main St. Tea and refreshments will be served. Martha will be portrayed by Lynn Rymarz, who will tell the role the first lady played in becoming the "Founding Mother" of the United States. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited. To register call (630) 837-0800. Read more...

09.08.13

Legislators discuss state spending, business aid in Hoffman Estates

Concealed carry, pensions, campaign funding and other hot topics were briefly touched upon, but much of the 40-minute panel discussion — which took place at the Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates — was dedicated to state spending and how to help businesses stay and succeed in Illinois. Read more...

09.08.13

Seeing the impact

That collaboration is need to help the city meet four targets outside experts have helped it identify to meet that goal of a well-educated community: focus on early learning, reading success and opportunities for high schoolers to be successful in college and career, the board chair said. Read more...

09.06.13

Church hosting second heroin awareness event with Bartlett speakers

An immense turnout at a heroin awareness event hosted by a local church's youth ministry last month has spurred the organization to have a second discussion on the deadly drug. Read more...

09.06.13

Wall That Heals coming to Elgin

The wall will be on display in downtown Elgin from Sept. 19 to 22. Darr and Rick Grimm hope that veterans, their families and area residents without military connections also can feel some of the power of the Vietnam Memorial. The two are local co-chairs for The Wall That Heals, a half-scale replica of the original Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Read more...

09.06.13

Windmill will be rebuilt Saturday in Elgin

It will be brought in by three trailers to Foundry Park before 7 a.m., when the installation is scheduled to begin, Historical Society President George Rowe said. Engel will supervise six to eight volunteers, including a welder, and Kinser Crane Service of Addison will donate use of a crane, Rowe said. Read more...

09.05.13

Cook suburbs to get $13.9 million for flood recovery

"This funding will help make the county's cities and local governments whole again while allowing them to better prepare for future storms," Sen. Dick Durbin said in the release. Read more...

09.05.13

Debate over fluoride in public water supplies surfaces again in Elgin

Councilman Terry Gavin recently said he would like the city council to have a discussion about the use of fluoride in Elgin’s water supply. Read more...

09.05.13

Elgin housing project not to everyone’s liking

No taxpayer money will be used for the project, HAE CEO Damon Duncan said Tuesday at a meeting of the Elgin planning and zoning commission. Commissioners recommended approval of the plan. Read more...

09.04.13

Bartlett trustees discuss growing number of video gambling bars

While meeting as the committee of the whole Tuesday, the Bartlett village board heard proposals for two new video gaming bars that would serve light food, beer and wine. Read more...

09.04.13

Cook County Land Bank aims to help towns beat blight

The land bank is supposed to help Chicago and the suburbs take vacant or neglected property and make it productive or at least a community asset. It would acquire property, get rid of back taxes and liens and make it fit for a responsible buyer. Read more...

09.04.13

Elgin Ikes annual Willow Creek Cleanup Sept. 14

“Having participated in the last two clean-ups, I have seen firsthand the impact these kinds of projects have in our community,” said Howard K. Krick, Hanover Township trustee. “The Township is proud to partner with the Elgin chapter of the league in their continued efforts to take care of our natural resources.” Read more...

09.04.13

Old-fashioned fun at Bartlett Heritage Days

A new and expanded lineup of events and activities will bring the “good old days” of family fun with friends and neighbors back to downtown Bartlett during the fourth annual Bartlett Heritage Days Friday through Sunday. Read more...

09.03.13

Septemberfest parade sends summer out on high note

Thousands of families lined the 2-mile route down Summit Drive, cheering the high school bands and veterans who marched, as well as the many community organizations, Scouts and teams that formed parade entries. Read more...

09.03.13

Suburban school districts see jump in low-income student populations

Research shows families who live in poverty struggle to meet their children's basic needs in nutrition, health care and housing, according to the Illinois State Board of Education. Children often experience higher stress levels and can exhibit more severe behavioral and emotional problems, which can lead to lower achievement scores and higher dropout rates. Read more...

09.03.13

U46’s ACT scores dip as national test makes changes in whose scores count

The average composite score for U46 juniors who took the ACT last spring, then graduated at the start of this summer, was 19.4 out of a possible 36, down from 19.5 last year. Read more...

09.01.13

Elgin celebrates many heritages at annual iFest

Elgin Mayor David Kaptain welcomed residents at the opening of the festival, recognizing the diversity in his hometown and also the unifying factor. "Today," Kaptain said, "we all come together as Americans." Read more...

09.01.13

Elgin to hold annual Sept. 11 ceremonies

Master of ceremonies will be Tricia Dieringer, past commander of American Legion Elgin Post 57. In addition to combined color guard, Post 57 will provide a rifle salute and taps. The Elgin Fire Department Bell Ringers will conduct the Sounding of the Bells in remembrance of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Guest speakers will include Mayor David Kaptain and Gene Crume, president of Judson University. Read more...

08.30.13

Marketing video features real fun-loving seniors from Elgin-Bartlett area

“The music video is a way to show everyone how youthful the seniors in our programs are,” said Barb Kurth Schuldt, director of senior services. The song “We are Young” by F.U.N. is the theme of the video, which features surprising, comical moments to convey the independent, fun-spirited community involvement. Read more...

08.30.13

Streamwood lawyer threatens lawsuits over lack of handicapped spaces

Deputy Police Chief Jim Gremo said a complaint was filed Wednesday by Streamwood Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Donna Lenhardt after the organization received a letter from Andrew Straw, an attorney licensed in Indiana and Virginia who moved to the village earlier this year. Read more...

08.29.13

Bus routes from Elgin to Schaumburg and Rosemont in the works

At Wednesday evening’s Elgin City Council meeting Pace Senior Planner Charlotte O’Donnell and Project Manager Brandy Kellom gave a presentation on the routes and other steps the transportation agency is taking to beef up its services in the far northwest suburbs. Read more...

08.29.13

Elgin approves incentive for new Butera Market

The Elgin City Council approved 7-1 on Wednesday an economic incentive agreement that paved the way for a Butera Market to be established at 20 Tyler Creek Plaza. Councilman John Prigge was the lone dissenter, while Councilwoman Carol Rauschenberger abstained from voting. Read more...

08.29.13

Friends of HE Parks hosting beer and wine tasting fundraiser

The Friends of the Hoffman Estates Park District Foundation will host a beer and wine tasting event called Uncorked & Untapped from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 at the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club, 1400 Poplar Creek Drive in Hoffman Estates. Read more...

08.29.13

Hanover Park taps new community and economic development director

Village Manager Juliana Maller on Wednesday announced the appointment of Shubhra Govind as community and economic development director, a position that's been vacant for more than 18 months. Read more...

08.28.13

Suburban police chiefs say they want national gun registry

Police chiefs from Lake and Cook counties told federal, state and local officials during a meeting Wednesday that they want a national gun registry and a national background check in their battle to combat gun violence. Read more...

08.27.13

A food desert no more: Incentive deal in the works to bring Butera to Elgin’s NW side

According to supporting material for this week’s committee of the whole session, the Elgin-based Butera Market chain recently executed an option to purchase the 38,000-square-foot northwest-side facility. If the sale goes through, Butera expects to spend about $4 million on the purchase and renovations to convert the space for its needs. Read more...

08.27.13

Today’s high could break record for date

With humidity levels of more than 50 percent, it will feel like it's 100-plus degrees outside today. Read more...

08.27.13

Volunteers needed for annual creek cleanup

On Saturday, September 14, the Izaak Walton League of America – Elgin Chapter is coordinating its annual fall Willow Creek Cleanup. Volunteers are needed to assist in removing trash and other items that may obstruct the natural flow of the creek throughout east Elgin. Participants will meet at 9AM, at the Hanover Township Izaak Walton Center & Reserve at 899 Jay Street in Elgin to pickup supplies and receive instructions. Read more...

08.26.13

Forecast calling for temperatures to soar this week

We will get a little relief on Wednesday, with highs expected in the low 80s, but high temperatures are expected to climb to around 90 through the rest of the week. Read more...

08.26.13

Hanover Township offering range of job search services

Hanover Township is offering a variety of services for residents seeking assistance in finding gainful employment. Read more...

08.26.13

Hanover Twp. offers job counseling

Township staff will work one-on-one with residents to develop a personalized plan and employment search for all types of work. Job counseling is available Monday through Friday at the Astor Avenue Community Center, 7431 Astor Ave. in Hanover Park, and at the Community Relations Office, One American Way in Elgin, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. Read more...

08.25.13

Bartlett police issue traffic advisories for Labor Day weekend

The Bartlett police department has issued two traffic advisories for next weekend. Motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route between 1 and 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, during the Bartlett Volunteer Fire Association Street Dance, as South Main Street will be closed from Railroad Avenue to the south entrance of village hall. Traffic will be diverted onto South Berteau Avenue from either Railroad or Devon avenues. On Sunday, Sept. 1, motorists may experience some traffic delays due to the Bartlett Lion's Club Labor Day Dash, which begins at 8 a.m. The 5K/10K run/walk will start and finish on Railroad Avenue, just east of South Main Street. Other busy streets the race will affect include Prospect Avenue, South Bartlett Road, Western Avenue and Devon Avenue. Police are asking drivers to be cautious of runners and walkers on the roadways. Read more...

08.24.13

Bartlett police, paramedics scheduled to speak at heroin awareness event

They include Bartlett Police Chief Kent Williams, Bartlett Fire Chief Michael Falese, Marcus Jaeger of Countryside Funeral Homes and a representative from the LTM Heroin Awareness and Support Foundation. Bartlett police officers and paramedic crews will also be on hand to discuss heroin overdoses. Read more...

08.23.13

Dog park hailed as success for both Elgin, Hoffman Estates

Since opening to the public nearly a year ago as a joint project between Elgin and Hoffman Estates, 485 people have paid the $50 annual fee to use the Freedom Run Dog Park in Hoffman Estates. Read more...

08.23.13

Elgin building could be named after former councilman

The Housing Authority of Elgin is considering naming a planned six-story building after longtime board member and former Elgin councilman Bob Gilliam. Read more...

08.23.13

Hanover Township to hold health and wellness expo

The center is at the southwest corner of West Bartlett Road and Route 59 in Bartlett. The expo is free and open to the public. Residents will be able to take advantage of over a dozen free health screenings for bone density, veins, vision and more. Read more...

08.22.13

Elgin to rename water plant in Leo Nelson's honor

The city council's committee of the whole voted last week to name the plant, located off River Road just south of Interstate 90. Councilman Terry Gavin cast the only dissenting vote, saying former Councilman Bob Gilliam, who served for 40 years until April, should get the honor because he was instrumental in getting the plant approved by the city council. Read more...

08.22.13

Hanover Township distributes school backpacks

Hanover Township distributed more than 1,000 backpacks to needy families last week as part of its effort to help kids get off to a good start in the new school year. Read more...

08.22.13

Hanover Township to host 6th annual health expo

On Thursday, September 19, from 12:00 – 4:00PM, Hanover Township, Cook County Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider and Victory Centre of Bartlett will sponsor the sixth annual “Just for the Health of It” community health and wellness expo at the Hanover Township Senior Center located at the southwest corner of W. Bartlett Road and Route 59 in Bartlett. Free and open to the public, residents will be able to take advantage of over a dozen free health screenings for bone density, veins, vision and more. Read more...

08.22.13

U46 eyes balanced budget of $452M

Total revenues in the proposed budget’s operating funds, or general fund, come to $447 million and total expenditures, to $452 million, according to the presentation by Chief Operations Officer Jeff King and Director of Financial Operations Dale Burnidge. Read more...

08.22.13

U46’s equity chief talks about closing gaps in race, social class, achievement — and excellence

He said the work of the district is determining where that standard of excellence is — college and career readiness, according to its mission statement — then how to move all its students toward that standard when they come from such different “places,” he said. That’s not just geographical place but also income, race, culture and experience. Read more...

08.21.13

ACT scores dip in Illinois as more tests are counted

Utah had the highest score out of the smaller group — 20.7 out of 36 — with Illinois students just one-tenth of a point behind. The national average is slightly higher, reflecting the better scores of students taking the ACT as a college-entrance exam rather than a high school requirement. Read more...

08.21.13

Bartlett Street Dance to collect supplies for overseas troops

Hanover Township, in cooperation with the Bartlett Volunteer Fire Association, will collect supplies for troops serving overseas at the Bartlett Street Dance from 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Bartlett Fire Barn, 218 S. Main St. Read more...

08.21.13

Elgin school evacuated because of nearby gas leak

Abbott Middle School, at Van Street and Commonwealth Avenue on Elgin’s west side, was evacuated for several hours Wednesday because of a nearby gas leak caused by a work crew. Read more...

08.21.13

Medical marijuana facilities could be in Bartlett business park

If a medical marijuana cultivation or dispensing center comes to Bartlett next year, it will likely be located in the Brewster Creek Business Park, away from homes, schools and day care centers. Read more...

08.21.13

U46 says first day of school a success

At the district’s elementary schools, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education Instruction & Equity Steve Burger said, “The switch goes on and you walk into schools on the first day and it’s almost as if they never left. The students fall right into their routines, the teachers fall right into teaching and its normalcy for us.” Read more...

08.20.13

Air quality alert issued for Tuesday

An “action day” alert is issued when air quality monitors and weather conditions indicate that ozone or fine particulate matter levels are likely to be unsafe for “sensitive groups,” according to the EPA. Alerts can be extended for additional days if conditions do not improve. Read more...

08.20.13

Elgin to hold east-side Walk With Mayor Wednesday

The walk will take about 45 minutes and provide an opportunity to talk with Kaptain and McLeod and meet neighbors. The walk will start at Freedom Run Dog Park, 6150 Russell Drive. Walk with the Mayor is sponsored by Activate Elgin, a coalition of community partners, which promotes communitywide efforts to improve health, well-being, and overall quality of life. For more information, call 1-847-931-6127. Read more...

08.20.13

Streamwood officials approve purchase, planting of new trees

Earlier this month, village trustees approved a contract of up to $310,500 for the removal of as many as 500 ash trees by the end of the year. The village board then agreed last week to pay Cedar Path Nurseries of Lockport $59,093 to supply and deliver up to 500 trees that will begin being planted this fall. Read more...

08.20.13

U-46 offers up balanced budget for 2014

U-46 will get $86 million from the state for its fiscal year 2014, which started July 1 and ends next June. That's $23 million more than last year but still $10.6 million short of what the state's own funding formula says the district deserves. Read more...

08.20.13

U46 students head back to school in ‘the year of reinvestment’

Those reinvestments include expanding time spent in art, music and physical education with the addition of 18 new teachers. They also include purchasing new laptops for every teacher in the state’s second-largest school district, as well as the first new school buses in five years. Read more...

08.19.13

Arts in Bartlett sponsoring birdhouse competition

Arts in Bartlett is sponsoring a Decorate a Birdhouse competition for the annual Heritage Days Festival Sept. 7-8. Birdhouses of any size or material, store-bought or handmade, will be accepted. The contest is open to all ages and entries can be designed by individuals, families or groups. Read more...

08.19.13

Gov. Quinn signs law requiring owners to report lost, stolen guns

In a park close to where a police officer was killed three years ago, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law Sunday that now requires the reporting of lost and stolen guns. Read more...

08.19.13

Quinn OKs 70 mph speed limit for interstates

County boards in Cook, Lake, Kane, McHenry, DuPage and Will can opt out of the higher speed limit if they so choose. Earlier this summer, most officials said they hadn't thought much about it yet. Read more...

08.19.13

Some locals still fighting Common Core

Developers of the Common Core — education leaders from across the country — presented the standards as a step forward in preparing the nation's children for college and career. The standards are specific with higher expectations in fewer categories to make sure students fully understand essential topics and skills. Read more...

08.19.13

U-46 school board to discuss 2014 budget Monday

The budget will be posted online at www.u-46.org Tuesday and remain there for 30 days. A public hearing will be held Sept. 16 ahead of an expected board vote Sept. 23. Read more...

08.18.13

U46 teachers prepare for earlier start, other changes to calendar

The teacher already had looked over her incoming students’ spring assessments to know where they are at academically, she said. Her 16-year-old also had showed her how to charge the new laptop computer every teacher in Elgin School District U46 received over the summer. Read more...

08.16.13

Elgin police start ‘Like it, lock it’ campaign

An increase in burglaries, especially to motor vehicles, in recent months has prompted Elgin police to start a campaign to get people to lock their car doors. Read more...

08.16.13

Tio Hardiman’s comeback role: candidate for governor

When his wife decided not to pursue a domestic battery charge against him last month, a feisty-sounding Tio Hardiman — the former head of the anti-violence group CeaseFire Illinois — promised a “comeback.” Here it is: He’s running for governor of Illinois. Read more...

08.16.13

West Nile mosquitoes found in Elgin

Local health officials announced Thursday they had discovered mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in Elgin. It was the second time in the past 30 days infected mosquitoes have been collected in the northern end of Kane County, though no human cases have been verified so far. Read more...

08.15.13

Hanover Park seeks vendors for Maxwell Street event

The Village of Hanover Park is seeking vendors for its annual autumn Maxwell Street West community garage sale, to be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the commuter parking lot, Barrington Road and Lake Street. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit hpil.org for an application. The cost for a space is $30 to $65 depending on residency and the number of spaces requested. For details contact the village clerk's office at (630) 823-5602. Read more...

08.15.13

Hanover Township collecting Troop donations

Hanover Township in cooperation with the Bartlett Volunteer Fire Association will be collecting supplies for troops serving overseas at the Bartlett Street Dance on Saturday, August 31 in downtown Bartlett. Admission is free and open to the public. Read more...

08.15.13

New kind of wanted poster: Elgin police use Facebook to ID crime suspects

There are 30 photos of people the Elgin Police Department wants to identify sitting on its official city website for the public to peruse. Read more...

08.15.13

Preckwinkle asks her Metra Board appointee to step down over residency

Preckwinkle, who appointed Rakestraw, issued the following statement: “When Stan Rakestraw applied for the position, he listed a Flossmoor address. Since he no longer resides in suburban Cook County, he is ineligible to serve as my appointment on Metra. As soon as I was notified of this fact, I requested Stan Rakestraw’s resignation.” Read more...

08.15.13

Streamwood to Host Quarterly Blood Drive

The Streamwood Blood Commission hosts its next blood drive at the Village Hall on Wednesday, August 28, from 2:00 – 8:00 pm. Anyone who is at least 17 years old, weighs at least 110 pounds, is in good health, and has not given blood in the past 56 days is eligible to donate. To schedule an appointment, please register online at www.lifesource.org and use the sponsor code SW98. You may also contact Jan Klee at (630) 289-9599. Walk-in donors are also welcome. Read more...

08.15.13

U-46 teachers to get new laptops

As Elgin Area School District U-46 teachers get their classrooms in order ahead of students' return next week, most also will be logging into new laptops. Read more...

08.14.13

A great deal of food collected at parade

"On behalf of the Hanover Township officials, the staff and all of the volunteers of our Welfare Services Department, I would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support in providing donations for the Township Food Pantry at the Bartlett Independence Day Parade." Brian P. McGuire, Hanover Township Supervisor Read more...

08.14.13

Elgin councilwoman participates in Edgar Fellows Program

In Elgin, discussions have at times become heated among city council members. Having different ideas, Powell said, is good, but what matters is how one presents those ideas, along with the willingness to compromise. Read more...

08.14.13

IDOT to host meeting Wednesday on Route 59 project in Bartlett

The public is invited to view updates and make comments on the project from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bartlett Hills Golf Club, 800 W. Oneida Ave. IDOT representatives will present an alternative plan, review the planning process to date, provide updates on the project status, and take comments from the public. Read more...

08.13.13

Farmer’s markets are fresh, friendly, frugal

Hanover Township’s Office of Community Health is presenting a special event in September — Farm to Table: A Nutritious Adventure — that further explores the benefits of eating healthy and proper nutrition, followed by a trip to the Elgin farmer’s market on Sept. 5 and Bartlett farmer’s market on Sept. 6. Call our office to sign up for this event, at 630-483-5665. Read more...

08.13.13

Hoffman Estates hosts large, one-day recycling event

Hoffman Estates is partnering with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County to host a free recycling event from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Susan H. Kenley-Rupnow Public Works Center, 2305 Pembroke Ave. Read more...

08.12.13

Sex ed law may mean little change for most schools

The bill, passed by the General Assembly this spring, would take effect Jan. 1 and is intended to help prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, said Democratic state Sen. Heather Steans, a co-sponsor of the legislation. Quinn's office says he supports the legislation but hasn't yet set a date to sign it. Read more...

08.11.13

Quinn OKs measure allowing land deal including Elgin, ECC and EMHC

Mayor Dave Kaptain said in May that the land deal might make it easier for the Larkin Center youth/adult therapy treatment agency and a potential nonprofit partner to develop a new campus allowing it to consolidate all its group homes into one location. The EMHC land also is being looked at as a possible site for holding Fourth of July fireworks in the city. Read more...

08.09.13

Bartlett gets new streetlights, banner arms, flower baskets

After six years, a streetscape project on West Bartlett Road between Route 59 and Western Avenue in Bartlett is just about complete, according to village officials. Read more...

08.09.13

Schaumburg parks offer new Android app

The Schaumburg Park District now offers one more way to be connected on the go. The district's ParkFun app for Android is now available on the Google Play Store. This free application, designed and developed by Links Technology Solutions Inc., joins the district's ParkFun app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch launched in May. Download the ParkFun for Android using the Google Play Store app or visit parkfun.com/app. For more information, call (847) 985-2115 or visit parkfun.com. Read more...

08.09.13

Township appoints residents to committees

The Hanover Township Board of Trustees has selected three residents to Township committees at a meeting earlier this month. Officials appointed Patricia Whitney and Lee Sedlack to the Senior Citizens’ Service Committee and Col. Craig Essick (ret.) to the Public Health and Safety Committee. Read more...

08.08.13

Hanover Twp. seniors showcasing art through August

Hanover Township seniors are showcasing their artwork in the township's "Got Art?" art show, which runs through the end of August. Residents are encouraged to stop by the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59, Bartlett, to see the hundreds of pieces created by seniors taking art classes there. An artist reception will take place from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the center. For more information, call the senior at (630) 483-5600. Read more...

08.08.13

Township seniors showcase art

Hanover Township seniors will be showcasing their artwork in the Township’s “Got Art?” art show to run through the month of August. Residents are encouraged to stop by and see the hundreds of pieces created by seniors in art classes held at the Hanover Township Senior Center. Read more...

08.07.13

Kadner: Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart launches help line for mentally ill

Dart has created an Office of Mental Health Policy and Advocacy at the Cook County Jail and established a 24-hour outreach program to help detainees suffering from mental health issues and their families. Read more...

08.07.13

Meeting will address development of Bartlett’s downtown business district

Bartlett residents, businesses and Metra commuters interested in the village's downtown are asked to attend an economic development commission meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, in the village hall council chambers, 228 S. Main St. There will be a discussion on strategies and ideas to enhance the relationship between area residents and Metra commuters with the downtown business district. For information, contact Tony Gradin, economic development coordinator, at (630) 540-5940 or tfradin@vbartlett.org Read more...

08.06.13

Talks to continue on new Hoffman Estates subdivision

A new 19-home subdivision is closer to becoming a reality in Hoffman Estates, but an annexation agreement, a preliminary site plan and a request to rezone the currently vacant 4.78 acres were sent back to the village's planning, building and zoning committee by the village board Monday. Read more...

08.06.13

U46 ready for new school year

And on Monday, U46 officials updated the school board on its readiness for the new school year st the last board meeting before the first day of class Monday, Aug. 19. Read more...

08.06.13

U-46 wraps up summer projects ahead of student return

Elgin Area School District U-46 educators are wrapping up a summer of professional development as class lists are finalized, construction projects draw to a close and the last few teacher positions are filled. Read more...

08.05.13

Gov. Quinn signs law requiring high schools to buy insurance for athletes

Known as “Rocky’s Law,” it requires all high school districts in Illinois to purchase catastrophic injury insurance up to $3 million for each of its student-athletes by Jan. 1, 2014. Families are eligible for the money up to five years after paying the first $50,000 in medical expenses. According to the law, insurance cannot cost more than $5 per student and it is up to the school districts to pay for the insurance. Read more...

08.05.13

Implementing medical marijuana law will take time

Illinois has become the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana with some of the strictest standards in the nation. But the proposal will take many months to set into motion because of complex rules and regulations. Read more...

08.05.13

Streamwood approves removal of up to 500 ash trees

Village manager Gary O'Rourke said the village board at its meeting Thursday night approved a $310,500 unit price contract with Kramer Tree Specialists Inc. for tree removal. The cost could vary, depending on how many trees are removed. Read more...

08.05.13

U46 discusses what first year of ‘transformation’ will look like

School District U46 Board of Education member Amy Kerber called the restructuring plan approved by the board in March for 10 of its elementary schools a “massive system shift.” Read more...

08.05.13

U-46 school board will hear about district readiness

Elgin Area School District U-46 school board members will hear about school readiness tonight, two weeks before students return to classes for the 2013-14 school year in the state's second largest district. Read more...

08.04.13

Bartlett receives $3.8 million FEMA grant for stormwater management

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency is awarding a $3.8 million grant to the village's stormwater management project, village officials announced Friday. Read more...

08.02.13

Bartlett banquet hall receives final approval

A plan for a new banquet hall that's drawn the ire of some of its future neighbors in Bartlett has won village approval, but only after owner Nico Scardino assured leaders he will work hard to keep noise inside and outside at a reasonable level. Read more...

08.01.13

Gun court plan ‘not such a good idea,’ Toni Preckwinkle says

The gun court plan that Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle said she wanted to implement by July 1 is on its way to the grave Read more...

08.01.13

Quinn plans to sign medical marijuana legislation Thursday

Gov. Pat Quinn will make Illinois the 20th state to legalize the use of marijuana to treat dozens of incapacitating and life-threatening illnesses by signing legislation authorizing the drug’s use, his office confirmed Wednesday evening. Read more...

07.31.13

Cook County-led sex trafficking sting yields 359 arrests

The sixth annual National Day of Johns Arrests campaign brought together 36 agencies in 17 states from Washington to Virginia. Locally, they included the Cook County sheriff's office, which served as the lead coordinating agency, as well as the FBI's Orland Park office, the Kane County sheriff's office and the Aurora and Elgin police departments. Read more...

07.31.13

Hanover Park to hold Coffee with the Board event

Hanover Park's village president, village clerk and board of trustees invite residents to attend the quarterly Coffee with the Board event from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Hanover Park Branch Library, 1266 Irving Park Road. Read more...

07.31.13

Preckwinkle, Dart say bond court delays cost taxpayers $80 million a year

“It takes us so long to dispose of serious cases that we save the state $70 million in prison time, but it costs us over $300 million because the jail is so much more expensive than prison,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who has been trying to reform the criminal system, particularly bond court, where accused criminals are assigned a cash amount to allow them to go free from jail while their cases are pending. Read more...

07.30.13

Cook County nixes gun-court idea: Commissioner John Fritchey

Fritchey said he received a letter from County President Toni Preckwinkle saying “Cook County criminal justice stakeholders agree that a specialized gun court would not reduce violence or improve efficiency.” Instead, there was “overwhelming support among the stakeholders for expanding intensive monitoring for juvenile gun offenders,” the April 9 letter said. Read more...

07.30.13

Hanover Park ready to hire development director

More than 18 months after Hanover Park's community and economic development director was fired for undisclosed reasons, the village is on the cusp of filling the position. Read more...

07.30.13

Suburban cops make prostitution arrests in nationwide sex trafficking sweep

The FBI said authorities saved 105 young people, almost all girls ages 13 to 17, who were forced into prostitution, and arrested 150 pimps and others in the three-day law enforcement sweep in 76 cities across the country. The Chicago-area effort also involved Aurora, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Alsip, Bedford Park, Lansing and Rockford. Read more...

07.30.13

Walk with Elgin mayor scheduled for Wednesday

Mayor David Kaptain and Activate Elgin will lead a walk through the Bowes Creek neighborhood at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Read more...

07.29.13

Judge tosses bid for hastened Ill. concealed carry

A federal judge is rejecting a legal bid by gun-rights advocates who wanted people to be able to immediately carry firearms in Illinois under the state's new concealed carry law. Read more...

07.29.13

Some scores out of date for transparency project

Officials from the city of Elgin and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County say grades assessing their transparency posted on a watchdog group's website were obsolete. Read more...

07.26.13

Attorneys in U46 discrimination trial agree to settlement phase on last claim

After eight years and more than $16 million in legal fees, Judge Robert W. Gettleman said Thursday he is hopeful the end of the racial discrimination trial against Elgin School District U46 will be “peaceful and productive for the children of U46.” Read more...

07.26.13

Cook County sheriff’s team taking guns if FOID card is revoked

A new Cook County Sheriff’s team is crisscrossing the suburbs to seize guns from thousands of people whose Firearm Owner’s Identification Cards have been revoked. Read more...

07.26.13

Hanover Park police invite public to Virtual Ride Along

Lt. Andy Johnson will lead a Virtual Ride Along from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday as he accompanies Officer Joe Giudice on his beat. From equipment checkout to 911 call responses, Johnson will document the night by posting status updates and answering questions on the department's Facebook page. Read more...

07.26.13

Judge halts, temporarily, Cook Co. tax on purchases beyond county’s border

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Robert Lopez Cepero on Wednesday granted a preliminary injunction against the tax, according to a county spokesman and the attorney representing the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Read more...

07.26.13

Virus Causes Massive Shutdown at Cook County Highway Department

The entire computer network of a Cook County department was shut down for nearly two weeks last month after a virus infected the system, NBC5 Investigates and The Better Government Association have learned. Read more...

07.25.13

At your service: Elgin’s ‘concierge’ 311 center moving toward fall rollout

While that might be a typical inquiry made to a municipality pretty much anywhere on any given day, the one in question actually is being handled in a new way for the city of Elgin. The city is in the process of setting up a 311 call center to route inquiries of all sorts, with the public works department the pilot for the program. Read more...

07.25.13

Bartlett firefighters to host street fest

The Bartlett Volunteer Fire Association is hosting the 6th Annual Street Fest / Dance & Raffle on Saturday August 31st from 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM. The Fest will be on Main Street in Downtown. The "Kids Zone" – fun activities for kids will again be a highlight during the afternoon. Also in the afternoon Hanover Township will co-sponsor a Classic Car Show in the Village Hall parking lot. Hanover Township will also sponsor a Veterans VIP Area. Attendees are encouraged to bring supplies "To Support Our Troops". Read more...

07.25.13

Elgin Izaak Walton League ice cream social Aug. 4

Homemade cakes, pies and ice Cream will be served at the Annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. hosted by the Elgin Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America. Read more...

07.25.13

Streamwood Summer Celebration this weekend

The theme of Streamwood's Summer Celebration 2013 is "The Best of Broadway." The party begins at 5 p.m. Friday, July 26, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday at Hoosier Grove Park, 700 W. Irving Park Road. It ends at 11 p.m. the first two days and at 8 p.m. Sunday. Read more...

07.24.13

U-46 discrimination case might be far from over

Judge Robert Gettleman two weeks ago ruled in favor of the district on two out of three key questions, saying U-46 did not discriminate against minority students when it redrew school boundaries or in the way it operated its English Language Learners program. But Gettleman ruled in favor of the plaintiffs — black and Latino families with children in the district — on the final question. He said the district discriminated in the way it ran its gifted program. Read more...

07.23.13

Casting call: senior center music video participants

Hanover Township seniors looking to make it big are going to have their chance. On August 17 at 8:00 AM, the Hanover Township Senior Center will be filming a music video. The completed video will be posted on YouTube and the Hanover Township website. Read more...

07.23.13

Durbin wants more police departments to trace guns

The legislation would require police departments seeking federal COPS grants to tell the federal government how many crime guns they've recovered. They would have to report how many were submitted to ATF for tracing and why any recovered guns were not submitted. Read more...

07.23.13

Gov. Quinn signs Medicaid expansion into law

Illinois became the latest state Monday to implement a central part of President Barack Obama's health care law by expanding Medicaid to cover low-income adults who don't have children at home. Read more...

07.22.13

Annual Cook County tax sale is Aug. 5-8

The office of Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas has urged some 73,000 property owners to pay delinquent bills to avoid their unpaid taxes from being offered for auction at the annual tax sale in August. Pappas' warning involves unpaid bills for tax year 2011 (originally payable in 2012). To pay up before the tax sale, pay at cookcountytreasurer.com before midnight, July 26; or at any Chase Bank by the close of business, Aug. 1, with a certified check, cashier's check or money order. Personal checks not accepted. This year's tax sale is a four-day auction, Aug. 5-8. "For most of us, our home is our biggest investment," Pappas said. "Don't risk losing it for an unpaid bill." Read more...

07.22.13

Hanover Park spending $140,000 to remove, plant trees

The Hanover Park village board recently approved a $100,000 contract with Tree Tech Pros to remove approximately 265 dead ash trees devastated by the emerald ash borer. Trustees also approved spending up to $40,000 for Alaniz Lawncare Inc. to plant about 180 trees on village parkways Read more...

07.22.13

U46 expands and rebrands summer school to stop summer learning loss

All are part of Elgin School District U46’s summer school program, expanded and rebranded this year as researchers confirm that students return to school in the fall on average a month behind where they performed in the spring. Read more...

07.22.13

West Nile Virus Threat Looms in Suburban Cook County

The threat of contracting West Nile Virus is likely imminent, as mosquito pools in nine suburban Cook County communities have already tested positive for the disease. Read more...

07.21.13

U-46 offers final registration assistance in August

Elgin Area School District U-46 is offering a series of final registration assistance events in August for those families who have not yet registered their students for the 2013-14 school year. Read more...

07.19.13

Arlington Heights, Elgin open cooling centers

The Elgin Police Department, meanwhile, has issued a warning to residents in a release. Those who need it have been urged to visit the city's designated cooling center, which is the police department lobby at 151 Douglas Avenue to stay cool, according to the release. Read more...

07.19.13

Elgin OKs contracts with firefighters, clerical workers

The city of Elgin has finalized two union contracts with its employees, one of them in arbitration, but will be starting the process all over again in the fall. Read more...

07.19.13

Hanover Park officials united against assault weapons ban

The board's vote means future decisions on the topic will be left to county or state lawmakers. A new state law that will allow permit holders to carry concealed weapons in public set midnight tonight as the deadline for suburbs to enact restrictions on so-called assault weapons and define what qualifies. Read more...

07.19.13

Hanover Township Mental Health Board grant applications now available

Grant applications for FY15 are now available from the Hanover Township Mental Health Board. Each year the Mental Health Board provides approximately $1 million in funding to agencies serving Hanover Township residents in the areas of mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse intervention and prevention. The FY15 funding period runs from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015. Read more...

07.18.13

Cook County adds to list of banned guns

By state law, people 18 and older can buy long guns like shotguns and people 21 years and older can buy handguns. The new Cook County ordinance would restrict the sale of all guns for people under 21. Read more...

07.18.13

Heat wave blankets a sweltering Illinois

Meanwhile, public health officials are opening cooling centers and warning people to drink plenty of fluids, check on neighbors and take precautions if they're outside. Read more...

07.18.13

Township to host recycling event

Hanover Township will host the 4th annual Recycling Extravaganza on Saturday, August 3, on the Township campus at 250 S. IL Route 59 in Bartlett. Starting at 8AM until 1PM, vendors will be onsite collecting electronics, bicycles, cell phones, car and marine batteries, dry cell/alkaline batteries, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, prescription drugs, books and magazines, clothing, ink cartridges, tires, gently worn shoes and much more. Document shredding will also be available. In 2012, over 900 residents came through the event to recycle items. Read more...

07.18.13

U46 seeks permission for high school math courses at middle schools

The U46 Board of Education has approved two waivers to the Illinois school code, one of them to continue offering high school-level math classes at district middle schools. That comes as more 8th grade students in U46 are becoming eligible for high school math programs — specifically geometry – something the district attributes to the success of its elementary math program, Everyday Math. Read more...

07.17.13

As deadline looms, few suburbs ban assault weapons

That kind of legal confusion will continue to exist given the Cook County law and its creation of different rules within some cross-county communities like Barrington, Roselle and Hanover Park. Even in Buffalo Grove, the Cook County ban will continue to prevail in that portion of the village, Braiman said. Read more...

07.17.13

Heat can be deadly; officials urge people to learn how to stay safe

He said those heat index conditions are expected to intensify throughout the week. They could climb as high as 101 or 102 by Friday, when thunderstorms are forecast to finally cool off the region. Read more...

07.17.13

School shooter simulation gives U46, Elgin responders practice handling unthinkable

Tuesday’s exercise was only that — a simulation of how Elgin police and firefighters and School District U46 officials would handle clearing a school following a 911 call reporting a shooter in the building. Read more...

07.17.13

Some question limits on U-46 leadership initiative

Elgin Area School District U-46 board members and others expressed concerns Monday night regarding limitations with parental involvement in the district-based leadership initiative. Read more...

07.16.13

Officials: Northwest Fourth-Fest showed great improvement

Hanover Township Supervisor Brian McGuire agreed, noting that while it's hard to tell how many township residents visited the festival, it was clear many were in attendance at some point over the weekend. Read more...

07.16.13

Opposing attorneys differ over ‘victory’ in ruling on U46 discrimination lawsuit

Weltman said the ruling will have civil rights ramifications across the country and benefits for future students. He sees the decision as calling out U46 for “intentionally discriminating in the admission and conducting of its gifted program” and said the district has an “indefensible position” on the matter. Read more...

07.16.13

U46 students hit bump on road to Destination 2015 as assessments change

The percentage of first-, third- and sixth-graders in School District U46 on target to meet the benchmarks of Destination 2015 in both reading and math dipped slightly this year, almost across the board. Read more...

07.15.13

Hanover Township hosts recycling event

Hanover Township will host a "recycling extravaganza" from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3. Drop off electronics, prescription drugs, batteries, cellphones and more at the township campus, 250 S. Route 59, in Bartlett. Shredding will also be available. For a full list of accepted items, visit hanover-township.org or call (847) 888-8329. The event is free and open to all residents. Read more...

07.14.13

Bartlett residents invited to Routes 59/20 meeting

The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting a meeting July 18 regarding proposed improvements to Route 20 at Route 59, specifically for residents of the Walnut Hills and Southwicke on Sutton subdivisions. The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the Bartlett village hall council chambers, 228 S. Main St. Residents will see the alternatives currently under consideration, and talk to the IDOT representatives. For info: US20IL59Study@burnsmcd.com. Read more...

07.12.13

Clearing up confusion about reported transparency scores for Elgin, ECC

As for Elgin, the city’s actual current tally is a 77.6, of which City Manager Sean Stegall informed the Council via email Wednesday. Of the published report, “This is unfortunate in that as of April 18, we had increased our transparency score to 77.6 percent and were continuing to work with the Illinois Policy Institute to update our website so as to increase that score further,” Stegall told the Council. “We are in contact with IPI to determine why their website has not been updated to reflect this higher score.” Read more...

07.12.13

Cook County property tax bills to show how much goes to TIF districts

In announcing 2012 revenue for TIF districts in Chicago and Cook County suburbs, Orr said the county is changing the format of the twice-yearly tax bills. Starting with the summer bills of 2014, taxpayers will see how much — if anything — they pay into a TIF. Read more...

07.12.13

Judge appears to rule mostly for Dist. U46 in discrimination suit

A resolution in the long-running federal discrimination lawsuit against Elgin School District U46 took a big step toward completion Thursday, with a 50-page opinion released from the judge in the case apparently finding mostly for U46. Read more...

07.12.13

LIHEAP summer cooling program to begin

Help is on the way for qualifying residents seeking financial assistance with their summer electricity bills. Starting July 15 and running through July 26, or until funds are exhausted, residents can come to the Hanover Township Senior Center to apply for assistance from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Residents will be assisted on a first-come, first-serve basis from 9AM to 3PM, Monday through Friday. Read more...

07.12.13

Suburbs seeing less revenue from taxing districts

Suburban Cook County towns are seeing less revenues from special taxing districts, according to a report released Thursday by Cook County Clerk David Orr's office. Read more...

07.11.13

Bartlett seeks neighborhoods to host National Night Out

The Bartlett Police Department is looking for neighborhoods that are interested in hosting National Night Out Block Parties or participating in a neighborhood lighting competition on Saturday, Aug. 3. Read more...

07.11.13

Hanover Park mayor opposes assault weapons ban

The July 18 meeting is within the 10-day window in which Hanover Park, along with other communities of more than 25,000 people, could enact a ban assault weapons within its borders. Read more...

07.11.13

Judge: U-46 did not discriminate against minorities in boundary changes

Eight years after a group of Elgin Area School District U-46 families sued the district for racial discrimination, Judge Robert Gettleman filed his opinion, finding mostly in favor of the district. Read more...

07.11.13

Township to co-host manufacturing job fair

Hanover Township and State Representative Fred Crespo are co-sponsoring a Manufacturing Job Fair on Monday, August 1 from 11AM to 3PM at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. IL Route 59 in Bartlett. Read more...

07.10.13

Audit: Suburban governments far from transparent

On the brighter end of the spectrum, 32 suburban agencies scored higher than 60 percent, with three — Lombard, Kane County and Hanover Township — earning a perfect score of 100 percent. Huntley was at 98.3 percent. Read more...

07.10.13

Hanover Township and Heartland Blood Center to Host Blood Drive

On Thursday, July 25, Hanover Township and Heartland Blood Centers are hosting a Blood Drive at the Township Senior Center at 240 S. IL Route 59 in Bartlett from 3pm to 7pm. Heartland is a non-for-profit blood center serving 49 hospitals in a 12 county area within Illinois. All of the blood collected by Heartland supports the hospitals in the communities. Read more...

07.10.13

Hanover Twp. to hold blood drive July 25

Hanover Township and Heartland Blood Centers will host a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the township Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59, Bartlett. Read more...

07.10.13

Illinois enacts nation’s final concealed-gun law

The last holdout on allowing the public possession of concealed guns, Illinois joined the rest of the nation Tuesday as lawmakers raced to beat a federal court deadline in adopting a carry law over Gov. Pat Quinn's objections. Read more...

07.10.13

New law gives suburbs 10 days to ban assault weapons

Last week, Bartlett decided not to move forward with a ban. Before that, Wheeling rejected one, Island Lake and Hainesville declined to vote for one, and Buffalo Grove and Hanover Park delayed their debates. Read more...

07.10.13

Roselle, Hanover Park seek boundary pact

The proposed boundary agreement would apply to unincorporated parcels south of Lake Street along Gary Avenue. It would make Gary the dividing line between both villages for the next 20 years, with Roselle getting land east of Gary. Read more...

07.09.13

Fire dept. wants gear to handle 700-lbs. patients

In a sign of these weighty times, at Wednesday’s Elgin City Council committee of the whole session, council members will discuss paying $32,100 to upgrade an existing ambulance so patients weighing up to 700 pounds can be more safely secured and transported. Read more...

07.09.13

Harvest Market to recycle electronics this Thursday

Elgin’s eWaste Recycle Event will be held at the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market on Thursday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read more...

07.09.13

Township to host clinic at Elgin office

On Tuesday, July 23, Hanover Township, Kid Care Medical Partners and Advanced Family Dental are hosting a “Back-to-School School/Sport Physical and Immunization Clinic” at the Township’s Community Relations Office at One American Way in Elgin from 4pm to 7pm. School physicals are required for students entering kindergarten and 6th and 9th grades and dental exams are required for students entering kindergarten and 2nd and 6th grades. Read more...

07.09.13

Tri-village Relay another big success

"On behalf of the Hanover Township officials and all the staff and volunteers, I would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood event last month." Brian P. McGuire, Hanover Township Supervisor Read more...

07.08.13

Controversy rolls on over new U-46 grading scale

A petition is circulating to get school board members to hold a vote on a change requiring all middle and high school teachers to grade student work on a scale of zero to 5 instead of zero to 100. Read more...

07.08.13

Editorial: Sheriff offers to serve as suburban inspector general

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is dipping his toe into deep water with his offer to act as inspector general for nearly 130 suburbs. Read more...

07.08.13

More than 1 million respond to first statewide education survey

Local districts began combing through preliminary results last month, and parents and taxpayers are expected to see the final results in the fall through a website, state officials said. Read more...

07.08.13

Storms in forecast for today, Tuesday

Forecasts call for scattered thunderstorms today and scattered strong thunderstorms on Tuesday, according to AccuWeather.com. Read more...

07.06.13

Estimated 40,000 people attend Northwest Fourth-Fest

Organizers said Friday they are pleased with the way the second annual Northwest Fourth-Fest is going so far, noting that approximately 40,000 people attended on Thursday alone. Read more...

07.05.13

Bartlett passes on opportunity to ban assault weapons

In anticipation of Illinois' new concealed carry gun legislation going into effect, a discussion among Bartlett village board members took place Tuesday regarding the possible creation of a village ordinance banning assault weapons. Read more...

07.05.13

Cook County Sheriff puts on holiday patrols

The Cook County Sheriff's Police are stepping up patrols over the Independence Day weekend, on the lookout for seat belt violators and other traffic violations. The extra patrols will be on the roads during the nighttime hours now through July 7. This extra patrols are paid for by grants from the Illinois Department of Transportation. In Illinois, motor vehicle crashes killed more than 50 people over the last five Independence Day holidays, according to IDOT. Read more...

07.05.13

Hoffman Estates honors disabled citizens

Three Hoffman Estates residents were honored this week with the Barb Basl Community Recognition Award. Read more...

07.05.13

Schaumburg-area clergy holding gun turn-in event

Inspired by last December's tragic events in Newtown, Conn., the Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates Clergy Association will host a Gun Turn In this month to reduce the number of unwanted or unnecessary firearms in the community. Read more...

07.05.13

What’s on tap at suburban festivals today

Now through Sunday, grounds of the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates (just off I-90). Carnival, Bingo, games, food and drink sales, live music, more. Hours: 6-11 p.m. today; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday. Village Arts & Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Today's main stage: Thompson Square, 7:30 p.m. $10, with opening act Adam Craig at 6 p.m. Saturday's main stage: Brian Lavender, 6 p.m. and .38 Special, 8 p.m. Sunday's main stage: Libido Funk Circus, 7:30 p.m. Free admission. www.northwestfourthfest.com. Read more...

07.03.13

Elgin TIF revenues down, general fund reserves healthy

The city of Elgin is getting less than anticipated in tax increment district financing revenues this year, which means the city council will decide how — and if — it will fund certain downtown projects in 2014, Chief Financial Officer Collen Lavery said. Read more...

07.03.13

Family bike ride in Hoffman Estates

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee of Hoffman Estates is hosting a free family bike ride 9 a.m. Saturday, July 6, as part of the village's Fourth of July festivities. Cyclists of all skill levels will gather at Cannon Crossings Park, 1675 Nicholson Drive, in western Hoffman Estates. The three-mile route will travel along neighborhood streets in the area at a leisurely pace. Reservations are not required, and all are welcome. Children, however, must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring your bike helmet. For a route map, as well as more information about other bicycle activities, visit hoffmanestates.org/bikes. Read more...

07.03.13

Northwest Fourth-fest readies for second year

In its second year, Northwest Fourth-Fest is the newest Fourth of July festival in the suburbs, sponsored by Hoffman Estates, Elgin, Hanover Park and Hanover Township. It will run from July 3-7, and admission is free. Read more...

07.02.13

DuPage River projects aim to ease flooding

V3 Construction also could begin work later this month on a roughly $8.1 million wetlands project at the West Branch Forest Preserve near Bartlett. Read more...

07.02.13

Lawmaker says Quinn to amend concealed carry bill

State Rep. Brandon Phelps, a Harrisburg Democrat, said the governor's office told him Quinn will sign an amended bill Tuesday — seven days before a July 9 deadline to legalize carry of weapons after a federal appeals court found Illinois' last-in-the-nation ban unconstitutional. Read more...

07.02.13

Quinn plans Tuesday to announce rewrite of concealed-carry legislation

Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to announce a rewrite Tuesday of legislation that would end Illinois’ last-in-the-nation prohibition on gun owners carrying their weapons in public places, multiple sources confirmed Monday night. Read more...

07.01.13

Illinois Lottery has $200 million in bookkeeping errors: state auditor

“This is a big issue for us,” said Rep. Fred Crespo, D-Hoffman Estates, chairman of the House General Services Appropriations Committee. Even if some of the problems arose because of the lottery's transition to being an independent agency, "some of this is pretty serious. The figures are concerning." Read more...

07.01.13

Some think religious vaccination exemption is too broad

Illinois has two types of exemptions allowing unvaccinated kids to stay in school: One calls for a doctor's note if, for example, a child is allergic to a certain vaccine. Or, a parent can file a religious objection to the immunizations. Read more...

07.01.13

U-46 aims to mentor its most vulnerable students

Among its approximately 41,000 students, Elgin Area School District U-46 had about 2,000 middle and high schoolers with at least two failing grades and five absences during the past school year. Read more...

06.30.13

Hoffman’s Fourth parade relocated for 2013

Due to the reconstruction of Hassell Road, the village of Hoffman Estates Fourth of July parade has relocated to Illinois Boulevard for 2013, only. Read more...

06.28.13

City may support Elgin Symphony in order to save it, and Hemmens

Without the Elgin Symphony Orchestra — its largest renter — performing at the Hemmens Cultural Center, the city would seriously need to consider that facility’s future, according to City Manager Sean Stegall. Read more...

06.28.13

Concealed carry amendatory veto likely, Lisa Madigan says

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Thursday that she expects Gov. Pat Quinn to rewrite a compromise measure to legalize the concealed carrying of firearms in public. Read more...

06.27.13

Area towns set Independence Day activities

There will be plenty of local Independence Day events to go to this year, starting this weekend. Read more...

06.27.13

Cook County projects $152 million deficit in 2014

Despite staring at a $152.1 million projected deficit in the upcoming budget for fiscal year 2014, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle pledged no sales or property tax increases Thursday. Read more...

06.27.13

Elgin OKs money, personnel for Northwest Fourth-Fest

The city of Elgin once again will join the Northwest Fourth-Fest Fourth of July fireworks event in Hoffman Estates, but it also will form a committee to look into bringing back the fireworks to Elgin next year. Read more...

06.27.13

Township to offer senior exercise class

Township seniors looking to get more active in their exercises now have a weekly opportunity. The Hanover Township Senior Center, is offering a “Strong and Fit” class, every Thursday, from 7:15 to 8:00PM. Located at 240 S. Route 59 in Bartlett, the class is open to seniors 55 years and older. No registration is required, however participants are asked to bring a $4 donation per session. Read more...

06.26.13

Bartlett police issue traffic advisory for Independence Day parade

The parade is scheduled to depart from the area of North and South Oak avenues at 1 p.m. It will end at the Apple Orchard Golf Course, located near the intersection of Stearns Road and Sycamore Drive, about 2:30 p.m. Several side streets along South Oak Avenue, South Main Street, South Bartlett Road and West Stearns Road will be temporarily shut down and traffic will be diverted during that period. Read more...

06.26.13

Flash flood warning for Cook, Lake, McHenry counties

The National Weather Center at noaa.gov has announced the stormy weather pattern will continue in the Midwest through Wednesday as heat and humidity fuel several rounds of thunderstorms. Read more...

06.26.13

Suburban property tax bills to see varying increases

Composite tax rates in indivual suburbs increased as little as 6.75 percent to as much as 20 percent, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr's office, which Tuesday released the 2012 property tax rates of more than 1,500 taxing agencies. Read more...

06.25.13

Cook County business property owners to see higher tax bills

Cook County officials are delivering a stern message to taxpayers: Just because the value of your property has gone down in the last few years, don’t expect the forthcoming tax bill to dip as well. Read more...

06.25.13

U-46 promotes from within, fills administrative vacancies

Kevin Wiland will take over as districtwide coordinator of math, allowing Marc Hans to specialize in science. Hans formerly held the coordinator position for math, science and instructional technology. Read more...

06.24.13

Why U-46 shies away from boundary changes

The last time Elgin Area School District U-46 redrew its attendance boundaries, it was slapped with a racial bias lawsuit. Read more...

06.23.13

Hanover Park considers assault weapons ban

After a brief discussion Thursday the board tabled the issue until next month, but not before a roomful of gun rights supporters urged them to drop the idea. Read more...

06.23.13

Remaking the grade: U46 drops 50 percent grade plan

Remaking the grade: U46 drops 50 percent grade plan Read more...

06.21.13

Bartlett approves purchase of nine police vehicles

The new vehicles are part of the department's normal vehicle rotation. Old vehicles are on auction, and the money from their sale will go back to the village's general fund, Williams said. Read more...

06.21.13

Interim principals, math coordinator named in U46

That comes as Superintendent Jose Torres said the district is working “quickly and effectively to fill our open positions with individuals who have already demonstrated their commitment to U46 and our motto of promoting academic success for all.” Read more...

06.21.13

Township accepting youth committee applications

Hanover Township is looking for interested adults and youth, 15 and older, to serve on the Township’s Committee on Youth (COY). Membership is open to adults who reside or work in the community and youth who reside or attend a High School in the Township. COY is a volunteer committee which serves in an advisory capacity to the Hanover Township Board of Trustees. Read more...

06.21.13

U46 Book Bus brings mobile book giveaway to students

More books, free books collected by the District U46 Transportation Union and driven over the summer to various neighborhoods within the Elgin school district. Read more...

06.20.13

‘Mel’ Runzel honored with Hanover Twp. senior park

That energy, in addition to a passion for Hanover Township youth and senior residents, provided just some of the reasons that the Runzel Reserve Senior Park was dedicated in her honor Tuesday. Read more...

06.20.13

Cook County Board votes to lower business use tax

The board approved a 1.25 percent use tax late last year as part of the budget. On Wednesday, commissioners reduced it to 0.75 percent, which Board President Toni Preckwinkle said would bring it into line with federal tax rules and bolster the county's case in two lawsuits. Read more...

06.20.13

Cook County Health trims taxpayer subsidy

Cook County Health and Hospitals System reduced its taxpayer subsidy in fiscal 2012 by nearly $23 million from the year before by reining in spending and treating fewer uninsured patients. Read more...

06.20.13

Hanover Twp. Emergency Services Unit receives Cook certification

The certification recognizes the department’s training program, disaster planning and emergency response capabilities. County certification has been an objective for the department since it was established by the township board to respond to man-made and natural disasters. The department is trained and equipped to assist public safety agencies serving Hanover Township residents on emergency scenes. Read more...

06.20.13

Township emergency services receives county certification

After nearly a 3 year process that included the development of a comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), the Hanover Township Emergency Services Department has received formal Emergency Management Agency certification from the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM). Certification by DHSEM recognizes the department’s training program, disaster planning and emergency response capabilities. County certification has been an objective for the department since it was established by the Township board to respond to man-made and natural disasters. The department is trained and equipped to assist public safety agencies serving Hanover Township residents on emergency scenes. Read more...

06.19.13

Cook Co. board to slash tax on businesses that shop across the border

The Cook County Board is expected Wednesday to slash a tax that mostly applies to business purchases made outside of the county. Read more...

06.19.13

Elgin expecting visit from sister city delegation

A delegation from Elgin's sister city in Chile is expected to visit Elgin over the Fourth of July holiday, though it remains unclear who will pay for its stay. Read more...

06.19.13

Food pantry donations taken at Bartlett parade

Hanover Township and the Bartlett Chamber of Commerce will collect donations for the Township Food Pantry during the Bartlett Independence Day parade, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. Read more...

06.19.13

Speed limits lowered in parts of Bartlett

peed limit decreases are going into effect on two stretches of West Bartlett Road and one section of Struckman Boulevard in Bartlett. Read more...

06.19.13

U-46 hopes to train more black parent leaders

The district has had more success in recruiting Latinos for its Hispanic Parent Leadership Institute than for the black equivalent. Last year, organizers received almost double the applicants as it could accept into the Hispanic group but only half for the African American Parent Leadership Institute. Read more...

06.18.13

Cook Co. board to slash tax on businesses that shop across the border

Aides to County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said commissioners will vote on reducing the tax on purchases of non-titled personal property. The rate would be cut to 0.75 percent from 1.25 percent. Read more...

06.18.13

Elgin VFW to hold Wednesday vet programs

VFW Post 1307 a monthly “3rd Wednesday” program centering on veterans issues and employment. Read more...

06.18.13

Hanover Twp. to hold ceremony for new senior park

Hanover Township will hold an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, for the Runzel Reserve Senior Park at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59, Bartlett. The park, about three quarters of an acre, features a gazebo, butterfly garden and senior planting boxes. The late Mary Ellen "Mel" Runzel served as a Hanover Township trustee and Welfare Services director. Hanover Township officials and staff will speak during the ceremony. Read more...

06.18.13

Illinois School District U-46 earns recognition

The Elgin district was just one of five at which Hispanic students are improving AP passing rates quickly enough to gain on their white peers, while increasing or keeping participation levels steady, according to a district press release. Read more...

06.18.13

No vote needed on controversial new grading scale in U46

The secondary grading commitee gave its third update about the controversial changes to Elgin School District U46’s grading and late work policies Monday night at the U46 Board of Education meeting. Read more...

06.18.13

U-46 grading changes means no score below 50 for students

Elgin, Larkin, South Elgin and Streamwood High Schools will implement 0 to 5 scales, which accomplish the same result for U-46 administrators who are trying to make every letter grade reflect an equal range of scores — i.e. 10 points for a failing grade just like 10 points for an A or one point for each on the 0-5 scale. Read more...

06.17.13

Country duo Thompson Square set to headline Northwest Fourth Fest

For $10, attendees can gain access to see Thompson Square 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, on the Village Green. The fenced-off area will be located across the street from the Sears Centre Arena, where the festival is being held for a second year. Tickets go on sale Wednesday. Read more...

06.17.13

Judson offering first doctoral program

So, Judson University's announcement Monday that it would offer its first doctoral degree — a doctorate of education in literacy — fits in nicely with the city's goals; education is part of nine key parts of the city's strategic plan. Read more...

06.17.13

Suburban bikers find a groove but want safer streets

What would make the experience even better, say cyclists, are safer routes and municipalities that want to invest in infrastructure for bikers and pedestrians. Read more...

06.17.13

Suburban districts spend $320,800 opposing online charter school plan

The Illinois Virtual Charter School at Fox River Valley was proposed to serve students in districts from Algonquin to Plainfield. When the school boards serving those communities unanimously rejected the idea, charter applicants appealed to the state charter school commission, furthering districts' legal costs. Read more...

06.14.13

Give blood, save lives: Donations needed even more in summer

"June 14 is National Blood Donor Day — and given the recent natural disasters and other unfortunate events our nation has endured this year, I think it warrants some awareness for the gift of blood donations and the gracious volunteers who supply it." Writes Hanover Township's Director of Community Health, Kristen Smith. Read more...

06.14.13

Hanover Park Park District borrowing to replace tennis dome

The indoor tennis dome at the Centre Court Athletic Club has collapsed one too many times for the liking of Hanover Park Park District officials, who this week approved a bond sale to fund its replacement. Read more...

06.14.13

Twp property tax bills out at the end of June

The second installment of Cook County property tax bills will be mailed in late June and should be due August 1. This marks the second consecutive year that tax bills will have a mid-summer due date, according to Thomas S. Smogolski. Read more...

06.13.13

Elgin Police walk-and-talk scheduled for June 18

The Elgin Police Department will kick off its 2013 community “walk and talks” on Tuesday in the Clifford Court area. The walk-and-talk initiative is conducted by officers and supervisors from within all divisions in the department. The program gives residents an opportunity to meet officers as well as talk about issues in the neighborhood that police might not be aware existed. Read more...

06.13.13

Relay For Life events set for June 14 in Northwest suburbs

The Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood relay will start at 6 p.m. at the Hanover Township campus, 250 S. Route 59, Bartlett. The Buffalo Grove-Stevenson High School event will begin at 7 p.m. at Buffalo Grove High School, 1100 W. Dundee Road. The Palatine/Rolling Meadows/Inverness relay will start at 6 p.m. at Sundling Junior High, 1100 N. Smith St., Palatine. Read more...

06.13.13

Schaumburg company named small businsess exporter of year

Led by third and fourth generation entrepreneurs, CEO Sandra Westlund-Deenihan and her son, President Jason Speer, Quality Float Works is globally engaged and has grown sales by 200 percent over the past 10 years due to developing a technological innovation that has allowed them to compete in the international marketplace. Read more...

06.12.13

Cook County Forest Preserve District turns 100

The district this week launches a three-year centennial campaign to celebrate with old and new friends and draw new visitors to experience nature within the oldest and largest forest preserve system in the nation, district Supt. Arnold Randall said. Read more...

06.12.13

Elgin preps for three summer celebrations

With the calendar now into the second week of June, several Elgin-related summertime events are that much closer to happening, offering everything from Fourth of July fun to arts with soul and a taste of the city’s ethnic diversity. Read more...

06.12.13

Preckwinkle launches bid for re-election as Cook County Board president

If she’s re-elected, she will focus on public safety and health care, Preckwinkle, 66, said Tuesday night at a a fund-raising event at the Chicago Cultural Center. Read more...

06.12.13

Rare derecho could produce nasty wind today

For the suburban area specifically, the weather service is warning of thunderstorms likely today, with widespread severe weather a possibility. Read more...

06.11.13

State panel may end bid for virtual charter

Appeals were filed after each of the 18 districts voted down the virtual charter, including East Aurora, West Aurora, Indian Prairie, Oswego, Elgin U46, Carpentersville-based 300, Burlington-based 301 and Naperville 203. Read more...

06.11.13

Hanover Park accepts electricity supply bid

Hanover Park officials have accepted a bid from Verde Energy USA Illinois to provide electricity supply for the village's electric aggregation programs. The alternative energy supplier will charge 5.556 cents per kilowatt hour, saving customers about 8 percent compared to ComEd. Read more...

06.11.13

Pace hoping to set up Park and Ride at Sears Centre Arena

The Hoffman Estates village board is considering an intergovernmental agreement that would allow Pace to set up a free Park and Ride lot at the arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, for suburban commuters to use on weekdays. The village is scheduled to vote June 17 on the agreement, which would designate 33 parking spaces on the east side of the arena as Park and Ride spots, according to Mike Hankey, the village's director of transportation and engineering. Read more...

06.11.13

Preckwinkle to announce re-election campaign

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will launch her re-election bid Tuesday, saying she wants another four years to try to reform the way the county locks up adult and juvenile criminal defendants and to get more people out to the forest preserves. Read more...

06.10.13

Bartlett police announces promotion

Rybaski has been with the Bartlett Police Department for eight years. He served as the Bartlett High School resource officer, physical skills in-house training instructor, and a member of the police department's Warrant Service team. He was also selected as the Bartlett Police Department's Police Officer of the Year in 2008. He holds a bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University. Read more...

06.10.13

Elgin group faces tough decisions creating charter school

Elgin Area School District U-46 has school-within-a-school programs to challenge its gifted elementary and middle school students. Its high school academies reach the high-performing older students in such targeted programs as science, engineering and technology, and visual and performing arts. Special education programs serve those students who need extra support outside of the standard curriculum. Read more...

06.09.13

Four Elgin police promoted

With a standing-room-only crowd of 250 watching in The Centre of Elgin’s ballroom, the Elgin Police Department promoted a chain of four officers Friday, including a new deputy chief and commander. Read more...

06.07.13

Elgin produces its first Harvest Market of season

The city’s Harvest Market’s 14th season got off to a soggy start Thursday morning, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of those who stopped by to check out familiar vendors and new offerings. Read more...

06.07.13

Elgin, others look to chart housing needs

Sen. Dick Durbin toured neighborhoods in Elgin two years ago and talked to residents such as Jim Kelly who were dealing with foreclosures. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is working with Elgin, Carpentersville, East Dundee and West Dundee to identify future housing trends in the area and determine how to meet those needs. In Elgin, for example, many people have bought foreclosed homes and turned them into apartments, Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain said Read more...

06.07.13

More federal flood help comes, but not for Cook County

Gov. Pat Quinn's office said expenses in Cook County reached $9.3 million, short of the $17.9 million in damage needed for the county to qualify for assistance. Counties have to show $3.45 in damage per person to get help. Read more...

06.07.13

Streamwood residents wary of dealership proposal

Residents expressed concerns Thursday about traffic, toxins, tree removal and other issues in response to a proposal for the construction of a new $12 million car dealership in Streamwood. Read more...

06.06.13

Elgin transit plan focuses on larger redevelopment

A preliminary draft plan for the so-called Chicago Street Station Area Plan in Elgin runs the gamut of redevelopment proposals, from street beautification to multistory housing along Route 31. Read more...

06.06.13

Hanover Township set to begin summer break open gym

Basketball, dodge ball, soccer and arts & crafts are just some of the activities offered at the Hanover Township Open Gym program during the summer break. Youth residents, ages 5 -18 are eligible to participate in a wide variety of recreational, educational, and social activities in School District U-46 gyms as well as a brand new site at the Township’s Izaak Walton Center in Elgin. Read more...

06.06.13

U-46 hires two new assistant superintendents

The district will bring back the administrative position of chief academic officer, albeit with a new name. It also is naming a second assistant superintendent for elementary, schools instruction and equity; Ushma Shah, who currently fills that position, will focus on the federally mandated restructuring process of 10 elementary schools deemed failing under No Child Left Behind Act guidelines. Read more...

06.06.13

U-46 lunch supervisor policy causes safety concerns

Elgin Area School District U-46 will implement a new lunch monitor policy next year that has some parents concerned about safety. Read more...

06.05.13

Court OKs 30-day extension for Quinn to review concealed-carry legislation

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday gave the state of Illinois an extra 30 days to lift its ban on concealed weapons. Read more...

06.05.13

Toni Preckwinkle endorses plan to cut county government’s energy bill

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle advanced a plan Tuesday to lower her government agency’s energy bill and reduce the greenhouse gases produced by its daily operations. Read more...

06.05.13

U-46 changes grading scale for failing students

Middle and high school students in Elgin Area School District U-46 who don't do any work for an entire semester still will fail next year, but if a new grading policy is implemented, they will fail with a grade of 50 percent, rather than a zero. Read more...

06.05.13

U46 set to spend $4M on new technology

The School District U46 Board of Education recently approved more than $4 million in new technology, including mobile, laptop and desktop computers. Read more...

06.05.13

Union teacher conference costs some taxpayers twice

A Daily Herald investigation of nearly 100 suburban school districts in six counties found that taxpayers in 27 districts paid all or some of the costs for substitute teachers or temporary support staff hired to cover for the absent teachers. Read more...

06.04.13

Hoffman Estates fire chief retiring after 38 years with department

After nearly four decades with the department — and five years at the helm — Hoffman Estates Fire Chief Robert Gorvett is retiring. Read more...

06.04.13

Whether Illinois or Utah, concealed carry takes training

Federal courts give Gov. Pat Quinn until Sunday to sign into law a bill allowing civilians to carry guns in public. But thousands of our state's residents already are licensed to carry guns throughout most of the nation — except Illinois — as nonresidents of Utah. Read more...

06.03.13

Legislators give go-ahead to new Elgin-O'Hare toll road

Both chambers passed a resolution that expands the tollway system with a new highway skirting O'Hare and lengthening the existing Elgin-O'Hare Expressway. Read more...

06.03.13

U-46 hopes for more Title I funds

Three new elementary schools, three new middle schools and one new high school in Elgin Area School District U-46 are hoping for Title I funds for next year, showing an increase in poverty across the district. Read more...

06.03.13

U-46 students encouraged to read this summer

José M. Torres, superintendent of Elgin Area School District U-46, issued his Summer Reading Challenge, encouraging every student to participate in the summer reading library programs offered at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Bartlett Public Library, and Poplar Creek Public Library in Streamwood. Read more...

06.01.13

Hanover Park, park district to hold Touch-a-Truck event

The village of Hanover Park and the Hanover Park Park District will hold their annual Touch-a-Truck event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Metra station parking lot, Barrington Road and Lake Street, Hanover Park. The police, fire and public works departments and park district will put their vehicles on display. The Hanover Park Veterans Committee also will collect items to be sent to the troops. For more information, call village Clerk Eira Corral at (630) 823-5601. Read more...

06.01.13

Sleepy Hollow Road to close Monday under I-90

Sleepy Hollow Road/McLean Boulevard under the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) along Elgin’s northern border is scheduled to close to traffic for two weeks beginning Monday, to accommodate bridge demolition work. Read more...

06.01.13

Students cited for work toward greener Elgin

They can start with the sixth-graders, the leaders at their schools, to take that message to the elementary schools in Elgin School District U46. They can reach out to the other middle schools. Read more...

05.31.13

Charter school’s fate in limbo as leader resigns

She said she still believed in virtual learning and in the model put forward by Virtual Learning Solutions, a nonprofit that had proposed to establish a virtual charter school this fall that would serve at-risk students from 18 local districts, including West Aurora, East Aurora, Indian Prairie, Oswego, Elgin U-46 and Naperville 203. Read more...

05.31.13

Hanover Park mayor still doing “back flips” over ranking

It's been a few months, but Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig says he's still doing back flips — figuratively speaking, of course — over the village's spot on a national real estate research firm's list of the safest towns in the country. Read more...

05.31.13

More heavy rainfall expected; flood watch in suburbs

The weather service also expanded its flash flood watch through Saturday evening. The counties of Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane and Will are included. Read more...

05.31.13

State Senate rejects sweeping public pension cuts

The Illinois Senate rejected a sweeping package of public employee pension cuts Thursday, possibly leaving lawmakers without a path forward on the state's biggest financial pressure and almost no time to find one. Read more...

05.31.13

Streamwood police launch monthly beat meetings

Streamwood residents can now meet one-on-one with the police officers who patrol the area they live in. Read more...

05.30.13

Elgin files fire safety-related lawsuits against three high-rise overseers

According to the memo, the most significant requirement of the city’s Life Safety and Fire Code is that such buildings have an approved automatic sprinkler system or an engineered life safety system. None of the buildings have such sprinklers, and they lack any number of improvements that would be required for consideration as an engineered system, the city says. Read more...

05.30.13

Local police set to stand on rooftops for a cause

For the 11th year in a row, hundreds of law enforcement officers from throughout the state — including some in Elgin, South Elgin, Hampshire, East Dundee, Carpentersville and Gilberts — will stake out Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops to benefit Special Olympics Illinois beginning at 6 a.m. Friday. Read more...

05.30.13

Walks with Elgin’s mayor resume

Kaptain’s treks will be part of the second summertime Walk with the Mayor program, an effort where Activate Elgin and the city partner to get residents moving for better health. Read more...

05.29.13

Anti-hazing plan passes in state Senate

A suburban lawmaker's proposal that grew out of hazing scandals in the suburbs passed the Illinois Senate unanimously Tuesday. Read more...

05.29.13

Extra bonus for Link/EBT customers at Elgin farmers market

Customers who swipe their Link/EBT cards at the information booth at the Elgin market can get an additional $20 in Link tokens per week through a new "Link double couponing" program funded by a donation from BMO Harris Bank, said market manager Jennifer Benson, of the Downtown Neighborhood Association. Read more...

05.29.13

Fate of charter appeal uncertain

When Gov. Pat Quinn signed a one-year moratorium on the establishment of new virtual charter schools into law, suburban administrators expected an end to the appeal process currently under way for one such school. Read more...

05.28.13

Memorial Day ceremony honors Elgin’s Civil War service

For the past nine years, following the annual Bluff City Cemetery Memorial Day program, attendees can wander around the east-facing hill that is the final resting place for many of those soldiers and read a little more about many of them. Read more...

05.28.13

Streamwood ceremony honors the fallen

Surrounded by a crowd of more than 200 residents and military personnel, Richard Winterfield, of the Illinois National Guard, said it's important to remember Memorial Day is a time to stop and give thanks for those who died protecting our freedoms. Read more...

05.27.13

Road construction may put a bump in summer travel

Planning on driving home from a long weekend in Lake Geneva? Heading west to Elgin? Or landing at O’Hare Airport late at night? Read more...

05.26.13

Weather spotters keep watch over Hanover Twp.

But in Hanover Township, a group of specially trained volunteers heads outside with their eyes on the sky. The volunteers are members of the Hanover Township Emergency Services Unit, and they are trained weather spotters on the lookout for funnel clouds and other severe weather issues, according to a township release. Read more...

05.24.13

Newly expanded Bartlett Aquatic Center opens Saturday

More than two years after residents approved a tax increase to fund its construction, the newly renovated and expanded Bartlett Aquatic Center will open this weekend. Read more...

05.24.13

Twice as many U46 teachers retiring than in average year

A total 178 employees are ending their careers this year in the district: 143 teachers, six administrators and 29 support staff, according to data from U46 Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Melanie Meidel. Read more...

05.23.13

Elgin city council keeps sick leave donation policy

A program that allows Elgin employees to donate their unused sick leave to sick colleagues will continue to stand for now, as city council members continue debating the topic. Read more...

05.23.13

Turnquist retires as longest-serving male teacher in U-46

With 41 years in the classroom, Jerry Turnquist will retire as the longest-serving male teacher in Elgin Area School District U-46 history. Read more...

05.22.13

Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Summer Food Service Program Provides Meals for Children At Risk of Hunger

Northern Illinois Food Bank today announces its participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill the gap that occurs when school lets out for summer vacation and children who received free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch during the school year through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs do not have access to those meal programs. Read more...

05.22.13

Township tutoring program to begin for summer semester

Hanover Township offers summer tutoring for Township residents to prevent Summer Learning Loss. The program is an excellent and affordable resource for children who need additional help to improve their academic skills or just want to keep their children from losing academic skills and knowledge. Read more...

05.21.13

Booths available at Northwest Fourth Fest business expo

Businesses interested in highlighting their products and services at this year's Northwest Fourth Fest in Hoffman Estates can now purchase a booth. Booths are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7, inside the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway. Read more...

05.21.13

ECC reveals proposed budget that is ‘more normal’ after major construction

Elgin Community College’s 2013-14 budget now is available for public viewing, and it’s back to “more normal expenditures” after several years of construction projects, according to Vice President of Business and Finance Sharon Konny. Read more...

05.21.13

Ex-U-46 teacher accuses district of forcing resignation

A former U-46 teacher has sued the district, arguing she was essentially fired and discriminated against after a hospitalization in fall 2010. Read more...

05.20.13

Elgin police want to know where surveillance cameras are

The Elgin Police Department is asking residents and business owners to let them know if they have surveillance cameras, so that if a crime takes place, police know where to look quickly for potential evidence. Read more...

05.20.13

Napolitano hears from U46 residents at townhall meeting

School District U46 Board of Education member Frank Napolitano invited discussion at the first of what he said he hopes will become monthly townhall meetings with U46 residents Saturday morning at the Elgin Township offices. Read more...

05.20.13

Traffic crackdowns in many Northwest suburbs

Traffic crackdowns funded with federal grant money putting extra police on the streets with overtime pay are going on in many Northwest suburbs through Memorial Day. Read more...

05.19.13

Wolf named Elgin deputy police chief; three others promoted

A ceremony to make all four promotions official will be held at 3 p.m. on June 5 in the Heritage Ballroom at The Centre of Elgin. Anyone from the community is invited, said O’Shea, who was functioning as the department’s official spokesman Friday. Read more...

05.17.13

Hoffman Estates public works, police host open houses this weekend

Hoffman Estates' public works and police departments will host open houses this weekend to give residents an inside look at their operations. Read more...

05.17.13

Senate gun plan would let towns set limits

Many individual suburbs would get the opportunity to decide where people could carry concealed guns under a plan approved by a Senate committee Thursday. Read more...

05.17.13

State sets hearing dates for online school proposal

The hearings – one for each of the 18 districts impacted -- will take place June 19, 20, 21 and 24 in the western suburbs. Read more...

05.17.13

Toni Preckwinkle rips Emanuel, says CPS closure plan ‘weakens our public schools’

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle broadly criticized Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s education agenda Thursday, saying the Chicago Public Schools teachers’ strike last year had provided the excuse for a sweeping school-closure plan that “weakens our public schools.” Read more...

05.17.13

Two Elgin-related bills await Gov. Quinn’s signature

Two Elgin related bills - one involving a local land deal, the other allowing homebrewed beer to be served at festivals - have passed the State House and Senate and are awaiting Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature. Read more...

05.16.13

Area chambers oppose gambling expansion

All of the chambers are located in or near towns that have casinos. Chamber leaders from Aurora, Elgin, Des Plaines, Joliet and Naperville issued a joint letter on Wednesday that lobbied against the passage of Senate Bill 1739. The bill would add a south suburban casino, a Chicago casino, and slot machines at racetracks to the state’s gambling mix. The Senate has passed the bill, and the House is now considering it. Read more...

05.16.13

U.S. education secretary takes ‘tough’ questions in U46

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan squeezed through a passing period in the hallway at Streamwood High School, head and shoulders above the students scrambling to class. Read more...

05.15.13

Renovations begin Thursday at Hanover Park library

If everything goes as planned, Hanover Park residents will have a bigger, updated library branch by November. Read more...

05.15.13

State officials: Lowering DUI limit worth a look

Secretary of State Jesse White said the idea of reducing Illinois' drunk-driving threshold from a .08 to a .05 blood alcohol content deserves "further study," a spokesman said Tuesday after a federal agency recommended the change. Read more...

05.15.13

U46 recognizes the top 2 percent of grads

Ask the top 2 percent of high school seniors graduating this month from School District U46 what the secret to their success in school is, and the answer is the same: There is no secret. Read more...

05.14.13

Giving a lesson on distracted driving

Last Wednesday, in just over 1½ hours, Elgin officers working in teams ticketed 11 drivers for using their cellphones in school zones. As many as five other drivers got away, as officers were already ticketing those they were able to stop. Read more...

05.14.13

Hanover Township receives prestigious CAFR award

Hanover Township has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Read more...

05.14.13

Scammers posing as ComEd bill collectors

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) has issued a consumer alert warning ComEd customers about a growing scam in which con artists posing as utility workers call or visit consumers’ homes and demand quick payment to avoid a service shutoff. Read more...

05.10.13

New Bartlett leaders learn, make village history

Among the dozens of people who came to watch the Bartlett village board swearing-in ceremony Tuesday was Pam Rohleder, director of the Bartlett History Museum and the Bartlett Depot Museum. Read more...

05.10.13

Thanks, and taxes, on minds as newly elected Elgin council members sworn in

With the swearing-in of new members Wednesday night, Elgin’s city council is big enough now to field a softball team. Read more...

05.10.13

Thirty U-46 seniors receive Superintendent Scholarships

José M. Torres, superintendent of Elgin Area School District U-46, hosted a special award ceremony April 30 at Kenyon Woods Middle School to recognize 30 high school students who were awarded with this year's Superintendent Scholarships. Read more...

05.10.13

Township foundation sets annual summer fundraiser

The Hanover Township Foundation will hold their annual summer fundraiser on Thursday, July 18, cruising down the Fox River on The Fox River Queen. Supporters will depart from Pottawatomie Park, 2 North Avenue in St. Charles, at 6:00PM and return at 8:00PM. Dinner is included. Tickets are $50 per person, or $90 per couple. Read more...

05.09.13

Business Booming For Cell Phone Storage Entrepreneur Outside Cook County Courthouse

Miguel Sosa is the proprietor of Hold ‘Em Up! – a van parked on California that has storage room for cell phones and other items people need to leave behind when they go into the courthouse. Read more...

05.09.13

Elgin to discuss plans for Hemmens’ future

Mayor David Kaptain said he wants the city council to consider creating a blue ribbon committee of people who have no financial interest in the Hemmens. Read more...

05.09.13

Forum aims to shed light on human trafficking in suburbs

Elgin-based Administer Justice, an agency that offers free and discounted legal aid to low-income people, has joined forces with the Elgin Police Department, Willow Creek Community Church and other groups to discuss those issues during the ATLAST Human Trafficking Awareness Forum. ATLAST stands for Attorneys Targeting Labor And Sex Trafficking. The forum will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin. Read more...

05.09.13

Suspicious suitcase prompts closure of downtown Elgin bridge, train traffic

Police had the Chicago and Highland street bridges closed down for more about 40 minutes Wednesday night after a PACE bus driver reported spotting a suspicious package in front of the Chicago Street PACE terminal. Read more...

05.08.13

Bartlett’s new village president, new trustees sworn in

Bartlett's new mayor and four new village board members were greeted with loud rounds of applause from more than 80 residents who came to witness their swearing-in ceremony Tuesday. Read more...

05.08.13

Elgin’s Izaak Walton chapter wants to stabilize Willow Creek

About 20 people met Tuesday night to discuss Willow Creek, a tributary of Poplar Creek in Elgin's southeast side. The discussion was based on a management plan for the Willow Creek watershed completed in August 2012 by environmental biologist Karen Kase, who works for Hampton, Lenzini and Renwick Inc. in Elgin. Read more...

05.07.13

Elgin Area Firefighters Memorial Saturday

The annual Elgin Area Firefighters Memorial ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the George Van De Voorde Firefighter Memorial Park, at 533 St. Charles St. Read more...

05.07.13

Tony's Finer Foods opening Wednesday in Hanover Park

Itasca-based Tony's Finer Foods will open its 10th Chicago-area store Wednesday in the Westview Shopping Center building at 7580 Barrington Road. Read more...

05.07.13

U-46 says goodbye to longtime board members

The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board met Monday evening to say goodbye to outgoing members and welcome new ones as the April election forced a changing of the guard — though not of the board's leadership. Read more...

05.06.13

Sheriff Tom Dart proposes Cook County concealed-carry ordinance

Dart said he’s worried about a stalemate in the General Assembly on a law to license people to carry concealed guns. If legislators don’t meet a June 9 court deadline to pass such a law, anyone with a state firearm owner’s identification card could legally walk anywhere in public with a concealed weapon, Dart said. Read more...

05.04.13

Education summit brings together Elgin community

Educators, nonprofit agencies, business owners and other community members participated in the event spearheaded by Kaptain in partnership with Elgin Area School District U-46, Community Unit School District 301 and Elgin Community College. It was held at The Centre of Elgin. Read more...

05.04.13

Elgin downtown association develops ideas

The first "Downtown Brainstorm" of the year in Elgin will result in concrete action, including making sure marketing fliers are in both English and Spanish, organizers said. Read more...

05.03.13

Breakfast in the classroom gets kids ready to learn

More than 6,300 students at 10 schools in Elgin Area School District U-46 participate in the Breakfast in the Classroom program that expanded morning meal offerings to kids for the first time this year. Read more...

05.03.13

Cook County, Schaumburg tout joint road projects for 2013

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other county officials joined with their Schaumburg counterparts Thursday to mark this year's important collaborative road projects and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Cook County Highway Department. Read more...

05.03.13

Elgin police outreach to show what they do

An outreach program Saturday sponsored by the Elgin Police Citizen Advisory Committee will show off what the police department does and offer educational activities for adults and children. Read more...

05.02.13

Elgin's Green Expo to feature more than 150 participants

The expo takes place May 10 and 11 at The Centre of Elgin. The group Elgin Climate Change Organization is spearheading the free event, which organizers say is the largest of its kind in the Fox Valley. Read more...

05.02.13

First AVID seniors in U46 advance to college

This is the fourth year of AVID in Elgin School District U46, making this year’s high school seniors in the program its first graduating class. Read more...

05.01.13

Preckwinkle: Development efforts must be regional

Investing in education and infrastructure is the key to economic growth in Cook County, coupled with a focus on the region and not just Chicago, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday during a business luncheon in Palatine. Read more...

04.30.13

72 teachers cut in U-46; some may return next year

Elgin Area School District U-46 will say goodbye to 72 teachers this year based on annual "reductions in force." Read more...

04.30.13

Allow concealed carry except in Cook County?

A new plan to exclude Cook County from legislation allowing people to carry concealed guns could create havoc for some suburbs that cross county lines, suburban lawmakers and police say. Read more...

04.30.13

Flood waters, warmer temps may bring more mosquitoes

Just as some area residents clean up from flooding because of record rainfall, they could soon be rocked with another problem — hungry floodwater mosquitoes. Read more...

04.30.13

Senate gun bill will get an overhaul

An Illinois state senator said Monday he will rework legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns that emerged last week after concerns about extra levels of scrutiny for Chicago and Cook County, but he defended the proposal against complaints that it was more restrictive than first touted. Read more...

04.29.13

Dual language programs prepare students for a global society

Modern dual language programs have taken off in the past five to eight years, said Edward Tabet-Cubero, deputy director of Dual Language Education of New Mexico, a nonprofit technical assistance center that works with school districts across the country to implement dual language programs. He has been helping Elgin Area School District U-46 with its nearly unprecedented rollout of Spanish/English instruction, the planning for which started about three years ago. Read more...

04.29.13

Spring ushers in Elgin-O’Hare, other road construction

When it's finally completed, the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway extension and western bypass won't just offer a new route to the airport. It will provide a strategic new link from the Western suburbs to the south and north of O'Hare and triple the capacity of the current corridor to between 75,000 and 150,000 vehicles a day. Read more...

04.28.13

Expanding surveillance to fight crime: Elgin police discuss how they are forming an electronic version of neighborhood watch

These days, the newly named Technical Investigations Unit deploys a broad range of technology including audio and video pieces that can be used in a covert manner, telephone call interceptors, and myriad cameras, the men said. The city alone has approximately 20 surveillance systems on its properties, with an average of 16 cameras on each system that the police can monitor from their headquarters, Clancy said. Read more...

04.28.13

Third ‘Love Elgin Day’ draws awareness to poverty’s reach

Poverty takes on many forms, says the Rev. Robert Sathuri of First United Methodist Church in Elgin. And “Love Elgin Day,” held Saturday at several local churches, served the economically, socially, spiritually and psychologically poor. Read more...

04.26.13

Common sense locked out in Cook County Jail dispute

Something extremely odd happened in the Cook County criminal court system in November: Suddenly, and without notice or explanation, judges all but stopped ordering pretrial detainees to be released on electronic home monitoring. Read more...

04.26.13

Elgin student creates first Water Day

Elgin Water Day opens with a public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Elgin ArtSpace, 51 S. Spring St., for an exhibit titled "The Language of Water: An Interlude of the Arts and Sustainability." The exhibit runs through May 4 and includes works by ArtSpace residents, Fox Valley artists and local students. Read more...

04.26.13

Golf rates going up at Bartlett Hills

Resident and nonresident unlimited passes — the holders of which usually play between 50 to 125 rounds annually — will increase by about 5 percent. Their last increase was in 2009. Read more...

04.26.13

Township to offer employment counseling

Hanover Township is now offering job counseling for residents looking for assistance in finding gainful employment. Township staff will work one-on-one with residents to develop a personalized plan and employment search for all types of work. Job counseling is available at the Astor Avenue Community Center, 7431 Astor Avenue in Hanover Park and at the Community Relations Office, One American Way in Elgin, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Read more...

04.25.13

Elgin, S. Elgin, St. Charles to collect flood debris

Household items damaged by flooding will be picked up along with regular trash by the disposal companies serving Elgin, South Elgin and St. Charles. Read more...

04.25.13

Gas tax boost urged for transportation funding

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce believes the state either needs to increase the MFT tax by 10 cents per gallon or eliminate the 19-cents-per-gallon sales tax paid now in exchange for a 10 percent sales tax on fuel sales, Whitley said. Read more...

04.25.13

Golden Apple gives recognition to U46 student and teacher

A Streamwood High School music teacher has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, and an Elgin High School student has been chosen as a member of the Golden Apple Scholars Class of 2013. Read more...

04.24.13

Amid unknowns, U46 gets first look at budget

School District U46 officials have taken their first perusal of the district’s proposed 2014 budget, a budget that now appears balanced at just over $500 million. Read more...

04.24.13

Bartlett approves $52.1 million budget

The Bartlett village board approved a $52.1 million balanced budget earlier this month that includes three new positions in the public works and police department, vehicle replacements and continued roadwork. Read more...

04.24.13

Elgin planning disaster-prep efforts

Thanks to federal grant money, the city will host an expo to help residents better prepare for disasters, and it will be taking that message on the road with a mobile classroom. Read more...

04.24.13

Streamwood commission hosts environmental education day

The Streamwood Natural Resource Conservancy Commission is hosting an environmental event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, to celebrate Streamwood Environmental Education Day. Read more...

04.23.13

All Fox Valley-area districts nix virtual charter school plan

All 18 districts affected by a proposed Fox Valley-area virtual charter school have denied the concept and now await an appeal process. Read more...

04.23.13

Elgin to begin work this year on Jack E. Cook regional park

The city is set to move forward with the bid process and into the construction phase this year for a long-in-the-works park on Elgin’s far western outskirts. Read more...

04.23.13

Illinois looking at different concealed carry rules for Cook County

People who want to carry a concealed weapon in Chicago and elsewhere in Cook County would get an extra layer of scrutiny under legislation being drafted in the Illinois Senate, according to the authors of the proposal. Read more...

04.22.13

Local river levels dropping, but eyes are on the horizon

“The Fox River is supposed to be peaking today, but a lot of our tributaries, Poplar and Tyler creek ... our observation is that they are subsiding,” said Elgin Fire Battalion Chief Tim Michaels. “We haven’t had any more emergencies. After today, we are thinking the worst has past us.” Read more...

04.22.13

Elgin police warn of post-flood scammers

Police are warning residents to be on the lookout for scammers who may try to take advantage of homeowners and businesses in the wake of last week’s flooding. Read more...

04.20.13

Hanover Park helps residents seek flood damage reimbursement

The police department developed a process to report the damage and receive possible reimbursement for anything not covered by insurance. Read more...

04.19.13

Autistic adult located

The Elgin Police Department would like to specifically thank the many volunteers from the Hanover Township Emergency Services Unit, Illinois-Wisconsin Search and Rescue Dogs, the Elgin C.E.R.T. program and other local C.E.R.T. programs. The search utilized more than 50 volunteers for the 10-hour search. The assistance provided by the Bartlett, Hanover Park, and Streamwood police departments assisted in getting the word out through reverse 911 calls, media releases, and social media postings, which was instrumental in directing the search and providing leads, states the release. Read more...

04.19.13

Rain, wind, and more rain bring misery to Fox Valley

Sandbagging around homes has begun as Fox River flooding hit four areas of Kane County, the county’s Office of Emergency Management reported at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. And in the city of Elgin, creek flooding has caused two homes to be evacuated and several streets to be closed, including the Raymond Street connection between Elgin and South Elgin. Read more...

04.18.13

Bartlett, Munger roads closed in Bartlett

Authorities today closed Bartlett Road between Amherst and Wilcox drives and Munger Road between Forest Preserve Drive and Stearns Road because of "long-term" flooding in the area, Hanover Township Emergency Services Lt. James Dexter said. Read more...

04.18.13

Elgin flooding worst near Tyler, Poplar creeks

Already two homes have been evacuated on Elgin's northwest side and more residents are expected to need alternative housing Thursday afternoon as rain remains in the forecast. Read more...

04.18.13

Heavy rain, flooding shut down expressways, delay Metra, CTA

Torrential rains pounded the city and the suburbs overnight, flooding underpasses and turning expressways into parking lots — just in time for what it is expected to be a miserable commute. By 8 a.m., more than 4½ inches of rain had fallen at O’Hare Airport in 24 hours, and the Chicago River locks had been opened to release water into the lake. Read more...

04.18.13

Preckwinkle declares disaster for Cook County

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle issued a disaster proclamation for Cook County Thursday. Read more...

04.18.13

Weather causes Bartlett’s Eastview Middle School to close

Elgin Area School District U-46 is open today, but Eastview Middle School students in Bartlett have the day off because of the weather. Read more...

04.17.13

U46 chief is seeking support for scholarship

School District U46 Superintendent José Torres has put his money where his mouth is. Now he’s calling on the community to do the same to support the Superintendent Scholarship Program. Read more...

04.16.13

Centegra trying to block Sherman-Advocate merger

An ongoing health care battle that has pitted Centegra Health System against Sherman Health and Advocate Health Care in the past opened a new front Monday morning at public hearing in Elgin. Read more...

04.16.13

Cook County car sales tax may be revamped

Cook County commissioners this week are expected to consider revamping the county’s year-old transfer tax on vehicles purchased outside of a car dealership, Commissioner Liz Gorman, a suburban Republican, said Monday. Read more...

04.16.13

Safe suburban runners report from Boston

Arlington Heights Mayor-elect Thomas Hayes, who finished the marathon about an hour before the blasts near the finish line, reports back this afternoon that he is fine. Read more...

04.15.13

Cook homeowners could save on next tax bill under legislation sent to Gov.

Cook County senior citizens could save about $200 annually on their property tax bills — and younger homeowners a smaller amount — if Gov. Quinn signs new legislation passed last week. Read more...

04.15.13

School pay raises trigger Illinois penalties

Seven years after Illinois lawmakers passed a law intended to curtail big pension-boosting pay hikes for retiring educators, some local school districts still are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in penalties for giving such raises. Read more...

04.14.13

Elgin council more fiscally conservative, newly elected say

The five newly elected members of the Elgin City Council have different priorities, but all agree that the makeup of the council has taken a turn toward the fiscally conservative. Read more...

04.12.13

Elgin council advances name change for Observatory Park

The city council has moved along a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to change the name of Observatory Park to Kiwanis Park. Read more...

04.12.13

Fair housing exhibit at Elgin Artspace

The fight against housing discrimination has made strides since the Fair Housing Act of 1968, but there's still a long way to go, advocates say. Read more...

04.12.13

Free books April 23 at Schaumburg Y

Free books will be given away by the Schaumburg Township District Library to all ages from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at the Campanelli YMCA, 300 W. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg, as part of World Book Night. There is a limit of one book per person. Read more...

04.11.13

Democratic bosses pick Beavers replacement despite state fine

Democratic ward and township bosses today chose Stanley Moore to succeed convicted former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers despite Moore's $3,000 fine for allegedly campaigning while on the taxpayer dime at his state job. Read more...

04.11.13

Elgin council OKs plan to split land between agencies

In just over a month or so, the former Fox River Country Day School property is expected to be divvied up among the city of Elgin, the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation and the Kane County Forest Preserve District. Read more...

04.11.13

Elgin council victors offer post-vote thoughts

Tuesday’s election saw the city council expand from seven to nine members, brought two more conservative voices to the panel, and drew to a close the 40-year council career of its longest-serving member, Bob Gilliam. Read more...

04.11.13

Mayors dole out advice, warnings for newcomers

Life's about to change for the sea of new faces elected Tuesday to mayor posts in the suburbs. Read more...

04.11.13

Needing Cash, Cook County Rents Office Space to State of Illinois

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the State of Illinois’ Office of the Executive Inspector General on Tuesday announced a five-year, lease agreement for the 34th floor of the George W. Dunne Building, a move that will bring in roughly $500,000 a year to the county. Read more...

04.11.13

New faces on U46 board stress communication

It was just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, and all but 10 voting precincts of 137 in Kane, Cook and DuPage counties had reported their results. Elgin School District U46 Board of Education President Donna Smith, active volunteer Veronica Noland and Bartlett village Trustee Frank Napolitano all were leading in all those counties — and had been doing so since early results began trickling in hours earlier. Read more...

04.10.13

Bartlett residents reject electrical aggregation

After voting it down a year ago, Bartlett residents for the second time rejected a plan for the village to solicit bids from electricity suppliers other than ComEd. Read more...

04.10.13

Elgin City Council Race: Shaw takes two-year seat, Gilliam out as Prigge, Gavin, Rauschenberger, Dunne take four-year

Because Elgin now numbers about 110,000 residents, the city was required by state law to expand its council from seven to nine members, which includes the mayor. So Elgin voters Tuesday had two races and 15 candidates to choose from to fill five spots on the City Council. Read more...

04.10.13

Majority of Illinoisans back gun-control proposals: poll

A new poll shows widespread support among Illinois voters across the political spectrum for the gun-control proposals being debated in Washington and Springfield. Read more...

04.10.13

Smith, Noland, Napolitano take U-46

Incumbent board President Donna Smith is the highest vote-getter for the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board, according to unofficial results with 99 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday night. Veronica Noland finished next with Frank Napolitano taking the third open seat Read more...

04.10.13

Streamwood voters return park incumbents

Marion Janiec, wife of current park Commissioner Richard Janiec, was rejected for a seat on the Streamwood Park District Board Tuesday as voters returned the three incumbents. Read more...

04.10.13

Wallace, 3 new trustees claim Bartlett board seats

There will be four new faces on the Bartlett village board, including three trustees who are new to politics and a village president who won by a landslide Read more...

04.09.13

464 candidates who could run the Northwest suburbs

Eighteen mayoral seats. Eighty-three slots on city councils and village boards. Ninety-five seats on local school boards and community college boards. Read more...

04.09.13

Council to mull police fire range upgrades, radio system parts purchase, equipment inventory

At Wednesday’s committee of the whole meeting, Elgin City Council members are set to discuss upgrading the police firing range, replacing parts of its old emergency communications system, and paying an outside firm to conduct a building-related equipment inventory. Read more...

04.09.13

Councilman Gilliam out of ICU

City Councilman Bob Gilliam was released from the intensive care unit Sunday at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, where he was under observation as the result of a severe asthma attack. Read more...

04.09.13

Districts U-46, 300 deny virtual charter school proposal

The school boards in Elgin Area School District U-46 and Community Unit District 300 unanimously denied a charter proposal during their meetings Monday night that would have allowed a virtual charter school to open in the coming school year. Read more...

04.08.13

Editorial: Toni Preckwinkle Adds Her Own Economic Development Plan to Mix (April 8)

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkleon Thursday released a report that claims to promote a package of economic “strategies” to goose development throughout Cook County and the Chicago metropolitan region. Read more...

04.08.13

How will turnover of suburban mayors affect regional cooperation?

As suburban voters ponder who their next leaders will be, the turnover of mayors and village presidents in several Northwest suburban towns could impact regional cooperation on key issues, some experts say. Read more...

04.08.13

Several districts discussing virtual charter school plans tonight

Several suburban school districts are scheduled tonight to discuss controversial plans for online charter schools that are being proposed for 18 school districts. Read more...

04.08.13

Torres: Elgin U-46 has much to be proud of

Elgin Area School District U-46 has much to be proud of, Superintendent Jose Torres told an audience of district employees and community members. Read more...

04.08.13

U46 state-of-the-district ‘in terms of efforts’

School District U46 Superintendent Jose Torres shared a few words from a parent whose family has stayed in Elgin the past 16 years because of the district’s special-education program, in which the son is a student. Read more...

04.05.13

A look at Elgin candidates’ campaign contributions

Four candidates in the race for seats on the Elgin City Council reported campaign contributions in late 2012 or 2013 as of Thursday, with two of them reporting loans to their own campaigns, according to state data. Read more...

04.05.13

Elgin candidates spar on taxes, budget, arts

Voters will have a clear-cut choice in the two-man race for a two-year seat on the Elgin City Council. Read more...

04.05.13

Fire good for water: Catch basin burn part of Elgin effort to clean up ecosystem

A crew set a series of small, controlled brush fires at the northwest corner of McLean Boulevard and Holmes Road Thursday morning as part of a first of its kind effort by the city to improve area water quality. Read more...

04.05.13

Hanover Park to hold resource fair for youth

The Hanover Park Kids at Hope Coalition will sponsor its Kids at Hope Community Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Hanover Park Park District Community Center, 1919 Walnut Ave. Read more...

04.04.13

Cop’s lawsuit against Elgin, two employees dismissed

According to a press release issued by the City of Elgin after 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, Elgin Police Officer Phillipp Brown’s lawsuit against the City of Elgin and two city employees has been dismissed. Read more...

04.04.13

Dawn Patrol: Duckworth returns pay; police address Elgin violence

Tammy Duckworth returned part of her pay Wednesday to reflect sequestration cuts. Read more...

04.04.13

Elgin voters being asked to choose five of 15 in Tuesday’s city council election

Because Elgin has grown to 110,000 residents, by state law the council is expanding from seven members (including the mayor’s seat) to nine. Read more...

04.03.13

Elgin association celebrates 15th year with campaign

"We (Heart) Downtown Elgin" is a new campaign the Downtown Neighborhood Association is planning to launch sometime around mid-May or early June to celebrate its 15th anniversary. Read more...

04.03.13

Elgin council member in ICU for asthma attacks says: full recovery expected

Elgin City Council member Bob Gilliam, who was recently moved to an intensive care unit following an asthma attack, issued a statement Monday reassuring residents that he's prepared for the upcoming election. Read more...

04.03.13

U-46 discrimination case may continue until summer

Judge Robert Gettleman has hundreds of pages of post-trial documents to read before deciding whether Elgin Area School District U-46 did, in fact, discriminate against black and Latino students. Read more...

04.03.13

Uncontested races likely mean status quo on local taxes

A lack of ballot competition in Tuesday's election means many homeowners aren't likely to see much in the way of policy change when it comes to property taxes Read more...

04.02.13

Elgin bar helps breast cancer fundraising

An Elgin resident and her daughter are planning to participate in a breast cancer walk in Chicago and, like it has the last seven years, Hoppe's Tavern in Elgin will help with the fundraising. Read more...

04.02.13

Elgin police to hold voluntary gun turn in program

The Lock-and-Drop allows Elgin residents to drop off any unwanted, unloaded firearm and any ammunition with a police officer, no questions asked, he said. Read more...

04.02.13

Hoffman Estates candidates talk leadership, accomplishments

While the four candidates for Hoffman Estates trustee agree that the village has been going in the right direction, at least one candidate says her "new blood" will bring new ideas to the table. Read more...

04.02.13

Lawsuit over Elgin police officer's retirement dismissed

A federal judge dismissed last week a former Elgin police lieutenant's lawsuit against the city and other officials over his departure from the department. Read more...

04.02.13

Sears Centre breaks record for attendance

The monthly paid attendance at the Sears Centre Arena hit an all-time high last month. During the Hoffman Estates village board meeting Monday, general manager Ben Gibbs said the arena hosted 22 events in 31 days. March's total attendance came out to 59,041 paid tickets. Read more...

04.02.13

U-46 teacher alleges ‘retaliation’ in suit

A math teacher has sued Elgin Area School District U-46, claiming he was retaliated against for blowing the whistle on a co-worker's criminal past. Read more...

04.01.13

$25 Cook County gun tax starts today

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle proposed the levy as part her $2.9 billion budget, saying it'd be a way to make up some of the costs of gun violence. Read more...

04.01.13

Bartlett fire board candidates discuss district’s needs, improvements

None of the candidates running for Bartlett Fire Protection District trustee have major concerns with how the board is operating, though they don't all agree on how and where improvements can be made. Read more...

04.01.13

Deadline looms for first-time statewide school survey

Parents, teachers and students statewide have just a couple of weeks left to provide feedback to their schools through a survey required for the first time by state law. Read more...

04.01.13

Hoffman Estates candidates talk leadership, accomplishments

While the four candidates for Hoffman Estates trustee agree that the village has been going in the right direction, at least one candidate says her "new blood" will bring new ideas to the table. Read more...

04.01.13

U46, ECC hopefuls tackle controversial topics at forum

Touching on everything from the near-strike by the Elgin Community College Faculty Association in 2011 to the public hearing about an online charter school at the Elgin School District U46 Board of Education meeting last week, the questions posed Thursday to candidates running for both the college and school district boards seemed ripped from the headlines. Read more...

03.29.13

CUB sets April 5 Elgin clinic to cut phone bills

The money-saving clinic, hosted by state Rep. Keith Farnham, D-Elgin, is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 5 at Elgin Senior Services, 205 Fulton Ave. Read more...

03.29.13

Legislation goes for the gold to protect theft victims

When Anna Moeller was almost certain she’d found her mother’s stolen brooch on eBay, she went to the Hoffman Estates store that was advertising the piece for sale. Read more...

03.29.13

Route 20 interchange revamp is en route to be a blessing, curse

Heading into its third year of construction, with at least one more year to come, the $45 million Illinois Department of Transportation project to create the area’s first “single-point urban interchange” at Route 20 and McLean Boulevard was expected to reach a turning point today: Westbound traffic will be diverted onto the temporarily widened south half of the overpass while the north half is torn out and replaced. Read more...

03.29.13

Trooper killed in I-294 crash

An Illinois State trooper was killed in an early morning crash on the Tri-State Tollway, just south of Willow Road near Northbrook, authorities said. Read more...

03.28.13

Getting some New Rides

Ambulances and two other new vehicles are on the way for the city’s fire department, while Elgin police have begun to receive 20 replacement vehicles for its fleet. Read more...

03.28.13

Students focus on why local elections are important

The students were mentored by Elgin Councilwoman Tish Powell, who serves as a 10th-grade trainer for YLA. Powell said she was a natural match for the project. Read more...

03.27.13

Elginites can sign up for emergency police messages

The Elgin Police Department has an electronic system to send out emergency ”CodeRED” alert messages to everyone in the city or everyone in a certain affected neighborhood. Read more...

03.27.13

Gun owner ID card wait more than two months

The wait for Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification cards is more than 60 days, and the Illinois State Police Firearms Service Bureau is in the midst of its busiest month ever processing applications for them. Read more...

03.27.13

Primaries: Low voter turnout, big cost to taxpayers

Most suburban taxpayers didn't get to vote in the February primaries, but they all covered the bill for the few who did get to cast a ballot. Read more...

03.27.13

Renz Center promoting an alcohol-free weekend

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and Renz Addiction Counseling Center is encouraging residents to participate in a community-wide three day Alcohol-Free Weekend April 5-7. Read more...

03.27.13

U46 sets high school mentorship program

Elgin School District U46 announced Tuesday a Game Changer Mentor Advocate Initiative that will pair high school students with adult mentors in careers of interest to them. Read more...

03.26.13

Deadline approaching for Bartlett Woman’s Club scholarship

Applications are due on Monday, April 1, for the Bartlett Woman's Club's annual college scholarship. The award is available to any high school student, boy or girl, who lives in Bartlett. Read more...

03.26.13

Elgin fire captains recognized for 20 years’ service

Fire Captains Robb Cagann and Ken Nelson were honored this week for their 20 years of service with the department. Read more...

03.25.13

Elgin candidates talk money, business license

Most candidates running for seats on the Elgin City Council support video gambling, but they are split on whether they approve of requiring businesses to obtain a license to operate in the city. Read more...

03.25.13

Izaak Walton League gives 11 acres to Hanover Township

The Elgin chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America has found a new owner to take over 11 acres along Poplar Creek with the promise of furthering its conservation efforts. Read more...

03.25.13

Lawmakers say break won’t slow momentum for pension solution

When Illinois lawmakers walked out of the Capitol Friday for their last full weeks away before the end of their annual session, they left behind a building momentum on the effort to try to fix the state's biggest financial problems. Read more...

03.25.13

Why schools are preparing for lower ISAT scores

"Imagine if the scales were changed overnight and they lowered them," said Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent José Torres. "Overnight, we haven't eaten one more piece of candy, one more slice of pizza — we would all become obese. And we haven't done anything different." Read more...

03.21.13

Elgin Izaak Walton site lands safely in township hands

“This is a gift from the Ikes to the residents of Hanover Township. You (the township) promise that we can have access to the building and you will continue to advance the issues that the Ikes are concerned about,” McGuire said. Read more...

03.20.13

$25,000 reward offered for info in Streamwood clerk's murder

The reward for information leading to an arrest in the weekend murder of a Streamwood gas station clerk has been raised to $25,000. Read more...

03.20.13

Bartlett Police Department honors two employees

The Bartlett Police Department has named the recipients of its 2012 Police Officer of the Year and 2012 Civilian Employee of the Year awards. Read more...

03.20.13

Despite wild, predatory behavior, feral cats have their supporters at county hearing

Animal lovers all, some 100 people started lining up in the morning for a County Board public hearing on a national study on the issue as well as the county’s management of the feral cat population. Read more...

03.20.13

Illinois concealed carry debate marches on slowly

Proposals to limit where Illinoisans could carry concealed guns have reached as many as 50 as Democrats continued Wednesday to push for test votes ahead of a possible comprehensive bill. Read more...

03.19.13

Elgin council to eye casino cash for nonprofits

The grant applications were divided for review among council members, with 10 agencies selected to receive money, and a recommendation made to fund the Ride in Kane program separately from the riverboat grant program. Read more...

03.19.13

Endorsements: Nolan, Hughes, Reinke for Bartlett village board

Reinke is running with a group of candidates who are angry over the attacks on Kelly. And Nolan, as a trustee for more than 18 years, has roots in the status quo. Read more...

03.19.13

Mayor: Hoffman Estates ‘growing to greatness’ with businesses, partnerships

In the last year, Hoffman Estates kept "growing to greatness" through economic development, the use of grants, sustainability awareness and infrastructure improvements, Mayor William McLeod said Monday during his annual state of the village address. Read more...

03.19.13

Nearly full now, Cook County jail could be packed this summer

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says the jail is nearly full, and he’s concerned the facility will be bursting at the seams as summer months approach and arrests typically rise with the mercury. Read more...

03.19.13

U46 committee, most residents at public hearing oppose online charter school

The last time a charter school proposal came to the Elgin School District U46 Board of Education, it was missing information, data, background – “the very pertinent questions simply were not asked,” said board member Joyce Fountain. Read more...

03.18.13

Family mourns Streamwood man murdered in robbery

The family of a slain 24-year-old Streamwood resident remembered him Sunday as a good-natured young man who came to the U.S. from his native India three years ago hoping to attend college and build a better life for his family. Read more...

03.18.13

Online play a wild card in Illinois gambling debate

The debate over gambling in Illinois is expanding, from the well-worn arguments over new casinos and slots at Arlington Park to now whether every of-age Illinoisan should be allowed to gamble over the Internet. Read more...

03.15.13

Bartlett on right road with street resurfacing

Bids for 2013 — the second year of work — recently came in about $494,000 less than anticipated, at a little more than $5 million. Read more...

03.15.13

Bartlett: Annual police open house event slated

This fun-filled family event is being held in conjunction with the Bartlett Lions Club Pancake Breakfast inside the Bartlett Fire Barn, at 218 S. Main St. Read more...

03.15.13

Gun owners, dealers sue over Cook County’s $25 tax on firearms

A group of Chicago area gun dealers and owners filed a lawsuit Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, aiming to halt a new $25 tax on every gun purchase in Cook County. Read more...

03.15.13

Hoffman Estates fire department receives grant

The department will receive $164,960 through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters grant program to support and improve its capability to respond to fires. Read more...

03.15.13

U46 board candidates stress communication at first forum

If Elgin School District U46 better communicated its accomplishments, maybe it would have a better reputation both inside and outside the district, suggested Donna Smith of Hanover Park, current president of the U46 Board of Education. Read more...

03.14.13

Bartlett candidate says she’ll ‘get things done’

Kelly is one of three candidates running for Bartlett village president this spring. She was appointed to her current position as trustee last April to fill a vacancy left by Michael Airdo when he was appointed to village president. Read more...

03.14.13

Cook County’s population up .3%, mostly because of immigrants: Census

Cook County’s population grew by 17,000 people in 2012, about .3 percent — but much of that gain came from immigrants, according to Census Bureau estimates released Thursday. Read more...

03.14.13

Restraining order issued vs. Elgin in mobile ultrasound case

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday against Elgin’s zoning restrictions on a mobile ultrasound service, according to attorneys in the case. Read more...

03.14.13

U-46 parents invited to hear about new state school standards

Elgin School District U-46 will host a series of parent presentations in March and April to help parents become more engaged in their child's education. Read more...

03.13.13

ECC issues last bonds from 2009 referendum

The Elgin Community College District 509 Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the sale of the last $48 million in bonds from its 2009 referendum. Read more...

03.13.13

Elgin zoo bison euthanized

Just weeks after welcoming two new girlfriends to the bison herd at Lords Park Zoo in Elgin, its longest bison resident, Po-Key, has died. Read more...

03.13.13

Reboletti: Use gun fines to help prevent crimes

State Rep. Dennis Reboletti, an Elmhurst Republican, has introduced legislation that would raise fines for those convicted of gun crimes and use the money to try to keep guns from the hands of those deemed mentally unfit to use them. Read more...

03.13.13

Township to launch monthly job club

Starting April 1, Hanover Township will host a semimonthly Job Club on the first and third Monday of every month to assist residents in securing employment. Read more...

03.12.13

New Hoffman Estates children's hospital gets finishing touches

Besides some artwork resting on the floor, missing beds and furniture wrapped in plastic, the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates is just a few finishing touches away from opening its doors to patients. Read more...

03.12.13

SEC: Illinois broke law by giving false pension info to investors from 2005-2009

Illinois broke federal securities laws and “misled investors” in misstating the true health of the state’s depleted pension funds between 2005 and early 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday. Read more...

03.12.13

Streamwood mayoral hopefuls debate village’s outreach

Whether the rebuilding of Streamwood's government over the past 24 years is exactly what the village needed or whether it still lacks important outreach is at the heart of this year's village president race. Read more...

03.12.13

Tuesday deadline for voter registration in suburban Cook County

Tuesday is the last day for residents of suburban Cook County to register to vote in the April 9 election, Cook County Clerk David Orr said. Read more...

03.11.13

Bartlett Fire District planning $2.4 million station renovation

Work could begin as early as May on an estimated $2.4 million renovation to Bartlett's Fire Station 2, according to officials. Read more...

03.11.13

Elgin students learn about township direct from the top

Brian McGuire, the Hanover Township supervisor who is running unopposed in the April 9 election, walked 70-plus civics class students through what programs and offices are available to them. Read more...

03.11.13

Hanover Park to host blood drive on March 27

The village of Hanover Park will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at village hall, 2121 W. Lake St., Hanover Park. LifeSource Blood Centers will run the event. Read more...

03.11.13

Hanover Township, Crespo host job fair

State Rep. Fred Crespo and Hanover Township will host a job fair, 2-5 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 250 S. Route 59 in Bartlett. Read more...

03.11.13

Proposed hand-held ban puts distracted driving back in the hot seat

Meanwhile, Chicago and some other municipalities outlaw driving and talking on hand-held phones. Read more...

03.08.13

Council moves on video gaming plan

As anticipated, the city council Wednesday night unanimously moved along rules that would allow the city to partake in the state’s Video Gaming Act. Read more...

03.08.13

Elgin moves to renew contract with chamber of commerce

After being told that 2012 was a good year for economic development in Elgin, a city council committee recommended renewing a contract for economic development services from the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce. Read more...

03.08.13

U.S. adds 236K jobs in February

U.S. employers stepped up hiring in February, pushing the unemployment rate to a four year-low and suggesting the economy has enough momentum to withstand the blow from higher taxes and deep government spending cuts. Read more...

03.08.13

U-46 school board candidates bring big ideas to the race

An independent ombudsman office to resolve complaints in Elgin Area School District U-46; required multicultural training for administrators, teachers and students; more local control in education. Read more...

03.07.13

Businesses aim to be winners of Big Ten tourney

As Big Ten women's basketball teams prepare to vie for the conference championship in Hoffman Estates this week, the village's Sears Centre Arena is gearing up for what many hope is the clearest demonstration yet of what it can do for the area's economy. Read more...

03.07.13

Elgin gives preliminary OK to video gambling

Elgin is in the final stretch of allowing video gambling to come to town, even though that might amount to a revenue loss for the city. Read more...

03.07.13

Township promotes severe weather preparedness week

Hanover Township is proud to be promoting National Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 3-9, 2013. During this week we are asking our employees and residents of the community to Be a Force of Nature and better prepare for severe weather threats in our area. Read more...

03.06.13

Endorsement: Kelly for Bartlett president

Bartlett, which soon will see its fourth president at the helm in four years, needs a break from the drama. Read more...

03.06.13

Quiet days ahead after biggest snowstorm in 2 years

The Chicago area can look forward to some quiet, almost balmy days after being hit by the largest snowstorm in two years. Read more...

03.06.13

U46 HS principals tell of accreditation process

It’s a once-in-five-years event and a first for South Elgin High School, “in Limbo Land” since it opened in 2005, according to Director of Assessment and Accountability Laura Hill: Elgin School District U46 high schools are going through the accreditation process this school year. Read more...

03.05.13

Companies plan more than 1,200 layoffs in coming months

More than 1,200 workers statewide, including more than 500 around the suburbs, will be jobless in coming months as manufacturers close and other companies cut back according to documents filed by the state on Monday. Read more...

03.05.13

Hanover Park gallery hosts Arts in Bartlett Members’ Show

The ninth annual Arts in Bartlett Members' Show will take place through March at the Hanover Park Park District Community Center Gallery, 1919 Walnut Ave., Hanover Park. Read more...

03.05.13

Snowstorm start time pushed back, school, other closings today abound in the suburbs

Snow is starting to fall at both O'Hare International Airport and the western suburbs, as what is expected to be the largest snowstorm of the year descends upon the Chicago area Read more...

03.05.13

South Elgin High School on way to first-time accreditation

The five traditional high schools in Elgin Area School District U-46 are all certified by the state board of education, meaning they meet minimum standards of instruction. Read more...

03.05.13

U46, D300 part of new program to evaluate kindergarten students for school readiness

Elgin School District U46 and Carpentersville-based Community Unit School District 300 are among 64 school districts partnering with the Illinois State Board of Education in a pilot project to assess kindergartners’ readiness for school and identify gaps in their development. Read more...

03.04.13

Bartlett police warn against electricity service solicitors

Bartlett police are warning residents against solicitors who are telling residents they are with ComEd or the village-approved electricity supplier in Bartlett. Read more...

03.04.13

New winter storm watch: Big snow Monday night into Tuesday

What the National Weather Service calls "an interesting weather system" will bring nasty snow to the suburbs starting Monday night and especially on Tuesday. Read more...

03.04.13

Torres reflects on role in federal commission, its report

School District U46 Superintendent Jose Torres said when he was chosen two years ago to be part of the federal Equity and Excellence Commission, “I kept waiting for them to say, ‘I’m sorry, you got the wrong invitation.’” Read more...

03.01.13

Dig deeper for smokes in Cook County

On the eve of a $1-per-pack Cook County cigarette tax increase, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle stood in the glow of X-rays showing damaged lungs, surrounded by some of Stroger Hospital's top pulmonary specialists as she discussed how smoking shortens people's lives. Read more...

03.01.13

Donations help Bartlett group home buy new vehicle

Residents of a suburban facility for men with developmental challenges are finding it easier to get to work and other activities these days thanks to some recent donations allowing the home to buy a new minivan. Read more...

03.01.13

Hanover Township candidates forum March 11

Candidates for Streamwood village president, Streamwood trustee and Hanover Township trustee will appear at a public forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 11 at the Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park Blvd. in Streamwood. Read more...

03.01.13

Meet the neighbors: Brookfield bison arrive at Lords Park

Po-Key, the Lords Park bison, finally has companions again — and Bet Olson and her toddler son Zain couldn’t be happier. Read more...

03.01.13

New art exhibit at Bartlett Village Gallery

Arts in Bartlett presents a new exhibit at the Bartlett Village Hall Gallery. The March exhibit is by artist Timothy King, titled "Landscapes." Read more...

02.28.13

‘Grease’ is the word at South Elgin High School

Who can resist the catchy, upbeat songs of the 1950s when rock 'n' roll was new and teenagers for the first time were creating their own culture? Read more...

02.28.13

Elgin looks at giving grant money for private tree replacement

Beginning next month, Elgin residents will most likely be eligible to be partially reimbursed by the city for the cost of replacing ash trees they lost to the emerald ash borer in the last three years. Read more...

02.28.13

Streamwood salesman wins $1 million in lottery

Streamwood salesman wins $1 million in lottery Read more...

02.28.13

U46 eyes progress of dual-language effort’s 2nd year

One second-grader read the few sentences she’d written about the dual-language program at Harriet Gifford Elementary School. “I like to talk in English. I can learn English and Spanish. My friends teach English and Spanish to me. I am learning English and Spanish at my school.” Read more...

02.27.13

Candidates for Bartlett village president talk business

The three candidates for Bartlett village president agree that there is a need for more businesses in the village, and each has different ideas on how to approach economic development. Read more...

02.27.13

Streamwood Resident HS Scholarship Announcment

For over 45 years the Streamwood Woman's Club has been dedicated to improving the quality of life in its community. Read more...

02.26.13

Father, son visit all 32 NFL stadiums with veterans

It started as just a bucket-list dream. But when Craig Steichen of Bartlett and his 29-year-old son, Matt, of St. Charles, decided to attend a football game at all 32 NFL stadiums — and do the entire pilgrimage in one season, no less — they agreed to focus on more than the game. Read more...

02.26.13

Heavy snow expected to hit the evening rush

A winter weather advisory has been issued for the Chicago area as a powerful storm churning through the southern Plains is expected to hit here around mid-day and into the evening rush, dumping as much as 6 inches of snow. Read more...

02.26.13

Manufacturing jobs outpace high-tech growth in Chicago area

Manufacturing in “moderately” high-tech categories such as food manufacturing is more likely to grow throughout the Chicago region — and is already growing faster than the nationwide rate — than are high-tech jobs in industries such as computers, electronics and pharmaceuticals, according to a report issued Monday. Read more...

02.26.13

Nominations now open for Youth Leadership Awards

The Hanover Township Committee on Youth is accepting nominations for the 2013 Youth Leadership Awards. The Committee will be honoring and recognizing community youth and adult leaders for being a positive role model for youth within Hanover Township. Awards will be presented in the following categories: Read more...

02.26.13

Township to co-sponsor 2nd Annual Job Fair

Hanover Township and Representative Fred Crespo are co-sponsoring a job fair on Thursday, March 21 from 2:00 to 5:00PM at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. IL Route 59 in Bartlett. Read more...

02.26.13

U-46 board OKs revised calendar with Aug. 19 start date

Elgin Area School District U-46 board of education members unanimously voted to approve a 2013-14 school calendar Monday night that includes a start date of Aug. 19 and will keep students in school on Veterans Day. Read more...

02.25.13

'Much hope' as Bartlett native revamps schools in Kenya

Had Toni Maraviglia bothered to show up at Berkeley to get that MBA, she might not have time to talk these days, what with all her high-powered business meetings with movers and shakers. But that's not why the 29-year-old Bartlett native is hard to reach. Read more...

02.25.13

U-46 board to vote tonight on revised calendar

Elgin Area School District U-46 board of education members will vote on a revised calendar Monday night for the 2013-2014 academic year. Read more...

02.22.13

Bartlett approves chronic nuisance ordinance

Landlords will be held more responsible for the actions of their tenants in Bartlett due to a chronic nuisance ordinance passed by the village board Tuesday night. Read more...

02.22.13

Fresh Express to be Streamwood’s largest employer

Fresh Express, a division of Chiquita Brands, is about to become Streamwood’s single largest employer when its new plant begins operations om the former Duraco Products site. Read more...

02.22.13

Snow ends, but freezing rain on the way

Some snow fell overnight, but less than the 5-inches anticipated by meteorologists, officials said. Read more...

02.22.13

U46 revises proposed school calendar before board vote

School District U46 has revised its proposed calendar for the 2013-14 school year, the district announced Thursday. Read more...

02.21.13

ECC OKs purchase of former golf course land from Elgin

It’s something that has been “on the college’s mind for a while,” according to Sharon Konny, vice president of business and finance at Elgin Community College. Read more...

02.21.13

Education report: Less property taxes, better-paid teachers

Education funding needs to get away from property taxes, school curricula should be decided at the national level and teachers should be paid better. Read more...

02.21.13

Hoffman Estates approves fireworks contract

After discussion at three meetings, the Hoffman Estates village board decided to let Melrose Pyrotechnics shoot off the fireworks again at this year's Northwest Fourth Fest despite criticism of the quality of last year's show. Read more...

02.20.13

Cold today, snow by end of week

Brewing in the southwest is potentially the biggest snowstorm of the season so far, with the Chicago area possibly getting several inches of snow but some Plains states getting around a foot. Read more...

02.20.13

Marathon registration suspended for several days

Registration for this fall's Chicago Marathon began today, but problems with the registration provider caused signup to be suspended this afternoon. Read more...

02.19.13

Bartlett High rallies community around stadium project

The video follows students through the hallways of Bartlett High School, past the wrestling team (handily defeating the school mascot) and marching band, through pom-pons and glitter. Read more...

02.19.13

LEGO master model builder from Bartlett and his role in new Star Wars exhibit

year ago he took what most kids and kids at heart would see as a dream job, becoming the master model builder at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago in Schaumburg. Read more...

02.19.13

New ECC program gets students ready for college

Sean Robinson knows he wants to go to college and thinks he might focus on the medical field. But he admits he has a lot to figure out before then and will take all the help he can get. Read more...

02.19.13

Winter's back: Temperatures plunge 30 degrees

Monday may have felt like spring but today will be a hard reminder that it's still winter, with temperatures about 30 degrees colder. Read more...

02.15.13

Cecil Smith accepts job as top cop in Sanford, Fla.

Elgin Deputy Police Chief Cecil Smith has accepted the job of police chief in Sanford, Fla., the city that made national headlines in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting a year ago. Read more...

02.15.13

Elgin tentatively picks agencies for CDBG funds

The city of Elgin has tentatively selected 11 agencies that would get this year's community development block grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read more...

02.15.13

Soldier surprises daughter on Valentine's Day

Ridge Circle Elementary School students and teachers knew there would be an assembly Thursday but they didn't know why. Read more...

02.15.13

Streamwood’s 25-year wait is over

The last time a Streamwood girls basketball team won a regional championship, most of the current Sabres' parents weren't even married yet, head coach George Rosner didn't have any gray hair, one of his current assistant coaches was a budding sophomore star on the team and the price of gas was 75 cents per gallon. Read more...

02.15.13

Transparency or distraction? Local Illinois governments laugh at state plan for more accountability

Two Illinois lawmakers want to require local governments — school districts, cities, counties, townships, water districts, fire protection districts and the like — to be more open with taxpayers about government debt. Read more...

02.14.13

'Drive to be successful' leads Elgin High teen to Stanford

Elgin High School senior Eduardo Perez walks around with a backpack filled with all of his notebooks, for all of his classes. Read more...

02.14.13

Grand Victoria OK with video gambling in Elgin

Much to the surprise — and relief — of Elgin's video gambling supporters, Grand Victoria Casino officials said Wednesday that they won't stand in the way of bringing the practice to town. Read more...

02.14.13

Nominations now open for Youth Leadership Awards

The Hanover Township Committee on Youth is accepting nominations for the 2013 Youth Leadership Awards. Read more...

02.14.13

U-46 superintendent commits $10,000 matching donation for scholarships

The Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent is offering to match, out of his own pocket, individual donations from the community up to a total of $10,000 for a scholarship fund he created last year. Read more...

02.13.13

Bartlett mayoral candidates talk taxes

Two of the three Bartlett mayoral candidates say they'll thoroughly review the need for the village's new utility taxes if elected, while the third says she believes the taxes are, reluctantly, the right thing to do. Read more...

02.13.13

Hoffman Estates closer to choosing fireworks provider

Despite one village trustee's push to re-examine four fireworks bids for this year's Northwest Fourth Fest, the village board's Finance Committee moved forward Monday with a plan to award the contract to the same firm that put on last year's often criticized show. Read more...

02.13.13

In Our Towns

Hanover Twp.: Members sought for youth panel. The township is looking for people age 15 and older to serve on its Committee on Youth. Membership is open to adults who reside or work in the community and youth who reside or attend a high school in the township. Read more...

02.13.13

Stubborn mulch fire is finally doused on Elgin-Bartlett border

In the final hours, 16 volunteers manning two trucks affiliated with the Hanover Township Emergency Services Unit provided lighting for the firefighters from 5:30 p.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday. Read more...

02.13.13

Suburban schools could get more money in proposed budget

Elgin Area School District U-46 would have had $7.55 million more this year had the state paid its full per-pupil aid amount. Under a proposed budget by the Illinois State Board of Education, next year U-46 and all other districts would see the money state statute says they're owed. Read more...

02.13.13

U-46 orientation introduces board candidates to the district

Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent José Torres hosted a prospective board member orientation Tuesday night to make sure those people elected to the office know in advance what they're getting themselves into. Read more...

02.12.13

Early voting in primary election continues through Feb. 23

Early voting for the Feb. 26 primary election began Monday and continues through Saturday, Feb. 23. The primary election 31 local contests and a special primary for the 2nd Congressional District, Cook County Clerk David Orr said. Read more...

02.12.13

Mulch mountain burns around the clock along Elgin-Bartlett border

One of the longest-lasting fires in recent Elgin history filled the air for a mile around with the smell of autumn leaf-burning season. But it actually was a cold wintry day as firefighters from six fire departments battled a stubborn, smoldering fire in a mountain of mulch along the Elgin-Bartlett border Monday night. Read more...

02.12.13

Water district projects to create 2,000 jobs

A $250 million low-interest loan will allow the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to improve public health, clean up area rivers and upgrade the region's water infrastructure. Read more...

02.11.13

Bartlett teacher Lana Brozik calls herself a lifelong learner

Lana Brozik has 7,000 books in her classroom. There's fantasy and science fiction that her students read the most, but also mysteries, literary fiction and nonfiction options in her own personal lending library. Read more...

02.11.13

Cardinal George on pope resigning: 'He has shown great courage'

Cardinal Francis George said today that Pope Benedict XVI "placed the will of God for the good of the church before every other consideration" when he decided to step down. Read more...

02.11.13

In Our Schools

U46 to host special needs parent resource fair Read more...

02.11.13

Wind advisory, gusts up to 50 mph today

A wind advisory is in effect today for the Chicago area, with forecasters predicting some gusts could reach 50 mph. Read more...

02.08.13

Big Ten women's tourney coming to Sears Centre

For the first time in more than a decade, the tournament is moving from its location in Indianapolis. The new venue is the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, which won a bid to host the tournament this year and, depending on how well things go, again in 2015. Read more...

02.08.13

Forecast calls for snow to end, temps to reach 30s

Steady rain changed to snow and hit the Chicago area hard Thursday, leading to a difficult evening commute. Read more...

02.08.13

Preckwinkle wants pension changes sooner than later

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday said she plans to bring a pension reform package to the Capitol this spring "one way or the other," although she hopes it has the blessing of the unions. Read more...

02.08.13

U46 eyes school lunch price hike

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 brought with it a number of changes to school lunches — more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to school lunches; fewer salty and fatty foods; and low-fat and fat-free milk and “right-sized” portions for each grade level. Read more...

02.08.13

U-46 to offer full-day kindergarten, for a price

Elgin Area School District U-46 will offer tuition-based, full-day kindergarten next year in a pilot program that could see future expansion. Read more...

02.07.13

Baby showers set for Alexian children’s hospital in Hoffman Estates

After more than five years of planning, the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates is nearing completion, and foundation members are throwing a pair of baby showers to welcome their new addition. Read more...

02.07.13

Icy conditions slow morning commute

Slippery roads and sidewalks are greeting commuters throughout the area, which has led to slow travel times as well as closed roads. Read more...

02.07.13

Local direct mailers worried about Saturday cut

There is one day that most politicians want their political mailers in residential boxes — Saturday, particularly the Saturday before an election, said Kim Gilmore of Gilberts-based Gilmore Marketing. Read more...

02.07.13

Quinn calls for school violence drills, assault weapon ban

Gov. Pat Quinn in his State of the State address called for Illinois schools to have at least one safety drill every year to help prepare students for a school shooting. Read more...

02.06.13

Bartlett might set up foreclosed building registry

The Bartlett village board, meeting as a committee Tuesday, heard a proposal for a new ordinance that would give the village staff more support in dealing with vacant properties. Read more...

02.06.13

Daisy’s Girls, Camping with Juliette Gordon Low

Celebrated the centennial anniversary year of the Girl Scouts of American with the Bartlett History Museum on Thursday, February 28, 2013! Read more...

02.06.13

Elgin museum hosts family Science Night

Curious about the natural world around you? Bring your family to Elgin Public Museum's "Science Night" on Friday, Feb. 8. Read more...

02.06.13

Hanover Twp. accepting nominations for youth awards

The Hanover Township Committee on Youth is accepting nominations for the 2013 Youth Leadership Awards, which honor and recognize community youth and adult leaders for being a positive role model within Hanover Township. Read more...

02.06.13

Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs

The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but continue delivering packages six days a week. Read more...

02.05.13

Blackhawks package raffle to benefit Renz Center

The Renz Addiction Counseling Center is raffling two Chicago Blackhawks vs. Calgary Flames Club Level tickets for the game at 7:30 p.m. April 26 at the United Center. Read more...

02.05.13

Class sizes set to stay the same in School District U46

Class sizes likely will remain the same next school year in School District U46 — high — raising concerns about bullying from at least one school board member in especially large classes, like middle and high school physical education. Read more...

02.05.13

Northwest Fourth Fest fireworks still up in the air

Despite a second discussion Monday, the Hoffman Estates village board couldn't decide which company to hire for this year's Northwest Fourth Fest fireworks show. Read more...

02.05.13

Some parents unhappy with proposed U-46 calendar

A proposal to start classes a week earlier for the 2013-14 academic year in Elgin Area School District U-46 drew criticism Monday night at the school board meeting. Read more...

02.04.13

Biggest snow of season hits the morning rush

Commuters got a crash refresher course on driving to work in the winter as the heaviest snow to hit the Chicago area in a year caused cars to spin out, trucks to jackknife and travel times to nearly double. Read more...

02.04.13

Hanover Twp. OKs electrical aggregation referendum

This Hanover Township board of trustees recently approved putting an electrical aggregation referendum on the April ballot. Read more...

02.04.13

Super Bowl 47: Ravens shocked ... then revived in win over 49ers

The Ravens were almost done in Sunday by a reign delay. Read more...

02.01.13

February is American Heart Health Month

The month of February centers on the heart. As Valentine's Day approaches, our thoughts are filled with visions of chocolates, flowers and special meals. Warm drinks, cozy fires and time with family and friends bring comfort to the soul. Read more...

02.01.13

Metra 10-ride passes spike by 11 percent today

Metra riders who buy 10-ride passes will pay from $2.75 to $9.25 more today following a fare increase approved late last year. Read more...

01.31.13

Federal funds pave way for Chicago-area bike paths, walking trails

Chicago and the suburbs will receive $25.6 million to build and expand bicycle paths and walking trails that provide new connections between communities in addition to offering safe places for recreation, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday. Read more...

01.31.13

Winter whiplash? Weather goes to extremes

Residents in the Chicago area been whiplashed by recent weather extremes. Workers who suffered through subzero temperatures and brutal wind chills a week ago strolled through downtown without coats Tuesday as temperatures soared into the mid-60s. Read more...

01.30.13

ECC Alliance for College Readiness wins college national award

Elgin Community College was recognized Tuesday with the 2012 Bellwether Award, education's equivalent to football's Heisman Trophy. Read more...

01.30.13

Elgin’s Cecil Smith offered police chief job in Trayvon Martin’s city

Deputy Elgin Police Chief Cecil Smith has been offered the job of police chief in Sanford, Fla., the town where the Trayvon Martin shooting took place last year. Read more...

01.30.13

Real estate research firm: Bartlett fourth-safest town in U.S.

Residents of Bartlett live in the fourth-safest town with a population of more than 25,000 in the United States, according to the national real estate research firm NeighborhoodScout. Read more...

01.29.13

Hoffman Estates fussier about Fourth Fest fireworks this time

One of four bids for this year's fireworks display at the Northwest Fourth Fest was $6,000 less than the others, but the Hoffman Estates village board agreed Monday to move the measure forward without recommending any of them. Read more...

01.29.13

Preckwinkle in Countryside: Touts Sales-Tax Cut, Criticizes Justice System

The Cook County Board President answered questions on annexation, gun-control, health care, business and more at a breakfast hosted by the WSCCI. Read more...

01.29.13

Proposal would keep U-46 fees flat next year

Members of the Elgin Area School District U-46 board of education heard a proposal Monday to keep instructional fees flat next year for students in elementary school and make superficial changes to the fee structure in the middle and high schools. Read more...

01.29.13

Why U-46 students may soon have school on Veterans Day

About a dozen veterans showed up to the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board meeting Monday night urging board members to keep kids in school on the holiday celebrating their service. Read more...

01.28.13

Hanover Park gets advice on revamping Irving Park Road corridor

The struggling Irving Park Road corridor in Hanover Park faces a unique set of challenges. Read more...

01.28.13

Suburban schools not ready for armed teachers

Shortly after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, concerned parents started calling local educators to see what more could be done to keep their kids safe. Read more...

01.28.13

Your taxes and (Surprise!) your enormous debts

Early next week, Cook County property owners will learn how much their school districts, city halls and other local governments are billing them for public services rendered. Read more...

01.25.13

Duckworth, Roskam attending Bartlett Veterans Memorial gala

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth and U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam will be the guests of Bartlett Village President Michael Airdo at the Bartlett Veterans Memorial Foundation annual Black Tie Gala on Saturday, Jan. 26. Read more...

01.25.13

Sherman updates on Center St. park site, merger

Come spring, work will begin on the final phase of a project converting what was the main portion of the old Sherman Hospital and its parking garage into park space on the city’s northeast side Read more...

01.25.13

Suburban schools: Disabled sports directive a surprise

It appears school administrators are about to be surprised with a directive that could have a sweeping impact on their locker rooms and budgets. Read more...

01.24.13

ECC trustees vote to raise tuition for third year

The Elgin Community College District 509 Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a $4 tuition increase for the 2013-14 school year. Read more...

01.24.13

Hanover Park officer reunites with girl he delivered

Monica Bakos didn't envision her newborn daughter's first receiving blanket would be a police officer's winter coat. Read more...

01.23.13

OSHA cites Bartlett pasta factory for safety violations

A pasta production facility in Bartlett has been cited for 12 safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Read more...

01.23.13

Sebert Landscaping wins two national environmental awards

Sebert Landscaping, a commercial landscape contracting firm headquartered in Bartlett, has won two national awards recognizing the company for environmental leadership. Read more...

01.22.13

Bartlett Historical Society accepting nominations for historical homes

The Bartlett Historical Society is now accepting nominations for its annual awarding of historical plaque to homes, commercial, public or residential buildings and barns that are at least 50 years old. Read more...

01.22.13

Bartlett's Clare Oaks community, started for nuns, now out of bankruptcy

The Clare Oaks retirement community in Bartlett, built on land owned by an order of nuns in a plan to secure their own retirement, has emerged from a yearlong bankruptcy. Read more...

01.22.13

Cooks, students stir up U-46 competition

Lorna Allen has spent a lot of time around kids as a cook in Elgin Area School District U-46, but Saturday was the first time she actually worked with them closely. Read more...

01.22.13

Hanover Township Tutoring program to begin for spring semester

Now that first semester is over, is your child struggling or falling behind in their learning? The Hanover Township tutoring program may be able to help Read more...

01.22.13

Real estate site: Bartlett 4th safest town in US

The village has been ranked the fourth-safest town in the country by the website www.neighborhoodscout.com. Read more...

01.22.13

Stand up to injustice, MLK speaker urges at ECC

While the fight for civil rights is far from over, people should always fight against any injustice they witness, whether it involves them or not, Duster said. Read more...

01.22.13

Still in the deep freeze: Dangerous wind chills today

After a night when temperatures dipped to the low single digits, "they're not going to move a whole lot today," said Mark Ratzer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Read more...

01.18.13

'Incredible:' Another snowless record on tap for Chicago

Whether you like it or not, we will officially break another record for no snow today, according to the National Weather Service. Read more...

01.18.13

Remembering Bartlett's Annual Firemen's Festival, 1938-1969

The Bartlett History Museum is looking for personal remembrances, photos, slides and especially movie movies from the annual Bartlett Volunteer Firemen's Festivals which were held from 1938 to 1969 in Bartlett Park. Read more...

01.18.13

Serious crime in Elgin at 40-year low

Crime in Elgin is at a 40-year low for serious crimes, according to 2012 crime data released Thursday by the Elgin Police Department. Read more...

01.17.13

Cook County Board steps into gun fray

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would levy a $1,000 fine on any gun owner who failed to report the theft of his or her weapon within 48 hours. Read more...

01.17.13

Elgin to hear push for video gambling

A group of Elgin establishments and organizations plans to ask the city council next week to allow video gambling in Elgin, arguing customers and members are flocking to towns that allow the practice. Read more...

01.17.13

Hanover Township scores a 100% for website transparency

Hanover Township is the first township government to score a 100 percent as part of the Illinois Policy Institute’s Local Transparency Project. Read more...

01.16.13

1 in 5 in suburbs in or near poverty

Carolyn Schutz has a college degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, plus decades of experience as a teacher and a business manager. Read more...

01.16.13

Bartlett discusses video gambling cafes

Shortly after approving a liquor license for a new video gambling cafe called Stella's, the Bartlett village board heard a proposal Tuesday for a similar establishment called Betty's Bistro. Read more...

01.16.13

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in the Fox Valley

This month, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 84. Communities throughout the Fox Valley area are pulling together to hold celebrations of his life, and to honor his legacy — with a special focus on community service. Read more...

01.16.13

Portillo’s opens at Randall and Bowes: Elgin’s waistline and wallet expand

The city’s belly and billfold both grew a bit bigger Tuesday when Portillo’s restaurant opened at the southwest corner of Randall and Bowes roads. Read more...

01.16.13

Suspect in custody after Elgin bank robbery

Some police officers never get to help catch a bank robber in the course of their careers, but Elgin Police Officer Josh Miller can boast doing that on his second day solo on the job. Read more...

01.15.13

Bartlett library board candidate faces objection

An objection has been filed challenging the candidacy of Ed Novak for trustee of the Bartlett Public Library District. Read more...

01.15.13

Hoffman Estates reviews road improvement impact fees

The Hoffman Estates village board was presented Monday with an update of a road improvement impact fee program. Read more...

01.14.13

Ban on electronics at Cook County courts delayed

Ban on electronics at Cook County courts delayed Read more...

01.14.13

Bartlett native's cancer motivates her life, her work

Before it became her inspiration for a rich life filled with joy, friends and a mission, cancer waged a cruel and unrelenting battle against Colleen McGrath and the people she loved. Read more...

01.14.13

Elgin council candidates debate taxes, city’s image

Taxes, city spending and Elgin's business climate were the main topics debated at the first public forum for Elgin City Council candidates. Read more...

01.14.13

Hanover Park police launching Facebook page, smartphone app

The Hanover Park police department is launching a Facebook page and smartphone app today as part of a new program aimed at enhancing communication between police and residents through technology. Read more...

01.14.13

Officials with Cook County Forest Preserve District release new camping plan

Cook County officials have released a new master plan for camping that outlines some improvements for the region. Read more...

01.11.13

Cook Co. offers wallet marriage certificates

Cook County couples can now carry proof of their marriages or civil unions virtually anywhere. Cook County Clerk David Orr's office is offering wallet-sized certificates for the same $15 fee of a standard document. Read more...

01.11.13

Elgin deputy chief a finalist for chief in town of Trayvon Martin shooting

Elgin police Deputy Chief Cecil Smith is among five finalists for the police chief's job in Sanford, Fla., a town that made national headlines after the shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin last February. Read more...

01.11.13

Elgin Symphony branching out, but with fewer concerts

In an effort to control costs and maintain its long-term viability, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra is planning to reduce its number of concert weekends next season while expanding its reach into other suburbs. Read more...

01.11.13

Hanover Park police searching for missing woman

Diamond Tripp, 26, of the 3900 block of Port Drive, has been missing since walking away from her home on Wednesday. She was last seen in the area of a BP gas station at 860 Army Trail Road. Read more...

01.11.13

Hoffman Estates hires four new firefighters

For the first time since 2008, the Hoffman Estates Fire Department has hired new firefighters. Read more...

01.10.13

A ferocious flu season is rapidly picking up steam

If it seems coughs and sneezes are providing a constant sound track for your life these days, no matter where you go, don’t dismiss it to your imagination. Read more...

01.10.13

Hanover Township accepting nominations for community service awards

Nominations for the 2013 "Hanover Township Supervisor's Annual Community Service Awards" program are now being accepted. Recipients are selected by a committee of volunteers from the community. Read more...

01.10.13

Sweet Sentiments Exhibition opens at the Bartlett History Museum

Since the 1700s, cards expressing love and caring have been sent on Valentine's Day. The Victorians turned these greetings into lavish love notes with the addition of flowers, lace, and winged cupids. Read more...

01.09.13

ECC program helped women become welders

When Juana Rodriguez sat down in her first welding class at Elgin Community College in January 2011, everything started out fine. Her professor introduced himself and told the students about his experience. Read more...

01.09.13

Illegal immigrant driver's licenses bill sent to governor

The Illinois House today approved a measure to allow illegal immigrants to get temporary driver's licenses, sending it to a supportive Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Read more...

01.09.13

One for the books: 320 days without an inch of snow

Records are falling as Chicago’s mild winter presses on. Read more...

01.09.13

U46 discusses safety and security after Sandy Hook

The week between the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and winter recess in area school districts was “an unusual time for all of us,” according to School District U46 Superintendent Jose Torres. Read more...

01.08.13

Bartlett preparing for Hometown Heroes event

For the past several years, Bartlett's girls basketball program has hosted an annual Kay Yow Cancer Fund Pink Out event. Read more...

01.08.13

Hanover Twp. hosts Mobile Driver Facility Services unit

Hanover Township will host the Secretary of State's Mobile Driver Facility Services unit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59, Bartlett. Read more...

01.08.13

O'Laughlin family buries sorrow in charity

Officials with Maryville Academy still are talking about the family that arrived on the days leading up to Christmas — at three of their locations — bearing nearly three dozen gifts for the children and young adults they serve. Read more...

01.08.13

Seminar: How to Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment

Do not pay more than your fair share. Join Cook County Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider, Commissioner Dan Patlak, and Hanover Township Assessor Thomas Smogolski to find out how how you can appeal your property tax assessment. Read more...

01.08.13

Take flu precautions for yourself, others

Gesundheit! Now go home. Yes, and get some rest and drink plenty of fluids. Read more...

01.08.13

U-46 high schools recognized for STEM progress

Biotechnical engineering and aerospace engineering will be among the future courses offered to Elgin Area School District U-46 students thanks to support from a national nonprofit pushing science, technology, engineering and math classes in middle and high schools. Read more...

01.07.13

Cook County Forest Preserve to host photo meet-ups

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County will host a series of photo meet-ups designed for photographers of all skill levels. Read more...

01.07.13

Suburban elections see rise in Muslim candidates

With her two children in college, single mom Nazneen Hashmi decided it was time to give back to her community of Streamwood. Read more...

01.04.13

Civil-rights pioneer’s descendant to speak in Elgin

After last year's success, a community food drive and youth leadership conference again will be part of the three-day Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration in Elgin. Read more...

01.04.13

ECC board race attracts political newcomers

Six people filed for three open seats on the Elgin Community College board of trustees. Risé Jones, who was recently appointed to fill John Dalton's seat, will try to maintain her position and trustee Clare Ollayos will push for re-election against a diverse pool of challengers. Read more...

01.04.13

Hanover Township thanks community for holiday generosity

On behalf of the Hanover Township officials and all the staff and volunteers of our Welfare Services Department, I would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support during this past holiday season. Read more...

01.04.13

Hanover Twp. launches “Ask a Pharmacist” program

Hanover Township, in partnership with CVS in Bartlett, has launched a free service for residents with medication questions. Read more...

01.03.13

Cook County sales-tax rate falls

Yes, as a matter of fact Chicago is the Second City. With the dawn of a new year, a lower sales tax rate in the region means Chicago no longer has the highest combined sales tax rate of any large city in the nation. Now it’s in second place. Read more...

01.03.13

ECC receives grant money to train adults 50 and older

Elgin Community College will join dozens of colleges across the country in dedicating new resources to retrain students 50 and older. Read more...

01.03.13

Elgin’s Middleby Corp. acquires Viking Range

Middleby CEO Selim A. Bassoul bought his first Viking range for his home about 12 years ago. Over the years, Bassoul, top executive of the maker of commercial cooking equipment in Elgin, thought about acquiring the maker of high-end cooking ranges. Read more...

01.03.13

Hanover Twp. seminar covers appealing property tax assessment

Hanover Township residents can learn how to appeal their 2012 property tax assessments by attending a free seminar at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59, Bartlett. Read more...

01.03.13

Old Sherman Hospital to become green space

The old Sherman Hospital off Center Street in Elgin has been demolished and will be turned into green space — at least for now. Read more...

01.02.13

Chicago, Cook and state fees to rise in 2013

Many Chicago-area homeowners, commuters and even gun buyers will feel the pain of a bigger government financial bite this year because of a host of new and higher taxes, fees, fines and fares. Read more...

01.02.13

Hanover Twp. seminar covers appealing property tax assessment

Hanover Township residents can learn how to appeal their 2012 property tax assessments by attending a free seminar at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59, Bartlett. Read more...

01.02.13

U-46 school board race has 7 candidates for 3 seats

Seven candidates, including a teen, are vying for three open seats on the Elgin Area School District U-46 board of education. Read more...

12.31.12

Bartlett meeting moved to Wednesday

The Bartlett village board has rescheduled its next meeting to Wednesday, Jan. 2 because of the New Year's holiday. Read more...

12.31.12

Elgin officer files discrimination lawsuit against city

Attorneys representing Phillipp Brown, an Elgin officer since 1996, filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court, naming Lt. Sean Rafferty and Internal Investigator James Barnes as co-defendants with the city of Elgin. Read more...

12.31.12

Elgin’s Lao community gets politically active

While no one from Elgin’s sizable Latino community came forward as a candidate to run in next year’s city council election, 2012 saw the growing Lao community organize for political ends. Read more...

12.31.12

How suburban group homes work to reduce calls to police

The Larkin Center, which has been around since 1896, has homes for troubled teenage boys and girls, as well as for young adults with mental disabilities. The homes are serving 58 children and young adults, Executive Director Dennis Graf said. Read more...

12.28.12

Defibrillators in Metra cars could save heart attack victims

All Metra trains will be equipped with automatic external defibrillators by the end of January, officials announced on Thursday. Read more...

12.28.12

Holiday lights may have caused Streamwood fire

Officials are investigating a house fire in Streamwood early Thursday morning that may have been started by holiday lights. Read more...

12.28.12

Sheriff warns of lottery scam

Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart is warning residents not to be fooled by scams where "winners" are told they are entitled to a large lottery cash prize without ever having purchased a ticket. Read more...

12.28.12

Sixth candidate for Bartlett trustee

The village of Bartlett saw one further candidate file for trustee just before the close of the filing period Wednesday evening. Read more...

12.27.12

April 9 contests shaping up in villages, school districts

Wednesday at 5 p.m. was the deadline for candidates to file to run in the April 9 elections for Illinois villages and school boards. And as usual, most of the candidates filed either on the first filing day, Dec. 17, or just before Wednesday’s deadline. Read more...

12.27.12

Elgin bonds with Hoffman Estates

While they might not be Facebook friends, the towns of Elgin and Hoffman Estates bonded in 2012 to work on several projects, including a new Fourth of July festival and the creation of a dog park — both in Hoffman Estates. Read more...

12.27.12

Elgin museum hosts ‘Touching on Traditions’ festivities

As part of its ongoing "Touching on Traditions" festivities, the Elgin Public Museum invites you to a special Bison Feeding in Lords Park at 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29. Space is limited to 12, so call (847) 741-6655 or email russell_epm@cityofelgin.org to register. Read more...

12.27.12

Interest is high in most Northwest suburban races

If you believe the maxim that all politics is local, April 9 is the election for you. Read more...

12.26.12

Bartlett dad brings Christmas fun to school’s traffic job

Every morning and afternoon, Gary Holmes keeps a watchful eye on 700 students while directing traffic outside Nature Ridge Elementary School in Bartlett. Read more...

12.26.12

Bartlett hosts annual blood drive

The Village of Bartlett is hosting its annual blood drive from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, in the Heartland Blood Centers mobile coach vehicle, which will be parked in the village hall parking lot, 228 S. Main St. Read more...

12.26.12

Cook County forest preserves picnic permits go on sale Jan. 2

Picnic permits go on sale Jan. 2 for picnics next year in Cook County’s forest preserves. Read more...

12.26.12

U-46 panel’s ideas could turn school day ‘on its head’

Leaders in Elgin Area School District U-46 know there are some lofty goals and ideas in the first report of the Transformation Task Force, but teachers, administrators and board members are confident the outcome will turn education in the state's second largest district on its head. Read more...

12.21.12

Cook County health officials urge public to get flu shot, say flu-like symptoms on the rise

Public health officials are urging everyone six months of age and older to get a flu shot. Read more...

12.21.12

Snowstorm serving as a beta test for Elgin’s internal social network

Assuming a Mayan apocalypse of some sort doesn’t happen, the Thursday into Friday snowstorm was serving as an in-the-field beta test of the internal social network for the city, and its snow command in particular. Read more...

12.21.12

Streamwood Woman’s Club shares holidy spirit

Thanks to Nancy Grennan for hosting a Cookie Exchange where the Streamwood Woman's Club included a drive to collect hats, scarves and mittens for the Hanover Township Food pantry. Read more...

12.20.12

Bartlett recognized for National Night Out celebration

For a fifth time since 2002, the village of Bartlett has received a first-place award from the National Association of Town Watch for its National Night Out celebration. Read more...

12.20.12

Downtown Elgin’s new eats on the blocks

In downtown Elgin, within the last few months, no fewer than seven new eateries on the blocks have opened for business or soon will. Read more...

12.20.12

Museums to visit in Chicago over the holidays

At some point over the holidays, the visiting relatives will have become as welcome as gravy stains on the ceiling, and the kids will have gotten bored with their gifts and will be begging for something to do. Read more...

12.20.12

U46 issues midweek update about safety

School District U46 Superintendent Jose Torres said he looked at the images of wakes and funerals for the 6- and 7-year-old victims of the shooting Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. He also looked into the faces of 6- and 7-year-old students in two of the elementary schools in U46. Read more...

12.20.12

Winter storm on its way; will it be a white Christmas?

It’s been awhile since Chicago-area residents have heard the terms, “near-blizzard conditions” “thundersnow,” and “winter storm watch,” but the first accumulating snowfall event of the season could bring all of that and more to the area Thursday. Read more...

12.19.12

Costs of phone calls from Cook County Jail drop

The first, free call allowed for people being booked at the Cook County Jail will triple in length, and subsequent calls will cost less and often last longer, under a contract extension approved Tuesday by the Cook County Board. Read more...

12.19.12

Elgin OKs spending plan despite objection by councilman

Elgin officials recently passed the 2013 budget, with most of the discussion and dissension focusing more on this year's financial decisions. Read more...

12.19.12

Flu season kicks off early, strong

The flu is back with a vengeance this year, earlier than usual and affecting more people this winter. Read more...

12.19.12

Massive manhunt for federal jail escapees continues

The federal jail employees figured something was wrong at 7 a.m. Tuesday when they came to work and saw a lengthy rope, made from bedsheets and other material, dangling from a narrow window 17 stories above the ground. Read more...

12.19.12

Property tax burden growing for homeowners

Illinois homeowners are shouldering more of the property tax burden than ever before. Read more...

12.18.12

22 in NIU frat charged with hazing in freshman’s alcohol-related death

Criminal hazing charges have been filed against 22 students at Northern Illinois University following the alcohol-related death of a freshman at a fraternity initiation event. Read more...

12.18.12

Elgin pilot a ‘hero,’ says man who uncovered plane’s 1941 wreckage

The Elgin Area Historical Society might put together some kind of exhibit about Alfred Voss Jr., the Army Air Corps fighter pilot from Elgin who was killed in a plane crash just two months before the United States entered World War II. Read more...

12.18.12

Plaintiffs make closing arguments against U46 in racial bias trial

Plaintiffs’ attorneys in the racial discrimination lawsuit against Elgin School District U46 filed their closing arguments Friday in a bench trial that has been on and off since March 2011. Read more...

12.18.12

Storm watch for Thursday as snow, high winds forecast

As a winter storm continues to work its way toward the Midwest, forecasters are warning that snow and high winds could snarl Thursday's evening commute. Read more...

12.17.12

Board of Review commissioner offers appeal help in Hanover Township

The Board of Review is hosting an outreach seminar at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59 in Bartlett. Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak will be on hand, along with staff from the Hanover Township Assessor's Office to answer questions and assist residents in filing property assessment appeals. Read more...

12.17.12

ECC students from China are first for Homestay program

Xiaochen Wang, 20, left China for the first time in August and traveled halfway around the world to come to Elgin Community College. She's far from home but not alone. Read more...

12.17.12

Nurse named director in Hanover Township

Registered nurse Kristen Smith was named director of the Office of Community Health by the Hanover Township board of trustees. A resident of Carpentersville, Smith previously worked at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington and Mercy Northwest Women's Group in Lake in the Hills. Read more...

12.14.12

Elgin library expands e-book technology

Patrons of the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin now can use new e-book wireless stations and soon will be able to get e-readers on loan from the library. Read more...

12.14.12

Hanover Twp. to offer free disaster training

The Hanover Township Department of Emergency Services will offer free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays Feb. 5 through April 2. Read more...

12.14.12

Hop aboard ‘The Polar Express’ in Bartlett Dec. 20

The Bartlett Park District re-enacts Chris Van Allsburg’s “The Polar Express” Thursday, Dec. 20. Read more...

12.13.12

Durbin chairs first hearing on school to prison pipeline

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin Wednesday chaired the first federal hearing looking at the relationship between schools and the criminal justice system. The hearing follows a recent change in Illinois law prompted by an attack on an Elgin teacher and subsequent Daily Herald investigation. Read more...

12.13.12

Elgin Community College OKs 3 percent increase in tax levy

The Elgin Community Board of Trustees approved a 3 percent tax levy increase at its December meeting Tuesday. Read more...

12.13.12

Hanover Township doesn’t raise 2013 property tax levy

The Hanover Township board of trustees unanimously approved the 2013 property tax levy with no increase, marking the second consecutive year officials held the line. Read more...

12.13.12

Illinois foreclosures rise for 11th month

Foreclosure activity in Illinois posted the 11th straight year-over-year increase in November, but compared with a month earlier, filings are trending in the right direction, according to new data released Thursday. Read more...

12.12.12

Appeals court tosses state ban on carrying concealed guns

In a split opinion, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling in two cases downstate that upheld the state’s longstanding prohibition against carrying concealed weapons. Read more...

12.12.12

ECC appoints replacement for Dalton

Elgin Community College District 509 trustees appointed Rise Jones Tuesday to fill John Dalton’s seat through the April elections. Read more...

12.12.12

Elgin teens win state robotics contest, headed to worlds

Kristen and Matthew McKellar, both 15, prefer robotics over sports. The tournaments in which they compete are packed with future engineers and programmers, not jocks. Read more...

12.12.12

Public banned from bringing cellphones to criminal courthouses

In a move aimed at preventing gang members from intimidating witnesses and even potential jurors in criminal cases, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans announced the public will be banned from bringing everything from cellphones to iPads in to criminal courthouses. Read more...

12.12.12

Text to 911? Elgin wants to be ready

Elgin's police and fire departments are expected to receive an overhaul to their radio and phone communications systems, brining in new technology that could eventually lead to texting and video 911 calls. Read more...

12.11.12

Farnham sponsors annual winter coat drive

State Rep. Keith Farnham (D-Elgin) announced he is hosting his Annual Winter Clothing Drive during the month of December with several community drop-off locations for residents to donate used coats, hats, gloves, scarves and boots that will then be given to the Salvation Army to help local families in need. Read more...

12.11.12

U-46 announces its Illinois State Scholars

Elgin Area Unit District 46 has received notice from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission for this year’s Illinois State Scholars. Read more...

12.11.12

Video gambling cafe operators set sights on Hoffman Estates, Bartlett

A new video gambling cafe selling only light food, beer and wine is coming to Hoffman Estates, and possibly Bartlett, next year. Read more...

12.10.12

Academic excellence recognized in districts U-46, 300, 158

Hundreds of students from Fox Valley districts have been named 2013-14 Illinois State Scholars in recognition of their academic success. Read more...

12.10.12

Bar association honors Rolling Meadows judge

Cook County Judge Kay Hanlon said she was “surprised” and “humbled” to learn that the Northwest Suburban Bar Association has named her 2012 judge of the year in the Third Municipal District. Read more...

12.10.12

History of Christmas lights

Do you know when the first Christmas tree was adorned with lights? Or when blinking lights were invented? Read more...

12.10.12

Keith Farnham talks Turkey

Shortly before Thanksgiving, State Rep. Keith Farnham was part of a delegation from Illinois that headed to Turkey to try to drum up some business for the state. Read more...

12.10.12

Middle school students get taste of college life at ECC

It looks like an airport. Or a mall. It even has its own gift shop. That’s how about 130 seventh-graders from Kimball Middle School in Elgin described Elgin Community College and its bookstore — not actually a gift shop — during their first-ever visit to a college campus Friday. Read more...

12.10.12

Middle school students get taste of college life at ECC

It was Middle School Friday, a program that has existed in some form at Elgin Community College for the past six years, according to Assistant Dean of College Readiness and School Partnerships Julie Schaid. Read more...

12.10.12

Not one Latino among 23 Elgin council candidates

When the roster of Elgin City Council candidates recently was finalized, leaders in the Latino community found themselves not only disappointed but surprised, frustrated, even exasperated. Read more...

12.07.12

146,000 jobs added in Nov., jobless rate at 7.7%

U.S. employment grew faster than expected in November, but a drop in the jobless rate to a near-four year low as people gave up the search for work suggested the labor market was still tepid. Read more...

12.07.12

Preckwinkle rips mayor’s handling of school system, crime

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle delivered a blistering critique Thursday of City Hall’s performance on the two most troublesome issues facing Mayor Rahm Emanuel, bemoaning the city’s “miserable education system” and saying the mayor and his top cop’s solution to crime and violence is to “just arrest everybody.” Read more...

12.07.12

Researcher finds rare Abraham Lincoln records

Researchers have found records that Abraham Lincoln signed detailing his travel and expenses during his time as a member of Congress. Read more...

12.07.12

Several communities to share $21 million in grants

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says several communities in the state will share more than $21 million in grant funding through three programs administered by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read more...

12.07.12

Strong quake hits off Japan near Fukushima

A strong quake centered off northeastern Japan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo on Friday and triggered a one-meter tsunami in an area devastated by last year's Fukushima disaster, but there were no reports of deaths or serious damage. Read more...

12.06.12

Elgin U-46 reaches deal with transportation union

Elgin-based School District U-46 approved a five-year agreement Monday night with its transportation union — the fifth contract it has negotiated with unions since last spring. Read more...

12.06.12

Harrington: IBCA’s O’Connor award ‘humbling’

Former Weber and Elgin High School boys basketball coach Jim Harrington called the honor he received this week “humbling.” Read more...

12.06.12

Hoffman Estates crash victim identified

An 86-year-old Streamwood woman was killed early Wednesday morning in a head-on collision on Barrington Road in Hoffman Estates, authorities said. Read more...

12.06.12

U-46 considers expanding gifted program

Administrators in Elgin-based School District U-46 could expand its gifted program, identifying which students qualify earlier, testing more students and providing more opportunities in their home classrooms. Read more...

12.05.12

Bartlett approves tax levy increase

The Bartlett village board approved a $9.9 million property tax levy Tuesday for the 2012-13 fiscal year. Read more...

12.05.12

Cook County officials sworn in

Clerks, judges and other publicly elected Cook County officials took the oath of office to mark the start of new terms. Read more...

12.05.12

Just as it began, Beavers’ tax trial delayed

Jury selection was set to continue Tuesday in the tax evasion case against Cook County Commissioner William Beavers. But the judge delayed the entire trial until Jan. 31 because one defense attorney, Victor Henderson, is ill. Read more...

12.05.12

Kaptain reflects on city stages in annual Chamber address

Mayor David Kaptain took a reflective approach to his annual address to the Elgin Area Chamber Commerce Tuesday morning at Elgin Community College. Read more...

12.05.12

Objectors say council candidate can’t run because he owes the city money

The city council candidacy of a former downtown nightspot owner is being challenged by former Mayor Ed Schock and another person, claiming he can’t legally run because he owes the city more than $8,000 in overdue bills. Read more...

12.05.12

Senate OKs drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants

Under the plan, which passed 41-14, with one voting present, undocumented immigrants who have lived in Illinois for one year would be eligible to receive a temporary visitors drivers license that would last for three years. Read more...

12.04.12

A comfy children’s hospital coming to Hoffman Estates

Jason and Dawn Crane couldn’t be more pleased with the progress being made on the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates. Read more...

12.04.12

Elgin council eyes $12.8 million for public safety, communications

The city council is set to move along significant expenditures for public safety improvements at its Wednesday meeting. Read more...

12.04.12

Mayors call for reform to police, fire pensions

Pension reform was a hot topic in November’s state legislative elections, with many winning candidates pledging to address the issue immediately. Read more...

12.04.12

Toni Preckwinkle calls for fair phone rates for inmates

For too long, inmates in Cook County have faced a significant barrier to communicating with their loved ones: high-priced phone calls. Inmates and their families have been asked to pay incredibly high rates to talk on the phone, as much as $15 for 15 minutes. Read more...

12.03.12

Just who was St. Nicholas?

The Bartlett History Museum is hosting a free event about the legend of St. Nicholas on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Bartlett Village Hall, 228 S. Main St. Read more...

11.30.12

Bartlett Police Department earns national reaccreditation

The Bartlett Police Department recently received national reaccreditation for the fifth time since 1997 from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA. Read more...

11.30.12

Cook County residents saw higher property taxes despite city reduction

Three years of property tax reductions in Elgin have added up to a $10 million cut to the city’s revenues. But some residents are still seeing a higher charge from the city on their property tax bills this year. Read more...

11.29.12

Hanover Twp. seeks help for holiday programs

The annual Hanover Township Toy Drive and Sponsor-A-Family programs are under way and help is needed. Read more...

11.28.12

Changing faces of area schools

Walking through the hallways at Streamwood High School, senior Kiana Leveritte said she bet someone could count five or six different ethnicities and cultures in the faces they see. Read more...

11.27.12

Bartlett trustee running for U-46 school board

Bartlett village Trustee Frank Napolitano will not seek re-election to the village board next year but instead run for a position on the Elgin Area School District U-46 board. Read more...

11.26.12

Bartlett Fire District and Auto Truck Group support Toys for Tots

Bartlett Fire District and Auto Truck Group announced that they will again be teaming up to participate in the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Read more...

11.26.12

Cook County launches program to memorialize those who died in DUI crashes

Olesia Oleinik thought she never got justice for the death of her brother in a drunken-driving accident. The friend who was behind the wheel got probation, and she said she never heard an apology. Read more...

11.26.12

ECC garners national recognition

Elgin Community College was one of 14 community colleges across the country — and the only one in Illinois — named as a leader in community college student completion and success rates. Read more...

11.26.12

New ad highlights value of Elgin Community College

Elgin Community College has embarked on a new marketing campaign to encourage prospective college students to take the community college route over the more expensive four-year university track. Read more...

11.21.12

A decade later, city says Centre of Elgin is adapting to change

Since it opened 10 years ago next week, staff at The Centre of Elgin — the city-owned downtown recreation facility — have been practicing some basic exercises of their own. Read more...

11.21.12

Bartlett puts electric aggregation on ballot again

Bartlett residents will get a second chance to decide if they want the village to solicit bids from electricity suppliers other than ComEd. Read more...

11.21.12

Local property tax levies up $3.5 billion since '10

As the recession gripped the nation and suburban property owners were forced to find ways to hold the line, local taxing bodies did the opposite. Read more...

11.20.12

Eight file for soon-to-be crowded Elgin council race

One former councilman, one incumbent, one second-time candidate and two newcomers will be at the top of the ballot in the race for Elgin City Council. All five residents had their candidate petitions ready by 8 a.m. Monday to turn into Elgin City Clerk Kimberly Dewis, who will draw names for the ballot order Nov. 28. Read more...

11.20.12

Hanover Park beauty salon workers win lottery

You might call it "shear" luck. Nine woman who work together at A Shear Delight in Hanover Park will split $1 million after snagging a winning ticket from the Illinois Lottery's Halloween Millionaire Raffle. Read more...

11.20.12

Hanover Twp. wins award for senior services, programming

The Illinois Township Association of Senior Citizen Services Committees recently awarded Bartlett-based Hanover Township “Township of the Year” at the annual Township Officials of Illinois conference in Springfield. Trustee Howard Krick accepted the award. Read more...

11.19.12

International student presence grows at ECC with homestay program

Rong Rong, 21, and Xiaochen Wang, 20, aren’t much different from their peers at Elgin Community College. Read more...

11.19.12

U-46 senior provide role models for freshmen

A freshman and senior stand toe-to-toe, nose-to-nose in a room at Larkin High School. The older student stares down the younger boy. No words are exchanged, but the intensity in their eyes says neither is ready to step back. Read more...

11.16.12

56th ANNUAL DISTINGUISHED YOUNG WOMEN OF ILLINOIS COMPETITION SET FOR NOVEMBER 18th

Nine high school senior women from across the state will compete in the 56th annual Distinguished Young Women of Illinois scholarship competition on Sunday, November 18 at the Timbers of Shorewood (1100 North River Road). The program will take place at 2:30 p.m. The program was formerly known as Illinois’ Junior Miss. Read more...

11.16.12

County Board strips appointee pay and benefits

Cook County commissioners on Wednesday voted to end full-time pay and benefits for political appointees on a pair of panels, a change backed by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Read more...

11.16.12

Elgin Hispanic Network makes it to 25 years

Back in the 1980s Fabiola Palacios joined a networking group for local professionals that made her wonder where all the Latinos were in Elgin. Read more...

11.16.12

Streamwood police search for missing woman

Streamwood police are asking for the public’s help in their search for a woman reported missing earlier this week. Read more...

11.15.12

ECC proposes 3 percent tax levy increase

That amount is a 3.03 percent increase over the previous year, when the community college had levied $53 million and actually received about $43.5 million, according to Sharon Konny, vice president of business and finance. Read more...

11.14.12

South Elgin principal joins U-46 central office

A longtime Elgin Area School District U-46 educator who worked her way up from the classroom to administration has been tapped as the district’s new assistant superintendent of human resources. Read more...

11.14.12

Streamwood VFW Post 5151 hosts Thanksgiving potluck

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5151 is hosting a Thanksgiving potluck outreach event at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19 at 520 S. Bartlett Road in Streamwood. Check-in is from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. Read more...

11.14.12

Uncle Sam antique returns home to Bartlett

A true patriot has returned home to Bartlett, just in time for Veterans Day. The Bartlett History Museum has on display a handcrafted, wooden Uncle Sam that first stood at Mungerson’s Barber Shop, once located at 116 Railroad Avenue, about the time of World War II. Read more...

11.13.12

Cook County OKs budget with new cigarette, gun taxes but lower sales tax

Some last minute changes to next year’s $3 billion Cook County budget resulted in more spending freedom for board members and a new nurse for the county’s hospital system. Read more...

11.13.12

Elgin proposed budget has reduced property tax levy

The proposed budget for Elgin next year includes a reduction in the property tax levy, thanks in part, officials say, to utility taxes enacted with the passage of last year's budget. Read more...

11.09.12

ECC president shares ‘unplugged’ story in chamber series

Elgin Community College President David Sam says he was sitting under a tree about five years ago in his hometown in Ghana, a he hadn’t been since he was 4 or 5 years old, when two things came to mind. Read more...

11.09.12

New Cook County budget includes $1-a-pack cigarette tax hike

The cost of buying cigarettes and guns in Cook County will rise next year after commissioners today voted 16-1 to approve County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's $2.95 billion budget. Read more...

11.09.12

Preckwinkle funds push to eliminate unincorporated areas

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is on an aggressive campaign to eliminate unincorporated areas from the county’s map within the next decade. Read more...

11.08.12

Expanded health clinic opens Thursday on Elgin’s east side

Barely six months after a ceremonial groundbreaking in a mostly-barren field, doctors will see their first patients Thursday at the new VNA Health Care Clinic. Read more...

11.08.12

Streamwood teen wins scholarship

Arielle Christopher, 13, of Streamwood was appointed Northern Illinois Scholarship Program Community Ambassador at the Northern Illinois Scholarship Program Fall 2012 Pageant held Sunday at The Village of Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center. Read more...

11.07.12

Elgin proposed budget has lower property taxes, few major expenditures

The City of Elgin’s proposed 2013 budget includes a substantial decrease in property tax revenue, made up by rising income, sales and telecommunications tax revenue as well as money from taxes that took effect in 2012. Read more...

11.07.12

Hoffman Estates recognized by Sierra Club for environmental efforts

Hoffman Estates has now gained recognition for its environmental efforts at the local, state and national level. Read more...

11.07.12

President Barack Obama declares victory: ‘The best is yet to come’

Declaring “the best is yet to come,” President Barack Obama won re-election Tuesday, overcoming concerns over a struggling economy, a devastating national deficit and relentless Republican attacks on his health care overhaul. Read more...

11.07.12

Proposed U-46 tax levy would add $150 to a $5,000 tax bill

The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board has approved a property tax levy that is about 9 percent more than the district received this year, but the actual amount the district gets will be far less, district financial administrators said. Read more...

11.07.12

Streamwood deputy fire chief dies Tuesday

Family and fellow firefighters are mourning the death Tuesday of 45-year-old Streamwood Deputy Fire Chief Mark Hudson, a 20-year veteran of the village’s fire department. Read more...

11.07.12

Streamwood Woman’s Club gives back

During the Oct. 2 general meeting of the Streamwood Woman’s Club, recipients of the club’s philanthropic endeavors were invited to speak about their programs and services. Read more...

11.06.12

Early voting increases in Hoffman Estates

Cook County voters had less time to vote early this year than they did four years ago, but the number of early votes cast in Hoffman Estates increased by about 29 percent. Read more...

11.06.12

Need to find your polling place? Report a problem?

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. No photo ID is needed to vote. Read more...

11.06.12

New polling places, unresponsive websites create confusion in Cook County

With about 20 percent of Cook County voters being sent to new polling sites, there was some confusion about where to vote today -- a problem compounded by glitches in election websites. Read more...

11.06.12

Upcoming activities, events at U-46 schools

Lords Park Elementary School and Cathy Green, Social Worker, are pleased to announce Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremonies on Friday, November 9. Kindergarten, first, second, and third grade students and teachers will meet around the flagpole at 8:15 A.M. Read more...

11.05.12

Cook County commissioners give initial sign-off on tax hikes

Cook County commissioners on Friday endorsed a $41.7 million set of new and increased taxes that would hit the pocketbooks of smokers, some businesses, gun buyers, and the owners of gambling machines at casinos and bars. Read more...

11.05.12

Hanover Twp., Victory Centre host craft show Nov. 9-10

Hanover Township and the Victory Centre of Bartlett are partnering to put on “Holiday Bazaar in Bartlett,” a two-day craft show and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10. Read more...

11.05.12

Man accused of stalking at Streamwood elementary

A 53-year-old substitute lunch and recess supervisor was charged Friday with stalking after reportedly initiating “inappropriate communications” with a 9-year-old he was acquainted with at Oakhill Elementary School. Read more...

11.02.12

Cook County Commissioners looking to make sweet board posts less sweet

The Cook County Sheriff’s Merit Board, which conducts hiring tests and disciplinary hearings for sheriff’s police, correctional officers and deputies, are required to meet just four times annually Read more...

11.02.12

County Clerk Mails Voter Info to Wrong People

In the course of registering people to vote, the Cook County Clerk's Office mistakenly mailed some personal information to the wrong people. Read more...

11.02.12

Hoffman Estates prepares for snow and ice

It’s only the first week of November, but Hoffman Estates is ready for snow. On Thursday, more than 50 workers attended an 8-hour snow and ice control training session at the village’s public works department, learning their routes, familiarizing themselves with equipment and prepping for what is always an unpredictable winter. Read more...

11.02.12

Judge Timothy Evans puts brakes on gun-court plan

On Wednesday, Preckwinkle announced in a news conference that the opening date for a gun court was set for July 1. Evans fired off a letter to Preckwinkle and county commissioners saying he can’t consider such a request until he hears from judges, the state’s attorney and public defender. Evans said he asked his staff to study the gun-court approach. Read more...

11.02.12

Judson lays off staff, trims faculty contracts

Judson University in Elgin has laid off 21 staff members and opted to end 11 faculty members’ contracts effective next year, officials said. Read more...

11.01.12

Big Lots opening four suburban stores

November will be a big month for discount retailer Big Lots as it opens stores in Carpentersville, Elgin, Streamwood and Naperville. Read more...

11.01.12

Elgin celebrates Extra Mile Day, volunteerism

Elgin Mayor David Kaptain calls the havoc wreaked by the emerald ash borer devastating but says it provides a lesson about instant gratification. Yes, ash trees grow faster than other species and they were popular for years because of their cost — but the emerald ash borer has proved the quick and easy route a shortsighted one. Read more...

11.01.12

Making gains, but not ‘AYP’

In Laura Abernethy’s fifth- and sixth-grade classroom at Sheridan Elementary School, colorful pennants waved from each student’s desk as they mixed different materials with water and studied them under microscopes on Tuesday afternoon Read more...

11.01.12

Preckwinkle holsters her plan for nickel-a-bullet Cook County tax

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Wednesday that she’s scaling back her proposed violence tax. Read more...

11.01.12

Streamwood High touts benefits of solar panels

In the two months since five solar panels were installed at Streamwood High School, the school has produced enough energy to power 11 houses for one day, offset enough carbon to save the equivalent of six trees and saved the school about $35 in electricity costs. Read more...

10.31.12

Are Cook suburbs shut out on water commission?

Although about half the population of Cook County lives in the suburbs, only one commissioner on the nine-member Metropolitan Water Reclamation District board resides outside Chicago. Read more...

10.31.12

Early voting turnout high in suburban Cook County

Cook County officials say more than 97,000 suburban residents voted early last week. County Clerk David Orr said Monday if the pace continues, early voting may reach a record set four years ago. Read more...

10.31.12

Emergency responders train for the worst

In a recent training exercise, about 120 men and women performed search and rescue operations in simulated collapsed structures in Glenview — just miles from where workers in July actually uncovered a car buried by a collapsed bridge in a train derailment. Read more...

10.31.12

Hazmat spill shuts down Bartlett industrial park

Access to part of an industrial park in the southwest corner of Bartlett remained shut off Tuesday afternoon as technicians from several area fire departments worked to control a hazardous-materials spill Read more...

10.30.12

Hanover Twp. to hold passport application event

Hanover Township residents can apply for a passport book and/or passport card during its Passport Day event the clerk’s office will host from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Read more...

10.30.12

Precwinkle tweaks proposed tax on merchandise purchased outside Cook County

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Monday she’s tweaking her proposed new tax on merchandise purchased outside of Cook County. Read more...

10.30.12

Streamwood High School presents ‘Break a Leg”

Do you like to laugh? Do you want your funny bone tickled? Then “Break A Leg” is the play to see. Read more...

10.30.12

U-46 looks at self-imposed goals, state tests

With standardized test results showing some gains and some losses, and the dropout rate up for the first time since 2008, Elgin-based School District U-46 officials are discussing ways to improve and meet goals set by the district itself. Read more...

10.29.12

Chicago men charged with holding up Streamwood Aldi

A Cook County judge ordered two Chicago men held on bail of $500,000 and $1 million and issued a no-bail arrest warrant for a third after police say they robbed a Streamwood grocery store at gunpoint late Tuesday. Read more...

10.29.12

Commissioner John Fritchey Pushes Alternative to New Cook County Gun and Ammunition Tax

Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey (D-12th) announced over the weekend anti-gun violence proposals aimed at forestalling a new Cook County gun and ammunition tax. Read more...

10.29.12

Cook County receives federal health care funding

Cook County’s health care system was granted a federal Medicaid waiver that will provide funding for patients who have been ineligible for coverage in the past. Read more...

10.29.12

Gala dinner, auction celebrates St. John’s 50th anniversary

Streamwood – On Saturday, Oct, 27, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish will cap off its 50th Anniversary celebration with an elegant Gala Dinner and Auction at the Seville in Streamwood. Read more...

10.29.12

Nightmare on Chicago Street draws hundreds, boosts business

Downtown Elgin looked something like a full-scale movie set Saturday night, as the Nightmare on Chicago Street tradition drew hundreds of costumed visitors for a few hours of Halloween-themed entertainment. Read more...

10.26.12

Hanover Park at crossroads with rundown shopping center

Hanover Park’s effort to improve the curb appeal of one of its most visible commercial centers has come to a “crossroads,” village officials say. Read more...

10.26.12

Hanover Township tutoring program to begin

Is your child struggling or falling behind in their learning? The Hanover Township tutoring program may be able to help. Read more...

10.25.12

Bartlett’s fire chief new head of state association

Firefighter/paramedics from the Bartlett Fire Protection District were present at the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association’s annual conference in Peoria on Oct. 16 to witness Bartlett Fire Chief Michael W. Falese sworn in as president of the association. Read more...

10.25.12

Next phase set for Veterans Memorial Park

Groundbreaking on the next phase of the riverfront Veterans Memorial Park will be held on Veterans Day, and the city council got a glimpse Wednesday evening of what that project will involve. Read more...

10.25.12

Promises kept

Two years into her term, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is headed toward a coup de maître in Cook County government: Her 2013 budget will kill off the last, lingering piece of the deeply unpopular 1 percentage-point sales tax increase enacted by the county in 2008. Read more...

10.23.12

Election officials hope to exceed 2008’s early voting numbers

Chicago and Cook County officials said they hope to see more than a quarter of this year’s ballots cast before Election Day as they helped kick off early voting in Illinois Monday, setting a goal to exceed numbers from 2008. Read more...

10.23.12

Lightning strike causes Streamwood fire

Fire broke out after lightning struck a house in the 200 block of Hackberry Drive in Streamwood Monday morning, a fire official said. Read more...

10.23.12

Sherman pursues partnership with Advocate Health Care

Sherman Health Systems, which operates one of the last independent hospitals in the Chicago area, announced today its plans to pursue a partnership with Advocate Health Care. Read more...

10.23.12

U-46 teacher gets special recognition from Chicago Bears

Gloria Helin goes the extra mile to make sure students in her fourth-grade dual language class at Channing Elementary School have everything they need to learn. Read more...

10.22.12

Early voting starts Monday in Illinois

Illinois residents registered to vote for the Nov. 6 general election can begin casting their ballots Monday at early voting locations. Read more...

10.22.12

No new fees eyed in next Elgin budget

When the city council gets the full, proposed 2013 budget on Nov. 2, it will be a different document than what the board had last year, said City Manager Sean Stegall. Read more...

10.22.12

Sears regularly gets multimillion-dollar property tax cuts

Last year, after an extended and highly public battle that included mass protests by supporters of Community Unit District 300, Sears Holdings Corp. won state approval of millions of dollars in tax breaks for its Hoffman Estates headquarters. Read more...

10.19.12

New taxes on businesses part of Preckwinkle’s budget

Cook County businesses buying goods outside the county would be subject to a new tax under Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposed budget. Read more...

10.19.12

U46 proposes 2012 property tax levy

School District U46 started its property tax levy process this week by recommending a $308,448,827 total levy for 2012 to the school board. Read more...

10.18.12

Cigarettes, golf all could cost more under Cook County tax plan

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is expected to propose a $1-a-pack tax hike on cigarettes when she unveils her 2013 spending plan on Thursday, according to multiple county commissioners briefed on the matter. Read more...

10.18.12

Got boxelder bugs? You're not alone

Every fall, those bugs with the distinct red markings on their wings appear as if by magic in clumps on the sides of homes, seeking the warmth of the waning season. Read more...

10.18.12

Picnics, golf to cost more next year in Cook County

It will cost more to picnic and golf at Cook County Forest Preserve properties next year if the proposed budget is approved today. Read more...

10.18.12

Salad bar lets students pick and choose what they eat

While their friends joined the long line for a hot lunch at Eastview Middle School in Bartlett, Emmy McIntosh and Gianna Tummillo, both eighth-graders, made a beeline for the school’s new salad bar to fill their plates with fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as a protein in the form of chunks of ham. Read more...

10.17.12

Bartlett begins discussion on 2012 property tax levy

Bartlett’s debt service levy is expected to increase due to the issuance of road bonds earlier this year. Read more...

10.17.12

Chicagoland Cook County Highway Department gets new name, mission

The duties of the Cook County Highway Department will be expanded from primarily road maintenance to include focusing with other agencies on regional planning and competing more effectively for federal funding, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is expected to announce Wednesday. Read more...

10.17.12

Percent of high school dropouts jumps in U46

The number of dropouts in School District U46 suddenly jumped back to near-2008 levels this school year, and nobody in the district really is sure why. Read more...

10.17.12

Student visits — and grades — on the rise at ECC Tutoring Center

When Annabelle Rhoades, associate dean of academic supports at Elgin Community College, was in college herself, a tutoring notice basically was a handwritten sign stuck to a wall advertising a study group Read more...

10.17.12

Toni Preckwinkle says ‘no’ to possible run for governor in 2014

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says count her out for a run for governor in two years. Read more...

10.17.12

Watchdog: Government staffing cuts don’t translate to pension savings

While many suburbs have been cutting jobs to save money, the amount many towns pay toward pensions for remaining employees has gone up. Read more...

10.16.12

Bartlett keynote speaker delivers motivation

To put it simply: I am a motivational keynote speaker who presents a powerful, inspiring message for people trying to overcome fears, adversity, or obstacles in their professional or personal life. Through poignant anecdotes, my message offers valuable advice and impactful insights for overcoming barriers to successful living. Read more...

10.16.12

Meeting on Elgin sidewalks and bus stops scheduled for November

If you walk or take the bus in the city, you might want to venture over to the Heritage Ballroom in The Centre Thursday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. That’s when Elgin will be hosting a first public meeting regarding a sidewalk gap and transit stop study. Read more...

10.16.12

U-46, education assistants reach deal

Education assistants in Elgin Area School District U-46 and the district school board have reached an agreement on a four-year contract, while the district’s transportation union is headed back to the negotiating table to iron out a few language issues in a tentative agreement. Read more...

10.15.12

Budgeting season starts for the city of Elgin after council assesses new tax shift

The city council is set to begin its budget meeting season at a time and day and in a hall where people frequently are out having fun, not crunching numbers. Read more...

10.15.12

Preckwinkle targets video poker, slot machines for tax revenue

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is interested in introducing a special gambling tax on video poker and slot machines, to the tune of $800 per machine, as part of her larger budget proposal this week, the Sun-Times has learned. Read more...

10.15.12

Students learn to borrow less at ECC, Harper, CLC

A mandatory loan counseling program is helping Elgin Community College buck the nation's historically high default rate, while also reducing the amount of money college students borrow. Read more...

10.12.12

Accused Elgin hoarder misses court, forfeits 4 cats

A 60-year-old Elgin man accused of animal cruelty after 43 dead and decaying cats, birds, squirrels and other animals were found in a van outside his rented home last month failed to appear in court and will forfeit four adult cats that were seized from the property. Read more...

10.12.12

Man in critical condition after head-on Bartlett crash

The crash happened around 10 a.m. at Lake Street and Valley Lane. Bartlett police say a white Ford Econoline van was traveling east on Lake when the driver swerved into a westbound lane to avoid hitting several vehicles that were slowed or stopped. The van then hit a Buick LeSabre. Read more...

10.12.12

State hopefuls debate education at U-46 forum

The forum, sponsored by the U-46 Citizens' Advisory Council, League of Women Voters of the Elgin Area, Elgin Teachers Association and the Daily Herald included candidates from the 22nd and 23rd Senate districts, as well as the 44th House District. Daily Herald politics and projects writer Kerry Lester moderated the debate. Read more...

10.11.12

Bartlett considers new garbage contract

A proposal for a new five-year contract with Bartlett’s current waste hauler will likely be approved by the village board next month after some pending alterations. Read more...

10.11.12

Group’s campaign prompts Elgin policy discussion

The city of Elgin is considering a formal policy discouraging public requests for proclamations that are political or “highly controversial.” Read more...

10.11.12

Mandarin program offers students additional language opportunity, use of iPads

Freshman Jaime Anselmo scrolls through an app on his iPad during class, carefully listening as a voice from the tablet repeats commonly-spoken phrases in Mandarin. Read more...

10.11.12

Tri-Village gardener Jill Fox receives state recognition

Jill Fox, president of Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood received the “State Outstanding Master Gardener” award from Cook County Master Gardeners and was recognized at the State Convention in September. Read more...

10.10.12

Preckwinkle defends proposal to tax guns, ammo in Cook County

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle defended her proposal to place a violence tax on guns and bullets, saying the county has to try to find ways to defray the costs the county absorbs because of gun violence — whether it’s victims in the county-run health and hospital system or suspects in the county jail awaiting trial. Read more...

10.09.12

Cook County mulling violence tax on guns and ammunition

Just how much Preckwinkle would tax guns and ammunition is unclear. But consumers would be on the hook for it with guns and ammunition dealers responsible for remitting the tax monthly to the county’s Revenue Department. Read more...

10.08.12

Hanover Twp. emergency unit receives validation

The Hanover Township Emergency Services Unit has received validation by the Illinois Search and Rescue Council (ISARC) as a Ground Search and Rescue Team. Read more...

10.08.12

Tuesday last day to register to vote

Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in time for the November general election.Cook County Clerk David Orr says his office is “seeing a surge in registrations,” and he hopes it will continue. Orr says his downtown Chicago office and five suburban offices will stay open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday for those who want to register. Read more...

10.05.12

Bartlett Police Department receives AED donations

The Bartlett Volunteer Fireman’s Association was thanked during a village board meeting Tuesday for donating five automated external defibrillator machines to the Bartlett Police Department. Read more...

10.05.12

Emergency room wait times down at Cook County hospital

A trip to Stroger Hospital’s ER might be a little less painful, now that staff there have cut the average wait time to see a doctor by about one third. Read more...

10.05.12

Hanover Twp: Seminar set on tax appeals process

On Wednesday, October 10, Hanover Township Assessor Thomas S. Smogolski and Cook County Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider will co-sponsor a tax appeal seminar with staff from Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios’ office. Read more...

10.04.12

Bartlett FPD offers cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather right around the corner, the Bartlett Fire Protection District is offering some winter fire safety tips. Read more...

10.04.12

Tri-Village Garden Club offers presentation on Vermicomposting

Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood invites everyone to hear Kay McKeen's presentation on, "Vermicomposting” Wed. October 17th at the Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 South Park Ave., Streamwood • 7pm – 9pm Read more...

10.04.12

U-46 joins attempt to break world reading record

Huff Elementary School first-grader Alexander Ayala said he isn’t a fan of bugs, but the 6-year-old from Elgin said he still enjoyed the book, “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad,” which millions of children across the country will read as part of the 2012 Read for the Record campaign to set a world record in reading. Read more...

10.02.12

Elgin man charged in Bartlett kidnapping, sexual assault

An Elgin man is being held on a $500,000 bail on charges he abducted a woman he had followed from a Bartlett nightclub Saturday and sexually assaulted her in his car. Read more...

10.02.12

U-46 OKs contracts with two more unions

Secretaries and custodial staff in Elgin Area School District U-46 have a new contract after the longest negotiations in the district’s history Read more...

10.01.12

Bond set at $325,000 for suspect in Streamwood home invasion, kidnapping

Bond was set on Sunday at $325,000 for a man charged in connection with an armed home invasion Friday afternoon in Streamwood that put two schools and a library on lockdown. Read more...

10.01.12

Parents, students can visit U-46 high schools at open houses

Elgin Area School District U-46 will hold several open houses for current eighth-grade students and their parents to visit any of the district’s five high school academy programs. Read more...

09.28.12

Limits needed on home rule authority

Property owners in Illinois are fed up, increasingly angered by rising tax bills, but many feel powerless to do anything about it. How to stop local government officials from playing us for saps by raising tax levies, and as a result also our bills, and making it tougher for people to stay in their homes? Read more...

09.27.12

Cook County plans crackdown on tax violators

Cook County is trying two new methods to go after unpaid taxes and fines. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s office announced the programs Wednesday, predicting they could bring in $4 million to the 2013 budget. Read more...

09.27.12

Elgin OKs plan for northeast side bike path

Elgin will partner with the Illinois Department of Transportation to use federal dollars to cover most of the cost of a bike path on the city’s northeast side. Councilman John Prigge was the only city council member to vote against the proposal at Wednesday night’s meeting; it will cost the city $122,346 by the time the project is complete. The discussion Wednesday was about whether to budget $85,000 for phase two engineering services, of which IDOT will reimburse 80 percent. Read more...

09.26.12

Hoffman Estates board extends sponsorship, management agreements at Sears Centre

Sponsorship and management agreements for the Sears Centre Arena were extended by the Hoffman Estates village board Monday night, but one trustee complained that the decision was rushed. Read more...

09.26.12

New Bartlett theater gives newcomers a chance

Local playwrights looking for a place where they can see their work come to life need look no further than the new Bartlett Adult Theatre. Read more...

09.26.12

Registered voters in Chicago drop nearly a quarter million since 2008

Nearly a quarter-million fewer Chicagoans have registered to vote in the 2012 presidential election than registered in 2008, the city’s election board chairman warned Tuesday. Read more...

09.26.12

U-46 panel’s ideas could turn school day ‘on its head’

Leaders in Elgin Area School District U-46 know there are some lofty goals and ideas in the first report of the Transformation Task Force, but teachers, administrators and board members are confident the outcome will turn education in the state’s second largest district on its head. Read more...

09.25.12

ECC seeks nominations for alumni award

The Elgin Community College Alumni Association is accepting nominations for its 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award. The award is given annually during the Founders’ Day Brunch, which will be on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Read more...

09.24.12

Boy Scout flagpole memorial in Elgin honors fallen soldier

A Bartlett soldier who died in Afghanistan four years ago and embodied the Boy Scouts’ founding principles was honored Saturday with a new flagpole memorial at Three Fires Council’s Camp Big Timber in Elgin. Read more...

09.24.12

ECC to exhibit Veterans Arts Project

The Elgin Community College Arts Center, in conjunction with ECC Veterans’ Affairs and the ECC Student Life Office, is asking active military members and veterans to share stories of their military service as part of its ECC Veterans Arts Project. Read more...

09.21.12

Elgin consumers to benefit from lower electricity rate

For many Elgin residents, buying electricity has become cheaper, greener and more like buying non-utility services, like cable television or long-distance service. Read more...

09.20.12

Hanover Township recognized for budgeting excellence

Hanover Township has received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its FY 2013 budget. Read more...

09.19.12

Bartlett annexes Hindu temple

A Hindu temple in unincorporated DuPage County was annexed into Bartlett Tuesday with unanimous approval from the village board. Read more...

09.19.12

Elgin wants to get more information out to residents

Elgin could increase the frequency it sends a community newsletter to its residents next year after officials say not enough are getting information electronically, or from the media. Read more...

09.19.12

Hoffman Estates to host international food fest

Hoffman Estates will host a new international food tasting festival this October in an effort to get residents to “think global” and “eat local.” Read more...

09.19.12

Home > Business > Chicago Breaking Business Chicago-area home sales up 28.5% from year ago

More homes were sold in the Chicago area last month than in any month since August 2007, as buyers continued to take snap up value-priced properties and take advantage of low interest rates. Read more...

09.19.12

Lots of lots: Elgin housing growth at a steady trickle

It could take as long as 10 years for Elgin to build out all housing development already platted. And it could take another 40 years to complete housing now awaiting final plat approval. Read more...

09.19.12

Renz Center to host ‘Epicurean Delight’ fundraiser Sept. 29 at ECC

In celebrating 51 years of community service, Renz Addiction Counseling Center is hosting a fifth-annual Epicurean Delight Fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 29 at Elgin Community College’s Culinary Arts & Hospitality Department’s Spartan Terrace Restaurant Read more...

09.18.12

ECC partners with Roosevelt to simplify student transfers

A partnership between Elgin Community College and Roosevelt University will enable students who complete an associate degree at the community college to transfer to the four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree and beyond. Read more...

09.17.12

Science club students help clear Willow Creek debris

Television sets, rubber tires, glass bottles, and a refrigerator door were pulled from Willow Creek in Elgin Saturday morning, as part of a volunteer initiative that united area residents, members of the Izaak Walton League, and students from Ellis Middle School in Elgin. Read more...

09.14.12

Hanover Twp. health expo dedicated to late director

Hanover Township is gearing up to host a community health and wellness expo that will also honor the memory of the woman who started it. Trish Simon, who officials say was passionate about her work as the township’s director of community health, passed away last month after a six-year battle with colon cancer. The Bartlett resident was just 40. Read more...

09.14.12

Hanover Twp. trustee not seeking reelection

Hanover Township Trustee Sandra Westlund-Deenihan won’t seek re-election in 2013, she announced this week. Read more...

09.14.12

Sparks fly over Northwest Fourth Fest

Hoffman Estates mayoral candidate Craig Bernacki said he would like to see Elgin, Hanover Park and Hanover Township put more money toward the Northwest Fourth Fest, which he said was a disappointing event with “pathetic” fireworks. Read more...

09.13.12

Employers, city, county seek to match worker skills with job openings

The city of Chicago and Cook County will join with private foundations to support a program to train workers for jobs that employers urgently need to fill. Read more...

09.13.12

Hanover Township hosting health expo

Hanover Township, Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider and the Victory Centre of Bartlett are hosting a community health and fitness expo from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20 at Hanover Township Campus, 250 S. Route 59 in Bartlett. Read more...

09.11.12

New U46 principal evaluation process

This school year, teachers and principals also will receive grades from evaluators within the district, part of the Performance Evaluation Reform Act that took effect Sept. 1 in all Illinois districts. Read more...

09.11.12

Photography workshop at Arts in Bartlett

The “It’s all about the Light” mini photo workshop and presentation, by freelance photographer Craig Brandt, will take participants into the depths of what it’s like to work as a pro photographer. Read more...

09.10.12

Cook County to fight Chicago Bears amusement tax ruling

Cook County officials said they plan to fight a judge’s ruling that let the Chicago Bears off the hook for millions of dollars in taxes the county argues it’s owed. Read more...

09.10.12

Elgin district a pioneer in Breakfast in the Classroom program

Sitting in their desks, sixth-graders at Parkwood Elementary School in Hanover Park sipped milk, drank juice and chewed dry cereal before pulling out books for their first lesson of the morning. Read more...

09.07.12

Bartlett Heritage Days focus on town history

That is the atmosphere visitors can expect when they visit downtown Bartlett Sept. 7-9 for the 3rd Annual Heritage Days — a quaint, small-town feel with lots of homespun activities for the family including a carnival, music, craft show, trolley rides and more. Read more...

09.07.12

Busy weekend on tap in Elgin to walk, run, watch and listen

The city is going to the dogs this weekend. Along with the culture vultures and social butterflies. Read more...

09.07.12

St. Alexius CEO resigning in November

After 18 years working as CEO for St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, Ed Goldberg is resigning. Read more...

09.06.12

Drought leads to woes with water clarity in Elgin

Because of how Elgin draws water from the Fox River, the city has not needed to put any usage restrictions in place during this summer’s drought. However, the drought means that staffers at the Riverside Treatment Plant have been fighting issues with water clarity. Read more...

09.06.12

Internship helps teachers move up

As a 14-year educator, Ana Lizza Arroyo is hoping to make the leap to school principal with the help of a program that gives her hands-on experience now. Read more...

09.06.12

Northwest suburban residents sought for cancer study

The American Cancer Society is looking for people to take part in a long-term, nationwide cancer prevention study tying genetic information to environmental factors in the quest to understand — and one day cure — the disease. Read more...

09.04.12

Hanover Twp. residents graduate from Senior Police Academy

Hanover Township recently hosted the graduation of more than 20 seniors from the Cook County Sheriff’s Senior Law Enforcement Academy. Read more...

08.30.12

'Community that is Elgin' -- celebrating cultural diversity at iFest

Dreaming of international travel, but low on funds? No worries. You can experience other cultures without leaving the Fox Valley this Saturday, Sept. 1, when the city of Elgin holds iFest, its first international festival. Read more...

08.28.12

Bartlett prepares for Street Fest

The Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department’s fifth annual Street Fest and Dance will take place on Saturday, Sept. 1, in downtown Bartlett. Read more...

08.28.12

Elgin teacher says new law could have prevented attack against her

It will never replace the eye she lost in the unexpected knife attack by a former student who had considered her a favorite teacher. Read more...

08.28.12

Hanover Twp. grateful for all Simon accomplished

Staff members with Hanover Township in Bartlett are mourning the loss of their community health director, who in six short years built a department that provided access to care for residents throughout Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood. Read more...

08.28.12

Tax rollback will benefit businesses

Government at every level is facing some of the most challenging times in recent memory. Retailers, consumers and taxpayer are feeling the pinch as well, but there remains a bright light at the end of the tunnel. For the second year in a row, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled her preliminary budget, which includes a rollback of the sales tax by 0.25 percent. Read more...

08.24.12

Hanover Township Senior Center receives national accreditation

After more than a year of preparation, the Hanover Township Senior Center has received national accreditation. The center earned the designation from the National Institute of Senior Centers in July, making it the first township-run senior center — and only the sixth center in Illinois — to gain accreditation. Read more...

08.23.12

Elgin plans 1st iFest

Planners of Elgin's new International Festival say the event brings different ethnicities together, and fits into this year's pared-down special events schedule. Read more...

08.23.12

Home > News > Schaumburg Scams keep the pros chasing con artists

starts with a phone call and the voice on the line says "hi grandma." The caller states he or she is in jail — typically in a foreign country — and needs the grandmother to wire them money for bail. Read more...

08.23.12

More U-46 students get free breakfast before school

Before cracking open their new notebooks or uncapping a new pen on the first day of school, thousands of students in Elgin Area School District U-46 sat down for the most important meal of the day. Read more...

08.23.12

Task Force will target ruse burglaries

A man claiming to be a new neighbor came to the Elgin area home of Ernest and Shirley Plote last year, asking questions about lot lines. Read more...

08.23.12

Torres: Does not favor charter schools

It was the first day of school in Elgin School District U46, and Superintendent Jose Torres ended his workday with a presentation on the state of the district at Wednesday evening’s city council meeting. Read more...

08.22.12

Added expense for Elgin’s Eastside rec center could spark controversy

The price for renovating the Eastside Recreation Center is set to grow by more than $56,000. Read more...

08.22.12

Cook County wants to expand, improve camping sites

Are you in favor of new bunkhouses at Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington and new cabins at Camp Reinberg in Palatine? Do you want places in Cook County forest preserves where families can camp Read more...

08.22.12

Hanover Township Mental Health Board grant applications available

Grant applications for FY 14 are now available from the Hanover Township Mental Health Board.Each year the Mental Health Board provides roughly $1 million in funding to agencies serving Hanover Township residents in the areas of mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse intervention and prevention. The FY14 funding period runs from April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014. Read more...

08.22.12

U-46 budget in black despite reductions from state

Despite the state government slashing millions of dollars in funding and the rising cost of employee benefits, Elgin Area School District U-46 expects to approve a balanced budget for the 2013 fiscal year, which began July 1. Read more...

08.21.12

BP starting recall of gas sold locally

BP is recalling unleaded regular gasoline that was shipped from the company’s Whiting fuel storage terminal between Aug. 13 and 17 after motorists throughout the region began experiencing problems with hard starting or failure to start. Read more...

08.21.12

Elginites still prefer paying city with cash, checks

Elgin may be gaining a reputation as a tech-savvy place, but when it comes to paying bills and other charges owed to the city by residents, cash and checks are still king. Read more...

08.21.12

Juvenile detention center population keeps falling

Cook County has been able to reduce the number of teens locked up in its juvenile detention center, but there's still much to be done before the mission to reform the long-troubled facility is complete, officials said Monday. Read more...

08.21.12

U46 proposes balanced budget for 2013 that hinges on timing

School District U46 will bring in $478.9 million total in revenue next year, according to its proposed 2013 budget. Meantime, it will spend $493.5 million total. Read more...

08.17.12

Bartlett native, Elgin High grad plays big role in ESPN film

If the name Ryan Suffern sounds familiar, you might have gone to school with him in Bartlett. Or read our November “From Suburbs to Showbiz” profile, charting how the Elgin High School graduate zigzagged his way through movie-related jobs until he wound up being personal assistants to Academy award-winning directors Steven Spielberg and Sam Mendes. Read more...

08.17.12

State lawmakers today kicked out a West Side Democrat accused of taking a $7,000 bribe, marking the first expulsion from the Illinois House since 1905.

State lawmakers today kicked out a West Side Democrat accused of taking a $7,000 bribe, marking the first expulsion from the Illinois House since 1905. Read more...

08.15.12

Bartlett to wait on another electric aggregation referendum

The Bartlett village board passed up an opportunity Tuesday night to put an electric aggregation referendum on the ballot for the second time this year. Read more...

08.15.12

Hanover Park stepping up school traffic safety efforts

With the first day of school already here for some, the Hanover Park Police Department is stepping up traffic enforcement efforts to ensure students’ safety. Read more...

08.15.12

Senior food pantry opens in Schaumburg

After a successful pilot program in Chicago, free food markets geared toward seniors are starting to sprout up in suburban Cook County. Read more...

08.15.12

West Nile virus cases climb in Cook County

The number of reported cases of humans with West Nile virus in Illinois recently increased from two to six, all in Cook County, officials said. Read more...

08.14.12

Bartlett to discuss electrical aggregation

The Bartlett village board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 to discuss electrical aggregation. The meeting will take place at village hall, 228 S. Main St. Read more...

08.13.12

Bartlett fire station to host health fair and blood drive

The Bartlett Fire Protection District would like to invite the public to attend its Pink Heals Health Fair and Blood Drive Wednesday, Aug. 22. The health fair and blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at Fire Station 1, located at 234 N. Oak Ave. in Bartlett. Read more...

08.13.12

Streamwood invites car lovers to “Cruise Night”

Lovers of all kinds of cars are invited out to a “Cruise Night” in Streamwood on Thursday, Aug. 16. The cruise will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Whether you drive a Corvette or a muscle car — all makes are welcome. Read more...

08.10.12

Streamwood grad credits leadership program with success

Susan Lopez was accepted to the Youth Leadership Academy at Elgin Community College when she was in sixth grade. She started the program at the beginning of her seventh grade year and stuck with it through high school graduation, crediting the education-focused service learning organization with a share of her success in the years since. Read more...

08.08.12

A road map to transparency

“There are many models for agencies lacking in transparency to emulate. Those that scored 90 percent or better include Elmhurst Unit District 205, Hanover Township, Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 and Will County.” Read more...

08.08.12

Family mourns Bartlett woman killed in crash

At heart, Linda Reinert was a big kid who loved chocolate and music, friends and relatives of the 66-year-old Bartlett resident say. Read more...

08.08.12

Hanover Twp. to offer back-to-school physicals at Elgin office

Hanover Township and Kid Care Medical Partners have teamed to host a Back-to-School School/Sport Physical and Immunization Clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the township’s Community Relations Office, One American Way, Elgin. Read more...

08.08.12

Parents: Add vaccines to your back-to-school list

Between buying new clothes, shopping for every last supply and enjoying the last few weeks of summer, remember that, for the first time, students entering sixth through 12th grade are required to receive one dose of the TDaP vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis — commonly referred to as whooping cough — before school starts. Read more...

08.08.12

Streamwood Health Center to serve underinsured

The Streamwood Community Health Center opening today brings health care and dental services to uninsured and underinsured residents who previously had to travel to Elgin for care. Read more...

08.08.12

U-46 fills 3 key administrative roles

Elgin Area School District U-46 has made a number of changes in its administrative ranks, filling the positions of director of school and community relations, director of instruction for K-12, and coordinator of math, science and industrial technology Read more...

08.06.12

Federal court denies Ryan's appeal

A federal court in Chicago on Monday denied George Ryan's appeal seeking his release from prison, dashing what was widely regarded as the former Illinois governor's last hope to cut short his 6 1/2-year sentence for corruption. Read more...

08.06.12

How municipalities can lower debt burden

“When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters — one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.” Read more...

08.03.12

Guns N’ Hoses to get boost from Streamwood concert

The Schaumburg Jaycees are presenting an outdoor concert event to raise money for the Streamwood Guns N’ Hoses Association, a licensed charity consisting of active and retired members of the Streamwood police and fire departments that aids residents of the community who need assistance due to unforeseen tragedy. Read more...

08.01.12

Departures in U46 necessitate restructuring

In the game of musical chairs caused by the sudden departure of Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Greg Walker, the odd position out in School District U46 may be its controversial chief of equity and social justice. Read more...

08.01.12

Elgin Community College pilots e-textbooks this fall

For the first time, purchasing textbooks might actually leave students’ wallets heavier and backpacks lighter. Read more...

08.01.12

Free senior food market in Schaumburg

The Senior Program at the Schaumburg Barn has teamed up with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the food bank that serves Cook County, to start a free food market for seniors age 60 and over. Read more...

08.01.12

Hanover Township to host recycling event

Hanover Township will host its third annual Recycling Extravaganza from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at the township campus at 250 S. Illinois Route 59 in Bartlett. Vendors will be onsite collecting electronics, bicycles, light bulbs, cell phones, car and dry cell/alkaline batteries, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, prescription drugs, books and magazines, clothing, gently worn shoes and more. Read more...

08.01.12

New faces called to the principal’s office this school year

Kenyon Woods Middle School Principal Mike Demovsky was at a conference in Indianapolis recently about a program aimed at helping students get into college. Read more...

07.27.12

Art and Soul on the Fox livens up downtown Elgin

Downtown Elgin will once again be covered in art of all types this weekend at the fourth annual Art and Soul on the Fox. Read more...

07.26.12

New medical examiner confirmed to run troubled Cook County morgue

Dr. Stephen Cina, a Florida forensic pathologist, was officially hired Tuesday as Cook County’s new chief medical examiner, but he admitted that some of his pals in the business asked him why he wanted to run the embattled morgue. Read more...

07.26.12

Streamwood celebrates “Hometown Pride”

It’s time to celebrate pride in Streamwood. The 19th annual Streamwood Summer Celebration’s theme is “Hometown Pride.” The festival runs July 27-29 at Hoosier Grove Park, 700 W. Irving Park Road. Hours are 5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Sunday Read more...

07.26.12

Suburban tourism -- and tax revenues -- increase

Local counties were among those gaining the most tourism dollars across the state during 2011, which is fueling a so-called road show with state officials touting those numbers to help keep the momentum going.... Read more...

07.25.12

Volunteer Express rides available to Hanover Twp. residents

Hanover Township residents that have medical appointments and social engagements outside the boundaries of the township Dial-A-Bus program can now take advantage of the Volunteer Express. Read more...

07.24.12

Cook County Board to question Cina, Preckwinkle’s pick for medical examiner

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s pick for chief medical examiner is expected to be in the hot seat Tuesday as he faces commissioners who are expected to vote on the hire later in the day. Read more...

07.24.12

Elgin ready to roll out new website

Elgin residents will see a new city website with more functions, including a new “My Elgin” feature starting Thursday morning. Read more...

07.23.12

Jobs panel participants chosen

Some of the area’s biggest business honchos have accepted Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s challenge to figure out a way, in a lousy economy, to keep businesses planted while luring new ones here. Read more...

07.23.12

Task force looking at what is best school day and year format for U46

Does School District U46 have the right school day length? Does it have the right school year calendar and structure? Is treating every elementary school in the district the same the right way to go? Read more...

07.20.12

Arts in Bartlett offers painting exhibit

Arts in Bartlett presents a new July Exhibit at the Village Hall Gallery, featuring artwork by the residents of Clare Oaks of Bartlett in their first exhibit outside of their retirement community. Read more...

07.20.12

Chief Montalbano will be missed by fellow police chiefs

Chief Montalbano indeed served many well, will be missed by fellow chiefs. When I opened my daily e-news briefing for police chiefs, I was saddened for our profession but happy for Jim Montalbano to hear that he was retiring as the chief of Sleepy Hollow. Read more...

07.20.12

In Our Town

The Bartlett Police Department is seeking neighborhoods to host a National Night Out block party on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 3 to 10 p.m. Police say this is a perfect opportunity to get together with neighbors to strengthen the community and to promote positive police-community partnerships. Read more...

07.20.12

New law requires meeting agendas to spell out what’s on the table

No more hidden agendas. No more cryptic ones, either. A new state law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn Thursday in Wheaton requires government bodies to give citizens more details about their pending business, and to make that information more readily available. Read more...

07.20.12

Streamwood woman listed among recent heat deaths

A Streamwood woman is among three more deaths in the Chicago area linked to the hot weather, bringing to 26 the number of people who have died of heat-related causes in the last two weeks. Read more...

07.20.12

Two-acre Bartlett fire a sign of drought season’s dangers

The fire broke out about 3:10 p.m. Tuesday behind townhomes at 13612 Spaulding Road. Assistant Fire Chief Michael Figolah said a strong wind pushed the flames through the tinder-dry grass and weeds across several backyards until the flames were stopped along the shore of a retention pond. Read more...

07.19.12

Hanover Twp. panel awards grants to agencies

The Hanover Township Mental Health Board awarded capital grants to three local nonprofit agencies totaling over $21,800. Read more...

07.19.12

Hanover Twp. partners to hold Senior Police Academy

To help educate senior citizens about potential threats and the criminal process, state Rep. Fred Crespo, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Hanover Township are partnering to hold a Senior Police Academy. Read more...

07.19.12

Preckwinkle creates council to help create jobs in tough economy

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Thursday she’s creating a council of economic advisors to figure out how to lure businesses and create jobs across the region in a sluggish economy. Read more...

07.19.12

TIF revenue in Cook County dropped for the fourth straight year

Chicago’s take from controversial Tax Increment Financing districts dropped by $56 million last year, an 11 percent decrease that could affect bond payments and payments to developers, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr. Read more...

07.17.12

‘Walk with the Mayor’ in Elgin neighborhoods

Activate Elgin and the City of Elgin are partnering to get Elgin residents out and exercising on a regular basis through the newly launched “Walk with the Mayor” program. Read more...

07.17.12

Elgin mayor: Use alcohol tax to pay for drug program, roadside safety

Elgin Mayor David Kaptain’s vision for the city is to tie specific revenue streams to targeted projects to provide greater grovernment accountability. Read more...

07.17.12

Hanover Township dedicates Heritage Marker at Elgin Park

Hanover Township dedicated its first Heritage Marker of the year at Lords Park in Elgin, on June 23, with over 30 officials, residents and local history enthusiasts in attendance. The marker commemorates the generous gift of 50 acres donated by George & Mary Lord in 1892 to the residents of Elgin. Read more...

07.17.12

Police: Men hold up Bartlett clerks at gunpoint

Two men, about 20 years old, entered the Circle K gas station, 123 E. Stearns Road, at about 12:30 a.m. and threated the clerks with a handgun, according to police. Read more...

07.13.12

City cracking down on unlicensed businesses, tweaking meetings

Assistant City Manager Rick Kozal said there are about 2,200 businesses in Elgin, and all but about 200 have complied with the ordinance and paid for business licenses. Read more...

07.13.12

Hanover Park Ultra Foods to close

Ultra Foods in Hanover Park is expected to close by the end of July, costing 111 workers their jobs, according to a state layoff report. Read more...

07.13.12

Hanover Township announces need for school supplies and emergency services volunteers

Needed items include backpacks, notebooks, loose-leaf paper, pencils, markers, crayons, scissors and glue sticks. Read more...

07.13.12

New Bartlett water playground opens

The playground features a tipping bucket that dumps hundreds of gallons of water on swimmers approximately every five minutes; two water slides; and numerous interactive spray features. It is part of a facility expansion of the Bartlett Aquatic Center. Read more...

07.12.12

Elgin council changes format for public comment at meetings

Elgin City Council members now will be able to respond to people speaking during the public comment portion of their meetings thanks to an informal decision made Wednesday. Read more...

07.12.12

Hanover Twp. offers energy bill assistance

Qualifying Hanover Township residents can seek financial assistance with summer electricity bills through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Read more...

07.12.12

Tax bills troubling for many seniors

Hundreds of suburban Cook County homeowners — mostly senior citizens — have flooded the county assessor's office at the Rolling Meadows courthouse in recent weeks to file for adjustments to their property tax bills. Read more...

07.10.12

Hanover Township launches app for iPhone users

Hanover Township has launched a new iPhone app to give residents another tool to stay informed and up to date on what is happening in their community. “We’re very excited to take this bold step into mobile technology,” Hanover Township Supervisor Brian P. McGuire said. “We look at it as yet another way to keep residents informed and to increase an already transparent township government.” Read more...

07.10.12

Preckwinkle picks Miami pathologist for morgue post

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has found a replacement for retiring Cook County Medical Examiner, Dr. Nancy Jones. Preckwinkle announced Tuesday she’s nominating Dr. Stephen J. Cina, the associate medical director of the University of Miami Tissue Bank and a board-certified anatomic and forensic pathologist with 20 years of forensic autopsy experience. Read more...

07.09.12

Elgin City Council awards $278K in grants

The Elgin City Council approved cultural arts grants totaling $28,000 and Riverboat Fund grants totaling $250,000. The votes to disburse those funds were made during the council's May 23 meeting, according to minutes released June 13. Read more...

07.09.12

Increased funding for ECC programs to keep kids in school

They are programs that change students’ lives, according to DeSean E. Coleman, Sr., manager and assistant director of Upward Bound at Elgin Community College. They are programs that help high school students stay in school, that make college “second nature” to them, Coleman said. Programs that share knowledge with those students about college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT, scholarships and financial aid — knowledge their parents may not be able to share. Read more...

07.06.12

5K Dash N’ Splash July 15 in Hanover Park

The Hanover Park Park Foundation invites you to take part in the Inaugural 5K Dash N’ Splash. This is your opportunity to run or walk to make a difference in your community. Read more...

07.06.12

Bartlett fire district offers storm safety tips

With the severe weather that has moved through the area recently and the anticipation that there may be future severe weather, the Bartlett Fire Protection District would like to provide residents with some safety related information on downed power lines and the safe use of portable generators Read more...

07.06.12

First Fourth Fest fireworks draws more than 30,000 spectators.

The first year of an event, “you never know how it will turn out,” according to Cherie Murphy, director of community engagement for the city of Elgin. Read more...

07.06.12

Hanover Township hosts “Recycling Extravaganza”

Hanover Township is hosting a “Recycling Extravaganza” from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 at Township Hall, 250 S. Rte. 59 in Bartlett. Read more...

07.06.12

Heat cuts into attendance at many area fests

Extreme heat and, in some cases, the aftermath of serious storms combined this week to stifle attendance at many festivals and other outdoor events from Naperville to Wauconda, organizers say. Read more...

07.06.12

Make senior-citizen exemption automatic

With the arrival of the second installment of our Cook County property tax bills, we’re reminded of yet another bewildering law passed by the state Legislature two years ago. Read more...

07.05.12

At 102, 2012 is hottest Fourth of July on record

Wednesday was one of the two hottest Independence Days in Chicago’s history — and the triple-digit temperature took its toll. Read more...

07.05.12

Cook County sues Country Club Hillsin push to get $6.6 million in tax money returned

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas has gone to court to recover nearly $6.6 million in tax revenues that she says was paid in error to Country Club Hills, which allegedly has refused to return the money and even offered its residents a tax rebate. Read more...

07.05.12

Four communities join forces for sizzling Fourth of July festival

Brett Stocker, his wife, Korin, and their 5-month-old baby were enjoying the food and music under a tent Wednesday at the first-ever Northwest Fourth-Fest. Read more...

07.05.12

Hoffman home to new Northwest Fourth-Fest

Hoffman Estates has been known for its popular, Fourth of July festival. This year, the village has partnered with Elgin, Hanover Park and Hanover Township for the “Northwest Fourth-Fest.” Read more...

07.03.12

Alerts issued as temperatures inch toward 100

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for the city of Chicago today as temperatures are expected to inch toward 100. Read more...

07.03.12

Christmas in July for Hanover Twp. seniors

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Hanover Township Senior Center! The Christmas in July program provides care packages consisting of needed items such as paper towels, clothing, detergent, and food for those experiencing a hardship and who are in need during the holiday off-season. Read more...

07.03.12

City-County collaboration saves more than $30 million

The cash-strapped City of Chicago and Cook County have so far saved $33.4 million through an effort to combine resources and eliminate redundancies, according to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s office Monday. Read more...

07.03.12

Cook County treasurer markets easy availability of tax information

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas, in an effort to highlight the amount of information she is now making available about taxes on the Internet, placed a 139-page insert inside today’s printed copies of the Daily Herald distributed in Cook County. Read more...

07.03.12

Elgin police on patrol to keep youths from trouble

Teens out after the city’s official curfew are likely to find themselves the victim of a crime, according to Police Chief Jeff Swoboda. Read more...

07.03.12

Hanover Township to run summer open gym program

Kids are already talking about summer and looking forward to Hanover Township’s Summer Open Gym. Running for nine weeks throughout the summer, Open Gym will begin its 18th summer program, providing free and fun activities at schools throughout Hanover Township. Registration is not required Read more...

07.03.12

Hanover Twp. places heritage marker at Lords Park

Hanover Township recently dedicated its first heritage marker of the year at Lords Park here. The marker commemorates the gift of 50 acres of land on the city’s east side in 1892 by George and Mary Lord to the residents of Elgin. Read more...

07.03.12

Raises create challenge for Cook County’s 2013 budget

Pay raises ranging between 6 percent and 8.5 percent for the majority of Cook County employees this year are creating budget challenges for 2013. Read more...

07.03.12

Suburbs collecting food at Fourth of July parades

At least three Northwest suburban towns are encouraging residents to bring food and paper products to their respective Fourth of July parades to donate to local food pantries. Read more...

06.29.12

Cook County tax bills’ second installment due Aug. 1

Almost 1.8 million property tax bills with a due date of Aug. 1 will begin arriving in the mail next week across Cook County, Treasurer Maria Pappas said. “Read your bill carefully,” Pappas urged in a press release. “This tax bill is very informative but many people don’t bother to examine it. It provides a breakdown of where your money is going.” Read more...

06.29.12

Get fired up for the Fourth with fireworks displays

Look to the suburban skies in the coming nights, as they light up with bursts of color from Independence Day fireworks displays. Most displays are on the Fourth of July, of course, but several towns fire up the fireworks on Tuesday, July 3, — or even sooner. Read more...

06.29.12

Hot time, (early) summer in the suburbs: Thursday a record-breaking scorcher

Late Thursday morning as the temperature built toward 100 degrees, 4-year-old cousins Caden and Nolan Drabowski were busy playing ice hockey. Read more...

06.29.12

Sunday Daily Herald paper features comprehensive Cook County tax report

Sunday’s Cook County editions of the Daily Herald will include a 138-page comprehensive report detailing property tax levies and spending for all Cook County taxing bodies. The report was created by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas’ office from data required to be submitted by the taxing bodies, she said. Read more...

06.28.12

Elgin, Cook County offering advice for ways to keep cool

With temperatures predicted to hit near 100 on Thursday, the city Elgin has activated its cooling center in the lobby area of the police station downtown, 151 Douglas Ave. Read more...

06.28.12

Northwest Fourth-Fest pre-show announced

The Northwest Fourth Fest will host a fireworks display preshow at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4 at the Sears Centre Arena. Read more...

06.28.12

Sales tax rollback contributes to Cook County budget deficit

An upcoming one-quarter-point rollback in the Cook County sales tax and uncollected medical bills are putting the county $267.5 million in the red next year, a preliminary budget shows. County President Toni Preckwinkle said a partial hiring freeze will help make up the shortfall. Read more...

06.28.12

Supreme Court upholds all parts of insurance law

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Read more...

06.27.12

Cook County property values going down, but tax bills headed up

When Cook County homeowners get their property tax bills in about a week, most will owe more than last year despite continuing decreases in their assessed property values, experts said Tuesday. Read more...

06.27.12

County budget shortfall could reach $280 million

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will unveil a 2013 budget forecast Wednesday that includes a projected shortfall that sources say ranges from $208 million to $280 million — created in part by eliminating another quarter penny on the sales tax next Jan. 1. Read more...

06.27.12

Most Cook County tax rates up 10% or more

Nearly all suburban Cook County municipalities, schools and park districts are raising their tax rates by double-digit percentages, according to the list of 2011 rates for more than 1,500 taxing agencies released Tuesday by Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office. Read more...

06.27.12

Unusual joins traditional suburban July 4 events

Barbecued ribs and cold beer, carnivals and fireworks, rock concerts and pie-eating contests. The Fourth of July is a big deal in the suburbs, with a wide range of events stretching out for days and going on in just about every town. Read more...

06.26.12

Ethics board tells assessor to fire relatives

The Cook County ethics board has ordered the county’s assessor to fire two of the three relatives who work in the government tax office. Read more...

06.26.12

Preckwinkle cleaning up a mess at morgue

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle didn’t see this one coming. Read more...

06.25.12

Hanover Twp. seeks school supplies, backpacks

Hanover Township is seeking donated school supplies and backpacks for students this fall. Due to the current economic crisis, food pantry usage has increased dramatically, serving as many as 1,000 families monthly, and officials anticipate the number of children needing school supplies will rise, as well. Read more...

06.25.12

Pedestrian struck, reportedly killed by Metra train in Hanover Park

All inbound and outbound trains on the Milwaukee District / West Line have been stopped after a Metra train struck and killed a pedestrian Monday morning in northwest suburban Hanover Park. Read more...

06.25.12

Property taxes appeals surge

Dismayed that property taxes on her Rogers Park home kept going up despite a sinking real estate market, Aparna Sen-Yeldandi asked a friend to review her tax bill. She was stunned to learn that although she had lived in the residence for nearly 20 years she wasn't getting a homeowner's exemption, a reduction due every owner occupying a residence for at least a year. Read more...

06.22.12

Hindu temple wants annexation into Bartlett

Leaders of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu temple in unincorporated DuPage County want the property to become a part of Bartlett, their representatives told a village committee this week. The proposed annexation would include almost 39 acres east of Route 59 and south of Army Trail Road. Read more...

06.22.12

Police hunt for driver following stop, chase

Police from Wayne, South Elgin, Bartlett and the Kane County Forest Preserve District were searching early Thursday evening for a man who sped away from a traffic stop, then jumped out of his car on Stearns Road just east of the intersection with Dunham Road. Read more...

06.20.12

U46 may teach Mandarin Chinese — on iPads

Students at the World Languages and International Studies Academy at Streamwood High School soon may welcome Elgin School District U46’s first courses in Mandarin Chinese. Or make that “huan ying.” Read more...

06.19.12

Parents share experiences on engaging in U-46

When Markinna Price moved her family from Chicago, the mother of six wanted to give her children a better opportunity and become more involved in Elgin Area School District U-46. Read more...

06.19.12

Preckwinkle making changes in troubled morgue

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle plans to announce an overhaul of the medical examiner’s office in the wake of problems at the county morgue. Read more...

06.18.12

Most suburbs keeping fireworks displays

A show coordinator at Pyrotecnico, the company that organizes the fireworks display in Bartlett and other towns, Wilson said he has seen many cities reduce their shows as the economy continues to struggle and local governments are forced to work with limited budgets. Read more...

06.18.12

Township mental health board awards grants to area agencies

The Hanover Township Mental Health Board awarded capital grants to three local, nonprofit agencies totaling over $21,800 at their May meeting. Read more...

06.15.12

70-year-old graduate of ECC: There’s much to life after retirement

There is life after retirement, according to John Clark. In fact, there are associate’s degrees to earn and new careers to start. There are 10Ks to run each year, 100 miles to bike each week, slopes to ski, people to help and languages to learn, Clark said. At least, those are his plans for retirement. Read more...

06.15.12

Arts in Bartlett presents ‘Heaven’

Arts in Bartlett will stage its summer play “Heaven” this weekend. Written and directed by AiB Adult Theatre veteran Russ Devereaux, “Heaven” will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center auditorium at James “Pate” Philip State Park, 2054 W. Stearns Road, Bartlett. Read more...

06.15.12

Buy a brick for Hanover Park Veterans Memorial

To help fund the construction of the future Hanover Park Veterans Memorial, officials said the public would be able to honor soldiers by purchasing bricks that will be permanently incorporated into the plaza. Read more...

06.15.12

Freedom Bash raises awarness, donations for troops

With patriotic décor and temperatures topping 90 degrees on Saturday, Hanover Township’s Eighth Annual Operation Support Our Troops: Freedom Bash gave more than 300 guests a summer-like experience that also benefited military troops. Read more...

06.15.12

Streamwood church celebrates 50 years with Cardinal George

On Saturday, June 23, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will celebrate the 4:30 p.m. Mass to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Streamwood. Read more...

06.14.12

Bartlett streetscape near completion

Bartlett officials announced Wednesday that the village is in the final stages of completing a more than $1 million “streetscape” project on West Bartlett Road between Route 59 and Western Avenue. Read more...

06.14.12

Cook County gets banks to pledge to make more loans to small businesses

At a time when businesses are having a hard time getting loans, Cook County officials are trying to make it easier for small minority- and women-owned companies to get the capital needed to compete for government projects. Read more...

06.14.12

Gifted education expert again defends U-46 programs during federal trial

A gifted education expert said she would like to see more schools offer a gifted program that separates students who have developed proficiency in English as their second language from their native English speaking peers for core subjects, similar to the one at the center of a federal bias lawsuit against Elgin Area School District U-46. Read more...

06.14.12

Gov. Quinn signs Medicaid cuts, cigarette tax into law

Gov. Pat Quinn put the finishing touch on one of his top spring legislative priorities Thursday by signing legislation plugging a $2.7 billion hole in the state’s health-care program for the poor, elderly and disabled. Read more...

06.13.12

Preckwinkle picks Abbott exec, retiring non-profit leader for county hospital board

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is prepared to nominate four people to the county hospital board, including Abbott Laboratories executive Edward Michael and community activist Rev. Calvin Morris. Read more...

06.12.12

Elgin fraternal organizations want exemption to gambling ban

Unlike many communities throughout the state, Elgin doesn’t have to do a thing if it wants to keep video gambling out of town. “Gambling devices” have been prohibited by the municipal code for years, independent of the 2009 Video Gaming Act, which hundreds of communities have responded to with gambling prohibitions of their own. Read more...

06.12.12

Maryville Academy playground acts as sanctuary

A $70,000 playground paid for in large part by an anonymous donor and with the help of the Hanover Township Mental Health Board. Read more...

06.12.12

Suspects rob Bartlett bank, wanted in Elmhurst robbery

The suspects robbed the TCF Bank inside the Jewel-Osco at 125 E. Stearns Road in Bartlett at about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, according to the FBI. Read more...

06.08.12

County commissioner accuses Preckwinkle of burying his cemetery idea

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle opposes a proposal to turn a five-acre stretch of the county’s old Oak Forest Hospital site into a cemetery for the poor. Read more...

06.08.12

Happy Running Day: Trails in Cook County

Wednesday is National Running Day, and what better way to celebrate than with a run? Try one of these Chicago Park District or Cook County Forest Preserve trails. Read more...

06.07.12

On-time Cook County tax bill delivery saves money

Cook County taxpayers could save money now that their second-installment property tax bills are expected to arrive on time for the first time in more than three decades. That’s because taxing bodies relying on the property tax revenues won’t have to borrow or deplete reserves to cover the tardy payments. Read more...

06.07.12

Summer lunch program in Elgin to start again

The city of Elgin Park and Recreation Department, Northern Illinois Food Bank and several local churches are teaming up to provide free nutritious lunches to youths in Elgin this summer. Read more...

06.07.12

Township to run summer open gym program

Kids are already talking about summer and looking forward Hanover Township’s Summer Open Gym. Starting Monday, June 11 and running for nine weeks throughout the summer, Open Gym will begin its 18th summer program, providing free and fun activities at schools throughout Hanover Township. Registration is not required. Read more...

06.07.12

Veterans' Support Group Kick-off Event

Hanover Township Senior Services is partnering with Vitas Hospice to start a new "Veterans' Support Group". Read more...

06.06.12

Cook County sees unexpected $160k from Lollapalooza sales

Cook County leaders are singing rock ‘n’ roll over an unexpected $160,000 that’s landed in government coffers. That’s because organizers of the lucrative Lollapalooza music festival — under increased pressure over a series of city, county and state tax breaks — and the city reached a deal this spring that ended the free ride. Even before the deal, Lollapalooza was at risk of losing the county exemption because of a new, stricter policy in place. Read more...

06.05.12

Midwesterners will have good view of Venus tonight

Venus will begin its twice-a-century trip between the Earth and the sun this evening, and Midwesterners will have a decent view of a celestial event that will not occur again until the year 2117. Read more...

06.05.12

Praise all around as U46 gives OK to teachers pact

Following a full year and 250 hours at the negotiating table, the Elgin School District U46 board Monday night approved a new three-year contract with its 2,200 teachers. Elgin Teachers Union members had voted 1,225 to 604 for the agreement last Wednesday night, said ETA President Kathryn Castle. Read more...

06.05.12

Tree just one way in which principal will be remembered

Before Monday’s ceremony dedicating a tree in honor of her retirement, Kenyon Woods Middle School Principal Sue Welu was trying to keep it business as usual on the last day of school for the kids. Read more...

06.05.12

U46 names new administrators

Several new administrators have been named for next school year by Elgin School District U46. Barbara Johnson will be assistant superintendent for elementary education. She has worked as the secondary leadership specialist for the Baltimore city schools since 2009. Her responsibilities include visiting schools to monitor instruction and community-building practices; providing guidance and support to principals; conducting principal planning conferences and evaluations; assisting in developing grant proposals and managing grant programs related to principal accountability and leadership development; and assisting the total school community in problem identification and resolution strategies. Johnson also is a former school principal and has taught middle school and high school English Read more...

06.04.12

ComEd bills to drop 2.5% this month after ICC ruling

Electricity bills for Commonwealth Edison customers will drop 2.5 percent, or about $2 per month, staring in June as a result of a ruling last week by the Illinois Commerce Commission. Read more...

06.04.12

Cook County property taxpayers can expect earlier tax bills

Cook County property owners this year can expect a surprise when the second installment of tax bills arrive: They will be on time. Those involved in the process expect the second installment of 2011 taxes payable this year will be in the hands of taxpayers on or about July 1, months ahead of what has been typical and the earliest in decades. Read more...

06.04.12

Weekend arrest could put you at 26th and Cal

A vote by the Cook County Board Commissioners to close suburban courthouses on weekends and holidays now means a longer ordeal for arrestees, perhaps including a handcuffed ride in a sheriff's department van or bus to the storied Cook County Criminal Courts Building at 26th Street and California Avenue in Chicago. Read more...

06.01.12

Construction begins for new Streamwood health center

When Bob Tanner noticed how many patients from Streamwood, Hanover Park and Bartlett were coming to his Elgin community health center for care, he saw a need for a similar facility in their area.... Read more...

06.01.12

Elgin Area School District U-46 to host volunteer reception

Elgin Area School District U-46 board of education will host the 15th annual volunteer reception Tuesday, June 5, at the Educational Services Center, 355 E. Chicago St. in downtown Elgin. Read more...

06.01.12

Hanover Park gauging interest in teen center

Hoping to provide Hanover Park’s teens with a dedicated space the way several neighboring communities do, the village has turned to its own residents to start gauging interest in a teen center. Read more...

06.01.12

Hanover Township launches app for iPhone users

Hanover Township has launched a new iPhone app to give residents another tool to stay informed and up to date on what is happening in their community. Read more...

06.01.12

Hanover Township launches iPhone app

Hanover Township has launched a new iPhone app, which Supervisor Brian McGuire said gives residents another tool to stay informed and up to date on what is happening in their community. The app allows users to easily find contact information for officials and staff and submit a question to the township. It includes a Twitter feed, access to the township’s event calendar and link to the township’s YouTube page for videos on board meeting recaps and special events. Read more...

06.01.12

How Elgin High School nearly lost its name

What’s in a name? Apparently everything when it comes to a high school. At least that was the case 50 years ago this spring when the U-46 Board of Education, then commonly known as the Elgin Public Schools, announced it was going to change the name of Elgin High School. Read more...

06.01.12

State rep’s Elgin house serves as the location for horror film

Make your own political joke here: State Rep. Keith Farnham recently rented the home his family lived in for 25 years to an indie film crew that used the northeast-side Victorian as the set for part of a horror movie anthology. Read more...

06.01.12

Transit of Venus @ the U-46 Planetarium

OneDarkSky.com (ODS) will partner with the U-46 Planetarium in Elgin, IL for the Transit of Venus on June 5, 2012. Come check out this rare event as the next Venus transit will not occur again until December 2117! This is truly a "last in our lifetime" event! Read more...

05.31.12

Communities team up for Northwest Fourth-Fest at Sears Centre

Three municipalities and a township will combine efforts this summer to put on the first Northwest Fourth-Fest, a five-day Fourth of July celebration at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. The leaders of Elgin, Hanover Park, Hanover Township and Hoffman Estates announced Wednesday they have committed to partnering with each other to put on the regional event, complete with fireworks, carnival rides, food, drinks and live entertainment. Read more...

05.31.12

U46 teachers give thumbs-up to new contract

Elgin Teachers Association members approved a tentative contract agreement Wednesday night between the union and School District U46, ETA President Kathryn Castle confirmed. Union members voted 1225 to 604 for the agreement, Castle said. Read more...

05.30.12

Group looks to bring charter school to U-46

Members of a group pondering opening a charter school in Elgin Area School District U-46 say their proposal would complement the educational opportunities available in the district, not clash with it. Read more...

05.30.12

Is 'Bachelorette' falling for Bartlett man?

As the recipient of three roses, Chris Bukowski of Bartlett seems like he is well on his way to winning over the heart of ABC's newest “Bachelorette.” The 25-year-old is competing against more than two dozen other bachelors in the reality TV show's eighth season for a chance at love with Emily Maynard, a 26-year-old single mom from North Carolina. Bachelors getting a rose return the following week. Read more...

05.30.12

School anti-violence law heads to Quinn

Legislation intended to prevent school violence like the 2008 stabbing of an Elgin teacher is on its way to Gov. Pat Quinn after winning approval today in the Illinois House. The legislation, inspired by a Daily Herald investigation and approved 98-19 in the House, would allow police to share information with certain school officials if they believe a student has been violent outside of school and could be an immediate threat to others. The Senate approved the bill Friday. Read more...

05.29.12

Astronaut urges kids to work toward next big step in space

If the United States decides it has the political will to make a manned space flight to Mars, it will, said NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus Read more...

05.29.12

Entertainer has proposal for national veterans museum in Hoffman Estates

Retired General James Conway admits when he was presented with the idea of a Hoffman Estates museum to honor the more than 40 million veterans who have served in the American Armed Forces, he was skeptical. “My first reaction was that this is ambitious,” said Conway, who served as the 34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. Read more...

05.29.12

Graduates bid goodbye to U-46, hello to the rest of their lives

The lesson learned by many students of Elgin Area School District U-46’s class of 2012 was that you never know how you’re going to react at your own graduation. Graduate Nick Welu, of Streamwood, found himself getting emotional when Streamwood High School Principal Terri Lozier teared up during her introductory remarks Saturday morning at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Read more...

05.29.12

Mainstreet USA Rink in Streamwood closes

A Streamwood staple is no longer. Mainstreet USA Roller Skating Center closed May 19 after struggling to keep up with taxes and bills, but that didn’t stop co-owner Steve Rollins from keeping it open one extra hour beyond what had been announced.... Read more...

05.25.12

Cook County looks at naming rights to raise money

Cash-strapped Cook County government and the more financially sound Forest Preserve District are looking to bring in corporate cash by selling naming rights, sponsorships and concessions. Read more...

05.25.12

Frugal Elgin mayor, council keeping expenses down

The six council members along with Mayor Dave Kaptain are being frugal with taxpayer money when it comes to personal expenses, turning in only a combined $1,701.07 in receipts for the past 13½ months. Read more...

05.25.12

Illinois House, Senate OK big Medicaid cuts

Hundreds of thousands of people would see their health care cut back or even eliminated under legislation approved Thursday by Illinois lawmakers in a desperate attempt to shore up the state's crumbling budget. Read more...

05.25.12

License plates could cost extra $2 under plan to help fund state parks

Illinois license plates would cost $2 more per year to help finance state parks under a plan the House will consider.The measure has been proposed as an alternative to a parks fee imposed by the Department of Natural Resources. Read more...

05.24.12

44% of Cook County homes with a mortgage are underwater

Almost 667,000 homes with a mortgage in the seven-county Chicago area were underwater on their mortgages in March -- and 13 percent of those homeowners were also delinquent on their mortgage payments by three months or more. Read more...

05.24.12

Honor the fallen: Memorial Day Weekend in the suburbs

A roundup of Memorial Day parades and services and related events in the North, Northwest and West suburbs. Read more...

05.24.12

Vehicle stickers for unincorporated Cook County now on sale

Residents of unincorporated area of Cook County who own vehicles are required to purchase Cook County Vehicle Licenses, a release from County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s office said. Those who own businesses in unincorporated Cook County and keep vehicles there are also required to purchase a sticker. A late penalty equal to the price of the sticker or $25, whichever is greater, will be charged for purchases after July 1. Read more...

05.23.12

Neighbors keep Hoffman Estates fire in check

The fire occurred around 12:30 p.m. at 2020 Bridlewood Drive, Figolah said. The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined yet, he said, but some wiring for low voltage lighting found in mulch around the house and near a garbage can may have started it. Read more...

05.23.12

Township presents Principal of the Year Award

The Hanover Township Committee on Youth presented Morris Mallory with the 2012 Hanover Township Principal of the Year Award at a reception on May 15. Mallory, Principal at Gifford Street High School in Elgin, received the award with over 70 friends, family members, officials and teachers present at the Township senior center. Read more...

05.22.12

Illinois Senate may consider Cook County landfill restrictions this week

The Illinois Senate may consider a measure this week that effectively would prohibit developing or expanding landfills in Cook County. The Senate adjourned for the weekend Friday without considering the bill. But state Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, said "hopefully" a vote will be taken on the bill Tuesday. Read more...

05.22.12

U46 says families more engaged

Parents and community members often get involved in the School District U46 Citizens’ Advisory Council because “they have something heavy on their hearts,” CAC member Natalie Olsen said. “They come to CAC to get some resolution on that or get some input to the board. They don’t always know how to go about getting some resolution on that,” Olsen said. Read more...

05.21.12

Little Angels run celebrates 25 years of fundraising ride

Little Angels has a very special place in A.J. Moore’s heart. His sister, now 48, lived at the home for severely disabled children and young adults on Elgin’s far east side from the time she was 7 to age 15. In the past 22 years, Moore, a South Elgin deputy chief of police, has helped raise a several hundred dollars for the home during the annual Little Angels Pledge run. Read more...

05.21.12

U-46 School News for Week of May 21

All U-46 high schools will hold their graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 26 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. The schedule is as follows: Larkin High at 8 a.m.; Streamwood High at 11 a.m.; South Elgin High at 2 p.m.; Elgin High at 5 p.m. and Bartlett High at 8 p.m. Read more...

05.18.12

Bartlett trustees question mission of Heritage Days’ group

A request this week for the village of Bartlett to increase its sponsorship for the third annual Bartlett Heritage Days festival from $1,000 to $3,000 left trustees questioning the mission of the group that coordinates the event. The extra money would be used to help pay for a trolley or bus that would shuttle people between events from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last two days of Heritage Days, which runs from Friday, Sept. 7 to Sunday, Sept. 9. Read more...

05.18.12

Hanover Park’s Haigh awarded fire chief of the year

Hanover Park Fire Chief Craig Haigh has been named the 2012 Illinois Career Fire Chief of the Year, an award given by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association for exemplary career contributions. The association honored Haigh for his efforts in a number of areas, including his work with the University of Illinois Firefighter Life Safety Research Center. Read more...

05.18.12

Hanover Twp., Bartlett Park District offering health screenings to seniors

Hanover Township and the Bartlett Park District have teamed to offer free health and wellness screenings to seniors 55 and older. Passport to Wellness will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at the Bartlett Community Center, 700 S. Bartlett Road. More than 30 different screenings, including cholesterol, diabetes and body mass index, will be offered. Read more...

05.18.12

Township accepting Committee on Youth applications

Hanover Township is looking for interested adults and youth, 15 and older, to serve on the Township’s Committee on Youth (COY). Membership is open to adults who reside or work in the community and youth who reside or attend a High School in the Township. COY is a volunteer committee which serves in an advisory capacity to the Hanover Township Board of Trustees. Read more...

05.18.12

U-46 teachers set date for vote on latest agreement

Teachers in Elgin Area School District U-46 will take another shot at ratifying a tentative agreement with the school board with a vote scheduled for the end of May. Kathryn Castle, president of the Elgin Teachers Association, said union leaders encourage teachers to ratify the new tentative agreement. Teachers will vote on the tentative agreement on Wednesday, May 30. Read more...

05.18.12

Where will school bus funding stop next?

Natalie Olsen’s daughter finally was at the age that the Elgin mom didn’t have to worry about getting her to and from school. The South Elgin High School student was old enough to walk herself to and from her bus stop, Olsen said. Read more...

05.17.12

Elgin-0’Hare in line for major improvements

After years of planning, construction could begin next year to bring the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway closer to at least one if its namesakes.And other major road improvements, including some to local tollways, also are in store. Read more...

05.17.12

Hoffman Estates approves new TIF district

Hoffman Estates’ Barrington Square Town Center, which has struggled to gain new businesses after a Menards left in 2008, was turned into a tax increment financing district Monday by the village board. Read more...

05.17.12

New Elgin medical facility to open in fall

The Visiting Nurse Association of Fox Valley will break ground next week on a 20,000-square-foot facility in Elgin, making it the organization's second in the city and doubling its ability to provide health care services. It is expected to be open by fall. Read more...

05.17.12

Spring commencement at ECC

Commencement exercises for Elgin Community College’s spring 2012 candidates for graduation will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, May 18, in the Spartan Events Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Read more...

05.17.12

Suburban police step up presence for NATO

Squads of specially equipped suburban police officers will be ready to react to any NATO-related problems spilling into the suburbs this weekend, and law enforcement agencies also will increase patrols around major buildings and transit centers. Read more...

05.17.12

Tax exemptions difficult to navigate

Cook County’s property tax exemptions are meant to help reduce homeowners property tax burdens, but they are much like Chicago’s weather. Just wait a minute and it will change. Our eight property tax exemptions are needlessly complicated, confusing and now said to germinate a plethora of homeowner and senior citizen crooks, according to the Cook County Assessor.... Read more...

05.16.12

ALS doesn't stop Bartlett couple's marathon dream

It was around mile marker 25 that they woke up Denise DiMarzo. Wrapped in a blanket, the 49-year-old Bartlett woman had been napping in a wheelchair made specially for running, accompanied by two friends and husband Chris Benyo, who pushed her through the 26.2-mile marathon course. Read more...

05.16.12

Cook County to talk pension reform with workers

Cook County Board Commissioner Bridget Gainer believes open discussions with county employees is the way forward in reforming a pension system she believes is unsustainable. As the chair of the county board’s Pension Committee, Gainer, of Chicago, and fellow Commissioner Tim Schneider of Bartlett last week laid out a new plan they say goes beyond earlier talks in Springfield by being open to the input of labor. Read more...

05.16.12

Villages to pay for teacher pensions?

Municipal leaders are pushing back against a proposal in Springfield that would have villages, townships and other local governments give up some of their tax revenues for teachers’ pensions. Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan filed that proposal and others this week. They could be debated as early as today. Read more...

05.15.12

U-46, teachers’ union reach new agreement

Elgin-based U-46 teachers are expected to soon learn details of a new, tentative contract after working without one since the start of this school year. Read more...

05.14.12

Elgin developing a definition, and goals, for business growth

The City Council will consider in the next month or so moving along an economic incentive package with a company that already has called Elgin home for four decades. Read more...

05.14.12

Metra: Customers will face screenings, searches during NATO summit

Forget that cup of coffee or water bottle. And leave your backpack at home. Those are among the messages Metra is sending to riders who plan to take any of its trains during the three-day NATO summit weekend May 19-21. Read more...

05.11.12

College success: There’s now an app for that at ECC

On Tuesday, Elgin Community College will be added to the list of schools that can access maps, courses, events, contact information and more on MOX, a free application for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android smartphones. Read more...

05.11.12

Park Pride Day Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Streamwood Park District would like to invite Streamwood residents out to the second annual “Park Pride Day“. This event will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012 in our local parks. This is a community wide event to invite the residents/neighbors of the parks to come out and help “spruce” them up for the summer season. Read more...

05.11.12

Police conduct random drug searches at two U-46 middle schools

Large dogs with police trainers walked through hallways and locker rooms at two Elgin middle schools Thursday, checking for drugs as part of School District U-46’s random search program, which officials say serves as a deterrent to teens. Read more...

05.10.12

Cook County commissioner seeks vote on annexation

Cook County Board Commissioner Tim Schneider said Wednesday he wants to assure residents and municipal officials that a recent idea to annex all the county’s remaining unincorporated land into existing municipalities will not be implemented overnight or without voters’ consent. Read more...

05.10.12

Elgin council OKs riverboat grants for arts, social services

The majority of Elgin City Council members agreed Wednesday to award $250,000 in Riverboat grants to social service agencies with another $28,000 for arts organizations. Read more...

05.10.12

Teachers union president: ‘Progress’ in U-46 contract talks

Leaders of both the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board and the teachers union say progress has been made toward a resolution in the protracted negotiations over a new teacher contract. Read more...

05.10.12

Timber Trails supporting literacy through sharing

Looking for a place to donate those paperback books your children have outgrown, or the ones that are sitting on shelves now that your household has upgraded to an e-reader? Timber Trails Elementary School in Hoffman Estates is accepting donations for its book-sharing program, which will start in the fall. Read more...

05.09.12

Crespo hosts foreclosure seminar

To assist local families who are struggling with mortgage payments and possible foreclosure, state Rep. Fred Crespo, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, is hosting a foreclosure seminar with the Attorney General’s Office at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, at the Park Place Family Recreation Center, 550 South Park Blvd. in Streamwood. Read more...

05.09.12

Elgin on the record, on the Internet

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago recently ranked Elgin third behind Naperville and Chicago on a list of municipalities rated for how well they are using the Internet to inform their residents about the goings-on of local governments. Read more...

05.09.12

HandsOn Suburban Chicago Gets HandsOn with School District U-46

HandsOn Suburban Chicago, in conjunction with Hanover Township’s Open Gym program, provided five District U-46 schools with environmental messages and fun activities for the student participants. Read more...

05.09.12

Route 59 traffic initiative planned

Members of the Naperville Police Department and eight other law enforcement agencies will be conducting a “directed traffic safety initiative” May 9 on Route 59 in portions of Will, DuPage and Cook counties. Read more...

05.09.12

Suit: Metra tickets shouldn’t expire in year

Do some popular Metra tickets qualify as gift certificates under Illinois law? That’s what one man is arguing in a class-action fraud lawsuit filed Tuesday against the commuter rail agency, claiming the tickets’ one-year expiration dates are unlawful. Read more...

05.09.12

Traffic control for Bartlett race

The Bartlett Police Department will provide traffic control for the village’s annual Apple Blossom Run on Sunday, May 12, on South Bartlett Road at Pipers Drive and near Wilcox Drive and on Prospect Avenue at Country Drive and near Wilcox Drive. Read more...

05.08.12

Awards and accolades for ECC staff, students

Faculty and students at Elgin Community College have been raking in the hardware in the past few months. From students receiving valuable scholarships to faculty members being recognized for their dedication to teaching and leadership, Elgin Community College has received a number of honors. Read more...

05.08.12

Elgin U-46 board welcomes student adviser

Diana Castillo can add another responsibility to her already lengthy curriculum vitae. The Larkin High School junior received unanimous support Monday from the Elgin Area School District U-46 Board of Education, which approved Castillo’s selection as the student adviser to the board for the 2012-2013 school year. Read more...

05.07.12

Illinois looks to convert freeways to tollways

Hey ... didn't this road used to be free? The Elgin O'Hare Expressway will convert to a tollway and the same could happen to Route 53 through the Northwest suburbs. Does this mean a Cook County vs. Lake County smackdown? Read more...

05.07.12

Search begins for new chief exec of Elgin downtown group

The search for Tonya Hudson’s replacement as executive director of the Downtown Neighborhood Association has begun in earnest. DNA board president Karin Jones of the Kirkpatrick, Jones & Herzog Insurance Agency said that the five-member association board will act as the search committee and may look for assistance in sifting through applicants. Read more...

05.04.12

As Cook County embarks on road projects, info will be available online

For the first time in Cook County, drivers can get detailed construction information about ongoing road projects online. The Cook County Board President’s office announced the new online source of information as it unveiled its $65 million Highway Plan for 2012. The 27-project plan calls for improving 70 miles of county-owned roads in more than 30 suburbs Read more...

05.03.12

Bartlett imposes two new taxes, approves senior rebate

The Bartlett village board approved ordinances Tuesday imposing two new utility taxes on residents that are expected to cost each household about $85 a year. The pair of taxes — which were included in the village's $48 million 2012-13 fiscal year budget — are expected to generate an extra $1.6 million in annual revenues. Read more...

05.03.12

Cook taxpayers on the hook for $140 billion in debt (May 2)

Cook County taxpayers collectively are on the hook for more than $140 billion in pension, construction and other debt that's been run up by the county and its 553 local governments.So says County Treasurer Maria Pappas in a report released today that suggests the financial condition of local governments in the county continues to deteriorate. Read more...

05.02.12

Hanover Park to break ground on Veterans Memorial

Hanover Park officials have focused recent efforts largely on future development within the village, but a new effort aims to honor past sacrifices and service. The Hanover Park Veterans Memorial will be built outside the main entrance of village hall, the highlight being an eternal flame sculpture that will appear to flicker in the night. Read more...

05.02.12

Millner’s wife loses battle with cancer

Debbie Millner, the wife of state Sen. John Millner, of Carol Stream, died this morning after a long battle with cancer. Read more...

05.01.12

Cook leaders want property tax exemption crackdown law

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Assessor Joe Berrios on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to give them more power to go after property owners who improperly claim tax breaks, saying they could recover more than $150 million in three years with the new authority. Read more...

05.01.12

Editorial: Cook County’s idea to eliminate unincorporated areas

With more debate and discussion ahead, it’s far too soon to take a position on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposal to “speed up” annexation of unincorporated communities. The idea does demand careful study and critical evaluation. Read more...

05.01.12

Residents torn over Preckwinkle's push to end Cook County's unincorporated areas

Preckwinkle said Monday that she wants to accelerate efforts to get towns to annex into their borders the county's 62 square miles of unincorporated land where an estimated 98,000 people live. Such a move would leave those municipalities to pick up the cost for police protection, animal control and other key services. Read more...

04.30.12

ECC hosts fair showcasing careers in technology

People interested in learning career technical skills can attend an Industry Technology Resources Career Fair on Thursday, May 3, at Elgin Community College. This free event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Industry Training Center located near Fleetwood Drive and Second Street on the ECC Spartan Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin Read more...

04.30.12

Man injured in fire at Streamwood condo

A resident from a home on the 805 Garden Circle was injured Friday in a fire at his home. Read more...

04.30.12

Northwest suburban farmers market guide 2012

If you’re looking to add the freshest fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cheeses and flowers to your dinner table, look no further than in your own backyard. Read more...

04.26.12

Elgin council still wants details on fire alarm monitoring

The possibility of creating a city-owned monitoring network for fire alarms was first discussed more than a year ago but has yet to be brought forward as a recommendation by staff members for formal council consideration. Read more...

04.25.12

Elgin arts groups to see reduced funding

Four Elgin arts organizations that received money from the city last year through service agreements are being recommended for grant awards since those contracts were eliminated. Read more...

04.25.12

U-46 Recognizes the Long-Time Dedication of Staff Members

Every year at this time, employees who have dedicated 25, 30, 35 and even 40 years to the students in the School District U-46 are recognized at a reception hosted by the Board of Education. Read more...

04.24.12

Elgin council to consider first riverboat grant recipients

The Elgin City Council is expected to approve funding to local nonprofits in its first year distributing riverboat funds as grants rather than service agreements. Read more...

04.24.12

Quinn: Putting pension costs on schools not “essential” immediately

Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday that shifting the cost of teachers’ retirements to local schools and community colleges isn’t an “essential” part of his immediate plans to reform the state’s troubled pensions systems. Read more...

04.23.12

Family illness keeps Gilliam from council meetings

Serious family health issues have forced veteran Elgin City Councilman Robert Gilliam to miss every regularly scheduled council meeting this year, and he’ll be absent again on Wednesday when the council goes back into session. Read more...

04.23.12

Police investigate Hoffman Estates boy's death

Hoffman Estates police were guarded in their comments Sunday about the case of an 11-year-old Hoffman Estates boy who died Saturday. Read more...

04.20.12

Gov. Quinn wants Medicaid cuts, $1-per-pack cigarette-tax hike

Smokers would have to fork over another $1 per pack to the state as part of a plan Gov. Pat Quinn pushed Thursday to close a $2.7 billion Medicaid gap. Read more...

04.20.12

Rare penny fetches $1 million in Schaumburg auction

Every collecting hobby has its Holy Grail — that special, elusive (and expensive) item that would be the centerpiece to any collection. For baseball card enthusiasts, it’s a pristine T206 Honus Wagner. For comic book fans, it’s a crease-free copy of Action Comics No. 1, the book that introduced Superman. Read more...

04.19.12

Delay shouldn’t affect tuition aid for ECC military students

Although Elgin Community College is one of the holdouts among local community colleges to sign on to the Department of Defense’s tuition assistance program for current members of the military, ECC leaders say the delay will not affect students. Read more...

04.18.12

Bartlett approves $48 million budget

Mayor Michael Airdo added that he really liked how option four would get rid of vehicle stickers for at least a year. Read more...

04.18.12

County board waters down property tax process changes, weekend courthouse closures

Cook County commissioners on Tuesday adopted a watered-down plan for government offices to work on streamlining the property tax process after Board President Toni Preckwinkle said a proposal to create a single county tax administrator would violate state law. Read more...

04.18.12

Patricia Kelly appointed to Bartlett board

Kelly serves as a member of the board of directors for the Bartlett Veterans Memorial Foundation and offers free pro bono legal services to veterans through Hanover Township once a month. Read more...

04.18.12

U46: Tentative pact rejected by teachers had been ‘very fair’

The School District U46 Board of Education expressed “extreme disappointment” Monday in its teachers union’s rejection last week of a tentative agreement that would have ended nearly a year of negotiations. Read more...

04.16.12

Fire leaves Elgin area home uninhabitable

Extinguishing the blaze took more work than might be typical because there were no fire hydrants near the house, which is east of Elgin. Read more...

04.13.12

Irish pub, high-end gas station in works

The liquor commission approved a restaurant-level liquor license for McGruber’s, 1350 E. Chicago St. on the eastern edge of Elgin. Read more...

04.13.12

Is a new sheriff coming to your town?

Union officials worry that Preckwinkle’s people may propose disbanding or dramatically shrinking the police force, with municipal police agencies assuming duties in areas their towns annex, and the county contracting with municipal police agencies to cover areas that remain unincorporated. Read more...

04.13.12

Sears Centre negotiating to host new soccer team

Ben Gibbs, general manager of the Sears Centre, confirmed Thursday that arena officials are in “the later stages” of talks with the Chicago Kick, a new Major Indoor Soccer League team, about hosting their 13 home games at the arena. He said that no decisions will be made until the village board approves the idea. Read more...

04.13.12

U46 teachers reject contract

Union members voted 673 to 1,319 against the agreement, Castle said. Read more...

04.12.12

Bartlett Library tells patrons it’s “The Best Deal in Town”

The library, 800 South Bartlett Road, has been transformed to look like a car dealership in an effort to let people know that their local library is “The Best Deal in Town” because patrons can access thousands of materials there for free. Read more...

04.12.12

Elgin council reverses decision, approves dog park

The intergovernmental agreement with Hoffman Estates and Streamwood park districts for joint use of a 4-acre park was given preliminary approval March 7, then voted down March 21 before being reconsidered during the city council meeting Wednesday night. Read more...

04.12.12

Schools’ pay hikes trigger state penalties

Elgin Area School District U-46 was charged $162,232 in state penalties for giving some teachers and administrators raises over 6 percent, triggering higher future pension costs. Read more...

04.11.12

Bartlett officials meet with Cadillac Ranch reps, discuss improvements

Bartlett Police Chief Kent Williams, village attorney Bryan Mraz, village administrator Valerie Salmons and mayor Michael Airdo met with three representatives from the Cadillac Ranch on March 31 for an informal discussion following a shooting at the nightclub, 1175 W. Lake St., on Feb. 12. Read more...

04.11.12

Elgin fire engulfs 2 garages, damages 3 homes

A resident of a house on the 600 block of Cleveland Avenue called 911 after seeing the garage on fire behind their home at 5:36 p.m., officials said. Read more...

04.11.12

Preckwinkle ices ICE proposal

In a letter sent Monday to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton, Preckwinkle labels as "premature" Morton's invitation to set up a "working group" to resolve differences over the county's refusal to hold suspected illegal immigrants after they post bail. Read more...

04.10.12

Layoffs total 209 in U-46

The school board on Monday approved the layoffs, which included two teachers, 15 support staff members and 14 driver’s assistants. Support personnel include classroom teacher assistants, support staff in grant-funded programs and one part-time nonunion employee, U-46 Chief of Staff Tony Sanders said. Read more...

04.10.12

More barking about Elgin’s dog park plans

The plan under consideration calls for Elgin and the Hoffman Estates Park District to each contribute $53,865 and the Streamwood Park District $25,000 to the 4-acre park at Hoffman’s Canterbury Park South, which borders Elgin. The agreement is for 25 years, has an automatic renewal clause, and uses developer fees set aside for such projects, not tax dollars. Read more...

04.10.12

Program overhaul cuts two-thirds of Elgin crossing guards

The City of Elgin’s crossing guard program for Elgin Area School District U-46 schools is getting its first makeover in years, one that will include cutting more than two-thirds of the crossing guards now employed by the police department to save $200,000, according to Cmdr. Glenn Theriault. Read more...

04.10.12

Streamwood native at White House dinner for Iraq veterans

Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Donnie R. Bolton Jr. was one of 78 service members chosen to join President Barack Obama and the first lady as the White House held a black-tie formal dinner and tribute to Iraq War veterans and their families, to honor them for their service, sacrifice and commitment to the nation. Bolton is the son of Bonnie L. Polan and brother of Jesse L. Bolton, both of Streamwood. Read more...

04.09.12

Cook County also faces pension funding gap, new analysis says

Even if the county fund generally is in better shape, Gainer said, that doesn't mean the county can continue to ignore a funding gap that had grown to $5.2 billion by the end of 2010. Read more...

04.09.12

Issues arise at ECC over military tuition

Elgin Community College always has been eligible for reimbursement from the Department of Defense program, which pays tuition for students who are active military, she said. But for the 2011-12 school year, the Department of Defense required colleges to sign a memorandum of understanding for those students to receive that money, she said. Read more...

04.06.12

Bartlett arts festival deadline extended

The deadline for entries for the Arts in Bartlett 10th Anniversary Arts Festival has been extended to April 9. Read more...

04.06.12

Elgin High lets two play principal for day

Altogether, 74 people — including business owners, college instructors, police officers, local and state elected officials, and even journalists — were invited to participate in the fourth annual event held in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the district. Read more...

04.06.12

Hanover Park approves slightly smaller budget

The general fund’s operating budget will shrink by $86,380, or 0.3 percent, to $26.8 million. The overall budget including debt service, capital expenditures and other funds will be about $50.5 million. Read more...

04.06.12

Hanover Township gets high marks for its transparency in government

With a score of 96.5 percent, Hanover Township is the first township-level government entity in the state to earn an “A” grade in the Illinois Policy Institute’s Local Transparency Project, according to a press release from the township. Read more...

04.05.12

Court defers Cook County request for cameras in courts

The court announced in January that it would allow a test of cameras in Illinois courts. Eleven counties and four circuits around the state are participating in the pilot program. Read more...

04.05.12

Illinois Policy Institute lauds Hanover Twp. Transparency

The Illinois Policy Institute announced Wednesday that Hanover Township is the first township-level government entity in the state to earn an “A” grade in the research and education organization’s Local Transparency Project. Read more...

04.05.12

U-46 teachers could vote next week on contract

After months of going back and forth on contract negotiations with Elgin Area School District U-46, the Elgin Teachers Association has scheduled meetings to discuss a temporary contract with its membership. Read more...

04.04.12

Bartlett budget may include new taxes

Village board members met as a committee Tuesday to continue a very serious and more than monthlong public discussion of the proposed budget, in which total expenditures have been cut by less than 1 percent from this year’s budget to about $48.5 million. Read more...

04.03.12

Hoffman Estates closer to tax help for Barrington Square

On Monday, the village held a public hearing on the TIF district between Higgins and Hassell roads east of Barrington Road, but only a handful of residents attended, and none of them voiced questions or concerns. Read more...

04.03.12

Preckwinkle offering free downloads, other rewards for wellness to county workers

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced a “worksite wellness” program Monday in hopes of steering county government employees away from the emergency room and toward the salad bar and gym. Read more...

04.03.12

Trout fishing starts Saturday at Cook County lakes

District officials announced Monday that they are stocking the lakes with about 3,000 pounds of rainbow trout this week. Read more...

04.02.12

Hanover Park Park Foundation hosts Youth Benefit Ball

The Hanover Park Park Foundation will host its third annual Youth Benefit Ball from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Thursday, April 12, at the Seville, 700 Barrington Road, Streamwood. Proceeds from the event benefit the Youth Assistance Scholarship Program in Hanover Park. Read more...

04.02.12

Plan moves forward to let voters choose Water District trustees

According to its website, the Fox River Water Reclamation District, or FRWRD, provides wastewater treatment to more than 150,000 residents in Elgin, South Elgin, West Dundee, and portions of Sleepy Hollow, Streamwood, Hoffman Estates, and unincorporated St. Charles Township. Read more...

04.02.12

Streamwood High School puts on powerful ‘West Side Story’

Admission for U-46 students is $5, $8 for adults before April 4; $10 at the door. Read more...

03.28.12

Citizen police academy applications due soon

The Elgin Police Department is accepting applications through today for the Spring 2012 Citizens Police Academy, which runs April 2 through May 21. Read more...

03.28.12

Creating Bartlett budget proves difficult

In the past month, the board has met three times as a committee to discuss the proposed budget, in which expenditures have been cut by less than 1 percent from this year’s budget. Read more...

03.28.12

Hanover Park events aim to connect residents with resources

Hanover Park officials are trying to take a proactive approach to connecting residents with resources aimed at improving their lives. Read more...

03.28.12

Hanover Township brings community services closer

A new community relations office for Hanover Township will offer residents several services, including voter registration, notary public and student tutoring. The facility, at One American Way in Elgin, is open Monday through Friday. Staff moved into the offices last week. Read more...

03.27.12

10 suburban police agencies to focus on commercial vehicle safety

Over the next few months, 10 suburban law enforcement agencies including the Addison, Algonquin, Bartlett, Lombard, McHenry and Palatine police departments will focus on reducing commercial motor vehicle crashes and related fatalities. Read more...

03.27.12

Hanover Park to hold blood drive March 28

Hanover Park will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at village hall, 2121 W. Lake St. LifeSource Blood Centers has said that all blood types are urgently needed to help return the blood supply to normal levels. Read more...

03.27.12

Hanover Township opens satellite office in Elgin

Hanover Township recently opened a second satellite location that officials hope will increase accessibility to services for its nearly 100,000 residents. Read more...

03.27.12

Hoffman Estates, Elgin talk emergency water

In the case of a water supply emergency in the future, portions of Hoffman Estates may be saved by Elgin instead of by a well within the village. Read more...

03.26.12

Citizen police academy applications due soon

The Elgin Police Department is accepting applications through today for the Spring 2012 Citizens Police Academy, which runs April 2 through May 21. Read more...

03.26.12

Hanover Twp. holds Spring Break Open Gym

Starting on Monday, March 26 and running through Thursday, March 29, youth can participate in basketball, dodgeball, soccer, arts and crafts, the Open Gym Game Room, a daily raffle drawing for a chance to win prizes and much more action-packed activities at locations throughout the township. Read more...

03.26.12

U-46, union reach tentative deal

Elgin Area School District U-46 and the Elgin Teachers Association reached a tentative contract agreement, according to a joint statement Saturday night. Read more...

03.22.12

Elgin council members vote down joint dog park

The rejection came as a surprise to many in the council chambers. Parks and Recreation Department Director Randy Reopelle called it a setback that could force Hoffman Estates to question future agreements. Read more...

03.22.12

Hanover Park village manager to retire in June

Hanover Park Village Manager Ron Moser will step down from his post confident the community is in a better place than when he took the job nearly three years ago. Read more...

03.22.12

Police say Bartlett shooting stemmed from a spat between teens

Authorities said the teenager was walking westbound on Oneida Avenue near South Eastern Avenue in the area of Bartlett Elementary School at about 7:30 p.m. when he was shot by a male suspect who was last seen riding a bicycle eastbound on Oneida. Read more...

03.22.12

U46 proposes higher flat fees for students

The proposal would raise instructional fees for middle school students by $33, to $152 from the current $119; and for high school students by $105, to $230 from the current $125. Read more...

03.21.12

Forest preserves spring into action to open early

While forest preserve officials have attempted to expedite the readiness of the facilities throughout the suburbs, some locations are more open than others. Read more...

03.21.12

Patlak wins Cook board of review race

In the end, Patlak, a Wheeling resident and the incumbent in the race, prevailed, just as he had against the same opponent two years ago. Read more...

03.21.12

Police say Bartlett shooting stemmed from a spat between teens

A Bartlett Police official said a fight between a group of teenagers may have resulted in the shooting of a 17-year-old boy Tuesday night. Read more...

03.19.12

Elgin cop placed on administrative duty after shooting

An Elgin police officer involved in a shooting Saturday morning has been placed on administrative duty while Illinois State Police investigate, police said Sunday. Read more...

03.19.12

Emergency water deal in works between Elgin, Hoffman Estates

According to Elgin Water Director Kyla Jacobsen, “The village of Hoffman Estates has just entered into an engineering agreement with an engineering firm to study the hydraulics and feasibility of an emergency connection to Elgin on our northeast side. This possibility was initiated back in 2004, but never went anywhere. “ Read more...

03.19.12

New ECC building provides more for students in health-related programs

The community college’s newest building opened for classes in January, but officials conducted an official grand opening ceremony and tours March 15. It’s the latest new building on campus made possible by a tax increase approved by voters about three years ago, which has brought in $178 million in revenue. Read more...

03.16.12

Sears, casino among issues splitting 22nd Dist. hopefuls

A few minutes of debate during a candidate forum at Elgin School District U46 this week likely was the only chance area residents had to see state senator candidates Michael Noland and Tim Elenz go toe-to-toe. Read more...

03.16.12

Bartlett wrestling champion honored by village

State wrestling champion Sal Annoreno, a junior at Bartlett High School, was honored at a recent Bartlett board meeting, and now has a road sign that trumpets his accomplishment. Read more...

03.16.12

Elgin Image Awards honor ‘building blocks of the community’

The audience at Elgin’s annual Image Awards ceremony, now in its 20th year, gave a standing ovation to Jack and Marlene Shales as they accepted a citizenship award Thursday. Read more...

03.16.12

Hoffman Estates fireworks show may include Elgin, Hanover Park

Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod is working with the mayors of Elgin and Hanover Park to host a Fourth of July fireworks show at the Sears Centre Arena this year. Read more...

03.15.12

ECC board approves tuition hike

Elgin Community College trustees, as expected, have voted to raise tuition by $6 per credit hour to help pay for maintenance on the new building and renovations paid for through 2009's $178 million referendum campaign. Read more...

03.15.12

Mayor talks fireworks, fitness at Activate Elgin meeting

The city is working with the villages of Hanover Park and Hoffman Estates to host a Fourth of July fireworks show this year in the Sears Centre lot in Hoffman Estates, Kaptain said. Committees will be formed, and the matter will be discussed at next week’s city council meeting. Elgin has not had such a show since 2008. Read more...

03.15.12

U46 defends gifted programs as not ‘segregated’

Judge Robert W. Gettleman said Wednesday he had problems understanding why a school district would put Hispanic students it considered proficient in English into a gifted program solely for Spanish-speaking students. Read more...

03.14.12

Torres testifies about ‘strong’ programming during U46 trial

School District U46 Superintendent Jose Torres never could be an “Undercover Boss,” he joked. After his “Listening and Learning” tour of U46 schools in the months after he took charge in July 2008, everybody in the Elgin district knows what he looks like, Torres said. Read more...

03.14.12

U-46 hosts five districts' worth of candidates

Candidates in Illinois Senate primary races in districts that include Elgin Area School District U-46 talked about education issues ranging from pension reform to school funding Tuesday evening during a forum at Streamwood High School. Read more...

03.13.12

Hanover Township seniors present variety show

On Saturday, March 24, Hanover Township seniors will present their fifth annual variety show titled, “2013 An Odd-essy.” The performance will begin at 1 p.m., at the Elgin Community College Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive, in Elgin. Read more...

03.12.12

U-46, LWV, teachers union, Daily Herald team up for candidate forum

The legislative debate is sponsored by U-46, the district’s citizens advisory council, the Elgin Area League of Women Voters, Elgin Teachers Association and the Daily Herald. The forum is set for 7 p.m. in the SHS auditorium, 701 W. Schaumburg Road. Read more...

03.12.12

What’s cooking in downtown Elgin — and what’s on the back burner

This year, a handful of other businesses have opened in the central business district. Those include Robert M. Mikulski & Co., P.C, an accounting firm that relocated from Schaumburg to 23 Douglas Ave. Read more...

03.09.12

Preckwinkle calls on pension board to offer solutions

Preckwinkle did not offer her own suggestions to better fund the county pension system, instead telling Retirement Board members that all options must be on the table. That includes retirement health care costs, cost-of-living adjustments and asking the county and its employees to contribute more, Preckwinkle said. Read more...

03.09.12

U46 chief issues Dr. Torres Summer Reading Challenge

On Thursday, he issued the Dr. Torres Summer Reading Challenge at a summer reading luncheon at Gail Borden Public Library. In the summer reading challenge, like the library card challenge, U46 schools will compete against one another. Read more...

03.08.12

Elgin lowers liquor license fees

Elgin business owners who sell alcohol will get a break on the liquor license fees, even as they deal with an extra burden associated with a 3 percent alcoholic beverage tax. Read more...

03.08.12

Township seniors to present 5th annual variety show

On Saturday, March 24, Hanover Township seniors will present their fifth annual variety show, titled, “2013 An Odd-essy.” The performance will begin at 1:00PM at the Elgin Community College Theatre at 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin. Read more...

03.07.12

Bartlett looking to fill open trustee position

Bartlett’s acting Village President Michael Airdo announced Tuesday that he will be resigning from his post as village trustee on April 17 and that the village is now accepting applications from residents who are interested in filling the spot. Read more...

03.07.12

Report claims townships do more with less

Townships do more for residents with fewer resources than other governmental bodies and provide a model those other bodies should follow rather than attempt to “destroy,” according to a report released Tuesday. Read more...

03.07.12

U46 announces five new principals for 2012-13

Those administrators will take charge next school year at Larsen Middle School in Elgin, Kenyon Woods Middle School in South Elgin, Century Oaks and McKinley elementary schools in Elgin and Oakhill Elementary School in Streamwood. Read more...

03.06.12

Elgin fire engines may get lifesaving upgrades

Fire Chief John Fahy is asking city council members to approve funding for five new cardiac monitors to outfit the fire engines that don’t have them. Read more...

03.06.12

Elgin, Streamwood, Hoffman Estates collaborate on dog park

Elgin residents wanted a dog park, but officials were having trouble finding a location that wasn’t surrounded by houses. Same story for the Streamwood Park District. The Hoffman Estates Park District had a location, the desire for a second dog park within village limits and an interest in intergovernmental agreements. Read more...

03.06.12

Ex-Streamwood chief to lead Carpentersville cops

Village President Ed Ritter said the village manager and a search service have decided Carpentersville’s new chief should be Alan Popp, who retired as chief of the Streamwood Police Department in December. Popp will start his Carpentersville duties March 19. Read more...

03.06.12

U46 teachers hold first grade-in

Sanders said the U46 Board of Education “takes what teachers have to say very seriously.” Each board member meets regularly with a group of teachers to build relationships and awareness what it happening in classrooms, he added. Read more...

03.05.12

EYSO open house gives young musicians sneak peek

Daniel Beder, conductor of the Sinfonia — an intermediate-level full orchestra — said he saw more people come through the open house this year than in the past, which is a good start for the future players. Read more...

03.05.12

Hanover Twp. job fair coming March 12

A job fair is being held from 2-6 p.m. Monday, March 12, at the Hanover Township Senior Center to give local residents an opportunity to meet with local employers. Read more...

03.02.12

Car strikes school bus in Bartlett after driver falls asleep, police say

Schick Road in Bartlett was shut down for about an hour Thursday morning after a small school bus not carrying any students was struck by a vehicle whose driver had fallen asleep, authorities said. Read more...

03.02.12

County tax on cigars, tobacco products kicks in today

Starting today, those big cigars of just under half an ounce or more one might see sticking out of the mouth of someone who closed a big deal, or who is just a cigar connoisseur, will cost 25 cents more. Smaller cigars will be taxed a nickel more each. Read more...

03.02.12

Hanover Park makes water rate hike official

The village board Thursday approved a four-year plan that calls for a 22 percent water rate hike effective May 1, followed by an 18 percent increase next year and 15 percent in each of the last two years. Read more...

03.01.12

Cook County tax bills due Thursday

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas recommends paying at cookcountytreasurer.com, but the bills also can be paid at any of the 400 Chicago-area Chase Bank locations, from an account at another 200 participating community banks (see cookcountytreasurer.com for a list), or at the Cook County treasurer’s office, 118 N. Clark St., Chicago. Read more...

03.01.12

Township to offer classes to assist seniors with chronic health conditions

Hanover Township seniors are invited to join a series of free classes to help them learn to thrive, not simply survive, with chronic health conditions. Read more...

03.01.12

U-46 shuffles leadership at four schools

But while Mike Demovsky and Lorie Fuller may be unfamiliar to parents and students at their respective schools, both are moving from within the leadership ranks in Elgin Area School District U-46. Read more...

03.01.12

Weeks after offer of free graves, county morgue not ready to bury

The graves have been selected, transportation lined up and burial services planned as Catholic Cemeteries of Chicago is standing by with an offer to bury — at next to no cost to taxpayers — up to 300 of the bodies languishing in the Cook County morgue. Read more...

02.29.12

Bartlett knocks off DeKalb to secure spot in state finals

The victory earned the Hawks (31-1) a place in the state semifinals Friday against Whitney Young, which scored a quadruple-overtime victory against mighty Bolingbrook on Monday at the Hinsdale Supersectional. Read more...

02.29.12

Parsing Elgin’s strategic planning

City council members and staff met last Friday for a first big step in formulating a strategic plan for directing Elgin over the course of the next five years. Read more...

02.29.12

Swing by Tipsi Monkey for Mexican fare, massive margaritas

Since opening in November, Tipsi Monkey Taco & Tequila Bar has been bringing in big crowds for dinner by offering great Mexican fare and huge margaritas. Read more...

02.28.12

Bartlett Woman’s Club announces scholarship

The Bartlett Woman’s Club annual college scholarship is available for any high school senior who resides in Bartlett. Applications, due April 1, are at the guidance offices at all U-46 high schools. Seniors at other schools can call Ruth Beckner, at (630) 837-8125. Read more...

02.28.12

Elgin road projects a sure sign of spring

City engineer Joe Evers said Elgin has been trying to start earlier on the calendar the last few years in the wake of recession-related staff cuts that which have left the department with three fewer engineers and three fewer inspectors and using consultants in place of them. Read more...

02.28.12

U46 teachers seek mediation in lengthy contract negotiations

The Elgin Teachers Association has requested mediation after more than nine months of contract negotiations between the teachers union and School District U46, according to ETA President Kathy Castle. Read more...

02.27.12

Cook County clerk: Early voting starts today; voter info may have changed

Locations in The Courier-News circulation area include the Hoffman Estates Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Road; the Schaumburg Public Library, 130 S. Roselle Road; and the Streamwood Village Hall, 301 E. Irving Park Road,. Read more...

02.24.12

2 workers fired in connection with probe of morgue

Two employees of the Cook County medical examiner's office have been fired in connection with a review of possible "misconduct or malfeasance" at the morgue, a spokeswoman for County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Thursday. Read more...

02.24.12

Area school districts oppose tax freeze bill as ‘anti-education’

Elgin School District U46 had put out a call to action against House Bill 3793 last fall on its website. U46 spokesman Tony Sanders said the district has been “following it closely” and already reached out to area senators, asking them to oppose the bill. Read more...

02.24.12

Hanover Park reports historic low crime rate

Last year, the department recorded 508 offenses labeled as Part I crimes by the FBI, which comprise all serious offenses from motor vehicle theft to murder. It represented a 13 percent decrease from 587 crimes in 2010 and a 76 percent drop from 892 crimes in 2003. Read more...

02.24.12

U-46 teachers say they’re not ready to strike

Despite chatter that a strike is imminent over the prolonged contract negotiations between the Elgin Teachers Association and the U-46 school board, members from both sides say there is no truth to the rumors. Read more...

02.23.12

Bartlett Chamber hosts meeting on China trip

The trip will cost $2,499 and include round-trip airfare from O’Hare International Airport to Beijing, five-star hotel accommodations and three meals a day, among other features. Read more...

02.23.12

Elgin plans to cut chamber funding by $125,000

City council members gave preliminary approval to a service agreement with the chamber for $275,000 — that’s a cut from the $400,000 the organization received last year. The chamber will be expected to provide support to small businesses, conduct business retention and outreach and implement foreign trade initiatives. Read more...

02.22.12

Bartlett considers plan for fourth animal hospital

The village’s planning and zoning committee discussed the possibility of allowing 16-year resident and veterinarian Jennifer Anda to open the Army Trail Animal Hospital in a vacant space at 1095 W. Army Trail Road, on the west end of the strip mall. Read more...

02.22.12

ECC seeks to clear confusion about financial aid

There’s the misconception that if you fill out FAFSA incorrectly once, that’s it ¬— you’re done, you can’t apply for aid again, according to Kim Wagner, managing director of student financial services at Elgin Community College. Read more...

02.22.12

Former Streamwood trustee, movie extra mourned

Family and friends are mourning the loss of William “Billy G” Golembiewski, who not only served his Streamwood community as a onetime village trustee and member of charitable organizations, but also became a subtly familiar face through numerous roles as an extra in prominent movies and commercials. Read more...

02.21.12

Cook County voter registration deadline is Tuesday

Cook County Clerk David Orr said voters who recently have moved must re-register at their current address prior to the deadline. Read more...

02.21.12

Elgin Police Department eyes creating 3 commander positions

If the city council approves the change Swoboda is proposing, there will be just one deputy chief, six lieutenants and three new commander positions. The commanders will have fewer administrative duties than the deputy chiefs that came before them and will be expected to play a more hands-on role in the operations of the department. Read more...

02.21.12

Man riding bike on Streamwood pond falls through ice

The man was reported in the water near Glenbrook Elementary School at 3:42 p.m., said Streamwood Fire Department Batallion Chief Robert Wysong. Read more...

02.21.12

Renz Center to raffle off Blackhawks tickets

The Renz Addiction Counseling Center will raffle four Chicago Blackhawk vs. Washington Capital skybox tickets for the March 18 game at 6 p.m. at the United Center. Read more...

02.17.12

Cook County launching property tax research website

Additionally, taxpayers looking to appeal their assessments can use the site to find comparable properties to base their appeals upon. Read more...

02.17.12

Elgin Academy names new head of school

Seth Hanford, Elgin Academy’s assistant head of school since 2006, will take over beginning July 1. Read more...

02.17.12

Gail Borden Library looks to reduce bond costs

By doing a negotiated bond sale to reduce the cost of bonds sold for the $24 million Gail Borden Public Library, opened in October 2003, the library district could save at least $300,000 over the next 10 years. Read more...

02.17.12

Sears laying off 100 at Hoffman Estates HQ

Mr. Brathwaite said the layoffs do not violate the terms of a $150 million payroll tax credit for Sears that was approved by the General Assembly in December after it threatened to move its headquarters out of state. Read more...

02.16.12

A fighting chance for the ERC

According to Elgin Parks and Recreation Director Randy Reopelle, some major renovations are planned for the city-owned center, and that in turn will allow it to better serve the community. Read more...

02.16.12

Brown, Munoz disagree over court clerk employees’ campaign contributions

Whether it is appropriate for the Cook County clerk of the circuit court to accept campaign contributions from employees sparked a heated exchange between the two Democratic candidates. Read more...

02.15.12

Bartlett couple renew vows after more than 60 years of marriage

They moved into the Victory Centre almost four years ago, and Helen said every year they have renewed their vows on Valentine's Day. Read more...

02.15.12

Bartlett farmers market on the move?

Talk of relocating the market — currently held on the corner of Main Street and Railroad Avenue — came about in response to concerns from the owners of 2Toots Train Whistle Grill, a new restaurant that opened in Town Center last December. Read more...

02.15.12

Hanover Park police invite public to new headquarters dedication

Officials including Police Chief David Webb, Mayor Rod Craig and state Sen. John Milner will speak at the event, which begins at 11 a.m. Webb will lead a tour of the station at 12:15 p.m., followed by a flag-raising ceremony at 12:30 p.m. featuring the department’s honor guard. Read more...

02.14.12

Elgin club gets money to combat childhood obesity

The Elgin Boys and Girls Club already focuses heavily on healthy lifestyles with kids; Executive Director Rose Reinert said the grant money will allow the organization to enhance its offerings. Read more...

02.14.12

Elgin man sought in Bartlett bar shooting

Airdo said as the village's liquor commissioner, he plans to review all police data of incidents at the Cadillac Ranch for the last two years and then sit down with the bar's management to discuss issues that need to be addressed. Read more...

02.13.12

Elgin Lao organization making effort to get out community vote

To that end, the Lao American Organization of Elgin has formed a partnership with the Asian American Institute to help Lao American voters have the resources and knowledge to participate in the democratic process. It’s part of a broader effort called Pan-Asian Voter Empowerment. Read more...

02.13.12

Man in stable condition after being shot in head at Bartlett dance club

Police were searching for a person who shot a man in the back of the head during a confrontation early Sunday at the Cadillac Ranch dance club, 1175 W. Lake St. Read more...

02.10.12

Bartlett fire district warns of solicitations

Officials from the Bartlett Fire Protection District have issued a warning that they are not in a partnership with a company soliciting local businesses to buy ads for a dry erase board project benefiting the fire district. Read more...

02.10.12

Report: Bartlett train derailment caused by broken rail

A Federal Railroad Administration rail accident report brought up at Tuesday’s Bartlett village board meeting shows that a November train derailment in the village was caused by a broken rail. Read more...

02.10.12

U-46 hosts special education resource fair

The fair is offered by the Citizens’ Advisory Council and the U-46 Special Education Department, and is open to anyone with an interest in special needs services. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3, at Elgin High School, 1200 Maroon Drive. Read more...

02.09.12

Emanuel, Preckwinkle tout $20 million saved in city-county partnership

Chicago and Cook County will save $20.5 million this year by joining forces on everything from elections, some purchasing and revenue collection to custodial services and workforce development, but the next round of cuts will be tougher, officials said Tuesday. Read more...

02.08.12

Bartlett committee agrees to move forward with road improvement project

The Bartlett public works committee agreed Tuesday to move forward with plans to issue $13.2 million in bonds that will be used primarily to fund a villagewide road improvement project. Read more...

02.08.12

Changing of the sergeants at Elgin Police Department

With almost 100 people watching — dressed in everything from green military-style tactical-response fatigues to formal dress uniforms to bluejeans — a veteran Elgin police sergeant retired and an often-honored young patrolman was promoted to sergeant Tuesday afternoon. Read more...

02.08.12

Residents speak out against proposed U-46 bond sale

There’s some opposition to proposed plan by Elgin School District U-46 to issue $20 million in bonds to fund ongoing capital work over the next several years. Read more...

02.07.12

First installment of Cook tax bills due March 1

First installment Cook County property tax bills for tax year 2011 were mailed last week and will be due March 1, according to Hanover Township Assessor Thomas S. Smogolski. Read more...

02.07.12

U-46 to start peer-review program for struggling teachers

To ensure all students in Elgin Area District U-46 have effective teachers, the district will implement a program that identifies and provides support for struggling teachers beginning in the 2012-2013 school year. Read more...

02.06.12

Hanover Park recognizes citizens, businesses at Awards Night

Village President Rodney Craig, Clerk Eira Corral and Village Manager Ron Moser presented several other awards to volunteers and community members. Read more...

02.06.12

Mayors clamor for revival of western access to O’Hare

The tollway authority’s project is being done in phases: The existing Elgin-O’Hare would be widened and converted to a tollway, starting next year. Read more...

02.03.12

Cook County Board of Review candidates talk goals, experience

Now the incumbent District 1 commissioner, Patlak said he’s running for re-election so that he can build on initiatives he helped bring about during his first years on the board — the introduction of online appeals and the publication of the board’s first-ever annual report among them. Read more...

02.03.12

ECC names library after first president

Naming the new library after Renner continues a tradition of including his name on campus, officials said. Renner Hall in downtown Elgin was ECC’s first home. When the college moved to its present location in 1970, the library in the Student Resource Center was named the Renner Learning Resources Center. Read more...

02.03.12

Suburban cheerleading teams headed to state

In coed, an increasingly competitive division, the Buffalo Grove and Barrington squads won at Rolling Meadows. Lake Park, the defending champion, is also going back downstate, with Streamwood, Palatine and Elk Grove on its heels. Read more...

02.02.12

Elgin principal considered for McHenry Co. schools post

Jeffrey Schleff, of Island Lake, currently principal at Lords Park Elementary School in Elgin, will by considered for appointment by the county board at its meeting Tuesday morning. Read more...

02.02.12

Hanover Township salutes youth leaders

The Hanover Township Committee on Youth recently presented Youth Leadership Awards to five individuals in three different categories at a dinner in Veterans Hall at the Township Senior Center. Award recipients included: Jacqueline Mash of Canton Middle School in Streamwood, Junior Leader; Drew Bloomquist of Elgin High School, High School Leader; Cassie McLaughlin of Elgin High School, High School Leader; Justin Behrman, Streamwood Park District Employee, Community Youth Leader and Teresa Perez of the Streamwood Falcons Football and Cheerleading, Community Youth Leader runner up. Read more...

02.02.12

Rep. Crespo hosts Shred Day

State Rep. Fred Crespo, a Democrat from Hoffman Estates, hosted a Community Shred Day Saturday outside his Streamwood Constituent Service Office to give local businesses and residents an opportunity to securely dispose of confidential information to help prevent identity theft. Read more...

02.01.12

Alexian Brothers receives $1 million donation

Canadian National, one of the largest railroads in North America with extensive operations in Chicago’s suburbs, has donated $1 million to the Alexian Brothers Foundation to support construction of Alexian Brothers Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates. Read more...

02.01.12

Tefft Middle School lauded for excellence in education

The Elgin Area District U-46 school received the Spotlight Award, which is given to schools where more than 50 percent of the students are designated low income. At Tefft, it’s 64 percent. The school also must make adequately yearly progress for three years straight. Read more...

01.31.12

Preckwinkle to meet with worried ministers about morgue mess

Morgue employees told the Sun-Times earlier this month there were so many bodies that the storage trays were full and in some cases had more than one body on them. Read more...

01.31.12

School districts say proposed state aid hikes not enough

The Illinois State Board of Education is recommending a $265.2 million, or 3.9 percent, increase in state education funding. Read more...

01.30.12

Bartlett High reveals plans for its own stadium

Its current plans would develop the existing track and field area at Bartlett into a stadium for high school and community events, according to Berna. Bartlett teams currently play “home” games at Streamwood High School’s stadium. Read more...

01.30.12

Metra fare increases begin Wednesday

Starting Feb. 1, one-way tickets will increase an average of 15.7 percent across all fare zones, while 10-ride tickets will go up an average of 30 percent. Monthly passes will increase an average of 29.4 percent, according to a Metra release. Read more...

01.27.12

Elgin asst. fire chief resigns, takes Streamwood job

Baker, who currently serves as the assistant fire chief of administration, is starting a new job as the deputy fire chief of Streamwood on Monday. Today is his last day working for Elgin. Read more...

01.27.12

Elgin serious crime lowest in 40 years

Despite some high-profile homicides and a rise in the number of burglaries, the number of serious crimes reported in Elgin dropped by more than 7 percent in 2011 compared to the number for 2010, Police Chief Jeff Swoboda announced Thursday. Read more...

01.27.12

Neighborhood profile: Little Creek Farm

Bordering Streamwood and Little Creek Farm on the north, Poplar Creek Forest Preserve contributes to the community’s beauty and natural atmosphere. It also offers recreation galore including hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking and fishing in its streams and lakes. Read more...

01.27.12

Preckwinkle takes aim at morgue

After weeks of bad press and macabre photographs circulating from the morgue, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday clamped down on practices there and put employees on notice they would be held accountable for further problems. Read more...

01.26.12

Elgin to keep business license program

Chuck Keysor and Craig Mason are co-founders of Elgin OCTAVE, a political group that has been dedicated to forcing a repeal of the business license since the group’s inception in April 2011. While Keysor was shocked no one voted against the program, Mason said he wasn’t surprised at the way it turned out. Read more...

01.26.12

Seniors can defer property tax payments

The tax deferral program is essentially a loan from the state for property taxes that must be repaid with simple interest of 6% when the house is sold. To ensure that the money is repaid, a lien is placed on the senior’s home that will prevent the home from being sold without full repayment. Read more...

01.26.12

Townships band together for discount prescription drug program

Elgin, Hanover and Algonquin townships have joined a prescription-discount program that backers say saves an average of 50 percent on the cost of prescription drugs for people who don’t have insurance or whose insurance doesn’t cover specific medicines prescribed by their doctors. Read more...

01.25.12

Cook County on board for cameras in courtroom

Cameras will be allowed in Illinois trial courtrooms for the first time in the state’s history as a way of making legal proceedings more transparent, the Illinois Supreme Court announced Tuesday. Read more...

01.25.12

Elgin looks to pare its special events backing

Mayor Dave Kaptain floated the idea last July of consolidating special events held by nonprofit groups that the city has been sponsoring. Read more...

01.25.12

Hanover Township targets Kelly to recoup stolen funds

Hanover Township trustees last week voted to proceed with claims against former Supervisor Michael Kelly in an attempt to recoup more than $700,000 they say was stolen under his watch. Read more...

01.25.12

U46’s chief of equity, social justice speaks about position

Creating the position of the chief of equity and social justice was the “next step” after making the elimination of achievement gaps a priority for the school district, U46 Superintendent Jose Torres said in a written statement when Shah was hired in July. Read more...

01.24.12

Cook County Clerk announces new military, mail voting projects

Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office reports: Last week, the clerk announced new projects to improve military voting, vote-by-mail operations and polling place accessibility for suburban Cook County, funded entirely by federal grants. Read more...

01.24.12

Elgin casino wants to up its game against Rivers

Owners of Elgin's Grand Victoria Casino, which until last year was the hottest casino in Illinois, are teaming up with the city of Elgin to explore whether to build a multipurpose entertainment facility that could help them better compete with the new Rivers Casino in Des Plaines. Read more...

01.24.12

Two Elgin High seniors honored for leadership

It is an honor for anyone to be recognized as a leader. However, to earn this recognition as a high school student is quite an accomplishment. Two Elgin High School seniors were honored by the Hanover Township Committee on Youth as outstanding leaders at the high school level. Read more...

01.23.12

Preckwinkle assigns staff member to monitor morgue

The head of the Cook County Board has assigned a senior staff member to the Cook County medical examiner’s office after recent reports of problems there. Read more...

01.23.12

Woman dies after being struck by vehicle in Elgin

Ana Ordonez, of the 0-99 block of Liberty Street, was crossing at Summit Street about a block east of Dundee Avenue when she was struck at about 6:10 p.m., said Elgin Fire Batallion Chief Bryan McMahan. Read more...

01.20.12

Bartlett moves ahead with Brewster Creek flood control project

The Bartlett village board has approved a resolution for an intergovernmental agreement that divides responsibilities for the approximately $5.3 million Brewster Creek flood control project between three parties. Read more...

01.20.12

Crespo hosts college prep day at Streamwood High School

State Rep. Fred Crespo, a Democrat from Hoffman Estates, is partnering with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to hold College Preparedness Day on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Streamwood High School, 701 W. Schaumburg Road. Read more...

01.20.12

Preckwinkle fires back, defends jail policy to U.S. immigration chief

In a strongly-worded letter to the nation’s immigration chief, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says the controversial new jail policy she championed doesn’t put public safety at risk and didn’t pave the way for a suspect in a deadly drunken driving crash — believed to be living in the U.S. illegally — to bond out of jail and disappear. Read more...

01.20.12

Streamwood family grateful for plumbers’ good deed

Martin, Schuler and two of their workers spent more than seven hours Monday excavating the Dvorsky’s front lawn, removing the broken sewer line and replacing it with new pipes. They covered all the expenses, and the village of Streamwood waived the fee for a permit. Read more...

01.19.12

Cook County plans hearings for law on jailed illegal immigrants

The Cook County Board will hear from law enforcement leaders about its controversial decision to ignore federal officials’ requests to detain possible illegal immigrants who might otherwise be eligible for release from jail. Read more...

01.19.12

Pillars of Honor coming to Elgin

The upcoming “Pillars of Honor” program — set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Gail Borden Public Library — provides an ideal time to reflect on the contributions of Elgin citizens during World War II. Read more...

01.19.12

Weekend Cook County court closings under scrutiny

A proposal to have Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans present alternatives to closing the county’s suburban courthouses on weekends is headed for a county board committee debate. Read more...

01.18.12

Bears’ Garza to visit health-conscious U-46 students

Parkwood Elementary School in Hanover Park and Eastview Middle School in Bartlett were the only schools in Illinois to score a “touchdown” in the Fuel Up to Play 60 challenge, sponsored by the Mid-West Dairy Council and the National Football League. The program is also a part of first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. Read more...

01.18.12

Grant helps Bartlett improve water monitoring

The new system will increase monitoring capabilities, and allow village staff to access information from the village’s 21 lift stations and well sites from a single computer at the wastewater treatment plant. Read more...

01.18.12

PBS documentary highlights Elgin’s green activity

Elgin took center stage Tuesday night at the Midwest premiere of “Designing Healthy Communities,” a four-part, PBS series that focuses on improving public health by restoring and redesigning the toxic environment we’ve already built. Read more...

01.17.12

Cook commissioners want to halt court closings

Last month, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans issued a notice to suburban law enforcement officials that the Bridgeview courthouse would no longer operate on the weekends starting Jan. 7. Read more...

01.17.12

IDOT meeting will address Sutton Road project

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will host a public meeting Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Bartlett Hills Golf Club, 800 W. Oneida Ave. in Bartlett, to discuss the study for the proposed improvement of U.S. Route 20 at Route 59 (Sutton Road) interchange in Cook County. Read more...

01.17.12

Township grateful for resident support

On behalf of the Hanover Township officials and all the staff and volunteers of our Welfare Services department, I would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support during this past holiday season. Read more...

01.17.12

U-46 science expo could have 1,000 displays this year

The 2012 Discovery Science Exposition, set for Saturday, April 14 at Gail Borden Library in Elgin, is gearing up to be the district’s largest event with more than 800 proposals already submitted, said Jennifer McDonnell, the district’s coordinator of science, math, planetarium and instructional technology. Read more...

01.13.12

Bartlett seeking community input on video gambling

Village Attorney Bryan Mraz told the board he believes if the village bans video gambling after an establishment invests in gambling equipment, it will affect the licensee’s property rights and the video gambling license may need to be grandfathered in. Read more...

01.13.12

Federal immigration chief: Cook County jail policy may be illegal

“I just got this letter last night, and we’re crafting a response to Mr. Morton, and we will be happy to talk to him,” Preckwinkle said. “I will just tell you I have not heard a word from him — not a phone call or letter in the last four months — so it’s fascinating I get this in the last few days.” Read more...

01.13.12

Former Soviet leader Gorbachev to speak in Elgin

Gorbachev will be the keynote speaker at Judson University's World Leaders Forum. He led the former Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991, and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990. Read more...

01.13.12

Schneider: Revise county law on jailed illegal immigrants

Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider of Bartlett hopes to amend the new ordinance that allows the county to release suspected illegal immigrants from jail without notifying U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, even if they are charged with a felony. Read more...

01.12.12

Bartlett woman who scammed employer gets five more years (

A Bartlett woman, already serving a 10-year sentence for making up a story about the deaths of her daughter and supposed FBI agent husband in an insurance scam, was sentenced to five more years Wednesday on an identity theft charge, according to prosecutors. Read more...

01.12.12

Durbin visits S. Elgin, gets schooled in readiness

U-46 Superintendent Jose Torres told Durbin that he first wanted to focus on college preparation but found there was a need for workforce development. Read more...

01.12.12

Preckwinkle stands firm on not holding illegal immigrants in jail once bond is posted

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle called Wednesday to say she is not backing down from a new county ordinance that some are blaming for allowing an illegal immigrant accused in a fatal drunk driving accident to skip the country. Read more...

01.12.12

Prison for Streamwood man convicted of fraud

Federal prosecutors said Keskes sold nearly 80,000 items over a variety of online retail sites and pocketed roughly $4.6 million between 2006 and 2009, despite knowing that most of the items were stolen from retailers. Read more...

01.11.12

Elgin casino revenue drops by 14% in 2011

In just under six months of business, the new casino generated about $177.5 million compared to the $256.9 million the Grand Victoria grossed for the entire year. Read more...

01.11.12

South Elgin High teacher injured trying to break up fight

A 17-year-old from Bartlett faces felony charges that she injured a teacher at South Elgin High School who was trying to break up a fight. Read more...

01.11.12

U46 closer to issuing bonds for second year

U46 still must hold a public hearing — and a second vote ¬— before issuing those bonds, spokesman Tony Sanders said. The school board voted Monday night to set that hearing for its meeting 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at the U46 Educational Services Center, 355 E. Chicago St. Read more...

01.10.12

Elgin council to consider block grant projects

Ten organizations and the city of Elgin have submitted applications for Community Development Block Grant money available this year from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read more...

01.10.12

Hoffman Estates board hears proposal for 19-home subdivision

The property, which the previous owner lost to foreclosure, is between Kingston and Chamber Drives in unincorporated Cook County, adjacent to the Colony Point subdivision. Read more...

01.10.12

U-46 closer to $20 million bond sale

Elgin Area School District U-46 has taken initial steps toward issuing up to $20 million in working cash bonds to cover capital improvement projects across the district. Read more...

01.10.12

Woman drives into Hanover Park pond

A woman was treated for mild hypothermia after driving her vehicle about 40 feet into a Hanover Park pond early Monday evening, according to fire department officials. Read more...

01.09.12

Elgin explores outsourcing ambulance services

As contract negotiations with Elgin Association of Firefighters Union Local 439 get under way, the city has posted a request on its website for qualifications from ambulance companies potentially to provide round-the-clock paramedic-level service for Elgin. Read more...

01.09.12

Feds find failures in Cook Co. homeland security project

The failed Cook County initiative was replete with equipment that failed to work, missing records and untrained first responders according to a report by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Read more...

01.06.12

Bartlett Library District looking for new trustee

The Bartlett Public Library District has an opening for a library trustee to fill out the remainder of a term ending in May 2013. Read more...

01.06.12

New Leadership at Elgin Opera

The not-for-profit opera company proudly announces its new leadership team: Interim Executive Director and Assistant Music Director Katherine Dalin of Elgin, Artistic Director and Music Director Susan Dennis of Bartlett, and, Executive Producer and Publicist Kimberly Albrecht of Barrington. Read more...

01.06.12

Schaumburg woman attacked by man with stun gun

Police said a man rang the woman’s doorbell on the 300 block of Falbrook Court, near Barrington and Old Church roads, about 7:15 a.m. He claimed to be a neighbor, and asked to use the bathroom as his own toilet was broken. Read more...

01.05.12

Cook County's Saul Chavez moment

Preckwinkle and supporters characterized it as a way to save taxpayers money, and she put out figures insisting that it cost $15 million per year to detain suspected illegal immigrants at federal request, without the county receiving reimbursement from the feds. Garcia said it was all about "ensuring the fair treatment of all people." Read more...

01.05.12

Two Elgin police supervisors named in wiretap suit

Former Elgin Police Lt. Greg Welter and his business associate, Debra Seitz of Elburn, filed a federal lawsuit last summer claiming a John and Jane Doe had hacked into Welter’s email that he used for personal use and for a real estate firm in which he and Seitz were two of six partners. Read more...

01.04.12

ECC work continues with new library, future Burlington center

Students returning to Elgin Community College this month will see a new library – three times the size of the old building – among other improvements as a $178 million long-term capital plan continues. Read more...

01.04.12

Grant to makeover Eastside Recreation Center

Besides installing air conditioning, the work will make the bathrooms and other aspects of the building comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards, and replace an aged boiler system, among other projects, said Randy Reopelle, Parks and Recreation Director. Read more...

01.03.12

Alcoholic beverage tax worries Elgin business owners

With a handful of new taxes set to take effect this year, some small business owners in Elgin are bracing for the backlash from one in particular — a 3-percent alcoholic beverage tax. Read more...

01.03.12

Change for Cook County in 2012

The next time you dine out or buy a big screen television in Cook County, you should find a little extra change in your pocket. cent. In most parts of Chicago, the combined city, county and state sales tax rate falls from 9.75 percent to 9.5 percent on all retail purchases except groceries. Read more...

01.03.12

Suburban police chiefs seek compromise with Cook County

The county estimates it will save $1.9 million this year by consolidating weekend hearings from the Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridgeview and Markham courthouses and holding them all at the Cook County criminal courts building at 26th Street and California Avenue in Chicago. Read more...

12.30.11

Grant to help ECC with new adult ed strategy

ECC is one of eight community colleges in Illinois to receive grant money from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other leading philanthropies to help adult students complete post-secondary education and training. Read more...

12.30.11

Hanover Park woman charged with neglecting elderly father

Paulette A. Rhody, 56, of the 7000 block of Hanover Street in Hanover Park, was arrested earlier this week and charged with one felony count of criminal neglect of an elderly person and a felony count of financial exploitation of an elderly person, Mount Prospect police said in a news release. Read more...

12.30.11

Public input needed on proposed bike path

Elgin’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee will hold a public input session next week to give residents a chance to weigh in on a plan for a new bike path. Read more...

12.30.11

Saturday weddings at Cook County suburban courthouses ending

In the coming weeks and months, marriage and civil union ceremonies will no longer be performed at the Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood and Bridgeview courthouses on weekends. Read more...

12.29.11

Cook County picnic permits on sale Tuesday

People like to buy permits early to guarantee they’ll get the grove they want, Vaughan said. Last year, 1,044 permits, approximately 13 percent, were sold on the first day, she said. Read more...

12.29.11

Cook County reviewing dumping at Palatine Twp. Site

Recent revelations that Cook County Highway Department workers have long used a site near Palatine as a dumping ground for potentially environmentally hazardous waste has “highlighted a need for modernization and reforms,” according to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Read more...

12.29.11

Suburban Cook County courthouses closing on weekends

Starting Jan. 7, all five of Cook County’s suburban courthouses will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays. The county is working to consolidate its weekend bond court by requiring that all weekend hearings take place at the criminal courts building at 26th and California in Chicago. Read more...

12.28.11

Bartlett to host blood drive Dec. 29

The Village of Bartlett and Bartlett Police Department will be hosting their annual blood drive from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, in Heartland Blood Centers’ mobile coach vehicle that will be parked in the village hall parking lot located at 228 S. Main Street. Read more...

12.28.11

Cook County weighs Rolling Knolls’ future

After sitting vacant for about a year, ideas for how to bring new life to 55 acres that once made up the Rolling Knolls Golf Course are being tossed around by the Cook County Forest Preserve District and nearby residents. Read more...

12.28.11

Crespo seeks committee members

State Rep. Fred Crespo, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, is seeking local residents for participation in his community advisory committees, including: education, veteran services, disability services, economic development, senior services, women’s issues and health care. Read more...

12.28.11

Hanover Park buys aging shopping center for $2.8 million

Tired of waiting for another developer to come along and invest in an aging strip mall, Hanover Park officials have decided to take control of the stagnant situation. Read more...

12.22.11

Bartlett teen is a radio host, country singer

If not for that boredom, the Bartlett teen wouldn't have gone online and found a couple of friends looking to start an Internet radio show. Josie wouldn't have discovered she had knack for hosting. And she certainly wouldn't have become the voice of two productions that at last count boasted more than 2 million listeners combined. Read more...

12.22.11

Cook County Highway Department accused of dumping waste

For years, Cook County highway workers have been dumping roadway and sewer waste at two work yards, creating large mounds that potentially could be contaminating the environment, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday. Read more...

12.22.11

Elgin Council OKs 2012 city budget

Performing the final act in a drama that began at a retreat in June, continued in early fall with a resident budget task force, and culminated with a series of meetings in November and December, Wednesday night the city council approved Elgin’s $268.5 million budget plan and various measures related to it. Read more...

12.21.11

Despite spending $250 million, more suburban bridges ‘deficient'

Roughly $250 million in federal and state taxes were spent this past fiscal year to fix or replace 91 bridges in the six-county Chicago and suburban region, according to IDOT officials. Read more...

12.21.11

Incentives for public facilities to switch lights

Schools, state offices and other public facilities around Illinois can get money if they participate in a program to install energy efficient lighting. Read more...

12.21.11

Streamwood health worker charged with abusing disabled boy

An employee at a Streamwood mental health center was charged with criminal sexual abuse after police said he was caught on camera inappropriately touching a mentally disabled patient. Read more...

12.21.11

Woman pleads not guilty to killing newborn in Salvation Army restroom

A 19-year-old Hanover Park woman pleaded not guilty in Cook County Circuit Court Dec. 21 during an arraignment on charges that she killed a newborn baby she delivered in a restroom at a Streamwood Salvation Army store. Read more...

12.20.11

Bartlett graduate killed in crash

Michael Coleman and Justin Blazek, who both graduated in 2010, were about 35 miles from Galena when a driver in front of them lost control on an icy two-lane highway, causing a wreck that killed Coleman, according to the Stephenson County sheriff’s department. Read more...

12.20.11

New taxes, higher fees set for some Elgin services

Elgin City Council members should approve a host of new and updated taxes and fees Wednesday as the 2012 budget discussions officially draw to a close. Read more...

12.19.11

Alarm network draws early opposition in Elgin

After a flurry of backdoor opposition to a proposal that would alter how fire alarms are monitored in Elgin, city council members are set to move forward next month on a toned-down version of the plan. Read more...

12.16.11

Cook County commissioners approve forest preserve budget

The $195 million spending plan includes more than $10 million for land acquisition. With real estate prices low, district officials have said they want to snap up property to add to nearly 69,000 acres. Read more...

12.16.11

ECC receives award for serving the community

The Hanover Park Chamber of Commerce recently named Elgin Community College its Business of the Year. The announcement was made at the chamber’s awards dinner on Dec. 9. Read more...

12.16.11

Nelson resigns as Elgin Area Chamber president

Leo Nelson, president of the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce, announced his retirement at the Thursday morning meeting of the chamber board of directors. Read more...

12.15.11

Christmas tree to blame for house fire

Firefighters responded to the fire in the 1300 block of Sheffield Drive in Elgin around 11:49 a.m., finding the tri-level, single-family home’s living room engulfed in flames, said Battalion Chief Timothy Michaels. Read more...

12.15.11

Hanover Twp. hosts meeting for input on former golf course

Representatives from the Forest Preserve District of Cook County will give a brief presentation on the progress of the Rolling Knolls Golf Club property at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59, Bartlett. Read more...

12.15.11

Mortgage help on the way for veterans

Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday announced a program aimed at helping veterans and active-duty military members purchase homes by providing $10,000 grants for down payments and closing costs. Read more...

12.15.11

One killed in Bartlett crash

Dawn Domrose of the DuPage County Sheriff’s Department said all lanes of traffic have been closed on Army Trail Road between Route 59 and Munger Road while police investigate the crash. Read more...

12.14.11

Cook, suburban counties seeing outbreak of Whooping Cough

Illinois public health officials are alerting residents to a series of pertussis outbreaks in Cook County and the suburban counties. Read more...

12.14.11

County wants to crack down on vacant buildings despite Fed’s fight

Cook County commissioners are pushing ahead with a proposed crackdown on owners, lenders and any entity with a financial interest in vacant properties blighting communities across the region, undeterred by a federal lawsuit filed this week against the city of Chicago over a similar measure. Read more...

12.14.11

Sears will stay in Hoffman Estates if Quinn signs tax breaks

Sears Holdings Corp. CEO Lou D'Ambrosio told employees in a memo Tuesday that if Gov. Pat Quinn signs a massive package of tax breaks into law as expected, the Hoffman Estates-based company will stop shopping for a new headquarters location out of state. Read more...

12.14.11

State to release $8 million for Elgin's Riverside Drive promenade

The state awarded the city $8 million in October 2010 but has continued to hold the money while it asks the city to properly account for $100,000 of an unrelated Elgin project funded by the state. Read more...

12.13.11

Former McDonald's executive keeps food flowing as chief of Northern Illinois Food Bank

For years Pete Schaefer was an executive at McDonald's Corp., jetting back and forth to booming markets in Asia. Today, he runs the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and a road trip to Rockford counts as a notable departure. Read more...

12.13.11

Hoffman Estates officials hopeful Senate will pass Sears bill

Hoffman Estates officials, while extremely pleased the Illinois House approved major tax breaks for Sears Monday, said they can only remain hopeful that the Senate will continue to push the bill forward Tuesday. Read more...

12.12.11

Another Sears showdown getting underway

Agreements have been reached in the Senate and among House leaders, but, as Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod says, “there's 177 people that have to vote on it.” Read more...

12.12.11

Bartlett High begins fundraising effort for own stadium

Less than six months after South Elgin High School broke ground on its first football and multi-use stadium, Bartlett High School has kicked off fundraising efforts for its own stadium. Read more...

12.12.11

Hanover Township open gym program starting

Youth who attend Open Gym can get exercise by playing basketball, soccer, dodgeball and other recreational activities. Arts and crafts will also be plentiful and the game room will feature chess, checkers, Connect Four and other games. Read more...

12.12.11

Hanover Twp. toy drive, Sponsor-a-Family programs under way

From now until Saturday, Dec. 17, donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the township offices at 250 S. Route 59 in Bartlett, the township’s Astor Avenue Community Center at 7431 Astor Ave., in Hanover Park or at any of the 20 drop-off locations in Streamwood, Elgin, Bartlett or Hanover Park. Read more...

12.09.11

Bartlett’s new president says time will heal political wounds

When Michael Airdo moved to Bartlett in 1999, he never dreamed of being a village trustee, much less acting village president — the position he was appointed to earlier this week by his fellow board members. Read more...

12.09.11

Hundreds turn out for comptroller’s employment expo at Elgin college

The Elgin Employment Expo in the Spartan Events Center at Elgin Community College was the comptroller’s second in a series of employment expos, following an event in Rockford last month. Read more...

12.09.11

New goal for juvenile center: Clear it out

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is pitching a new approach for a juvenile justice system that as recently as four years ago was so broken, a federal judge brought in an outsider to take it over. Read more...

12.09.11

Relay For Life of Bartlett/Hanover Park/Streamwood Receives American Cancer Society Relay All Star Award

Relay For Life of Bartlett/Hanover Park/Streamwood was awarded the American Cancer Society’s prestigious Relay All Star Award at the Society’s recent Relay Leadership Summit in Itasca, Ill. Read more...

12.08.11

Chamber: Elgin’s economic development pact paying off

Representatives of the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce showed how just two of the projects underway through the chamber’s economic development agreement with the city have resulted in a big return on the city’s investment during a presentation at Wednesday’s city council committee of the whole session. Read more...

12.08.11

ECC lounge a Stress-Free Zone ahead of final exams

The spa treatments were just one of many stress relievers in the Stress-Free Zone marked off Wednesday in the Jobe Lounge at Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive. Read more...

12.08.11

Hanover Township holiday Open Gym set to begin

With the holiday season in full swing and winter vacation a snowball’s throw away, Hanover Township’s Open Gym Program must be right around the corner. Read more...

12.07.11

Kaptain outlines challenges, goals in State of City address

Elgin must subscribe to different philosophies in how it finds revenue and where it looks for new business, Mayor David Kaptain said Tuesday during his State of the City address. Read more...

12.07.11

Library features local art

Patrons of the Gail Borden Public Library can peruse a hallway dedicated to sculptures, paintings and other creations of local artists. Read more...

12.07.11

Michael Airdo named Bartlett's interim president

The Bartlett village board, after hearing statements from a handful of upset residents, appointed Trustee Michael Airdo as acting village president Tuesday. Read more...

12.07.11

U-46 considers funding for long term repairs

Elgin School District U-46 officials will consider issuing $20 million in bonds to fund ongoing capital repairs over the next four to five years. Read more...

12.06.11

Clare Oaks retirement community in Bartlett files for bankruptcy

Clare Oaks retirement community in Bartlett filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday but will continue to operate, according to the not-for-profit organization’s board president. Read more...

12.06.11

Elgin’s newest nightspot already closed ... for now

Grove Central Station, billing itself as Elgin’s newest nightspot, was shut down just a week after its official grand opening, the owner confirmed Monday. Read more...

12.06.11

U46 considers second bond issuance

The School District U46 Board of Education once again discussed the possibility of issuing up to $20 million in working cash fund bonds Monday at its regular meeting. Read more...

12.06.11

U46, D300 easing way for students going into middle school

The study, part of the Program on Education Policy and Governance Working Papers Series at Harvard University, found that many students moving from an elementary to a middle school — traditionally in grade six — suffer a sharp drop in achievement in that transition year. Read more...

12.05.11

Driver misses stop for U46 preschooler

A preschooler was left on a bus for two hours last week before a School District U46 bus driver discovered the boy at the district garage in an incident the district called “very regrettable.” Read more...

12.05.11

Non-profit groups worried over grant process

Social service groups in Elgin are hopeful after hearing funding was set aside for them in the proposed city budget, but are still wary of the new grant system next year. Read more...

12.05.11

Preckwinkle garners positive reviews

As she prepares to begin year two Tuesday, Preckwinkle can bask in the accomplishments of passing two tough spending plans by overwhelming margins and attempting to institute a new culture throughout a county government long criticized for bureaucratic bloat and unresponsiveness to taxpayers. Read more...

12.02.11

As Illinois debates Sears tax break, Ohio ups the ante

Ohio is holding out $400 million in incentives to lure Sears’ corporate headquarters away from Illinois, far more than Illinois was preparing to offer to keep the retailer in Hoffman Estates, a spokeswoman for Illinois’ governor told an Ohio newspaper. Read more...

12.02.11

Bartlett’s Bilyeu operated with intelligence

To 17-year-old Bartlett senior AJ Bilyeu, the parallels between his recently completed role as high school quarterback and his future occupation as a doctor are many. Read more...

12.02.11

Get ready for the cold and snow, FEMA says

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is advising Midwesterners to start preparations now for freezing rain, sleet and other wintry offerings as temperatures bottom out for the season. Read more...

12.01.11

Elgin council one step to a finished budget

Elgin City Council members gave preliminary approval Wednesday to six major parts of the 2012 budget, wrapping up the bulk of discussions that started almost three weeks ago. Read more...

12.01.11

Hoffman Estates mayor: Sears relocation not an empty threat

Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod doesn't think Sears Holdings Corp.'s threat to move out of town if it doesn't get more tax breaks is a bluff. Read more...

11.30.11

Lawmakers adjourn without Sears deal

The Illinois legislature adjourned Tuesday with no agreement on a tax-break package that includes Sears Holdings Corp., raising questions about the company’s future in Hoffman Estates. Read more...

11.30.11

PACE programs still up in the air for Elgin budget

The first budget proposal Elgin City Council members considered included more than $300,000 worth of cuts to social service and arts organizations, PACE programs and youth sports grants. Read more...

11.30.11

Preckwinkle confronts 'hard truths' in first year

Toni Preckwinkle runs the second- largest U.S. county, a storied sewer of corruption whose embrace of the dark side began more than 140 years ago when commissioners accepted bribes for a contract to paint the seat of local government in Chicago -- with whitewash. Read more...

11.29.11

New Elgin budget plan calls for user fees, liquor tax

A new “balanced approach” to the 2012 Elgin budget hopes to address some of the city council and community’s concerns with previously presented plans to balance the city’s budget, officials said Monday night. Read more...

11.29.11

Suspect INS wanted held but Cook Co. released skips court

A child sex offender charged with burglarizing an Elgin home with a young girl inside apparently has fled after Cook County authorities refused to honor an immigration hold request on him and allowed him to bond out of jail, according to police. Read more...

11.29.11

U-46 School News for Week of Nov. 28

On Thursday, band students will present a concert at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is $1 per student, $2 per adult and $6 per family. Senior citizens 62 and older who live within U-46 boundaries may attend for free with proof of age and address. Read more...

11.29.11

Youth Leadership Award nomination forms available

Youth nominees must live within the township. All award recipients will be recognized at a banquet to be held at the township on Jan. 17. Read more...

11.28.11

Hanover Township seeks toy donations

The annual Hanover Township Toy Drive and Sponsor-A-Family programs are under way. From now until Saturday, Dec. 17, new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the township office, 250 S. Route 59, Bartlett, and the Astor Avenue Community Center, 7431 Astor Ave., Hanover Park. Read more...

11.22.11

Bartlett: Hanover Twp. Drive Underway

The annual Hanover Township Toy Drive and Sponsor-A-Family programs are underway and help is needed. Read more...

11.22.11

Cook County budget passes; layoffs, tax hikes coming

Almost 800 government workers will be laid off, and Chicago-area residents will need to dig a little deeper in their pockets as sin and luxury taxes rise under a 2012 budget package approved Friday by Cook County commissioners. Read more...

11.22.11

Hoffman Estates passes resolution to protect local TV programming

The Hoffman Estates village board passed a resolution Monday urging Congress to support an act that would protect local television programming in the village and across the country. Read more...

11.17.11

ECC weighs in on EDA bills; D300, HE, Sears finally meet

It came as no surprise that representatives of Community Unit School District 300 appeared at Wednesday’s House Revenue & Finance Committee meeting at the State Capitol in Springfield. Read more...

11.17.11

Elgin talks taxes, fees to fix budget gap

A refuse fee to pay for a new 911 system, a higher sales tax to pay for street improvements, a sin tax on liquor and alcohol, vehicle stickers — Elgin City Council members discussed all of these possibilities in brainstorming ways to close a budget gap that could reach $13 million. Read more...

11.16.11

Elgin police see spike in burglaries

Elgin police have taken notice of the 22 percent spike in city burglaries from January through October compared to the same period in 2010, and are urging residents to be vigilant as the holiday season approaches. Read more...

11.16.11

Preckwinkle backs down from plan to slash $2 million payment to CTA

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is backing off a proposal to slash a $2 million subsidy the county sends to the Chicago Transit Authority. Read more...

11.15.11

Boys and Girls Club braces for city aid shortfall

Discussions on how the city might plug a $10 million to $13 million hole in its budget will continue Wednesday, and suggestions offered at last week’s initial city council session have the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin concerned about how it will continue to operate. Read more...

11.15.11

Elgin nonprofits predict closure without city funding

At least two Elgin organizations are looking at the real possibility of closing their doors if Elgin City Council members approve a proposed budget that would eliminate funding for outside agencies. Read more...

11.15.11

Hoffman Estates voters will decide future of power bills

Hoffman Estates voters will have an opportunity early next year to approve a referendum question that would allow the village to take action in obtaining a lower price for the community’s supply of electricity. Read more...

11.15.11

Police: Intoxicated, unlicensed driver hits Bartlett squad car

A Bartlett police officer was injured when an intoxicated driver drove onto a median and struck the squad car head-on Saturday night, according to police. Read more...

11.14.11

Annual Township craft and bake sale approaching

On November 18 & 19, Hanover Township will host Handmade in Hanover at the Township Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59 in Bartlett. On both days from 10:00AM to 3:00PM, attendees will be able to purchase items such as quilts, honey and other crafts from over 40 local artisans. Read more...

11.14.11

Feeding Greater Elgin open in new warehouse space

The Elgin nonprofit got its first influx of food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank Wednesday and plans to ease into regular distribution over the next couple weeks before a grand opening Dec. 3. Read more...

11.14.11

Lawmakers, Sears, leaders still hoping for deal

The major players trying to finish a deal to keep Sears Holdings Corp. in Hoffman Estates wanted to present the company with a tax-incentive package by the end of last week, originally scheduled as the 2011 close of business for the Illinois legislature. Read more...

11.10.11

Sears deal getting put off?

Lawmakers appear set to leave Springfield Thursday without a bundle of tax breaks to offer Sears Holdings Corp. as an incentive to keep the company in Hoffman Estates. Read more...

11.10.11

Streamwood seeking armed robber after restaurant holdup

Streamwood police are investigating an armed robbery Tuesday night inside a restaurant in the 1000 block of Schaumburg Road. Read more...

11.10.11

Township to host Alzheimer's workshop

On November 17, Hanover Township Senior Services will host a presentation, “Knowing the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease” conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59 in Bartlett. Read more...

11.04.11

Derailment raises old fears of EJ&E/CN merger

It's a common occurrence that generally goes unremarked until an incident such as Thursday's derailment of a Canadian National train in Bartlett that involved two tankers containing sodium hydroxide, or lye, and ferrous sulfite. Read more...

11.04.11

Freight train derails near Elgin, closes down Metra service

Except for a limited bus-shuttle connection, Metra rail service to Elgin will remain out of commission until at least Friday morning after a fiery freight-train wreck on an intersecting line totally blocked the commuter service’s Milwaukee West Line before dawn Thursday. Read more...

11.04.11

Preckwinkle backs off charging residents in unincorporated areas for sheriff’s policing

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is backing off — at least for now — a controversial plan to charge residents living in unincorporated stretches for sheriff’s policing services. Read more...

11.04.11

U46 issues call to action vs. property tax legislation

On Thursday, Elgin School District U46 put out its own call to action on its website about another proposed law — House Bill 3793 — that would affect property taxes collected by all Illinois school districts. Read more...

11.03.11

Bartlett board OKs plans to build Chase branch

Before voting the only no, Arends asked Shipman why he changed his mind. He said it was a result of recent correspondence with Home Depot and a personal reconsideration. Read more...

11.03.11

Freight train derails near Elgin

Some reports indicated two trains may have struck one another, however Canadian National spokesman Patrick Waldron said only one train is involved. Read more...

11.03.11

Round 2 of road work along Route 20 in Elgin

Just as drivers along Route 20 through Elgin were getting ready to say “Whew!” about the near completion of this summer’s repaving project there, the next three-year construction project began along the highway this week. Read more...

11.02.11

Cook County to cut 264 voting precincts for 2012 elections

Orr said Tuesday the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved his plan to take the number of county precincts from 1,937 to 1,673. That's a reduction of 14 percent. Read more...

11.02.11

U-46, Channing in compliance with NCLB

Less than a month after learning Channing Memorial Elementary School had violated parts of the No Child Left Behind Act, Elgin Area District U-46 administrators and staff took corrective action, district leaders said. Read more...

11.02.11

Work starting at Route 20, McLean

The Illinois Department of Transportation will install two concrete retaining walls and temporarily widen Route 20 at McLean Boulevard in preparation for the interchange project. Read more...

11.01.11

Cook County property taxes due Nov.

The Cook County Treasurer’s Office said the bills, which were mailed last month to more than 1.7 million homes, may be paid at any Chase bank, by mail or at cookcountytreasurer.com. For information, call (312) 443-5100. Read more...

11.01.11

Cook County sends layoff notices to 100

The layoffs are among the estimated 1,055 that Preckwinkle has called for to help close a $315 million budget gap. Read more...

11.01.11

U-46 has top art administrator in state

Terri DeDecker, art coordinator in Elgin Area District U-46, has been named Art Administrator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association. Read more...

10.31.11

It’s crunch time for a Sears incentive plan

With top Sears Holdings Corp. executives saying they’ll decide whether to leave Hoffman Estates by the end of the year and state lawmakers scheduled to meet just three more days in 2011, the pressure is on to craft a compromise this week to keep the 125-year-old Chicago-area retail institution in Illinois. Read more...

10.31.11

Secrets of Munger Road

Munger Road was one of the first urban legends co-founder Mike Rohr of DeKalb proposed investigating. That’s because, he said, it was the site of “the very first investigation I ever did — 13 years ago now. That’s what got me started in this (paranormal investigation) business.” Read more...

10.31.11

Trick-or-treat hours in the suburbs

All official trick-or-treat hours in the suburbs. Times are for on Monday, Oct. 31, unless otherwise noted. Read more...

10.28.11

Couple opens The Sheep & Fiddle Irish pub in Bartlett

Located where Hull’s Pub used to be, the restaurant is cozy with room for less than 100 guests and simple decor that the Staleys hope will make patrons feel at home. Read more...

10.28.11

Trick-or-treat hours in the suburbs

All official trick-or-treat hours in the suburbs. Times are for on Monday, Oct. 31, unless otherwise noted. Read more...

10.27.11

Council moves forward on higher ambulances fees

The charge for basic life support transport would go from $355 to $442.74 for Elgin residents and from $444 to $692.75 for nonresidents. Read more...

10.27.11

Hanover Township to recognize historical Streamwood schoolhouse

Hanover Township will dedicate a Heritage Marker this weekend at Streamwood’s Hoosier Grove Schoolhouse, a one-room schoolhouse between 1904 and 1954 that today serves as a museum. Read more...

10.27.11

Imposing a tax for police who already patrol streets

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is threatening residents of unincorporated areas with a property tax hike to help pay for the sheriff’s police who patrol their streets. Read more...

10.27.11

U-46 looks to tackle truancy as numbers rise

The number of students arriving late to class is down by 50 percent, while truancy numbers are at 278, 71 more students than this time last year. Read more...

10.26.11

Hanover Township renovations spurred by growing need for help

The most significant work affects the township’s food pantry, and includes construction of a garage for additional storage and the implementation of a new system that will allow clients to “shop” for their food instead of having it packed for them. Read more...

10.26.11

Hoffman Estates confident in Sears fight despite D300's Springfield visit

Last May, Hoffman Estates officials, fearful that Sears Holding Co. would be lured to another state, launched a high-profile campaign to extend the property tax breaks approved in 1989 that kept the company in Illinois and brought it to the Northwest suburb. Read more...

10.26.11

U46 gets peek at mixed state test results

Statewide results of the Illinois Standards Achievement Tests are to be made available Monday, but in the meantime, the Elgin School District U46 board got a glimpse this week of what to expect. Read more...

10.25.11

Daily attendance drops, truancy rises in U-46

The slight dip in average daily attendance across Elgin Area District U-46 and a spike in truancy numbers during the first month of school are two areas that district officials deem a concern. Read more...

10.25.11

Elgin may charge higher ambulance fees

Higher ambulance fees may be the latest way to recover costs and minimize Elgin's projected budget deficit, which could be as high as $13 million next year. Read more...

10.25.11

Preckwinkle wants to raise Cook County taxes on tobacco, beer, cars

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will ask commissioners to raise taxes on alcohol, tobacco products and cars and to lay off more than 1,000 workers under a budget blueprint she rolled out Monday. Read more...

10.25.11

Sears compromise involving District 300 brewing?

A compromise that could keep Sears Holdings Inc. in Hoffman Estates and placate the complaints of Community Unit District 300 is in the works, but whether the plan finds success on both fronts remains to be seen. Read more...

10.21.11

Cook County cigarette bribe allegations net two firings

Two Cook County revenue investigators have been fired for accepting bribes from cigarette vendors, according to an inspector general's report released Thursday. Read more...

10.21.11

Hanover Township seeking residents to serve on Mental Health Board

Hanover Township Supervisor Brian P. McGuire is accepting applications for residents int