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12.19.14

Candidates file for seats on Bartlett village board

Two candidates have filed nominating petitions for three available seats on Bartlett's village board. Longtime Trustee T.L. Arends -- first elected in 1991 -- is seeking another four-year term on the board in the April 7 election. The other candidate is Raymond Deyne, chair of the village's plan commission and the Hanover Township Foundation secretary and treasurer. Read more...

12.19.14

Elgin City Council unanimously approves $290.5 million 2015 budget

The Elgin City Council unanimously approved a $290,535,730 budget document for 2015 with a few new tweaks revealed Wednesday night. Those modifications include Councilman Terry Gavin’s suggestion to freeze what residents pay for refuse collection at 2014 rates. Read more...

12.19.14

Hanover Township honors former employee

Hanover Township Supervisor Brian P. McGuire and the Township Board of Trustees honored Andrea Gaitán Bustos with an award certificate at the Township Board meeting on December 16 for receiving the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundations' (ILLCF) "Special Recognition Award". Read more...

12.19.14

Report analyzes Nov. 4 election in Cook County

Cook County Clerk David Orr's review of the Nov. 4 election shows a 69 percent increase in early voting and increased younger-voter participation. Orr says first-time measures such as same-day registration and longer hours for early voting proved successful in the parts of Cook County outside Chicago. Read more...

12.19.14

Schaumburg employees support needy families for holidays

Seven of the departments that make up Schaumburg's village government are each sponsoring a different family in need this holiday season to fulfill their wish lists for items such as clothes, cribs, blankets, toys and books. Thanks to the different departments' donations, eight adults and 15 children will enjoy brighter holidays this month. Read more...

12.18.14

Elgin trash fees to stay flat in 2015

Elgin residents won't see increases in refuse rates starting Jan. 1, contrary to what city officials had anticipated. The Elgin City Council adopted its $290.5 million budget for 2015 on Wednesday night after about two months of discussion and staff presentations. Read more...

12.18.14

No candidates yet for 2-year term on District U46 board

At least seven people want to run for four four-year-long terms that will become available on School District U46’s Board of Education after the April 7 election. But so far nobody has stepped forward to fill a two-year term that also will become available. Read more...

12.18.14

U46 middle schools honored before Bears games

School District U46 teachers were honored at Soldier Field in Chicago recently for their commitment to play. Abbott Middle School teachers Chad Dahlman, Kim Freesemann and Matt Freesemann as well as Tefft Middle School teacher Dustin Covarrubias received special recognition for implementation of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program during the Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys football game. Sponsored by the National Football League, Fuel Up to Play 60 is a national movement that empowers youth to take action for their own health by consuming nutrient-rich foods and achieving at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Read more...

12.18.14

U46 to host Bilingual and Special Education Job Fair

U46 is hosting a Bilingual and Special Education Job Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Educational Services Center, 355 E. Chicago Street, Elgin. U46 is seeking to fill several positions for the 2015-2016 school year, including Bilingual Dual Language, Bilingual Early Childhood and Bilingual Special Education teachers, psychologists, speech therapists, and occupational therapists. Read more...

12.17.14

Schaumburg sets $146 million capital improvement plan

Schaumburg trustees Tuesday recommended approval of a $146 million capital improvement plan for the next five years that includes road repairs, new tollway interchanges and replacement of trees destroyed by the emerald ash borer. For the work planned, the village has already received $35 million in grants and is continuing to pursue more. Read more...

12.17.14

U46 passes tax levy over objections from Noland, audience

The board of School District U46 remains on track to increase its tax levy to be collected next year but to cancel out that increase by selling $40 million in Working Cash Fund bonds and using the proceeds to refinance some old construction debt. But the move is not being made without controversy, and talking about it even brought one board member to tears. With Board Member Veronica Noland voting “no” and two board members (Maria Bidelman and Amy Kerber) absent, the board approved the levy as proposed by the U46 administration, on a 4-1 vote. Read more...

12.16.14

Cook County to begin test of cameras in courtrooms

Media cameras and audio recording devices will be allowed in some Cook County courtrooms beginning next month, Cook County circuit court Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced Tuesday. The pilot program begins on a limited basis on Jan. 5, 2015, in some felony courtrooms at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building, in Chicago. The Illinois Supreme Court approved the use of cameras in trial courtrooms in January 2012 as a way of making legal proceedings more transparent. Read more...

12.16.14

Elgin hires communications director

Kristine Liptrot, who has extensive experience working for and with a variety of government bodies and as a reporter, has been named as Elgin’s communications director. She starts the job Jan. 5. “Kristine exemplifies the leadership characteristics needed to leverage the changing landscape of traditional communications methods, social media, advertising, marketing and engagement,” Elgin City Manager Sean Stegall stated in a release. Read more...

12.16.14

Fleury set to become EPDs next commander

Lt. Colin Fleury has been named the city’s next police commander, replacing Glenn Theriault who is leaving in January to become the police chief of Sycamore. Fleury, a 16-year veteran of the Elgin department, will become commander of the investigations division, said Chief of Police Jeff Swoboda. Read more...

12.16.14

Hoffman Estates bank robbed Monday morning

Hoffman Estates police and the FBI are investigating a robbery Monday morning at Hoffman Estates Community Bank. The only description of the robber is that he was approximately 6 feet 4 inches tall with a thin build. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Hoffman Estates Police Department at (847) 882-1818. Read more...

12.16.14

Suburban districts get funding boost for preschool programs

Elgin Area School District U-46 and Hampshire-based Community Unit District 300 are among 26 statewide recipients of $80 million in federal funding for early childhood education programs. More than $226 million in Preschool Development Grants was awarded to schools in 18 states. The grants will serve more than 33,000 children nationwide. Read more...

12.16.14

U46 students learn computer coding skills

The roughly 520 students at Glenbrook Elementary spent at least an hour this past week learning the basics of computer coding, and many of them were learning it from fourth-graders. The school is among a handful of District U46 classrooms participating in the Hour of Code, a week-long international event aimed at introducing kids of all ages and backgrounds to the basics of computer science, with special emphasis on increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Read more...

12.15.14

Challengers emerge as most U46 board seats come up for election

At least three outsiders seem poised to run for the School District U46 Board as terms expire for five of the seven board members in April. The filing of nominating petitions and documents begins Monday morning. Would-be candidates have until the end of the workday on Monday, Dec. 22 to file. The April 7 election will select members to fill four four-year terms on the board plus one two-year term. Read more...

12.15.14

Flu coming earlier, harsher than last year in Illinois

Illinois' flu season started earlier this year, and the most prevalent strain is also the one known for causing the most severe illness. The Illinois Department of Public Health released figures Friday showing there have been more people getting sick, more positive lab tests and more people being hospitalized this flu season than at this point last year. Read more...

12.15.14

Lines expected for first day of candidate filing

Starting today, candidates for various suburban municipal, park district, library and fire district offices will begin filing their nomination papers to get on the April 7 ballot. In Cook County, about 700 candidates from 145 suburban Cook school districts are expected to file before the weeklong filing period ends on Dec. 22. Read more...

12.15.14

LOCAL GROCERS PITCH IN TO FEED STRUGGLING FAMILIES

After making rounds at several stores to recover food that would've been thrown out, the truck delivers it to a pantry in Hanover Township that's open and ready to distribute on the same day. The pantry in Hanover Township serves more 10,000 families each year. "In the suburbs, the poverty is a little hidden. Most people live paycheck to paycheck and as soon as that paycheck gets cut off, now they are in poverty," Brian McGuire, Hanover Township supervisor, said. Read more...

12.15.14

Social Ambassador Queen hosts holiday book drive

Northern Illinois Scholarship Program (NISP) Social Ambassador Queen 2015 Arielle Christopher, 15, of Streamwood, recently partnered with Barnes & Noble Bookstore to host a holiday book drive for the Hanover Township Astor Avenue Community Center, 7431 Astor Ave., according to a press release. “We really do appreciate these books,” said Director of Hanover Township Welfare Services, Mary Jo Imperato. “Literacy is a great cause. These books will help the children who come here, learn to read, and will one day help them to get a job.” Read more...

12.12.14

ECC board candidates can file nominating papers starting Dec. 15

Prospective candidates can begin filing nominating papers on Dec. 15, 2014, in the local elections official's office in Building B, room B235 on Elgin Community College's campus at 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123. Petitions may be filed either in person or by U.S. mail. Read more...

12.12.14

ECC calls new course-planning system a hit

The new “Student Planning Module” that allows Elgin Community College students to plot courses they need to finish a degree at the same time they register for the next semester has been a great success, ECC administrators told the college board of trustees this week. Read more...

12.12.14

Nominations now being accepted for Supervisor's community service awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Annual Hanover Township Supervisor's Community Service Awards. The awards are designed to recognize organizations and individuals who volunteer their time to make Hanover Township an outstanding place to live, work and raise a family. Read more...

12.12.14

Obamacare rate hikes in Cook County held in check by competition

As health insurers compete for a second year on the federal marketplace in Illinois, Cook County residents are seeing relatively low rate increases and an array of options for 2015, a Tribune analysis shows. Read more...

12.12.14

Obamacare rate hikes in Cook County held in check by competition

As health insurers compete for a second year on the federal marketplace in Illinois, Cook County residents are seeing relatively low rate increases and an array of options for 2015, a Tribune analysis shows. Read more...

12.11.14

ECC names lobby after Elgin Rotary Club

The ECC Board voted 6-0 on Tuesday to name that area “the Rotary Club of Elgin Welcoming Center.” Read more...

12.11.14

ECC, Judson to host fall graduations this weekend

More than 800 students will receive degrees or certificates from Elgin Community College and Judson University in Elgin during fall commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday, respectively. Read more...

12.11.14

Life story: Priest made a big impact in a short time

The Rev. Theodore Schmitt, 70, had a life that qualified for biography, and he was reportedly working on one when he died. Read more...

12.11.14

Preckwinkle Seeks to Curb Juvenile Offender Transfers to Adult Court

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants to squash the Illinois law that automatically transfers children into adult criminal court. Read more...

12.11.14

State constitution murky on appointing successor to Comptroller Topinka

At issue are how the replacement process is supposed to work and for how long a successor appointed by a governor would hold the office. Read more...

12.10.14

Judy Baar Topinka dies after suffering stroke

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka -- set to start a fifth term in statewide office in a few weeks -- died early Wednesday after suffering a serious stroke the day before. Read more...

12.10.14

Moeller to host Holiday Open House in Elgin

State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, announced that she is teaming with state Sen. Michael Noland, D-Elgin, for a Holiday Open House at the district office of Sen. Noland from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10. Read more...

12.10.14

Q&A: Why Galvan is running for mayor in Elgin

Galvan, who is running against incumbent David Kaptain in the April 7 election, is a principal with Galvan and Associates, which provides information technology and business management services. Read more...

12.09.14

374 District U46 students name AP scholars

Due to their high achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) exams, 374 District U46 students were named AP Scholars by the College Board. This marks the highest number of AP scholars at U46, up from 353 last year. Currently, U46 is running 20 AP courses across the district. “We are proud of all of our students whose hard work and commitment to academic excellence earned them the distinction of AP Scholar,” said U46 CEO Tony Sanders. Read more...

12.09.14

Developer seeks tax rebates for Hoffman Estates homes

A development partnership is asking Hoffman Estates officials to reimburse some property taxes to cover costs it says would enable a largely residential development with some businesses on 161 acres at the northwest corner of routes 59 and 72. Read more...

12.09.14

Kyle Scifert wins challenge to keep spot on Elgin City Council ballot

A candidate for Elgin City Council won a challenge against his nominating petitions and his name will remain on the ballot, election officials ruled Monday. Elgin’s Election Board, including Mayor Dave Kaptain, Council member Terry Gavin and City Clerk Kim Dewis voted unanimously to keep Kyle Scifert’s name on the ballot despite resident Roy Chapman’s objection based on an incorrect date listed on Scifert’s nominating petitions. Gavin called the error a technicality and felt there was no deceit on Scifert’s part. Read more...

12.09.14

Schaumburg wins Governor's Hometown Award

The village of Schaumburg has been presented with the Governor's Hometown Award for its Older Adult Market, a free program that helps supply adults 60 and over with fresh market produce. Presented by Gov. Pat Quinn, the Governor's Hometown Awards recognize volunteers for their work improving their communities. Read more...

12.08.14

Elgin gathers community input on budget

Even after the council votes on the 2015 city budget on Dec. 17, the document can change, said Sean Stegall, city manager. That is why public hearings like the one held Saturday morning at the Centre of Elgin matter, Stegall said. There is still time to make changes if necessary and get citizen input. This year, the Elgin city council took additional steps to ensure resident input on the budget, including informational sessions around the community to get feedback and the Saturday morning session. Read more...

12.08.14

Elgin might lower water rates next year

The city of Elgin is planning to conduct a residents' survey next year and will consider lowering water rates starting Jan. 1. On Dec. 17, staff members will present a financial analysis of the lower rates, a proposal endorsed by several city council members. The utility fund, which comprises water and sewer, is projected to have $20.4 million in reserves by the end of this year, dwindling to $7.8 million to fund various projects by the end of 2018. Read more...

12.08.14

Hanover Township, Kid Care holding flu shot clinics

Hanover Township and Kid Care Medical will host clinics where kids can get flu shots and immunizations in the township's Senior Center in Bartlett. Clinics will run from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11; Jan. 8 and Feb. 12. Walk-ins are welcome until 6 p.m. The center is at 240 S. Route 59. Read more...

12.08.14

Scifert to remain on Elgin ballot, board rules

Elgin City Council hopeful Kyle Scifert can remain on the April 7 election ballot, an electoral board ruled Monday. Elgin resident Roy Chapman said he hasn't decided whether to file an appeal to the ruling, which found that a wrong date on Scifert's nominating petitions is not reason enough to kick him off the ballot. Read more...

12.05.14

Divided Hanover Park board approves budget

Three Hanover Park trustees opposed the village's $58.96 million budget Thursday night, arguing the village didn't do enough to tighten purse strings. But Mayor Rodney Craig cast the tiebreaking vote allowing the 2015 plan to take effect. Read more...

12.05.14

Elgin mayor paints mostly sunny picture with his State of the City speech

Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain painted a generally rosy picture during his State of the City speech Thursday morning — with a few caveats. “We’re far better off than other local communities and the state, financially,” Kaptain said. “But there are many things beyond our control.” Kaptain’s address came before about 100 people attending the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce Good Morning Elgin meeting Thursday at the Elgin Community College University Business Center. Read more...

12.05.14

Hanover Township to hold immunization and flu shot clinics

The Hanover Township Office of Community Health is partnering with KidCare Medical to offer Immunization and Flu Shot Clinics during the winter season. Clinics are held from 4:00PM to 7:00PM at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. IL Route 59 in Bartlett on December 11, 2014; January 8, 2015 and February 12, 2015. "The best way to protect yourself and others around you from getting and spreading the flu is to get the influenza vaccine," said Steve Caramelli, Hanover Township Trustee. Read more...

12.05.14

U.S. adds 321,000 jobs in November

U.S. employers added a whopping 321,000 jobs in November, the biggest burst of hiring in nearly three years and the latest sign that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world. The Labor Department also said Friday that 44,000 more jobs were added in September and October combined than the government had previously estimated. Read more...

12.04.14

Elgin sets City Council candidate ballot for 2015

Jaime Hjelm won a lottery Wednesday and will have the top spot on the April 7 ballot in the 11-candidate race for four, 4-year seats on the Elgin City Council. All the above were outside the city clerk’s office before 8 a.m. Nov. 17, the first day to file paperwork and turn in petitions for running. Thus, they vied for the top of the ballot. Following the five on the ballot will be incumbent Tish Powell, Aurora police detective Kyle Scifert, then software designer Julie Schmidt. Read more...

12.04.14

First Responders to be recognized for saving two lives

During the Dec. 4 Board meeting Streamwood Fire and Police personnel will be recognized for outstanding performance on recent ambulance calls. For their exemplary skills and outstanding efforts, the Village of Streamwood recognizes: Battalion Chief Joe Ratzek, Fire Lieutenants Mike Hanning, Chris Way and Gary Urbahn, Firefighters Lori Beach, Jeff Becker, Andy Dailey, James Lively, Dan Torkelson, Bryan Kominski, Jimmy Nixon, Scott Schmauderer, and Police Officer Steve Unger. Read more...

12.04.14

Study recommends special taxing district for downtown Bartlett

A village-hired consultant has endorsed a tax increment financing district for downtown Bartlett, about four years after the last one expired. The report by Kane, McKenna and Associates Inc. helped convince Bartlett trustees on Tuesday night to direct economic development commissioners to weigh in on whether the village should create a TIF district. Mayor Kevin Wallace said he's still studying the idea but initially favors a TIF district as an economic development tool and because the previous district -- raising $20.4 million -- exceeded expectations. Read more...

12.04.14

Tollway speed limit going to 70 unless counties object

State lawmakers Wednesday voted to raise speed limits on Illinois tollways to 70 mph in urban areas. Suburban county boards could opt out of the plan and keep tollway speed limits at 55 mph. Read more...

12.04.14

U.S. unemployment aid applications fall below 300,000

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits slipped below 300,000 last week, after having spiked above that level in the prior week for the first time in nearly three months. The Labor Department says weekly applications fell 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 297,000. Read more...

12.04.14

U-46 seeks adults to mentor students

Game Changers is looking for volunteers to mentor at all Elgin Area School District U-46 middle and high schools. Mentors must commit to working one hour per week with a student. Potential mentors who are not U-46 employees will undergo a background check and receive training on mentorship, and the district's policies and procedures. Students will be paired with adults of the same gender. Read more...

12.03.14

Deal to hike state minimum wage in works — but clock is ticking

On the heels of the Chicago City Council’s vote Tuesday to raise the minimum wage to $13 an hour citywide by 2019, a deal was taking shape in the Legislature that might raise the wage to $11 an hour throughout the rest of Illinois. Meanwhile, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner had little to say about the City Council’s 44-5 vote to hike the minimum wage, even though Mayor Rahm Emanuel and aldermen clearly defied Rauner’s wishes by doing so. Read more...

12.03.14

Elgin City Council set to approve $1.325 million in water-related projects

The Elgin City Council Wednesday night is set to award two bids for water department related projects that will cost close to a combined $1.325 million. Repairing and repainting the interior and exterior of the elevated water tank at the Airlite Street plant would run $953,000 with the work to be done by Jetco Ltd. of Lake Zurich. Read more...

12.03.14

Griffin: How cautious budgeting helps keep taxes higher

Two suburbs, Addison and Hanover Park, took in less real estate transfer tax revenue than what had been budgeted. Greg Peters, interim finance director at Hanover Park, said the unknowns of the real estate market make forecasting transfer tax revenues harder than other revenue sources. And it might not be as big a priority to get it right as with other funds. Read more...

12.03.14

UberX, taxi drivers have different views on Elgin proposal

The Elgin City Council's committee of the whole will look at both sides of the issue tonight, when members are expected to consider regulations for the ride-share industry that, if enacted, would be the strictest in the country. Elgin's proposed requirements for companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar include mandating drivers to carry commercial vehicle liability insurance and go through yearly safety vehicle inspections. Read more...

12.02.14

Cook County accuses Wells Fargo of predatory lending

Cook County officials have filed suit against Wells Fargo alleging that the company's predatory and discriminatory lending practices led to the foreclosure crisis in Cook County and elsewhere. "The predatory lending crisis has caused tremendous tangible and intangible damage, particularly to African American and Latino communities in Cook County," Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said in a statement. "Predatory lending continues to exist in Cook County, and the lending institutions engaged in such practices must be held accountable." Read more...

12.02.14

Hoffman Estates budgets for bike path patrols

A bike path patrol program for preventive maintenance and public safety was the last addition to Hoffman Estates' 2015 budget, which was approved by the village board Monday night. The budget also features some significant and long-deferred capital projects -- made possible by the improving economy -- without adding a penny to the previous year's property tax levy amount, Village Manager Jim Norris said. Read more...

12.02.14

Hoffman Estates 'Shop with a Cop' returns Dec. 13

The Hoffman Estates Police Charitable Foundation will be sponsoring its 15th annual "Shop with a Cop" holiday event Dec. 13. The foundation is a not-for-profit organization made up of sworn officers from the Hoffman Estates Police Department who are committed to giving back to disadvantaged families in the village. Read more...

12.01.14

Elgin looking at regulating ride-shares like Uber

Elgin will be considering strict regulations for ride-share companies such as Uber and others, a first in the suburbs and possibly in the country. The city council is expected on Wednesday to discuss proposed regulations for the industry -- which Elgin is dubbing "E-Hail" -- that would mirror insurance and other requirements imposed on taxi companies. Read more...

12.01.14

Pensions make up most of Elgin's new day-to-day expenses

The majority of the $9.5 million increase projected for the city of Elgin's general fund budget stems from pensions, along with salaries for new employees and increases in benefits. The 2015 proposed general fund budget -- which is used for the city's day-to-day operations -- is $114.9 million. Elgin's fiscal year starts Jan. 1; the city council is expected to approve the overall $290.5 million budget Dec. 17. Read more...

12.01.14

Streamwood High class competing in national green contest

A group of Streamwood High School students are growing organic vegetables and producing their own organic fertilizer using fish and worms for a class project that could win the school $20,000 in classroom technology. Five Illinois schools, including Streamwood High, are among 255 state winners competing in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Read more...

11.26.14

Elgin continues to test police cameras in light of Ferguson

Elgin police continue to test body-worn cameras, a process that started about 18 months ago and involves a lot of moving parts, officials said. Testing in Elgin will continue in 2015, and chances are cameras won't become standard until 2016, Police Chief Jeff Swoboda said. "Ferguson illustrated the point that having cameras helps with trust," Swoboda said. Read more...

11.26.14

Elgin Fire Chief and Deputy Chief receive Chief Fire Officer Certification

Elgin Fire Chief John Fahy and Deputy Chief Dave Schmidt were recognized and awarded “Chief Fire Officer” certification this fall at the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association Conference in Peoria. “It is the highest level of certification that the Illinois State Fire Marshal offers,” Fahy said. “It included over 600 hours of coursework.” Read more...

11.26.14

Forecast clear but cold for Thanksgiving travelers

The weather forecast for the long Thanksgiving weekend looks clear but cold for the millions of people planning on traveling for the holiday. The high temperatures on Thursday are only expected to reach 24-29 degrees in the Chicago area, but it won’t be a white Thanksgiving—no snow is in the forecast. Read more...

11.26.14

Hoffman Estates candidates begin talking issues

Hoffman Estates residents will have at least one reason to go to the polls April 7 when three incumbents and two challengers vie for the three available trustee seats on the village board. Former Trustee Cary Collins and political newcomer Prajesh "Pat" Patel are looking to wrest two of the seats away from the united front of Trustees Anna Newell, Gary Pilafas and Gary Stanton. Read more...

11.26.14

Property tax appeal seminar to be held Dec. 1

Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak will hold a property tax assessment appeal seminar for taxpayers seeking to appeal their 2014 property tax assessments at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59 in Bartlett. The seminar is co-hosted by Hanover Township Assessor Thomas S. Smogolski and Township Supervisor Brian McGuire. Read more...

11.26.14

Township distributes holiday meal boxes

Hanover Township distributed 550 holiday meal boxes to qualifying residents on Tuesday, November 25 at the Hanover Township William Tiknis Campus in Bartlett. "We are proud to continue to support our local families that are experiencing hardships during the holiday season," said Hanover Township Supervisor Brian P. McGuire. Read more...

11.25.14

Hoffman Estates' property tax levy likely won't rise

Hoffman Estates' costs and revenues are expected to rise next year, but its property tax levy likely won't be a penny more than the $17.9 million sought last year. "I'm very proud to say the proposed budget for 2015 has a 0 percent increase in the property tax," Hoffman Estates Village Manager Jim Norris said at a budget workshop for the village board's finance committee Monday. Read more...

11.25.14

Kaptain has one opponent for Elgin’s mayor; 11 running for City Council

Mayor David Kaptain will have one opponent in his bid for a second term next year, while 11 people will be running for four other City Council seats. Kaptain’s opponent will be Joseph Galvan, a former Regional Director, Midwest for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to his Facebook page. Read more...

11.25.14

Larson uncontested for 8th term as Schaumburg mayor

With no opponent having materialized by 5 p.m. Monday, Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson has effectively won his eighth consecutive term. But it will take until Election Day, April 7, for him to know the exact makeup of his village board. Read more...

11.25.14

Thanksgiving holiday drivers face lowest gas prices in at least 4 years

About 8.3 million vehicles are expected to travel the Illinois Tollway this Thanksgiving holiday and face the lowest gas prices in at least four years. The average Illinois price of a gallon of regular gas was $2.907 Monday — the lowest since it hit $2.902 on Nov. 14, 2010, AAA Chicago Daily Fuel Gauge data showed. Read more...

11.25.14

U-46 delays superintendent search until after April election

Elgin Area School District U-46 will postpone its superintendent search until after the April elections when new school board members will be elected, and after the development of a new strategic plan, officials said. School board President Donna Smith said she hopes to start having community discussions in the spring on what they would want in a new leader. Read more...

11.24.14

Elgin Mayor requests resignation of P&Z Commissioner Anthony Pedote

Elgin Mayor David Kaptain has requested an appointed city official to resign his position over a Facebook post. Planning and Zoning Commissioner Anthony Pedote was asked to resign because of a post he put up last month on Facebook critical of Elgin police that also used a graphic photo, unrelated to the incident, taken from the Internet. Read more...

11.24.14

Gov. Quinn could collect healthy pension on way out the door

Beaten by Republican Bruce Rauner in this month’s general election, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn soon will be leaving public office. But he still might collect a public-sector paycheck. Quinn has not said if and when he’ll be cashing in on a public-sector pension but he is allowed to receive a $136,000 annual pension from the taxpayer-supported State Retirement Systems when he exits office in mid-January, according to records and interviews. Read more...

11.24.14

U46 custodians protest as school boards meet in Chicago

School District U46’s night custodians, hoping to get higher pay and some paid days off from the private contractor who employs them, are continuing to apply pressure against the U46 school board. As the Illinois Association of School Boards held its annual meeting in a Chicago hotel Friday, about five of the U46 workers joined about 30 custodians from the Service Employees International Union who work for school districts in Wheaton and Rockford. They held signs with messages such as “U46 teachers got raises. What about me?” Read more...

11.21.14

Elgin City Manager: HB5485 could cost Elgin $800,000 per year

Elgin officials Wednesday night claimed a bill that would require Illinois communities outside of Chicago to collectively bargain staffing levels with their firefighters could cost Elgin as much as $800,000 a year. Elgin City Manager Sean Stegall brought up the topic during a discussion of the city’s proposed $290,535,730 budget. Read more...

11.21.14

Hanover Park puts 'Frozen' spin on trees-lighting ceremony

Let it glow. Hanover Park has put a "Frozen" spin on this year's trees-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. The popular Disney film will inspire games and other activities after Mayor Rodney Craig and Village Clerk Eira Corral flip the switch on 30 Christmas trees decorated by schools, nonprofit groups and sports teams at the village municipal complex. At the same time, lights at the village's headquarters and along Lake Street will illuminate. Read more...

11.21.14

Property Tax Appeal Seminar for Hanover Township

Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak will be holding a property tax assessment appeal seminar Monday, December 1, 2014, at the Hanover Township Senior Center for taxpayers seeking to appeal their 2014 property tax assessments. The seminar is co-hosted by Hanover Township Assessor Thomas S. Smogolski, Township Supervisor Brian McGuire and Cook County Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider. Read more...

11.21.14

Rauner wants Quinn to freeze hiring

Gov.-­elect Bruce Rauner visited the Capitol Thursday and called on outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn to implement a hiring freeze in the final days of his administration. "We have no reason to believe today that the governor, his staff, is doing anything inappropriate," Rauner said. "But certainly in past transitions, we have seen hiring occur, reclassifications occur, appointments occur at the last minute that probably were inappropriate or didn't make sense." Read more...

11.21.14

Rep. Tammy Duckworth has baby girl: Born on Tuesday

Rep. Tammy Duckworth D-Ill., and her husband, Bryan Bowlsbey announced on Thursday the birth of a baby girl on Tuesday, who they named Abigail O'kalani Bowlsbey. Read more...

11.21.14

Schaumburg ready to release 2014 community ornament

Schaumburg will usher in the holiday season next Friday, Nov. 28, with the village's annual tree lighting, a visit from Santa, and the release of its 2014 community ornament depicting the historic Schweikher-Langsdorf House. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with caroling at the Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court. Read more...

11.21.14

Theriault leaving Elgin to become Sycamore Chief of Police

Police Commander Glenn Theriault has been selected as the next Chief of Police for Sycamore. The city council there is expected to vote on his appointment to the job on Dec. 1, according to a prepared statement from the city of Sycamore. A 20-year-veteran of the Elgin Police Department, Theriault is expected to begin the new position Jan. 5. Read more...

11.20.14

Cross concedes defeat in Illinois treasurer race

Republican Tom Cross conceded defeat to Democrat Mike Frerichs in the Illinois treasurer’s race on Wednesday in one of the closest general election contests in decades. Cross’ campaign issued a statement. “With the final votes counted, this election now has a conclusive outcome and I have congratulated Sen. Frerichs on a hard-fought victory. Sen, Frerichs has demonstrated time and time again his commitment to our state and that will serve all of us well as he becomes Illinois’ next state treasurer.” Read more...

11.20.14

Hanover Township open for property assessment appeals

The Hanover Township Assessor's Office is now open for residents looking to appeal their property tax assessments. Running through December 11, 2014, Hanover Township residents can appeal their property assessments to the Cook County Board of Review. Residents can visit the Township until December 11 for assistance in filing an appeal, or can file an appeal online at www.cookcountyboardofreview.com until December 15. Read more...

11.20.14

State sees some progress for students, but not poor kids: report

Illinois has made some modest progress educating public schoolchildren overall since 2012, but needs to do a better job of educating its poor children. And that’s a problem now that low-income children make up more than half of Illinois public school children, while state investment in education has been dwindling, according to a new report to be published Thursday by Advance Illinois that's designed to take a “hard look” every two years at the state of learning in Illinois. Read more...

11.19.14

Education coalition unveils policy recommendations

As legislators in Springfield debated school funding in Senate Bill 16, a group made up of some of the state's largest education associations debuted its own education reform plan on Tuesday. The plan outlines key areas of policy recommendations that officials said they hope to implement in Illinois over the next four to six years. Read more...

11.19.14

Elgin set to add two new signal storm warning systems

Dovetailing on a decision it made earlier this month to purchase and install battery power backup systems for 15 early warning alarm systems for $118,047, Wednesday night the Elgin City Council will consider moving along approving the purchase and installation of four new siren heads to replace four existing siren heads and the purchase and installation of two new signal siren systems at a cost of $113,314. Read more...

11.19.14

Schaumburg honored for use of technology

Schaumburg has placed third among municipalities its size in a national ranking of communities with best practices in public sector information and communications technology. The 2014 Digital Cities Survey, published by the Center for Digital Government, recognizes local governments that use technology to provide financial transparency, city performance measurement dashboards and citizen feedback on city initiatives. Read more...

11.19.14

U46 begins work on new strategic plan, postpones superintendent search

As its five-year “Destination 2015” is about to come to a close with many of its goals unreached, the School District U46 Board on Monday hired a firm to help it compose a new multiyear “strategic plan.” And board members decided by consensus not to look for a new superintendent until after the plan is written and new board members are elected in May. Read more...

11.18.14

Big plans in store for Hanover Township/Izaak Walton League Elgin office

Hanover Township and the Elgin chapter of the Izaak Walton League have plans that include developing part of the property, building a small, outdoor education center, and hosting a late spring class for environmental education teachers at the 899 Jay St. site the organizations share. Read more...

11.18.14

Five file Monday morning to run for Elgin City Council

Five residents turned in petitions and paperwork early Monday morning to run for Elgin City Council, but no one has formally stepped forward yet to challenge Mayor David Kaptain in next year’s election. Four seats and the mayor’s spot are up in 2014. The council is made up of nine elected members, including the mayor. Read more...

11.18.14

Route 59 closed at Golf Road due to crash

Route 59 North is shut down at Golf Road near Streamwood due to an accident, authorities said. The cause of the crash and the number of injuries are unknown at this time. Read more...

11.18.14

Schaumburg Mayor Larson makes bid for 8th term; Moynihan joins trustee race

Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson formally declared his intentions to seek an eighth term as the village's chief executive Monday, filing nominating petitions at village hall to place his name on the ballot for the April 7 election or a potential February primary. Candidate filing opened with few surprises Monday for village boards and councils in Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and Palatine. Read more...

11.17.14

Candidate filing starts for three northwest Cook County villages

Three Northwest suburban villages -- Hoffman Estates, Palatine and Schaumburg -- begin their weeklong filing period today for candidates wanting to run for a seat on their boards or councils. The villages have the potential for a primary election on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Read more...

11.17.14

Cold will linger throughout the week, meteorologists say

The National Weather Service announced on their website this morning an arctic air mass will force temperatures to top out at 20 degrees this afternoon, more than 20 degrees below the average temperature for November. The low temperatures overnight will reach only 19 degrees. The cold temperatures will stay throughout the week, slowly climbing to 30 degrees Wednesday and 27 degrees Friday. Sunday is expected to top out at 44 degrees. Read more...

11.17.14

Former Bartlett mayor, Hanover Twp. supervisor recognized with plaque

At 86 and nearly a decade removed from his last political office, the former Bartlett mayor and Hanover Township supervisor will be honored Saturday with a ceremony in Bartlett Park. This follows the township renaming its Bartlett campus -- the one he helped develop -- after Tiknis, who suffered a stroke driving in the village on Easter Sunday. Read more...

11.17.14

Hoffman Estates to consider 81 new homes Monday

Hoffman Estates village board members Monday will consider approval of an 81-home subdivision on 37 acres at the northwest corner of Algonquin and Ela roads. The former farm property was long owned by the Bergman family, who only recently began marketing it for development, Hoffman Estates Assistant Village Manager for Development Services Mark Koplin said. Read more...

11.14.14

Duckworth interested in challenging Kirk for Senate seat in 2016: Sweet

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., is interested in a 2016 Senate run against Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., but for now is focused on the impending birth of her daughter, who is due any day. A member of Duckworth’s team — who is familiar with how Duckworth is approaching the possibility of a 2016 run — confirmed that Duckworth is “interested, open and curious” about a Senate bid and is receptive to having conversations about the race. Read more...

11.14.14

Hanover Township honored at annual state conference

Hanover Township was recently presented with a Commitment to Senior Services Award by the Illinois Township Association of Senior Citizen Services Committee (ITASCSC) at the annual Township Officials of Illinois educational conference in Springfield. The Township was recognized in the category of Innovative Program of the Year for the Stars-N-Stripes Café lunch program launched earlier this year at the Township Senior Center. Read more...

11.14.14

Metra board approves 10.8-percent fare increase starting Feb. 1

The fare increase is scheduled to kick in starting Feb. 1, across all tickets and zones. But some senior one-way and monthly tickets would jump more than 22 percent next year. Read more...

11.14.14

Metra unveils winter battle plan

At Metra’s critical Western Avenue yard Thursday, officials showed reporters one of three new cold-air blowers — purchased for a total $1.25 million — that should help prevent foul-weather congestion in yards that can clog up commuter traffic. The machines clear snow and ice from both land and rails with a 525 mph blast of air. Read more...

11.14.14

New Elgin U-46 leaders, Hanover Township host Nov. 18 reception

New leaders in Elgin Area School District U-46 will meet with Hanover Township residents during an annual reception Tuesday, Nov. 18. Township Supervisor Brian McGuire and Steve Burger, the district's assistant superintendent for elementary schools, instruction and equality, will speak during the event, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the township's senior center, 240 S. Route 59, Bartlett. Read more...

11.14.14

Schaumburg mulls $100,000 fee for medical pot dispensary

Schaumburg officials are considering an annual $100,000 impact fee to cover governmental costs generated by any medical marijuana dispensary that may locate in the village. Though only one state license is available for the total area covered by Elk Grove and Schaumburg townships, the village of Schaumburg itself has received seven applications for a dispensary. Read more...

11.13.14

Dozens of Chicago suburbs fall victim to financial scam

A fraudulent scheme in Florida may leave suburban taxpayers on the hook for as much as $50-million. Dozens of Chicago suburbs have been sent letters from a state investment fund saying it was the victim of the scam, and the money could be gone for good. "Disappointed, shocked and concerned that this occurred," said Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig, describing the reaction of other suburban mayors. Read more...

11.13.14

Elgin architectural salvage draws dozens to historic property

Sixty people came through the 42-room mansion at 132 S. State Street in Elgin Saturday, during an architectural salvage auction of paneling, wood trim, mantles, a fire extinguisher and more. Dan Miller of the Gifford Park Association coordinated the bidding process on site and said the property is slated as a tear down. The space, formerly an apartment complex, will make room for the Housing Authority of Elgin’s Central Park Tower new construction and rehab project, with an anticipated 14 additional homes for seniors. Read more...

11.13.14

Elgin includes hiring in proposed 2015 budget

Elgin's proposed 2015 budget includes five new positions and continued increased contributions to its public safety pension funds. The city needs a geographic information systems analyst to maintain its databases, and a public safety systems specialist to help with technology within the fire and police departments, City Manager Sean Stegall said Wednesday at a special city council's committee of the whole meeting. Read more...

11.13.14

More positives than negatives in Elgin’s 2015 budget

The City Council’s look at its 2015 budget Wednesday didn’t talk about huge expenditures for the next year, or large changes in income for the city. It did, however, give the council a chance to talk about the utility tax Elgin started charging in 2012, how the city plans to fully fund its police and fire pensions, and if there are reasons to begin spending down some of its general fund reserves. Read more...

11.12.14

Elgin woman, teens charged in car burglaries in Bartlett, Hanover Park

An 35-year-old Elgin woman and two teenagers are accused of stealing credit cards, electronics and other items from unlocked cars in a string of burglaries in Bartlett and Hanover Park, police said Tuesday. Lyndeana M. Taylor and two teenage boys -- ages 15 and 17 -- face nine felony counts of burglary to motor vehicles and two misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass to vehicles, according to Bartlett and Hanover Park police said. Read more...

11.12.14

Hanover Park to award scholarships to college-bound students

The village of Hanover Park has started to accept applications for a scholarship program aimed at high school seniors. The winner of the Michael H. Coleman Youth of the Year award will receive a $1,000 scholarship, while three runners-up will get $500 each. Applicants must live in town and write a one-page essay showing how they have been involved in "improving both themselves and the village." Read more...

11.12.14

Hoffman Estates tree-lighting ceremony Nov. 22

Hoffman Estates will open the holidays by lighting the Friendship Tree, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 in front of the main entrance of village hall, 1900 Hassell Road. The event will also have fireworks, entertainment by the vocal group The Noteables and dancers from HOTT Productions, a local nonprofit theater troupe. A donation of canned goods or personal toiletry items would be appreciated to replenish area food pantries. This free, family-friendly event fills up quickly, so arrive early for a good seat. For details, call (847) 781-2606. Read more...

11.12.14

Schaumburg revises inspection policy for rented houses

In light of the number of foreclosures in recent years and the rising age of Schaumburg's housing stock, village officials Tuesday revised a program for the inspection of rented single-family homes and increased the annual fee of landlords. Read more...

11.12.14

Traveling model of WWII Memorial draws veterans to Streamwood High

Fifteen World War II veterans were on hand along with 200 younger veterans, school students and patriotic history buffs as the group Pillars of Honor Inc. honored the vets and displayed the traveling memorial on Sunday at Streamwood High School. Led by founding president Steven Schaefer of Des Plaines, who died last April, the Pillars founders persuaded St. Florian to loan them the architectural model so they could stage programs with it around the Midwest. The program at Streamwood High, sponsored by School District U46, Legacy Corps and Hanover Township, was the group’s 51st such program. Read more...

11.12.14

Veteran guest speaker shares brain injury story in Elgin

A crowd of about 100 people who attended the ceremony Tuesday morning at Veterans Memorial Park along the banks of the Fox River. Keynote speaker Army veteran Shane Scherer told his story of surviving a small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenade attack in Afghanistan on May 29, 2009, the same day he was told he'd be coming home soon. Read more...

11.10.14

$50.4 million in suburbs' money could be lost to scam

About $50.4 million in taxpayer money could be lost after suburban mayors and other local leaders learned this week that a potentially far-reaching scam hit an Oak Brook-based government investment firm. Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund, or IMET, said it has retained counsel and has been investigating how fake loans with forged signatures of federal officials had put suburban investments, and others in Illinois, at risk. Read more...

11.10.14

Elgin weighs options on Fox River Country Day School

Elgin Mayor David Kaptain said that a possible new international boarding school could create long-term opportunities for the city. Chinese investor Hongwei Zhao, owner and president of Telansun Information System Technology in Beijing, is part of a group proposing to convert the former Fox River Country Day School, now owned by the city, into a new school for local and international students. Read more...

11.10.14

Hoffman Estates Chamber awards presented Jan. 29

The Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce & Industry will recognize members and businesses that excel in community involvement and chamber support with its fourth annual Celebration of Excellence Awards Dinner and presentation Jan. 29 at the Chicago Marriott Northwest, 4800 Hoffman Blvd., in Hoffman Estates. Nominations for the awards, sponsorship information and registration are available online at hechamber.com. Read more...

11.10.14

Metra riders back fare hike, modernization plan at hearing

Nearly all of the comments made at a Nov. 6 Metra hearing in Clarendon Hills supported a proposed fair hike and 10-year modernization plan. The $2.4 billion modernization plan includes a 10 percent fare hike next year and a 68 percent increase over the next decade. Read more...

11.10.14

Unseasonably cold temps to sweep through suburbs Tuesday

According to the Weather Service's Chicago office, a cold front will sweep across the region on Tuesday and bring cold temperatures through the remainder of the week and into the weekend. Tuesday's cold front might bring some rain with it that may turn into snow as temperatures drop into the 20s overnight. Wednesday through Saturday will see high temperatures in the low to mid 30s and low temperatures in the teens. Read more...

11.07.14

Bartlett brokering a deal to get all of its water supply from Elgin plant

In 2019, the average Bartlett homeowner could pay as much as $1,008 for a year's supply of drinking water -- if the village decides to draw exclusively from Elgin's treatment plant. The alternatives are even more expensive. Read more...

11.07.14

Bartlett Volunteer Fire Association to raffle off turkeys

The Bartlett Volunteer Fire Association will raffle off 90 fresh Tom Turkeys -- 16 to 30 pounders -- at the Bartlett Fire Barn, 218 S. Main St. The pre-Thanksgiving tradition starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. Read more...

11.07.14

District U46 spending less than average per student and per employee

The Illinois School Report Cards released last Friday contain more than lists of test scores and class sizes. They also contain information about school district finances, and an analysis of those suggests that Elgin District U46 does not spend as much money as most districts in the Chicago area. Read more...

11.07.14

Holiday bazaar returns to Bartlett for 2-day run

Hanover Township and the Victory Centre of Bartlett are once again partnering to host the Holiday Bazaar in Bartlett, a two-day craft show and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Attendees will be able to shop over 100 vendors between the two facilities at Route 59 and West Bartlett Road in Bartlett. Admission and parking is free. Read more...

11.07.14

Polar vortex comes back next week

"Polar vortex" -- two words that sent Chicago-area residents hiding under the blankets last winter -- might creep back into the weather forecast next week as low temperatures are predicted to hit, and stay for most of the week. Read more...

11.07.14

Unemployment rate falls to 5.8 percent

U.S. job growth increased at a fairly brisk clip in October and the unemployment rate fell to a fresh six-year low of 5.8 percent, underscoring the economy's resilience in the face of slowing global demand. Read more...

11.06.14

Bartlett makes arrests during traffic enforcement campaign

Bartlett police arrested one suspected drunken driver and issued 31 citations during a state-funded enforcement campaign over the Halloween weekend, authorities said Wednesday. Police also arrested one driver on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs, according to a news release. Read more...

11.06.14

Hanover Township to distribute holiday meal boxes

Hanover Township will distribute holiday meal boxes to families experiencing financial hardship on Tuesday, November 25 and Monday, December 22. The Thanksgiving giveaway is set for November 25 from 8:00AM to 10:00AM, or while supplies last at the Hanover Township William Tiknis Campus, 250 S. IL Route 59 in Bartlett. Residents need to bring a valid ID and Food Pantry card or utility bill to be eligible to receive a meal box. Read more...

11.06.14

Riders at Metra hearing question 11% fare increase

The prospect of a nearly 11 percent Metra fare increase drew mostly gripes from riders at one public hearing Wednesday, with some blasting the increase as “outrageous.” Electric Line riders in particular questioned what they would be getting out of a plan to raise fares in part to cover a $2.4 billion modernization of virtually Metra’s entire fleet over 10 years. Read more...

11.06.14

U46 bond refinancing would cancel out proposed tax levy increase

School District U46’s DuPage County residents already are seething over a property-valuation mistake made by Kane County officials that resulted in their taxes zooming up this year while the district’s Kane County residents’ taxes dropped. And next year, Kane taxpayers are likely to be just as mad as state officials correct that mistake by raising the Kane tax bills more than they otherwise would and lowering the DuPage ones more than they otherwise would. Read more...

11.05.14

Bartlett Volunteer Fire Association to host annual turkey raffle

The Bartlett Volunteer Fire Association will host its 56th annual Turkey Raffle on Saturday, November 22 at 7PM at the Bartlett Fire Barn, 218 S. Main Street. Admission is free. Attendees will have the opportunity to win over 90 Fresh Tom Turkeys ranging from 16 to 18 pounds. Raffle tickets are $2 a piece or 3 tickets for $5. The famous turkey salad sandwiches will also be handed out for free at the raffle. Read more...

11.05.14

Food packager could bring hundreds of jobs to Bartlett

One of the largest food packaging companies in the region plans to expand to Bartlett, bringing with it the potential for hundreds of jobs. Creative Werks executives told village officials that the Bensenville-based company is signing a $32 million, 12.5-year lease to move into the biggest building in Brewster Creek, according to village documents. Read more...

11.05.14

Hanover Twp. seeking donations to holiday gift drive

Hanover Township has launched a donation drive for new, unwrapped toys benefiting hundreds of kids for the holidays. Donated presents can be dropped off at township's headquarters at 250 S. Route 59 in Bartlett; the Senior Center at 240 S. Route 59; the Astor Avenue Community Center at 7431 Astor Ave., in Hanover Park; and the Izaak Walton Center at 899 Jay St., in Elgin. Read more...

11.05.14

Rauner declares victory — Quinn refuses to concede defeat

Multimillionaire Republican Bruce Rauner proclaimed victory and “a new direction” as Illinois’ next governor Tuesday night, even as Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn refused to concede defeat. “This is a historic time in Illinois,” Rauner told cheering supporters. “The voters have spoken. The voters have asked for divided government for the first time in many years.” But a defiant Quinn declared, “I don’t believe in throwing in the towel” with votes uncounted. Read more...

11.05.14

The counting begins: Election Results 2014

Bruce Rauner defeats Pat Quinn in governor’s race. Dick Durbin elected to fourth term in U.S. Senate. Meyer concedes to Moeller. Bill Foster wins 11th District seat in U.S. House over Darlene Senger. Tammy Duckworth defeats Larry Kaifesh for seat in 8th District U.S. House. Read more...

11.05.14

U46 District Board backs school funding reform measure

School District U46 Board of Education adopted a resolution in support of Senate Bill 16, the School Funding Reform Act of 2014 during its Nov. 3 meeting. The legislation aims to make education funding more equitable based on student need and is estimated to generate approximately $24 million for U46. Read more...

11.04.14

Annual Hanover Township holiday toy drive now underway

The annual Hanover Township Holiday Toy Drive and Sponsor-A-Family programs are underway and help is needed. From now until December 18, donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any Township office, including 250 S. IL 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, the Township's Izaak Walton Center at 899 Jay Street in Elgin, or at any of the 25 drop off locations throughout Streamwood, Elgin, Bartlett or Hanover Park. Read more...

11.04.14

Elgin set to upgrade emergency early warning sirens

The Elgin City Council Wednesday evening is set to move along a $118,047 agreement with Braniff Communications, Inc. and Federal Signal Corporation for the purchase and installation of battery power backup systems for 15 emergency early warning sirens. According to supporting material for the committee of the whole meeting, Elgin has 25 emergency warning sirens throughout the city that provide early warning of a potential tornado to citizens within range of hearing them sound. Read more...

11.04.14

Elgin spends $18,400 in a year on city officials attending fundraisers

The city of Elgin spends money on tickets for fundraising events attended by council members and their spouses, an uncommon practice among other suburbs. The city spent $18,400 from mid-September 2013 to mid-September 2014 on tickets for breakfasts, luncheons, dinners, golf outings and other events benefiting nonprofit agencies, according to information obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. Read more...

11.04.14

Everything you need to know about Tuesday’s midterm election

When voters head to the polls on Tuesday, there’s a lot at stake both locally and nationally, with a number of hotly-contested races. In Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner spent Monday traveling the state in one final campaign push to try to separate themselves from the other while Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight predicts Quinn will win. Read more...

11.04.14

Hanover Township Mental Health Board awards grant to Boys and Girls Club

The Hanover Township Mental Health Board approved a $5,000 capital grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin for the purchase of equipment for their after school hot meal program. Since September of this year, 210 Township youth have received meals at Elgin High School and Ellis Middle School. According to the club, many of the children in the program reported not having another meal until the next school day. Read more...

11.03.14

Hanover Park gets $500,000 state grant for sports complex

Hanover Park will receive a $500,000 state grant to make improvements at a youth sports complex on Barrington Road that has earned a reputation as an eyesore, village officials announced recently. The funding from the state's Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will help make the aging complex -- athletic fields blighted by overgrown weeds and deteriorating dugouts -- into a destination for families and out-of-town visitors, village officials say. Read more...

11.03.14

Hanover Twp. raising funds for senior holiday gift program

Hanover Township is raising donations to the annual Adopt-A-Senior holiday gift program. Here's how it works: Sponsors visit a Christmas tree in the township's Senior Center lobby in Bartlett. Pick one of the tree's ornaments, each representing items on a wish list for seniors in need. Then purchase, wrap and return the gift to the township's Social Services department, along with the original ornament to make sure that the present goes to the right resident. All gifts should be dropped off by Friday, Dec. 5. Read more...

11.03.14

Hoffman Estates to host Veterans Day ceremony

The Village of Hoffman Estates Veterans' Memorial Commission invites the community to join them on Tuesday, Nov. 11, for the village's annual Veterans Day ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial site just outside the police department at 411 W. Higgins Road. The Hoffman Estates High School Marching Band will perform and Mayor William D. McLeod will give the keynote address. Read more...

11.03.14

State report cards show how schools are ‘growing’

While reporting methods have changed for this year’s state school report cards, residents looking for guidance on how schools are doing can focus on new measurements of performance such as how well students are “growing” toward better scores. The local two school districts Elgin School District U46 and Burlington Central School District 301 showed some schools met or exceeded state test standards. Read more...

11.03.14

What you need to know for Election Day Tuesday

You made it, Illinois. It's almost Election Day, and while a record number of people have voted already, Tuesday is the day polls open statewide for you to make your picks in a number of important contests. There's a lot to remember, so here are some things to keep in mind. Read more...

10.31.14

Elgin mayor now president of Metro West Council of Government

Elgin Mayor David Kaptain recently became president of the Metro West Council of Government. On Oct. 23, the nonprofit, which is marking its 10th anniversary, installed Kaptain and other executive committee members at its board of directors meeting held at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. Read more...

10.31.14

State officials: No more 'failing' schools this year

There are no more "failing" schools in Illinois, state education officials say. The 2014 Illinois Report Card released today instead gives credit for students making some type of year-to-year progress in test scores measured by a new academic "growth metric." Read more...

10.31.14

Trick-or-treating hours in the suburbs

To help ensure a safe Halloween, communities have established official hours for trick-or-treating activities in the suburbs. All times are for Friday, Oct. 31. Read more...

10.30.14

Pre-election voting soars above 2010 in the city, suburban Cook

In both Chicago and suburban Cook County, the number of early votes and those seeking absentee ballots is going to be well ahead of 2010, the last time Illinois had a race for governor. In some cases, it will be way ahead. Read more...

10.30.14

Bartlett firefighters put on show at open house

Hundreds of visitors, many dressed in Halloween costumes, stopped by the Bartlett Fire Protection District’s open house Saturday, where firefighters demonstrated new equipment in a vehicle extrication exercise. Also available were several local organizations promoting their services. Battalion Chief Mike Clark said the annual event, at 234 N. Oak Avenue in Bartlett, was well-attended. “We are showing people what we do, as an educational opportunity,” Clark said. Read more...

10.30.14

Hanover Twp. holding health screenings at Illinois Welcoming Center

The new Illinois Welcoming Center in Hanover Park will provide screenings for anemia, blood pressure and diabetes Nov. 13. The state-funded facility, geared toward immigrant and refugee families, offers job training, referrals to English and citizenship classes and other services. Hanover Township nurses will administer the health screenings from 2 to 4 p.m. at the center, inside Christ Presbyterian Church, 6900 Barrington Road. Read more...

10.30.14

Residents: Dangerous Route 58 intersection in Elgin needs traffic light

Those who live and work near Shady Oaks Drive and Route 58 in Elgin say it's a dangerous intersection that likely needs a traffic light, and data shows accidents there have increased steadily since 2012. Elgin Police Lt. Jeff Adam said he's going to analyze data from the intersection. "Any time someone complains about a particular intersection, we do a traffic warrant study and we'll look at the facts," he said. Read more...

10.29.14

Bartlett to crack down on drunken driving over Halloween

Bartlett police have received a state grant to direct 30 extra patrols for a traffic enforcement campaign over the Halloween weekend. The department will participate in the state's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative from Friday through Sunday. Police urge drivers to wear seat belts, to refrain from using electronic devices and to assign a designated driver. Read more...

10.29.14

Illinois ranks 31st in business tax climate

Illinois has the 31st best tax climate in the U.S. according to the latest edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index, released this morning by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. The Prairie State’s rank has dropped two places from its 29th place ranking last October. Read more...

10.29.14

Schaumburg to lower its property tax for fifth year

Schaumburg officials are continuing their streak of lowering the village's property tax levy as they have since introducing the unpopular tax back in December 2009, during the depths of the recession. Trustees Tuesday set the tentative levy for 2014 at $20.7 million -- a 1 percent reduction from last year. Read more...

10.29.14

Sixty under consideration for Elgin police hiring list includes three from Puerto Rico

Three candidates from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are among the 60 people remaining in the pool which the Elgin Police Department will further narrow to create its list of potential new hires. Elgin Deputy Police Chief Bill Wolf said that the department’s September recruiting trip to Puerto Rico resulted in 131 men and seven women there taking the test. Wolf said 46 people passed, with three men scoring high enough to make it this far. Read more...

10.28.14

Man arrested after stabbing in Elgin park

A man was seriously injured in a stabbing at a park in Elgin on Monday afternoon, and a person is in custody in the case. The stabbing occurred on the Cumberland side of the park, around the corner from Creekside Elementary School, according to police. The police are asking anyone with any information to contact the Elgin Police Department’s Investigations Unit at (847) 289-2646. Callers can provide anonymous tips to the department’s crime line at (847) 695-4195 or text 847411 and including ELGINPD in the beginning of the text, along with the message. Read more...

10.28.14

Nine polling places changing in Northwest Cook County

Voters in nine Northwest suburban precincts will have a new polling place for the Nov. 4 election, Cook County Clerk David Orr announced Thursday. Households in the affected precincts will get postcards informing them of the change. Read more...

10.28.14

Township to Hold Free Wellness Screenings at New Illinois Welcoming Center in Hanover Park

The Hanover Township Office of Community Health will be at the Illinois Welcoming Center on Thursday, November 13, from 2:00PM to 4:00PM offering free wellness screenings to residents of all ages. The Illinois Welcoming Center is located inside of Christ Presbyterian Church at 6900 Barrington Road in Hanover Park. Township nurses will be at this wellness clinic providing screenings for blood pressure, diabetes and anemia, as well as health education. Read more...

10.27.14

Facebook post gets heat from Elgin police

The Elgin Police Department is taking issue with a Facebook post they say misrepresented the injuries suffered by a female cabdriver involved in an altercation. The post was made by Anthony Pedote, a planning and zoning commissioner in Elgin, who said police mishandled their response to Wednesday morning's altercation between the cabdriver and an SUV driver. Read more...

10.27.14

Illinois aims to improve coordination of care for Medicaid patients

The state is shifting at least 50 percent of Medicaid’s 3 million people into care coordination programs by Jan. 1, 2015. The state started enrolling most of these people in July, though some Medicaid patients were moved to these programs as early as 2011. What a care coordination program will look like for these people depends on which type of “managed care entities” they enroll in; Illinois has five different types. Read more...

10.27.14

Pyke: Could extra transit funding prevent Metra hike?

Just days remain before the Nov. 4 election. If you're a Metra rider, here's one reason you might want to talk transit funding with the state and federal candidates running in your districts: Among the justifications for steep fare increases proposed by Metra leaders is the need to pay for an automatic braking system known as positive train control. The safety system will cost around $408 million. And up to $68 million of that would come straight from riders' pockets if Metra's board approves the fare hikes in November. Read more...

10.27.14

Sponsors needed for Hanover Township adopt-a-senior program

Hanover Township Senior Services is in need of donations 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. For questions or for more information, please contact the Hanover Township Senior Center at 630-483-5660. Read more...

10.24.14

Bartlett Hills Golf Club manager retiring after more than three decades

The general manager is retiring after first joining the village-owned Bartlett Hills Golf Club as a pro in 1981. Village officials this week applauded Gavelek's tenure during his last appearance at a village board meeting. In his last year, Bartlett Hills appears to be heading to a modest budget surplus after struggling with shortfalls. Read more...

10.24.14

Elgin residents give ideas for 2015 budget

From creating quiet zones at railroad crossings to investing in energy conservation, residents gave a range of ideas at Elgin's first community budget input meeting Thursday. About 25 people attended the meeting, whose goal was to find out what residents want to "start, stop or continue doing" in Elgin as the city begins its 2015 budget process, Elgin management analyst Laura Valdez-Wilson said. The city's fiscal year starts Jan. 1. Read more...

10.24.14

Hanover Park seeking nominations for mayor's business awards

Hanover Park officials are accepting nominations for Mayor Rodney Craig's pick of the village's best businesses of 2014. Nominees will be judged in several categories, including community involvement, excellence in customer service, positive image and longevity in Hanover Park. Read more...

10.24.14

Tollway might permanently lower cost to open I-Pass account

The response to a sale on the cost to open an I-Pass account has been so “tremendous” that the temporary deal could become permanent, an Illinois Tollway official said Thursday. Since the sale window opened Oct. 1, the average number of drivers opening new I-Pass accounts has nearly doubled — from an average of 350 a day before the sale to about 650 currently, officials said Thursday. Read more...

10.23.14

Bartlett prepares to lower property tax levy to $9.3 million

The village of Bartlett plans to collect $9.34 million in property taxes from bills charged in 2015, a drop of about 1.49 percent from the previous year. The proposed property tax levy will pay for general fund expenses, the principal and interest on outstanding bonds and the village's contributions to police pensions. Read more...

10.23.14

Elgin City Council moves along new contract with Waste Management

After a 62-minute discussion Wednesday evening, the City Council unanimously moved along for final approval a contract retaining Waste Management as its vendor for refuse, recycling and yard waste collection services. The new deal would be a five‐year agreement with a mutual option for a five‐year extension and holds annual rate increases of three percent. It would bring those fees for a single family home from $13.85 this year to $14.89 per month in 2015 and from $10.07 to $10.83 for townhomes and condos. Read more...

10.23.14

Police departments tap dog walkers for help

Suburban police departments have found a new way to add more eyes and ears in the community: dog walkers. Several agencies have joined the Dog Walker Watch program, launched in April by the National Association of Town Watch, a nonprofit that also spearheads the annual National Night Out for crime prevention. Morton Grove launched its program Oct. 19. Elgin, Prospect Heights, Bartlett, Northbrook, Tinley Park, Rolling Meadows and Schiller Park also are onboard, according to Matt Peskin, executive director of the association. Read more...

10.23.14

U46 enrollment steady; few classes too big

As School District U46 continues to study possible school attendance boundary changes or even possible school closings, its overall number of students remains just about rock steady. In a report completed this week, Chief Operating Officer Jeff King said the state’s second-largest school district had 40,487 students as of Sept. 30, which is down 180 from a year before. The enrollment also declined by about the same small number between Sept. 30, 2012 and last year. Read more...

10.22.14

Bartlett police announce parade route for Halloween Fun Fest

Bartlett police have announced the road closures for the Halloween Fun Fest parade, stepping off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Read more...

10.22.14

Bartlett traffic gets glowing review despite residents' complaints

The results of a $20,000 traffic study of downtown Bartlett contradicts residents' complaints of lengthy delays and recommends the village add more pedestrian signs. Read more...

10.22.14

Elgin City Council to discuss new contract with Waste Management

The City Council Wednesday will consider moving along for final approval a contract retaining Waste Management as its vendor for refuse, recycling and yard waste collection services. Read more...

10.22.14

U46 teachers, board debate new grading system

After almost two hours of discussion, including comments by parents and students in the audience, board members said they continue to approve of the system but want it watched closely and want teachers to be better trained in how to use it. Read more...

10.21.14

Elgin City Council to consider incentives for Hansen Plastics move

The City Council Wednesday night will discuss entering into a development agreement with Hansen Plastics Corporation that would help the company expand into a new, commercial and industrial building, occupying more than half of its 225,000 square feet. Read more...

10.21.14

Forgotten Chicagoans rediscovered; 8,000 names identified in Chicago cemetery records

October 12, 2014: The names of more than 8,000 people who may have died penniless or without family in the long forgotten Cook County Cemetery have been rediscovered and are now available free to the public. The Cook County Cemetery was located at what is now the intersection of Irving Park Road and Narragansett Avenue on Chicago's Northwest Side between 1861-1922. Read more...

10.21.14

Suburban Cook County early voting off to strong start

About 8,300 suburban Cook County voters cast ballots Monday, the first day of early voting, which Cook County Clerk David Orr called a "strong start." "Monday's impressive turnout demonstrated just how popular early voting has become," Orr said. Read more...

10.20.14

Bar associations release Cook County judicial evaluations

The Suburban Bar Coalition this week released its evaluations of Cook County judges running for retention in the Nov. 4 general election. Read more...

10.20.14

Early voting problems arise in Cook County suburbs

Problems were reported in the Northwest suburbs of Cook County on the first day of early voting Monday -- including one case of a Republican candidate being unable to vote for himself or other members of his party on a touch screen. Representatives of the Cook County state's attorney's office said they received no reports or requests to look into polling place irregularities. Read more...

10.20.14

Hanover Twp. park gets new name

Hanover Township officials showed off improvements at a Streamwood park and renamed the outdoor space after a longtime park district commissioner Saturday. Crews recently installed new playground equipment at Naomi Walters-Lenoci Reserve, a 2.6-acre park with a walking trail and activity field at 735 Stowell Ave. Read more...

10.20.14

Harper College recognizes Hanover Park mayor, other alumni

Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig will join seven other honorees in a Harper College ceremony recognizing alumni for their career and community impact on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The recipients of Harper's 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards include Woodfield Mall General Manager David Gott; Palatine Township Elementary District 15 Assistant Superintendent Meg Schnoor; and Peter Soby Jr., a writer, director and producer. Read more...

10.20.14

Hundreds walk in Elgin to help prevent hunger

More than 200 walkers took to the Elgin Riverwalk Promenade on a crisp autumn afternoon Sunday, hoping to raise $24,000 for this year's Elgin CROP Hunger Walk. Since 1983, Elgin area faith communities and civic organizations have come together in a local CROP Hunger Walk effort to bring awareness to the problems of poverty and hunger locally and globally. During that time, Elgin CROP Walkers have raised more than $500,000 in support of the sustainable projects of Church World Service and area soup kettles and food pantries. Read more...

10.20.14

REPORT: K-12 funding down 9 percent in Illinois since 2008

From the 2007-08 fiscal year to 2014-15, state spending on K-12 education in Illinois fell 9.3 percent, or $222 per student, after adjusting for inflation, according to a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-of-center Washington think tank. Read more...

10.17.14

Census Bureau to conduct survey in Elgin

Representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau will be conducting the American Community Survey in northwest suburban Elgin over the next few weeks. The census bureau may contact residents via mail, phone, email or in person to collect information for community planning purposes, according to a statement from Elgin police. Read more...

10.17.14

Education and Work Center in Hanover Park ready to serve the community

The Education and Work Center (EWC) is a collaborative partnership between Elgin Community College, Harper College, the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, the Village of Hanover Park, and the State of Illinois. The purpose of the EWC is to expand educational and employment opportunities to residents of Hanover Park-a community facing numerous challenges, including a high unemployment rate, an increasingly diverse population, limited transportation services, and division into multiple counties, townships, school districts, and community college districts. Read more...

10.17.14

Elgin City Manager sets table for budget discussions, invites public input

Budget season approaches, and the city is seeking public input into creating its chief financial plan. To that end, the Elgin Strategic Plan Advisory Commission will host meetings related to the city’s 2015 Budget. The first will be Thursday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove St. in the Elgin Room on the second floor. The second will take place Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Prairie Knolls Middle School, 225 Nessler Road Read more...

10.16.14

Bosom buddies: Firefighters selling T-shirts to benefit battle against breast cancer

Members of six area fire departments have teamed up to sell T-shirts to raise money to help fight breast cancer, while Elgin firefighters are down to a small number of T-shirts of their own they have been selling for that cause. Currently, the few remaining 2014 Elgin designs are in men’s small, extra large and double-extra large sizes, Soderberg said. Each year, the firefighters’ October T-shirt project has raised about $2,000 for the cause. Read more...

10.16.14

Ex-Elgin officer fights termination

The attorney for a former Elgin police officer fired last month after making Facebook posts said he's fighting the decision. Attorney Timothy O'Neil said a grievance was filed regarding the Sept. 29 decision by the Elgin Police Department to fire Jason Lentz, a 17-year police veteran. Grievances can be filed by the police union within 14 days. Read more...

10.16.14

Schaumburg patrol officers will treat heroin overdoses

Schaumburg police this week have joined a proven DuPage County program which provides patrol officers with a drug and proper training to help save heroin overdose victims before paramedics arrive. Since it began nearly a year ago, the DuPage County Opioid Overdose Prevention Program has already racked up 13 reported saves of people going into heroin overdose, Schaumburg police Sgt. John Nebl said. Read more...

10.16.14

Unemployment applications fall to 14-year low

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest signal that companies are cutting fewer workers and hiring could remain healthy. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 264,000, the lowest level since April 2000. Read more...

10.15.14

Elgin budget may allow hiring in 2015

For the first time in years, the city of Elgin might consider beefing up its staff levels and possibly enter into long-term debt to fund capital projects, depending on the wishes of the city council. City Manager Sean Stegall said the 2015 budget -- which he'll first present to the city council Nov. 12 -- will be a conservative, maintenance budget based on "a fundamental disbelief" in the recovery of the economy. Read more...

10.15.14

Elgin residents ready for medical marijuana cards

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, approximately 6,300 Illinois residents have started the patient registration process for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program since the department began accepting applications on Sept. 2. Of those, the state has received approximately 800 complete applications. Read more...

10.15.14

Hanover Township receives Green-T Award for Innovative Community Recycling Program

Hanover community recognized by USAgain, a local textile recycling company. USAgain, the textile recycling company based in West Chicago, IL, has announced the winners of its annual Green-T Awards. Hanover Township, recipient of the award for Innovative Community Recycling Program, was one of the 15 award winners. "We love working with communities to spread the message about textile recycling," CEO of USAgain Mattias Wallander said. "The Hanover Township collected an incredible amount of textiles in just one day. We congratulate them on this feat and hope they continue to recycle in the future." Read more...

10.15.14

Schaumburg settles firefighter's age discrimination suit

Schaumburg officials Tuesday settled a 2012 discrimination lawsuit filed by one of their firefighters who said his age was the reason he lost the position of fire department public education officer in 2009. The settlement agreement calls for the village's insurance company, Lloyd's of London, to pay Schaumburg Firefighter Scott Kody $170,000 and for Kody to separate from the village. Read more...

10.14.14

Cook Co. tax incentive draws packaging business to Elgin’s empty Ball plant

Last week, the city council moved forward adopting a resolution supporting a request by The Packaging Wholesalers to obtain a Cook County Class 6b tax incentive to help fund a $3 million rehabilitation of the property at 1717 Gifford Road formerly occupied by Ball Aerosol & Specialty Container, Inc. Read more...

10.14.14

Crash during Streamwood 'downpour' sends 2 to hospital

A crash during a "downpour" Monday night in Streamwood sent two people to the hospital and delayed traffic at Irving Park Road and Route 59, authorities said. Read more...

10.14.14

Elgin allows chickens in 2015 -- but only for 15 homes

The city council gave its OK to a one-year pilot program allowing up to 15 residents to keep up to four hens -- no roosters -- in the backyards of single-family homes. The city will accept applications for licenses Jan. 1-15 and will use a lottery system if there are more than 15 applicants. Read more...

10.13.14

Chance of severe storms this afternoon, evening

Strong thunderstorms with wind gusts in excess of 60 mph could hit the area this afternoon and evening, the National Weather Service is reporting. Any of these storms could produce heavy rain, lightning and tornadoes, according to the weather service. Read more...

10.13.14

County board candidates debate value of annexing unincorporated areas

Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider wants the county to press ahead with an idea that has largely sat dormant for two years -- getting municipalities to absorb much of the county's unincorporated areas. Read more...

10.13.14

Despite $1.9 million investment, Cook court parking fees abandoned

No one was fond of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's plans to charge a parking fee at the county's six courthouses, but it was the unions that finally got her to relent. "It became a collective bargaining issue," Preckwinkle said during a budget presentation this week. Union employees balked at paying to park, so "we're not doing it," she said. Read more...

10.13.14

Elgin fire department teaches children about fire safety at open house

Saturday’s clear skies drew lots of families to the Elgin Fire Department’s annual open house at its Big Timber Road fire station for rides on firetrucks, a chance to come down a fire pole and put out a fire. The event is held in conjunction with national Fire Prevention Week to promote fire safety. “It’s really one of our premiere events. It gives our firefighters, who do an outstanding job, a chance to show what they do,” said City Council Member Tish Powell. Read more...

10.10.14

Average Metra fare to jump 68 percent over 10 years under proposal

Metra board members Thursday advanced a plan to raise fares by nearly 11 percent next year and by a total 68 percent over a decade to help upgrade the oldest fleet among its peers. Read more...

10.10.14

Coffee with Hoffman Estates board Oct. 18

The Hoffman Estates village board will host a "Coffee with the Board" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in the village hall council chambers at 1900 Hassell Road. The informal forum is designed to provide a relaxed setting where community members can speak with Mayor Bill McLeod and the board of trustees. Read more...

10.10.14

Cook County considers new building standards

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioner Peter Silvestri have introduced an ordinance to bring the county's building code in line with international standards. The proposed new code would apply to building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits issued for projects in unincorporated areas of Cook County by the Department of Building and Zoning. Read more...

10.10.14

Hanover Township receives Green-T Award for recycling event

Hanover Township was presented with the 2014 Green-T award by USAgain LLC on October 7, for the Township's August 1 Annual Recycling Extravaganza. The Green-T Award recognizes Illinois schools, units of government, businesses, and individuals for their efforts and initiatives which lead the way in increasing textiles recycling opportunities for the local communities. Hanover Township Highway Commissioner P. Craig Ochoa accepted the award on behalf of the Township. Read more...

10.10.14

More minority students taking AP courses in District U46

More black and Hispanic students have been taking college-level Advanced Placement (AP) courses in District U46 schools, and more have been passing the AP tests that follow to gain possible college credit. That rare bit of good news on the school district’s “diversity” front was presented to U46 school board members recently by the administrators in charge of such programs, Assistant Superintendent Ron Raglin and Gifted Coordinator Mark Atkins. Read more...

10.10.14

U46 custodians working without contract, want more equal treatment

Even as Elgin Community College apparently has settled the issue of possibly outsourcing its custodial duties, custodians who already are working for an outside company in District U46 K-12 schools are involved in a heated labor negotiation. They say they want benefits and pay more equal to that enjoyed by custodian/maintenance people working alongside them who are employed directly by District U46. Read more...

10.09.14

Elgin City Council approves conditional zoning for medical marijuana dispensary

The Elgin City Council Wednesday night approved the conditional use zoning that would allow a medical marijuana dispensary in a unit at 1330 Crispin Drive. The state will be issuing up to 60 licenses for such dispensaries, with Kane County allotted two. There are 14 applications pending for the Kane spots. Read more...

10.09.14

Expert: Cook County Jail inmates face 'extremely high' risk of harm

Detainees at the Cook County Jail face such an "extremely high" risk of harm that the facility is one of the most dangerous in the country, a national expert on jail operations testified Wednesday, saying "serious failures" in staff leadership are exacerbating the problem. Read more...

10.09.14

Hanover Park Park District to build new soccer facility

The Hanover Park Park District will build a long-awaited $2.5 million indoor soccer facility, bringing recreational opportunities to an underserved section of town and providing a home for special-needs athletes. The box-shaped building means a new recreational venue for the south side of Hanover Park, an area where the offerings have lagged behind those on the north side. Read more...

10.09.14

Hoffman Estates trustees will seek re-election

All three Hoffman Estates village trustees whose terms are ending next spring will seek re-election. Trustees Anna Newell, Gary Pilafas and Gary Stanton confirmed their intentions to be on the April 7 ballot, and that they will be filing their nominating petitions as required between Monday, Nov. 17, and Monday, Nov. 24. Read more...

10.09.14

Metra plans 68% fare hike to fuel $2.4 billion revamp

In a bold and perhaps politically risky step, Metra's new chairman today made his first major move to rebuild the long-troubled commuter rail agency, unveiling plans to replace hundreds of decades-old locomotives and train cars — and to pay for them, in part, by hiking passenger fares an average of 68 percent over the next decade. Read more...

10.09.14

Preckwinkle proposes no new taxes in 2015 budget

Less than a month before she faces voters again, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle today is unveiling what sure looks like a re-election budget, a $3.99 billion spending plan that she says includes no new taxes, fines or fees. Read more...

10.09.14

Preckwinkle Unveils Forest Preserves 2015 Budget Recommendation

Forest Preserves of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled her 2015 Executive Budget Recommendation to the Board of Commissioners today. The proposed budget of $187.4 million is balanced without increases to individuals’ or businesses’ property taxes, or to existing fees or fines. Read more...

10.09.14

Streamwood firefighters mark truck's arrival with tradition

Streamwood firefighters will physically push the department's newest fire truck into the headquarters station at 6 p.m. Thursday, a time-honored tradition to bring trucks into service. The event will be held at Fire Station 33, 1095 East Schaumburg Road. Read more...

10.08.14

BB gun found in Elgin school; parents angry

The parents of a student at Abbott Middle School are angry about how school officials handled the discovery of what turned out to be a BB gun there on Monday. John Heiderscheidt, director of safety and security for School District U46, confirmed those basic facts on Tuesday. He said the school office staff called in Abbott’s school resource officer — one of the Elgin police officers assigned full-time to each U46 high school and middle school. Heiderscheidt said they “contained the situation very quickly” by locating the third boy, finding the pistol he had displayed and discovering it was really a BB gun. Read more...

10.08.14

Downtown Elgin edges closer to obtaining historic designation

The push to list downtown Elgin on the National Register of Historic Places is in the final stretch, with a crucial vote expected in a little over two weeks. The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin's nomination for the Elgin Downtown Commercial District will be considered by the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council at a public hearing Friday, Oct. 24 in Springfield. Read more...

10.08.14

Elgin police set to get six new replacement vehicles

The City Council Wednesday night is set to approve spending $171,267 to buy six unmarked police vehicles to replace ones currently in the department’s fleet. The prices obtained are through the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative, which represents 135 municipalities and townships in the Chicago metro area. It is one of two joint purchasing programs which the city uses for getting police vehicles, the other being through a state-run program. Read more...

10.08.14

Griffin: How DuPage County population growth could hurt Cook County

When the population of DuPage County hits 1 million, it could cost Cook County upward of $45 million. That's because the state's motor fuel tax law grants counties with more than 1 million residents a significant percentage of the more than $1 billion in annual revenue generated by the tax. Read more...

10.08.14

Hanover Park, Little League clash over new sign at sports complex

As Hanover Park inches closer to upgrading an outdated sports complex, a youth baseball team wants more input on how the village invests in the facility. One source of division: whether to install a new sign board. The village has budgeted $50,000 for the project, although village officials say it likely won't cost that much. Read more...

10.07.14

Commission passes marijuana decision, and a negative recommendation, back to City Council

The ping-pong game the request for a medical marijuana dispensary here took another volley Monday night, leaving the proposed facility in the City Council’s court Wednesday night. With just four Planning & Zoning commissioners in attendance, they voted 4-0 to approve parts, but not all, of a text amendment to the city’s medical marijuana facility ordinance requested by the petitioner in an attempt to protect it from future potential litigation. Read more...

10.07.14

Elgin commission says no to medical marijuana

The saga of an application to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Elgin continued to play out at a commission meeting Monday night, but the Elgin City Council will have ultimate say on Wednesday. After listening to nearly six hours of testimony, the city's planning and zoning commission voted 3-1 to recommend denial of Salveo's application. Commission Chairman Bob Siljestrom cast the only dissenting vote. Read more...

10.07.14

In defense of townships

Apparently township government is rampant with bureaucratic bloat and pinstripe patronage of the sort that never occurs in municipalities and counties. State statute, indeed, mandates three primary duties for townships—local welfare, road and bridge maintenance, and property assessment. In urban townships such as Aurora, many officials have expanded township programs to address chronically underserved, vulnerable constituencies such as children, seniors and the disabled. Read more...

10.07.14

Larson will seek eighth term as Schaumburg mayor

Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson is getting the band back together as he prepares to seek an eighth term in office next spring. Larson will be joined on the ballot by village trustees George Dunham, Mark Madej and Tom Dailly, as well as Village Clerk Marilyn Karr, whose terms also will be ending next year. Read more...

10.07.14

Law favors insidesr for Cook County judgeships

Due to a last-minute vacancy in the Seventh Subcircuit, candidates had just 19 days to collect the 1,000 valid signatures on petitions. Like all election laws, this one was written to favor the established political parties. Read more...

10.06.14

Barrington Road resurfacing to begin in Hoffman Estates

Barrington Road will be reduced to one lane in both directions between Higgins and Schaumburg roads in northwest suburban Hoffman Estates with a resurfacing project starting Monday. The project is slated to be completed by June 10 next year, with construction suspended during the winter. Read more...

10.06.14

Quinn, Rauner open to new gambling

Both Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and his challenger, Republican Bruce Rauner, told the Daily Herald editorial board they are open to the idea of adding more gambling options in Illinois, including in the suburbs. Read more...

10.06.14

Streamwood school rebounds to win Blue Ribbon award

The principal and teachers at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School in Streamwood dyed their hair blue Friday in celebration of winning a Blue Ribbon for Academic Excellence from the U.S. Department of Education earlier in the week. Staff members were especially excited because just four years ago, the school was on the verge of closing due to low enrollment. It has since revamped its curriculum and added more than 100 students. Read more...

10.05.14

Not all suburban veterans know burial rights or options

What are veterans entitled to exactly? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays for the burial plot, opening and closing of the gravesite, a government liner, a headstone or marker with an inscription, an internment flag, perpetual care of the gravesite and a military funeral. Those benefits are valued at about $14,000, officials said. Read more...

10.03.14

Man charged after reports of gun at Elgin wastewater plant

The lead operator of a wastewater treatment plant in Elgin was charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct after police responded Wednesday to a call about a gunman and possible hostage situation, authorities said. Read more...

10.03.14

McStroger? Cook County hunts corporate sponsorships

After a few false starts, Cook County finally is going big-time into the sponsorship and advertising business, eventually hoping to reap big bucks from companies that want to put their name on county assets in exchange for a little passing of the green. Under a proposed ordinance to be introduced next week by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle as part of her proposed 2015 budget, advertising and asset marketing could appear more widely on county websites, and the county would begin to actively market its assets, from Forest Preserve facilities to roads and other physical assets. Read more...

10.03.14

No charges in wake of five-hour standoff at Bartlett factory

No charges have been filed against a 25-year-old Naperville man whose "bizarre" statements prompted a nearly five-hour standoff at a pasta manufacturing plant in Bartlett. Police said the unidentified man remains in police custody but will be taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. Read more...

10.03.14

Rain to move out this morning, cold weather to follow

The cool air will cause temperatures to slowly dip Friday afternoon, dipping the area into the upper 30s overnight Friday into Saturday. Read more...

10.03.14

Township tutoring program to begin for fall semester

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. Students, who attend regularly and bring their school materials/assignments to each session, improve in academic performance and become more self-confident. Read more...

10.02.14

Cook poll workers honored for dedication

Cook County Clerk David Orr on Monday honored "the best of the best" suburban Cook County poll workers for their dedication, hard work, and depth of election knowledge. Of nearly 10,000 suburban poll workers, about 70 were selected for special recognition and invited to attend the ceremony. Read more...

10.02.14

Hanover Township Fall open gym program begins

The Hanover Township Open Gym program has begun for the 2014-15 school year. This free program will be offered at eight schools throughout the Township until May 22, 2015. Read more...

10.02.14

Man barricaded inside Bartlett business threatens police with bomb

A man has barricaded himself inside a business in northwest suburban Bartlett and told police he has an explosive device. Police are rerouting traffic in the area; Munger Road is closed between Stearns and Brewster Creek; and police have evacuated several other business near the facility. Read more...

10.02.14

'Real' Chicago home property taxes climb 50 percent — in five years

If you think the property tax bill on your house has been become increasingly painful, it has, a revealing new study shows. But it's even worse for those who own commercial property, especially in Chicago. The new study comes from the Civic Federation, a fiscal watchdog group that takes an annual look at effective property tax rates in Chicago and nearby suburbs. (I'll explain in a minute what the federation means by "effective tax rate.") Read more...

10.02.14

Schaumburg dog park opens, but pond stays closed

The Schaumburg Park District's hotly anticipated dog park opened as scheduled Wednesday -- but not the use of its pond, which became a point of contention with a local critic recently. Read more...

10.01.14

Local high schools honored for their national standing

The District U46 Board awarded plaques Monday to the staff and students at Elgin High School for being named one of the nation’s best high schools by U.S. News and World Report; to Bartlett High for being named one of the nation’s best high schools by The Daily Beast; and to Elgin High teacher Jessica Vaillancourt for being named outstanding young speech-drama teacher of the year by the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association. Read more...

10.01.14

Students, parents call District U46 grading system ‘an unmitigated disaster’

Is the new “standards-based grading system” that high school and middle school teachers in School District U46 began using this year “an unmitigated disaster” and outrageously unfair? Or are some teachers just not using the system right? Whatever is going on, U46 board members and administrators admitted that some tweaking and retraining needs to be done after eight people — most of them high school students — used the public comment time at Monday’s school board meeting to condemn the system. Read more...

10.01.14

Suburban mayors oppose property tax breaks for homeowners near O'Hare

Nine suburban mayors and one township supervisor have called upon state Rep. Marty Moylan to withdraw legislation that would give property tax breaks to homeowners affected by noise from O'Hare International Airport, saying it would lower property values and shift the tax burden to other homeowners. The letter was signed by the mayors of Addison, Bensenville, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Itasca, Roselle, Schaumburg, Schiller Park and Wood Dale and the supervisor of Elk Grove Township. Read more...

09.30.14

Elgin officer fired over Facebook posts

Elgin Police Officer Jason Lentz was fired Monday over controversial posts on his personal Facebook account that could be considered racist. Police department leaders had placed Lentz on administrative leave Aug. 26 after the social media postings were pointed out by another Elgin officer. Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request, Deputy Police Chief Bill Wolf reported that “effective 09.29.14, Jason Lentz was terminated from his position as a police officer with the City of Elgin. This action was a result of postings he initiated on his personal social media website.” Read more...

09.30.14

Hanover Township dedicates Bartlett campus to William Tiknis

More than 200 community members and leaders took part in Saturday’s dedication ceremony at Hanover Township’s administration center in Bartlett, now named the William Tiknis Campus. The event, held inside the Veteran’s Hall at 250 S. Route 59 in Bartlett, featured the unveiling of a mock sign to be installed at a later date, and comments from the honoree and officials. Read more...

09.30.14

U-46 parents, students criticize new grading system

Several Elgin Area School District U-46 parents and students complained at Monday night's school board meeting that a new standards-based grading system is too subjective. Standards-based grading has been used at the elementary level for five years but has been implemented at the middle and high school levels only in the last couple of years, officials said. Read more...

09.29.14

Elgin Bible Church asks for help to fill Hanover Township Food Pantry

Elgin Bible Church invites the community to help the Hanover Township Food Pantry fill their shelves before the holiday season. The pantry serves more than 1,000 families per month. The church will host a food drive on the church property at 1580 E. Chicago St., Elgin. It will begin on Monday, Sept. 29, through Friday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. Read more...

09.29.14

Elgin cemetery walk strolls through history

The dead came back to life on Sunday in Elgin -- not to scare people, but to educate and entertain them. The Elgin Historical Society hosted its 27th annual Cemetery Walk in Bluff City Cemetery, giving visitors a chance to meet a number of prominent Elgin residents (portrayed by actors, of course) who are buried there. Visitors also learned about the cemetery itself. Read more...

09.29.14

Pavement repairs on Barrington Road to begin Monday

Pavement repairs on Barrington Road between U.S. 20 in Hanover Park and Schaumburg Road in Bartlett are set to begin Monday, according to the village of Hoffman Estates. The Illinois Department of Transportation said motorists can expect daily lane closures once construction begins. Read more...

09.26.14

Applications for US unemployment rise 12K to 293K

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago. Despite the rise, the level of applications remains near pre-recession levels, a sign that hiring will likely remain healthy. Weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 293,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Yet the four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell for the second straight week to 298,500. Read more...

09.26.14

At 6.2 percent, metro Chicago jobless rate is way down from a year ago

The state Department of Employment Security said Thursday that the jobless rate in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area fell to 6.2 percent. A year earlier it was 9.1 percent. Illinois in August added a fifth consecutive month of across-the-board unemployment declines in its 12 metro areas, according to the agency's monthly report on metro unemployment. Read more...

09.26.14

McLeod marks anniversaries as Hoffman trustee, mayor

Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod marked two close anniversaries this week regarding his service to the village. Thirty-four years ago -- and only two years after he moved to the village -- McLeod was appointed a trustee on the village board. Read more...

09.26.14

Video gambling money continue to roll in

With this month marking the two-year anniversary for gaming in Illinois, video gaming revenue is still going strong, according to the latest figures available from the Illinois Gaming Board. Video gaming terminals statewide raked in about $59 million in August – compared to the $55.6 million the month before. Joliet’s share of gaming revenue was $36,627 in August, compared to $30,569 in July, with the rest split among local establishments, terminal operators and the state. Read more...

09.26.14

Will new rules make all trains carrying hazardous materials safe?

In total, 345 hazmat accidents involving trains occurred in suburban Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties between 1999 and mid-2014, out of 876 statewide. The U.S. Department of Transportation wants older DOT-111 tank cars carrying high-hazard flammable liquids, mainly ethanol and crude oil, phased out or retrofitted within two years. The DOT-111 cars have become the poster children for negligence after contributing to horrific explosions. Read more...

09.25.14

Elgin council favors 45 apartments for Tower Building

The city of Elgin is planning to contribute $4.7 million to the redevelopment of the iconic downtown Elgin Tower Building into 45 market-rate apartments. The city council's committee of the whole agreed Wednesday night to a development agreement with St. Louis-based Capstone Development Group in an 8-0 vote. Read more...

09.25.14

Elgin police recruiting trip to Puerto Rico draws criticism

An Elgin Police Department recruiting trip to Puerto Rico is drawing criticism from some members of the city council. Councilman John Prigge, who initiated the discussion at Wednesday night's committee of the whole meeting, said he objects to going "to the Caribbean" to recruit officers given the unemployment rate in Elgin and statewide. Read more...

09.25.14

Mobile ticketing for Metra gets delayed

“Accustomed to train delays, Metra riders shouldn’t be shocked to learn that a long-promised test of “paperless” ticketing has been pushed back again. A pilot program to introduce mobile ticketing using smartphones isn’t likely to be rolled out until the end of the year at the earliest, more likely 2015, Metra officials said.” Read more...

09.25.14

State gets $5 million in fees from potential pot business owners

Medical marijuana is not yet being grown or sold in Illinois legally, but the state has already earned $5 million dollars from its program. The influx of cash came from the nonrefundable application fees paid out by more than 350 groups seeking to grow or sell medical marijuana, according to a news release from state officials Wednesday. Read more...

09.25.14

U46 Planetarium to offer public sky shows

The U46 Planetarium, 312 Watch Street, Elgin, is offering public sky shows on Friday. Programs include learning about the moon and eclipses and a full dome video about space exploration history. Admission is $3 per person or a maximum of $10 per family, cash only. Seating is limited. Self-guided building tours are offered before presentations. Free parking is available at the corner of Raymond Street and National Street. Read more...

09.24.14

Citizens academy 'an eye opener,' participants say

When Raul Villegas heard about Elgin's police citizens academy, he figured it would be an opportunity to get an inside look at the department's downtown headquarters. What the Elgin resident got was a lot more -- primarily a much better understanding of what police officers do, and why they do it, he said. Read more...

09.24.14

Hanover Township to host Pentair hiring event

Hanover Township and Pentair, along with Coworx Staffing Services, are co-sponsoring a hiring event on Wednesday, October 1 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM in Downey Hall at the Hanover Township offices at 250 S. IL Route 59 in Bartlett. Read more...

09.24.14

Illinois Unemployment Rate Drops But Fewer People Have Jobs

The Illinois unemployment rate dropped again last month, but it might not be because more residents are working. Pulling from data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) last week announced the state’s unemployment rate now sits at 6.7 percent, down from 6.8 percent last month and 9.2 percent a year ago. Read more...

09.24.14

Schaumburg settles first of lawsuits against officers in drug case

Schaumburg trustees on Tuesday approved a settlement in the first of 12 lawsuits filed against the village after three former police officers were arrested on drug conspiracy charges in January 2013. Read more...

09.23.14

Cook County Clerk Orr urging voter registration Tuesday

Cook County Clerk David Orr's office, along with many civic organizations, community groups and schools, will be among more than 1,000 organizations throughout the country taking part in National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday. "At a time when it's become tougher to register and vote in some parts of the country, Illinois has actually expanded voter registration and early voting," Orr said. "The opportunities to register and vote abound." Read more...

09.23.14

Elgin City Council to discuss deal for Tower Building sale

The City Council Wednesday evening will be discussing the details of a proposed agreement for the purchase and redevelopment of the Tower Building that would include $4.7 million in assistance from the city. The agreement would be with Chicago developer Richard Souyoul and Missouri-based Capstone Development Group, LLC, with whom Souyoul has worked with on two projects in St. Louis. Read more...

09.23.14

Illinois legislators consider using traffic penalties to fund body cameras for officers

The Illinois House of Representatives is considering an amendment that would allow for traffic penalties to help fund the purchase of body cameras for local police departments across Illinois, reports the Daily Illini. The bill has already established a grant program for agencies to receive vehicle cameras and the proposed amendment would add body cameras to the program. Read more...

09.23.14

Pavement repairs, lane closures in Elgin Wednesday

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that pavement repairs on Bluff City Boulevard, between Gifford Road and Route 20, in Elgin, are scheduled to begin, weather permitting, on Wednesday. Read more...

09.23.14

Three join Elgin Fire Department ranks as probies

Elgin firefighters gathered Thursday to welcome three firefighter probies to their ranks, providing support and good advice. Kanen Terry, Patrick Wiebe and Brian Johnston were sworn in and received their badges during a brief ceremony. The three must complete a one year probation before becoming an Elgin firefighter. Read more...

09.22.14

Authorities probe animal hospital after 4 dogs found dead

A suburban Chicago animal hospital is under investigation after a police officer found four dead dogs at the facility, Cook County authorities said. The animal hospital's website claims they provide affordable, quality medical care. But a Dolton officer discovered the deceased dogs when he brought a stray to the Dolton Animal Hospital on Sunday, Sheriff's Deputy Chief Michael Anton said. Read more...

09.22.14

Clout-heavy assistant to Sheriff Dart can't keep track of time

Colleen Haran once lived across the street from Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. Haran also worked for the sheriff’s office – until she allegedly crossed taxpayers. Haran, 43, resigned in advance of being fired for alleged time theft – changing her attendance records to reflect that she was working when she really wasn’t, according to records the Better Government Association obtained from the sheriff’s office under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Read more...

09.22.14

Historic Elgin fire barn for sale

Restoring the Elgin Fire Barn No. 3 has been a painstaking passion for co-owner Joe Conti and letting it go has been a painstakingly long process. “It is a process, not only for me but my daughter,” said Conti, who has put the fire barn up for sale. “She was a little girl when we got it and she grew up around there. It’s hard for her to let go.” Now, Conti is looking for a new owner who will share his passion and maintain the fire barn, located at 820 Dundee Ave. Read more...

09.19.14

Elgin police to recruit in Puerto Rico, 13 states outside Illinois

The Elgin Police Department is sending a team to Puerto Rico to recruit officer candidates while also expanding its testing to 13 states outside Illinois, officials said. The goal is to cast a wider net to recruit the best applicants with an eye toward Spanish-speaking officers, Police Chief Jeff Swoboda said Thursday. Read more...

09.19.14

Hanover Park recycling event returns Sept. 27

Hanover Park homeowners can recycle used batteries, bikes and electronics at the Metra parking lot Saturday, Sept. 27. The village's environmental committee will host the 6th annual Household Recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the commuter lot on Lake and Church streets. Other acceptable items include eye glasses, cellphones and holiday lights. For details, call (630) 823-5706 or visit Hpil.org. Read more...

09.19.14

Hanover Township manager appointed to national executive committee

The National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) has recently appointed Tracey Colagrossi, Hanover Township Senior Services Program Manager, to a two-year term to its executive committee. In her role, Colagrossi will also act as the NISC State Association Chair for the organization, responsible for overseeing each state affiliate. Read more...

09.19.14

Streamwood Chamber of Commerce scraps September business expo

The Streamwood Chamber of Commerce has canceled its annual business expo after only 16 vendors signed up to participate. "We try very, very hard to keep coming up with new ways to help our members," Executive Director Donna Lenhardt said. "No one wants to admit that this didn't come together the way we wanted it to. It was a hard decision." Read more...

09.18.14

Anger still simmering over U46 taxes as Kane officials take blame

New School District U46 CEO Tony Sanders used to be the public relations director for the district. So maybe it’s to be expected that over the past two weeks he has been fighting hard to soothe the wrath of taxpayers in the DuPage County section of the district, who were stuck with major real estate tax increases over the past two years while their Kane County counterparts often saw their U46 taxes go down. Read more...

09.18.14

Bartlett looks at $250,000 upgrade for Bartlett Hills clubhouse

Bartlett trustees are weighing whether to sink an estimated $250,000 into a clubhouse addition at the village-owned golf course, where taxpayers have bankrolled steep deficits for years. The expansion would center on the wedding and banquet business at Bartlett Hills Golf Club on Oneida Avenue. Read more...

09.18.14

Quinn, Duckworth to address Schaumburg Democrats

Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth will be the keynote speakers at the Schaumburg Area Democrats' annual Meet the Candidates Breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 12, at Chandler's Chophouse & Grill, 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. Other invited speakers include Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, running for Illinois comptroller; Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle; Attorney General Lisa Madigan; state Sen. Michael Frerichs, running for Illinois treasurer; state senators Dan Kotowski and Michael Noland; and state representatives Michelle Mussman and Fred Crespo. Read more...

09.17.14

Bartlett OKs medical pot production in business park

With the state's backing, a medical marijuana grower could start planting in a Bartlett industrial park, village trustees decided Tuesday night. In a 5-1 vote Tuesday, trustees agreed to grant a village permit for a cultivation center to open in Brewster Creek, but there are some strings attached. A state-licensed producer would still have to turn in final engineering and landscaping plans that follow village code. Once up and running, a grower would have to feed 24/7 surveillance footage to Bartlett police, among other rules. Read more...

09.17.14

Congresswoman Duckworth’s office to host satellite hours

Every first and third Wednesday of each month, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth’s office will host satellite office hours across the 8th District. These events will be an opportunity for residents of the District to share their questions, comments and concerns with the Congresswoman’s staff and get assistance with federal issues. Read more...

09.17.14

Hanover Township to host seventh annual health and wellness expo

On Thursday, from 2-6 p.m., Hanover Township, Cook County Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider and Victory Centre of Bartlett will host the seventh annual “Just for the Health of It” community health and wellness expo at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 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 and vision. Read more...

09.17.14

Local 5k run to benefit Hanover Township food pantry

The Knights of Columbus Mary's Millennium Council #12801 of Streamwood will be holding their inaugural "Knights Challenge" 5K Run/1 Mile Walk on Saturday, October 4 to benefit the Hanover Township Food Pantry. The race is set to begin at 8:30 AM at St. John the Evangelist Parish Campus at 502 S. Park Boulevard in Streamwood. Registration for runners is $30 per person, walkers $15 per person. All participants will receive a free t-shirt. Read more...

09.17.14

Schaumburg considers limits for roadside memorials

Roadside memorials often follow in the wake of suburban traffic fatalities, but regulation of them is rare throughout the region. In fact, Schaumburg trustees Tuesday discussed the possibility of their village becoming only the second in the Northwest suburbs to have any rules at all. After much discussion and debate of a proposed ordinance, Schaumburg trustees opted to recommend a 90-day time limit on such memorials for the time being. Read more...

09.17.14

Women honored by Elgin Fire Department with Civilian Lifesaving Award

The Elgin Fire Department recently honored three women who work at The Greens of Elgin with a Civilian Lifesaving Award for taking action that helped a woman’s life. “By the nature of emergencies, we most often aren’t there when things first happen,” Elgin Fire Chief John Fahy said. “The swift action they took that winter’s day helped save an elderly woman’s life.” Read more...

09.16.14

Explosion injures one, damages Elgin home

An explosion at a home that caused a fire in the 1000 block of Morningside Drive at 9:49 p.m. Monday injured one person, according to Elgin Fire Department Battalion Chief Terrence Bruce in a release. Elgin firefighters responded to the ranch home after a blast was heard in the neighborhood, which is a few blocks from the city’s Fire Station 2 on Big Timber Road. Read more...

09.16.14

Illinois’ Latino voter turnout projections below national average

Despite a 16.2 percent increase in Latino voters from the 2010 to the 2012 elections, projections by the National Association of Latino Elected Officials predict that Latino voter turnout this year in the state will be less than the national average of about 7.8 percent of the electorate, according the WGEM-Quincy. Read more...

09.16.14

Some U-46 residents say no to higher taxes, expenses

Several Elgin Area School District U-46 taxpayers, largely from the DuPage County portion of the district, complained of higher tax bills and rising expenses during a public hearing on the proposed 2015 budget Monday night. The school board is expected to adopt a $488 million budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year Sept. 29. Read more...

09.15.14

Hanover Township tax appeal seminar set for Sept. 24

Hanover Township and Cook County officials will hold a seminar on property tax appeals in Bartlett Wednesday, Sept. 24. "We often get questions about the appeal process," Hanover Township Assessor Thomas Smogolski said in a statement. "With this seminar, residents can have their questions answered and file an appeal that evening." Read more...

09.15.14

Officials: Elgin 311 did "very well" during storm

Elgin's citywide cleanup of last week's powerful storm -- also the first major stress test for the city's 311 Contact Center -- is set to wrap up today. The Sept. 5 storm caused nonlife threatening injuries to two people, Assistant Fire Chief Dave Schmidt said. City Manager Sean Stegall said the 311 Center, launched earlier this year, held up "very well." Read more...

09.15.14

State legislators respond to local business concerns

Politics becomes more popular during election years, as the sold-out crowd for the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce & Industry's annual Illinois Legislative Update Luncheon Friday attests. Topics included workers' compensation reform, rolling back the 2 percentage point increase in the state income tax rate, the perceived finality of the 2014 pension reform bill, and the relative level of difficulty in starting a new business in Illinois. The five panelists were state Sens. Dan Kotowski and Michael Noland and state Reps. Michelle Mussman, Tom Morrison and Fred Crespo. Read more...

09.12.14

Bartlett hires ECC's Spartan Consulting Group for marketing assignment

Village officials will visit with the students for the first time Friday. From there, both sides will meet face-to-face each month and adhere to the Open Meetings Act. The students -- mostly adults -- will get a leg up on their resumes. Bartlett receives free consulting on promoting its downtown. Together, they will evaluate the downtown's strengths (pedestrian-friendly) vs. weaknesses (isolated from major roads). Read more...

09.12.14

Elgin recalls Sept. 11, 2001

Recalling such details of Sept. 11 is our obligation, Mayor Dave Kaptain said Thursday, as those old enough to remember should be stewards of that history. Kaptain was among those who spoke at Elgin’s commemoration, and he recalled being in the Denver area that day, heading to the mountains for a hike, and the events in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania becoming the main topic of conversation. Read more...

09.12.14

Elgin renames municipal complex after longtime councilman

Former Elgin Councilman Robert "Bob" Gilliam never failed to be selfless, seek consensus and, above all, love the city of Elgin. For those reasons and many more, officials said, Elgin's city hall and municipal complex was renamed Thursday after the 69-year-old, who many around town call a legend. Gilliam served on the city council for 40 years until he lost his re-election bid in 2013. His tenure is the longest in the city's history, and possibly in the state, city officials said. He is also the city's first black council member. Read more...

09.12.14

Hoffman Estates police chief Hish retiring Friday

Hoffman Estates Police Chief Mike Hish will retire Friday, about four years after he was named chief to replace the then retiring Clint Herdegen. Like Herdegen, Hish's career in law enforcement isn't ending with Hoffman Estates. While Herdegen became chief of the Libertyville Police Department, Hish on Monday will become a patrol officer in Inverness -- where the entire police department consists of officers who retired from other agencies. Read more...

09.12.14

Township holiday gift program applications available October 1

Beginning Wednesday, October 1, Hanover Township families facing financial hardship can apply for the annual December holiday sponsor-a-family and toy drive programs. Applications will be accepted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at the Astor Avenue Community Center, 7431 Astor Avenue in Hanover Park. Applicants must be signed in by 10:30 AM to guarantee an appointment. Sponsor-a-family applications will be accepted until November 14. Read more...

09.11.14

Cool weather expected today through the weekend

The National Weather Service said on their website that cloudy and much cooler weather can be expected across the area today, as an early Autumn air mass spreads in behind yesterday's cold front. Temperatures will moderate through the 60s by Sunday, with dry and partly cloudy conditions rounding out the weekend. Read more...

09.11.14

Elgin council members endorse charter schools

Councilman Toby Shaw sparked Wednesday's committee of the whole discussion by asking fellow council members to support charter schools and the Elgin Math and Science Academy, which the Elgin Charter School Initiative wants to open in fall 2015. Read more...

09.11.14

Elgin reverses decision, delays pot dispensary approval

A plan to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Elgin suffered a setback Wednesday when a city council member changed her mind and decided to send the petition back to the city's planning and zoning commission. Two weeks ago, Councilwoman Tish Powell was among the majority that voted 5-4 not to send that back to the commission. On Wednesday, however, she said she'd been struggling with her decision. Read more...

09.11.14

Overcharged taxpayers speak out at Bartlett meeting

Property taxpayers in northwest DuPage County who have been overcharged aired their frustration Wednesday night before state and local officials in Bartlett. "The issue remains troublesome for everyone in this room," Bartlett Mayor Kevin Wallace said. State Sen. Tom Cullerton on Wednesday pledged to search for a legislative measure that prevents a similar gaffe. Read more...

09.11.14

Schaumburg firefighters' charity softball tourney Sept. 13

The Schaumburg Firefighters Benevolent Association will host its 21st annual charity softball tournament from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at Olympic Park, 1675 E. Old Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. The tournament has raised nearly $550,000 over the past 20 years. Read more...

09.10.14

Elgin city council set to approve a 3-year lease for Arts Showcase

The city council Wednesday night is expected to approve a three-year lease with 164 Division St. LLC for the continued use of the Elgin Arts Showcase, a performance and gallery space on the top floor of the 8-story Elgin Professional Building. The lease had been discussed at a committee of the whole session in June, when council members asked for assurances that certain public safety improvements were being made to the building. Read more...

09.10.14

Elgin police testing cameras on helmet, body

The Elgin Police Department has been testing body-worn cameras for about a year in hopes of providing added protection and accountability for officers and civilians, officials said. "If there are two different accounts of what happened, the video makes it pretty clear-cut what actually occurred," Deputy Chief Bill Wolf said. Read more...

09.10.14

Hanover Park police map road closures for Mexican Independence Day parade

Hanover Park police will close roads to traffic around a parade Saturday celebrating Mexican Independence Day. The parade will step off at 11 a.m. from St. Ansgar Catholic Church, 2040 Laurel Avenue. Police will close the following roads between 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Read more...

09.10.14

Streamwood inks new contract with police union

Streamwood officials have approved a new contract with the union representing police officers below the rank of sergeant after lengthy negotiations deadlocked over wages. The three-year contract provides annual pay raises for the 44 officers represented by the Metropolitan Alliance of Police. Read more...

09.09.14

75 mailboxes smashed in Schaumburg; arrests made

Two teens were arrested early Monday morning after Schaumburg police say they smashed as many as 75 mailboxes on the city's northwest side. "The quick response and effective teamwork by our midnight shift officers was exemplary in this case," Schaumburg Police Chief Jim Lamkin said in a statement. Read more...

09.09.14

Hanover Township to host appeal seminar

On Wednesday, September 24, Hanover Township Assessor Thomas S. Smogolski along with Township Supervisor Brian P. McGuire and Cook County Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider will co-sponsor an 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...

09.09.14

Heavy rainfall to hit ‘core’ of morning commute, pick up Wednesday

Showers are expected to hit Chicago and its surrounding suburbs Tuesday morning and later pick up in the evening and into all day Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. Later in the evening, heavy rainfall and severe weather is expected to continue into Wednesday. Read more...

09.09.14

Hoffman Estates police, fire softball fundraiser Sept. 27

Hoffman Estates' police officers and firefighters will hold their second annual Shootz & Ladderz Softball Fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at Cannon Crossings, 1675 Nicholson Drive, in Hoffman Estates. The event will include raffle prizes, commemorative T-shirts for sale, pop, water, candy and snacks. Proceeds will go toward new Citizens Fire Academy equipment for the fire department. Read more...

09.08.14

Elgin cleans up after storm

An estimated 1,500 trees were felled or damaged in a 20-minute storm that blew through the city Friday afternoon. An estimated 7,900 residences in Elgin were still without power Saturday while 17,810 had been restored since the start of the storm, according to ComEd. Residents, volunteers and city crews worked through the day on Saturday to clean up the mess left behind. Read more...

09.08.14

Input sought on Cook County transportation plan

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says the survey began in February by asking people where they lived, where they worked and what their transit priorities are. Now she says the county is seeking comments on "go-forward strategies." The kiosks will be located through September at Chicago State University, Blue Island Library, Humboldt Park, Welles Park, Chicago Public Library-Garfield Ridge and Streamwood Park District. Read more...

09.08.14

Medical marijuana: 'Don't ask, don't tell' for state pot growers

Medical marijuana growers seeking the new state licenses can stay silent on one aspect of their business plans: how they will acquire their first seeds and starter plants. On Monday, the Illinois Department of Agriculture will start taking permit applications from would-be growers and sellers. Those vying for one of the 21 cultivation or 60 retail licenses are rushing to meet the state's requirements -- considered the toughest in the nation -- before the Sept. 22 deadline. Read more...

09.08.14

Study: Suburban police ranks don't match racial makeup of communities

The racial makeup of suburban police departments does not reflect the diversity of the communities those agencies serve. Among those 16 suburban communities in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties, the average white population was 64 percent, but the ranks of sworn officers in the police departments serving those communities were more than 90 percent white, according to the study. Read more...

09.08.14

U-46 officials projecting higher revenues, expenses

Elgin Area School District U-46 is projecting $20 million more in revenue in fiscal year 2015, and $13 million more in expenditures, officials said last week. The district's administration is proposing a $488 million budget of expenditures for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Revenue is anticipated at $487.7 million, essentially making it a balanced budget. Read more...

09.05.14

Elgin police test software that could monitor the city in real time

The Elgin Police Department wants to buy new technology that will integrate data, radio and video for real-time monitoring of activities ranging from crimes in progress to reports of people in distress in the Fox River. Read more...

09.05.14

Hanover Park to pay for 'emergency' roof project at Education and Work Center

The new Education and Work Center in Hanover Park suffered damage when heavy rains poured through a leaky roof just hours after a ribbon-cutting that drew educators and politicians. Read more...

09.05.14

Hanover Township Foundation to hold inaugural golf fundraiser

The Hanover Township Foundation will host its inaugural golf outing fundraiser at Bartlett Hills Golf Course, 800 West Oneida in Bartlett on Sunday, October 5. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hanover Township Food Pantry. Registration begins at 12:00PM, with a 1:00PM tee time. There will be a dinner only option that will begin at 4:00PM. Tickets are available for $75 for golf and dinner, dinner only for $40, and hole sponsorship for $100. Dinner will include bratwursts, hot dogs, German potato salad and a two hour open bar (beer and wine only). Read more...

09.05.14

Hiring slows in August; economy adds 142,00 jobs

U.S. employers added just 142,000 jobs in August, snapping a six-month streak of hiring above 200,000 and posting the smallest gain in eight months. Read more...

09.05.14

Illinois Welcoming Center in Hanover Park opens doors

Mayor Rodney Craig believes the Illinois Welcoming Center will help boost the quality of life for individuals seeking a host of state and local social services, “I am overwhelmed with excitement with the opening of this Illinois Welcoming Center in the Hanover Park community where these services are greatly needed.” Read more...

09.05.14

Veteran and family resource fair to be held Sept. 30 at ECC

Veterans and family members in need of support services and employment assistance are invited to Elgin Community College on Tuesday, Sept. 30, to visit the Department of Veteran Affairs Mobile Vet Center and the Veteran and Family Resource Fair. Both will be on the ECC Spartan Drive campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Read more...

09.04.14

Bartlett considers memory care facility on Route 59

Developers hoping to build a memory care facility on half of a 10-acre site in Bartlett have outlined nearly a dozen options for what to do with the rest of the property. Trustees in February told Virgina-based Artis Senior Living to come back to the board with their vision for the other half of the lot on Route 59, just south of Apple Valley Drive. Read more...

09.04.14

Elgin Izaak Walton League fundraiser Sunday

Homemade Cakes, Pies and Ice Cream will be served at the Annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. hosted by the Elgin Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, at the Izaak Walton Center and Reserve, 899 Jay Street, Elgin. Hanover Township has made renovations to the facility since the Ikes gifted the building and grounds to them. Read more...

09.04.14

Elgin police officer on leave pending investigation into Facebook posts

A Facebook page post apparently created by an Elgin police officer saying the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed a young man last month “did society a favor” has left the officer on administrative leave pending an investigation. That and other potentially racially-charged posts on Officer Jason Lentz’s personal Facebook page are believed to violate the Police Department’s social media guidelines, officials said. Lentz is the first Elgin officer put on administrative leave relating to comments on a social media site, officials said. Read more...

09.04.14

Hanover Township thankful for school supplies

“Due to the generosity of AT&T, Communities That Care, Streamwood Kiwanis Club, and Streamwood Women’s Club we were able to give away 1,215 backpacks to Township youth at Laurel Hill Elementary School in Hanover Park. We are especially appreciative of State Representative Fred Crespo and Cook County Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider for co-hosting this event with us. Thank you again to everyone who donated school supplies for the 2014 backpack giveaway.” Brian P. McGuire, Hanover Township Supervisor Read more...

09.04.14

Hoffman police, fire softball fundraiser Sept. 27

Hoffman Estates' police officers and firefighters will hold their second annual Shootz & Ladderz Softball Fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at Cannon Crossings, 1675 Nicholson Drive, in Hoffman Estates. The event will include raffle prizes, commemorative T-shirts for sale, pop, water, candy and snacks. Proceeds will go toward new Citizens Fire Academy equipment for the fire department. Read more...

09.04.14

Schaumburg, Elgin YMCAs merge

The Alfred Campanelli YMCA in Schaumburg and the four branches of the Elgin-based Prairie Valley Family YMCA merged this week to become one organization, the Golden Corridor Family YMCA. Merger discussions began more than 18 months ago, when the Campanelli Y assumed management of the Prairie Valley Y's branches. Read more...

09.03.14

Bartlett mayor's veto on employee health care plan sticks

Bartlett trustees on Tuesday mounted no challenge to Mayor Kevin Wallace's veto of their decision to join a consortium of towns to provide health insurance for the village's employees. In a 5-0 vote, trustees agreed to let the mayor's veto stand. Read more...

09.03.14

Elgin police set to oversee Real Time Information Center

The Elgin Police Department eventually will have more sets of electronic eyes keeping watch throughout the city — and a control room for monitoring them and other related information. Toward that end, last week, the city council moved forward an agreement with Motorola Solutions for the purchase of the Real Time Information Center/Video Management System for $159,301. The council is expected to give its final approval to the measure at its Sept. 10 meeting. Read more...

09.03.14

Hoffman Estates to hold 9/11 anniversary memorial

The Hoffman Estates village board and the Celebrations Commission invite residents and guests to a memorial service for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. This year's Ceremony of Remembrance will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 at village hall, 1900 Hassell Road. Read more...

09.03.14

Outdoor fitness program launches in Elgin

Those who want to get their fix of fresh air while working out -- come sun, rain or snow -- can do that through a new outdoor fitness program in Elgin. Youtside Fitness Club debuted with three locations in Chicago in April, followed by its first suburban location at Wing Park in Elgin in mid-August, said company founder Patrick Kuehn. Read more...

09.03.14

U-46 School and Community Relations Staff Earns State Awards

Elgin - The U-46 School and Community Relations Department received five awards as part of the 2014 Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association's Communication Contest. Four U-46 publications and one video were selected as winning entries and will be displayed for communications professionals at other districts throughout the state at an award ceremony later this month. Read more...

09.02.14

Elgin chamber hires development director

The Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce hired Tony Lucenko to be the new director of the Elgin Development Group, in charge of recruiting businesses, retaining existing ones, developing the workforce and improving transportation, said Chamber President Carol Gieske. Lucenko started last week, succeeding Vice President for Economic Development Michael O’Kelley. O’Kelley resigned in March. Read more...

09.02.14

Elgin police face real-life drama on new simulator

Almost 400 different training scenarios available through the firearms simulator purchased by the Elgin Police Department. "These are decisions that need to be made in a split second," Elgin Police Deputy Chief Bill Wolf said. "And they are life and death decisions." The goal of the tool -- an on-screen, life-size projection of real actors -- is for officers to gauge the appropriate use of force when responding to a variety of situations. Read more...

09.02.14

Patients to start applying for medical marijuana Tuesday

One unanswered question about a new state law legalizing medical marijuana is just how many Illinois residents will actually ask for permission to use it. The extent of the demand should start to become clearer on Tuesday as agencies begin accepting applications from patients or their registered caregivers. Read more...

09.02.14

Renz Center receives grant for Latino substance abuse/HIV education

Renz Center is getting a $125,000 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to kick off a project aimed at providing substance abuse and HIV prevention awareness and education to Latinos. “We are excited the grant will allow us to increase our capacity to provide prevention education in areas of substances abuse and HIV,” said Deb Howe, director of marketing and fund development. Read more...

09.02.14

Torres hailed for making mark on U46

Outgoing School District U46 Superintendent Jose Torres was hailed as a bridge-builder between races and an improver of the education system, as more than 100 people showed up to send him off during a reception at Elgin High School Friday. Torres has resigned from U46 to become president of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora. Read more...

09.02.14

U46 Citizens Advisory Council seeks volunteers

The Citizens’ Advisory Council (CAC) at School District U46 is seeking community members and parents to join the volunteer organization. The group advises and assists the School Board and administration in the ongoing effort to provide the best possible educational opportunities for U46 students. Those who are interested in joining the CAC can attend the group’s first meeting of the school year at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept 11 in the Elgin High School Auditorium, 1200 Maroon Drive. Read more...

08.29.14

Bartlett police expect minor traffic delays for Labor Day race

Bartlett police have announced a tentative course for a charity race expected to draw hundreds to the village this weekend. Police expect minor traffic delays and urge drivers to use caution around the Bartlett Lion Club's Labor Day Dash, which begins at 8 a.m. Sunday. Read more...

08.29.14

Bartlett, county officials tour $5 million project to ease flooding

After about two years of planning and construction, DuPage County officials on Thursday showed off a roughly $5 million project targeting flooding in Bartlett's southwest side, where heavy rains poured into businesses and homes in 2008. Crews installed more than 2,100 feet of pipe under Stearns Road to alleviate drainage problems at Route 59 and Stearns. Read more...

08.29.14

Elgin chamber names Royer chairman

The Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce Board chose a new chairman Thursday — Terry Royer, the president and CEO of the Siemens subsidiary Winergy Drive Systems Corp. of Elgin. Royer succeeds Jose Torres, who had to resign the chamber post in midterm because he has resigned as superintendent of Elgin School District U46. Read more...

08.29.14

Elgin city council makes move to allow medical marijuana dispensary along Crispin Drive

By a 5-4 vote Wednesday night the city council nixed a staff recommendation to send a request for conditional use to open a medical marijuana dispensary at 1330 Crispin Drive back to the planning and zoning commission — then voted 8-1 to approve that conditional use. Read more...

08.29.14

Hoffman Estates officials take on ice bucket challenge

The ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association has reached the village government of Hoffman Estates, where Mayor Bill McLeod, Village Manager Jim Norris and Police Chief Mike Hish recently took their turns enduring a stream of ice-cold water over their heads. The three officials were challenged by Hanover Park Mayor Rod Craig. Read more...

08.29.14

Illinois halts roadwork to speed Labor Day traffic

The Illinois Department of Transportation says it will suspend non-emergency roadwork over the Labor Day weekend to help reduce congestion and speed traffic. Thousands of motorists are expected to hit the roads in Illinois during the three-day holiday. The halt in construction will start at 3 p.m. Friday through the end of Monday. Read more...

08.29.14

Township Foundation to Host Oktoberfest Fundraiser

On Friday, October 3rd the Hanover Township Foundation will host its fourth annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser to benefit the Hanover 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 at 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...

08.28.14

Allowing medical marijuana dispensary may be heading back to Elgin Planning and Zoning Commission

City staff Wednesday night will recommend the city council send a request for conditional use to open a medical marijuana dispensary at 1330 Crispin Drive back to the planning and zoning commission. On Aug. 4, the commission recommended passing along to the city council consideration for approving a special use permit for the 1330 Crispin Drive location by a 6-1 vote. Commissioner Corey Dixon was the lone nay vote. Read more...

08.28.14

Chicago suburbs adjust to medical marijuana

As state officials enacted the rules that will govern the rollout of medical marijuana in Illinois, dozens of individual communities updated their zoning codes to determine where grow centers and pot stores can and cannot be located. Late Wednesday, the Elgin City Council voted 8-1 to approve a special-use permit to allow a medical marijuana dispensary to operate along Crispin Drive in a commercial area — though the plan remains contingent on state approval. Read more...

08.28.14

Elgin council changes fire, police board makeup

The hiring of police officers and firefighters in Elgin now will be in the hands of three residents plus the police and fire chiefs. The Elgin City Council voted Wednesday to change the makeup of the board of fire and police commissioners, which has traditionally been composed of five residents but has been short two members since 2010. Read more...

08.28.14

Elgin OKs first step toward hen pilot program

A one-year pilot program allowing up to 15 residents to keep hens -- but no roosters -- in the backyards of single-family homes could be headed to Elgin. The Elgin City Council's special committee voted 6-3 Wednesday in favor of the program, which would take effect in 2015 after formal approval by the council. Read more...

08.28.14

Hanover Park homeowners get discount on solar panels

On top of state and federal incentives, Hanover Park homeowners can receive a double-digit discount off the price to install solar panels on their roofs. The village has joined a three-month program -- a first for Illinois -- working to make solar power more mainstream. Solar Chicago counts only three other suburbs and the city of Chicago as its early followers. Read more...

08.28.14

Student loads, tight schedules leave many bugs to be worked out for U46 school buses

The 368 buses come in two varieties. A majority are large ones, capable of carrying 68 to 71 passengers. These typically handle all regular students in a certain school’s attendance area. But the district also uses scores of little 29-passenger minibuses to take students in special educational situations from their homes to often-far-off schools. These minibuses are used, for example, to transport special-education students and students in the high-school-age magnet academies. Read more...

08.28.14

What Septemberfest has in store for you

The area's largest Labor Day festival returns to Schaumburg this year, with its blockbuster list of entertainment options and family-friendly atmosphere. From the Taste of Schaumburg, packed with 23 local restaurants, to its three stages of live entertainment, a craft fair with 250 vendors, fireworks on Sunday, a Labor Day parade and 18 carnival rides all three days, it all adds up to summertime fun. Read more...

08.27.14

Change in state law affects proposed U46 budget

The $488 million budget for 2014-2015 (“Fiscal Year 2015”) proposed to the School District U46 Board of Education last week is higher than it was in 2007. But despite allegations made at that board meeting by about 80 angry Bartlett and Wayne taxpayers, it is not more than $100 million higher than it was eight years ago, and it is not based on big increases in local real estate taxes. Read more...

08.27.14

Hoffman Estates chamber hosts legislative luncheon Sept. 12

The Government Relations Committee of the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce & Industry will host its annual Illinois Legislative Update Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. State senators Dan Kotowsk and Michael Noland, and state representatives Fred Crespo, Tom Morrison and Michelle Mussman, will join Hoffman Estates Mayor William D. McLeod at Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital, 1555 Barrington Road in Hoffman Estates. Read more...

08.27.14

Quinn vetoes 70 mph speed limit on tollways in suburbs

Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday put the brakes on legislation that would have raised speed limits on suburban tollways to 70 mph. The governor last year signed a law to raise speed limits on downstate interstates, but urban areas were excluded. Read more...

08.27.14

Township promotes national preparedness month

The Hanover Township Emergency Services Unit is urging residents to become better informed during the month of September for National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. Read more...

08.27.14

Twice as many need food from Elgin pantry

Joan Wesner gets mad at newscasts that tout the country's economic recovery. As manager for All People's Interfaith Food Pantry in downtown Elgin, she sees something entirely different. This summer, the pantry has served twice the number of people it served last summer, Wesner said. Many are from families in which multiple generations moved in together to save money. Read more...

08.26.14

Elgin city council to discuss allowing chicken coops in backyards

The city council Wednesday night is set to consider approving trial regulations for 2015 that would permit a limited number of residents to keep chickens in the rear yards of single-family dwellings. Elgin would join a list of suburbs allowing for such that includes Batavia, Naperville, St. Charles, West Dundee, Downers Grove, Warrenville and Evanston. Read more...

08.26.14

Elgin marijuana dispensary opening might be delayed

A petition to open a marijuana dispensary in Elgin might get sent back to the city's planning and zoning commission, and the applicant says he might abandon the process if that happens. Elgin Corporation Counsel Bill Cogley recommended the city council direct the commission to continue an Aug. 4 public hearing to ensure the principles of due process are met, Elgin Assistant City Manager Rick Kozal said. The city council meets Wednesday. Read more...

08.26.14

License plate scanners allow Elgin police officers to fight crime from their cars

Three Elgin Police Department vehicles are fitting with a License Plate Recognition System. The system scans the license plates around it as the officer is driving, looking for stolen vehicles, suspended plates, or other infractions tied to a vehicles tags. The Elgin Police Department purchased, with city council approval, it’s first LPR — license plate recognition — system about a year ago, said Deputy Chief Bill Wolf. The units run $18,000 each. The third unit was purchased recently and should be on the street soon. Read more...

08.26.14

Quinn vetoes Illinois ridesharing regulations

Taxicab companies and others seeking statewide regulation of the emerging ridesharing industry pushed for a legislative override Monday after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed measures that would have imposed background checks and insurance requirements on some drivers. In a statement, Quinn said the two bills would have prevented local governments from adopting rules that fit their communities. Read more...

08.25.14

Hanover Park football field damaged after emergency helicopter landing

A pilot flying a helicopter made an emergency landing on a Hanover Park youth football field Saturday, village officials say. There were no injuries to the pilot, a passenger or anyone on the ground in the landing, triggered by an engine failure, Mayor Rodney Craig said. Read more...

08.25.14

Near-record heat and oppressive humidity expected today

Just in time for kids to be back in school, temperatures are expected to soar into the 90s today, approaching a record high and producing a heat index that could be one of the worst so far this summer, according to the National Weather Service. Read more...

08.25.14

State rep: Find out what happened in Elgin Mental Health Center escape

Calling it "an alarming security breach," a state legislator is calling for an investigation into security procedures following last month's escape of a prisoner from the Elgin Mental Health Center. State Rep. Anna Moeller, an Elgin Democrat, urged the Illinois Auditor General to investigate the procedures used for prisoner transportation at the mental health center and other state-run mental health facilities. Read more...

08.25.14

Streamwood police continue at library

Streamwood police will continue to provide security services to the Poplar Creek Public Library's main branch. The library pays the village the overtime rate for police officers -- between $4,800 to $5,000 a month, Administrative Librarian Pat Hogan said. Read more...

08.25.14

Streamwood removing extra 200 ash trees

Streamwood officials have agreed to pay a contractor an extra $61,650 to remove 200 more trees destroyed by the emerald ash borer. The majority will be uprooted over the next three months, public works officials say. Read more...

08.22.14

Could online voter registration affect election outcome?

Illinoisans started registering to vote online for the first time in June, and the daily tally of applications is beginning to grow. About 100 people apply every day now, and Illinois Board of Elections Executive Director Rupert Borgsmiller expects that to keep growing ahead of the Oct. 7 deadline to register to vote on Nov. 4. Read more...

08.22.14

Elgin’s iFest serving up food and culture Saturday

There will be belly dancing, Irish dancing, bluegrass music, Lao culture, Mexican food and much more from around the globe Saturday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Elgin’s third annual iFest. Read more...

08.22.14

Governor Quinn announces $31 million for construction projects in Cook County

Governor Pat Quinn today announced capital investments of more than $31 million for construction projects in Cook County. The investments will create jobs and improve transportation safety and efficiency. Funded by his Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, the projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward. Read more...

08.22.14

IDOT finshing plans to widen Route 59 at Stearns Road in Bartlett

State engineers are in the homestretch of planning a yearlong project to widen Route 59 at Stearns Road in Bartlett. Considered a high priority for the Illinois Department of Transportation, the project is designed to unclog traffic delays around the two arteries and improve safety for both drivers and pedestrians. Read more...

08.22.14

Illinois Tollway wants to give back up to $2.2M from inactive I-PASS accounts

Within the next several weeks, approximately 50,000 customers with inactive I-PASS accounts containing balances of $10 or more will receive a letter from the Illinois Tollway informing them they are required to reactivate their accounts or, alternatively, close their accounts to get a refund for the remaining account balance and initial deposit. Read more...

08.22.14

Streamwood considers restricting electronic cigarette sales

Fearing that electronic cigarettes pose health risks, Streamwood officials plan to ban the sale of the controversial product to minors before a similar state law takes effect next year. The village board introduced the proposed rules Thursday night. Without the measure, juveniles found with the battery-powered devices would face criminal charges when the state law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015. Read more...

08.22.14

Teacher contract passes U46 board despite mixed union vote

The new three-year, 150-plus-page contract between School District U46 and its 2,400 teachers apparently generated more love among board-of-education members than it has among the teachers. The tentative deal reached by teams of negotiators from Elgin Teachers Association and the U46 administration was ratified by a vote of the teachers on Friday, but one-third of those voting voted “no.” Read more...

08.21.14

Bartlett bracing for traffic delays around Route 59 bridge project

Bartlett police are warning drivers to brace for delays when a nine-month construction project on the Route 59 bridge over the Metra tracks begins Monday. Northbound and southbound traffic will be funneled down to one lane in each direction. The Illinois Department of Transportation expects to complete work on the bridge between West Bartlett Road and Pebble Beach Lane by May 2015. Read more...

08.21.14

Emerald ash borer to cost Bartlett up to $1.4 million next year

Bartlett officials will ramp up their fight against a tiny beetle, setting aside an extra $1.1 million to cut down trees destroyed by the emerald ash borer. After a survey of all the emerald ash borers in town, public works officials say crews now have to uproot more than 4,000 trees. Read more...

08.21.14

Hanover Township looking to honor local veterans

Hanover Township is looking for veterans to induct into the Township's Veterans' Honor Roll. Created in 2006, the honor roll currently is comprised of 295 veterans. "The Veterans' Honor Roll is comprised of veterans from all branches of the armed services regardless if they served during a conflict," said Hanover Township Supervisor, Brian P. McGuire. "This is a great program that allows us to honor those who have served and let them know that their service is appreciated." Read more...

08.20.14

Bartlett ranks in the Top 10 on ‘Safest Places in Illinois’ list

The Village of Bartlett ranks number four on real estate website Movoto’s Top 10 list of ‘Safest Places in Illinois.’ Locals of Bartlett have no reason to worry about the safety of their stuff. Why? Because this place had the fourth lowest property crime on our list with only 764 crimes of that type per 100,000 people. That’s an impressive number, but it doesn’t stop there. Read more...

08.20.14

Ceremony renaming Elgin City Hall after Robert Gilliam set for Sept. 11

The city of Elgin will host a ceremony formally renaming City Hall and the municipal complex after former councilman Robert Gilliam — on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. “This was the only date that worked for all concerned. Mr. Gilliam’s family was not available other dates, and they had to get here from Arizona, and the availability of other people he wanted to participate had to be taken into consideration also,” Cherie Murphy said. “We also needed a date that the Centre Heritage Ballroom was available. This date was the only date that worked for him. This is being held late afternoon as to not conflict with morning events related to 9-11 commemorations.” Read more...

08.20.14

Grant helps Elgin prepare for holiday DUI crackdown

The City Council last week moved along accepting a $12,750 grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation for helping police enforce DUI laws — and a Labor Day Weekend effort toward that goal is in the works. This is the twelfth consecutive year the Elgin Police Department has applied for and been rewarded a Local Alcohol Program grant. Read more...

08.20.14

Hanover Township to host 7th annual health and wellness expo

On Thursday, September 18, from 2:00 - 6:00PM, Hanover Township, Cook County Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider and Victory Centre of Bartlett will host the seventh 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...

08.20.14

Medical pot growers competing for Bartlett site

Four businesses hoping to produce medical marijuana in Bartlett are clamoring for a piece of vacant land in an industrial park to set up growing operations. The state Department of Agriculture gets the final say on whether any producer can open in Bartlett. Read more...

08.20.14

Sanders to head interim U46 leadership team

It has become clear that the interim leadership team that will run School District U46 for the next six to 12 months will be dominated by former chief of staff Tony Sanders. Interim Superintendent Kenneth Arndt will work part time, on hand mainly to lend his advice and authority on a handful of issues that state law requires someone with a school superintendent’s state licensing credentials to sign off on, such as selecting teaching materials and courses of instruction, recommending a budget to the board of education and proposing building plans to the board. Read more...

08.19.14

Elgin's third iFest to showcase new Riverside Drive on Saturday

What better way to showcase Elgin's newly rebuilt downtown Riverside Drive and promenade than to hold a festival there? The city's third annual iFest, or International Festival, will take place there 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Read more...

08.19.14

New CEO, superintendent, teacher deals in U-46

The new contract, which runs through the 2016-17 school year, includes a base salary increase of 1.5 percent in the first year plus an extra 1 percent increase to compensate for additional days teachers spend on collaborative activities and meetings. Read more...

08.19.14

Resident: Racing at Sears Centre is too noisy

A recent noise study objectively determined that one of the occasional auto racing events in the parking lot of Hoffman Estates' Sears Centre Arena wasn't dangerous to the hearing of anyone there or of neighbors living just across the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. Read more...

08.19.14

Suburban emergency dispatch center adds text-to-911 capability

Beginning today, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon customers living in or traveling through the Northwest Central Dispatch System service area may be able to use their mobile phones to send a text message to 911 for emergency help. Northwest Central Dispatch System serves Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Schaumburg, Streamwood, Prospect Heights and Rolling Meadows. Read more...

08.19.14

U46 classes resume with flag raisings, assemblies, community support

Another school year started Monday morning for the 40,000 students of School District U46. And the district’s 54 schools marked it with activities ranging from pep assemblies to flag raisings to donations of school supplies. Read more...

08.18.14

Sanders says he's ready to lead District U-46

After seven years serving as second in command, Tony Sanders says he is ready to take the helm at Elgin Area School District U-46. "I'm excited about it," said Sanders, chief of staff for outgoing Superintendent José Torres. "This is the district that I put my own kids into." Read more...

08.18.14

Two promoted within Elgin Fire Department

The promotions handed out by the Elgin Fire Department Friday will demand a lot of future hard work but also will yield major rewards. Those were the words of Elgin Assistant Fire Chief Tim Maroder during the swearing-in ceremony for newly promoted Capt. Dan Rink and Lt. Dave Gartrell at The Centre of Elgin. Read more...

08.18.14

U46 teachers approve contract by 2-1 margin

The 2,400 members of the School District U46 teachers union have voted to approve the contract their leaders had negotiated to cover the next three years. But as voting took place at the 56 schools across the district on the last weekday before the old contract expires, almost one-third of the members voted “no.” The final vote announced Friday night was 1,292 in favor and 587 opposed. Read more...

08.17.14

Main break leaves downtown Elgin residents without water

Residents in downtown Elgin went without water for several hours Sunday after a water main broke, the city's fire department reported. The fire department reported that the water department was able to restore water to residents at 9:30 a.m. Read more...

08.15.14

Bartlett Fire Protection District to dedicate walkway engraved with firefighter names

After two years in the making, the Bartlett Fire Protection District will dedicate a brick walkway at Fire Station 1 at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. Members of the public are welcome. Assistant Fire Chief Mike Figolah said the walkway is constructed of 900 bricks. Some are engraved with the names of members who have served the district since its founding in 1897. Read more...

08.15.14

Bartlett Woman’s Club awards two $900 scholarships

Bartlett Woman’s Club recently gave out two $900 scholarships to local women, from money raised at the Bartlett Woman’s Club Annual Spring Fashion Show Fundraiser. The scholarship was established to assist women over 21 who wish to reenter the business or education field. Read more...

08.15.14

Hanover Township offering perks for blood drive

Hanover Township will treat donors to a chair massage, Subway gift card and free T-shirt at an upcoming blood drive. Heartland Blood Centers and the township are partnering on the drive from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Hanover Township's Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59, Bartlett. Read more...

08.15.14

Jobs numbers an early Christmas gift to Quinn

In news with clear political implications, state officials today announced that the Illinois unemployment rate has dropped for the fifth month in a row, to 6.8 percent — roughly where it was when the great subprime mortgage recession began. And even better, the decline now is being propelled not by people leaving the job force but by the creation of new jobs, with 11,200 positions added just in July. Read more...

08.15.14

Township to offer healthy snacks to children

Beginning on Monday, September 8 and running until Friday, May 22, 2015, Hanover Township is partnering with Northern Illinois Food Bank to provide a healthy snack to children in the neighborhood. Children can receive a free snack everyday at the Astor Avenue Community Center in Hanover Park, Monday through Friday between the hours of 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM. Read more...

08.15.14

U46 board expected to name 2 to interim leadership roles

The School District U-46 board is expected Monday to appoint Dr. Kenneth Arndt as interim superintendent and Tony Sanders as the chief executive officer as officials look for a replacement for outgoing Superintendent Dr. Jose M. Torres, according to a press release. Read more...

08.14.14

Bartlett police to ramp up traffic enforcement around schools

Bartlett police will add extra patrols around schools as students return to classes next month. Police urge drivers to slow down, refrain from using cellphones and take caution around school buses when students are back in school, beginning Monday, Aug. 18. Police also encourage students to walk with a parent, friend or neighbor. Read more...

08.14.14

City home values only glimmer in bleak Cook property value report

Chicago homeowners saw their property values inch up a bit in recent years. But they didn’t have much company. Property values across Cook County — residential, commercial and industrial — continued to slide, and are one indicator the area remains in the grips of a poor economy. Read more...

08.14.14

Hanover Township and Heartland Blood Center to Host Blood Drive

Hanover Township and Heartland Blood Centers are hosting a Blood Drive on Tuesday, September 2, at the Hanover Township's Senior Center at 240 S. IL Route 59 in Bartlett from 2:30pm to 6:30pm. 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 hospitals in our communities. Read more...

08.14.14

Harper and ECC to Host Grand Opening of Hanover Park Education and Work Center

Center open to public on Aug. 21 from 2-7 p.m. Harper College and Elgin Community College will host a grand opening and open house for the Education and Work Center in Hanover Park on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 2-7 p.m. The center is located in the Hanover Square Shopping Center located at 6704 Barrington Road in Hanover Park. Read more...

08.14.14

More than 10,000 living in Illinois may lose their ‘Obamacare’ health insurance due to lack of documentation

Letters have been sent out to people whose insurance bought through the Afforable Care Act is in jeopardy. These participants need to prove they are living legally in the United States. According to the Chicago Sun-Times: “Approximately 310,000 people who bought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, including more than 10,000 in Illinois, are in danger of losing it next month if they do not provide proof that they are living in the United States legally, the Obama administration is warning.” Read more...

08.13.14

Elgin council set to approve $644,464 in improvements to Sports Complex

The city council Wednesday night will consider approving a bid of more than $644,000 for improvements to the Sports Complex off McLean Boulevard. City Manager Sean Stegall said on Monday that the plan would be to start on the work this year and have it finished by the start of sports seasons next spring. Read more...

08.13.14

Elgin teachers to vote on new contract Friday

The Elgin Teachers Association representative assembly said it has approved a tentative agreement on a new three-year teachers contract. The current three-year contract for Elgin Area School District U-46 teachers expires Monday. Read more...

08.13.14

Former Elgin, South Elgin police chief dies at 88

James A. Hansen had four deep loves in his life -- his family, Notre Dame football, jazz music and police work. The former police chief in Elgin and South Elgin, died Sunday at age 88. He joined the Elgin Police Department in the late 1940s and implemented several modernizing changes after being appointed chief in 1965, Elgin Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said. Read more...

08.13.14

Man robs same Elgin store in June, August

Elgin police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man they say robbed the same store twice since June. The man robbed the Family Dollar store at 611 Dundee Ave. June 3 and Aug. 2, and both robberies took place at about 9:15 p.m., police said. Read more...

08.13.14

New restaurants, Arts in Bartlett breathing life into Town Center

The founders of Arts in Bartlett are preparing for a long-awaited move to the downtown's marquee development. In October, the nonprofit group plans to open in a former hair salon in Town Center on Main Street and Railroad Avenue. Read more...

08.13.14

U46 sets Torres reception, mum about his replacement

The School District U46 Board of Education met in closed session for more than two hours Monday night, talking about who can temporarily replace the man they have appointed to run the schools over the past six years, Superintendent Jose Torres. But at the end they had little to announce publicly except that the public is invited to a farewell reception for Torres on Aug. 29. Read more...

08.12.14

2 big municipal electric suppliers in Illinois unplugging

The two biggest competitors for power contracts with municipalities in Illinois are getting out of the market. FirstEnergy Solutions, which has supply contracts with many Chicago suburbs, won’t renew its contracts or bid on new ones after parent company FirstEnergy Corp. announced last week it was refocusing on its regulated subsidiaries. Integrys Energy Services, another big competitor for municipal power contracts, is being acquired by Exelon Corp., the parent of Commonwealth Edison. Read more...

08.12.14

Hoffman Estates Citizen Fire Academy taking applications

The Hoffman Estates Fire Department is accepting applications for its 15th Citizen Fire Academy, which takes place in weekly three-hour sessions on Wednesdays between Sept. 4 and Nov. 6. Read more...

08.12.14

New Schaumburg dog park could run out of room fast

A dog park more than two years in the making is set to open this fall in Schaumburg, but pet owners who want their dogs to enjoy the new facility should act soon or risk missing out, officials said Monday. Only dogs whose owners have properly registered will be allowed in the park, and there is a limit of 500 registrations available. Registration begins Sept. 4 for residents and Oct. 1 for nonresidents, if there are spots left. Read more...

08.12.14

U-46 board seeking interim to replace Torres

The school board met behind closed doors Monday night to discuss options for bringing someone on board to lead the district for the 2014-15 school year. "We're just looking for an interim," school board President Donna Smith said. She added the search for a successor will take much longer and won't likely happen immediately. Read more...

08.11.14

District U46 to reward school attendance

Showing up for school every day in School District U46 can earn prizes for students and their parents. District U46 this week launched its “I’m Here! ¡Aquí estoy!” campaign to help improve the district’s student attendance rates. The messaging campaign will increase awareness about the importance of school attendance. Students and parents will have opportunities to earn prizes for demonstrating perfect or improved attendance. Read more...

08.11.14

Elgin's idea for police/fire board may be a first in Illinois

If Elgin decides to drastically change the makeup of its fire and police board, it likely would be an unprecedented move, experts say. The proposal is to change the board to include two residents, plus the fire chief, police chief and city's human resources director. Read more...

08.11.14

Hoffman Ests. Platzkonzert to include 5K race

The Village of Hoffman Estates annual Platzkonzert Germanfest on Saturday, Sept. 13, this year will include competitive 5K race through the scenic Prairie Stone Business Park. Read more...

08.11.14

It was construction season at school, too

Everyone knows that summer is construction season for streets and roads in Illinois. But with students away, it also is the season to build for schools. And with classes to begin Aug. 18, School District U46 recently certified that it has finished 14 summer renovation projects, ranging from a new football field surface to new door hardware. Read more...

08.11.14

U46 board to consider superintendent job

The School District U46 Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting of the board for Monday, probably to discuss how to replace Superintendent Jose Torres. The meeting will begin at 5:15 p.m. Monday at the Educational Services Center, 355 E. Chicago St., Elgin. Only two items are on the agenda the board posted Friday — a closed executive session to discuss personnel and a public comment time. Read more...

08.11.14

U-46 teachers urge district to reconsider breakfast program

Now the Elgin Teachers Association is asking the U-46 school board to reconsider. Supporters want to meet with the board to discuss options for restarting the program, said Kathy Castle, Elgin Teachers Association president. Read more...

08.08.14

Hanover Park to shop around for Springfield lobbyist

Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig has long defended the "marvelous" record of the village's lobbyist in Springfield. But that hasn't convinced three village trustees who have called into question the value of paying Roger C. Marquardt & Co. Inc. $2,000 a month to represent Hanover Park before state lawmakers. For the second time, trustees on Thursday night told village staff members to begin a formal search of what other lobbyists have to offer. Read more...

08.08.14

Hanover Township's health and wellness expo returns

Flu shots, fitness demos and cholesterol tests are planned for Hanover Township's health and wellness expo. The seventh annual event will take place from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the township's headquarters, 250 S. Route 59, Bartlett. Besides the health screenings, the expo also will feature a petting zoo, games and face painting for kids. For details, call (630) 483-5665 or visit Just4thehealthofit.org. Read more...

08.08.14

New law means you can keep your license after violation

A small consolation is coming for lead-footed drivers caught speeding. Gov. Pat Quinn is set to sign a new law soon that will let people who get pulled over for minor traffic violations keep their driver's licenses. Read more...

08.08.14

No more Breakfast in the Classroom in U46 schools

For two years, students in 10 District U46 schools have been able to eat a free “Breakfast in the Classroom” as they sit at their desks through the first 15 minutes of the school day. But this school year, the best they will be able to do is to get “breakfast just before the classroom.” And the district administrators’ decision to drop this pilot project of a nationwide nutrition program drew protests this week from the District U46 teachers union and from some school-nutrition advocates from Washington, D.C. Read more...

08.08.14

Police seek public's help finding Elgin man

Police are looking for a missing Elgin man who hasn't been heard from since Tuesday. Elgin police asked for the public's help Thursday night to find 22-year-old John Cotton Jr., who has been missing since 8 a.m. Tuesday from his home on the 1400 block of Knotty Pine Drive. Read more...

08.07.14

Car hits house in Streamwood, mother and toddler escape injury

A Streamwood mother and her 2-year-old child escaped injury Wednesday morning when a car slammed into her house after being hit by another vehicle, officials said. Read more...

08.07.14

Court rules Bears owe Cook County $4.1 mil in back taxes

The Chicago Bears owe Cook County $4.1 million in back taxes, a state appellate court ruled Wednesday. The county and the football team have had an ongoing dispute about how the Bears collected the county’s 3 percent amusement tax between the years 2002 and 2007. Read more...

08.07.14

Elementary test scores stagnate in U46, are below 2015 goals

Student achievement-test results in reading and math for grades 1-8 in District U46 schools remain stagnant or have even gotten worse in the past year, a team of administrators reported to the U46 Board of Education Monday. And all those average test-score figures remain well below the goals set in the district’s five-year “Destination 2015” plan that calls for the average student to reach certain goals by next year. Read more...

08.07.14

Elgin Police, Residents Celebrate National Night Out

National Night Out started in 1984 and last year had over 37.8 million people participating, according to the organization’s website. The event is held in 16,124 communities in all 50 states. A goal of National Night Out is to heighten crime prevention awareness and build neighborhood and police partnerships. Elgin police spent time building those partnerships by visiting block parties throughout the city. There were six more block parties than last year, said Cherie Aschenbrenner, Elgin police crime prevention specialist. Read more...

08.07.14

Hanover Park police shuffles department leadership

Hanover Park Deputy Police Chief Tom Cortese is stepping down after 27 years with the department. Lt. Andy Johnson, who currently heads the investigation division, will be promoted to deputy chief during a swearing-in at the village board meeting Sept. 4. Sgt. John Dossey, who joined the department 25 years ago, will rise to lieutenant. Police Chief David Webb also is expected to name a new sergeant and, possibly, a police officer at the board meeting. Read more...

08.07.14

U46, teachers union agree on tentative contract

Negotiating teams for School District U46 and its teachers union have reached a tentative agreement to cover the next three school years, Elgin Teachers Association President Kathryn Castle said Monday. The contract includes a 2.5 percent increase in base pay the first year, on top of whatever raises individual teachers earn by increasing their seniority with the district or getting more education. Read more...

08.06.14

Dozens of suburban police and fire pension funds drying up

In all, unfunded liabilities for police and fire pension funds throughout suburban Cook County total $3.3 billion, according to a BGA analysis of the most recent municipal pension fund data. Read more...

08.06.14

Fewer people filing complaints against Elgin Police Department

Complaints filed by residents against the Elgin Police Department have decreased steadily in the past five years, and experts say the number and nature of those complaints -- as well as the department's response -- signal a positive trend. Read more...

08.06.14

Hanover Park 'getting close' to deal with Hanover Square buyer

While he called negotiations a "work in progress," Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig said Tuesday he's optimistic the village will reach a deal with a developer who wants to buy a troubled strip mall on Barrington Road. Read more...

08.06.14

Hanover Park invites residents to weigh in on 2015 budget

Hanover Park officials are encouraging residents to weigh in on the proposed 2015 budget during a forum Thursday night. The meeting will allow residents to provide input on the spending plan before village trustees and Mayor Rodney Craig at 7 p.m. in the board room at village hall, 2121 W. Lake St. Read more...

08.06.14

Torres points to past achievements as he moves on to new challenge

By leaving now, in the middle of a five-year contract, District U46 School Superintendent Jose Torres is walking away from what amounts to a $70,000 longevity bonus but said he looks forward to the challenge of broadening the diversity of IMSA. Torres announced Friday that he will leave his job atop the state’s second-largest school district sometime in September to become president of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Read more...

08.05.14

Commission gives medical marijuana facility the nod

Salveo Heath and Wellness doesn’t plan on flashy signs or depictions of marijuana leaves outside a proposed medical marijuana dispensary here. “We are going to operate and build to be discreet and professional,” said Alex Thiersch, chief executive officer of Salveo Heath. His company appeared before the Elgin planning and zoning committee, seeking its approval of a special use permit for the dispensary. Read more...

08.05.14

Elgin planners give OK to marijuana dispensary

Despite pleas from neighboring business owners, Elgin's planning and zoning commission gave the thumbs-up to plans for a marijuana dispensary in the city's southwest side. Commissioners voted 6-1 to recommend allowing Chicago-based Salveo Health & Wellness Ltd. to open a dispensary at 1330 Crispin Drive, Unit 215, in the Fox Bluff Corporate Center on the northeast corner of Bowes Road and McLean Boulevard. The Elgin City Council will have ultimate say. Read more...

08.05.14

U-46's José Torres says IMSA job is not a step down

"It's never been an advantage to be a Hispanic male in this society," Elgin Area School District U-46's outgoing Superintendent José Torres said Monday. The challenges of ethnicity aside, Torres said he has built a strong resume with nearly 30 years in education, about 20 of which have been at the executive level. Read more...

08.04.14

Dart: Up to 9,000 inmates signed up for Obamacare to help with mental health treatment

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, attempting to cope with what he says is a growing mental health crisis among inmates at the county jail, said up to 9,000 people who have been incarcerated have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act in an attempt to get the care they need. Read more...

08.04.14

Elgin Fire Department’s big bucks truck on the money

The new tower ladder truck at Fire Station 2 in Elgin cost the city more than $900,000 to buy. “That price represents a good discount,” Fire Chief John Fahy said. “The department had not been buying Pierce, which is akin to a Cadillac for cars or Apple for computers. It’s the No. 1 seller in the world, but it’s expensive.” Read more...

08.04.14

Metra opposed release of report on fake work logs

Illinois Inspector General Ricardo Meza opened a can of worms last week when his office chided Metra for keeping false records of the hours engineers or conductors worked. State investigators also disclosed a practice of swapping shifts at Metra, where one employee would pay another under the table for picking up his or her assignments. Read more...

08.04.14

Preckwinkle freed up to push real reform

Critics of Mayor Rahm Emanuel hope Preckwinkle may yet take him on in the 2015 mayoral race. “No,” she said as we caught up at Petro’s, the proudly retro Greek diner she favors. She is happily free, she says, from the polling, speculation and trash talking. It was “distracting.” Read more...

08.04.14

Property taxes up at biggest buildings in Cook County

Property taxes rose at nine out of the 10 commercial properties in Cook County with the highest bills in 2013, according to the Cook County Treasurer's Office. That's similar to the 2012 tax year, when tax bills also mostly rose for the area's biggest landlords. Read more...

08.01.14

Elgin to consider medical marijuana dispensary

The city of Elgin will consider allowing a medical marijuana dispensary in an industrial park on the city's southwest side, but nearby business owners say that's a terrible idea. Read more...

08.01.14

Group picked by Quinn administration made no loans, but kept $150,000

As Gov. Pat Quinn's aides sought to pump up an anti-violence program ahead of his November 2010 election bid, they decided to add to the pot $3.76 million in federal disaster recovery funds from Hurricane Ike to make loans to small businesses. Read more...

08.01.14

Torres to resign as U46 superintendent

Dr. Jose Torres is expected to announce Friday that he is resigning as superintendent of Elgin School District U46 to take another high-ranking education job in the Fox Valley. Read more...

08.01.14

U.S. employers add 209,000 jobs in July; unemployment rate up

Solid U.S. hiring stretched into a sixth month in July, as employers added 209,000 jobs. The unemployment rate, however, rose to 6.2 percent. Read more...

07.31.14

Bartlett police mix entertainment with crime-fighting tools for National Night Out

It's a chance to demonstrate police capabilities and forge bonds between officers and residents in a more informal atmosphere. Police book free, family-friendly entertainment, but also make sure to arm youngsters and adults with the tools to prevent crime. Read more...

07.31.14

EMHC patient escaped from 3 guards during restroom break, hid in basement

When Jesse Vega escaped from an Elgin Mental Health Center van on July 16, the van had stopped just 2.8 miles after it had started out so that one of his guards could use a gas station restroom. Those details emerged from Elgin Police Department reports about the incident obtained Wednesday under a Freedom of Information Act request. Read more...

07.31.14

Hanover Park police investigating break-in at strip mall

Hanover Park police are searching for four men they say broke into a store on the 2000 block of Irving Park Road and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and cellphones. Read more...

07.30.14

Free fishing trip a way of thanking veterans

The organization's services extend beyond the annual fishing trips, Garstecki said. He and the six other volunteer board members take individual veterans fishing almost every weekend throughout the summer. One of the organization's goals, Garstecki said, is to help each soldier who seeks assistance. Take a Vet Fishing leaders have helped veterans pay for post-traumatic stress disorder medication with money made from donations and sponsors. Read more...

07.30.14

Hanover Township seniors to 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...

07.30.14

Illinois to ask voters about taxing millionaires

Illinois voters will get a chance in November to weigh in on whether millionaires should pay an additional income tax to help fund schools after Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Tuesday adding a nonbinding resolution to the ballot. Read more...

07.30.14

Sports, activities bring kids and police together in Elgin

Helping youth become familiar with police officers is one of the benefits of Kids United, the goal of which is to foster leadership and good citizenry while giving kids a safe place to be, said Elgin Police Sgt. Gary Neal. Read more...

07.30.14

State police cracking down on trucks on I-90/94

The Illinois State Police will join 15 states along the I-90 and I-94 corridor in a massive public safety initiative called the I-90/94 Challenge aimed to reduce traffic fatalities and prevent criminal activity, according to a news release issued Tuesday. Illinois State Police will focus on commercial vehicle enforcement and commercial vehicle driver safety. Read more...

07.29.14

Judge: Elgin Mental health escapee to get fitness test

A judge Monday ordered a man who authorities say escaped custody of the Elgin Mental Health Center and led police on an eight-hour manhunt earlier this month to undergo a fitness test next week. Read more...

07.29.14

New protocols, technology for how Elgin firefighters, paramedics handle cardiac arrest calls

In the last few years, the Elgin Fire Department has shifted its procedures for cardiac arrest care in the field, is incorporating new technologies into the process, has upped training to include in-house sessions, and intends to be working more to get the word out about the importance of everyone knowing CPR. Read more...

07.29.14

Shocking increase of homeless students in suburbs

In Northwest suburban Cook County, which includes high school districts 207, 211 and 214, there are 55 percent more homeless students than two years ago. Read more...

07.28.14

Agency to issue housing report on Hanover Park

Hanover Park will help steer a regional housing study expected to kick off in September or October. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus commissioned the "Homes for a Changing Region" analysis. Read more...

07.28.14

Drinking water agency overcharges Streamwood in billing error

An agency that supplies drinking water to Streamwood overcharged the village roughly $80,000 in May, a gaffe officials traced to a valve left open in a Schaumburg Road pumping station. Read more...

07.28.14

Elgin may ease residency requirements

Some upper-level Elgin officials would no longer be required to live within city limits if a new proposal is OK'd by the city council. Council members voted 7-2 this week at the committee of the whole meeting in favor of abolishing the residency requirements for certain positions that have a technical focus: the city's corporation counsel, chief financial officer, human resources director, information technology services director and water director. Read more...

07.28.14

Elgin police finalist for international award

The Elgin Police Department was selected among eight finalists for an international award because of its success in reducing motor vehicle burglaries throughout the city. Read more...

07.28.14

Firefighter hurt in Bartlett house fire

One firefighter was injured by falling debris while battling a Bartlett house fire Sunday afternoon and had to be transported to Central DuPage Hospital. Officials at the Bartlett Fire Protection District did not release the name of the firefighter, nor any further information on his or her condition. Read more...

07.28.14

Streamwood parade calls for a party

The Streamwood Summer Celebration parade, marking the event's 20th anniversary, stepped off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Heinz and Trish Koch celebrated the parade by throwing their 16th annual party for family and friends. Trish said the "good food, family and the community" bring them together year after year. Read more...

07.28.14

U46 enrollment analysis likely to bring boundary changes, possible school closings

An analysis of the school facilities and the number of U46 students — present and future — was completed this spring by a committee of volunteers from the District U46 Citizens Advisory Council. It will kick off two years of further study that likely will end in the fall of 2016 with new attendance boundaries for many schools. It could even lead to a decision to close some schools — most likely in the Bartlett-Wayne-Streamwood-Hanover Park area. Read more...

07.25.14

Cook County to cut buildings' carbon emissions

Cook County buildings will be getting greener. The county's Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance aimed at making public buildings more energy efficient -- with the goal of sharply cutting greenhouse gases emitted by county-owned buildings. Read more...

07.25.14

Elgin council moves along eliminating residency requirements for five jobs

The city council Wednesday night decided to move along a measure that would eliminate residency requirements for a number of positions and would require 40 hours of community service annually from upper management. The matter came to light after the recent resignation of Colleen Lavery, the city’s chief financial officer, who noted the residency requirement as a prime reason for leaving the job. Read more...

07.25.14

Elgin rushes to buy road salt

With prices climbing and competition for supplies likely to be keen, the city of Elgin swiftly approved spending nearly $1 million to buy about 10,000 tons of road salt for next winter. Read more...

07.25.14

Hanover Park adopts temporary ban on pawn shops, some lenders

Concerned by their growing numbers, Hanover Park officials have temporarily banned any new pawn shops, "cash for gold" stores and other lenders from opening up in town. Village trustees Thursday unanimously placed a nine-month moratorium on such businesses. Read more...

07.25.14

Lobbying activity falls to 4-year low in Cook County

Lobbyists were paid almost $1.2 million for reaching out to officials in Cook County during the first half of 2014, but lobbying activity during that six-month period was the lowest in four years, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr. Read more...

07.24.14

Another suburb returns to ComEd, drops alternative supplier

After using alternatives to ComEd for two years -- and cashing in on more than $1.7 million in savings -- Hanover Park residents and businesses will once again become customers of the utility heavyweight. Read more...

07.24.14

Attorney general talks scams at Elgin roundtable

Attorney General Lisa Madigan and her staff discussed how to identify and avoid major consumer scams, including identity theft and home repair fraud, as well as schemes that target seniors. The occasion was a round-table discussion Wednesday at the Centre of Elgin. Read more...

07.24.14

Elgin city council to discuss road salt purchase Wednesday

As preparations begin for next snow season, the state’s Department of Central Management Systems (CMS) has been telling towns that the severity of the weather and frequency of ice and snow storms during 2013-2014 has dramatically drained vendor and manufacturer supplies to a point that to that it is probably impacting the availability of road salt through typical avenues. So CMS is strongly urging municipalities to look for alternatives to meet their road salt needs. Read more...

07.24.14

Elgin looks at changing fire, police board makeup

A proposal to change the makeup of Elgin's board of fire and police commissioners -- with city staff members outnumbering residents -- narrowly moved forward Wednesday night. Elgin Mayor David Kaptain and councilmen John Steffen, Toby Shaw, John Prigge and Terry Gavin voted at the committee of the whole meeting in favor of adding the city's police chief, fire chief and director of human resources to the board, which also would include two residents. Read more...

07.24.14

Fewer U46 students in trouble for fighting; resource officers up for renewal

John Heiderscheidt, coordinator of school safety and security, reported to the U46 board Monday that 23 percent fewer high-school students and 29 percent fewer middle-school students were suspended for fighting last school year than the year before. Read more...

07.24.14

Township to host Septran hiring event

Hanover Township and Septran are co-sponsoring a hiring event on Wednesday, August 6 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM at the Hanover Township Town Hall, 250 S. IL Route 59 in Bartlett. Attendees will have the opportunity to apply for a variety of open positions with Septran, a family-owned company and division of Krapf Bus Companies, for their location in Carol Stream. Read more...

07.23.14

Businessmen hope to open medical marijuana dispensary in Elgin

The city recently received its first application seeking conditional use approval for opening a medical marijuana dispensary in town. Thiersch said he would like to have a dispensary in Elgin because of its size, that it has a large health care presence with two hospitals and various clinics, and because he is familiar with the town from having family there. Read more...

07.23.14

District U46 rejects charter school idea; backers going to state level

The proposal to set up a charter school in Elgin was rejected Monday night by the School District U46 Board of Education, by a 6-1 vote. But backers of the idea said they now will seek to have the school approved under the supervision of the Illinois State Board of Education. And school board member Traci O’Neal Ellis called on the district to set up its own magnet elementary schools, perhaps using a curriculum like that proposed for the charter school. Read more...

07.23.14

Policy council coming for Cook forests

Forest Preserves of Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle introduced an ordinance Tuesday that will create a Conservation and Policy Council. In February, the county adopted the Next Century Conservation Plan to guide the Forest Preserves for the next 100 years. Read more...

07.22.14

Elgin city hall to be renamed after longtime councilman

The city of Elgin is planning to rename its municipal complex after its longest-serving councilman, Bob Gilliam. Gilliam lost his re-election bid in April 2013 after serving for 40 years in Elgin. Elected in 1973, he also was the city's first African-American councilman. Read more...

07.22.14

IAG rules city council did not violate open meetings act

The city council did not violate the terms and conditions of the Open Meetings Act when it met in April to discuss who it might pick and then how it might pick a replacement to take Anna Moeller’s seat. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office sent a letter to Elgin Corporation Counsel William Cogley Monday. Monday afternoon Cogley said that city takes following the OMA seriously and was pleased that the review reached the conclusion it did. Read more...

07.22.14

ILLINOIS TOLLWAY AND ILLINOIS STATE POLICE HOST KIDS SAFETY EVENT AT IKEA SCHAUMBURG Saturday July 26

In an effort to keep children safe and parents worry-free this summer, the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 have scheduled a free Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event at the Ikea store in Schaumburg. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to stop by and create free kids' ID cards and get help with child safety seat inspections. Read more...

07.22.14

Tuesday could be summer’s hottest day yet, but thunderstorms possible

Highs will be in the lower 90s under a partly cloudy sky, according to the National Weather Service office in Romeoville. However, the heat index — a measure of how hot it feels when humidity is added to the air temperature — could reach 95 or even 100 degrees. Read more...

07.22.14

U-46 board rejects Elgin charter school proposal

Despite pleas from dozens of parents, the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board Monday night denied a proposal to create a new math and science elementary charter school in Elgin. Read more...

07.21.14

Hanover Township seniors eating well

Seniors wanted fresh food and choices from the congregate dining program, said Barbara Kurth-Schuldt, the township’s senior services director. Then, last year, the Northwest Suburban Area Agency on Aging asked if Hanover Township wanted to take over the congregate dining program, Kurth-Schuldt said. Township Supervisor Brian McGuire said yes, she added. Now, 50-55 seniors, age 60 and up, are eating at the Stars-n-Stripes Cafe at the Senior Center, Kurth-Schuldt said. The seniors picked the new name in a contest. Read more...

07.21.14

Hanover Twp, Greater Elgin Family Care Center team on back-to-school fair

Hanover Township and the Greater Elgin Family Care Center will hold a back-to-school fair where students can receive health checkups on July 30. Township nurses will give free health screenings for diabetes, anemia and blood pressure. The Elgin team will provide immunizations and physicals for kids. Read more...

07.21.14

National Weather Service: Limit outside activity today

The National Weather Service has issued an air quality alert for the suburbs until midnight. Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties are among the areas in the alert. The alert warns active children and adults, especially those with respiratory problems, to limit time spent outdoors. Read more...

07.21.14

Practice shooting scenario readies local agencies

The training scenario included Elgin police and fire departments, along with officials from Elgin School District U46, the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, area hospitals, and dozens of other area fire, police departments and agencies were prepping for a live-shooter scenario at Otter Creek Elementary, 2701 Hopps Road. Read more...

07.21.14

Train whistle got you singing the blues? Quiet Zone might be the answer

Administrators recently negotiated a deal with the Federal Railroad Administration to usher in a Quiet Zone. Bensenville's not alone. Quiet Zones can be found all over the suburbs: Barrington, West Chicago, Lake Zurich, Aurora, Sugar Grove, Bartlett and Mundelein, to name a few. Read more...

07.18.14

Free clinic in Elgin to analyze phone bills

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will analyze phone bills at a free clinic for Elgin residents at a utility-bill clinic, co-hosted by state Rep. Anna Moeller, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 23 at the Gail Borden Library. Read more...

07.18.14

Hanover Park seeking donations for military dog tribute

Hanover Park wants to add a life-size tribute to military dogs in one of the most prominent places in town: outside village hall. The blue collar suburb has launched a campaign to raise $25,000 to install a metal cast of a German shepherd fronting Lake Street. The statue would greet visitors to the village's veterans memorial. Read more...

07.18.14

Ill. unemployment rate falls again as factory jobs continue to leave state

Illinois' unemployment rate fell to 7.1% in June, and construction and financial services led the way on new hiring. The bad news, though, is Illinois factory jobs continued to disappear -- another 1,500 lost last month and 11,500 in the last year. Read more...

07.18.14

TIF revenue drops in suburbs, clerk says

The collective revenue of suburban Cook County tax increment financing districts dropped about 2 percent in 2013, Cook County Clerk David Orr said Wednesday. Orr's 2013 report says $683 million in revenue was collected by 435 active TIFs in Cook County last year. Read more...

07.18.14

Township to co-sponsor back-to-school heath and resource fair

Hanover Township is partnering with the Greater Elgin Family Care Center and the Blackhawk Apartments to sponsor a back-to-school health and resource fair on Wednesday, July 30. The fair will run from 3:00PM to 6:00PM at the Blackhawk Apartments Clubhouse at 926 Congdon Avenue in Elgin. Read more...

07.18.14

U-46 Schools Receive Highest Distinction for PBIS Success

Elgin - School District U-46 Superintendent José M. Torres is pleased to announce 42 schools were recognized for successful implementation of PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) during the 2013-2014 school year. Abbott Middle School, Century Oaks Elementary School, Glenbrook Elementary School and Highland Elementary School were four of only 28 schools across the state to receive Platinum status. Read more...

07.17.14

Bartlett police want hearing officer to decide parking ticket, code violation cases

If you're slapped with a parking ticket in Bartlett, you often have to travel to the Cook County circuit court branch in Rolling Meadows to challenge your case. After talks with other area departments, Bartlett police want the village to handle cases involving minor village offenses locally, a move that would speed up decisions and bring more convenience to residents, officials say. Read more...

07.17.14

Elgin police capture the man who escaped from mental health center

Aaron Dunbar, 31, an ex-National Guardsman and driver with A-1 Cab Dispatch, is credited for bringing Jesse Ortiz/Vega to police following an eight-hour search Wednesday. According to police, Vega was picked up by the cab driver on the 400 block of Prospect Street — around the corner from the location where police and other law enforcement agencies had been set up since about 9 a.m. Read more...

07.17.14

Hoffman fitness fest draws top runners, skaters and first-timers

Some of the nation's top in-line skaters, along with hundreds of other athletes, will be in Hoffman Estates this weekend for the sixth annual Alexian Brothers Fitness For America Sports Festival. Read more...

07.17.14

Police alert: Emergency crews on Randall just a training exercise

Elgin Police are warning residents to not be alarmed by a training scenario taking place Thursday morning at Otter Creek School. Officials said about 200 role players will assist the Elgin police and local fire departments, in conjunction with Elgin Area School District U-46 and several area hospitals, on a joint training scenario involving an active shooter/mass casualty event. Read more...

07.16.14

Bartlett considers 30 single-family homes on Kane side

For the second time this month, a developer has approached Bartlett trustees with plans for single-family homes on vacant land once intended for town homes. The real estate arm of Reliable Materials Corp. wants to bring 30 stand-alone houses to a roughly 9-acre site on the corner of West Bartlett Road and Southwind Boulevard. The homes would also put new residents in the village's Kane County side for the first time in years, officials say. Read more...

07.16.14

Elgin police search for prisoner who escaped mental health center

The Elgin Police Department is looking for a prisoner who escaped the Elgin Mental Health Center. Jesse Vega escaped from their custody Wednesday morning in the area of Seneca and Dundee in Elgin. If you see him, do not approach him. Call 9-1-1. Read more...

07.16.14

Hanover Township to host annual recycling event

Hanover Township will host its 5th annual Recycling Extravaganza on Saturday, August 2, on the Township's main campus at 250 S. IL Route 59 in Bartlett. Starting at 8AM and running until 1PM, vendors will be onsite collecting electronics, bicycles, cell phones, car and marine batteries, and more. To view a complete list of items that will and will not be accepted, please visit www.hanover-township.org. Read more...

07.16.14

Quinn faces questions about misusing funds

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, fighting to hold onto his seat and his reputation as a reformer who's cleaned up state government, is facing questions about a now-defunct anti-violence program he started in the run-up to his 2010 election after a state audit found funds were misused. Read more...

07.16.14

U.S. News list: Suburban hospitals among the 'best'

In addition, Alexian Brothers Health System's St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates ranked No. 5 and Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village was No. 7 in the region. It is difficult to determine if high rankings on such a list would eventually translate into financial gain for the hospitals. Instead, the rankings contribute more to feelings of pride and recognition, said St. Alexius CEO Len Wilk. Read more...

07.15.14

City manager staying in Elgin

Elgin City Manager Sean Stegall is going nowhere, at least for now. Stegall was the top candidate among four finalists for the job of city manager in Des Moines, Iowa, but he withdrew his name from consideration, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie said. Read more...

07.15.14

Mid-summer cold blast greeting people Tuesday morning

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service said temperatures will only reach a high of 67 degrees today with winds from the northwest topping out at 15 mph. Read more...

07.15.14

Teens to be charged after Elgin car chase, detective injured

Two teenagers are expected to be charged Monday after an Elgin police detective sustained an injury to his arm while attempting to arrest one of them, police said. Charges, including aggravated battery to a police officer, are pending, police said. The detective sustained "a significant but nonlife threatening injury," and was treated and released from the hospital, police said. Read more...

07.14.14

An unwelcome surprise from the Cook County health system

CountyCare — that's Cook County's attempt to leverage federal dollars through a Medicaid managed care program — is in a heap of trouble. Expenses outstripped revenues by $21 million in the first six months of the county's fiscal year, through May 31. The shortfall is expected to grow to $63.5 million by the end of the fiscal year, Nov. 30. That's driving a projected $85.9 million shortfall in the 2014 Cook County budget. Read more...

07.14.14

Golf Road closed after fatal crash involving pedestrian

Golf Road has been shut down between Route 59 and Rohrssen Road in unincorporated Cook County near Hoffman Estates following a fatal crash involving a pedestrian. Read more...

07.14.14

Streamwood backs property tax breaks for local manufacturers

Streamwood village officials have backed the bids by Aluminum Coil Anodizing, Corp., KSO MetalFab, Inc. and Brolite Products, Inc. That support meets one of the requirements for the county's Class 6B tax incentive. Read more...

07.14.14

Why Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates struggle to land hardware stores

With their combined population of more than 125,000 and central location in the Northwest suburbs, Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates have attracted a variety of auto dealerships, high-end stores and restaurants, and the headquarters of major corporations like Sears and Motorola. Read more...

07.11.14

Council approves doling out $531,000 in federal CDBG money

The city council Wednesday night unanimously approved moving along an amended allocation of federally issued Community Development Block Grant money that now will dole out more than $531,000 to fund seven projects or activities. Hanover Township intends to use $25,000 to install an elevator linking the main level with the lower level of the Izaak Walton Center, 899 Jay St. which was built in 1939. Read more...

07.11.14

Elgin city council gets wheels moving on far west Route 20 realignment

The Elgin city council got the wheels turning Wednesday evening in a process they hope will lead to a realignment Route 20 that will eliminate a sharp turn at Reinking Road on the city’s far western outskirts. By a unanimous vote, the council approved supporting the realignment — a first step in if it actually happens. Read more...

07.11.14

Elgin police chief to meet residents over west-side burglaries

Several home and vehicle burglaries in two subdivisions on Elgin's west side prompted residents to ask the police chief to take part in a community meeting. Seven home burglaries and four burglaries to vehicles took place the evening of July 3 into the early morning hours of July 4 in the Valley Creek and Country Knolls subdivisions, Elgin Police Comdr. Ana Lalley said. Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda will take part in the community meeting July 26 Lalley said. Read more...

07.11.14

Forecasts call for dip in temperatures in next week

Meteorologists are predicting cooler than average temperatures will hit the area next week. She said the average high temperatures for the Chicago area is about 85 degrees. However, she said, temperatures will average in the mid-70s most of the week. Read more...

07.11.14

Moeller Invites Residents to July Coffee Shop Stop

As part of her effort to stay connected to the community, state Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, is hosting a coffee shop stop on Tuesday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at In the Neighborhood Deli, located at 185 N. Edison Ave. in Elgin. Read more...

07.11.14

Quinn and Rauner both just say no to legalized pot

As Illinois continues the long process of preparing its medical marijuana program, would Illinois be a candidate to follow Washington and Colorado in legalizing pot and collecting the tax money that could come with it? This is where Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican opponent Bruce Rauner find some common ground. They, as the saying goes, just say no. Read more...

07.11.14

Tollway warns customers of overdue toll phishing scam

The Illinois Tollway is warning customers about a phishing scam using the E-ZPASS logo in emails claiming recipients owe money for missed tolls. In the alert issued Thursday, the tollway authority advised customers to disregard emails being sent from “E-ZPASS Collection Agency.” Read more...

07.10.14

Bartlett ties blood drive to National Night Out

Bartlett will hold a blood drive during its National Night Out event next month. Walk-ins are welcome for the drive, set for 3-7 p.m. Aug. 4, in the police department's training room, 228 S. Main St. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and free of symptoms of colds, flu and allergies. Read more...

07.10.14

Elgin first-responders honored for making organ donation possible

Members of Elgin's police and fire departments were recognized Wednesday for their roles in attempting to revive a woman who went into cardiac arrest in May. Her family decided to take her off life support and donate her organs, which in turn helped save other lives, said Elgin police detective Heather Robinson, chairwoman of the police awards committee. Read more...

07.10.14

Glenview developer eyes Bartlett land for 43 single-family homes

A narrow piece of Bartlett land with a history of unfulfilled housing ventures has lured a new developer. William Ryan Homes has stepped forward with a concept to build 43 single-family homes on Naperville Road south of Lake Street and east of Villa Olivia, the park district's golf, banquet and ski venue. Old Second National Bank in Aurora owns the vacant, 13.5-acre site. Read more...

07.10.14

Hanover Park police show fun side at picnic

Hanover Park police rolled out hot dogs, K-9 demos and face painting for the annual COPS Day picnic Wednesday. The event -- COPS stands for Community Oriented Police Strategy -- is meant to help connect residents with officers, dressed in polos and jeans, in a more informal setting, organizers say. Read more...

07.10.14

Rep. Moeller Urges Governor to Sign Bill Protecting the Rights of Crime Victims

State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, on Wednesday called on the governor to sign House Bill 4266 - which would ensure that personally identifying information of victims, such as name and contact information, is not released to anyone other than the proper law enforcement officials - into law. Read more...

07.09.14

Archaic tax formula leaves most suburbs wanting more

The Personal Property Replacement Tax generated more than $1.3 billion in 2014 through an income tax on the profits of businesses statewide. Thirty percent of that money -- nearly $410 million -- went to Chicago and to schools, the park district and community colleges within the city's borders. By comparison, the other 498 Cook County government bodies shared just under $300 million among themselves Read more...

07.09.14

Elgin police want new sex offender registration law

Members of the Elgin Police Department have asked local state officials to craft legislation that would supersede a court decision they say makes it more difficult to enforce the Sex Offender Registration Act. Officers from the department's resident officer program and crime-free housing unit are in charge of keeping track of Elgin's approximately 120 registered sex offenders, Elgin police Lt. Frank Trost said. Read more...

07.09.14

Hanover Township Mental Health Board FY16 grant applications now available

Grant applications for FY 16 are now available from the Hanover Township Mental Health Board. The Mental Health Board provides approximately $1 million annually in funding to agencies serving Hanover Township residents in the areas of mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse intervention and prevention. The FY16 funding period runs from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016. Read more...

07.09.14

Hoffman Estates approves Moretti’s, Whiskey River

Moretti's and Whiskey River restaurants are on track to open in Hoffman Estates this November, bringing the number of eateries at the southeast corner of Higgins and Barrington roads back to five. Read more...

07.09.14

Schaumburg mayor honored for support of small business

Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson received the 2014 Partner America Small Business Advocate Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Tuesday during the monthly morning gathering of the Schaumburg Business Association. Read more...

07.08.14

Bartlett show features work of Streamwood artist

Arts in Bartlett presents “Art Through My Eyes” by Streamwood artist Ron Jurcy through July 31 at the Bartlett Village Hall 2nd Floor Gallery, 228 Main St, Bartlett, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon. Read more...

07.08.14

Elgin firefighters build community garden

An organic community garden started by Elgin firefighters is serving local families and benefiting the Food for Greater Elgin food pantry. The garden, next to fire station No. 7 at 3270 Longcommon Parkway on the city's far west side, is the 25th within the Elgin Community Garden Network, with whom the fire department partnered for the initiative, Fire Lt. Bob Bedard said. Read more...

07.08.14

State’s Largest School District Outside of Chicago Set to Host Job Fair for Bilingual Teachers

School District U-46 is hosting a job fair and is looking for innovative and creative educators who would like to utilize their talents, skills and passion. We are specifically seeking candidates in the following areas: •ELL Bilingual K-12 Teachers •ELL Bilingual Pre-K Teachers •Bilingual Special Education Teachers. Read more...

07.07.14

Elgin officials: Despite glitch, July 4 celebration a success

By all accounts, Elgin's Fourth of July celebration was a success despite a last-minute relocation of the fireworks. The concert and fireworks combo event at Festival Park, sponsored by Grand Victoria Casino in conjunction with the city, was attended by thousands of people, Elgin Mayor David Kaptain said. Read more...

07.07.14

Items valued at $7,643 stolen in one night in Bartlett

Burglars entered 13 unlocked vehicles in one night in Bartlett, stealing items valued at $7,643. Burglars entered vehicles overnight June 26-27 on the 300 block of Sundance Drive, 800 block of South Castlewood Lane, 800 block of Tallgrass Drive, 400 block of Blue Heron Circle, and 1600 block of Penny Lane. Read more...

07.07.14

June jobs report shows US recovery is accelerating

A surprisingly robust job market is energizing the 5-year-old U.S. recovery and driving the economy closer to full health. Employers added 288,000 jobs in June and helped cut the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since 2008. It was the fifth straight gain above 200,000 — the best such stretch since the late 1990s tech boom. Read more...

07.03.14

Bartlett wrapping up designs for flood-control project

Bartlett officials are prepping for a long-awaited project this fall to relieve flooding in an area of town swamped by heavy rains in 2008. A village-hired engineering firm is putting the last touches on designs for a $5.1 million plan funded largely by a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant. Read more...

07.03.14

Hanover Township opens up clinic for back-to-school physicals, immunizations

Hanover Township will open a clinic to students in need of back-to-school immunizations and physicals. The Office of Community Health is partnering with a state program to offer the clinics at the township's Senior Center, 240 S. Rte. 59, Bartlett. Read more...

07.03.14

How Elgin Fourth of July parade app works

Thanks to app developer Milan Shah, attendees gathering in downtown Elgin Friday morning won’t have to let the Fourth of July parade just pass them by. Shah has created the free “Elgin July 4” app found in the Google Store for those who have Android tablets and phones. With it, a Bluetooth compatible, low energy radio transmitter will be on floats so that they can send notifications to those who have the app installed. Read more...

07.03.14

Illinois AG opposes ComEd, Peoples Gas rate hikes

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is picking fights with ComEd and Peoples Gas in an effort to block rate increases. Seeking to reduce a requested $128 million gas rate hike by $74 million, Madigan filed a report Wednesday with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) that contains expert testimony arguing that Peoples Gas, when compared to 18 other Midwest gas companies, is wrought with inefficiencies. Read more...

07.03.14

Rep. Moeller to Join Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain for Neighborhood Walk

State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, is joining Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain for his "Walk with the Mayor" event on Wednesday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parkwood neighborhood clubhouse, located at 119 Joslyn Dr. in Elgin. Read more...

07.03.14

Streamwood Fire Department awarded $200,000-plus grant

The Streamwood Fire Department will receive a $211,410 federal grant, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced Wednesday. The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the grant, expected to finance new equipment for firefighters, like oxygen tanks and face masks. Read more...

07.02.14

Bartlett weighs options on water suppliers

Bartlett homeowners and businesses could get all of their drinking water from Elgin's treatment plant, under a proposal before the village board. Elgin's facility, which taps the Fox River, provides more than half of Bartlett's water supply -- an average of 2 million gallons per day. The rest comes from village-owned wells. Read more...

07.02.14

Donate to food pantry at Bartlett July 4 parade

The Bartlett Chamber of Commerce and Hanover Township are teaming up for a donation drive benefiting the township's food pantry. Chamber members will push shopping carts to collect donations during Bartlett's Independence Day parade, starting at 1 p.m. Sunday near Oak and North avenues. Read more...

07.02.14

Northwest suburban Fourth of July festivals open Wednesday

Starting Thursday are the Barrington Fourth of July festival, the Bartlett Fourth of July festival and Northwest Fourth-Fest, held at the Sears Centre Arena and sponsored by Hoffman Estates, the Hoffman Estates Park District and Hanover Township. All six festivals run through Sunday. Read more...

07.02.14

U-46 educators to train teachers in Ghana

A group of Elgin Area School District U-46 elementary school teachers will visit Ghana over winter break to train educators there how to use storybooks and computers in their classrooms. The effort is part of the Books for Ghana project by sixth-grade gifted students at Sycamore Trails Elementary School in Bartlett. Read more...

07.01.14

216K without power after storms rake Chicago area

ComEd, which serves most of northern and northeastern Illinois, said about 216,000 customers were still without power as of 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, after a wave of storms that dumped nearly four inches of rain in some areas. As many as 372,000 ComEd customers had been without power after the storms, according to the utility company. Read more...

07.01.14

Arrests made in Cook County jail smuggling ring

A correctional officer was among those arrested over the weekend for smuggling contraband into Cook County jail, authorities said. Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart made the announcement Monday. Read more...

07.01.14

Illinois pushes ahead with managed care plans for Medicaid patients

Facing a Jan. 1 deadline, the state’s top Medicaid official announced a timetable Monday for moving hundreds of thousands of low-income patients into managed care health plans. Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos said 1.7 million people will get packets in the mail by the end of the year outlining their health plan choices and giving an enrollment phone number. Read more...

06.30.14

Cook County sheriff warns of phone scam

Authorities are warning the public of a phone scam where callers are told they have an active warrant and must pay immediately or otherwise face arrest. In a news release Friday, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said his office has received a number of reports from throughout the county that a caller identifying himself as a sheriff's employee is telling victims there is an arrest warrant for them. Read more...

06.30.14

Elgin getting ready for Fourth of July

Elgin is getting ready for a heavy influx of people downtown for the city's first outdoor concert and fireworks combo on Fourth of July. Elgin Police Cmdr. Dan O'Shea said the police department has been working on a plan for months. Read more...

06.30.14

Elgin, South Elgin K9s get vests

The Elgin and South Elgin police departments recently received donated K9 police dogs ballistic vests funded through a Groupon campaign last winter. A number of Elgin employees contributed to the campaign, Schuttrow said. Read more...

06.30.14

Powerful storms could hit area this evening

An approaching strong cold front combined with an upper level disturbance will bring thunderstorms back into the area late this afternoon and this evening, some of which are likely to become severe, said Amy Seeley of the National Weather Service. Read more...

06.30.14

Suburbs see steep lottery sales growth

An analysis of numbers from the Illinois Lottery shows that while far more lottery tickets are bought in Chicago, in recent years the amount spent trying to win riches grew faster in many suburbs than in the city. Read more...

06.27.14

Bartlett police looking for neighborhoods to host block parties

The Bartlett Police Department is looking for neighborhoods that are interested in hosting a National Night Out block party or participating in the neighborhood lighting competition on Saturday, Aug. 2. “This is a perfect opportunity to meet your neighbors and to promote positive police-community partnerships,” the police department said in a release. Read more...

06.27.14

Elgin council supports changes for police candidates

Elgin City Council members unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Elgin Police Department's desire to lower requirements from a bachelor's degree to 60 hours of college for certain police officer candidates. Officers would still need a four-year degree to be promoted to lieutenant, he said. Read more...

06.27.14

Elgin looks at backyard chickens ordinance

The chickens have not come home to roost yet, but the city council soon will see an ordinance that might allow that to happen. After months of discussion and a recommendation from the city’s sustainability committee to allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards, the council on Wednesday gave city staff the nod to craft a suggested ordinance. Read more...

06.27.14

School supplies needed for Hanover Township backpack program

Hanover Township is gearing up for its annual Backpack Giveaway and is once again asking the community for donations of school supplies and backpacks for Township youth returning to school in the fall. Last year, more than 800 backpacks filled with school supplies were given to Township youth. Read more...

06.26.14

Rep. Moeller Opposed to Pay Raises for Legislators

State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, on Wednesday released the following statement: "It has come to my attention that residents in the 43rd district have been receiving automated phone calls falsely claiming that I voted to increase my legislative pay. To set the record straight, I did not vote to raise my pay and I do not support pay increases for legislators.” Read more...

06.26.14

Suburban police use new high-tech, data-driven tools to fight crime

Earlier this month, Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions launched a cloud-based application that maps data from public and private sources. In Elgin, the department started to experiment with the predictive policing software last year. The program produces new predictions each shift through a formula analyzing the times and locations of past crimes. Police also are looking into using software that lists previous offenders considered most likely to commit another crime in Elgin. Read more...

06.25.14

Elgin city council set to approve $1.4 million in paving projects

The city council Wednesday night is set to award a contract for $1,430,855 to Plote Construction for neighborhood resurfacing projects. The work involves pavement grinding, then creating a new riding surface consisting of five inches of new bituminous concrete poured over an existing gravel base. It will improve more than 2.5 miles of roads. Read more...

06.25.14

Funnel clouds spotted over DuPage County not tornadoes

The National Weather Service said it received reports of funnel clouds from places in DuPage and Cook County. These types of funnel clouds usually do not touch the ground or pose a threat, the weather service said. Even in the rare moment one of them does touch the ground, damage would be very minimal at most, according to the National Weather Service. Read more...

06.25.14

Ghostbusters disappearing from ad for summer events in Elgin

The city has taken down a small billboard with spooky cartoon illustrations for a free summer concert series in Wing Park and is putting up one with a different design. “The new sign design was approved and ordered for print on Thursday,” Elgin’s Special Events and Community Engagement Manager, Barb Keselica said. “It was delivered to city hall and will be put up this week.” Read more...

06.25.14

Hanover Township appoints three new mental health board members

The Hanover Township Board of Trustees appointed Kim Baffa, Meghan Nelson and Julia Thomas to the Hanover Township Mental Health Board at their May 6 meeting. Baffa, Nelson and Thomas, all residents of Bartlett, come from diverse professional backgrounds. “The Township relies heavily on the service of volunteers," said Brian P. McGuire, Hanover Township Supervisor. Read more...

06.25.14

State to invest $2.3 million in clean-energy companies

Looking to give Illinois clean-energy startups a boost, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday the creation of a venture capital fund to be filled equally with state and private money and doled out to promising companies. The Illinois Clean Energy Fund will receive $2.3 million from the state — money Illinois got from federal grants. Read more...

06.24.14

Alvarez: I won’t prosecute every witness suspected of lying

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is assuring a group of former judges and prosecutors that she doesn’t intend to prosecute every witness suspected of lying on the stand. “My office does not take the decision to charge a perjury case lightly and this charge is brought in only very limited circumstances,” she said in a letter to a group of attorneys. Read more...

06.24.14

Elgin downtown organization seeks marketing/promotions coordinator

After laying off its economic development director after a June 2 board of directors meeting, the Downtown Neighborhood Association is looking for a promotions coordinator. According to the posting on the DNA website, whomever is hired, “will plan, organize, market and execute successful special events and promotional activities for downtown Elgin. Read more...

06.24.14

Hoffman Estates blaze injures firefighter

The Hoffman Estates Fire Department continues to investigate a Saturday afternoon house fire that injured a firefighter. Firefighters called at 12:58 p.m. to the house at 180 Aster Lane arrived to find smoke visible from the roof of the one-story structure. The department responded with 20 firefighting personnel, as well as four engines, a ladder truck, a rescue squad and two ambulances. Read more...

06.24.14

Scheduled eight-hour Elgin council session set to cover full agenda

With a special committee of the whole session starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, the Elgin City Council is expected to be in meetings until at least 9 p.m. that night and hear no less than nine presentations doing so. The meetings will take place in the Heritage Ballroom in The Centre downtown. Read more...

06.24.14

U-46 committee says ‘no’ to charter school

An Elgin Area School District U-46 committee recommended denial of a proposal to create a new math and science elementary charter school in Elgin. The Elgin Charter School Initiative is proposing to open the Elgin Math and Science Academy on the site of the Fox River Country Day School at 1600 Dundee Ave. The city of Elgin owns that site and has yet to approve a lease with the charter group. Read more...

06.23.14

Registration for U-46 S.A.F.E. Program Now Open

Registration for the 2014-2015 S.A.F.E. Program is now open. S.A.F.E. provides before and after school childcare during all regular school days for U-46 students currently enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade whose parents are working or pursuing their own education. Read more...

06.23.14

Strong thunderstorms could hit the area this afternoon

Warm, humid air moving into the suburbs this afternoon could bring severe weather with it, accuweather.com is forecasting. The storms have the potential to produce damaging winds and flash floods. Storms could continue into Tuesday morning before the clouds move out. Read more...

06.20.14

Cook County property tax revenues increase 1 percent collectively

According to the annual property tax report issued by County Clerk David Orr's office Thursday, the county's 1,500-plus taxing bodies collectively raised property taxes by more than $122 million. The increase represents a little more than a 1 percent increase from 2012 to 2013. Read more...

06.20.14

Hanover Park board agrees to stiffen rules on demolishing buildings

Frustrated by a stretch of tired parking lot where the old Menards once stood, Hanover Park officials have toughened village codes in hopes of spurring the owner to restore the area. Read more...

06.20.14

Hanover Township weather spotters ready for severe weather

With spring moving out and summer moving in, Hanover Township weather spotters will begin to deploy around the community as severe weather approaches. These specially trained volunteers are members of the Hanover Township Emergency Services Unit. Read more...

06.20.14

Hanover Township’s Stars-n-Stripes cafe offers inventive meals for seniors

Next week, construction crews will begin to convert the center's conference area into more prep space. The project will add about 225 square feet to the kitchen and make way for four aeroponic garden towers. Program Manager Tracey Colagrossi spotted the contraptions (requiring no soil and little water) at O'Hare. Read more...

06.20.14

Hearing Monday on Elgin charter school plan

After years of planning, a proposal for an Elgin charter school will be presented to the public for comment as the District U46 board holds a public hearing Monday. Read more...

06.19.14

Hanover Township to hold summer back to school immunization and physical clinics

The Hanover Township Office of Community Health is partnering with KidCare Medical and Advanced Family Dental Care to offer summer-long Children's Back to School Immunization and Physical Clinics. Clinics are held from 4:00PM to 7:00PM at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. IL Route 59 in Bartlett on July 10, July 31, August 7 and August 14. Read more...

06.19.14

I-90 shut down near Tyrell Road near Elgin due to crash

The Jane Addams Tollway has been shut down between Tyrell Road and Route 31 due to a multivehicle crash, authorities said. The I-90 eastbound crash took place at 8:35 a.m. at mile marker 53, authorities said. Read more...

06.19.14

Rep. Moeller pushes regulations for ‘cash for gold’ businesses

State Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) on Wednesday called on the Gov. Pat Quinn to sign Senate Bill 1778, which would put in regulations requiring “cash for gold” type businesses to keep an accurate record of each sale they make as a way to make it easier for law enforcement to recover stolen items, into law. “This legislation is meant to deter burglaries and help law enforcement agencies recover stolen items that are sold to cash for gold-like resellers,” Moeller said. Read more...

06.19.14

Secret Service searches Schaumburg home

Schaumburg police assisted the U.S. Secret Service in the execution of a search warrant Wednesday morning at a home on the 1700 block of Southbridge Court in the village. Information about the law enforcement activity was not immediately available from the Secret Service's field office in Chicago. Schaumburg police Sgt. John Nebl said his department had no information other than that they were assisting the Secret Service. Read more...

06.19.14

U46 eyes new policies on pot, guns & school names

The state General Assembly may have legalized medical marijuana and the concealed carry of guns. But the schools in Elgin District U46 may remain marijuana- and gun-free zones. A committee composed of 10 school board members and administrators on Monday submitted five proposed new official policies. They cover the topics of medical marijuana, firearms, naming schools, racial and ethnic equity and use of dual languages. Read more...

06.18.14

County morgue to offer grief counseling to families

The Cook County morgue will begin a pilot grief counseling program this fall for families who have the grim task of identifying the remains of loved ones, including homicide victims, at the West Side facility. Spearheaded by Antonia Mayorga, executive assistant to Cook County’s Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Cina, the program will help families through the process of identifying loved ones, which includes examining pictures of the deceased, and will also offer follow-up resources for grieving families. Read more...

06.18.14

Schaumburg committee backs requests for county tax breaks

Schaumburg's finance committee has recommended two companies be considered for a Cook County property tax incentive to help them move into vacant industrial buildings in the village. Schaumburg Trustee George Dunham, who chairs the finance committee, said officials are confident both companies meet the industrial definition required to receive the Class 6B incentive. Read more...

06.18.14

Streamwood promotes deputy police chief to top cop

Streamwood officials have tapped Deputy Police Chief Jim Gremo as the village's next top cop. The 27-year veteran of the department will be promoted to police chief with a swearing-in at the village board meeting Thursday. Gremo, who has spent his entire career with Streamwood, joined the department as a patrol officer in 1987. He served as a sergeant, detective and commander before ascending to deputy chief in 1998. Read more...

06.18.14

The students were able to judge the teachers at some schools in Dist. U46

Students are used to getting suggestions, criticisms, praise and finally grades from their teachers. But in five schools in Elgin and Streamwood last school year, the students got to return the favor. One of School District U46’s District Improvement Plan goals for 2012-2014 is to figure out ways for students, parents, teachers and staff “to provide meaningful feedback through two-way communication.” Read more...

06.18.14

U46 librarian named Ill. school worker of year

Karen Westerman, who works as a library paraprofessional at two Elgin District U46 schools, has been named the Education Support Professional of the Year by the Illinois Education Association. After being recognized Monday by the U46 Board of Education, Westerman said the union chooses this statewide honor based on both work at school and volunteer work in the outside community. Read more...

06.17.14

Cook County to screen Arlene Mulder replacement on Metra publicly

Following on a new tradition of interviewing Metra board candidates in public, Cook County officials will screen replacements for outgoing Director Arlene Mulder at an open session in July. Traditionally, Metra directors have been chosen behind closed doors but Cook County commissioners opened up the process in 2013. The new director, representing the Northwest suburbs, will be chosen by Commissioners Tim Schneider, Liz Gorman and Gregg Goslin. Read more...

06.17.14

Downtown Elgin on historic registry can only be good, experts say

A panel of experts told downtown property owners Monday night there are only benefits if downtown Elgin is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin has been working on an application to have downtown Elgin listed as a historic district on the National Register. The application is expected to be submitted later this summer. Read more...

06.17.14

Report: 10 Most Boring Places in Illinois

Some spots in Illinois may be booming with entertainment and excitement, but apparently the Land of Lincoln is home to some not-so-exciting places too. Movoto Real Estate has released a list of the 10 most boring places in Illinois with the Village of New Lenox taking the top spot. Following New Lenox was Rolling Meadows, Calumet City, Lake in the Hills, Huntley, Bolingbrook, Hanover Park, Oswego, Vernon Hills and Streamwood. Read more...

06.17.14

Suspicious Elgin fire causes damage of $5,000-$10,000

A residential fire in Elgin early Monday caused an estimated $5,000 to $10,000 in damages and was suspicious, authorities said. Elgin firefighters were called at 12:09 a.m. to 265 Brook Street for a reported house fire, called to 911 by a neighbor, Elgin Fire Chief John Fahy said. Initial reports indicated the fire was suspicious, authorities said. Fire investigators were called to the scene and no cause has been determined at this time. Read more...

06.17.14

Tornado watch lifted, severe weather possible throughout the day

A tornado watch in place early this morning in the suburbs has been lifted by the National Weather Service. However, threats of severe weather remain throughout the day and potentially through Friday morning, meteorologists from the National Weather Service said. Read more...

06.16.14

Aerial spraying aimed at fighting gypsy moth in Bartlett

A yellow, fixed-wing aircraft will be spraying a biological product over Bartlett this month to ward off a pest that wreaks havoc on trees. The aircraft will deploy Disrupt II, an environmentally friendly insect pheromone, as part of a program to keep the nuisance from establishing itself in the northeast corner of the state, officials say. Read more...

06.16.14

Anti-heroin ad wins award

A television advertisement created by the Illinois State Crime Commission and Karl Productions about heroin abuse has won an award, officials announced. The piece, called "Heroin Swing Set," has won a Telly Award. The national prize honors outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. Read more...

06.16.14

Hanover Park searches for land for new fire station No. 2

Hanover Park officials are searching for property to build a new fire station No. 2, ideally north of Schick and south of Stearns roads. The village has not settled on a price tag, design plan or timeline for the proposed relocation. Read more...

06.16.14

Streamwood Stride draws runners

More than 250 runners hit the streets under a cloudless blue sky Saturday for the the 16th annual Streamwood Stride 5K/10K/Fun Run at the Park Place Family Recreation Center. Runners were treated to a pancake breakfast in the Recreation Center Gym afterward. Read more...

06.13.14

Councilman: Can I-90 Fox trail bridge be used elsewhere?

The pedestrian and bike bridge under the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway over the Fox River in Elgin is expected to be disassembled sometime this month, and one councilman is wondering if it can somehow be reused within the city. Councilman Rich Dunne said at the Elgin City Council meeting Wednesday, "I would like to see that bridge, if possible, be reutilized within the city". Read more...

06.13.14

Elgin OKs spending $30,000 on diversity consultant

By a 6-3 vote Wednesday, the city council approved paying Phil Reed, owner of SNAP Consulting and Associates, $30,000 for consulting services related to the city’s diversity program. Voting for the measure were Mayor Dave Kaptain and council members Rich Dunne, Rose Martinez, Tish Powell and Carol Rauschenberger Read more...

06.13.14

Hanover Park police investigate shooting

No one was injured when shots were fired at a Hanover Park home on the 1300 block of Kingsbury Drive Tuesday night, authorities said Wednesday. The shooting happened about 10:40 p.m., police said in a post on the department's Facebook page. Anyone with information on that person or the shooting is asked to call police at (630) 823-5500. Read more...

06.12.14

Bartlett launches first citizens’ police academy July 30

Bartlett police are launching their first citizens' academy for residents to learn more about the department. The free, 10-week program will cover firearms training, mock traffic stops, first aid, evidence processing and other interactive exercises. Read more...

06.12.14

Rep. Moeller Encourages Residents to Attend Her Senior Fair

State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, encouraged older residents to attend her Senior Fair on Saturday, June 21st from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Dundee Township Park District Senior Center, located at 665 Barrington Ave. in Carpentersville. The Senior Fair will provide free health screenings and information about state and local programs for seniors from over 20 volunteer vendors. Read more...

06.12.14

Senate approves bill to improve health care for vets

The Senate has approved a bill making it easier for veterans who have endured long wait times for VA medical care to receive treatment from local doctors instead. The measure closely resembles a bill approved Tuesday in the House. Lawmakers say they are optimistic a compromise version can soon be sent to President Barack Obama for his signature. Read more...

06.12.14

U-46 Saves Nearly $80,000 with Energy Conservation Program

School District U-46 is pleased to announce the district saved $79,800 in electricity costs as a result of the Energy Conservation Awards Program (E-CAP). The friendly green-inspired competition pits schools against each other and offers incentives for those with the greatest reductions in electricity use. Read more...

06.11.14

Bartlett police warn of IRS telephone scam

Bartlett police are warning residents of a telephone scam reported during the past few weeks, authorities said. The scam involves callers claiming to be IRS agents or from the U.S. Treasury Department who call about money owed for back taxes or a problem with a tax return, Bartlett police said in a news release. Read more...

06.11.14

Elgin eyes foot bridge pact with tollway

The city council Wednesday night is set to enter into an agreement with the Illinois Tollway assuring that the tollway will replace the bicycle/pedestrian bridge underneath the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (Interstate 90) Fox River Bridge and that ecologically friendly drainage systems will be put in place. Read more...

06.11.14

Elgin’s Walnut Ave. to be closed Thursday for repairs

Elgin public works crews will be working Thursday to repair Walnut Avenue between Griswold and State streets (Route 31), according to the city’s Facebook page. Motorists are urged to plan a different route on Thursday, since travel times will be affected due to the closure. Local traffic only will be permitted on Walnut. Read more...

06.11.14

Hanover Park sees potential in youth sports complex

Trying to foster civic pride and bring together residents on the north and south sides of town, officials see promise in reshaping property along Barrington Road into a sprawling sports complex. It's an opportunity to improve the high-profile area and add new recreational amenities like soccer fields and bike paths. Read more...

06.11.14

Schaumburg to permit cremations at funeral homes

Schaumburg trustees Tuesday allowed on-site cremations at funeral homes in the village providing they apply for and receive a special-use permit. The change in the zoning code came at the request of Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, which saw cremations exceed half of all its funeral services in the past year. Read more...

06.10.14

Four new hotels under way in Schaumburg

The long paralyzed growth of the hospitality industry in Schaumburg will break its shackles this summer as construction gets under way on four new hotels. "They're anxious to get into the market before the interchanges open at Meacham and Roselle (roads)," Schaumburg's Economic Development Manager Matt Frank said. Read more...

06.10.14

Hanover Park, Bloomingdale fire in talks over boundary deal

Hanover Park officials are in the early stages of negotiations with the neighboring Bloomingdale Fire Protection District to transfer a largely industrial area -- and the tax revenue it generates -- into the village's fire jurisdiction. The district and Hanover Park instead have tasked their fire chiefs to broker a solution. The coveted areas surround two intersections: Gary Avenue and Lake Street, and County Farm and Schick roads. The land has long been incorporated into the village of Hanover Park. Read more...

06.10.14

Take your sale to the EPD lobby

The Elgin Police Department is offering its lobby — open 24-hours-a-day, seven days-a-week — to residents looking for a safe place to make an exchange of money and goods. Kristie Hilton, who manages the Elgin Police Department’s Facebook page, put the invitation to use the lobby on the city’s page Tuesday. That invitation has had 523 shares from Facebook, and a total of 37,200 impressions from people on the social media site, Wolf said. Read more...

06.10.14

U-46 Offers Summer Student Registration Assistance Events

Elgin - U-46 is offering a series of Summer Student Registration Assistance Events that begin on Wednesday, June 11th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all new students. Families of current students who have not yet completed online registration or need help with the registration process are also encouraged to attend. By completing their registration online and paying all required fees by June 30th, families will save $20 per student. Read more...

06.09.14

Advisory council says U46 school signage can be confusing

In a report about how well schools are tied in to their students’ families and the outside community, the School District U46 Citizens Advisory Council gave the schools high marks in general. But its report complained that schools need better signage telling visitors where to go, and that high schools and middle schools need more counselors. Read more...

06.09.14

Bartlett to kick off Clean Up Week June 23

Bartlett is hosting a week of eco-friendly activities starting June 23. As part of "Clean Up Week," residents are encouraged to clear out their closets and basements and bring gently used school supplies to village hall, 228 S. Main St. Read more...

06.09.14

Dist. U46 wants change in state board-vacancy rules

After a bad experience this spring, the Elgin School District U46 board voted this week to urge state legislature to give school districts as much time to fill board vacancies as city councils get. Board President Donna Smith said an irritating legal difference became obvious this spring. Read more...

06.09.14

Hanover Township set to begin summer break open gym

Hanover Township youth ages 5 -18 are eligible to participate in a wide variety of free recreational, educational, and social activities in School District U-46 gyms as well as the Township's Izaak Walton Center & Reserve in Elgin for the 20th summer of Open Gym. Read more...

06.08.14

Bartlett celebrates fire chief’s award

Bartlett Fire Protection District Chief Michael Falese has a motto. "All people can be great because all people have an opportunity to serve," Falese says. His service to Bartlett earned him one of the state's highest honors in firefighting. Falese has been named the 2014 Fire Chief of the Year by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association. Read more...

06.08.14

Divided Hanover Park board reverses course, rehires Springfield lobbyist

Just three weeks after Hanover Park trustees parted with the village's Springfield lobbyist, the board narrowly approved a new deal with the firm. Trustee Jon Kunkel switched positions and voted Thursday night in favor of rehiring Roger C. Marquardt & Co. Inc. Read more...

06.05.14

Elgin Fire Department starting Explorer program

The Elgin Fire Department is starting a Fire Explorer program with the hope of inspiring young people to become firefighters while adding diversity to its ranks. The program, open to youth 14 to 20 years old, is expected to kick off in early fall, said Elgin firefighter George Steiner, who spearheaded the initiative. Read more...

06.05.14

Elgin’s CFO announces resignation

Colleen Lavery announced her resignation as the city of Elgin’s Chief Financial Officer. Lavery’s last day with the city is June 20. Stegall announced that a search to fill the position will begin in the next several weeks. Read more...

06.05.14

Fish for Fun event set for Saturday

The annual Fish for Fun event sponsored by the City of Elgin, Elgin’s Recreation Center, Ace Hardware, Elgin Fire Department’s Water Rescue Crew and the Izaak Walton League will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Drive, Elgin. The State of Illinois waives fishing license requirements on the first Saturday of June every year. Read more...

06.05.14

Late WWII hero from Elgin honored by state legislators

Friends and family gathered Wednesday morning at Elgin Watch City VFW Post 1307 as a late hero was honored with a joint resolution from both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly. That proclamation recognized the life and service of U.S. Marine Corps and World War II veteran Gordon Schnulle of Elgin, who fought in the pivotal battle at Iwo Jima, and who passed away April 21. Elgin Democrats state Sen. Michael Noland and state Rep. Anna Moeller were able to get the measure through the legislature in early May. Read more...

06.04.14

Bartlett trustees to toughen rules for truck drivers

Bartlett trustees plan to stiffen rules for truck drivers after receiving complaints about industrial rigs cutting through residential neighborhoods and the heart of the historic downtown. Fearing an influx of trucks could create traffic headaches and damage roads not designed to hold the heavy load, village officials tasked police with studying the issue. Read more...

06.04.14

Hanover Township foundation summer fundraiser set

The Hanover Township Foundation will hold its annual summer fundraiser on Thursday, July 17, cruising down the Fox River on The Fox River Queen. Supporters will enjoy dinner at 5:30PM and depart from Pottawatomie Park, 2 North Avenue in St. Charles, at 6:45PM and return at approximately 8:00PM. Tickets are $50 per person, or $90 per couple. Read more...

06.04.14

Moeller wraps up whirlwind session in Illinois Legislature

It has been a whirlwind past two months for Anna Moeller. Since she was sworn in March 30 as the new state representative from the 43rd District, the former Elgin City Council member has been in Springfield for six weeks — learning the ropes of her new job and helping to pass legislation she proposed as a resident. Read more...

06.04.14

Rep. Moeller Announces June Coffee Shop and Lunch Stops

State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, on Tuesday announced her Coffee Shop and Lunch Stop schedule for June as an informal way to give local residents the chance to voice their questions and concerns about state government. Read more...

06.04.14

Too Hot for Spot campaign set to target pets in vehicles this summer

“Every year, we deal with these issues — dogs being left in unattended vehicles. This is trying to educate residents to the dangers. If we save the life of one pet, it is worth it,” Ciesielczyk said. That experience — and the dozens of other times Ciesielczyk has responded to dogs locked in cars on hot days — led him to create Too Hot for Spot, an educational campaign for pet owners. Read more...

06.04.14

Would consolidation reduce library administrative costs?

A Daily Herald analysis of 55 suburban library districts shows salaries for library directors range from as high as $159,537 at Elgin's Gail Borden Library to $24,500 in Kaneville. The average salary among the 55 municipal libraries and library districts was more than $105,000 a year for the top administrative post, the analysis showed. Read more...

06.03.14

Fire closes Estes Avenue in Schaumburg

A structure fire has forced the closure of Estes Avenue in Schaumburg between Wright and Mitchell avenues. Authorities said the fire was reported at about 7:20 a.m. Read more...

06.03.14

Rep. Moeller Hosting Women’s Self-Defense Seminar

State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, is encouraging women to attend her Women's Self-Defense Seminar that she is hosting with the YWCA at their downtown Elgin location, 220 E. Chicago St., on Wednesday, June 4th at 7:00 p.m. Read more...

06.03.14

U-46 seeks to change law on filling board vacancies

Elgin Area School District U-46 officials are seeking a change in state law that would allow school districts additional time to fill school board vacancies. The school board approved a resolution Monday night that will be proposed to the Illinois Association of School Boards, which represents local school districts' interests in Springfield. Read more...

06.02.14

Farmers market making debut in Hanover Park

Hanover Park's first farmers market will open Friday, June 13 on the grounds of the Hanover Park Park District, 1919 Walnut St. Bensidoun USA will operate the market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday through September. Expect to find meats, produce, artisan cheeses and olive oil at the open-air marketFarm Fresh Foodstuffs and Golden Eagle Hot Dogs are among some of the participating vendors. Read more...

06.02.14

Moeller Ends Legislative Session Pushing for Fiscal Responsibility

State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, concluded her first legislative session leading by example in bringing more fiscal restraint to state government, opposing the extension of the state's income tax increase and fighting to protect the rights and safety of crime victims and their families. Read more...

06.02.14

Streamwood looking internally for Keegan successor

Streamwood officials are looking within the police department for a successor to Chief James Keegan, who is expected to become the top cop in St. Charles. Keegan has spent 22 years with Streamwood and ascended to the top post in 2011. Village Manager Gary O'Rourke said officials hope to appoint a new police chief from within the force "in a timely fashion." Read more...

06.01.14

Elgin gearing up for outdoor swimming season beginning Saturday

The City of Elgin Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for the start of the outdoor swimming season at the Lords Park Family Aquatic Center. This year’s outdoor pool season runs from May 31 through August 17. Read more...

06.01.14

Next Walk with the Mayor event moves to Willow Lake Estates on city’s north side

Activate Elgin, Elgin Fresh Market and the city of Elgin invite all Elgin residents to join the mayor and Judson University President Gene Crume as they walk the Willow Lake Estates neighborhood. The walk will take place on Wednesday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Willow Lake Clubhouse. Everyone who participates in the walk will have the opportunity to win one of four $25 Elgin Fresh Market gift cards awarded at the end of the walk. Read more...

05.30.14

Audit: State paid $12 million in health costs — for dead people

A new financial audit released by Auditor General Bill Holland’s office on Thursday found that the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services had 8,232 people still on Medicaid rolls qualifying for benefits, even though they were dead. Read more...

05.30.14

Hanover Park mayor touts new business, Education and Work Center in annual address

Whether its through drawing new businesses or the hiring of a new community development director, Hanover Park "has come a long way" in its economic health, Mayor Rodney Craig said at his annual state of the village address Thursday. Read more...

05.30.14

Stolen Elgin speed display sign found in tall grass

A digital speed display sign that was stolen within an hour of being installed on Monday evening was found the next day, police said. According to Elgin police, the sign was located in tall grass a few addresses away from where it went missing. Read more...

05.30.14

Streamwood chief to become St. Charles police chief

Streamwood Police Chief James T. Keegan is expected to switch badges next month and become the new police chief in St. Charles. Keegan spent 21 years with the Streamwood police department. He became chief about two years ago when his predecessor, Alan Popp, became one of many village employees to accept a voluntary early retirement package the village offered. Read more...

05.29.14

Cook County pension plan faces possible final vote

State lawmakers Wednesday set up a final vote over whether Cook County can cut its workers' pension benefits and pay more into its retirement funds in an effort to save them from insolvency. The plan, backed by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, would raise the retirement age for some workers and limit how much their pension benefits rise each year in retirement, among other things. Read more...

05.29.14

Digital speed display sign stolen in Elgin

A digital speed display sign owned by the city of Elgin and installed on Monday evening was stolen within an hour, police said. The sign does have GPS and photo capabilities and investigators are using the information to determine its whereabouts, police said. The sign is valued at $5,550. Read more...

05.29.14

New Elgin council member appointed

Rosamaria "Rose" Martinez was appointed to the Elgin City Council on Wednesday night after a discussion among council members that at times bordered on the vitriolic. Mayor David Kaptain and council members Tish Powell, John Steffen, Carol Rauschenberger and Rich Dunne voted to appoint Martinez, a past commander of American Legion Post 57, to the seat vacated in March by Anna Moeller, now the state representative for 43rd District. Read more...

05.29.14

Pointed words precede Martinez’s appointment to Elgin city council

Rose Martinez was sworn in to the Elgin city council Wednesday evening, but not before her new colleagues exchanged pointed words for a half hour prior to voting 5-3 to seat her. Read more...

05.29.14

Police stake out Dunkin' Donuts for Special Olympics

For the 12th year in a row, hundreds of law enforcement officers throughout the state will stake out Dunkin' Donuts rooftops to benefit Special Olympics Illinois on Friday, May 30, beginning at 5 a.m. In honor of the Special Olympics athletes and police officers supporting the rooftop event, Dunkin' Donuts created a special glazed red and white doughnut ring depicting Special Olympics Illinois colors. The doughnut, called "The Champion," will be available at Dunkin' Donuts locations in Chicago and suburbs May 26-30. Read more...

05.28.14

Elgin senator wants gambling cafe rules

Legislation to regulate “gaming cafes” might be seen yet this session, according to state Sen. Mike Noland (D-Elgin). He has been speaking with other lawmakers, including state Sen. Terry Link, the assistant majority leader, about possible changes to the Video Gaming Act. Read more...

05.28.14

Hanover Park police seek hit-and-run driver who hurt child

Hanover Park police are asking for the public's help in locating a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash Tuesday that left a child injured. Police said the child was riding a bicycle and attempting to cross the street in the 1300 block of Kingsbury Drive when the crash occurred about 5:12 p.m. Tuesday. The child, police said, suffered minor injuries. Read more...

05.28.14

Moeller trying to stop pensions for former lawmakers, state officers who face charges

State Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) has proposed legislation to bar former lawmakers and elected state officials from receiving a taxpayer-funded pension if they are facing felony charges. Read more...

05.28.14

Northern Illinois Food Bank's Summer Food Service Program Provides Meals for Children At Risk of Hunger

Northern Illinois Food Bank today announced its participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill the gapthat 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. Astor Ave Community Center, 7431 Astor Ave. Hanover Park, IL 60133; M-F 6/9-8/15, Lunch: 11:30-1:00 Read more...

05.28.14

Schaumburg reaches agreement with two unions

Schaumburg trustees Tuesday approved two union contracts -- one of them the latest for village firefighters, the other the first for 203 previously nonunion employees. Those general employees organized as a chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in 2012, Village Manager Brian Townsend said. It was then that negotiations began toward the new three-year contract. Read more...

05.27.14

Bartlett officials want to fix Metra platform problem

After hearing from frustrated businesses and residents for years, a village panel has endorsed reconfiguring the platforms. The economic development commission got behind the concept in an ambitious plan to make the downtown more accessible and business-friendly. Read more...

05.27.14

Duckworth pays tribute to fallen soldiers at Streamwood service

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a veteran of the war in Iraq, said Sunday that while it's OK for Americans to have fun on Memorial Day, they should try to "celebrate with a purpose." Read more...

05.27.14

Local cancer survivors share lifesaving message

Suburban moms Shelly Collins and Pam Brandes have an awful lot in common. While they don't know each other, the Bartlett and Addison women have been on a similar cancer journey and share a profound message of determination, survivorship and the vital importance of lifesaving cancer screening. Read more...

05.27.14

Plans shaping up for third Fourth Fest in Hoffman Estates, as Elgin plans own program

Hanover Township and the village of Hanover Park also have been contributing; but the Hanover Park backed out of 2014 participation, too, citing budget constraints. Read more...

05.27.14

Streamwood Kiwanis hold shopping event

The Kiwanis Club of Streamwood and Hanover Township Senior Services will hold the 6th Annual Spring Shopping Faire and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. Rte. 59, Bartlett. Read more...

05.23.14

Diploma mill: Sears Centre hosting 19 commencements, including U46, D300

The arena’s assistant general manager, Michael Carosielli said that to his knowledge, the venue hosts more graduations that any venue in the Chicago market. All but one is for high school, with the other on June 7 for the University of Phoenix, its Schaumburg campus and online students. Read more...

05.23.14

ECC reaches one labor agreement, schedules meeting for custodians

Elgin Community College has reached a labor agreement with its operating engineers, and it has scheduled a special board of trustees meeting to announce the administration’s plans for the more-controversial possibility of outsourcing its custodial work. It also is going ahead with previously announced plans to replace most of its current staff of counselors and divide that job’s duties into two new job descriptions. Read more...

05.23.14

Hanover Park police honored for robbery response

Hanover Park police officers recently were honored for their quick response in March to a Walgreens store where a man had threatened to shoot employees and stole prescription painkillers. Read more...

05.23.14

Search begins for Cardinal Francis George's successor

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago could have a new leader before the end of the year, according to an unusually candid announcement Thursday that the search for the area’s next archbishop is under way. Read more...

05.22.14

Brewster, Bartlett police’s reliable K-9, stepping down

After a nearly decadelong run with Bartlett police's canine unit, Brewster is retiring. The 11-year-old has logged more time than most police dogs, but with arthritis in his back legs, he could risk injury if he continues working. Brewster has recovered 14.5 kilograms of narcotics, more than $5,000 used in drug sales, four firearms, two knifes and "countless" proceeds from robberies and burglaries, Bartlett Sgt. Geoffrey Pretkelis said. Read more...

05.22.14

County hospital workers rip Preckwinkle's proposed pension fix

Several dozen unionized Stroger Hospital employees descended on a Cook County board meeting Wednesday, expressing their displeasure with President Toni Preckwinkle’s pension-reform plan, which is expected to surface soon in Springfield. Read more...

05.22.14

County tobacco ban expanded to include to e-cigarettes

Lighting up a cigarette, puffing a pipe, chewing tobacco — even smoking a hookah — has been prohibited in county buildings and vehicles since 2006. But now that ban also includes the use of electronic cigarettes, under a measure unanimously approved without debate Wednesday by the Cook County board. Read more...

05.22.14

Preckwinkle hits Springfield on pension plan

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is in Springfield today lobbying for changes to the county pension plan that she says will halt its ongoing decline toward insolvency in two decades. Read more...

05.22.14

Rep. Moeller Invites Residents to Attend Her Senior Fair

State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, announced that her Senior Fair will be held on Saturday, June 21st from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Dundee Township Senior Center, located at 665 Barrington Ave. in Carpentersville. The Senior Fair will provide free health screenings and information about state and local programs for seniors from over 20 volunteer vendors. Read more...

05.22.14

U46 honors its stars in career readiness

This year, 47 students in School District U46 high schools proved they not only have what it takes to step into a job in areas such as retailing, manufacturing or restaurant service, but that they also have what it takes in spades. They earned the “platinum level” National Career Readiness Certificate by taking the ACT organization’s “WorkKeys” test. Read more...

05.21.14

Cook County Board to take up e-cigarette regulation today

The Cook County Board will see proposals today to increase regulation of electronic cigarettes and to study legalizing marijuana for recreational use, along with a $2.4 million settlement for a patient's death at a county hospital. Board President Toni Preckwinkle plans to introduce at the board's meeting an ordinance to ban the use of e-cigarettes in county facilities and vehicles. Read more...

05.21.14

Elgin Memorial Day activities scheduled

The following are events planned for Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, by the Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association in cooperation with the city of Elgin. For further information, visit www.elginmemorialday.org. Read more...

05.21.14

Hanover Park parts with lobbyist, for now

Hanover Park officials are shopping around for a Springfield lobbyist to represent the village's interests before state lawmakers. The search will help trustees decide whether to rehire Roger C. Marquardt & Co. Inc., enlist a new lobbyist or end the practice of employing a lobbyist all together. Read more...

05.21.14

Illinois minimum wage could end up a ballot question

House Democrats Tuesday moved to let voters weigh in on whether Illinois' minimum wage should be increased to $10 an hour, a ballot question that could double as a campaign boost. The Illinois House's decision Tuesday to put the advisory question on the November ballot likely puts off state Democrats' efforts to raise the minimum wage, now $8.25 per hour, until after the election. Read more...

05.21.14

U46 weighs if every student should have digital device

Some school districts nationwide have decided that to learn best in the 21st century world, every student should be issued some kind of digital device — such as an iPad, a smartphone or a Nook — that they can use during the school day and take home at night. Read more...

05.20.14

Hanover park commuter lot opens up for shoppers

Hanover Park trustees have informally agreed to open up a commuter parking lot to shoppers of Ontarioville Road businesses. The move allows free parking on the weekends and from 3-11 p.m. on weekdays in the 48-space lot just east of the Hanover Park Animal Care Center, 1920 Ontarioville Road. Read more...

05.20.14

School District U46 to ‘align’ itself with community groups

Taking a cue from Rockford and Nashville, Tenn., Elgin School District U46 is forming a system of coordinating its many but often disjointed partnerships with local businesses, nonprofit groups and city governments. Known as the Alignment Initiative, the planned new arrangement was explained Monday to the U46 Board of Education by three of the civic leaders who have been working to set it up over the past year and a half. Read more...

05.20.14

Sheriff Dart wants to act as a watchdog for municipalities

When Dolton's new mayor came to me for help, I offered him a strategy that seemed simple enough but turned out to be nothing short of unprecedented in a state where "transparency" is a dirty word. I became Dolton's inspector general. I was allowed to investigate past instances of fraud and misconduct that destroyed the village's economy, while providing a safe place for residents to submit tips regarding any ongoing corruption. Read more...

05.20.14

Slight risk of severe weather later Tuesday

People in Illinois are being warned of a slight risk of severe weather later this afternoon into this evening, meteorologists from the National Weather Service say. Charles Mott, a meteorologist from the weather service, said there is a slight risk of golf-ball sized hail and high damaging winds when the storms roll in this afternoon. Read more...

05.19.14

Literacy program gives library cards to babies born in Elgin

All newborns at the Elgin hospital will get a library card if they live in the Gail Borden district. Parents will then be invited to a "Baby's First Library Visit" at the library, where they get a gift bag with information about literacy and more, and the chance to checkout "Baby Bundles" books. Read more...

05.19.14

U46 gets $1 million to improve school security

School District U46 has been awarded a $1 million grant by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to improve safety and security at the district’s 40 elementary schools, eight middle schools and five high schools. The district will use the grant to enhance security for elementary school entrances and implement a district-wide digital radio system. Read more...

05.16.14

Duckworth lobbying for funds to replace Elgin Metra bridge over Fox River

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth traveled to Elgin Thursday afternoon to take a look at an aging Metra railroad bridge over the Fox River that officials say is long overdue for replacement. “We can’t afford not to fix it,” Duckworth said. Read more...

05.16.14

Remembering fallen comrades

Elgin’s police department has hosted an event for the National Police Officer Memorial Day for the past 17 years, said Deputy Chief Bill Wolf. Across the country, 20,000 U.S. police officers have been killed in the line of duty, dating back to 1791. Officers from the Elgin department, fire department officials and firefighters, and police representatives from neighboring departments, state patrol and the sheriff’s office attended the event with nearly 100 other visitors. Read more...

05.16.14

Rep. Moeller Hosting Identity Theft Mobile Office Hours with Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Office

State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, is encouraging residents to attend an Identity Theft Mobile Office Hours she is hosting with Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office at the Hanover Township Izaak Walton Center and Reserve, located at 899 Jay St. in Elgin, on Saturday, May 17th from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Read more...

05.16.14

TOWNSHIP SENIOR CENTER TO HOLD TRUNK SALE

Hanover Township will be hosting a Trunk Sale on June 6 at the Township Senior Center parking lot, located at 240 S. IL Route 59 in Bartlett, from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. Over 20 senior residents from around the Township will be selling items from the trunks of their vehicles. Read more...

05.15.14

$200,000 Elgin library grant tucked into Democrats’ state budget

Tucked in among the rest of the Democrats' state spending proposal for the coming year is a unique $200,000 grant earmarked for Elgin's Gail Borden Library District. Library officials said the grant was an initiative they pushed to kick-start a bookmobile program to provide greater access to underserved readers in the district. Read more...

05.15.14

Hanover Park police encourage homeowners to maintain yards

Hanover Park police are encouraging residents to maintain their yards to meet village rules. The department's code enforcement unit will issue a notice to any businesses or homes with grass and weeds taller than eight inches. If the property owner does not remedy the situation within a time frame written on the notice, then the village's contracted mower will cut the lawn and the property owner will be billed for the service, police said in a news release. Read more...

05.15.14

More rain expected, but flooding not in the early forecast

Weather forecasters have indicated that, while the ground may be saturated due to rainfall earlier this week, this latest rain overnight into Thursday should not result in any major flooding throughout Lake and northern Cook counties Read more...

05.15.14

Rep. Moeller Announces Dates for Working Family Office Hours in May

To accommodate working families that cannot visit during regular business hours, state Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, will keep her constituent service office open until 7:00 p.m. every Wednesday in May. "Keeping my district office open late on a regular basis ensures that busy constituents will still have the opportunity to voice their opinion or receive necessary assistance dealing with state programs," Moeller said. "It is important that residents know they can stop here if they are having an issue or are not sure where to turn for help." Read more...

05.15.14

Rosamaria Martinez named finalist to fill Elgin city council vacancy

The city council will be voting publicly in two weeks on appointing Rosamaria Martinez to fill the seat left vacant on the council when Anna Moeller left that body in late March to become 43rd District State Representative. Read more...

05.15.14

Schaumburg extends contract with fire commanders

Schaumburg and the village fire department's command staff have a new four-year contract. As approved by village trustees Tuesday, the department's five fire captains and one battalion chief will receive a 2 percent raise retroactive to May 1, another 2 percent pay hike in 2015, and 2.5 percent in both 2016 and 2017. Read more...

05.14.14

Elgin condemns Tower Building after fire

City officials red-tagged Elgin’s iconic downtown Tower Building on Tuesday after Sunday’s fire and an ensuing inspection Monday. “A notice was emailed to the owner and will be sent certified mail. Staff is placarding and posting the building,” Community Development Director Marc Mylott said Tuesday afternoon regarding the condemnation. Read more...

05.14.14

Elgin planning to demolish six city-owned properties

The Elgin city council Wednesday night is set to approve paying the Langos Corporation of Barrington $75,000 for the demolition of six properties the city now owns or will own. Read more...

05.14.14

Preckwinkle touts county’s business resources at suburban event

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle told a suburban audience Tuesday county officials are creating "an arsenal of tools and incentives" for businesses. "We want to be able to serve people across the county," Preckwinkle told nearly 90 members from Northwest suburban chambers of commerce. "We need you to ask for help." Read more...

05.14.14

Schaumburg stepping up traffic enforcement

The Schaumburg Police Department will be conducting special Memorial Day traffic safety enforcement details through Monday, May 26, the department announced this week. Funding for these extra details is being provided by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation's Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program. The effort is being conducted in conjunction with the national "Click it or Ticket" campaign. Read more...

05.14.14

Schneider’s path to GOP chair job cleared

Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider of Bartlett has a clear path to become the Illinois Republican Party's next chairman after the only other candidate dropped out Tuesday. Read more...

05.14.14

Six arrested in fight at Streamwood High

Six students were arrested Tuesday following a fight that put Streamwood High School students and staff on hold in classrooms. Deputy Police Chief Jim Gremo said in a statement that his department is investigating the fight, which place among students about 11:15 a.m. at the school, 701 W. Schaumburg Road. No significant injuries to students or staff members were reported, and no weapons were used in the incident or discovered on the premises, Gremo said. Read more...

05.13.14

Elgin Tower Building manager says fire appears to be arson

It appears someone intentionally set fire in an elevator of the Elgin Tower Building Sunday night, the building manager said Monday. Neal Pitcher, who is out of town, said that's what he was told by firefighter on the scene who spoke with Pitcher on the phone Sunday night. The arsonist broke the front door's glass to gain access to the building, Pitcher said. Read more...

05.13.14

Flood warning issued by the National Weather Service in Lake and Cook counties

A flood warning remains in effect for portions of Lake and Cook counties until later this afternoon, meteorologist say. Following heavy rainfall Monday night that delivered between 2-inches and 4-inches of water in some areas, the National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for northeastern Cook County and Lake county until 12:30 p.m. Read more...

05.13.14

Hanover Township promotes disaster preparedness for seniors

The Hanover Township Emergency Services Unit is urging senior citizens to take an interest in disaster preparedness as summer approaches. The month of May is designated as Older Americans Month and plays an important role in disaster preparedness in families and communities across the country. "It is important that all of our residents are aware of ways to increase preparedness in the face of a disaster," said Craig Essick, Director of Hanover Township Emergency Services. Read more...

05.13.14

Hoffman Estates ends tollway interchange task force

Hoffman Estates trustees Monday acknowledged success in their long-range transportation plans by officially disbanding the long-running Barrington Road Interchange Task Force, even as they approved more than $6 million for this year's street revitalization program. Read more...

05.13.14

On The Table Northwest suburbs: How to make life better

State Rep. Fred Crespo of Hoffman Estates said that an important first step toward helping communities in need is to talk directly to people who actually need the help. "You have to drill down and ask people what their needs really are," he said. "The answers can often be surprising." Read more...

05.13.14

Preckwinkle stays neutral on Brown's request to increase tech fee

If Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown wants to hike a fee by 66 percent, she’s welcome to try. That’s Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s stance on a proposal by Brown to increase a technology fee — currently $15 — that is tacked onto filings in the Circuit Court Clerk’s office, according to a letter written by Preckwinkle that was obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times. Read more...

05.12.14

Bartlett considers whether to relax restrictions for business signs

Village staff members first consider whether design plans should go to a public hearing. Business owners also must secure the approval of trustees. Hoping to cut the red tape, the economic development commission has outlined new parameters that would require only the community development department to approve signs. Read more...

05.12.14

Fire hits Tower Building in downtown Elgin

Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire Sunday night in an elevator car of the downtown Tower Building. The fire was reported close to 8 p.m. and was out by about 8:15 p.m., but a number of firefighters remained on the scene. The fire took place in an elevator car in the building lobby, according to Fire Chief John Fahy. The flames were “rolling” enough that the lobby ceiling sustained fire damage, Fahy said. Read more...

05.12.14

Report: DuPage land owners likely pay more in U46 taxes

Statistics tend to confirm the theory that property owners in the DuPage County part of Elgin School District U46 pay more on average — and have seen their tax bills go up faster this year — than their counterparts in the district’s Kane County sections. The school district, the largest in Illinois outside Chicago, covers parts of both counties plus a big chunk of suburban Cook County. Read more...

05.12.14

U-46 to consider school closings, boundary changes

Elgin Area School District U-46 officials once again will be considering boundary changes, and perhaps even school closings, as student enrollment declines in some elementary schools, while others are increasingly overcrowded. The U-46 Citizens' Advisory Council's Enrollment and Facilities Committee last week presented a report to the school board on future enrollment trends and use of facilities. Read more...

05.11.14

Police: Masked robbers take lottery tickets, more from Hanover Park 7-Eleven

Hanover Park police are searching for two masked robbers who took cash, cigarettes, and lottery tickets from a 7-Eleven early Thursday, authorities said. One of the suspects was armed with a pellet-type gun, police said in a news release. Read more...

05.09.14

Elgin charter school seeks approval from District U46

The Elgin Charter School Initiative is submitting its charter application to Elgin School District U46 on Friday afternoon during National Charter School Week. Upon receipt of the application, U46 has 45 days to grant a public hearing and then 30 days in which to render a decision whether to allow the charter school to operate and draw students from District U46 schools. Read more...

05.09.14

Elgin might pick council finalist Wednesday

After interviewing four hopefuls for a vacant seat Wednesday, the Elgin City Council might pick a finalist next week, Elgin Mayor David Kaptain said. Candidates Mitchell Esterino, Mohammad "Mo" Iqbal, Rosamaria Martinez and Aaron Sellers each had an hourlong interview in closed session, he said. Read more...

05.09.14

Elgin resident wants $34,000 reimbursement

An Elgin resident might be stuck with a $34,000 bill after the city's insurance company refused to pay for damages caused by a backup in the city's sewer system. Resident Marie Lagenbach said the sewer backed up Jan. 26 into the basement of her home, damaging the flooring, trim, wood doors, dry wall, two couches, a chair, luggage, and more. Read more...

05.09.14

Hanover Park police to broadcast patrol shift on Facebook, Twitter

Hanover Park police will host a virtual ride-along Friday on Facebook and Twitter. The department is part of a growing list of agencies -- Schaumburg police, for one -- broadcasting a patrol officer's shift on social media. Read more...

05.09.14

Weather’s no help, so let Schaumburg event signal start of summer

With weather proving an unreliable indicator of season lately, maybe only the calendar and nighttime sky can be counted on to determine summer's start. Or the Schaumburg Park District, which again will be helping to usher in the sweetest of seasons with its annual Solstice Hop & Vine Fest. The fest takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Read more...

05.08.14

Business park projects ramping up in Hanover Park

Hanover Park officials are touting several projects expected to bring nearly $6 million in investment to a business park and lure a buyer to a village-owned property near the center of town. Read more...

05.08.14

ComEd, other customers brace for rate hikes

Residential consumers who buy their electricity from ComEd will get jolted with a 38 percent price hike on June 1, and many who have other electricity suppliers also could see increases. Read more...

05.08.14

Hanover Park Fire Deparment receives federal grant

The Hanover Park Fire department will receive a $72,750 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth announced Wednesday. The funds will go toward a new sprinkler system for the fire house. Read more...

05.08.14

How Elgin police keep tabs on bars and other businesses in town

In the fall of 2011, Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda had then-Sgt. Al Young visit Elgin bars owners and operators to see what common issues they might be having. Young, who is now a lieutenant, also gathered data and came up with a strategy for minimizing the need for service at places where alcohol is being served. Read more...

05.08.14

Rep. Moeller Partners with Attorney General Lisa Madigan for Mobile Office Hours Aimed at Protecting Consumers

State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, is teaming with Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office for a Mobile Office Hours to provide constituents with information on how to protect themselves and their families at the Hanover Township Izaak Walton Center & Reserve, located at 899 Jay St. in Elgin from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 17th. Read more...

05.07.14

Centro de Informacion seeks help after tough year

This past fiscal year was a tough one for Centro de Informacion, and its executive director Tuesday asked for support for the agency that serves thousands through offices in Elgin, Carpentersville and Hanover Park. "This has been a trying year for us" due to the loss of state and local funding, Jaime Garcia said at Centro's annual Community Day luncheon Tuesday at the Elgin Country Club. Read more...

05.07.14

Elgin council to interview four seeking open seat

The city council will meet in executive session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to interview the four finalists to fill the vacancy created when Anna Moeller left the council to become 43rd District State representative. “We have scheduled one-hour interviews with each of the four,” Mayor Dave Kaptain said Tuesday. “I do not expect a decision (on who the finalist will be) this Wednesday.” Read more...

05.07.14

Meet with Hanover Park mayor, board May 10

Hanover Park residents and businesses are encouraged to join in the next Coffee with the Board, which takes place from 9 to a.m. Saturday, May 10. Mayor Rodney Craig, the village clerk and village trustees will be on hand to meet with residents, answer their questions and discuss village issues. The quarterly event will be held at the Community Room inside the police department's headquarters, 2011 W. Lake St Read more...

05.07.14

Township to host Cintas hiring event

Hanover Township and Cintas are co-sponsoring a hiring event on Friday, May 30 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM at the Hanover Township Izaak Walton Center, 899 Jay Street in Elgin. Attendees will have the opportunity to apply for jobs with the Cintas Corporation for their location in Schaumburg. Cintas is hiring for positions in the departments of maintenance, production, sales and service. Read more...

05.06.14

Do U46’s tax winners and losers divide by county lines?

Ever since this year’s real estate tax bills came out a couple weeks ago, it has become a favorite topic of conversation: “Did your taxes go up or down?” Judging by some comments raised at Monday’s meeting of the School District U46 Board, the answer with respect to your U46 school taxes might be, “It depends on whether you live in Kane, Cook or DuPage County.” Read more...

05.06.14

First step toward new Moretti’s in Hoffman Estates OK’d

Schaumburg-based Ala Carte Entertainment is seeking public funds to help redevelop the former Metropolis Bar & Grill at the southeast corner of Higgins and Barrington roads in Hoffman Estates into a new Moretti's, and the former Lone Star next door into another of the company's restaurant brands. Read more...

05.06.14

Four veteran Republicans seek 43rd District Statehouse seat once held by Keith Farnham

When the spring primary election took place on March 18, it was a different political world in the 43rd Statehouse District, which includes most of Elgin and East Dundee plus parts of Carpentersville and South Elgin. And now, with the 43rd District seat much more in play, four veteran Elgin GOP politicians have asked for the Republican nomination to run against Moeller in November. Tom Hartwell, chairman of the Kane County Republican Party, said GOP leaders will interview the four on Wednesday. Read more...

05.06.14

No surprises as U46 board elects officers, fills vacancy

As expected, School District U46 board members voted unanimously for Linda Campos-Moreira of Elgin to fill the seat vacated when Frank Napolitano of Bartlett resigned from the school board on March 21. Napolitano said he was moving out of the district. Read more...

05.05.14

Bartlett cops hold family fishing derby

Bartlett police are hosting a catch-and-release fishing derby from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17. There will be raffles and prizes during the free event at Beaver Pond, near Kingston Lane and Fairview Drive. Anglers 16 years and older should be licensed and bring their own fishing tackle. Bait will be provided. DARE graduates should wear their T-shirts. For details, call Bartlett Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit at (630) 837-0846. Read more...

05.05.14

Hanover Park officers recognized for preventing heroin death

Fresh off their training, two Hanover Park police officers were put to the test. The pair found a 29-year-old man who had stopped breathing on the 5700 block of Barr Court the night of March 26. They knew the unconscious man had taken an overdose of heroin. In a race against the clock, officer Tim McNulty delivered two doses of naloxone via a nasal spray. Officer Tim Allen administered CPR until paramedics arrived. Read more...

05.05.14

Hanover Township searching for volunteers for creek cleanup

Hanover Township is looking for volunteers to help clean up Willow Creek Saturday, May 10. The Elgin chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America has teamed up with the township to host the annual spring cleanup. Volunteers will meet 8:30 a.m. to pick up supplies and receive instructions at the Izaak Walton Center, 899 Jay St., Elgin. Lunch will be provided at noon. Read more...

05.05.14

Illinois schools struggle to soften pension losses

Illinois lawmakers passed the pension overhaul plan last December to address a $100 billion shortfall in funding state retirement benefits. Signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn, it cut cost-of-living increases for retirees and capped the amount of earnings that can be applied toward pensions. Read more...

05.05.14

Shales Parkway shut down in Elgin

Shales Parkway is shut down by police between Route 19 and Route 20 due to a hazard in the roadway, authorities said. An Elgin police spokeswoman could not say what the hazard was, but said police shut down the roadway at about 8 a.m. to "protect motorists" from any danger. Read more...

05.05.14

Why more tolls could becoming to area freeways

Sometimes it's a stretch to take federal legislation and relate it to suburban issues. Other times, the correlation is as plain as converting freeways to tollways. Yes, you heard me. The White House's $302 billion, four-year transportation bill filed last week gives its blessing to states to charge tolls on interstates under certain conditions. Read more...

05.02.14

Elgin police lieutenant Rawson named to be new chief in Lakewood

For the second time in two years, one of the Elgin Police Department’s high-ranking officers is leaving to take a police chief’s job in another town. Lt. Leigh Rawson, a 20-year veteran of the EPD, was picked this week by the village board of Lakewood, Ill., to take the chief’s job there starting June 30. Lakewood is a village of about 4,000 people adjacent to Crystal Lake. Read more...

05.02.14

Farmer's Insurance Co. suing Cook County municipalities over flood damages

Farmers Insurance Co. has filed a lawsuit against Cook County and many Cook County municipalities alleging local governments failed to properly act to prevent damage caused by heavy rains last spring. Similar lawsuits were filed the same day in DuPage, Will and Lake counties. The rain April 17 and April 18 caused widespread flooding, and led Gov. Pat Quinn to declare declared 48 counties – including Cook County – state disaster areas. Read more...

05.02.14

Hanover Park might relax rules on medical marijuana

Reversing an earlier plan, Hanover Park officials want to allow drive-throughs and the sale of drug paraphernalia in medical marijuana shops. Despite the opposition of Police Chief David Webb, village trustees informally agreed that medical marijuana dispensaries can sell the paraphernalia to bring convenience to qualified patients. Read more...

05.02.14

Schaumburg names new deputy police chief

Schaumburg police Thursday completed a full restructuring of their command staff with the promotion of Commander of Investigations Dan Roach to deputy chief. The transformation began after three undercover officers in the department's former Special Investigations Bureau were arrested on drug conspiracy charges in January 2013. The law enforcement consulting firm Hillard Heintze was quickly hired to analyze operations and recommend changes. Read more...

05.02.14

Two board members speak for students of Elgin Community College, District U46

When the School District U46 Board of Education meets, or the Elgin Community College District 509 Board of Trustees meets, seven of their members have been chosen in general elections. They are there to represent the voters of those educational districts. Read more...

05.02.14

Walk for brain-cancer patients comes to Schaumburg

The second annual Michael Matters 5K Stadium Walk will take place Sunday, May 4, at Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road. The event is named after Michael Schostok, a Libertyville man who succumbed to brain cancer in 2012. It raises money for Chicago-area brain-cancer patients. The walk starts at noon, and the event will include a performance by local indie-rock band My My My. For more information, go to michaelmatters.org. Read more...

05.01.14

Bartlett raising fees at village-owned golf course

Hoping to rake in more revenue from weddings and banquets at the village-owned golf course, Bartlett will spend about $250,000 on a clubhouse addition and other upgrades later this year. Golfers also will see most fees increase by $1 as the village hopes to reach a profit at Bartlett Hills. An afternoon round of 18 holes on the weekend will now cost a resident $33. Read more...

05.01.14

Gail Borden issuing free library cards — that expire when referendum hits ballot

Gail Borden Public Library District officials want to add as many as 870 households in pockets of land not part of the library district. The district will ask in a Nov. 4 referendum if residents who live on the far-western side of Elgin, in Central School District 301, also would like to be served by the library district, said Gail Borden Director Carole Medal. Read more...

05.01.14

U46 names ECC staffer to fill school board vacancy

Members of the School District U46 Board of Education have selected former board candidate Linda Campos-Moreira of Elgin to fill a board vacancy and are expected to vote on the matter Monday. Campos-Moreira, an employee of Elgin Community College who often works with Hispanic students, ran unsuccessfully in 2013 for the seat she will fill. Read more...

04.30.14

Elgin woman finalist for U-46 vacancy

Elgin Area School District U-46 has named a finalist to fill a vacancy on the seven-member school board. The school board Monday night is expected to appoint Linda Campos-Moreira of Elgin to the seat vacated by Frank Napolitano, who resigned March 21 because he moved out of district. Campos-Moreira is expected to be sworn in at that meeting. She would serve until the next election in April 2015. Read more...

04.30.14

Hanover Park police accepting overnight parking requests online

Hanover Park residents who want to park on village streets overnight can fill out a form through their computer, smartphone or other mobile device after the police department's online parking database goes live May 1. The department will no longer accept phone calls from residents who seek permission to park on the street between 2 and 6 a.m. Read more...

04.30.14

Rep. Moeller Sponsors Legislation to Reduce Property Tax Burden for Individuals with a Disability

State Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) is sponsoring legislation in the Illinois House to prevent property tax increases for residents increasing their homes' accessibility. "No one should face higher property taxes simply because they modify their homes to accommodate a person with a disability," said Moeller. "These adjustments help the elderly, sick, and our disabled veterans live comfortably at home. These are not luxury upgrades." Read more...

04.30.14

Rep. Moeller to Host Fox River Clean Up

State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, is encouraging Elgin area residents to improve their community by participating in a Fox River Clean Sweep and Streambank Clean Up she is sponsoring with Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain and the Sierra Club Valley of the Fox Water Sentinels at Trout Park in Elgin on Saturday, May 3 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Read more...

04.30.14

Some in Elgin want a Latino appointed to city council

Some in Elgin hope the city council might have its first Latino member in five years. The city council meets Wednesday to select who among the 21 candidates -- a handful of whom are Latino -- will be interviewed May 7. Those discussions will take place in closed session. Read more...

04.29.14

Lawmakers want task force to push pot legalization

Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey said he will introduce a resolution at the May 21 County Board meeting asking the General Assembly to put together such a task force. Read more...

04.29.14

Streamwood fire causes $50K in damage to home Sunday

Firefighters responded to a report of black smoke coming from the house in the 100 block of Cedar Circle at 9:23 p.m., according to a statement from the Streamwood Fire Department. Read more...

04.28.14

A blizzard of spending

Elgin is also dealing with some large bills concerning the past winter. According to information provided by the city, Elgin had $1,740,789 in snow season expenditures for the season and had budgeted $1,059,400. The overtime tally for all departments related to plowing was $663,500, with $283,800 budgeted. Elgin spent $317,733 plowing cul de sacs and parking lots, with $287,600 budgeted. And plowing at the city-owned Bluff City Cemetery ran $27,296 with $18,000 budgeted. Read more...

04.28.14

Cook to focus on winter’s toll on suburban roads

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said last week that the county's annual road construction program would focus heavily on restoring pavement damaged by this winter's severe conditions. The menu of projects will cost an estimated $38 million and cover approximately 55 lane miles. Additional road and bridge repairs will be undertaken with a $16.7 million state grant that was recently announced. Read more...

04.28.14

Gail Borden library plans November referendum

People who live in unserved areas next to the Gail Borden Public Library District's western border can expect to be asked in November if they want to annex and become taxpaying members of the district. The library's board of trustees is working on placing a referendum question on the Nov. 4 election ballot. The results would affect an estimated 870 unserved households, said Denise Raleigh, the library's division chief of public relations and development. Read more...

04.25.14

Elgin groups talk goals, accomplishments

The Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin gave presentations to the city council Wednesday outlining 2013 accomplishments and 2014 goals. Elgin's economic growth has been "a standout" in the Chicago area, Chamber President and CEO Carol Gieske said. Data from Metrostudy shows Elgin was first in housing starts in 2013 and in the first quarter of 2014, when it was also first in closings, she said. Read more...

04.25.14

Greater Elgin Family Care Center to get $2.2 million federal grant

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates) informed Robert Tanner, president and CEO of Greater Elgin Family Care Center (GEFCC), on Thursday that the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the GEFCC a $2,203,792 Health Center Cluster Grant, according to a release from Duckworth’s office. Read more...

04.25.14

Hanover Township swears-in, promotes Emergency Services volunteers

The Hanover Township Department of Emergency Services hosted a recognition ceremony on April 16 to promote four members of the unit to the position of sergeant and swear-in five new volunteers. Read more...

04.25.14

Seedling giveaway, cleanups kick off Elgin area tradition

The Izaak Walton League and Elgin Green Groups are bringing back a longtime tradition of the Izaak Walton League. The Ikes, as they call themselves, gave away seedlings to all fifth-graders in Elgin Area School District U-46 for more than 25 years. To celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day, the fifth-grade students were each given a sapling to take home and plant. Some are still in evidence in student's yards and on the grounds of several elementary schools. Read more...

04.24.14

District U46 planetarium plans ‘sky shows,’ upgrades to 104-year-old building

The rejuvenated planetarium program is drawing 20,000 student visits a year, Hernandez said. And to celebrate its 50th anniversary as a school-based institution, students and non-students alike are invited to a “public sky show” and history lesson on the evening of Friday, May 9. Read more...

04.24.14

Elgin Council puts process in place for picking Moeller’s replacement

The city council Wednesday night put in place the process for choosing who - if anyone - will fill the vacancy left when Anna Moeller resigned to become 43rd District State Representative. Councilman John Steffen suggested that next Wednesday, April 30, at 4:30 p.m. the council meet in executive session to identify who, if anyone, from the 21 applications received for the post would be interviewed. The following Wednesday, May 7, the council would meet again in executive session at 7 p.m. to interview anyone chosen and perhaps decide that night to narrow the field, perhaps to a final candidate. Read more...

04.24.14

Hanover Township honors senior volunteers

On April 17, Hanover Township Senior Services recognized the 268 senior volunteers that provided over 17,000 hours of service to the Township from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 at a luncheon at the Seville in Streamwood. Volunteers were recognized for their work in the areas of senior programming, Meals-On-Wheels and clerical and lunch program assistance. Read more...

04.24.14

Hoffman Estates parks adding more security cameras

The Hoffman Estates Park District is expanding the use of surveillance cameras at its facilities this spring, in an effort to keep patrons safe and business operations secure, officials said. Park district commissioners Tuesday approved a $21,190 contract with Downers Grove-based Current Technologies to increase the number of cameras at four of its sites. Read more...

04.24.14

Hoffman Estates sees plan for 135 homes

Hoffman Estates officials this week reviewed plans for the largest new residential subdivision the village has seen in several years. Mayor Bill McLeod said he and village trustees have concerns about the density of the row houses, the possibility of two homeowner associations within the same subdivision, and the developer's preference for internal roads to remain private. Read more...

04.23.14

A look at 21 who applied to fill the Elgin City Council vacancy

The post only pays $12,000 a year and involves attending at least two meetings a month, which have run five hours or more on several occasions in the last two years. The biggest perquisite may be the ability to purchase health insurance on the city’s policy, as five of eight members currently do. Yet, 21 people applied to replace Anna Moeller on the Elgin City Council. Read more...

04.23.14

American Legion fetes Elgin police officer and firefighter of year

Two 20-year-plus veterans have been named the police officer and firefighter of the year by Elgin American Legion Post 57. Police Officer Joseph Riordan and Fire Capt. Robb Cagann are scheduled to receive the awards in a ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Legion post, 820 N. Liberty St. Read more...

04.23.14

Students in U46 must make up four ‘snow days’

In the week after Memorial Day, the students and teachers in School District U46 will have to pay the piper for all those wonderful days off from class they got thanks to January’s subzero cold. The district closed schools for an unusually large four “snow days” this year — on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 6-7, and then again three weeks later on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 27-28. As a result, the school board decided Monday night, the school year will have to be lengthened by four days. Students will have to return to class on the four days after Memorial Day, May 27-30. Read more...

04.22.14

21 apply for Elgin council seat

Twenty-one people have applied to fill a vacant seat on the Elgin City Council. The applicants are: Michael K. "Big Mike" DeBrocke, Barry Kevin DeLoncker Jr., Craig Dresang, Mitchell Esterino, Gary A. Fagan, Ana M. Gomez, Robert Grens, Herbert Gross, Jaime Hjelm, Mohammad "Mo" Iqbal, Michael Kahn, Alberto Lopez, Rosamaria D. Martinez, Maura Wood Maschinski, Fred H. Moulton, Franklin Ramirez, Michael J. Robins, Julie Ann Schmidt, Aaron B. Sellers, Kevin D. Sherman and John N. Walters. Read more...

04.22.14

Elgin city council to discuss replacement for Anna Moeller’s position Wednesday

The city council will continue discussions Wednesday night about replacing former member Anna Moeller, who left that body to take Democrat Keith Farnham’s spot as 43rd District state representative. The council was told via a memo late Monday afternoon the Illinois Attorney General’s office is reviewing the council’s discussion of the vacancy in executive session April 9. Read more...

04.22.14

Hoffman Estates hosts drug disposal day

The Hoffman Estates Police Department and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will host a drug disposal event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the police station, 411 W. Higgins Road. Residents will be able to properly and safely dispose of accumulated, unwanted and unused prescription pills, including controlled substances. You can bring in unwanted pills with or without containers. No liquids or needles will be accepted. For details contact Sgt. Joe Dornbos at (847) 781-2823 or at joe.dornbos@hoffmanestates.org. Read more...

04.22.14

How suburbanites can make good recycling even better

In the past 25 years, recycling efforts in the suburbs have grown significantly. The reasons are pretty basic: It saves money, more items are accepted, waste haulers provide larger recycling carts, and it's simply the right thing to do. But there are more steps, some simple and some that require special preparation, that residents can take to ensure fewer items ultimately are sent to landfills. Read more...

04.22.14

Schaumburg budgeting for new village jobs

Already embarking on an ambitious road improvement program while aiming for lower property taxes, Schaumburg trustees Monday also agreed in principle with administrators' plans for several other service enhancements in the coming year. The village board unanimously recommended the staff's proposed annual budget, which it plans to formally adopt tonight, just ahead of the new fiscal year on May 1. Read more...

04.21.14

Authorities file objections to some concealed carry permits

While new licenses to carry concealed firearms continue arriving in suburban mailboxes, some local law enforcement offices are objecting to permits for certain individuals. The Illinois State Police have received 1,669 objections from law enforcement agencies across the state, with about half of those coming from the Cook County Sheriff's Department. That's compared to 33,207 licenses that have been granted since Illinois first began approving licenses earlier this year. Read more...

04.21.14

Food co-operatives hope to open soon in the suburbs

Local food. Local ownership. Local gathering place. This is the vision of hundreds of people living near Batavia, Elgin, Lombard and McHenry. They're planning four separate food cooperatives and hoping to turn them into brick and mortar locations within the next two or three years. Read more...

04.20.14

Bartlett trustees cut funding for History, Depot museums

Bartlett officials have slashed funding to the village's two museums, upsetting loyal patrons who fear the cutbacks will hurt exhibits. Trustees approved a $57.5 million village budget that cuts the pay and hours of Pam Rohleder, the longtime director of the Bartlett History and Depot museums. Read more...

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