Weather Updates

Soap box derby races set next week in St. Charles

Updated: February 15, 2013 6:09AM

The Greater Chicago Soap Box Derby Association will be holding their annual All American Soap Box Derby Rally race at the Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles on Jan. 19 and 20. Soap Box Derby racing is for boys and girls ages 7 - 17 who compete in Official All American Soap Box Derby cars. Racing will take place approximately between 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Spectators are welcome and kids can stop by for a free test run between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Boys and girls who do not have a car and would like to compete can call to reserve a car at (630) 841-8832 at least one week prior to the race date. There is a limited supply of cars that are given out on a first come first served basis. For more information contact Race Director Stan Iglehart at (630) 841-8832, or visit

St. Charles: Classes set for Citizen’s Police Academy

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a part of the law enforcement profession? The St. Charles Police Department is once again hosting their annual Citizen’s Police Academy starting March 5, 2013 through April 30, 2013.

The Citizen Police Academy is meant to give its students a better understanding how the St. Charles Police Department operates. Some of the areas covered in the CPA are: criminal and narcotics investigations, arrest and courts procedures, traffic stops, the K-9 unit, SWAT Team, crime scene processing, domestic violence, and the Firearms Training Simulator (F.A.T.S.).

When possible, the curriculum makes use of both classroom instruction and outside demonstrations, where the student can get an opportunity to do the activity being demonstrated, such as; processing a “crime scene” for fingerprints, getting a radar reading on a moving vehicle, or shooting on the F.A.T.S. machine. The CPA has an added benefit of being a sounding board on how the police department is meeting the needs of our citizens.

The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., for 8 weeks starting the first week in March. Most of the classes are held in the St. Charles Police Department training room at 211 N. Riverside Avenue, St. Charles. A graduation is usually held the Tuesday following the last class. Applications can be picked up at the front lobby of the Police Department (630-377-4435) or downloaded from the city website at: under “Crime Prevention.” Once the application has been completed, it can be dropped off or mailed to the St. Charles Police Department in care of Officer Bill Tynan at: 211 N. Riverside Avenue, St. Charles, Illinois 60174. All applications are subject to approval. The class is open, free of charge, to St. Charles residents, property and business owners and their employees, and approved St. Charles high school juniors and seniors. The last day to submit an application is Feb. 26, 2013. For more information, contact Officer Bill Tynan at 630-443-3730, or

Geneva: Kane Clerk office closed for MLK holiday

The Kane County Clerk’s office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. Call 630-232-5950.

© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit To order a reprint of this article, click here.