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In Our Towns: Kane County voter registration for primary election set

Updated: February 11, 2014 9:29AM

County Clerk John A. Cunningham is reminding residents that the last day to register to vote for the March 18 primary election is Feb. 18.

The county clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for registration until Feb. 18, In addition, most libraries and municipal and township offices in Kane County accept registrations.

Grace period registration for the primary will be available in the county clerk’s office only from Feb. 19 to March 15.

Early voting for the primary election will begin March 3 and continue through March 15.

The Kane County Clerk’s Voter Registration office is located in Building B at the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave. (Route 31), Geneva. To register, a person must be a United States citizen, 18 years old on or before Nov. 4, 2014, a resident of the precinct for 30 days prior to the election, and provide two forms of identification, one of which shows their current name and address.

Kane County residents may check their registration online by going to; click on “Are you registered” and follow the directions.

Hanover Twp.: Cook Co. property taxes due soon

First installment property tax bills for tax year 2013 arrived in the last week of January, according to Thomas S. Smogolski,

Hanover Township assessor.

“Property taxes are paid in two installments,” Smogolski said. “The first installment bill is 55 percent of the total property tax bill for the previous year, and will be due on March 4, 2014.”

Taxpayers should note that first installment tax bills will not reflect homeowner, senior citizen or other exemptions, nor will they reflect successful assessment appeals that were filed for tax year 2013.

“The first installment is just an estimate based on what was paid last year,” Smogolski explained. “When the second installment bill is mailed in the summer, it will reflect all exemptions for which the property is eligible as well any savings due to successful 2013 tax appeals.”

If money for property taxes is paid into an escrow account with a taxpayer’s mortgage company, the financial institution should receive the tax bill electronically, even if the taxpayer also receives a copy of the bill. The Hanover Township Assessor’s Office advises taxpayers with property tax escrows not to pay property taxes on their own. If they do, an overpayment of property taxes may result.

Property owners who do not have mortgage companies paying their taxes can make tax payments in person, by mail, or on-line at the Cook County Treasurer’s web site, In-person payments are accepted at the Cook County Treasurer’s downtown Chicago office at 118 N. Clark St. and at any Chase Bank in the Chicago area.

Bartlett: High school team wins App Challenge

A student team from Bartlett High School was named Illinois winners of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a national competition in which students develop a mobile application concept that addresses a need or problem in their local schools or communities.

The Bartlet students were among two teams named Best in State winners. They were chosen from nearly 1,300 teams nationwide who entered the contest. They are two of 80 Best in State teams that will go on to vie for the titles of Best in Region, and ultimately, Best in Nation.

The Bartlett students came up with an idea for an app that will aid in the prevention of obesity in adults and adolescence by encouraging fitness.

The competition was created by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association to encourage students to use technology to help solve local social issues.

Kane County: Free ‘Ask A Lawyer Day’ is Saturday

The Kane County Bar Association will conduct its monthly “Ask A Lawyer Day” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

On the second Saturday of each month, members of the public are encouraged to call 630-762-1900 for a free consultation with a volunteer attorney. This public information service (sponsored by the Kane County Bar Association, and supported by the Illinois State Bar Association) is an opportunity to ask questions and find direction for any legal matters you may have.

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