Weather Updates

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Updated: March 11, 2013 6:28AM

Elgin: Weather spotter training class scheduled

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, the National Weather Service established SKYWARN with partner organizations. SKYWARN is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to local officials.

Each year, the Kane County Office of Emergency Management sponsors a county-wide severe weather spotters training class conducted by the National Weather Service. This year’s class is being held in Elgin Community College’s Seigle Auditorium on , Feb. 28 beginning at 7 p.m. This event is free for all weather enthusiasts and seating is available on a first come first seated basis.

Elgin: Rotary Club to hold beach party on March 1

Elgin Rotary’s annual beach party fundraiser has everything you want but the sand. The beach party will be held on Friday, March 1, in the Holiday Inn, Route 31 and Interstate 90. Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts are encouraged but optional. A tropical buffet, cash bar, live entertainment, silent and live auction items and the Rotary $5,000 Reverse Raffle will be held. A limited number of reverse raffle tickets available for $100 each. Childcare will be available during the event.

To reserve event tickets, call Laurie Bitter at 847-888-2555 (office). Tickets are $40 per person in advance or $50 at the door. Tables of 10 are $350. For Rotary $5,000 Reverse Raffle tickets, contact Randy Brittain at 847-212-1528. Reservations and raffle tickets may also be purchased online at Proceeds from the event will be donated to local charitable causes.

Hampshire: Musicians to play for Senior Citizens

Central High School musicians will perform for the Hampshire-Burlington Senior Citizens Club Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Senior Citizens Center on Mill Street.

The even starts at 11 a.m., with a pot luck luncheon noon and entertainment at 1 p.m. the club is open to people 60 or older. For more information, contact Dale A. Dopkins at 847-683-0904 or 847-683-7220

Elgin: American Legion to hold chili cook-off

American Legion Post 57 at 820 N. Liberty St. will host an open to the public chili cook-off on Sunday, Feb. 17. Contestants must have entries to the Legion by 12:30 p.m. that day along with a $5 entry fee. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes given, along with “bragging rights” medals. Judging will take place at 1 p.m. For more information, call the Post at 847-741-1684.

Hanover Twp.: Youth panel taking award nominations

The Hanover Township Committee on Youth is accepting nominations for the 2013 Youth Leadership Awards. The committee will recognize community youth and adult leaders for being positive role models for youth in Hanover Township.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Rising Star Award — given to an elementary student.

Junior Leader Award — given to a middle school student.

High School Leader Award — given to a high school student.

Youth nominees must live the township.

The Community Youth Leader Award is given to an adult who lives in and works with the youth of Hanover Township in a leadership capacity. Award recipients will be recognized at a banquet which will be held at the township on March 5.

Nomination forms are available at or at the Hanover Township Youth & Family Services office at 250 S. Route 59, Bartlett. Completed nominations are due by Feb. 15. For more information, contact John Parquette, Hanover Township Director of Youth and Family Services, at 630-483-5799 or at

Cook County: First tax installment due March 1

The first installment of Cook County property tax bills for tax year 2012 have arrived.

“Property taxes are paid in two installments,” said Hanover Township Assessor Thomas S. Smogolski. “The first installment bill is 55 percent of the total property tax bill for the previous year, and will be due on March 1.”

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 in calendar year 2012.

“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 2012 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. Smogolski advises taxpayers with property tax escrows held by their mortgage companies 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,

Kane County: Citizens Academy scheduled

Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez is accepting applications for his Spring 2013 Citizens Police Academy. Anyone who works or lives in Kane County is welcome to apply. The academy will start on April 3 and run for 10 consecutive Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. For a copy of the application and more information about the Sheriff’s Citizens police Academy go to the Sheriff’s web page

Bartlett 2/15

Arts in Bartlett will host a ladies night out event in downtown Bartlett at the Center for the Arts, 118 W. Bartlett Ave. on Friday, Feb. 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.. Chocolatier Erin Keane will have chocolate treats and drinks for sampling, while participants can enjoy Mardi Gras music and festivities. For information, call 630-372-4152, email, or

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