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Testing the waters: Kids spend Earth Day studying Elgin creek

ELGIN — With rubber boots covering his feet, sixth-grader Massimo Ranallo waded into the middle of Tyler Creek near the stone bridge to take an up-close look at the water. Massimo and his fellow Einstein Academy classmates from kindergarten through high school spent Earth Day …

Neighborhood projects to get a boost Saturday across region

About 7,000 Chicago-area residents are expected to do some good in their neighborhoods Saturday during the annual Comcast Cares Day. The event is the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event, drawing Comcast and NBCUniversal employees. However, it is also open to the public — who …

Elgin Council puts process in place for picking Moeller’s replacement

ELGIN — 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 …

Elgin’s DNA recaps 2013, plans for 2014

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ELGIN — The Downtown Neighborhood Association recapped what it did for Elgin in 2013 and looked ahead to the rest of this year, in a presentation made at Wednesday’s city council meeting. The city of Elgin purchases specific services from the DNA with a focus …

Elgin Chamber Economic Development Group gives progress report to city council

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ELGIN — The one-year purchase-of-services agreement that the city paid the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce for $275,000 in economic development work in 2013 — as it did for 2012 — is past due for renewal. That work comes under the moniker of the Economic …

District U46 planetarium plans ‘sky shows,’ upgrades to 104-year-old building

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ELGIN — Peggy Hernandez put on some big shoes when she took over five years ago as the “planetarium teacher” for School District U46. She was stepping into a job formerly held by just two people over a span of 50 years, Don Tuttle and …

College is not for everybody, book   co-author/radio producer tells ECC

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ELGIN — “Is College Worth It” asks the title of the best-selling book by Bill Bennett and David Wilezol. Speaking on that topic Wednesday at Elgin Community College, Wilezol’s answer could be summarized as “it can be worth it, but not for everyone.” Wilezol, just …

West Dundee to implement gas & food/beverage taxes

WEST DUNDEE — In an effort to stave off a looming $300,000 budget deficit, West Dundee trustees have given the OK to a few measures they said will be the least detrimental to residents. At Monday’s board meeting, the village board voted to implement both …

Kane County resident wants everyone to take a long look at cellphone bills

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If you live in unincorporated Kane County, you might want to check your cellphone bill extra carefully. John Fenlaciki, a resident of Fox River Estates in St. Charles Township, noticed a municipal MTT tax on each bill he received from Verizon and decided to do …

D301 eyes new athletic conference

BURLINGTON — Central School District 301 may break away from the Big Northern Conference in order to join a proposed new sports conference. Talk about the formation of a new conference originally came before the District 301 board in November. Steve Diversey, Central High School …

Furniture stolen from Elgin home’s front porch

Two wicker chairs, a love seat and a coffee table were reported stolen Tuesday from the front porch of a home in the 200 block of Walnut Avenue, police said. The resident said she had last used the furniture on Sunday but was not sure …

No one inside car found in Fox River in Elgin

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ELGIN — A car found submerged in the Fox River on Tuesday morning turned out to have no one inside it, and the vehicle reportedly had been stolen the night before from an Elgin resident. The car was found submerged up to its rooftop in …

Bartlett Little League parade set for Saturday morning

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The 2014 Bartlett Little League Opening Day Parade is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, at 9:30 a.m. Baseball players, coaches, and parents will be participating in the annual event to kick-off the start of the spring baseball season. Following the parade will be opening ceremonies …

Tree trimming to take place along bike trails

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County plans tree-trimming projects, coordinated by ComEd, that could impact parts of the Fox River Trail and Illinois Prairie Path, according to a release from the district. ComEd contractor Asplundh will trim trees as well as remove trapped and …

Credit card glitch zaps Verizon customer’s balance

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Richard Cooper, of Park Ridge, called on Help Squad to ask for our assistance on a problem with his cell phone carrier, Verizon.

Cooper explained that he is on an automatic payment plan with the company. For $15 per month, which gets deducted from his …

Oberweis apologizes as GOP leaders urge action on immigration

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Before a standing-room-only crowd of immigration reform activists, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Jim Oberweis on Tuesday offered a mea culpa for a track record of taking harsh stances on illegal immigrants. Speaking at the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition alongside a Mount Rushmore of Illinois Republicans, …