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Rising to the challenge

ELGIN — Thanks to a state funding mechanism, work started this week on long-in-the-works life-safety improvements and other renovations for Buena Vista Tower. The nine-story, 96-unit apartment building for low-income families is home to about 250 people at 222 Locust St., on Elgin’s near-west side. …

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. The crash occurred sometime after 4 p.m. at the intersection of Lake Street and Monarch Drive, …

Trip expands global perspective of Elgin students

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ELGIN — For six Elgin High School students, walking along the Great Wall of China and standing on the site of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games was just a portion of the life lessons they experienced last month at the EF Global Student Leaders Summit. …

Dundee historical society digs through archives for its anniversary celebration

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There’s a 50th birthday party coming up, and the Dundee community is invited to help celebrate. For five decades, the Dundee Township Historical Society has been collecting and preserving the area’s history, and educating members and residents about it. To commemorate the milestone, cake and …

West Dundee looks for ways to fill budget gap

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WEST DUNDEE — As officials grapple with how to plug a $300,000 deficit, some are concerned West Dundee is headed in the wrong direction. Lifelong resident Robin Doyle said she remembers a time when there was a thriving downtown. Now, she says, it is time …

Vehicle drives into townhome in Huntley

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A vehicle drove through a garage and struck a gas line on the 10900 block of Cape Cod Lane in Huntley Monday afternoon, according to a police report. At approximately 4:44 p.m., Huntley police officers and firefighters responded to the scene of a 2007 Nissan …

Elgin man accused of sex with teen

Carpentersville Jesus Machuca, 32, of the 1600 block of Maple Lane, Elgin, was charged with 10 Class 2 felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse to a victim over the age of 13 and less than 17. According to police, he is accused of having …

Carpenter Park set to receive makeover funds

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CARPENTERSVILLE — The village has big plans for one of its most popular parks, and some recent good news from the state of Illinois will help bring those plans to fruition. Village officials recently learned they are to receive a $400,000 state grant to help …

Lessons at Perry are drummed into students

CARPENTERSVILLE — Students at Perry Elementary School are marching to the beat of a different drummer and learning to problem-solve through the process. With the help of music teacher Cynthia Blachowski, students are learning how to express their feelings and manage anger and stress by …

Larkin academy teens win U46 talent contest; traveling trophy to South Elgin High

ELGIN — Sarah Fischer says that the first time she heard John Legend sing how “all of me loves all of you,” she could “just hear” her friend Kemmerin Blalark singing that song. So she called him on the phone and said, “You’ve got to …

A look behind the scenes at Elgin’s  Emergency Communications Center

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ELGIN — It’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, honoring the 200,000 or so people who work in dispatching across the nation — including the 17 women and six men who make up the staff at Elgin’s Emergency Communications Center. “This is very difficult work, and …

Elgin officials encouraging residents to make use of text option for city’s CodeRed alert system

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ELGIN — 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 …

East Dundee planning to put caboose along bike trail

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EAST DUNDEE — The bike path running through East Dundee, once part of the Chicago-Northwestern train line, soon could be home to a train car again. East Dundee is purchasing a caboose that will sit at the corner of Railroad Street and the bike path …

Former East Dundee Chief Pena set to retire

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EAST DUNDEE — Ignacio “Joe” Pena served on East Dundee’s police force for more than 30 years, was its chief for 20 years and became a leader in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics. Now he is retiring from his …

D300 OKs $2.1 million in construction bids

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ALGONQUIN — Plans have taken a step closer to fruition by Community Unit School District 300 to build a new administration building in Algonquin and revamp the former central office space in Carpentersville for use by the district’s alternative school. The school board Monday night …

ComEd power line proposal hearing to be in Elgin April 24

The Illinois Commerce Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday, April 24, in Elgin to hear comments on ComEd’s proposal to build a new 345 kV transmission line, the Grand Prairie Gateway project, through Ogle, DeKalb, Kane and DuPage counties. The hearing will begin at …