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Elgin native singing with the Met

Elgin native Kyle Pfortmiller has been living in New York City for several years, making his living by singing with the New York City Opera and various other opera companies around the country. But on New Year’s Eve, he reached the next level closer to …

Toys find a good home

Toys not stolen, going to others in need: After the Toys for Tots handout party at Elgin’s Hemmens Cultural Center last week, some volunteers were confused about what was happening with leftover, extra gifts. “After all of the customers were gone, the police officers, STILL …

“Pretty Little Dolly” on video: For the first time in 44 years, people who have laughed at hearing the audio version of the hilarious “Pretty Little Dolly” song can see it actually being performed, too. The song was done by Sleepy Hollow voice-over actress Mona …

Snow brings driving challenges

Snow plow season: Along with the Fox Valley’s first full blanket of snow came this winter‘s first “snow plow versus” accidents. A guardrail at Randall Road and Acorn Lane in Lake in the Hills was one of this winter’s first casualties. A snow plow, plowed …

Just another brick in the road

Counting bricks If you were wondering how many clay bricks have been installed on the streets of downtown Elgin this year, resident Bill O’Neill can tell you. No, he’s not Rain Man. O’Neill requested the information from the city. It took him a bit to …

Contagious excitement: Durbin gets film cameo

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Forget Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin also will appear in “Contagion,” the Steven Soderbergh-directed movie set to film scenes at the old Sherman Hospital in Elgin late this month or early December. Durbin made his Hollywood debut in a shoot Tuesday in Chicago, according to a press release from his office posted on Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet’s blog.