Courier News Latest news from Courier News Online en-us (Editor) Courier News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ After 10,000 autopsies, well-known suburban Chicago pathologist retiring to work with young ]]> Lead story image

GENEVA — After exploring dead bodies for 34 years, Dr. Larry Blum is leaving his career working with the dead so he can work with young people, as a 69-year-old dad and teacher. Blum, a freelance forensic pathologist who lives in Rockford, has done many of the autopsies in the collar counties around Chicago since the 1980s. Three days a week, he could be found in the morgue of the Kane County Coroner’s Office in Geneva, using his scientific skills to unearth the truth behind another mystery death. But he said he plans to retire from most of his jobs, … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:35:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wandering bear draws crowds in west Ill. ]]> Lead story image

MOUNT MORRIS, Ill. — A young black bear which has been roaming northwestern Illinois this spring drew dozens of curious onlookers when he took refuge in an oak tree after ambling through the small Ogle County town, prompting fresh pleas from wildlife officials to leave the youngster alone. The latest sighting was on Wednesday, when the bear — which has inspired his own Facebook page — climbed a tree on Suzanne Felker’s farm outside of Mount Morris to take a snooze. Felker, who lives in nearby Rochelle and leases her property, said she hurried over after receiving a call from … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:34:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Prostitution charges vs. three after undercover operation in Elgin ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — Three Elgin women were charged with prostitution Wednesday as a result of an undercover operation, police said. According to police, members of the Elgin Police Department Special Investigations Division conducted an undercover operation in the area of Grove Street and National Street in Elgin, in response to several citizen complaints of prostitution occurring in the area. During the course of the two-hour operation, undercover officers had contact with three subjects who offered a sexual act in exchange for money. Charged were: Cheri L. Bookman, 46, of the 0-100 Block of North Commonwealth Avenue, Elgin; Simone Hardy, 46, of … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:35:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kane County has new pathologist but morgue may have to go, coroner says ]]> Lead story image

GENEVA — When Larry Blum retires as Kane County’s main autopsy-doer on June 30, a replacement is already lined up for him. But the entire 24-year-old morgue in the Kane County Government Center also may have to be replaced, Coroner Rob Russell says. “Dr. Mitra Kalelkar has been doing some autopsies for us and will become our head forensic pathologist,” Russell said. “We’ll probably also be doing an RFP (Request for Proposal) to get a couple more pathologists lined up to fill in when she is unavailable.” Russell said Kalelkar, an Oak Brook resident, worked for 30 years for the … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:36:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Morning crash shuts down I-90 ]]>

A crash Thursday morning that left a semitrailer leaking diesel fuel shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 for nearly two hours, officials said. Two semitrailers, a box truck and a small SUV were involved in the 8:25 a.m. crash, officials said. The crash occurred between Randall Road and the toll plaza in a construction zone — shutting down all three lanes of construction, officials said. Firefighters from the Elgin Fire Department, along with officers from the Illinois State Police District #15 responded to the accident. According to Elgin Fire Department Deputy Chief David Schmidt, one semitrailer rear-ended the … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:35:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hearing Monday on Elgin charter school plan ]]>

ELGIN — After years of planning, a proposal for an Elgin charter school will be presented to the public for comment as the District U46 board holds a public hearing Monday. The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of the district’s Educational Services Center at 355 E. Chicago St. However, anyone interested in speaking that night should register in the ESC lobby between 5:30 and 6 p.m. The school board then must decide whether to approve the proposed academy. Developed by a nonprofit group called the Elgin Charter School Initiative, the school would be called the … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:34:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin eatery to join list of area al fresco dining spots ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — In a month or so, Elgin-area diners who like to eat and drink outside will have another option to consider. Kevin Platt, manager of Jimmy’s Charhouse, 2290 Point Blvd. (off Randall Road, just north of I-90) said the establishment hopes to have its railed-in, al fresco space just off the bar open by mid to late July. On June 11, Elgin’s city council passed an ordinance granting a conditional use permit to Jimmy’s for allowing the outdoor seating. “There was a demand for this from customers,” Platt said, noting the move should help the Charhouse remain competitive, especially … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:35:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin Festival Park concert season starts this weekend with ‘popera’ ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — While an opera might not be over until the big lady sings, a second summer of concerts in Festival Park gets underway Friday when three svelte Italian guys croon — and continues Sunday with a flashback to the height of the hair metal era. Friday evening’s show stars Il Volo, a trio of young tenors that formed on an Italian television talent contest, has been featured on American Idol, performed with Barbra Streisand and — naturally — has a PBS special sometimes repeated during pledge drives. The lads are on an international summer tour, and the Elgin Symphony … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:01:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Planned West Dundee restaurant set to get money assistance from village ]]> Lead story image

WEST DUNDEE — A restaurateur has gotten the nod from West Dundee officials for some financial support to open up the Bootleggers Kitchen and Pub. George Arsoniadis will open the restaurant at 629 S. 8th St., in West Dundee, the site of the former West End Restaurant and Bar. He said his restaurant will offer a mid-scale casual dining experience with fare including chicken, steaks, ribs, pasta, fresh seafood and salads, burgers, melts, desserts, as well as alcoholic beverages. In order to open the restaurant, Arsoniadis said he needed some financial backing to renovate the interior and exterior of the … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:35:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rep. Roskam falls short in bid for GOP leadership role ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, a former aide elected to Congress in his own right less than eight years ago, won election as House majority leader Thursday as fellow Republicans shuffled their leadership in the wake of Rep. Eric Cantor’s primary defeat in Virginia. Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, 48, was elected to replace McCarthy as whip as the rank and file opted to put a red-state Republican at the leadership table. Scalise defeated Reps. Peter Roskam of Illinois and Marlin Stutzman of Indiana to win his race. He campaigned as head of the Republican Study Conference, a group … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:37:36 -0500