Courier News Latest news from Courier News Online en-us (Editor) Courier News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Testing the waters: Kids spend Earth Day studying Elgin creek ]]> Lead story image

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 working with the Friends of the Fox River to study the physical, biological and chemical health of the tributary that leads into the Fox River near Judson University. The sunny day meant the kids could trek the steep path from their school to Tyler Creek Forest Preserve for an afternoon filled with experiments and lessons … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:36:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ District U46 planetarium plans ‘sky shows,’ upgrades to 104-year-old building ]]> Lead story image

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 Gary Kutina. Almost everyone who attended a U46 school during those decades remembers traveling with their schoolmates to the facility on Elgin’s near-east side and learning about the stars while looking at a dome overhead. The rejuvenated planetarium program is drawing 20,000 student visits a year, Hernandez said. And to celebrate its 50th anniversary as … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:35:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kane County resident wants everyone to take a long look at cellphone bills ]]> Lead story image

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 a little digging. “It was a long, rotten winter,” said the retired engineer with Canadian National. “It was 5 to 10 below outside, and I was trapped in the house. I had a lot of time on my hands.” And now he’s got extra crash in hand. To be exact, $638. That’s because Smith discovered … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:33:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ College is not for everybody, book   co-author/radio producer tells ECC ]]> Lead story image

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 28 years old, is associate producer of Bennett’s Washington-based syndicated radio talk show, “Morning in America.” When activist Bill Ayers was invited to speak at ECC last year as part of the college’s Humanities Center Speaker Series, some residents demanded that a speaker more attuned to the other side of the political aisle also be … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:33:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 a 2-cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline and a 1 percent tax on food and beverages to help shore up the budget shortfall that largely stems from the loss of sales tax revenue expected once the Target store closes in May. The taxes go into effect June 1. Officials said a gas tax for the village’s four … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:50:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 when the pieces were taken. Elgin Anthony C. Gonzalez, 26, of the 500 block of Walnut Street, Elgin, was charged with a Class 4 felony count of aggravated fleeing and eluding police, and misdemeanor charges of driving on a suspended license and resisting a police officer, following an incident Tuesday. According to police, Gonzalez tried … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:33:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 athletics and activities director, told the board this week that the proposed Kishwaukee River Conference would start with five schools: Central High School in Burlington, Marengo Community High School, Harvard High School, Woodstock High School, and Woodstock North High School. “Once we have our core five schools, we will ask other schools to join us,” … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:50:32 -0500