Courier News Latest news from Courier News Online en-us (Editor) Courier News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Elgin-based Mueller expands to downtown Chicago location ]]> Lead story image

Mueller — a CPA, management consulting and financial services firm headquartered in Elgin — recently announced that it has expanded its presence in Chicago with the opening of new offices at 200 W. Adams, Suite 2015. Mueller serves privately held and public companies, local governments and not-for-profit organizations The new downtown location follows the recent consolidation of Mueller’s former Chicago and Oakbrook Terrace offices, and will complement the firm’s suburban office in Elgin. “This consolidation is part of our long-term strategy to maintain our suburban headquarters in Elgin and expand our Chicago presence that allows for us to better serve … ]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:20:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Batavia OKs incentive agreement to keep Suncast in the village ]]> Lead story image

The Batavia City Council has approved an agreement that offers incentives to keep its largest manufacturer in the city. “They were looking to leave, we had to do something to have them stay,” Alderman Michael O’Brien said. After months of closed sessions, aldermen voted unanimously to provide market-matching electric rates and a maximum $7.5 million in tax rebates through 2019, as well as a maximum of $250,000 for infrastructure upgrades to the Suncast Corporation. Suncast, one of the country’s leading plastic manufacturers, employs approximately 1,200 workers from a plant on the city’s northeast side and is the single largest user … ]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 02:20:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Co-founder of Mueller accounting firm in Elgin helped expand client services ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — William A. “Bill” Kaun, Jr., a founding partner of an Elgin accounting firm, died on May 24 at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital. He was 86. Mr. Kaun a partner of Mueller & Co. LLP (now called Mueller), was a man of few words, but his actions and leadership in building the CPA firm headquartered in Elgin left a lasting legacy for firm employees, clients and the community. In 1968, Kaun and his partners co-founded Mueller & Co. LLP to serve the region’s growing base of small- to medium-sized businesses, local municipalities and not-for-profit organizations. Having served in both … ]]> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 02:37:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tom Berliner: Teach staff to speak same language ]]>

In the world of learning, there is a difference between training and education. In the world of strategy, there is a difference between vision and mission. In both of these cases — and in others, as well — the differences mostly depend on who is providing the definitions. For some, training and education are interchangeable. For others, training is a subset of education. Yet for others, training is one thing while education is quite different. When it comes to vision and mission, a similar confusion exists. For some, the two words are interchangeable. For others, vision is broad and mission … ]]> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:09:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin DNA lays off economic development director ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — The Downtown Neighborhood Association laid off its Economic Development Director, Don Obenauf, after its June 2 board of directors meeting — and at least two city council members have questions about the move. Friday, Mayor Dave Kaptain and Councilman Rich Dunne said it was news to them that Obenauf had been let go, particularly since Obenauf and DNA Executive Director Deirdre White had made a presentation before the council in April which left him with the impression both would be part of the organization’s future. “This is a matter of consternation, and I’ll be asking questions to find … ]]> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 02:38:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin’s Harvest Market springs into 15th season ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN ­— The Elgin Harvest Market’s 15th season got off to a gorgeous start downtown Thursday morning with weather fit for an outdoor stroll to buy produce and other goodies. Making a long trek to opening day was Merrill Marxman, who left the Benton Harbor, Mich., area at 5 a.m. to make the 140-mile trip to set up a stand for Hardin Family Farm/Holle Orchard. Marxman said he has been managing multiple farmers markets for 15 years and decided to try Elgin because of the size of the town. His offerings Wednesday included asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries, and Marxman promised … ]]> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 02:34:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ E. Dundee switches back to ComEd as electricity supplier ]]>

EAST DUNDEE — A year after contracting with Integrys Energy Services Inc. to get East Dundee residents the best rate for electricity, the village is sending them back to Commonwealth Edison. But Village President Lael Miller said there’s good reason. “We had signed up with Integrys to provide better rates for our residents — and, as it turned out for that one-year period, the rates were better through them,” he said. “But due to volatility in the market, for the next 12 months, the rates ComEd had locked in were actually lower. So it makes sense at this point for … ]]> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 02:33:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wal-Mart seeks Carpentersville’s assistance to move from East Dundee ]]>

CARPENTERSVILLE — Carpentersville officials have a big decision to make — one that comes with a hefty price tag. Wal-Mart would like to move from its East Dundee location to a site on Route 25 near Lake Marian Road in Carpentersville. In order to do that, Wal-Mart officials — who plan to make the new store a super center — want $4.3 million from the tax increment finance district that would surround the store. During Tuesday’s village board meeting, trustees heard a presentation by Steve Friedman, president of SB Friedman Development Advisors, regarding the proposal. A plus, Friedman said, would … ]]> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 02:33:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ East Dundee mulls Zipcar sharing site ]]> Lead story image

When it comes to transportation, share and share alike seems to becoming a popular mantra. To that end, the Zipcar car-sharing service is popping up all over the Chicago area. Could it be a good fit for East Dundee? At the suggestion of a Trustee Rob Gorman, village officials will look into whether it is feasible. “And if it’s something we would be able to do or want to do,” said East Dundee Village President Lael Miller. Zipcar, which claims to be the world’s largest car-sharing franchise, offers self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking … ]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:22:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Grandma casinos’ playing their cards in Fox Valley ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — They have names such as Dotty’s, Penny’s and Stella’s, and they are lining up in strip malls throughout the state. Called “gambling cafés” or “grandma casinos,” there are 139 of them either active or in the approval pipeline in a 50-mile radius of Elgin, according to data provided by the Grand Victoria Casino and culled from state records. They are not only pulling customers from Elgin’s Grand Victoria Casino but are also playing with a set of rules different from what the state’s riverboats must follow, say officials from the Illinois Gaming Association. Since the state legalized video … ]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 08:56:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ West Dundee seeks input on downtown plan ]]>

As West Dundee embarks on creating its first downtown master plan, community members and stakeholders are invited to offer their input. A public workshop is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 18 at Village Hall, 102 S. Second St., West Dundee. The village has partnered with Hitchcock Design Group and Business Districts, Inc., to create a redevelopment master plan for the area. Officials anticipate it will take about eight months to create the redevelopment strategy for the village, with part of the process including garnering community feedback, as well as working closely with the businesses in the downtown. Residents … ]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:22:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pilgrim’s Pride offers to buy Chicago-based Hillshire ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK (AP) — Pilgrim’s Pride launched a takeover bid for Hillshire Brands on Tuesday that would expand its business beyond fresh and frozen chicken into a variety of packaged meats, including Ball Park hot dogs and Jimmy Dean sausages. The $5.58 billion offer could derail Hillshire’s plans to buy Pinnacle Foods, which makes Birds Eye frozen vegetables, Duncan Hines cake mixes and Hungry Man frozen dinners. Hillshire had announced the $4.23 billion deal earlier this month as a way to expand into different parts of the supermarket. But Pilgrim’s Pride says its offer of $45 per share for Hillshire … ]]> Tue, 27 May 2014 13:58:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wrigley to expand production at Yorkville plant ]]> Lead story image

Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. will expand its Yorkville facility by adding production of Skittles, one of the world’s most popular candy brands. The expansion, assisted by the state of Illinois, will help Wrigley create 75 high-wage, full-time, permanent manufacturing jobs. “The Wrigley company has been a big part of our state’s business heritage,” Gov. Pat Quinn said. “We are glad to help it bring more high-quality jobs to Illinois, where our first-rate workforce will help Wrigley answer any challenge the marketplace offers.” “Wrigley has called Illinois home for more than 100 years,” said Kevin Fitzpatrick, vice president of supply chain … ]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 10:02:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ For Carpentersville bike shop owner,  business cycle is one thrilling ride ]]> Lead story image

On an unseasonably cold spring morning, cyclists riding the Fox River Trail zoom past Main Street Bicycles, their wheels cutting the wind with a swooshing sound. A customer stops by with a broken spoke, and the day begins for Jeff Provisor. Cycling enthusiast and owner of Main Street Bicycles, Provisor sells new, used and custom-made bikes from a 3,000-square-foot, 1840s-era building at 39 E. Main St. in historical Old Town Carpentersville. A one-stop shop, his store carries all of the accessories and gear that professional cyclists and ordinary riders need to be comfortable and safe, from bike helmets and lighting … ]]> Mon, 26 May 2014 21:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ New executive director taking the reins at Anderson Animal Shelter ]]>

Beth Drake has been named executive director at Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin. For the past several months, the board of directors of the nonprofit shelter had been working to fill the position that was vacant since September 2013. “The board of directors made a decision to search for a candidate with significant animal welfare experience and a background in sheltering,” said Laura Lingl, president of the board of Anderson Animal Shelter. “Our organization is in a unique position and is looking forward to our future. We felt having a strong executive director leading our already-talented team is one … ]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 02:33:05 -0500