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[ Neighborhood projects to get a boost Saturday across region ]]>

About 7,000 Chicago-area residents are expected to do some good in their neighborhoods Saturday during the annual Comcast Cares Day. The event is the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event, drawing Comcast and NBCUniversal employees. However, it is also open to the public — who will receive free lunch and a T-shirt for their participation in service projects. Volunteer opportunities include making blankets for hospital patients and seniors, building volleyball courts, sorting and labeling food and clothing, painting and gardening, and cleaning, repairing and replacing furniture. The event has attracted more than half a million volunteers since it began in … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:06:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin Council puts process in place for picking Moeller’s replacement ]]>

ELGIN — The city council Wednesday night put in place the process for choosing who — if anyone — will fill the vacancy left when Anna Moeller resigned to become 43rd District State Representative. Councilman John Steffen suggested that next Wednesday, April 30, at 4:30 p.m. the council meet in executive session to identify who, if anyone, from the 21 applications received for the post would be interviewed. The following Wednesday, May 7, the council would meet again in executive session at 7 p.m. to interview anyone chosen and perhaps decide that night to narrow the field, possibly to a … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:07:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin’s DNA recaps 2013, plans for 2014 ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — The Downtown Neighborhood Association recapped what it did for Elgin in 2013 and looked ahead to the rest of this year, in a presentation made at Wednesday’s city council meeting. The city of Elgin purchases specific services from the DNA with a focus on the economic development and marketing of the downtown area. Elgin pays the organization $135,000 annually for this work, and since 2012 has been using tax increment financing (TIF) funds instead of money from its take of casino taxes to foot the bill. The contract recently ended and is up for renewal at a future … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:43:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin Chamber Economic Development Group gives progress report to city council ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — The one-year purchase-of-services agreement that the city paid the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce for $275,000 in economic development work in 2013 — as it did for 2012 — is past due for renewal. That work comes under the moniker of the Economic Development Group, through which the chamber handles programs and strategies to enhance Elgin’s competitiveness in the regional and global economies. So Wednesday night, Chamber President Carol Gieske and Terry Royer, CEO/president Winergy Drive Systems Corp. — who is vice chairman of the EDG and chairman-elect of the chamber — gave a presentation to the council … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:31:08 -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[ 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[ 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[ 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 <![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[ No one inside car found in Fox River in Elgin ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — A car found submerged in the Fox River on Tuesday morning turned out to have no one inside it, and the vehicle reportedly had been stolen the night before from an Elgin resident. The car was found submerged up to its rooftop in water off Duncan Avenue, several hundred feet south of the I-90 bridge. Elgin police Cmdr. Ana Lalley said the car first was spotted about 6:14 a.m. already in the water, by a passenger in a car driving across the tollway bridge who happened to look down at the river. Divers from the Elgin Fire Department … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:34:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bartlett Little League parade set for Saturday morning ]]> Lead story image

The 2014 Bartlett Little League Opening Day Parade is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, at 9:30 a.m. Baseball players, coaches, and parents will be participating in the annual event to kick-off the start of the spring baseball season. Following the parade will be opening ceremonies at Ruzicka Park. The Bartlett Police Department has issued a traffic advisory for the parade. The parade is scheduled to start at Leiseburg Park on Devon Avenue and finish at Ruzicka Park on Newport Boulevard. The tentative route: • Begin at Leiseburg Park • East on Devon Avenue • South on Newport Boulevard • Finish … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:54:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tree trimming to take place along bike trails ]]>

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County plans tree-trimming projects, coordinated by ComEd, that could impact parts of the Fox River Trail and Illinois Prairie Path, according to a release from the district. ComEd contractor Asplundh will trim trees as well as remove trapped and fast-growing trees underneath power lines. Signs will be posted warning of construction traffic, machinery and workers on the trails, the release said. Trails will be open during the work, though it may become necessary to briefly close project areas. On the Illinois Prairie Path, trimming will begin on the Batavia Spur on Monday, April 28 … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:12:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Credit card glitch zaps Verizon customer’s balance ]]> Lead story image

Richard Cooper, of Park Ridge, called on Help Squad to ask for our assistance on a problem with his cell phone carrier, Verizon. Cooper explained that he is on an automatic payment plan with the company. For $15 per month, which gets deducted from his credit card, he is charged per minute for his phone usage. He said the rate plan had been working out well, but thanks to the identity breach Target, his old card was considered at risk, and his credit card company issued a new card. Cooper realized he had to change his credit card information with … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:18:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oberweis apologizes as GOP leaders urge action on immigration ]]> Lead story image

Before a standing-room-only crowd of immigration reform activists, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Jim Oberweis on Tuesday offered a mea culpa for a track record of taking harsh stances on illegal immigrants. Speaking at the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition alongside a Mount Rushmore of Illinois Republicans, Oberweis admitted he was known as a “hawk” on immigration reform but said he has evolved on the issue over the last decade. Oberweis was among a slew of GOP political heavyweights attending the event aimed at urging Illinois’ U.S. House delegation to vote on a measure to reform immigration. Former Gov. Jim Edgar, former … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:32:00 -0500