Courier News Latest news from Courier News Online en-us (Editor) Courier News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ State details what’s ahead for Route 20 ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — Work resumed in earnest this week on the state’s four-year project to rearrange the interchange between Route 20 and McLean Boulevard, and improve the nearby bottleneck intersection of McLean and Lillian Street. The first signs this week were lane closures along McLean. But drivers on Route 20 will be able to catch a taste of the project’s benefits as the new, longer exit ramp from westbound Route 20 onto McLean Boulevard and entrance ramp from McLean onto westbound 20 are expected to open at 1 p.m. Friday. One of the project’s main objectives was to prevent traffic from … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:58:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Brush fires hit Gilberts, Campton areas ]]>

GILBERTS — Firefighters were combating a large brush fire that started at about 11:45 a.m. Friday near the intersection of Galligan and Huntley roads. More fire equipment was called to the scene about 10 minutes later. A member of the Rutland-Dundee Townships Fire Protection District said crews were still at the scene at 1 p.m. No further information was available. Another brush fire broke out late Thursday afternoon, at 43W530 Burlington Road in Campton Township. … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:16:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Added charges in nursing home incident ]]> Lead story image

A grand jury this week added charges against a pair accused of abusing a 98-year-old nursing home resident in St. Charles and recording the incident, court documents show. Jacqueline Santos, 18, of South Elgin, and Chemyra Barnett, 18, of Elgin, were each charged last month with aggravated battery to a person over the age of 60 and unlawful video recording after St. Charles police were called to the Rosewood Care Center by an administrator. The pair were accused of hitting the resident in the face with a nylon strap and recording it without consent. Police previously said the resident was … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:37:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ After eluding cops, ex-Elginite gets 8 years for bar shooting ]]> Lead story image

A former Elgin man who was charged with a 2012 shooting outside a Bartlett bar, then eluded arrest for months before being arrested during a traffic stop in Missouri, has pleaded guilty to the crime. Reginald “Reggie” Myles, formerly of the 700 block of Grace Street, pleaded guilty April 7 to aggravated battery with a firearm, and was sentenced to eight years in prison, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office spokesman Stephen Campbell. Police in Bartlett had almost immediately identified Myles, then 23, as the suspect in a shooting outside of the Cadillac Ranch, 1175 W. Lake St. (Route … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:37:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Duckworth takes controls on local robots at Elgin tech center ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — Steering one of the robots built by the “Got Robot?” team is sort of like driving a tank. That, at least, was the correlation that U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) had as she maneuvered one of the student team’s two robots through an obstacle course, picking up blocks and depositing them in a bin. As a U.S. military veteran and former helicopter pilot, Duckworth knows a few things about taking the controls for a spin. Duckworth, back in the district during the congressional spring break, visited with the team Wednesday at the Elgin Technology Center in downtown Elgin. … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:37:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin shop set to celebrate vinyl on Record Store Day ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — Rich Wagner expects there will be a line of 40 or so people before 8 a.m. Saturday when he opens his Rediscover Records store downtown for business. They’ll be there for Record Store Day, the celebration of the remaining independent music shops across the country — and the globe, for that matter — that has been taking place the third Saturday in April since 2007. Wagner opened a spot in downtown Elgin in June 2010 and moved to 9 N. Spring St. a month ago, with a grand opening March 29. “The physical move went great. We had … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:37:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin’s Buena Vista Tower receiving long-awaited life-safety improvements ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — Thanks to a state funding mechanism, work started this week on long-in-the-works life-safety improvements and other renovations for Buena Vista Tower. The nine-story, 96-unit apartment building for low-income families is home to about 250 people at 222 Locust St., on Elgin’s near-west side. “It will be one of the safest buildings in the city once the work gets done,” Elgin Fire Chief John Fahy said. “The Illinois Housing Development Authority is providing approximately $10.5 million in low-interest loans and other financing toward the acquisition and rehabilitation,” IHDA marketing manager Daniel Osborne said. The financing is part of the … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:35:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hartwell elected GOP chair for Kane County ]]> Lead story image

South Elgin attorney Tom Hartwell has been elected as the new party chairman for the Kane County Republicans. “It’s an honor being selected,” Hartwell said. “I see being the chairman of the Kane County Republicans as an opportunity to serve people. When I ran for circuit clerk, that was my primary focus — to provide excellent service and at same time being responsible and cost-efficient with taxpayer dollars.” Hartwell, the Kane County Circuit Court clerk, was chosen by Kane’s Township GOP organization Wednesday during a closed meeting in Sugar Grove. He takes the place of outgoing chairman Barb Wojnicki. East … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:14:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2 dogs home during burglary ]]>

Two dogs that had been left uncrated while their owners were in Wisconsin apparently did not stop a burglar from taking electronics from an Elgin apartment, police said. The residents on the 400 block of Wellington Avenue told police they returned home about 6:30 p.m. Sunday and found the apartment ransacked. A TV set, gaming system, games, clothing and baseball hats were reported missing from the home. A large pit bull and a smaller dog were home when the break-in occurred, the owners said. Elgin Allison Matney, 27, of the 900 block of Cookane Avenue, Elgin, was charged with a … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:38:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Let fitness be your driver ]]> Lead story image

You are probably saying to yourself, “My fitness is important; time at the gym makes the schedule — cardio, too.” Seems driven to me! Congrats on your motivation, but today we are going to review driving relative to fitness, literally. Working out for functional fitness almost always includes stair climbing, reaching overhead and forward, with and without weights. Balance and stability are key, especially as we age. However, so are the mobility, strength and motor skills required to drive a car. Think about the movements exerted at any given time to drive a car: Ankle control, mobility and strength are … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:39:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Coroner becomes drug collection site ]]>

The Kane County Coroner’s Office has become a Drug Enforcement Agency collection site for disposal of prescription drugs. Proper prescription drug disposal is important because studies have shown that prescription drug abuse promotes heroin use and addiction, according to Kane County Coroner Rob Russell. Many prescriptions, such as painkillers, have frequently been stolen from medicine cabinets of homes, because people who no longer need them are unaware of an outlet to get rid of them properly. “There are some DEA prescription drop-off points in the county, but my goal is to promote this program heavily, and get as many sites … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:40:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin finally opens its sports and rec fields ]]>

ELGIN - Sports and recreation fields maintained by the city of Elgin finally officially opened Thursday. Parks and Recreation staff posted a memo that read, “Athletic field usage is now available throughout the City of Elgin on fields and open areas that were previously closed due the unusually harsh winter.” “Hopefully there will be no more snow,” Recreation and Facilities Superintendent Maria Cumpata said. What held things back was that the ground froze so deep that, until recently, frost was still thawing in the ground. Things were so bad, on April 1, Cumpata sent out a memo to user groups … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:40:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Moeller to host town hall meeting at Gail Borden Library ]]> Lead story image

State Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) will host a Town Hall Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Elgin Room on the 2nd floor of the Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, to hear from constituents during the legislative break from Springfield. “Town hall meetings are one of the ways I plan to receive feedback from constituents about their issues and priorities for the community,” Moeller said in a statement. “Staying connected to local residents is a critical part of being an effective legislator and it is why I am diligently working to hear everyone’s point of … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:40:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Students to vie for state chemistry title ]]>

Four area students are hoping they have all the solutions for the Chemical Educational Foundation’s 10th annual National You Be The Chemist Challenge. Thirty-three students middle school students from across Illinois will show off their knowledge of science and chemistry concepts, theories and laboratory safety as they compete for the opportunity to attend the national challenge in Philadelphia in June. The state finals will be held April 27 at North Central College in Naperville. Among the students competing are Elgin School District U46’s Charlie Hultquist of Eastview Middle School in Bartlett and Mateo Calero and Audrey Elzroth of Kenyon Woods … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:48:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ School bus in crash near Bartlett ]]>

Emergency crews responded to a crash Wednesday afternoon near the border of Bartlett and Streamwood that involved a school bus and reportedly sent three people to an area hospital. The crash occurred sometime after 4 p.m. at the intersection of Lake Street and Monarch Drive, a representative for the Streamwood Fire Department said. Two students and a school bus driver were taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure, according to School District U46 spokesman Patrick Mogge. The bus was one of the smaller ones used in the district, he said. Reports from WLS Channel 7 News state that … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Trip expands global perspective of Elgin students ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — For six Elgin High School students, walking along the Great Wall of China and standing on the site of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games was just a portion of the life lessons they experienced last month at the EF Global Student Leaders Summit. In addition to visiting popular tourist sites most Americans only dream of seeing in person, the students had the opportunity to attend the summit’s two-day workshop that brings Chinese and American students together to solve problems. Among the speakers was former U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, who spoke on how cultural, language and geographic … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:34:18 -0500