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    Glen Ellyn considers 5-cent fee per paper, plastic bag

    Shoppers in Glen Ellyn may soon start paying 5 cents each for their shopping bags. The village’s environmental commission has drafted an ordinance calling for some retailers to charge their customers a fee.

    Jan 31, 2015 7:36 AM

    Shoppers who want to use a plastic or paper bag may soon have to pay a fee at some Glen Ellyn businesses. The village’s environmental commission has drafted an ordinance calling for some retailers to charge their customers a fee of not less than 5 cents per disposable bag when they check out. The charge would be applied to both plastic and paper bags. Some materials would be exempt, such as bags used before the point of sale to wrap flowers or meat.


    Mom of boy who nearly drowned seeks signs around pond

    Nathan Hopman, 10, saved his younger brother, Nathan, 7, from drowning in a neighborhood retention pond behind their Carpentersville home. Their mother, Denise Hopman, wants warning signs posted at the pond.

    Jan 31, 2015 7:38 AM

    A Carpentersville mother is seeking proper signage around a retention pond in her neighborhood where her son and his friend fell through the ice and nearly drowned. “They are very lucky,” said Denise Hopman. “They were still pretty close to the end of the pond area. If they went any further, they wouldn’t have been able to get out."


    8 inches of snow this weekend; worse ‘back in my day’?

    In Lake Gevena, Wis., sculptor Jenna Odhner, from the New Hampshire team, carves a 9-foot-high block of snow during the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship.

    Jan 30, 2015 4:52 PM

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch that could drop several inches of snow on the suburbs from Saturday evening into Sunday evening and bring dangerous winds Sunday The weather service warns of snow “in excess of 8 inches” especially along and south of I-88. Is Grandpa right in saying it was worse "back in my day"?


    Farm animals may come to Brunner forest preserve

    The Brunner Family Forest Preserve may soon play host to a 150-acre commercial farming operation.

    Jan 31, 2015 7:41 AM

    A commercial, organic farm may take over about 20 percent of the Brunner Family Forest Preserve in Carpentersville. The plan would save the existing barn on the property and put some new money in the Kane County Forest Preserve District's coffers. But there are some concerns about dedicating such a large portion of the district's "crown jewel" preserve to a private, for-profit use.


    New Oakton building open for classes

    Oakton Community College’s new $39 million Science and Health Careers Center has officially opened for classes.

    Jan 31, 2015 7:43 AM

    The $39 million Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers Center has opened at Oakton Community College — the culmination of the largest construction project since the Des Plaines campus opened in 1980. "Obviously the hope is we can accommodate more students because these fields are booming now," said Kristi Zenchak, a biology professor.


    New Waukegan Port District chief has big plans

    The Waukegan Port District has a new general manager who will oversee harbor and Waukegan National Airport.

    Jan 31, 2015 7:44 AM

    Randy Rogers, the new general manager of the Waukegan Port District, sees opportunities along the Lake Michigan waterfront and at Waukegan Natioinal Airport. Improvements at the marina and a longer runway are on Rogers' to-do list. The district oversees the airport and Waukegan Harbor.


    Pushup world record attempt scheduled in Elgin, Elmhurst

    Angela Nitti of Bartlett does pushups during a workout session at Training for Warriors in Elgin.

    Jan 31, 2015 7:35 AM

    The thought of doing pushups likely won’t get most people excited, but doing them for charity while setting a world record might do the trick. The fitness program Training for Warriors wants to set the world record for most people doing pushups in one minute on March 1. “It’s for a good cause, and we get a chance to participate in the world record, so it’s pretty cool,” trainer Freddie Moreno of Elgin said.

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