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    Griffin: COD spent $26 million without board scrutiny

    The College of DuPage board has approved more than $26 million in spending over the past 16 months without seeing what they were specifically paying for.

    Sep 17, 2014 6:28 AM

    Over the past 16 months, more than $26 million has been spent by the College of DuPage. But all the seven-member board ever saw of those expenditures were monthly totals. Now, at least one board member with the help of a government transparency advocate are questioning how the board can properly do its job without seeing how more than $1 million a month, or 12 percent of the college's annual budget, is being spent.


    Suburban Scots divided on Scotland's independence

    Jim Bell of Glen Ellyn, who was born and raised in Scotland, say''s he prefer that Scotland stay part of the UK. He is pictured cleaning his kilt.

    Sep 17, 2014 5:20 AM

    Much like their compatriots, suburban Scots have strong feelings and mixed opinions about Thursday's historic referendum in Scotland, when the Scottish people will vote on whether to break away from the United Kingdom and become an independent nation. “For all of us here, the ties to Scotland are still pretty strong,” said Jim Bell of Glen Ellyn, who grew up in Scotland.


    Arlington Heights delays decision on puppy mill ban

    Arlington Heights leader say they’re holding off on talks about a possible exemption from the Cook County puppy mill ban for the Happiness is Pets store because of a federal lawsuit, filed by the store and two others, challenging the measure.

    Sep 17, 2014 5:16 AM

    Arlington Heights leaders are backing off discussions about village regulations for puppy sales to allow a federal lawsuit challenging Cook County’s new puppy mill ban to works its way through the court system. “It would be premature of us, at this point, to take any further action until we’ve heard from the court,” said Mayor Tom Hayes.


    Hoffman Estates tech firm could move to Gurnee

    Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik introduces Adam Khan, founder and CEO of AKHAN Semiconductor Inc., during a meeting at village hall Tuesday night. AKHAN is being lured with financial incentives to move from Hoffman Estates to Gurnee.

    Sep 17, 2014 5:23 AM

    Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik is seeking support from other local taxing agencies for a combined $2.3 million package of proposed financial incentives to a Hoffman Estates semiconductor company that supporters say could lead to a version of Silicon Valley in the village. “Similar to Silicon Valley, we think this will become the Diamond Prairie,” Kovarik said.


    Bartlett OKs medical pot production in business park

    With the state's backing, a medical marijuana grower could start planting in Bartlett's Brewster Creek Business Park, village trustees decided Tuesday night.

    Sep 17, 2014 5:30 AM

    Bartlett trustees on Tuesday night agreed to let a medical marijuana grower start planting in an industrial park -- with some strings attached. Chief among the conditions is winning a state license to grow the drug. Illinois allows only one cultivation center in each state police district. In the district including Bartlett, the grower may have to beat out up to 50 other applicants.


    Naperville adds two new rules for liquor licenses

    Ben Baggett from World of Beer in Naperville tells city council members he has concerns with proposed regulations on the maximum serving size for beer. The council put off a decision on serving sizes and plans to continue discussions of the topic in two weeks.

    Sep 17, 2014 5:36 AM

    Naperville bars now have two new requirements to follow. Effective immediately, establishments with liquor licenses no longer can offer specials that decrease the price of a drink to less than half its regular menu price, and they must get city-sponsored alcoholic beverage server training for their security personnel.


    Challenge champs fire up crowd at grilling event

    Daily Herald Food Editor Deb Pankey holds a pizza on a paddle for 2013 Cook of the Week Challenge winner Dan Rich as he adds ingredients during an event at Hearth and Home in Mount Prospect Tuesday.

    Sep 16, 2014 8:59 PM

    Cook of the Week Challenge winners Daniel Rich of Elgin (2013) and Michael Pennisi of Carpentersville (2012) fired up their grills and shared recipes for football-friendly fare with Daily Herald subscribers Tuesday night at Hearth & Home in Mount Prospect. The event attracted more than 70 readers who noshed on barbecue while learning grill cleaning tips, firepit maintenance and outdoor cooking techniques.

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