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posted: 6/17/2010 12:01 AM

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Fundraiser for Streator Little League

Mundelein Little League will host a fundraiser Saturday, June 19, for their counterparts in Streator, whose fields were rendered unusable after a tornado about two weeks ago. A portion of the concession sales will be donated to get the Streator fields back in playing condition. Proceeds from the sale of pulled pork sandwiches also will be donated. A tax deductible contribution also can be made by check to Mundelein Little League with the proceeds forwarded to Streator. The league also will donate $1 for every player treat ticket dropped in the donation bucket. Games begin at 8:30 a.m. and run all day at the Keith Mione Community Park & Sports Complex at Midlothian Road and Dunbar Street, Mundelein.

Sales tax up from last year:

Sales tax generated in Vernon Hills during February and March was 3 percent above the same period a year ago, giving village leaders a hint of good news. Commerical-heavy Vernon Hills perennially is among the leaders in sales in Lake County but Finance Director Larry Nakrin said sales tax has become a much less dependable source of funds. Should the trend continue, the village for its fiscal year would collect about $440,000 more than projected in the 2010-11 budget. Nakrin noted that the February/March figures were nearly 9 percent lower than 2008, however.

Antioch teacher dismissed:

The Antioch Elementary District 34 school board formally dismissed former social studies teacher Wes Owens, who admitted to carrying on a sexual relationship with a former student. Owens, 52, of McHenry County, was previously on paid administrative leave from his position at Antioch Upper Grade School as of Aug. 31. He is scheduled to be sentenced in Lake County on Friday after pleading guilty to attempted criminal sexual assault, a charge carrying a maximum of seven years.