For years, Kent Baldwin of Carpentersville has kept the heat on village officials and on our state legislators to add more streetlights.
Baldwin, who has previously run for village president and trustee, also made adding streetlights a central issue of his campaigns.
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"I promised people that I was going to get them streetlights and for a long time I had the backing for the streetlights but I had no one behind me willing to say, 'Yeah, he did this,'" Baldwin said.
Earlier this month, Carpentersville officials gave Baldwin a certificate of appreciation for helping the village secure a $40,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, that will help pay for new streetlights.
Besides campaigning for new streetlights, Baldwin, 56, also asked the village to include them in neighborhood reconstruction projects and tracked the progress of state grant funding requests.
The village received the grant in 2008 and Baldwin says he's going to keep pushing for more streetlights.
"The ones that aren't don't yet, they'll take maybe the rest of my life to see all of the streets lit up," he said.
Time to declutter: Want to get rid of those old papers and electronics that are taking up space?
East Dundee, in conjunction with 5R Processors and Beaver Shredding, will shred your documents -- staples and all -- and take certain electronics off your hands from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the old Santa's Village parking lot at 601 Dundee Ave.
The electronic recycling is free, but you'll need to pay $5 per vehicle for shredding services if you don't live in East Dundee -- that part of the event is free for East Dundee residents.
The following electronics will be accepted:
• Computers, monitors, laptops and printers
• Stereo equipment
• Cellular phones
• Microwaves and large household items
Electronic items that contain Freon such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, wood consoles, projection TV's and large wooden speakers, will not be accepted.
For more information or to view a complete list of acceptable items, visit eastdundee.net or call village hall at (847) 426-2822.
• Lenore Adkins covers Carpentersville, Huntley, Hampshire, Sleepy Hollow and the Dundees. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 608-2725.