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Carpentersville's Fox River efforts a "work in progress"

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A view across the Fox River at Otto Engineering, Carpentersville's biggest employer and a key proponent of river enhancements.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Otto Engineering in Carpentersville spent millions of dollars renovating its buildings and beautifying its part of the Fox River, a move Carpentersville officials say has inspired them to improve other parts of the river.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Carpentersville Village President Ed Ritter walks across the Main Street Bridge, a key project to enhance the Fox River. Otto Engineering, the village's largest employer, is behind Ritter, and spent millions cleaning up its buildings and beautifying its part of the Fox River.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

A man fishes on the Fox River in Carpentersville, which offers walleyes and the occasional muskie. "This is a hidden gem for fishing," Village President Ed Ritter says.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Village leaders have applied for a grant that would allow them to link the Fox River Bike Trail with Carpenter Park.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Village President Ed Ritter stands next to a sign along West Main Street in Carpentersville. Ritter, who lives not too far from the sign, is responsible for keeping this part of Main Street clean.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

A view of the Fox River from Fox River Shores in Carpentersville.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Carpentersville Village President Ed Ritter strolls past Otto Engineering, which spent millions sprucing up its portion of the Fox River.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Timothy R. "Mackers" McNamee Memorial Park in Carpentersville was completed last year and offers a canoe launch, a gazebo built with volunteer labor, a federally protected wetlands and native plants to help stop erosion.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

These empty Quonset huts on Washington Street are "probably one of the things we want to get rid of most," Carpentersville Village President Ed Ritter said. They are right across the street from the Fox River.

Lenore Adkins | Staff Photographer

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You can't talk about the Fox River in Carpentersville without mentioning Tom Roeser, president and CEO of Otto Engineering. Roeser's move to spend millions renovating and beautifying his company headquarters, which hugs the banks of the Fox River, was the inspiration behind the village's move to beautify other parts of the river, such as a renovation of the Main Street Bridge. "It's fair to say it's been the catalyst," Assistant Village Manager Joe Wade said.
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    • A view across the Fox River at Otto Engineering, Carpentersville's biggest employer and a key proponent of river enhancements.
    •  Otto Engineering in Carpentersville spent millions of dollars renovating its buildings and beautifying its part of the Fox River, a move Carpentersville officials say has inspired them to improve other parts of the river.
    •  Carpentersville Village President Ed Ritter walks across the Main Street Bridge, a key project to enhance the Fox River. Otto Engineering, the village’s largest employer, is behind Ritter, and spent millions cleaning up its buildings and beautifying its part of the Fox River.
    •  A man fishes on the Fox River in Carpentersville, which offers walleyes and the occasional muskie. “This is a hidden gem for fishing,” Village President Ed Ritter says.
    •  Village leaders have applied for a grant that would allow them to link the Fox River Bike Trail with Carpenter Park.
    •  Village President Ed Ritter stands next to a sign along West Main Street in Carpentersville. Ritter, who lives not too far from the sign, is responsible for keeping this part of Main Street clean.
    •  A view of the Fox River from Fox River Shores in Carpentersville.
    •  Carpentersville Village President Ed Ritter strolls past Otto Engineering, which spent millions sprucing up its portion of the Fox River.
    •  Timothy R. “Mackers” McNamee Memorial Park in Carpentersville was completed last year and offers a canoe launch, a gazebo built with volunteer labor, a federally protected wetlands and native plants to help stop erosion.
    •  These empty Quonset huts on Washington Street are “probably one of the things we want to get rid of most,” Carpentersville Village President Ed Ritter said. They are right across the street from the Fox River.
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