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Streamwood clearing trees:

Streamwood officials have agreed to pay a contractor an extra $61,650 to remove 200 more trees destroyed by the emerald ash borer. The majority will be uprooted over the next three months, public works officials say. Since 2011, crews have cleared more than 2,000 trees and replanted 912. More diverse trees are planted each fall to ward off pest problems. To view a report on the project, visit

Businesses get city grants:

Des Plaines aldermen have approved giving two new downtown businesses $15,000 each to make interior renovations under the city's business assistance program. The council voted recently to provide funding to The Local Coffee Tea & Sweets to operate a 360-square-foot counter service cafe inside the city-owned train station at 1501 Miner St. and to Forever Yogurt, which is opening a frozen yogurt cafe at 1512 Market St. in Metropolitan Square. The city council evaluates all grant applications above $10,000.

Teen film fest Oct. 22:

Original films of seven minutes or less are wanted for the Schaumburg Township District Library's Teen Film Fest, slated for 6 p.m. Oct. 22 in the library's Teen Place, 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. Youths ages 12 to 19 should post their entries to YouTube and send the link to Categories include comedy, drama, action, documentary, horror and animation. Any film that exceeds the seven-minute limit will not be accepted. A prize will be awarded for the winning entry. More details, including rules for submission, are posted at All ages are invited to the free screening on Oct. 22. Parents, grandparents, siblings and others are welcome to view the film shorts in Teen Place. No registration is required.

Streamwood police at library:

Streamwood police will continue to provide security services to the Poplar Creek Public Library's main branch. The library pays the village the overtime rate for police officers -- between $4,800 to $5,000 a month, Administrative Librarian Pat Hogan said. For the last three years, police have patrolled the library from late afternoon to nights on Mondays through Thursdays. The village board passed an intergovernmental agreement Aug. 21 that recognizes the practice. The library district is expected to follow suit in September. Police presence has been useful when younger patrons have "used bad language" or acted in a threatening manner, Hogan said. Police Chief James Gremo said last Thursday "it's only a handful of kids" who are unruly. Hogan said police help put patrons at ease. "We wanted to show the taxpayers we took seriously any concerns that they might have," she said.

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