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  • Fox River drowning victim identified Jul 22, 2014 5:59 AM
    A 27-year-old Mount Prospect man was identified Monday as the swimmer who drowned the day before in the Fox River near Carpentersville. An autopsy conducted Monday on the body of Emanuel Mendieta-Ramirez found the official cause of death to be drowning, according to the Carpentersville police and fire departments.

  • West Dundee orders study for fire departments consolidation Jun 6, 2014 11:46 AM
    West Dundee officials have taken a small, but significant step toward possibly consolidating its fire services with its neighbors by ordering a study to map out response times, where most emergency calls occur and more. “Right now we're in the information-gathering phase” said Randy Friese, chief of the West Dundee Fire Department. “The more facts we get, the more better educated decisions we can make.”

  • Carpentersville firefighters won’t lose jobs Apr 23, 2014 2:49 PM
    Two Carpentersville firefighters originally scheduled to lose their jobs at the end of the month will remain on duty, thanks to a scheduling agreement the village inked with the firefighters' union that will save about $85,000 in overtime costs.“The jobs are saved and we can move on,” Union President Lt. Rick Nieves said.

  • Carpentersville spares firefighter layoffs in budget Apr 2, 2014 8:46 AM
    The village board unanimously approved a $27.7 million budget Tuesday that spares two firefighters from losing their jobs, a move the union president called “a good sign, to say the least.” “We're looking at options that would be a give for both sides,” union President Lt. Rick Nieves said. “Obviously, the goal is to prevent these firefighters from being laid off, but it's going to be a mutually agreed to thing.”

  • Carpentersville fire union looks to budget to save jobs Mar 26, 2014 5:31 PM
    The president of the union for Carpentersville’s full-time firefighters says members are not convinced the village is in a financial bind and as a result, are not looking at cuts within their contract to save two firefighters from being laid off. “We just don’t see any document that supports their claim that there’s a true shortfall,” Union President Rick Nieves said Wednesday.

  • Carpentersville postpones fire department layoffs Mar 22, 2014 8:01 AM
    Carpentersville has delayed the planned layoffs of two full-time firefighters while the union discusses cuts it can make to save those jobs, Village Manager J. Mark Rooney said Friday. “I’m very optimistic that the firefighter’s union will help us find a solution to avoid the layoffs,” Rooney said.

  • How Carpentersville is plugging $429,000 deficit Mar 16, 2014 6:12 AM
    Carpentersville officials support a cost-savings package of filling a projected budget shortfall that includes layoffs, delaying an anticipated dog park, paying a portion of an administrator’s salary from another fund and using cash reserves. “We have a structural deficit,” Village Manager J. Mark Rooney said. "You can’t run a structural deficit. Unless you want to end up like Detroit. Or Stockton, Calif.”

  • Carpentersville firefighters upset with lay offs Mar 5, 2014 6:06 AM
    A routine agenda item in which Carpentersville officials paid off a significant amount of debt Tuesday, has deepened the divide between the fire department and village officials. Carpentersville officials announced their intention last week to lay off five employees, including two full-time firefighters, and to eliminate several positions as they work to close a projected $400,000 deficit in the upcoming budget.

  • Carpentersville plans layoffs to offset budget deficit Feb 27, 2014 6:40 PM
    Carpentersville officials have announced villagewide layoffs to help plug a projected $400,000 deficit. The village intends to lay off two full-time firefighters, a part-time records clerk in the police department, a community service officer and a part-time ambulance billing clerk in the fire department, Village Manager J. Mark Rooney said Thursday. “At this time, this is all that I foresee,” he said of the layoffs.

  • 2 hurt after car hits tree in Carpentersville Feb 27, 2014 10:47 PM
    A driver and passenger of a car had to be extricated from their vehicle after striking a tree Thursday night in Carpentersville, authorities said. First responders were called to the 400 block of Tulsa Ave. at 9:15 p.m. after the driver’s sedan left the roadway and struck a tree near the adjacent sidewalk, according to the Carpentersville Fire Department.

  • Carpentersville fires firefighter accused of battery Feb 12, 2014 5:10 AM
    Jason Elders, a part-time firefighter accused of beating a woman at a Christmas party, was terminated from the Carpentersville Fire Department Tuesday evening, after an internal probe found he met with the victim after his arrest and lied during the investigation, officials said. Elders' ouster came nearly three weeks after he was fired from the West Dundee Fire Department over his alleged role in the fight — he had been a part-time firefighter there for three years.

  • West Dundee fires firefighter accused of beating up woman Jan 24, 2014 5:35 AM
    West Dundee officials have fired a part-time firefighter accused of beating up a woman at a Christmas party, Village Manager Joseph Cavallaro confirmed Thursday. Jason Elders, 39, was fired Wednesday. “The conduct was not what we expect of our employees, especially within public safety,” Cavallaro said.

  • Firefighter put on leave after being accused of hitting woman Jan 13, 2014 4:46 PM
    Jason Elders, of St. Charles, a part-time firefighter accused of beating up a woman at a Christmas party near St. Charles, has been placed on unpaid leave from the Carpentersville Fire Department, an official confirmed Monday. Elders is also a part-time firefighter in West Dundee.

  • Carpentersville endorses settlement with firefighters Jan 8, 2014 11:16 PM
    Carpentersville officials approved a contract settlement with the village’s 32 full-time firefighters Wednesday, a move that puts the issues between the two parties to rest, and gives residents the protection they need without breaking the bank, officials said. “We’ve put some of the biggest disagreements behind us, and we’re moving forward cooperatively,” Carpentersville Village President Ed Ritter said.

  • Carpentersville expected to OK fire union deal Wednesday Jan 7, 2014 8:40 PM
    The Carpentersville village board is scheduled to vote on a contract settlement for the full-time firefighters Wednesday, one officials say will finally put staffing issues between them to rest. “I think it’ll be a unanimous vote and I think the board is satisfied that this is a good deal for both sides, that we’re getting some of the things we need, that they’re getting some protection that they wanted and it’ll go fine,” Village President Ed Ritter said Tuesday.

  • Family left homeless by fire gets helping hand Jan 4, 2014 8:01 AM
    The Carpentersville Fire Department, a local church and charity have united to support a family of five who lost everything they own in a house fire that began New Year’s Eve and burned three hours into the new year. The Herrera family had been vacationing in Mexico at the time and returned home Thursday to find their house destroyed. “They basically come home with nothing,” said Bill Wenzloff, president of the St. Vincent De Paul Conference in Carpentersville and a member of St. Monica Catholic Church. “Not everyone enters with new year with the happiness that‘s associated with this time of year.”

  • Algonquin wants your help keeping hydrants clear Jan 2, 2014 5:29 PM
    Algonquin leaders are calling on the public to help them keep the village’s fire hydrants safe and visible for the firefighters. The village launched its Adopt-A-Hydrant program earlier this week. “We have over 2,200 hydrants in town and when we get snow covers like this last storm, it’s very hard to get around to clearing the hydrants just by the quantity,” said Andy Warmus, the village’s utilities superintendent.

  • A look at the Fox Valley’s biggest news stories in 2013 Dec 26, 2013 10:31 AM
    The year 2013 saw at least a half dozen court cases across the Fox Valley came to an end, turnover in key political positions, progress on several construction projects and important property acquisitions. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair also made a trip across the pond to speak to a select group at Judson University and Batavia rejoiced when after more than 100 years its football team won the Class 6A state football championship. Those stories and the others that follow, had all of us talking.

  • Trustee’s wife texts woman over public remarks on firefighters Nov 21, 2013 5:30 PM
    As soon as Stacy Klodz sat down after speaking in support of Carpentersville’s full-time firefighters at a village board meeting Tuesday, she says she received a "harassing" text message from the wife of Trustee Kevin Rehberg. Regina Rehberg was watching a live stream of the meeting online and took Klodz to task via text message for failing to disclose to trustees her family connections in the village. “Thought you should have been more transparent about that," Regina Rehberg texted.

  • Carpentersville resolving issues with fire union Nov 20, 2013 5:30 AM
    Carpentersville and the union that represents its 32 full-time firefighters are in the midst of resolving issues that came up after both sides signed off on a three-year contract, officials confirmed Tuesday. At the same time, village officials reiterated that the recent staffing changes they implemented within the fire department do not jeopardize residents’ safety. “I’m totally confident in the ability of our safety people to protect the village of Carpentersville,” Village President Ed Ritter said Tuesday night

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