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  • Judge denies delay for Crystal Lake South bleacher demolition; appeals begin Oct 30, 2014 6:08 PM
    A McHenry County judge denied Thursday a request from Crystal Lake School District 155 to delay an order to dismantle in December the $1.2 million bleachers at Crystal Lake South High School that were illegally built in 2013. School district attorneys say they will appeal the demolition order; residents say the district is being arrogant and the appeal is yet another stall tactic to keep the bleachers intact.

  • Judge’s Crystal Lake South bleacher demolition order doesn’t surprise opponents Oct 18, 2014 7:38 AM
    A McHenry County judge's order that Crystal Lake District 155 begin dismantling on Dec. 1 a set of bleachers that were illegally built at Crystal Lake South High school didn't surprise those who sued the district. “The neighbors have rights, and their rights are going to be respected,” one said. “(Chmiel) has given (the district) a lot of opportunities to right what we have proved is wrong.”

  • Judge: Crystal Lake South bleachers must come down Oct 16, 2014 10:39 PM
    A McHenry County judge ruled Thursday that Crystal Lake South High School must disassemble stadium bleachers constructed during the summer of 2013 without zoning approvals from the city, the Chicago Tribune reported. Judge Michael Chmiel ordered Community Unit School District 155 to take down the 51-foot tall bleachers, which back up to homes on the 1100 block of Amberwood Drive, starting Dec. 1.

  • Residents rip appeal of Crystal Lake bleacher plan to high court Oct 16, 2014 6:17 AM
    Residents fire back after Crystal Lake School District 155 officials say they are going to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court a ruling that the district broke the law by building a $1.2 million set of bleachers at Crystal Lake South High School without city permission. “It’s time for them to grow up and accept the consequences of their actions," one of the homeowners said.

  • Dist. 155 to teach students smart money management Sep 18, 2014 7:33 PM
    Crystal Lake High School District 155 officials want to help students develop money smarts with an $84,000 grant from Riverwoods-based Discover Financial Services. District 155 will use the money to improve its financial education curriculum, including upgrading technology, buying textbooks for new courses and teacher training.

  • Judge orders Dist. 155 to get Crystal Lake OK for bleachers Sep 5, 2014 6:20 PM
    A judge Friday ordered Community Unit School District 155 officials to go through Crystal Lake’s zoning process for a $1.2 million bleachers expansion at Crystal Lake South High School that was completed last summer without city permission. “There was a municipal ordinance that was violated. There was a substantial affect on property owners,” Judge Michael Chmiel said.

  • Appellate court: Dist. 155 bleachers needed city permission Sep 4, 2014 1:01 AM
    An appellate court on Wednesday upheld a judge's ruling that Community Unit School District 155 officials should have gone through Crystal Lake's zoning process before building a bleacher expansion at Crystal Lake South High School last summer. Property owners near the bleachers, including McHenry County State's Attorney Lou Bianchi, sued last year. The matter is back in court Friday.

  • Cary-Grove High theater gets overhaul Jul 25, 2014 5:30 AM
    Cary-Grove High School's theater facilities are getting a facelift this summer. The Crystal Lake High School District 155 school board this week approved spending roughly $3.7 million to renovate and overhaul the Cary school's 50-year-old theater, main entrance, and lobby restrooms. “It's a complete tear down and rebuild of the theater. It's a significant project,” district spokesman Jeff Puma said.

  • District 155 projects surplus next school year May 22, 2014 4:08 PM
    After two years of deficit spending, Crystal Lake High School District 155 is projecting a $100,000 surplus at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, officials said this week.

  • Fox Valley area schools get state funding to improve security May 19, 2014 10:56 AM
    Several Fox Valley area school districts and colleges will be beefing up campus security with federal funding released in the wake of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. School districts will be using the funds to reinforce doors, install shatter resistant glass or film, and other security measures to improve safety for students, employees and visitors.

  • 2013-14 Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions May 8, 2014 3:00 PM
    2013-14 Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions

  • Meet the 2013-2014 Fox Valley Academic Team May 8, 2014 3:34 PM
    "Throughout my life, I have never been satisfied with simply meeting the minimum requirements," Kevin Wilde of Cary-Grove High School writes in an essay. "While some people may ask, 'What is the least amount of work I need to do to get by?' I ask, 'What could I do to get the most out of this situation?'" Wilde, who was named to the Daily Herald's Fox Valley Academic Team for 2013-14, is not alone in his mindset. The students on the team look for opportunities to not only further their own achievements, but to lead, and to make a difference.

  • Images: Team Dance Illinois’ Grand Championship Mar 3, 2014 6:21 PM
    Team Dance Illinois' Grand Championship was held Sunday, March 2 at the Peoria Civic Center. The event showcases Illinois’ best dance, pom, drill and guard teams competing throughout the event.

  • 2013-2014 Fox Valley Leadership Team Dec 13, 2013 8:34 AM
    The students named to the Daily Herald Leadership Team sometimes amaze even those who know them best. "I have never seen a student do what Sally did last year ... (she) organized an entire school and literally an entire community to hold a Relay For Life," writes Jonathan Young, a counselor at Central High School on behalf of his nominee, Sally Heyob. The 39 members of the 2013-14 Fox Valley Leadership team, both winners and honorable mentions, have that kind of drive in common.

  • 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.

  • Cary-Grove High School’s ‘All My Sons’ Nov 6, 2013 4:11 PM
    Audiences can see a piece of theatrical history this weekend, when Cary-Grove High School presents Arthur Miller's drama "All My Sons." According to director Laura Whalen, "The success of this show is what began (Miller's) long and illustrious career as one of the greatest American playwrights."

  • Crystal Lake South student hurt in homecoming parade Oct 11, 2013 9:43 PM
    A Crystal Lake South High School student was injured Friday after trying to board a moving homecoming parade float. About 4 p.m., the student tried to jump upon the float — a small utility trailer being pulled by an SUV — but the student’s foot “became entangled with a moving wheel and the ground, and subsequently the wheel rolled over the student’s foot and lower leg,” according to a police news release.

  • Crystal Lake South to finish, use bleachers while lawsuit proceeds Aug 16, 2013 7:22 PM
    Attorneys agreed Friday to allow Community Unit School District 155 to complete a $1.2 million bleachers expansion at Crystal Lake South High School while a lawsuit is pending against the district. The move punts the legal matter to next week, and will allow football games, physical education classes, marching band and other sports to go on unimpeded. The first home football game is Aug. 30.

  • State's Attorney Bianchi suing Crystal Lake schools over bleachers Aug 15, 2013 5:25 AM
    As state's attorney for McHenry County, Louis Bianchi is its top criminal prosecutor. But he is now plaintiff in a lawsuit involving a neighborhood dispute over new bleachers at Crystal Lake South High School. Bianchi, his wife, Jean, and another resident have sued Community Unit District 155 to stop the project. “No one knew (the bleachers) would be that big,” Bianchi said.

  • New law: Schools must conduct drills to prepare for shooters Jul 2, 2013 5:52 PM
    Starting in the 2013-14 academic year, all school districts in the state will have to hold drills to prepare for scenarios where a shooter gets in their buildings. Schools don't have to hold the drills with students but they must partner with law enforcement agencies to get feedback on their procedures.

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