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  • Why Elgin ex-judge put a racial slur in his book’s title Sep 29, 2014 6:16 PM
    Manuel Barbosa said he debated using what some would describe as a derogatory term in the title of his autobiographical book pretty much until the moment it went to the printer’s. “I consulted many people, including highly respected academics and friends,” he said. “I thought long and hard about it.” Barbosa, 67, said he explains in the first couple of pages of “The Littlest Wetback: From Undocumented Child to U.S. Federal Judge” why he chose to use the word, coined in the early part of the last century to describe undocumented immigrants who crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into Texas.

     
  • Elgin officer fired after Facebook posts on Ferguson, MLK Day Sep 30, 2014 11:48 AM
    A 17-year Elgin police veteran was fired Monday after he made Facebook posts that appeared to have racial overtones. Officer Jason A. Lentz, 40, was was found guilty of engaging in “conduct that would undermine the credibility of the city or employees.” One post said the Ferguson, Missouri, officer who shot an unarmed black man "did society a favor."

     
  • Longtime Elgin attorney dies in small plane crash near Plano Sep 30, 2014 1:51 PM
    Longtime Elgin attorney John E. Juergensmeyer, who was killed in a small plane crash Sunday night near Plano, was remembered as an energetic man with a passion for social causes. Juergensmeyer, 80, who had a pilot's license for about 35 years, was piloting a small plane while coming back from visiting his older brother at a nursing home in Carlinville, Illinois, his widow, Betty Juergensmeyer said.

     
  • Elgin cemetery walk strolls through history Sep 28, 2014 5:11 PM
    The dead came back to life Sunday at Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin — not to scare people, but to educate them. The Elgin History Museum hosted its 27th annual Cemetery Walk on Sunday, giving visitors a chance to meet a number of prominent Elgin residents (portrayed by actors, of course) who are buried in Bluff City.

     
  • Heroin user still striving to 'get better eventually' Sep 28, 2014 5:54 AM
    Jon Dennison isn't over it. His addiction to heroin, which first gripped the 21-year-old when he was 17, hasn't let him go. Rather, he hasn't let go of it. “I keep wondering when it's going to stop. When the endless circle of destruction is going to stop,” he said. Dennison is one face among suburban heroin users who find themselves unable to stop once they try the drug, but he's not done fighting his addiction.

     
  • Elgin man killed when motorcycle strikes SUV Sep 28, 2014 4:26 PM
    A 36-year-old Elgin man was killed Saturday night when his motorcycle struck an SUV from behind, throwing him from the vehicle. Police say alcohol and excessive speed were contributing factors in a crash, which occurred about 7:20 p.m. along Bowes Road near the intersection with Nolan Road.

     
  • Gasthaus bar owner fighting Elgin liquor violation Sep 27, 2014 7:41 AM
    The owner of a downtown Elgin bar is fighting a liquor license violation and has filed an appeal with the state. Gasthaus Zur Linde attorney Charles Muscarello, son of bar owner Marco Muscarello, filed the appeal Sept. 17 with the Illinois Liquor Control Commission after the bar was found guilty last month by the city’s liquor control commission of serving alcohol to a minor.

     
  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Sep 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Each week, you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of them and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of September 22.

     
  • Elgin Bible Church asks for help to fill Hanover Township Food Pantry Sep 26, 2014 2:38 PM
    Elgin Bible Church invites the community to help the Hanover Township Food Pantry fill their shelves before the holiday season. They serve more than 1,000 families per month. The church will host a food drive on the church property at 1580 E. Chicago St., Elgin. It will begin on Monday, Sept. 29, through Friday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 to 11 a.m.

     
  • Kane Co. Board District 19 race a solo act Sep 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    t’s a rematch scenario in the Kane County Board District 19 race. And, like last time, the Democratic challenger is absent from the discussion, leaving incumbent Kurt Kojzarek to share his views on important matters in the county.

     
  • Meyer, Moeller debate their parties’ influence on them Sep 26, 2014 7:13 PM
    The Republican challenger for the 43rd House District seat says voters’ choice is ultimately all about whether they want to continue House Speaker Michael Madigan’s rule. Jeffrey Meyer, 32, an attorney from Elgin, is running against incumbent Democrat Anna Moeller, who was appointed to fill Keith Farnham’s seat in March. “My principal difference with Anna is, I don’t have anyone pulling strings,” he said. Moeller objected to that. “I am not beholden to anybody for my position,” she said.

     
  • Grammy nominated blues guitarist Billy Flynn and Friends to perform Oct. 24 in Crystal Lake Sep 26, 2014 7:34 PM
    The blues icon Billy Flynn and Friends come to the Listening Room in Crystal Lake straight from the House of Blues to give a taste of authentic Chicago blues. The Lakeside Legacy Foundation presents Grammy nominated blues guitarist Billy Flynn and Friends and open jam session at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24.

     
  • Sabotage raises questions about Chicago FAA vulnerability Sep 26, 2014 10:43 PM
    Experts say the FAA "can do better" after an act of sabotage cut off radar and communications links to an air-traffic control center in Aurora. It's the third time in two years air traffic at O'Hare International Airport has ground to a halt over problems at air traffic centers in the suburbs -- Aurora and Elgin -- with repercussions for flights across the world.

     
  • Will new rules make all trains carrying hazardous materials safe? Sep 26, 2014 5:55 AM
    More than one-third of Illinois' serious hazardous material leaks from freight trains occur in the suburbs, a Daily Herald analysis shows. Proposed rules would make some tank cars safer, but about one-third of train-related hazmat incidents in the suburbs would not have been helped by the proposed changes. The mayors of Hoffman Estates and Barrington are among those pushing for stricter standards.

     
  • The Illinois Brass Band Presents ‘An Evening With Sousa’ Sep 25, 2014 4:09 PM
    The Illinois Brass Band opens their 2014 -2015 season as they present "An Evening With Sousa."

     
  • Entertain Your Taste Buds Sep 25, 2014 4:13 PM
    Food Tasting to Benefit Children and Adults with Disabilities

     
  • Fox Valley police reports Sep 25, 2014 4:17 PM
    Geneva Mitchell, 51, and Clifford Isbell, 58, both Elgin, were each charged Tuesday with three counts of retail theft, court records show.

     
  • Elgin council favors 45 apartments for Tower Building Sep 25, 2014 5:42 AM
    The city of Elgin is planning to contribute $4.7 million to the redevelopment of the iconic downtown Elgin Tower Building into 45 market-rate apartments. The city council's committee of the whole agreed to the development agreement. “I'm really excited to see us redeveloping this property,” Councilwoman Tish Powell said.

     
  • Elgin’s Vasa Park site for 14th Fish Boil and Harvest Festival Sep 25, 2014 2:05 PM
    The 14th annual Fish Boil and Harvest Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, at Vasa Park in South Elgin. The “boil” will take place at 2 p.m., with serving immediately following. There will be entertainment by Pat Spaeth with her accordion. Cost is $20 per person for reservations made by Wednesday, Oct. 1.

     
  • Veterans can get help with counseling, jobs at ECC Sept. 30 Sep 25, 2014 1:48 PM
    Veterans and family members in need of support services and employment assistance are invited to Elgin Community College Tuesday, Sept. 30, to visit the Department of Veteran Affairs Mobile Vet Center and the Veteran and Family Resource Fair.

     
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