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  • Antioch-area ambulance service supporters gear up for tax hike push Mar 4, 2015 5:33 AM
    Supporters of a new tax to pay for ambulance service in the Antioch area have intensified their educational effort as they ask a second time for voter approval. “You're not going to vote `Yes' for a tax increase unless you know what it's for,” said Matt Tabar, a First Fire Protection District commissioner.

  • Fox River & Countryside fire district seeks money for quality Feb 28, 2015 11:52 AM
    A pending tax increase on the April ballot would see the owners of a $100,000 home within the Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District pay about $48 more for emergency fire and medical services over five years. Officials say the money is needed to attract and retain quality rescue staff and replace aging equipment.

  • Town hall meets on ambulance question Feb 26, 2015 5:12 PM
    Town hall meetings to discuss funding ambulance service in Antioch and Antioch Township will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at Fire Station 3, 24675 Grass Lake Road, and on Thursday, March 19 at Fire Station 1, 835 Holbek Drive. On April 7, voters in those areas will be asked to create a new tax to provide funding for ambulance services.

  • Small fire at nursing home injures four Feb 19, 2015 1:24 PM
    A small fire at the Ballard Nursing Center in unincorporated Cook County near Des Plaines sent four people to the hospital Thursday morning. Three of them were nursing home residents who suffered from smoke inhalation, officials said.

  • Woman pulled from burning Hampshire apartment dies from injuries Feb 12, 2015 10:24 AM
    A Hampshire woman who suffered serious injuries when a fire broke out in her Hampshire apartment has died. Georgia Hartman was pronounced dead at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, a Cook County Medical Examiner's Office spokesman said. The fire started at 10 p.m. Friday.

  • “Meet the Candidates Night” on March 12 in Sugar Grove Feb 9, 2015 9:44 PM
    The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Elburn Herald invite the community to the “Meet the Candidates Night” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in the meeting room of the Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

  • Antioch Rescue Squad at center of ambulance donation flap Feb 9, 2015 5:30 AM
    When the Antioch Rescue Squad gave away three used ambulances and other emergency equipment it no longer needed last year, it refused a request to make a donation to the nearby Antioch Fire Department, Antioch fire officials said. Instead, it donated the vehicles and equipment to agencies outside the Antioch and Antioch Township communities that supported the ARS for 75 years.

  • Hampshire woman injured in fire remains in critical condition Feb 8, 2015 4:38 PM
    A Hampshire woman who suffered serious injuries Friday when fire broke out in her apartment remained in critical condition Sunday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, hospital officials said. The woman, identified by friends as Georgia Hartman, was pulled from the burning building at 206 S. State St. after firefighters responded to reports of a blaze at 10:17 p.m. Friday night.

  • Elgin man killed when machine explodes in Carol Stream Feb 4, 2015 10:00 AM
    A 35-year-old Elgin man was killed late Monday night when the machinery he was working on exploded inside a Carol Stream factory, authorities said. Chad Nelson was using compressed air to test a machine for leaks when the machine exploded around 9:30 p.m. at MAAC Machinery, 590 Tower Blvd., on the village's east side, Carol Stream Fire District Battalion Chief Rob Schultz said. Schultz said Nelson was killed in the explosion, which did not damage the building.

  • No one injured in Island Lake house fire, cause under investigation Feb 2, 2015 11:37 AM
    The cause of an Island Lake house fire that resulted in about $100,000 in damages remains under investigation, authorities said Monday. No one was injured in the fire that started at 7 p.m. Saturday at a house in the 3600 block of Lakeview Drive, officials said.

  • Antioch Fire Department invites residents to ‘Coffee at the Firehouse’ to meet, discuss issues Jan 30, 2015 1:52 PM
    Antioch Fire Department officials are inviting community members to join them at their kitchen table each week to get to know each another. Deputy Chief Chris Lienhardt said the aim of the new “Coffee at the Firehouse,” which begins Saturday, Jan. 31, is allowing residents and firefighters to meet and exchange ideas.

  • Woman died from smoke in Barrington-area fire Jan 26, 2015 7:24 PM
    An autopsy confirmed Monday that the elderly woman found dead Saturday morning after fire gutted a Barrington area house died of smoke inhalation. Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd said a DNA test is necessary for his office to positively identify the body as that of 81-year-old Carole Schnable, who lived in the house on the 21000 block of North 21st Street.

  • Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue wants tax increase Jan 21, 2015 5:56 PM
    Area residents who receive fire and EMS services from the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District may soon pay more. Trustees met early on Saturday morning to approve the placement of a tax increase referendum on the April ballot.

  • Cary apartment building fire cause unknown Jan 20, 2015 1:28 PM
    The cause of a weekend fire at a Cary apartment building remains unknown, fire officials said Tuesday. It took firefighters about an hour to get the blaze under control in the early hours of Saturday. The fire spread to the first and second floors of the three-story complex at 342 Crystal St. “We believe it started in the area of the second floor furnace room,” Cary Fire Protection District Lt. Andy Veath said.

  • Officials: Fire displaces 16; building had no working smoke alarms Jan 19, 2015 9:58 PM
    At least 16 residents of a Cary apartment building are without a home after a fire on Saturday morning, but officials say they are lucky everyone got out unharmed.

  • East Dundee continues revamping downtown in 2015 Jan 7, 2015 1:56 PM
    The dust will continue to fly in East Dundee during 2015 as village leaders continue rebuilding their aging North River Street business area.

  • Wauconda fire leaves home uninhabitable Jan 2, 2015 9:51 PM
    Wauconda firefighters extinguished a blaze Friday afternoon in a single-family home on the 400 block of Old Country Way. The fire was reported shortly before 2 p.m. by a woman who lives in the house. Firefighters said she told them the fire started in the living room.

  • Countryside fire urges outdoor ice safety Jan 1, 2015 3:50 PM
    Countryside Fire Protection District officials are urging people to stay off outdoor ice. Officials at the Vernon Hills-based fire district said with recent fluctuations in temperature, the ice will be weak. In addition, they stressed strength of ice can’t be judged by its appearance, age, thickness, temperature or whether it is covered with snow.

  • Police overtime, Easter egg hunt cut from Antioch budget Dec 29, 2014 7:45 PM
    Police overtime and the village’s annual Easter egg parade and hunt are among the spending cuts Antioch officials are making in response to an anticipated budget shortfall caused by the cost of ambulance service. The moves were approved by the village board this month and announced Monday by Village Administrator Jim Keim.

  • Electrical fire damages Wendy’s in Vernon Hills Dec 29, 2014 10:29 PM
    An electrical fire closed the Wendy’s in Vernon Hills Monday afternoon, fire officials said.

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