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  • Northwest suburban municipal races come into focus Dec 24, 2014 12:01 AM
    The Northwest suburban municipal elections next spring have come into focus with the close of filing on Monday. Here are the candidates.

     
  • Hoffman Estates candidate kicked off ballot Dec 23, 2014 5:47 PM
    After several days of testimony, Hoffman Estates officials took just 11 minutes to kick trustee candidate Prajesh “Pat” Patel off the ballot during an electoral board hearing on Tuesday afternoon after finding he did not meet residency requirements to run for village board. Patel and his attorney did not attend the hearing, which Village Clerk Bev Romanoff said “really shocked” members of the electoral board.

     
  • Gift Wrapping for Patients is Serious Business at Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Dec 23, 2014 8:01 AM
    Gift Wrapping for Patients is Serious Business at Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System

     
  • Elk Grove Theatre Presents “The Shining” January 13 Dec 23, 2014 7:59 AM
    Elk Grove Theatre Presents “The Shining” January 13

     
  • Believe Project: $100 to help out new widow during the holidays Dec 21, 2014 7:30 AM
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Kathy Mondala of Schaumburg, who wants to help a new widow get through the holidays.

     
  • Virginia Lake Elementary students illistratue children’s holiday book Dec 22, 2014 7:43 AM
    A Good News Story

     
  • Hoffman Estates teen pleads guilty to damaging mailboxes Dec 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Hoffman Estates teen pleaded guilty to damaging mailboxes last September, court records show. In exchange for pleading guilty to misdemeanor criminal damage to property, Eric A. Beck, 19, was sentenced to 12 months supervision and 40 hours community service, court records show.

     
  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Dec 19, 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 December 15.

     
  • Theft report leads to drug arrests in Palatine Dec 19, 2014 10:29 PM
    Two men were charged with drug possession after Palatine police responded to retail theft report.

     
  • Harper’s Santa Claus for Paws to help furry friends Dec 22, 2014 7:29 AM
    Harper’s Santa Claus for Paws to help furry friends

     
  • Enjoy festive train displays at Sun City through Dec. 28 Dec 19, 2014 3:00 PM
    The Model Railroad Club of Sun City Huntley will be running model trains this holiday season through Dec. 28. Each year, the club raffles off three model train sets. This year’s raffle is a Canadian Pacific Passenger Train set that includes engine, cars, track and a transformer.

     
  • Annual MLK breakfast will feature leader of interfaith youth movement Dec 19, 2014 5:33 PM
    Eboo Patel, Ph.D., whose Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) organization is focused on building the interfaith movement on college campuses nationwide, will be the featured speaker at the 20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by Benedictine University and College of DuPage on Monday, January 19, 2015. The breakfast will be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Main Dining Room of the Krasa Student Center on the campus of Benedictine University. Patel, named by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Leaders of 2009,” is the founder and president of IFYC. The author of several books, Patel is also a regular contributor to The Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR and CNN. He served on President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and earned a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. Patel serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the board of directors for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, on the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation USA, and on the Department of Homeland Security’s Faith-based Security and Communications Advisory Committee. Both Patel and the IFYC were honored with the Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom of Worship Medal in 2009, and he was recently awarded the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, which is given to an individual to enhance awareness of the crucial role of religious dialogue in the pursuit of peace. The King Breakfast, which honors the legacy of the civil rights leader and celebrates diversity, is one of the largest events of its kind in the state. More than 500 community leaders and citizens attend annually. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund. The event is sponsored by Nicor Gas. For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at (630) 942-4000 or visit http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=7882739. Tickets are $25 each.

     
  • Collins School Girl Scouts collect books for Early Learning Center Dec 22, 2014 10:58 AM
    Preschool principal and Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg mayors commemorate Girl Scouts book drive success.

     
  • Heartland Voices presents its 16th Christmas program Dec 17, 2014 2:35 PM
    Heartland Voices, an Elgin-based adult choral ensemble, presents its 16th Christmas program at 3 or 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at First United Methodist Church in Elgin, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Shepherd of the Prairie Church in Huntley. Selections include the Dale Warland arrangement of the “Wexford Carol,” a 12th-century Irish carol most likely of dancing origin, and Rollo Dilworth’s “Sistah Mary,” one of a very few African-American Christmas spirituals that recounts the birth of Christ from the perspective of a slave. Heartland Voices presentations also will include works by Durufle, Powell, Spencer, Hovland, and Kirkpatrick. The music not only spans the centuries, but the many moods of Christmas.

     
  • Holidays at Friendship Village Dec 18, 2014 7:30 AM
    Holidays at Friendship Village

     
  • Library’s Low-Cost Computer Classes Have Openings For December and January Dec 18, 2014 7:31 AM
    Library’s Low-Cost Computer Classes Have Openings For December and January

     
  • Oak Brook-based IMRF Receives Excellence Award Dec 19, 2014 5:41 PM
    Illinois Performance Excellence announces Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund of Oak Brook, IL is a recipient of the 2014 Silver Award for “Progress toward Excellence” for demonstrating effective, systematic, well-deployed approaches that respond to the multiple requirements to most of the Criteria. Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund will be formally honored at the 20th annual award recognition ceremony, “Saluting Excellence,” on March 26, 2015, held at the Abbington Banquets located in Glen Ellyn. “Congratulations to Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and all of its employees for its commitment to an on-going journey to excellence,” says Darcy Davidsmeyer, President and CEO of Illinois Performance Excellence. “IMRF is taking the lead in its industry to address organizational performance and process/resource alignment with the outcome for better efficiencies, focus and overall results.” Recipients of the ILPEx Silver Award go to those organizations which have demonstrated effective, systematic, well-deployed approaches that respond to the multiple requirements to most of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) was created by the Illinois General Assembly. Since 1941, IMRF has partnered with local units of government to provide retirement, disability and death benefits for public employees. With a funded status of 96.7 percent and $33 billion in assets, IMRF is well-funded and sustainable. Today, IMRF has about 400,000 members and retirees, and serves nearly 3,000 different units of government, including towns and villages, libraries and park districts, and counties and school districts (non-teaching personnel). The average member who retired in 2013 had 22 years of service and received an annual benefit of about $16,500. “For any organization committed to excellence by improving the products or services it provides its customers, clients or members, the task of identifying and implementing the best approach can appear daunting. There are innumerable books and videos on the best management practices. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund has found the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence as implemented by ILPEx to be the most successful and comprehensive approach for developing the culture and infrastructure necessary for meeting our customer service goals. Our members deserve the best and ILPEx is helping us to meet that challenge. IMRF is honored to be recognized for its progress toward excellence as it receives a Silver Award. This recognition and the feedback report support and reinvigorate our efforts to become a world class organization,” said Louis W. Kosiba, Executive Director, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. About Illinois Performance Excellence (ILPEx) ILPEx was founded in 1994 to nurture, develop and highlight excellence by bringing individuals and organizations together, to learn from each other, to share best practices for organizational change and process improvement. As a 501 (c)(3), ILPEx’s mission is to advance Illinois organizations’ capability and knowledge of performance excellence by delivering consultation, instruction and assessments within the framework of the Criteria for Performance Excellence. For more information on how your organization can benefit from services provided by Illinois Performance Excellence, visit www.ilpex.org, or call 630-637-1595. For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, visit www.nist.gov/baldrige/.

     
  • Hoffman mayor lending hand for food drive Dec 16, 2014 2:56 PM
    Hoffman Estates Village President Bill McLeod will be busy this week helping out at several local businesses in Hoffman Estates. At each of these local businesses, donations of nonperishable goods will be collected for the Hanover Township food pantry through the end of the year.

     
  • Hoffman Estates mayor supports food drive Dec 16, 2014 4:34 PM
    Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod will be busy this week helping out at several businesses in the village where donations of nonperishable goods will be collected for the Hanover Township food pantry. McLeod will start his rounds at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Heroic Fitness, 2626 New Sutton Road in the Poplar-Prairie Shopping Center. He will serve “Thinny Mint” and eggnog smoothies, and kick off a “Sleigh Bells Strength” fitness class.

     
  • Northwest suburban police blotter Dec 16, 2014 6:12 PM
    Police reported three more burglaries in north Arlington Heights after a string of them in late November, when more than $5,000 of electronics was taken from five homes in the 4100 and 4200 block of North Bloomington Avenue, 4200 block of Mallard Lane and 4000 block of Newport Lane.

     
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