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  • Bill Lenert and incumbent Melisa Taylor are candidates in the Kane County Board District 5 race.

    Longmeadow, independence at issue in Kane Dist. 5Feb 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Both incumbent Melisa Taylor and challenger Bill Lenert support the idea of the Longmeadow Parkway project. However, Lenert is in favor of a public referendum on the issue. Taylor believes the public has already weighed in as well as all the elected leaders where the tollway would be constructed. Also, a look at Lenert's ties to County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen.

     
  • Kane law library seeks fee increase as use, costs growJan 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Kane County committee Friday approved increasing the fee for filing civil court cases, for the benefit of the Kane County Law Library and Self-Help Legal Center. The law library fee incresae is the first in 10 years, and is needed as costs of materials and use of the library increases, librarian Halle Cox said.

     
  • Rob Russell

    Kane coroner seeking advice from other coroners Jan 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kane County Coroner Rob Russell is convening a panel of other coroners to examine how his office operates and suggest improvements.

     
  •  Kane County is considering replacing the signs at the Kane County Government Center in Geneva, to better direct visitors to the right offices. The proposed contract is more than $47,000.

    $47,399 in signs seen as solution to confusion at Kane County HQ Dec 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kane County officials hope that with $47,399 worth of new signs, people visiting the Kane County Government Center won't keep trying to get their birth certificates at the treasurer's office, or enter the clerk's office through the back door.

     
  • Kane County Board District 17 member Deb Allan will remain on the March Democratic primary ballot. Her petition had been challenged.

    Kane board member Allan survives election petition challenge Dec 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kane County board member Deb Allan gets to stay on the March primary ballot, as a county electoral board overruled an objection to her nominating petitions Monday.

     
  •  The Batavia captains hoist the championship trophy following their Class 6A championship game in DeKalb.

    A look at the Fox Valley’s biggest news stories in 2013 Dec 11, 2013 12:00 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.

     
  •  Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen, right, told members of the finance committee Wednesday that a last-minute budget deal with Coroner Rob Russell is only as strong as Russell’s word.

    Kane County likely to finish Lauzen’s first year with a surplus Nov 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kane County appears poised to finish the year with at least a $300,000 surplus, though some final expenses and revenues have yet to be accounted for. Sales and income taxes were up this fiscal year. And, despite some last-minute spending and haggling with the coroner eating into contingency funds, there is still some cash left over.

     
  • Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham

    Kane Coroner Russell, Chairman Lauzen reach deal on spending Nov 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham was credited Friday with mediating a dispute between county board Chairman Chris Lauzen and Coroner Rob Russell about the coroner's spending. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall save the taxpayers a lot of money," Lauzen said.

     
  • Issue stand in path of cross-country at Settlers HillNov 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    A new legal hurdle has further stagnated progress on implementing the redevelopment of the former Settlers Hill landfill. The original contracts between Kane County, the forest preserve district and Waste Management on the operation of the landfill made little to no reference of who assumes liability for projects that occur on the site now that the landfill is closed. That issue must be worked out before Waste Managment will delve into running a fill operation on the campus. And that fill operation must proceed the creation of the cross country course. That course also had to be redesigned as no topographic maps showed some possible conflicts between the cross country track and proposed golf course improvements.

     
  • John Hoscheit

    League of Women Voters again slams Kane forest districtNov 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Elgin area League of Women Voters issued a report this week criticizing Kane County Forest Preserve District commissioners for drifting away from their mission to preserve open space by pursuing revenue-generating recreation outlets for area residents. The study is also critical of the handling of the Brunner Forest Preserve opening and revives tension about possible gravel mining at the site. The chapter president said she may have a tough time supporting future district tax increases if the pattern doesn’t change.

     
  • The Larkin Center in Elgin closed Oct. 18, and the Kane County Board gave the organization a $20,000 grant Tuesday so the center can make its payroll.

    Larkin Center gets $20,000 emergency grant from Kane County Oct 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Kane County Board authorized an emergency $20,000 grant to the Larkin Center Tuesday evening, money that will help the center, which closed Oct. 18, make the last two weeks of its payroll. The grant came from the county's Grand Victoria Riverboat Fund, money that's supposed to be used for projects that improve the county's education, environment and economic development.

     
  •  Kane County officials will have to decide soon whether or not they want to create a countywide board and tax to address mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities needs in the county.

    Future of mental health funding still uncertain in Kane CountyOct 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    The future of mental health care in Kane County will need further counseling as a special committee’s recommendations to county officials continued to be at odds with what some existing service providers want and what a pending new tax will fund.

     
  • Susan Starrett

    Not all board members on board with Lauzen appointmentOct 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Kane County Board's Public Health Committee members split in their views about hiring Robert Sauceda to be the new full-time animal control administrator Tuesday. Some board members said he's brought money into the agency, and that's all they need to know about him. Others said they believe Sauceda was given an unfair advantage over other applicants and questioned why the job description was changed.

     
  • Drew Frasz

    Kane Co. forest district hires company dumped by county Oct 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kane County Forest Preserve District officials have hired a company once shunned by the county for its political connections to former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert. Forest preserve commissioners unanimously agreed this week to contract with Progressive Energy Group for one year. The company’s job is to package the various electricity and gas accounts among the district various suppliers and get a cheaper rate for the district.

     
  • Michael Donahue

    Kane County forest commissioners decry budget shifting but give preliminary approval Oct 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kane County Forest Preserve commissioners decried a budgetary shell game at both the county and the forest preserve district Friday, but gave the budget a preliminary OK, anyway. The forest district will use a $150,000 riverboat grant for one-time construction projects. "We need to be following sound policies with how these funds are used. Our use of the riverboat fund is not sound,” Commissioner Mike Donahue said.

     
  • Kane County’s budget for 2014 includes a deal to give the Kane County Forest Preserve District about $150,000 from riverboat gambling proceeds to keep the district from raising its property tax levy.

    Latest Kane budget plan bails out forest preserveOct 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Few obstacles remain to approval of Kane County's 2014 budget as finance staff seemed to convince board members Wednesday they will be in good position on pension payments despite a reduced tax levy. The regular pension payment will still be made.

     
  • Gene Nottolini served as a Kane County judge from 1989 to 2005, including a stint as chief judge from 1993 to 1996. Here is shown in November 2005, just before his retirement.

    Former Kane chief judge put family firstSep 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Gene Nottolini, a former Kane County chief judge who oversaw the 1993 move from the Third Street Courthouse in Geneva to the current Judicial Center in St. Charles, died Thursday from leukemia. Nottolini, 69, was a lifelong Elgin resident who also served as the Kane County's first ethics advisor. Visitation is Monday and his funeral is Tuesday.

     
  • Kane riverboat grant committee to dole out $1.18 million Jun 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Kane County riverboat fund committee is recommending spending more than the $1 million it initially planned, when the county doles out grants from the riverboat fund this summer.

     
  • Daily Herald slants county board news Mar 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    A Kane County letter to the editor: Too much of what Jim Fuller is writing and his editors are allowing to be printed is slanted opinion rather than accurate news reporting.

     
  • Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen

    Lauzen blasts Kane County hiring freezeMar 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen spoke out against the county's hiring-freeze policy for the first time Wednesday, calling for its complete overhaul as county board members committed to a thorough review and revision of the ordinance. “This is so full of holes that it is almost comical, and it has quite an effect on the management of 1,250 employees,” Lauzen said.

     
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