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  • Kane County gets new forest district leader amid political wrangling Dec 10, 2014 5:31 AM
    Longtime commissioner Mike Kenyon was voted in by his peers to be the new president of the Kane County Forest Preserve District Tuesday. It creates an intriguing pairing in county leadership as Kenyon and county board Chairman Chris Lauzen were outspoken political rivals just two years ago.

  • Kane County still contemplating fate of Sixth Street School Dec 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    Kane County officials indicated for the first time Tuesday that they may not sell the Sixth Street School property despite stating the land was primed to go on the market six months ago. While county officials wait, the old school building continues to crumble around its current tenant, the Kane County Regional Office of Education.

  • Some Kane residents may soon see electricity savings Dec 3, 2014 8:01 PM
    It's almost time for Kane County residents to see if their willingness to let county officials negotiate their electricty costs pays off. A county board committee signed off on giving board Chairman Chris Lauzen the power to lock in a new electricity rate for unincorporated residents as soon as a consultant zeroes in on the most favorable rate.

  • Kane department heads get big raises for second straight year Nov 21, 2014 8:43 PM
    Kane County department heads will receive 5 percent raises in 2015, the second such raises for that group of employees in two years. Raises for the 11 employees come in an effort to make the salaries more competitive with neighboring counties. This round of raises will move some of the employees up to the second or third highest-paid employees in their local peer group.

  • Kane Co. preparing for battle with Blue Cross Blue Shield Nov 7, 2014 12:05 PM
    A battle is brewing between Kane County and its insurance carrier over costs, and county officials are hoping to draft some allies into the fight. With a $15 million annual cost, county officials say that price tag doesn’t fit in with their goal of keeping the property tax levy flat. That leaves three options. Cut benefits. Raise the cost of those benefits to county employees. Or, get a better deal with Blue Cross Blue Shield, the county’s provider.

  • Kane newsletter author confronts controversy Nov 5, 2014 6:16 PM
    The author of Kane County's experimental newsletter delivered a mea culpa speech to county board members Wednesday following the latest controversial hitch with the publication. The newsletter has been a source of angst from its embattled origin. Heated resignations, an ethics complaint and the recent death of its opinion section have followed.

  • Martin defeats Hanna in Kane Board 11 Nov 4, 2014 11:18 PM
    Voters chose John Martin to be the new voice representing Kane County Board District 11 Tuesday night. The vote may have also served a dual purpose as a de facto referendum on the concept plan for redevelopment of the old Settler’s Hill landfill.

  • Kojzarek coasts to victory in Kane District 19 Nov 4, 2014 10:56 PM
    Kurt Kojzarek garnered 61 percent of the vote to win a 4-year term representing the Kane County Board's 19th District. Kojzarek, a Republican, defeated Democrat Hidayat Khan in a rematch from two years ago.

  • Auger wins rematch for 23rd Kane board seat Nov 4, 2014 11:15 PM
    In a rematch of a race that was decided two years ago by a few percentage points, Republican Maggie Auger once again was elected to the Kane County Board’s 23rd District seat.

  • Kane committee doesn’t address coroner’s request for more funds Oct 29, 2014 7:38 PM
    In a move that may be more symbolic than penalizing, a Kane County Board committee refused to even vote on a $140,000 budget supplement for the coroner Wednesday. The cost overrun is related to moving morgue operations to DuPage County during a mold remediation effort. But the county doesn't have the option of not paying staff salaries and autopsy costs.

  • Drugs, gangs, Ferguson hot topics at Kane Co. sheriff debate Oct 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Kane County sheriff candidates Willie Mays Sr. and Don Kramer shared their views Wednesday night on gangs, drugs and how to prevent another Ferguson, Missouri, event in the suburbs.

  • Half of Kane board misses at least 22% of meetings Oct 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    The latest attendance report for Kane County Board members shows about half of the elected officials continue to miss at least 22 percent of the meetings they were scheduled to attend. The report came with a renewed call to reconsider pension and insurance benefits for the part-time board. “We shouldn’t run for either the salary or the benefits,” one board member said.

  • Endorsements: Martin, Kojzarek, Auger for Kane County Board Oct 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Daily Herald recommends John Martin, Kurt Kojzarek and Maggie Auger for Kane County Board.

  • Using DuPage facility helps put Kane coroner at 16% over budget Oct 11, 2014 7:36 AM
    A Kane County committee Friday agreed to increase the coroner's current budget by $140,000, which includes at least $43,000 worth of unexpected spending due to the morgue being closed and autopsies being done in DuPage County's facility.

  • Lauzen accuses county board member of revealing closed session info Oct 7, 2014 2:00 PM
    Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen criticized board member Maggie Auger Tuesday, saying she had revealed information discussed during a September closed session meeting regarding his plan to study whether all the autopsies Coroner Rob Russell has done were necessary.

  • Kane courthouse elevator may cost less, official says Oct 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Kane County Board committee of the whole was told Tuesday that replacing the elevator at the Kane County Courthouse in Geneva may end up not costing as much, as there may be a way to put hte new one in the same space.

  • Renovations begin after mold shut down Kane County morgue Sep 29, 2014 5:43 PM
    Renovations have begun at the Kane County coroner's office and morgue, which was shut down months ago and autopsies outsourced to DuPage County. Coroner Rob Russell said this is a chance for him and County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen to work together.

  • 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.

  • Fee increases may solve Kane Co. 2015 budget shortfall Sep 24, 2014 5:56 PM
    Kane County officials plan to close an $800,000 budget gap by raising numerous fees throughout the county. The costs of birth, death and marriage certificates, as well as marriage licenses will all rise pending a final vote by the county board in November. Fees to record real estate transactions and pet registrations would also increase.

  • Toll for Longmeadow Parkway is hot topic for Kane Co. Board race Sep 23, 2014 5:34 PM
    The Longmeadow Parkway is a key transportation project that will influence the future economy of towns in Kane County's District 23. Maggie Auger and Kevin Smith, the two candidates for that seat, have different views on the parkway, particularly the scope of the project and the need for a toll.

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